“ Brand: Kelloggs / Type: Cereal „
When it comes to classic cereals Kellog's Coco Pops are one of the most popular "kids" cereals out there, their fun gimmick of turning milk chocolatey has been an appealing one, though in recent years Kellog's have tried to expand the brand. First there was a name change that brought the brand in-line with the rest of the world (most of the world call them Cocoa Krispies, except the UK that call them Coco Pops). Since then products like Coco Rocks have been released, and now these, Coco Pops Mega Munchers which seem to have become the direct rival to Nestle's Cookie Crisp cereal.
The cereal comes in the Kellog's variety pack sold (in a small single serving 30g box) or in the much larger family sized boxes. They have a yellow and purple coloured box (in the UK anyway) with Coco the Monkey holding a bowl of the cereal, the boxing also contains all the typical information that food packaging has (the key of it all is contained on the bottom of this review). Inside the box is a plastic bag containing the cereal, so lets get onto that. Unlike Coco Pops/Coco Krispies these have a totally different shape, these are almost "bowl" shaped, with a smooth brown chocolate colour, though they do seem to look slightly less "thick" than the Nestle version.
So then, to eating the cereal, as with Cookie Crisp you can eat them as a typical cereal in a bowl and much like Coco Pops they will turn the milk chocolatey brown, though you can also eat these as a dry snack (something that may seem weird to many reading this review). As a "wet" cereal they are enjoyable, sweet and chocolatey, they are nothing short a kids dream cereal, though a parent may not be a fan, though when are parents ever fans of chocolate? As a dry cereal they have a wonderful almost cookie like taste to them with a crunchy texture that although perhaps isn't as filling or as nice as the Cookie Crisp cereal is still a gorgeous snack that your young ones will find to be filling and almost addictive.
Overall the cereal are a fantastic addition to the Kellog's label (and the Coco Pops brand) and although they aren't the healthiest cereal they make a fantastic addition to the Variety pack and the super market shelf. The product keeps the gimmick of Coco Pops and yet manages to challenge one of the most delightful non-Kellog's cereal out there. If you can look past the negative health details (outlined below) they are truly a wonderful and delightful cereal that are worth trying.
Nutritional Information (per 100g of the product)
Carbohydrate 80g (34g of which are from Sugar with 46g being from starch)-This means a typical serving is 11% of an adults GDA in Sugar
Fat 2.5g (1g of which is saturated)
Product contains:Wheat and Barley
Coco Pops - Mega Munchers
What is it?
A spin-off product of Coco Pops - 'Mega Munchers'.
These are grape sized, flat curved shaped cereal bites. On the boxes they are called 'Crunchy Chocolate Flavour Wheat Cereal'.
What do I think?
These are not really like Coco Pops at all, the only similarity is probably the fact that they turn the milk into a brown chocolate colour, these don't actually turn the milk chocolatey as quickly as the coco pops do but that is as far as the similarity or connection with Coco Pops goes.
I think I prefer these to Coco Pops, surprisingly, they don't go soft or soggy in the milk and really are quite 'munchy' in texture. Not brittle and dry as you would expect with many cereals but amazingly thick textured, almost like a mini-sized cookie biscuit. The taste is ok, again, almost like a mini chocolate cookie, although I am disappointed with the 'chocolate flavour' bit, which means 'fake' chocolate again. I am such a chocolate so I absolutely detest people who use chocolate flavouring(!).
I really like these, although a bit high in sugar - 10g in each 30g serving, that is a lot and strangely, the cereal doesn't actually taste that sweet...
These are available in the Kellogg's Variety pack at £1.99 for eight packs - sadly not 8 packs of these, only 1, and usually there are two of Coco Pops, but I much prefer these. They are, of course, also available in the large full-sized packs.
So much better than Coco Pops but still quite high in sugar...
Thanks for reading.
Although quite set in my ways in terms of cereal choices, I do often try a few different varieties of breakfast before settling back down to my all time favourites. This week it was the turn of 'Kellogs Mega Munchers' which can be purchased for £2.18 for the 375g box. The cereal can be described as being the same relationship to 'Corn Flakes' as 'Rice Crispies' are to 'Coco-Pops'. In fact, the full title of the cereal is 'Coco Pops Mega Munchers', which gives the game away slightly. Simplified, Mega Munchers are simply chocolate flakes - in fact, they look a little like fingernails, which is a slightly disturbing notion.
The flavour is very sweet and also quite rich, and like Coco Pops they quickly turn the milk chocolaty - in fact, leave the flakes in for longer than necessary and you've got yourself a bowlful of chocolate milkshake, albeit chocolate milkshake with flakey bits in it. After being in the milk for a few minutes I found that the flakes retained their crunchiness and weren't too soggy - definitely something I appreciated, as I'm not a big fan of mushiness. The general flavour of the flakes is without doubt tasty, but there just isn't enough variation - it's a full on blast of rich chocolatey sweetness, which is good for occasional snacking, but not every day.
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The cereal contains;
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Glucose Syrup, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Cinamon, Flavouring, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12.
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Tasty as they may be, Kellogs CocoPops Mega Munchers are a rather gimmicky and expensive cereal which seems to be geared to a younger audience. The flavour is a bit too sweet and rich, and it's not really something I could see myself eating day-in, day-out - recommended for the occasional chocolate overload however.
Nutritional Info per 30g (with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk)
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Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Coco Pops certainly do turn the milk chocolatey, and when the milk is added, the little rice puffs do go softer and they're generally a really nice cereal. Kellogg's have branched out a bit with the now familiar Coco monkey on the front of the packets, and have given us this version: Coco Pops Mega Munchers.
They are designed to not go soft like the Coco Pops, and in this respect, they hold their promise. You get slighly curved oval shapes of dark, chocolatey wheat based cereal, which look almost like the shells of pistachio nuts in shape, only darker in colour. Adding the milk does release some of the choc into the milk, turning it chocolatey, but it leaves the actual cereal still quite crunchy, living up to the name.
I think I'm going with the general consensus on this one on the taste. They're quite sickly in terms of the bitterness of the chocolate, and I'll admit not something I would say my son would like to have on a regular basis. This is fine by me, as I wouldn't want him having chocolate for breakfast every day anyway, but even one small bowl of these were a bit sickly in that respect.
They are crunchy, as I have said, but the other thing you get is little rock hard bits where I imagine the cocoa has lumped together or they haven't sifted out the little bits that haven't formed into the curved munchers. These really are very hard, and if you're not expecting it, could be very unpleasant indeed. They're like an extra little bitter choc overload as well, so not so great there.
Nutritionally, I suppose it's what you would expect from a cereal, especially Kellogg's. For a 30g bowl of this cereal (an average sized bowl) you are likely to get around a third of the recommended daily allowance for your vitamins, but with 16g of these 30 attributed to sugar, it's a hefty proportion indeed, and something that definitely puts me off getting them on a regular basis. It's often not what you eat that can cause problems with your teeth, etc, but the amount of sugar that's in them, and over half of these cereal munchers being sugar isn't such a good thing to me. There is a little fat, fibre and then 7g of protein in them as well, but the sugar is what stood out for me here.
So, overall, a disappointing product from Kellogg's from where I'm sitting. Tastes a bit bitter, and I'm afraid the hidden extra-hard bits and a lot of sugar take it down a notch. My son quite liked them, but then he tends to like all cereals, and so if I were to have a choice on these, I'm unlikely to buy them unless we fancy a bit of a change and they're on offer. As it is, they usually come in at around £2 for a small box, with the occasional offer that I have seen taking it down to around the £1.50 mark. Maybe worth a try every now and then, but I wouldn't buy them unless my son asks for them.
I really do like sweet and chocolaty cereals so when I spotted this new cereal I hadn't eve seen before I couldn't wait to try it and of late I have been trying out a lot of Kellogg's cereals and been pleased with them so decided I really should try these.
Bright yellow and purple box with a cartoon monkey about to tuck into a bowl of 'munchers'. On the front of the box I'm told they are Kellogg's Coco Pops 'Mega Munchers' and at the bottom of the box there is an at a glance nutritional chart. Other information on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice is given (Contains: wheat & barley), the size is stated, I'm told they are suitable for Vegetarians, there is a full nutritional chart shown on there and contact details for Kellogg's are given. It's a nice bright appealing box for the kids and informative enough for adults too. Inside of the box there is a white, quite see through bag that is easy and simple to open though not so easy to store so you may like to keep this fresh in an airtight container to keep it's freshness if your concerned about that at all
Open the bag and you can detect a light chocolaty, sweet cereal that is really very pleasant. The munchers are dark brown and sort of oval in shape. They are crunchy (even when milk goes over them they hold well without going to mushy or anything), and they turn the milk slightly brown which means the dark brown munchers hold on to the chocolate flavouring.
Taste-wise these are a little on the bitter side for me and not as milk chocolatey as I would like. Mix that bitter chocolate taste with a slightly malty tasting wheat base and sugar they simply taste too rich for me as I'm not into dark chocolate.
Not a bad cereal and mainly I ate these more as a dessert! I don't think they're awful and they're certainly Kellogg's usual high standard of cereal but I don't like the sugary sweet bitterness these contain and I don't find them to be very filling wither sadly! Maybe children would get on with these better than I did lol.
Nutritional Information Per30g Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets etc and I have only seen these in a box of 375g costing about £2.28.
I'm not really big on breakfast as eating early in the morning makes me feel quite nauseous! However, cereal is probably my favourite breakfast option.
I first came across these Mega Munchers when I went to Disneyland Paris for the first time and they had them on the buffet breakfast. Me and my mum were very impressed with them (we didn't know what make they were then) and so when we got home, my mum came home one day with a box of cereal which she said were the ones which we had had in Disneyland. Sure enough, these Mega Munchers looked exactly like the ones from Paris.
The shape of them is particularly good because when you eat them with milk, their bowl shape means they hold milk as well as absorbing it. They are nice and crunchy at first, but obviously the longer you leave them the softer they get.
They are very sweet and nice tasting, and also turn your milk chocolate-brown (which if you can resist drinking the milk at the end perhaps means you will not be consuming the sugar which has dissolved into the milk?)
Therefore, the taste and shape of the Mega Munchers is great and they are also quite filling, and obviously appeal to children; my nephew loves these.
However, those are the positives...
The negatives begin with the matter of nutrition. The ingredients are:
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Glucose Syrup, Barely Malt Extract, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Cinnamon, Falvouring, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B 12.
Nutritional Information per 30g serving with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk:
Energy - 728 KJ/172 Kcal
Protein - 7g
Carbohydrate - 30g (of which sugars - 16g and starch - 14g)
Fat - 3g (of which saturates - 1.5g)
Fibre - 0.15g
Sodium - 0.15g
Salt - 0.4g
Calcium - 232mg
Iron - 2.4mg
The guideline serving amount is 30g (which means a box of 375g will provide 12 servings) which provides at least 25% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the vitamins Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12; 17% RDA of Iron.
So they are quite sugary and probably not the healthiest option! Then on the other hand, some people might argue that it's better if children eat something at breakfast, even if it is sugary. However, I don't like to eat these too often.
One of the biggest problems I find with this cereal is also the really hard bits of presumably unbroken up cocoa powder. I didn't notice this problem with them before, but now it has been one of the things that really put me off as you can't eat them without encountering quite a few of these rock-hard lumps, and I don't want to put my teeth through that!
Finally, they are also quite expensive; for 375g, which is quite a small box, the general cost is over £2 (about £2.35), but you can sometimes get them for about £1.49, and quite a lot of supermarkets have them on special offer at the moment.
However, over all, although they taste quite nice, they can also be a bit sickly, and there are, I think, other cereals which offer better value for money and are perhaps a healthier option too.
Coco Pops Mega Munchers are a children's breakfast cereal made by Kellog's and are part of the Coco Pops family. They are usually readily available from most supermarkets although are not as popular as regular coco pops. A 325g will usually sell for around £2.20 but I have bought mine from Asda this week for £3 for 2 boxes. This is expensive compared with generic cereals and the box does seem small in comparison to some others.
This product is clearly aimed at children. The packaging is bright yellow fading into a violet purple and features a picture of coco the cartoon monkey eating a bowl of the cereal. However, the nutritional information is all based on an adult's guideline daily amounts which might be seen as slightly misleading.
One portion of Mega Munchers is suggested to be 30g which is around one handful. Of this 30g you - or your child - is getting
Calories - 113 (6% of an adult's recommended daily amount)
Sugars - 10g (11% rda)
Fat - 0.8g (1% rda)
Saturates - 0.3g (2% rda)
Salt - 0.3g (5% rda)
This means that 1/3 of the cereal is sugars! I also believe that this information is based on before you even think of pouring milk on your cereal.
This information is clearly displayed on the top of the along with the fact that there are no added colours. Personally, I would find this more impressive is the cereal wasn't brown. If you're going to make a cereal a colour on purpose, you just wouldn't pick brown! Mega Munchers are also suitable for vegetarians and Halal Certified.
Upon opening the packet, you can definitely smell the chocolate. For those of us who can face chocolate in a morning it is lovely - neither too rich nor artificial smelling. The cereal itself is little crunchy chocolate flavoured shells. They look quite similar to empty nut shells. When you pour your milk on the chocolate smell is even more apparent and little puddles of milk collect in each shell, mmm! Due to the cereal's shape quite a small weight fills your bowl nicely and so you get the impression you're eating more than you are which is a good thing in filling up. This cereal is quite filling and has a satisfying cruch to it. The chocolate taste is strong yet not overpowering but I can imagine it being too sweet for some. As Mega are thicker than normal coco pops they also take longer to go soggy which is great. In common with the normal coco pops they do turn the milk chocolatey, though so great for encouraging children to finish the milk at the bottom aswell.
Coco Pops Mega Munchers are nice to eat and a bowl of cereal is a good way to start your day. However, they are probably more suited for an occasional treat due to their sugar content and expensive price.