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Kellogs Raisin Wheats are like bite size shredded wheat with a raisin puree inside. They are very tasty and satisfy a sweet tooth while still feeling quite healthy. They come in an attractive purple 500g box which is quite small, and the cereal is also quite heavy so a box only lasts 2 adults and a baby for a few days. The box costs nearly £3 so this is not a cheap option, although some supermarkets do their own brand and I can't really tell the difference.
I have always liked this cereal but was drawn to it again recently as I have a 1 year old baby and this cereal is quite natural with no added salt or sugar and it is fortified with vitamins and minerals so I feel it is a suitable food for him and he loves it. Its just the write size for him to pick up and feed himself and he steals them out of our bowls as well.
I love cereals and have recently again been trying various different ones. One of the cereals I've sampled is Kelloggs Raisin Wheats.
They are made by Kelloggs which are a well known brand. Therefore they can be found in all supermarkets including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's. They can often be found in smaller shops too and little newsagents. Often they are served up at hotels and bed and breakfasts but I've only come across this once and they were in their own little box which came from a multi pack. They can be found in the cereal aisle alongside the other Kelloggs cereals. These particular ones were right next to the Bran Flakes.
They come in one sized box only and this box weighs 500g. This is pretty average for a cereal box. The price varies slightly from supermarket to supermarket and currently you will get them for the least amount in Asda who are charging £2.83. The price will be roughly the same in all supermarkets, give or take a few pence. Often there are offers on with the cereal but there are sadly none on at the moment.
The box is really quite attractive. it is a lovely purple in colour and it is quite bright so it stands out on the shelves pretty well. The back of the packet gives all nutritional and ingredients information. This is set out well and is easy to read. There is often a competition on the back too or a promotion. recently this was Harry Potter. There is a yellow strip on the front of the packet which holds the brand and product name. Under this there is a lovely product description written in fun swirly writing and then under that a picture of the delicious product itself.
Inside the box, the cereal is kept in a plastic bag, this is see through and allows you to see in to the product. The bag is filled roughly 3 quarters full which I feel was pretty good. The bag is easy to open and as soon as you do, you can smell a delicious wheat smell. It is really sweet!
Pouring some into a bowl, the milk pours over easily. It does soak in but not totally. Spooning the cereal into my mouth I was hit by a heavenly taste. The first piece I had was quite crispy. The wheat pieces were just like shredded wheat or shreddies only a little thicker. They had a lovely sweetness to them too. There weren't a lot of raisins in each piece but there was just enough to give them a lovely fruity tang and a lovely chewy texture. I really enjoyed them. By the end of the bowl the cereal had become soggy but the raisins still gave it a lovely strong taste!
A recommended portion size is 40g however I reckon I had about 50g. 40g with 125 ml of semi skimmed milk contains 189 calories and 3g of fat. I reckon I had about 200ml milk though. They aren't the healthiest cereal out there but they aren't the unhealthiest either. I'd definitely give them a go.
So, having got the day off work, I've taken it upon myself to come up with a couple of new reviews to keep the 'fans' happy! First off...breakfast time.
Now, I'm hardly a connoisseur when it comes to breakfast cereal, and it was heartbreaking to find out that it appears DooYoo doesn't have a review page for Kellogg's Ricicles?! This is a travesty, and had there of been one, you lucky people would be learning about something that is simply frosted Rice Krispies right now. Thankfully however, one of the few other cereals I'm not sick off after years of eating that is on DooYoo is the much forgotten Raisin Wheat.
Made by Kellogg's, (who else?!) inbetween it's workers only doing half days on Friday (inclusion of a current affairs topic - bonus marks) they also came up with this little number. The cereal is made from shredded wholegrain wheat, with each individual parcel filled with a raisin centre. Bigger that your average cereal piece (if such an average exists) they measure about 1 inch in length by about three-quarters of that in width. Naturally, the box it all comes in is your run-of-the-mill 500g size. All packaged in a rather striking purple motif.
Now, here's the scientific part - the ingredient. As you'd like to expect with all cereals, there aren't many ingredients...yet for this little number, there are probably a few to many to make first-time parents sleep easy at night...
Shredded Wholewheat, Raisins (23%), Glycerine, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
...Well, at least there's a lot of vitamins in amongst whatever glycerine and folic acid are...
From a consumption point of view, I often find the last few 'wheats' in the bowl a bit too much to eat as they're soggy and completed saturated with milk, making them taste more like damp tissue paper with a Sunmaid Raisin stuffed inside. Those with too little milk are dry like Gandhis flip-flop, so there's a specific median that is required. Not too wet, not too dry. (It appears I'm making it sound like eating this cereal as a thankless task! It is delicious, honest!)
Now, to sum it up, I naturally went to Wikipedia for information on the cereal. Naturally it gave me nothing of use to me whatsoever, apart from the fact that, apparently, the "cereal has been subsequently manufactured by numerous other suppliers under a generic brand, often in supermarkets' "own brand" range - in the United Kingdom, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose have all produced their own versions of the cereal." Well, that's something nice for us all to know if we're watching the purse strings and rather than eating supermarket's own brand wood shavings (or 'corn flakes' if you will) you can find something a little more extravagant.
Just don't leave them in the milk too long.
I am someone who tries to eat a healthy balanced diet but sometimes I really don't have time for breakfast, even though it is meant to be the most important meal of the day. If I have a long day ahead of me though, the first thing I will do is try to have cereal as I do enjoy it if I find one I like. My only bad point is that I have a craving for cereal and then I get bored after a few bowls and want to change my cereal. I had Sugar Puffs, but then I got sick of them so I looked on the shelf and noticed a childhood favourite of mine which is now not as expensive as it used to be so I decided to buy it. I'm so sure back a few years ago these used to be called Raisin Splitz but I haven't had them in years and now they are called Raisin Wheats.
The history of the company is it started in February 1906 when William Kellogg filed the papers making the company official. Cornflakes were discovered around 1876 and Kellogg's are now one of the most successful companies in the world.
The cereal packaging is quite nice and stands out on the shelf. The main eye catching thing is the bright yellow band which the text is on and on it is the purple text 'Raisin Wheats', Purple being my favourite colour I do like the box as I feel it is bright and the image of the cereal in the bottom right colours attracts attention. On the back a lot of information is given about keeping active and having a healthy lifestyle. It also has hints and tips by Philippa Forrester who must be their spokesperson.
On the nutritional information, a typical bowl with milk is 189 calories which is actually not bad considering the daily amount is 2000. The actual cereal itself is kept in the box in a plastic bag to keep it sealed and fresh. The cereal is like little rectangles of wheat almost like Shredded Wheat but inside is a raisin filling which is unusual.
The actual cereal, I don't think you get as much cereal with this as you do with smaller cereals like Coco Pops or Rice Krispies but they are heavier and it is a 500g box. The cereal absorbs the milk but I prefer to leave them in the milk for a few minutes so they are softer, otherwise they just taste really dry. So they don't really smell apart from of wheat but they taste really good and the raisin makes them nice because I don't like wheat cereals on their own as they are too plain.
Taking a spoonful of the cereal it tastes nice, chewing the wheat all goes and then the raisin taste mixes to give a very nice taste. You can taste the fruitiness but it is chewy in a good way not dry at all. The cereal being heavy is a lot more filling than others but this is good as I feel a normal sized bowl can keep me going right until lunch whereas other cereals don't always satisfy my hunger and still make me hungry later.
The box is easy to open and can be kept closed to keep the cereal fresh. This cereal is very nice and I did love it when I was younger. However, now having it again older it isn't as good as it used to be and I feel like it gets a bit bland once you have had it most days for a few weeks.
The cereal can be bought in all good supermarkets in the cereal aisle. I went for the 150g box and I bought mine at Asda where it only cost me £1.50. I thought this was really good for Kellogg's as a lot of their classics such as Coco Pops are now really expensive and it put me off buying it. Raisin Wheats are not too pricey but the box empties quicker than most and I found in 2 weeks my box was finished and that wasn't having cereal every day.
For more Kellogg's information or product information, go to http://www.kelloggs.co.uk and then you can find out everything you need to know.