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Brand: Country Barn / Type: Flakes

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      16.09.2011 11:59

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      A good cheap alternative to Kelloggs that taste exactly the same.

      If you love Kelloggs Special K, but find them too expensive to buy regularly then these Special Flakes could be what you are looking for.

      I love Special K! Normally, they are my cereal of choice, but right now money is tight and I just cannot afford to buy them at the price Kelloggs are asking.

      When I saw Country Barn Special Flakes being sold in my local Tesco I thought I would give them a try. They cost considerably less than Kelloggs, at £1.49 for a 500g pack and look identical to the more expensive brand.

      I was skeptical as I poured my first bowl of Special Flakes, they looked the same, but would they taste the same? I added a splash of milk and went in for the kill.......

      To my surprise these flakes had the same lovely malty taste as Kelloggs and the texture was as good. They stayed relatively crisp in the milk too, which is a bonus for me as I hate soggy cereals!

      Whenever I have cereal for breakfast now I always go for these. They are great on their own, but even better if you add fruit such as a sliced banana to them.

      For weightwatchers, Country Barn Special Flakes are slightly higher in calories than Kelloggs, but only by 2cals, at 175cal per 30g bowl and have 0.3g more fat as well, so not too bad as a cheap, yet healthy breakfast.

      When you consider that Kelloggs cost £2.99 for the same sort of thing, I know which I would choose if I am on a tight budget.

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      18.07.2009 20:44
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      saving money shouldn't taste this bad

      Like many people I am always looking for ways to save a bit of cash at the moment. In my food buying this has involved changing from named brands to cheaper alternatives. For cereal I have been eating Special K for many years and have in the past gone for shops own labels and been generally impressed with them. I can remember my mum switching to shops own corn flakes but my brother, who was a fussy eater, wouldn't touch them as they were not 'Kellogg's'. My mum then bought shops own and then put the inner bag into a Kellogg's box. Well it kept my brother happy and he didn't know the difference.

      I am a big cereal eater and can get through a box of cereal in under a week so it can get expensive. I was in my local tesco express and saw these 'discount brand' flakes and as they were over £1 cheaper than Special K I thought I'd give them a go as they couldn't be all that different and they looked the same on the picture on the box. On the box it claims they are 'flakes of toasted rice and wheat fortified with vitamins' ok so I bought them. I poured my first bowl fully expecting the familiar malty Special K taste. Sadly I was wrong. The only word I can think of to describe these is 'diabolical'

      The flakes are small and very thin they smelt like normal cornflakes, which wasn't a real problem but they have very little, if any taste to them. Whilst they do have a good crunch to them they go soggy far too quickly in milk. I can only assume that is because of how thin they are. They have an odd after taste which I can't quite put my finger on. I wouldn't say it was exactly a chemical after taste but I find it hard to believe that anything would taste like this in nature. More sort of an undercooked but burnt taste (if that makes any sense). This is a cereal where simply putting the inner bag into a special K box would not fool anyone at all. This is not something I will be buying again. The remainder of the box went into making chocolate 'corn flake' cakes which I made with my nephew as he is staying with me this week. The taste of the flakes was improved by the chocolate but that would not have been hard.


      Nutritional Info (per 100g of cereal)

      Energy 1570kJ (370kcal)
      Protein 12.0g
      Carbohydrate 76.0g (sugars 11.6g)
      Fat 1.9g (saturates 0.6g )
      Fibre 4.4g
      Sodium 0.8g (Salt 1.9g)

      Whilst they state they are suitable for vegetarians they do contain milk and so are not suitable for vegans. They also contain wheat and gluten and whilst there are no nuts in the recipe but they may contain nut traces.

      This is one of those examples where saving money really did not help. I'm sticking to my special K or at worst the regular shops own brands. Yes they cost more but I'm not going to save money by buying something I don't like and probably would have to force myself to eat.

      These cost £1.35 for a box of 500g. I wouldn't even pay just 2p for a box in future.

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        28.06.2009 23:47
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        Every Little Counts!

        Country Barn Special Flakes is one of Tesco's cheaper lines 'discount branded' products.

        The discounted range is Tescos answer to compete with the likes of Aldi and Lidl that are taking market share. You will recognise the line by the yellow and red label on the products stating 'Discount Brands at TEsco' followed by a £ being cut in half with scissors!

        As a fan of Special K but not of its price I am always on the lookout for a cheaper alternative.

        At £1.33 for 500g compared to about £2.80 for the special K these German produced Flakes offer quite a saving!

        Basically its flakes of toasted rice and wheat, fortified with vitamins and low in fat. Not much different to Special K really!
        It is suitable for vegetarians. It contains milk, wheat and gluten but no nuts for those with allergies.

        Ingredients : Rice (60%), Wheat (15%), Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Barley Malt Extract, Wheat Flour, Dried Skimmed Milk, Salt, Wheatgerm, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Nicotinamide, Vitamin E, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

        100g contains :

        Energy 1570kJ (370kcal)
        Protein 12.0g
        Carbohydrate 76.0g
        sugars 11.6g
        Fat 1.9g
        saturates 0.6g
        trans fatty acids 0.2g
        Fibre 4.4g
        Sodium 0.8g
        Salt Equivalent 1.9g
        Vitamin E 10.0mg (100% of RDA)
        Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 1.4mg (100% of RDA)
        Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 1.6mg (100% of RDA)
        Niacin 18.0mg (100% of RDA)
        Vitamin B6 2.0mg (100% of RDA)
        Folic Acid 200.0mg (100% of RDA)
        Vitamin B12 1.0mg (100% of RDA)
        Pantothenic Acid 6.0mg (100% of RDA)

        I find these special flakes crispy and tasty and not dissimilar at all to the leading brands. They do tend to go soggy rather quickly though but this really isnt a problem for me as Im usually on to my next serving before that happens!

        In my opinion switch the inner bag and place into your Special K box and the family will never notice!

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