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      09.12.2012 01:25
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      A chocolate cereal

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      I enjoy chocolate cereals, and decided to try out Moons and Stars, especially as it is part of the Coco Pops family.


      The cereal is packaged in a plastic bag inside a box, as most cereals are. It comes in the shape of...you guessed it...mini brown crescent moons and stars. I tend to heat up milk in the microwave in a bowl, and then add the cereal to it afterwards. The cereal gets quickly soaked up and soggy in hot milk, as the cereal bits are quite thin (compared to Nesquik - my normal cereal). Those that haven't been soaked up in the milk, are quite crunchy, much like coco pops themselves, but taste more chocolatey than coco pops. The soggy ones don't taste great, they taste like mushy milk. However, the partially soggy and partially crunchy bits taste the best, so start eating the cereal almost immediately after it has been made.


      Moons and Stars make the milk a chocolatey colour and flavour, however the milk is not as chocolatey as Nesquik cereal. It is almost like there is a pinch or two of chocolate powder that has been mixed into the milk, so the milk tastes sweet, but for those of you who don't like plain milk, like me, the flavour is not chocolatey enough, and I do need to add more cereal in order to absorb the remaining milk. The advantage of this lack of flavour also means there is a lack of fragrance, so it doesn't leave the air smelling sickeningly of chocolate the way Nesquik cereal does.


      One of the things I like about this cereal is that it does not leave you with large bits of cereal stuck in between your teeth as much as Nesquik does. Moons and Stars is a cereal that makes a good snack as well as meal for breakfast. I like eating this dry, when I'm hungry.


      Nesquik Moons and Stars is usually available in most supermarkets and costs between £2 and £3. It has been a few weeks since I have seen this cereal in any supermarket, so I am unsure whether it is just out of stock or whether it has been discontinued. But, if it is still available, this is a cereal that I would definitely recommend.


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        07.03.2010 20:22
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        I wholeheartedly recommend them, and if you don't like them, I'll eat them.

        Coco pops moons and stars are a chocolate and hazlenut breakfast cereal shaped like moons and stars (bet you'd never have guessed that). They are slightly harder than traditional coco pops, but the packaging is such that they're clearly intended to be in the same family - same colouring, same monkey, as well as the coco pops name. In reality, the only similarity is that your milk still turns brown.

        Not too brown, though - my son dislikes coco pops because he says the texture of the milk at the end is wrong, but with these, the milk tastes chocolatey without being powdery. The texture is all different to coco pops, too, being as these are a multigrain cereal more similar to weetos than the familiar puffed rice. They're not quite like anything else though, and therein lies their appeal.

        The taste is chocolatey with a hint of hazlenut, not overpowering, perfect for first thing. The subtle flavour makes them an ideal companion to coffee or tea (or juice... anything you like, really) and not too heavy after a hard night of baby teething.

        In general, this is a favourite with all the family, both dry (my daughter's preferred method) and milky (everyone else's). After one try, we keep comoing back, and this can usually be found in our cupboard.

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        07.01.2010 17:38
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        chocolatey breakfast

        For the last couple of years, Coco Pops brand has brought few more additions to their range. We tried some and they all taste nice but quite sweet. So I'm not really keen on them and my son is not a fan of cereal either but I usually have them around in case he fancy having one. It's quite an alternative for me to offer him something different especially in the morning.

        PACKAGING
        It comes in a bright yellow carton box with the spaceman's helmet
        monkey, a product name and brand name written in brown and white at th front. A very colourful packaging with lots of information (GDA, nutritional info, etc.) written at the back and both sides.

        TASTE
        It's chocolate flavoured in the shape of moons and stars. It's a bit harder but can easily be softened in just a minute after pouring the milk, then you can taste the nice sweet nutty twist cereal.

        INGREDIENTS
        Cereal Flours (Wheat (32%), Rice (19%), Oat (7%)), Sugar, Chocolate (7%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass), Cocoa Powder, Glucose Syrup, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Flavourings, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

        PRICE
        I'm always on the look out for special offer. I used to purchase 2 for £3 which was a bargain but they normally cost £2.29 a box.

        NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
        (30g serving with 125ml of semi skimmed milk)
        Energy 173kcal
        Protein 7g
        Carbohydrate 30g
        of which sugars 16g
        starch 14g
        Fat 4g
        of which saturates 2g
        Fibre 1.5g
        Sodium 0.2g
        Salt 0.45g
        Thiamin (B1) 0.4mg (29% rda)
        Riboflavin (B2) 0.7mg (44% RDA)
        Niacin 4.7mg (26% rda)
        Vitamin B6 0.6mg (29% rda
        Folic Acid 58ug (29% rda)
        Vitamin B12 0.77 ug (77% rda)
        Calcium 288mg (36% rda)
        Iron 2.4mg (17% rda

        As explained on their packaging that each bowl only contain 114 calories which is just 6% of our GDA which isn't that bad.

        CONCLUSION
        As having a child whose been a picky eater. It's always a good thing for me to find an alternative if he don't fancy anything on our table. The product and shapes that kelloggs offered quite encourage children to eat healthier. Those variety of option that they introduced inspire children to eat something that contains vitamins and minerals. The fact that it's sweet and chocolatey, it still has something good to offer that gave them a boost or energy they needed especially in the morning before going to school. As long as we all know our limits when it comes to giving them what is necessary, I don't think that we need to worry about the sweetness. As for my son, he also love them with hot milk which I also find yummy.

        Thank you for reading ;-D

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        27.10.2009 12:35
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        My favourite Cereal is Coco Pops. Over the last couple of years the Coco Pops brand has brought out a few more additions and this is 1 of them. I was wanting to try the new additions, but thought I would still be loyal to the original Coco Pops.

        The packaging for these is alright. There is still the yellow colour from the other Coco Pops and the writing is in brown. There is a large picture of a bowl of the Cereal and there is the Coco Pops Monkey, who is the mascot. The Cereal is in a plastic bag inside and seems to stay fresh enough.

        The price of these are around £2.29 for a 350g box.

        This Cereal is dark brown like the other Coco Pops but instead of being little Rice type Puffs, these are in the shape of 5 pointed Stars and half moons. The Milk still turns Chocolatey, but there is a hint of Hazelnut in the Cereal. A nice taste to it, but I don't think they had to add the Hazelnut flavouring, as it would taste nice without it.

        Per 30g bowl with 125ml semi skimmed Milk this has 177 calories and 3.5g fat.

        These were nice, but nothing that special, To look at the shapes, I thought they would be really hard and crunchy, and they were a bit harder than the original Coco Pops, but with a little time in the Milk they softened up a little. They tasted nice and sweet, with a little Nutty twist.

        I've tried them, they are alright, but unless they are on a good offer price wise, then I wouldn't seek these out.

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          29.04.2009 16:53
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          The unhealthy way to start the day

          Kellogg's Coco Pops Moons & Stars is a cereal clearly aimed at little kids. Witness the colourful packaging and spectacular TV ads associated with this cereal. Inside the box you'll find the cereal is contained within an inner plastic bag. Once opened the cereal is similar to Coco Pops but instead of just being derived from rice, it is also constituted from wheat and oats. The highly processed mixture is covered in coco powder and has been shaped into small stars and crescent shaped moons.

          Kellogg's Coco Pops Moons & Stars are a highly processed food with plenty of flavouring and additives. This is necessary because the puffed cereal mixture alone would taste awful and be completely devoid of flavour. It would also possess virtually zero nutrition as all the natural vitamins are destroyed during the baking process. The added vitamins allow the Kellogg's corporation to market and promote this dried grunge as a health food.

          Kellogg's Coco Pops Moons & Stars are more dense and less light and crispy than coco pops. But like Coco Pops, once milk is added they turn soggy after about ten minutes. The milk has a tendency to turn into a chocolaty brown colour. The cereal is very sweet, too sweet, and certainly doesn't need the addition of sugar. As well as a strong chocolate aroma and taste there is also a hint of hazelnut. Whatever taste you might detect, be sure that it will be saturated with a sickly sugary residue.

          In fact Kellogg's Coco Pops Moons & Stars contain more sugar than almost any other cereal being sold in the UK. According to a latest 'Which?' magazine report, the cereal is more than a third - 37% - pure sugar (37g per 100g). This is more sugar than you get in a Cadburys Flake and yet incredibly the cereal is sold as a healthy breakfast option for children. Is it any wonder that childhood obesity and diabetes is on the rise? I find it unbelievable how so many people are willing to pay nearly £2 for a 400g box of this crap and feed it to there kids.

          Kellogg's have criticised the 'Which?' report by saying: "reports like this are part of their drive to curb obesity yet they demonise breakfast cereals that, with milk, have around 170 calories". Obviously Kellogg's haven't looked on the side of a box of their Coco Pops Moons & Stars which indicates clearly that there are a massive 393 calories per 100g serving.

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            01.08.2008 21:45
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            A bit of a gimmick but at least it has vitamins!

            Made by Kellogg's, 'Moons and Stars' is a fairly new addition to the range of breakfast cereals and comes under the Coco Pops banner. They've only been available for a few months, and of course, anything new, my kids have to try!

            These are chocolate flavoured shapes, with a hint of hazelnut, in the shape of... wait for it... moons and stars! It's a nice idea for the kids, but I do feel these new cereals are somewhat overpriced. It costs just over £2 for a 350g packet, and that doesn't last too long in our house. According to the packet you get appoximately 11 x 30g servings in a box. Well, my daughter usually has at least two bowls a day, one for breakfast, and another when she gets in from school, and sometimes sneaks another in for supper. She is obsessed with cereal, and this is her favourite at the moment.

            To be perfectly honest, I don't personally think they taste all that different to any number of other chocolate flavoured cereals, like Coco Pops, for example. They do have that hint of hazelnut which makes them a bit different, I suppose, but not a lot different. They turn the milk nice and chocolatey, which is a bonus if you like that sort of thing.

            For those of you who are interested, here is a list of ingredients:

            Cereal Flours (Wheat (32%), Rice (19%), Oat (7%)), Sugar, Chocolate (7%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass), Cocoa Powder, Glucose Syrup, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Flavourings, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

            In a typical 30g serving you get:

            Energy 177kcal
            Protein 6g
            Carbohydrate 31g
            of which sugars 17g
            starch 14g
            Fat 3.5g
            of which saturates 2g
            Fibre 0.6g
            Sodium 0.2g
            Salt 0.45g
            Thiamin (B1) 0.4mg (29% rda)
            Riboflavin (B2) 0.7mg (44% RDA)
            Niacin 4.7mg (26% rda)
            Vitamin B6 0.6mg (29% rda
            Folic Acid 58ug (29% rda)
            Vitamin B12 0.77 ug (77% rda)
            Calcium 288mg (36% rda)
            Iron 2.4mg (17% rda)

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              16.06.2008 21:06
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              A delicious cereal that fools the kids into eating healthier.

              As mentioned previously on many, many occasions, my son has become rather a picky eater, eating very little that I deem good for him, so when he suddenly developed a passion for cereal I was more than pleased I can tell you, hence the product I will now review.

              The product in question is "Kellogg's coco pops moons and stars"

              ~~~~~~ THE PACKAGING ~~~~~~

              I have to be honest, if it wasn't for the fact that my son was looking out for this cereal at Asda I wouldn't have even noticed it.
              The reason for this is the packaging at a glance could be a standard "coco pops" box.
              The box is bright yellow in colour with the obligatory monkey, albeit in a spaceman's helmet floating above a bowl of the afore mentioned cereal.
              Across the box there are many statements, "cosmic chocolatey hazelnut flavour" and "NEW, multi grain".
              There is of course also the product name and the brand name across the top of the box, all written in browns and white, one can onlt assume that is to symbolise the milk and chocolate aspect of the product.
              Finally across the bottom off the box is a large blue wave with the statement "FREE SWIM WITH EVERY PACK", but I shall go into that a little later.

              ~~~~~~ THE CONTENTS ~~~~~~

              On opening the box you will see the cereal contents are, as usual in these cases, held within an inner plastic bag, the bag being quite impressively full, something you don't see everyday!
              The cereal itself is quite small in size, the stars being a perfect shape with the top of the star being concaved making the piece a little denser and the moon shape is that of a crescent, actually not the best idea as these shapes are rather sharp at the ends and quite thin, not really worth having them there!
              With the shapes being so small the bag looks positively heaving, of course there is no more in weight than any other cereal, but it's impressive none the less.

              ~~~~~~ THE TASTE ~~~~~~

              I was going to have a bowl earlier, on the sly! But my darling son caught me red handed with the packet half open and demanded to have a bowl for his pudding, of course I let him they are a lot healthier than the normal crap he has!
              The smell of this cereal in it's dry state is subtly sweet with a hint of cocoa, when the milk is poured on (semi skimmed and ice cold of course!), the milk has an instant reaction with the cereal and you can smell the hazelnut billowing off the cereal....... Mmmm I love hazelnut!
              Now I am incredibly anal when it comes to cereal eating, my son can sit nursing a bowl for anything up to an hour, engrossed in Saturday morning television, by the time he usually finishes breakfast his cereal, for want of a better phrase has gone snotty! Which is one of the reasons I like this cereal, the cereal pieces have a shiny coating of sugar on them, making them more crunchy and also less likely to soak the milk up quickly, giving me a bit more time to eat. When I say anal I mean terrible, many a time I have added the milk to my breakfast bowl only to be throwing it away a few minutes later, I now have to eat in relay, adding a little cereal and milk at a time, thus having the excuse to have seconds and thirds! This cereal diminishes that problem slightly, though I do tend to do it more out of habit now!
              The actual taste of the cereal is intensely sweet, then as the cereal is chewed and the milk puts its two penneth in the hazelnut shines through, think Weetos (if you've tried them that is!), with a nutty background depth.
              There is also the subtle addition of wheat, which I explain away to my son as more chocolate!

              ~~~~~~ NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION ~~~~~~

              These give the value per 30g bowl with 125ml of semi skimmed milk,

              177 kcal
              6g protein
              3.5g fat
              2g of which saturates

              So in respect of my weight watchers diet this make this 3 points.
              Also worth mentioning is the high level of vitamins and minerals added to the cereal, some of these are,

              Thiamin
              Riboflavin (b2)
              Niacin
              Folic Acid........ To name but a few, it also give you the daily recommended amounts of each, so you can gauge how much your child has had in one sitting, they actually contain nearly half of many of the afore mentioned vitamins.

              ~~~~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~~~~~~

              These were a real bargain, at the moment Asda seems to have an offer on many of the branded cereals sold there.
              These were purchased for 2 boxes for £3.00, the usual retail price is £1.84 a box.

              ~~~~~~ SWIM FOR FREE ~~~~~~

              I know this isn't something strictly to do with he actual product but I think it's a great opportunity to get your child doing more activity, the basic premise for the voucher printed on the back is, you cut it out then take it with you to your local participating swimming baths to claim your free swimming session, bear in mind these are for the children only, and as only children over 12 years old have to pay, save yourself the embarrassment by ringing the establishment first to check the rules and regulations.

              ~~~~~~ CONCLUSION ~~~~~~

              This is a nice product, encouraging my child to eat a little healthier, the only potential problem I have is the crescent shaped pieces, for a younger child if they don't chew properly there is the chance they could cut their own mouths, not good.
              Aside from that managing to get my son to eat multi grains without his knowledge is excuse enough for me to buy it!

              For more information on this and other products available visit - www.kelloggs.co.uk

              Thanks for reading x

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