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      17.02.2014 20:55

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      Kellogs should have left a great thing alone. The shelves at my local Tescos are always full now.

      I have been eating Special K for as long as I remember, I had it for breakfast and ask a quick fill up if I was on the go. However, a few months back, as I was chomping a bowl from a newly opened box, I thought they gone off, I found them disgusting.
      I started to close the box up to head for Tescos to return them, when I noticed the banner on the box stating " Delicious new 3 grain recipe".
      I tried them again a dat after to try and be more open minded, bearing in mind, they were supposed to be good for me. It was no good. They're awful, manky even.
      You've made a big mistake Kellogs, messing with a favourite. Your market research and developement people must eat old socks for breakfast. I won't be buying Special K again. Yuk! I have tried others, but it's not quite the same.

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      10.02.2014 17:07
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      A nice tasting breakfast cereal.

      I have been trying to eat a little better recently and as part of this have been trying to eat breakfast. I normally avoid purchasing Kellogg's Special K due to it being rather expensive but after Christmas it was on offer in my local Morrison's store so I purchased a box to keep at work.

      I purchased a 400g box of the original Special K which was on a half price special offer at £1.39 as stated in my local Morrison's.

      The Special K cereal comprises of toasted flakes made from rice, wheat and barley. The cereal states that it contains less than 2% fat and comes packaged in a standard cardboard box with the cereal contained in a waxy wrapper inside.

      Although Special K is marketed as a healthy cereal which can help with weight loss as part of a balanced diet and is low in fat it does contain quite a lot of sugar. Each 30g serving contains the following nutritional information:
      Calories - 113
      Sugar - 5g
      Fat - 0.5g

      I do really enjoy this cereal and find it very tasty and with the addition of the sugar already in the cereal I do not find that I need to add any additional sweetner. The flakes themselves are really crunchy and light and have a nice malty taste. If I have a serving of the cereal in the morning I do find that I do not feel hungry again until just before lunch time. Although this cereal is higher in sugar than I would expect it is difficult to find a cereal which isn't and I think that if it is eaten in small portions as advised then it is not really worse than any other cereal.

      Overall I really like the taste of this cereal and will purchase it again if it is on special offer as at full price it is certainly out of my price range as it tends to be much more expensive than other cereals.

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        05.11.2013 09:49
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        special k

        I do really like the special k the 2 week challange i have tried also the 2 bowls a day just doesnt fill you up and still left feeling hungry but i do like the texture, and the taste they are low in fat and sugur and high in fibra. Am not keen on the fruit special k i add my own fresh fruit in mine as i cant stand the hard fruit that comes in the cerals taste bit rubbery, this is a healthy part of breakfast, i never used to eat breakfast and took my while to find something i would actually like and enjoy i do like the rice when it comes to the end of the pack lol ;). My 3 year old son likes special k aswell, i try and get it when its on offer as it is exspensive at £2.66 so whenever asda have the offer on i will buy a couple of boxs of specia k

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          02.06.2013 03:14

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          I regret buying two big boxes

          Special K
          After seeing all the hype on TV adverts I thought Special K was gonna be delicious. Nope. Its got to be one of the most plain, boring cereals in existence.
          Its a cereal I'd always wanted to try but the price was way over what I'd usually pay for any other cereal so I didn't bother until I found it in home bargains for £1.20 for a jumbo box. I snapped up the last two boxes in stock.
          Next morning bright and early I poured my self a bowl of special K with milk and what a disappointment. The cereal itself looked like miniature corn flakes but the taste was more like rice krispies. It was just so, so plain. I think I felt mislead because on the adverts the dishes look great with all the fruit, berries, yoghurts etc etc. but in reality it was just an upmarket rice krispies. After a couple of bowls I decided to spruce it up by adding sliced almonds which made it a bit different. A few more bowls later I added slice bananas. This helped mix it up and bit and added some much needed flavour.
          Whilst I wouldn't rule out some of the Special K with added ingredients (I think there is a honey cluster one that looks good), I would never purchase the standard Special K again just because it was an absolute bore to eat and I really got sick of eating it after a few days.

          - This review is also posted on ciao under grouchy1 -

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          11.09.2011 09:20
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          A good nutritious breakfast that tastes great and is low in fat.

          Like many people I try to watch my weight and take care of myself. I have always tried to eat a healthy breakfast....it is considered the most important meal of the day after all! I have tried all the most popular brands of breakfast cereal, but the one that I always return to is Kelloggs Special K.

          I like the fact that it isn't sweet. Yes, you can add sugar if you want, but that kind of defeats the object of the exercise really. I also like the fact that it is fortified with vitamins and minerals...very important for everyone to have a balanced diet. Special K is also very low in fat...only 2.5g per 35g bowl. That has to be a good thing! For calorie counters, Special K is one of the lowest calorie breakfast cereals you can buy...just 173 calories per 35g bowl (and that includes the milk you add to it) so a very nutritious and low calorie breakfast!

          The taste is great too....not like a lot of cereals that have that cardboard taste, or rabbit-food texture. Special K stays crisp even when it has been in milk for several minutes. It has a slightly malty flavour (not surprising since it does contain barley malt!) which is subtle but not overpowering.

          Kelloggs Special K isn't suitable for everyone though. It does contain dairy milk and gluten, so anyone with allergies to those ingredients will have to avoid eating it.

          I like to add some fruit to Special K. A banana sliced on top, or summer berries make a very pleasant change.

          You can be as creative as you like really!

          Price: From £2.99 to £3.99 per box.

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          26.08.2010 08:56
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          Would recommend for a healthy breakfast

          Special K is a tasty healthy cereal which can be bought in different size boxes and there is plenty of other flavours to pick from.

          It is filling and full of fibre and other nutrients that you require, it is a healthy way to start your day!

          It can be over priced is some supermarkets (up to £3 for a standard box) and I tend to stock up when it is on offer!

          I use to have special K every morning before I went to work, I have recently had a baby so while on maternity I decided to do the old special K diet to lose some of my baby weight! I started off just having a bowl for breakfast and one for lunch and my normal dinner! I lost 2 pound in 1 day! I decided this was not a healthy speed to lose weight so now I have the special K and have a banana or a piece of fruit with it as well and I would say I am losing about 2 pound every week so its coming off at a healthy rate!

          Special K is definately tastier than Kelloggs Bran Flakes which I always thought was a bit bland.

          If you are after a healthy & filling breakfast then this is for you but look out for the offers else it can end up costing a fortune!

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          18.07.2010 23:25
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          A popular choice with many

          Special K is a popular cereal from Kelloggs that is designed to help with healthy eating. I am a huge cereal fan, nothing else for breakfast will do, but I eat this for the taste, rather than the 'healthy' quality.

          Supposedly, you can lose weight by eating a bowl of Special K for breakfast and lunch and then a regular dinner. I think the reason that this would work is that the cereal is relatively low in calories, there's nothing magic about the cereal and eating cereal at lunch might not be the easiest thing if you're at the office. I am sure eating this for breakfast, having a light salad for lunch and then a regular dinner would help loose weight too.

          Nonetheless, this has been a real success and there are now ten different variants of this. This is the original and most likely the best seller. It comes in a 375g box, a 500g box and for Special K lovers, a 750g box. Currently Sainsbury's is selling the largest size for £3 which is a good price.

          It comes in a white box with a huge red K and a picture of a cereal filled spoon and a swimsuit. It's quite an eye-catching box so no problems finding it in the cereal aisle.

          The ingredients are simple, crunchy rice and wheat flakes. They are light brown and really crunchy. Some cereals are nice dry, this is not. However, put it in cold milk and it makes such a difference and really brings out the flavours and contrasting tastes. This doesn't really go soggy either which is good. The calorie count for a 30g serving is 114 which is a bit lower than some competitor's but not loads, and some other cereals quote for a 40g serving.

          This is pleasing to most people as it claims to be healthier than most and tastes simple.

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          10.06.2010 16:43
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          good cereal

          I like to have a big breakfast as I know it is important and it also helps me to keep going for the whole day. I like to have a variety of meals so at the moment I am trying out different foods for breakfast. Today I had Kellogg's Special K.

          Kellogg's Special K comes in a variety of flavours: Bliss Cream Berry Crunch, Bliss Strawberry & Chocolate, Fruit and Nut Clusters, Oats & Honey, Peach & Apricot, Purple Berries, Red Berries, Sustain, Yoghurty and Original. I chose Original Special K but I am definitely going to try other flavours.

          They come in cardboard white containers with a picture of a cereal bowl on the front and a massive red 'K' on the left. Just above 'K' there is 'Kellogg's Special' written in much smaller font. As far as I am concerned, it is available in several sizes: a 375g one, a 500g one, 750g one and a small one - it just one serving. I have tried the small one which contains just the right amount of cereal - enough to fill your stomach but it won't make you feel bloated.

          Special K are basically yellowish multi-grain flakes 1-1.5cm big in diameter. Without milk or yoghurt they are extremely crunchy and taste somewhat malty. I know that some of my friends just have them as a snack and they taste very nice - they aren't sweet but they still taste very nice. You can also have them with milk (I like it this way) or yoghurt (I have tried it today and I didn't like it this way - the cereal taste a bit weird). I sometimes add fresh fruits to my cereal as well and they go very well.

          They are healthy: they contain vitamins (such as D, C, B1, B2, B6, B12), Folic Acid and Iron. A portion has 106 calories. It may contain wheat, barley or milk ingredients. They are suitable for vegetarian and are Halal certified. A pack of 500 g costs around £2.70 and is available in most supermarkets.

          I was quite glad they kept me going for more than usual - most of the times, I get hungry two hours after breakfast whereas Special K keep me going almost until lunchtime.

          Overall, they are good cereal and a healthy breakfast option.

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          22.05.2010 16:44
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          An average cereal, low on taste and flavour. 7/10,

          Kellogg's Special K - 500g


          Nutritional Info (30g serving) :
          - Calories = 112 (6%)
          - Sugars - 5g (6%)
          - Fat - 0.5g (<1%)
          - Saturates - 0.2g (<1%)
          - Salt - 0.3g (6%)

          Description - Special K is a crunchy flakes cereal, which markets itself heavily as being 'low fat', which it is indeed, and is generally a healthier cereal option for early morning breakfast.
          Taste - Special K has a nice crunch but not a lot else if I am honest. I do have a sweet tooth and maybe it's the small sugar amount or the lack of anything else (fruit, nuts, chocolate!) that mean the taste may be borderline-bland for some people especially in the morning when you could do with something with a bit more flavour to wake you up properly...
          Healthiness - Special K delivers what all of its adverts shout about and is a very good healthy cereal with low calories, low sugar and unsurprisingly very low fat and saturated fat.
          HOWEVER, what may surprise you is that fact that Special K (30g serving) has more salt than a Coco Pops for example, similar calories and only slightly less fat.. You don't have to take the Special K '2 week challenge' any more than a Coco Pops '2 week challenge' if you have a balanced diet during the rest of the day!
          Extra Info - Special K offer a free personal plan, a 2 week challenge and plenty of diet-related info on the back of their cereals.

          Summary: Special K is worth a look for its low fat content, although compared to other cereals, even chocolate cereals which are perceived as much more unhealthy, the difference is much small than you may first have thought. Therefore, if it is taste you are looking for then I would choose something else for my morning breakfast, as I feel Special K is not exciting enough/is a little bland for a morning cereal which should wake me up in the morning whilst being enjoyable. For a compromise therefore, choosing a 'honey nut flakes' or 'coco snaps' etc alternative will be of a similar calories, salt and fat whilst giving you more flavour. Cereals are for enjoying and I personally can't say I enjoy Kellogg's Special K enough to buy it again any more. 7/10, although personally not for me.

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          24.04.2010 10:35
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          A great breakfast or snack throughout the day

          I have always been a porridge kind of man due to the fact it is a great way to start the day and a very nutricious breakfast.

          After seeing Special K advertised so much and also the Special K diet being talked about I decided to give them a try. I wanted to find a cereal which was good for breakfast and also good for a daily snack when needed.

          I am a keen runner and have also heard that Special K contains iron which is great for red blood cell production which is great nutrition for a runner.

          You can buy Special K in most local grocery stores and in almost all supermarkets which is a brand under the company Kellogs.
          I purchase my Special K from tesco as it is usually on offer and comes in the price range of £1.50 per box which will usually last 2 weeks if I have a small bowl most days. The box size I usually buy is 375g.

          Special K is a lightly coated cereal, it is made primarily from rice and wheat. The texture is similur to a cornflake but with the added sugar taste. Per 30g serving there is about 5g of sugar content.

          I am a big fan of this cereal as there is no need to add extra sweetness as the sugar content is just about right. If you have a sweet tooth maybe its better looking elsewhere. All you need to do is ass about 200ml of milk to the cereal and it is ready to eat. Its certainly not as boring as porridge can be.

          Special K contains the following ingredients:

          Rice, wheat (wholewheat, wheat flour), sugar, wheat gluten, defatted wheatgerm, dried skimmed milk, salt, barley malt flavouring, vitamin C, niacin, iron, vitamin B6, riboflavin (B2), thiamin (B1), folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B12.

          Special K also comes in a lot of different varieties in the UK, a list can be found below:

          Special K, Special K Red Berries, Special K Purple Berries, Special K Peaches & Apricots, Special K Bliss Creamy Berry Crunch, Special K Bliss Strawberry & Chocolate, Special K Oats & Honey, Special K Yoghurty, Special K Sustain, Special K Medley although I have not tried these I have heard some of the varieties are worth tasting.

          So overall I am glad I tried Special K and it is now one of my popular cereal, low calorie and healthy with lots of goodness, its all you need for a breakfast or snack.

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          16.04.2010 12:40
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          4 stars

          We've all seen the special K adverts on the TV promising that by simply swapping a few meals or snacks for Special K products each day we can become toned and glowing like the women in their adverts. I'm not sure whether these diets work, as unfortunately I've never had the willpower to test the theory but I still buy and munch on this cereal as I like the taste.
          Breakfast has to be my favourite meal of the day and I have to eat it no matter how early or late I get up. At the weekends I like to have a more leisurely breakfast and treat myself to a croissant or two but in the week I need a quick snack that I can shovel down before work or uni lectures. Kellogg's Special K is perfect for this and is my daily choice of cereal.

          Looking at Special K you wouldn't really think it was anything special, in fact the light brown flakes look pretty boring and not particularly that appetising. The taste, on the other hand, is far from unappetising and the mix of rice and wheat with a sweet flavour make a very tasty breakfast. Adding milk to the cereal adds even more flavour and the cereal doesn't colour the milk like some other brands which in my opinion is a good thing. It's actually quite surprising how a bowl of these fills you up and I find them too filling to eat too many without milk as they are quite dry.

          Adding fruit to the cereal can also increase the flavour and although you can buy different varieties with dried fruit in them I prefer to add my own fresh fruit and find that strawberries and peaches make a lovely summer breakfast, not to mention giving you some of your five a day!

          So just how healthy is this cereal? I'm often quite wary of products that are advertised as healthy as they can sometimes have hidden catches. This doesn't seem to be the case with Special K as a 30g serving will set you back only 112 calories. It's not particularly low in sugar, containing 5 grams per serving but this isn't bad concerning that many cereals have over 10g of sugar per bowl. The only bad thing that I find about this 'healthy' status is that a bowl of this cereal doesn't really fill me up for very long and has me reaching for a snack by about 10.30am. However you don't have to eat this for breakfast and it can make a good snack instead of chocolate or crisps.

          Another downside of this product is the price. Being a student I'm always on the lookout for ways to cut down on my shopping bill and for me paying over £2.50 for a box is too expensive when you can buy much cheaper cereals. For this reasons I either just wait for my mum to buy it when I'm home from uni (like with many other things) or buy it when its on offer which it often is.

          Overall the taste of this cereal makes it definitely worth buying and although it can be a bit pricey its perfect if you're trying to be a bit healthier in the mornings.

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          27.02.2010 02:42
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          Not a bad cereal. I'd buy it along with other cereals but not as as my only one.

          ** Kellogg's Special K **

          We get through a lot of different breakfast cereals in my house. In fact we get through a lot of food full stop :o)

          I hadn't tried Kellogg's Special K for ages so my appetite was aroused when my girlfriend brought a box back in her shopping bag. Normally I would have waited until morning to try a bowl of Kellogg's Special K but purely in the interests of Dooyoo research (and let me make this clear, not just because I really wanted something to munch while watching late night TV you understand?) I've avoided helping put the shopping away and reached for a spoon some milk and an empty dish!

          Kellogg's Special K were and still are always advertised as being a health conscious weight watcher sort of cereal. Many health and diet foods seem lacking in the taste department as far as I am concerned. Not so my bowl of Kellogg's Special K.

          The cereal is made up of small flakes that are a bit darker in colour than cornflakes. The ingredients say the flakes are made of wheat and rice are less than 3percent fat and a great source of 6 essential B vitamins, vitamin C, D, and finally iron.

          I usually sprinkle sugar on my cereals but to not distract from the taste for this review I refrained from my sugary topping in this instance.

          I like a lot of milk so filled the bowl up to the same level as the Kellogg's Special K flakes. I used semi skimmed milk. Before the milk soaked in I found that the flakes had a really nice crunch to them though it took a while to chew each mouthful.

          After a few moments the milk was soaked up well by the flakes but they still didn't become unpleasantly soggy. I preferred the soaked in milk taste as they became much easier to chew. It may sound idle but when I make myself breakfast on days I go to work the last thing I want is a cereal that takes ages to chew.

          There was no real after taste to speak of. I suspect that if I used full fat milk and sugar it would enhance the Kellogg's Special K flakes even more. But that would be the exact opposite of the healthy lifestyle that Kellogg's Special K represent.

          So even without all my tasty unhealthy additions to cereal and sticking with semi skimmed milk and no sugar topping I found the Kellogg's Special K flakes to still be a fairly tasty experience.

          I couldn't eat them every morning, or in this case night. My sweet tooth and craving for unhealthy things would get the better of me. However as one of my regular but not only cereals I could easily be persuaded to keep buying Kellogg's Special K.

          Thanks for reading my review.

          Mike x

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          15.02.2010 01:16
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          Start your day with a bowl of special k, no other way!!

          The Healthy way to a better life (well its a start by all means). As a big fan of all things bad for you i must admit I'd never once before thought of Special K and usually been more interested in a bag of crisps and a galaxy bar, accompanied with nothing but a fine fizzy drink of heart attack (sorry i mean juice) ha ha.

          Previously my mornings consisted of a round of toast or very rarely a bowl of cereal before heading off to work, though a lot of time i felt that i just didn't have an appetite at 7.30am and ended up leaving with an empty stomach often resulting in stomach aches and rumbling, in turn making you also feel sick.

          I've always taken the notion that one day i will start eating healthy properly, not these on and off urges we all get every once in a while, so slowly but surely I've been trying different foods that are much healthier than my cravings!!.

          As Kellogg's Special K is always being advertised on TV as being soo healthy and that you can drop a jean size etc I'd been thinking a slight bit about it but at the same time another while passed by without really getting anywhere. It was time to take action in some form of way and my opportunity landed right in front of me without having to pay a penny ha ha.

          It was another early tasteless morning in which no breakfast was consumed in my house as i then headed off to work. I was working away for a couple of hours when 10am came and i went on a 15 minute break, so up to the canteen i went with my stomach at the rumbling stage yet again, more than likely to scoff down a big greasy fry but to my delight there was a box off Special K right in front of my eyes! By this stage i was still in two minds as what to do because let me tell you i don't have the best willpower about but never the less i went for the Special K and i haven't regretted it once.

          I would normally take a bowl of Crunchy Nut or Coco Pops for cereal which i can't say are the best around to be honest not to mention i put more sugar onto Crunchy Nut as if there's not enough already.

          As i took my first spoonful of Special K i thought it was rather bland with not that much taste to go with it but to my surprise i found that as you chew more you get more in return its as if the taste explodes with the chewing process ha ha. I finished the bowl and i was hooked and made sure i bought myself a box before heading home as i work in ASDA so it was very convenient for myself.

          Ever since finding and tasting this hidden gem with out the need for sugar i will state, I've tried eating a bowl of Special K every morning and its something i actually look forward to now (all i need is to join the gym now to keep in shape).

          Useful information on Calories per bowl ~

          ~ 112 calories in one bowl

          ~ Protein ~ 9g

          ~ Carbohydrates ~ 29g
          of which sugars ~ 11g

          ~ Fat ~ 2.5g

          ~ Fibre ~ 0.8g

          ~ Sodium ~ 0.2g
          Salt ~ 0.5g

          So as you can see this a very low fat cereal with a great taste waiting to be explored, highly recommended!!

          The prices for special K are quite dear, ranging around £2.80 for the 500g box, though i got the big 750g box on offer for £3 so look around!

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          they have improved the taste

          Special K

          Its that time of year again when after the Christmas indulgences we all think that its time to go on a diet and this year I thought I'd try the Special K diet.
          I haven't bought Special K for years as the last time I tried it I wasn't impressed with the taste, it was like eating cardboard pieces with a bland taste to it, but whilst shopping in Morrison's I saw that the red berry flavour and the original flavour was on offer for £1.75 which was half price and after the Christmas bloating, I thought I'd give it another try.
          The diet is get into your jeans in 2 weeks by eating two bowls of Special K a day and having a healthy dinner, but that's another review. This is about the product and what I think about it.
          THE PACKAGING

          This hasn't changed much to my knowledge over the years as the box is still white with the large red K on the front of the box. It has a picture of a few ears of wheat and Special K flakes on the front of the box, which is a simple but effective design, a well known picture that you may remember from when you were small. Its easy to spot on the cereal aisle of the supermarket as lots of other cereal packets are coloured with eye catching yellows and gold's, but the white seems to stand out amongst them, so well done Kellogg's for keeping it simple. The box is recyclable too so this is good for the environment.
          NUTRITIONAL VALUE

          Each 30g serving has 112 calories which is good for trying to diet as a part of a calorie controlled diet. The Salt content isn't too bad as it's 0.3g which is lower than a lot of other cereal's. Its always good to look at the sugar and salt content on a product as even though they may be low on calories, they might be high on sugars and salt content. The fat content is 0.5g and the sugar is 5g which is higher than I'd expect from a product aimed at dieters.
          It contains Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and folic Acid and if you need more information you can go to www.kelloggs.co.uk.
          TASTE

          To be perfectly honest, I was both surprised and happy with the taste, I can remember the last time I tried to eat Special K as part of my diet and the flakes were smaller, tasted dry and like cardboard.
          I was happy to get the crunch element in this cereal, as that's a good part of the breakfast, crunching your way through a nice bowl of cereal with cold milk.
          The flakes didn't go soggy straight away either, which was another plus side to the cereal. The taste was the best surprise, a sort of wheat based taste but not too strong, milder than weetabix, but just enough to taste the flavour.
          I am now sold on Special K and have progressed onto my second box and day four of my diet and yes I have lost three pounds so far, not a lot but the start of a healthy way of eating.
          I am happy to recommend Special K to you.

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            28.01.2010 18:59
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            ideal for people on diets

            Special K is ideal for those looking for a healthy yet tasty breakfast.

            What is it?

            Special K is a low fat cereal which offer 9 essential nutrients including folic acid and vitamin b & c. It is a blend of crunchy rice and wheat flakes and is available in a wide selection of flavours including original, peach & apricot, red berries, yoghurt and chocolate to mention a few.

            Benefits?

            Special K is ideal for a diet.
            Each 30g serving with 125ml of semi skimmed milk contains the following
            172kcal 9g protein 2.5g fat 0.45g salt (based on special k peach & apricot)
            Special K also contains nutrients such as folic acid and vitamin b & c.

            Who is this suitable for?

            Special K is suitable for all the family however it is very suitable for anyone who is undertaking a diet or just wishing to eat a healthy diet.

            Where can i buy this?

            You can buy Special K at most supermarkets in the cereal aisle and prices normally start from £2 for a 375g box.

            Can i recommend this?

            Yes. I rarely have time for breakfast but when i do i love to have abowl of Special K. I am currently on a diet and eating Special K gives me a boost and is a good start to my day. I switch between flavours but do prefer the peach and apricot best. If i am on the go i tend to have a Special K breakfast bar which are available in most stores.

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