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I am a huge fan of cereal, often having some as a snack as well as for breakfast. This is one of my faves and despite it being pretty costly I buy it often as I love it so much!
It is basically wheat flakes, with toasted rice, oats and a honey flavour. Not being a huge fan of honey itself I like how this cereal is not too sweet or too honey-ish, it is just the right amount of sweetness in my opinion. It is very much like a muesli, like Alpen or something, but without the dried fruit part (whcih I hate in muesli!).
The 325g box is normally around the £3 mark, or just under, but I have spotted a few offers recently where you can get two boxes for around £4 which isn't so bad. There are 3 sizes available of this cereal, I can't remember what size the other two are but the larger one will cost you about £4. So it isn't cheap, but what makes it more costly for me is that it is so tasty I finish a box in no time so it doesn't last long!
Being Special K it is meant to be healthier / less calories / fat etc, though to be perfectly honest I just buy it because I like it, not because I am on a diet!
Treat yourself to a box (though be warned, it gets addictive!).
I've always loved special K, and my favourite has to be the Oats and Honey one! I dont need to eat a low fat cereal but I like to eat a healthy cereal. I like the "normal" special K also, and enjoy the taste.
I only buy the Oats and Honey when they are on special offer as they can reach almost £3 a box which I think is too much. But you can sometimes buy 2 boxes for £4.
The flakes are slightly shiny with the honey with little puffs of rice and there are bits of oats as well, which is great as I love oats. I like the honey taste and for me it's not too sweet, but I know others who say it is too sweet.
The cereal stays crunchy when you put milk in the bowl and there are lots of textures going on which I like. Special K oats and honey is included in the special K diet plan (2 bowls, 2 meals 2 weeks). This is only advised as a short term weight loss plan as it's not exactly healthy to eat sugary cereal for 2 weeks. So you dont get bored there are various version of special K (too many to mention) so you can have differnet flavours each day.
According to the box of special K Oats and Honey, a 30g bowl contains:
- 115 calories
- 0.8g Fat
- and 0.2g salt
It also has essential nutrients and B vitamins.
Overall, I really enjoy this cereal and it is not just for people who want to lose weight! It is quite sweet and higher in sugar than some other cereals.
I've recently been following the Special K Diet plan, which allows you to create a personal plan based around eating two bowls of Special K cereal a day, in combination with a healthy balanced meal for lunch or tea. I was on the lookout for variations to the normal Special K flakes as I figured it would get boring eating the exact same thing twice a day for two weeks. Looking for some different flavours, I came across the Oats & Honey variety at Tesco, for the reduced price of £2, usual cost is £2.87 for the 425g box.
Special K Oats & Honey is described as "crunchy honey rice and wheat flakes with mixed cereal. A delicious multi-grain blend of lightly toasted rice and wheat flakes with wholesome oats, a touch of golden honey... and still less than 3% fat!"
Honey is one of my favourite ingredients ever, but I couldn't taste it very strongly in this cereal The Special K flakes are made of rice rather than corn, and are light and crispy. The flakes are nice and crunchy and kept their texture well without going soggy. As well as flakes, there is also a mixture of cereal grains which have a chewy texture and I didn't really enjoy these. It is a little like muesli. This was not as sweet tasting as the other Special K cereals I've tried so far. It's best to eat Special K cereal with semi-skimmed milk to get the best result as part of the diet plan.
The fat content for this cereal is extremely low, only 3g per serving of cereal. However, the sugar content is very high, with 13g per serving being sugar. This does not seem like a particularly healthy amount and once again I am questioning how healthy this cereal really is. It seems out of proportion especially seeing as this cereal is aimed at those trying to watch their shape and lose weight while maintaining a healthy diet. This seems to be the same with other Special K cereals I have bought previously and I will be checking the labels more thoroughly next time.
This cereal tastes quite nice, has a good mix of grains and is very filling. I find that a bowl of this cereal keeps me full right up to lunchtime, and I am even skipping on my biscuits that usually accompany my morning tea break. Great for keeping hunger at bay, and gives a nice start to the morning.
Ingredients: Rice, Sugar, Wheat (Whole Wheat, Wheat Flour), Whole Oats (13%), Wheat Gluten, Honey Coated Oats (5%) (Oats, Honey, Sugar), Cereal Crispies (Oat, Flour, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Salt), Honey (2%), Defatted Wheatgerm, Dried Skimmed Milk, Puffed Brown Rice, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid
Nutritional values 30g serving with 125ml of s/s milk:
Energy 738kJ 174kcal
Carbohydrate 29g -of which sugars 13g -of which starch 16g
Fat 3g -of which saturates 1.5g
Being on the health kick I am on, and hearing only good things about Special K I decided to pop to the supermarket before work and check out some cereals.
This appealed to me as the box is quite nice (book/cover and all that yes I know) and it clearly states less than 3% fat and they are running a "love your shape for summer" campaign so I though yeah, why not!
At £3 a pop for a 425g box I wasn't that impressed. It says you should get 14 30g servings out of it but really I don't weigh my cereal at work in the morning and am clearly having way more than 30g as I find it lasts about a week and a half.
Now I don't have milk with my cereal, which most people will find crazy, but anyway it means I can't comment on how soggy it goes/stays when milk is added. However I have heard that it is pretty good, but check out other reviews for more on that as I like it dry.
Perhaps having it dry means I get a better sense of the taste, which I actually really like. I've never had special K before but I like the mixture of the flakes puffed rice pieces and honey taste. The honey taste was not overwhelming and the ratio was just right.
For a healthy morning breakfast option I would definately recommend this cereal. For a 30g serving theres 114 calories, 6g of sugar, 0.8g of fat and 0.2g of salt. You can do the 2 bowls for 2 weeks thing on this and it would probably fill you up, I have my breakfast at 8.30am and am not starving at midday (an 10.45 apple snack is included!)
I hope they are on offer sometimes as I did find them quite expensive for a relatively small box, but I guess thats just the brand.
So buy (on offer) and enjoy!
After branching out into the daring world of Special K bliss bars (See earlier review) I realised that I had been short sighted in only sticking to the Peach and Apricot variety of cereal.
Now I have to admit I did have very good reasons for loyalty to the peach and apricot. Mainly having tried the original variety and realised it tastes just like cardboard it was a welcome change to try the sweet yumminess of the peach and apricot. And after all they say stick to what you know.
However after trying the bliss cereal bars and really enjoying them I was starting to feel rebellious. I was planning on buying the Bliss cereal as I was sure I would like that however when about to purchase them I noticed the Oats and Honey variety. Now I had heard of them, I'm pretty sure I remember seeing an advert for htem but I hadn't really given them much thought. I have to say I was tempted by the packet which pictured the oozing honey drizzling over the oats and as I absolutely love honey I decided to be really brave and try this one instead.
The packaging is pretty much the same as all special K boxes just with the addition of the aforementioned oozing honey (ooh I'm getting hungry just thinking about it).
Upon opening the packet and pouring them into my bowl I was shocked to discover just how different the cereal actually looked. Most special K looks exactly the same, the same flakes just with the addition of berries or peach slices etc. However Special K is a mixture of the flakes and rice pieces, which I assume are the oats however look just like rice crispies!
This was a nice change and made the cereal taste abit lighter than usual. The honey had also given it a nice sweet taste to it, unlike the cardboardyness of the original, but not quite as sweet as the peach and apricot. I actually was eating this with yoghurt and honey anyway so it didn't really matter to me that it wasn't as sweet and in fact it made a nice change.
I would definitely be buying this again and would recommend it to anyone. Although I don't think I like it quite as much as the peach and apricot it is still a tasty, low fat cereal.
I have to say that I bought the oast and honey special K after being really impressed with the red berries variety.
I had my first bowl this morning and its not quite up there with the red berry but it is a step in the right direction for special K.
Again this variety through the help of its added extras has managed to disguise the signature cardboard taste of special K. The cereal is actually quite nice and does not scream out with every mouthfull "you are on a diet!"
The honey flavour does not come across very strongly however there is a nice oaty crunch to it and it has a taste of crunchy nut clusters (I go through a lot of cereal!).
The box states that there is only 174 calories with a serving of semi skimmed milk which leaves slimmers a good amount to play with for the rest of the day and lets people like me know that we have at least started the day in the right direction!
I am not a huge fan of food companies trying to make us believe that their product is packed with essential nutrients which will turn us into health gurus. Apparently special k has 9 essential nutrients which I suppose is nice to know that we are getting some extra goodness from our breakfast!
Now we are well and truly into the new year, it is time to try and start the old fitness regime off again. I'm not a great lover of Kelloggs Special K as I find them a bit of a nothing in taste. So I was pleased when I spotted these Special K Oats & Honey boxes on the shelf in Tesco's, also they were on special offer at only £1.40 for a 425g box.
Now when pouring into a bowl you will notice that they are the same Special K flakes, but with a slight coating of honey on and a lot of loose oats mixed in, also coated in honey as well.The honey taste is quite strong and at first I wasn't too keen as I'm not a honey eater, but after a couple of days it didn't taste quite so strong. There are also little puffed rice pieces as well. I find that where this cereal has oats in I feel full up for longer , so no snacking during the morning before lunchtime.
Now the cereal stay's quite firm and doesn't go soggy, as soon as the milk is added ( maybe if left for a few minutes it might do then!). The different textures of this cereal make it a much tastier breakfast than the plain normal Special K. Everbodys heard of the Special K diet, where you eat a bowl for breakfast and another either for lunch or dinner, with your 3rd meal being a healthy well balanced meal. You should do this for 2 weeks only and should expect to lose some weight!( I've never tried this so I can't say if it works or not!)
There are now several different types of Special K cereals on the market to choose from. Several berry types, which I personally don't like, as the fruit tastes to processed.
Each 30g serving contains;
So all in all a healthy cereal to have for your breakfast, especially if you are trying to lose weight. A very low fat breakfast with 9 essential nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Iron, Folic Acid ect....
Kelloggs do offer a lot of advice on the back of their cereal box for anyone wanting advice about dieting, there is a discussion group so you can find your "shape buddy", a Special K nutritionist offering advice and a meal plan you can follow. The website to contact is;
So I will be sticking to my new SpecialK Oats & Honey for the next few weeks!!.
To be honest I'm not really a cereal person but now and then I will have a bowl for breakfast or even as a dessert in the evenings. I don't stick to one cereal though always wanting to try new things so I picked up a box of Special K Oats and Honey the other day.
Special K Oats and Honey comes in the usual 650g white cardboard box, sitting inside is a tightly sealed bag with the cereal in. The front of the box clearly tells us they are Kellogg's Special K Oats and Honey with less than 3% fat.
Each 30g serving contains;
This cereal is basically crunchy honey rice and wheat flakes mixed with cereal. To look at the cereal it looks like it's going to be quite a dry and bland cereal but I enjoyed eating it both with and without milk.
The flakes are a generous size, they provide the crunch within the cereal, the honey rice is small, soft and fluffy and overall the cereal tastes satisfyingly sweet, yet not sugary or fake. The subtle honey sweetness tastes lovely mixed in with the crunchy flakes and the small oats which I found quite filling too. Even to just pick on this cereal they taste very sweet and toothsome. It's not the most flavoursome cereal around but it wasn't as boring as I was expecting it to be, it provided a little flavour and wasn't to tedious or bland munching my way through them. I'd definitely buy them again. I didn't find the milk made them overly soggy that they lacked any crunch nor did they remain too hard either I had a bit of softness and something to bite into at the same time.
I did my Ocado shop and ordered the reg cereal, special K yogherty, which I simply adore. Been really trying to be a bit more healthy rather than toast with a load of fatty niceness all over it. So was totally delighted to see new Special K oats and honey, was very expensive for a 425g box, think it was £2.69. Says on the pack it is 14x30g serving and good for the 2 bowls...2 meals...2 week challenge....get in!
Getting mine and the kids breakfast the next morning, I was act8lly looking forward to my new cereal, had the image of a light cr8nchy n8t cornflakes......which I can literally eat at any time of day or night...I don't I hasten to add. Well I tipped a bowl f8ll o8t and it looked very dry and a bit powdery. I can mearly compair it to a cheap own brand val8e m8seli. I added the milk and I have to say, the floating crispies and dry irreg shaped flakes floated aro8nd the top. It was not crispy, more dry and hard. I cannot identify any honey flavor at all, b8t i admit is a low cal cereal, so sho8ld it taste sweeter and be more ind8lgent???I think not.
Overall, not great, given special K do some wonderf8l (yogerty) cereals, and have simply let themselves down with this offering.
I like to eat cereal for my breakfast and occaisionally as a snack throughout the day, and have tried loads of varietys. One of the cereals I regularly eat is Special K.
I try to eat Special K as I beleive it is healthy, however because they taste slightly bland I end up putting sugar on the top which is defeating the purpose of it being good for me. When I saw the Special K Oats and Honey on the supermarket shelf, I thought I'd give them a try instead of the normal sort.
This cereal can be purchased at most supermarkets and is rather pricey unless the supermarket has a offer on. I paid £2.69 for a 425g box, which is a really small box for the price.
Having a 30g serving of this cereal for your breakfast will give you just 6% of your reccommended daily calorie intake. This sounds good, however most people will have a bigger portion than 30g and will eat less than 2000 calories a day - so in reality a bowl will probably give you more like 10% of your daily calories.
This cereal is low in fat but suprisingly high in sugars - with a large bowl giving you 12% of your reccommended daily sugar allowance - that sounds like a lot.
I immediatley liked the taste of this cereal. It tastes like Special K with sugar on and has bits of oats floating around aswell. It is crunchy, sweet and delicious, with a lovely texture because of the oats. I couldn't fault the taste.
This cereal tastes lovely and I definatley enjoyed eating it and will most likely eat it again.
I find the price too high for such a smmal box so will probably just keep an eye open for any offers or deals in the supermarkets before buying it again.
I was shocked at the amount of sugar that a bowl contains but I guess that is because of the honey. I still think it is a pretty healthy choice for breakfast - a lot better than a bacon buttie anyway !!
Overall, I wouldd reccommend you try this as it is nice and tasty, however I won't be buying it often as it is pricey.,
When I saw the advert for this new Special K cereal, I was immediately intrigued. It conjured up images of warming, yet healthy, winter morning breakfasts. However, when I saw the cost of the cereal in my local supermarket (about £2.80 for a 250g box at the time) I could have almost cried!
I did however put my short arms into my long pockets and bought a box - I was not disappointed. The cereal contained the usual Special K wheat flakes, along with a good sprinkling of oats. Nothing too Special there I here you cry. It is only when mixed with hot milk that this cereal comes to life. It transforms into a honey-fied, sweet, warming and wholesome morning breakfast! The honey coating on the flakes gradually dissolves into the milk and gives it a really lovely, warming and wintery taste.
You don't need a very large portion of this cereal to fill you up - the oats really do the job and the specified 30g portion is more than adequate.
My 2.5 year old daughter also loves this cereal -she only likes hot cereals, so this was a real treat for her to try some of "mummy's honey cereal".
My advice would be to get this when it is on offer - Morrison's had it on half price recently and I stocked right up!
In summary, a lovely wintery breakfast treat for the whole family.
As part of myself and my husband new "health kick" I have had to change my way of thinking snack wise. Now I know many of you think I shouldn't be snacking or encouraging my husband to snack, but without a bit of something to look forwards to. Please no smutty comments to that statement, we have been together for 15 years, I'm lucky if I can be arsed to raise a smile after being at work all day!
My final idea, snack wise, was the fact that we both enjoy cereal, and as we never have the time to eat breakfast in the morning, we wouldn't get bored with eating some at night.
On one of our shopping trips to Asda, and as is always the case in January, a lot of what people class as health food goes on offer, it's like the entire country decides to diet!
The one offer that caught my eye was the offer that meant any Special K product was reduced down to £2.00 a box, this covered all the different cereals and also the bars, so of course I indulged, this is how I discovered this particularly wonderful cereal.
The cereal I will now review is - "Kellogs Special K, oats and honey"
The box is the standard box that you would expect to see with all the Special K range, there is the white background and the obligatory red "K". Across the bottom there is a picture of the cereal falling into a bowl and also some honey, just incase you can't read and didn't realise this contained honey!
There is also all the other information you would expect, brand name, product name and brief description, the fact that this is a new product, claims that this product contains less than 3% fat and finally a statement that this can be served with hot or cold milk, with full instructions on how to do so on the side of the box.
When you pour some of this from the box may I first recommend that you shake it very gently, as some of the things in this cereal are slightly smaller and lighter than others if you shake it first it evenly distributes the ingredients meaning you have a wider variety of flakes within your breakfast.
When you pour the contents into a bowl you will be faced with a melange of different flakes, shapes and sizes.
There are of course the usual flakes, these are no different in size, and are still rough in texture and wheat and sweet in taste. These are however covered in honey, these I find don't go as soft when covered in milk.
There is then a good proportion of puffed rice pieces, these may look a little different to what you expect, this can only assume is because they are not covered in sugar, as are some children's cereals and also because they are made from brown rice.
The final element to this cereal is oats. This is literally a generous sprinkle of what looks like porridge oats, which at first worried me as I have never eaten porridge oats with cold milk before, but this explains why this would be deemed as so delicious with hot milk.
The taste of this is actually really nice, the sweetness of the honey coated flakes is balanced out beautifully with floury wheatiness of the porridge oats, the puffed rice offers little in terms of flavour but plays a big part in terms of adding texture to the cereal, the fact that these are still quite crispy after the oats have gone soft is again an added advantage.
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per 30g serving served with 125ml semi-skimmed milk,
13g of which sugars
1.5g of which saturates.
Within this one bowl of cereal it provides 29% of an adults recommended daily allowance of -
As I mentioned earlier these were on offer at my local Asda, but I have seen them on offer at Tesco's also, although not as cheap!
For more information visit - www.kellogs.co.uk
This is a lovely alternative to bog standard cereals, providing a great amount of goodness for your body, and if like me you are dieting it fills you up more than sufficiently, and stops you snacking!
Thanks for reading x
Here we go again. The Special K family is diversifying faster than I can keep track of. I've barely finished one new blend when they've given birth to a new one. This time, the newest addition
to the family is Special K Oats & Honey.
I simply had to buy this, with a little pressure from my daughter who loves any cereal that boasts the word 'honey' in its title.
Special K has long been touted as a great way to lose weight. 'The Special K Challenge' is just one of the associations with diets that Special K has had over the years. However, if you're planning to diet using breakfast cereal, you can find a whole host of different brands and flavours on the supermarket shelves that'll do the same job as Special K. So I wouldn't deliberately choose this particular cereal as a diet aid.
What I would say, is choose the cereal for its health properties and most importantly, its taste. Taste is personal to everyone of course and I can only offer my own opinion here.
~~~What are they like?~~~
So what's different about this new branch of Special K? Well, on pouring out a bowlful for myself and my daughter, the familiar looking Special K flakes come tumbling out. But this time they're accompanied by, funnily enough, oats. And there's another odd looking ingredient, which according to the ingredients list, is puffed rice. They are about the same size and shape as Rice Krispies. However, they're white in colour and don't taste anything like Rice Krispies. I'd say they taste very similar to a plain rice cake if you've ever had the pleasure (or not) of eating one!
The Special K flakes are covered, very slightly, with a honey flavoured coating. It doesn't overpower the lovely Special K flakes flavour, just gives them a bit more crunch with the faint honey taste. I can't say I was too fussed with the addition of puffed wheat or the oats. They didn't add anything towards the flavour in my opinion, but I suppose it does provide the cereal with an extra dimension in the 'healthy and nutritious' category.
Once they're covered in milk, they do stay crunchy for a good 5 minutes. I don't know about much longer than that they'll remain in their crunchy state as they're usually swirling their way down my insides after that time.
~~~How Much Should You Eat?~~~
The box recommends a serving size of 30g. However, on the website for the Special K challenge, the recommendation is to 'Eat up to a 45g serving of any Special K cereal with 125ml semi-skimmed milk for breakfast'. As the box indicates you'll get 14 x 30g servings it probably gives the impression that the box will last longer than it actually will!
They come packaged in a 425g recyclable cardboard box. It's unmistakably a Special K cereal with the familiar bold red K prominently on the front. The wording Oats & Honey is attractively printed in brown lettering outlined in gold. At the top, on a light blue background and printed in bright yellow with an exclamation mark after it is the word 'new!' There's a bowl brimming with special K and milk, with flakes falling down from above and into the bowl below. There's also one of those honey server thingy's, sitting in a large blob of honey and a little piece of wheat just above it for effect.
Special K Oats & Honey are available in most major supermarkets and some smaller ones. They're currently priced at around £2.89 in Sainsbury or £2.00 in Tesco (on offer until 14/10/08) down from £2.74.
Overall, I enjoyed the taste of this Special K. The honey flavour was subtle enough not to overpower the Special K flakes and they were nice and crunchy. However, I could take or leave the added extra oats and rice puffs. For me, they didn't enhance the flavour at all. Out of all the new and adventurous versions of Special K, I'd say this one comes second after the plain old original Special K which is still my favourite.
Rice, Sugar, Wheat (Whole Wheat, Wheat Flour), Whole Oats (13%), Wheat Gluten, Honey Coated Oats (5%) (Oats, Honey, Sugar), Cereal Crispies (Oat, Flour, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Salt), Honey (2%), Defatted Wheatgerm, Dried Skimmed Milk, Puffed Brown Rice, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
Allergy Information: Contains milk, wheat, oats and barley
Suitable for: Vegetarians and Halal certified
For more information: www.kelloggs.co.uk, www.kelloggs.ie
I tried the Special K Oats and Honey after being given a couple of trial size packs. These packs are 30g so a normal size serving. For those of you interested in nutritional stats here they are:
Calories 174 based on semi-skimmed milk.
There's also a list of vitamins contained within the product.
The difference between these and normal Special K is of course the addition of oats and honey so the usual malty flakes are still there. There's also a few bits that resemble rice crispies and when I checked the pack it does indeed contain "puffed brown rice".
They taste quite nice, the oats are the strongest flavour I would say so these really are oaty and you can just taste the honey. They are no more filling than normal Special K and if you regularly eat Special K and have taken notice of the calories etc they don't vary much.
One thing I don't like about Special K in all flavours is the low fibre content. I think breakfast cereal should have a good portion of fibre contained in it to keep you full for longer and find Special K doesn't keep me full very long which is why I don't usually buy it.
But overall they taste oaty, slightly sweeter than usual because of the honey and the normal taste of malt is still present. They will appeal if you like Special K and oats.
Worth a taste test if you like Special K.
A healthy multi-grain blend of lightly toasted rice and wheat flakes with wholesome oats and a touch of golden honey!