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      16.10.2010 11:55
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      Toooooo sweeeeet

      Since I started to work again I hardly find time for a proper breakfast so on weekdays I eat a cereal bar while driving from the nursery to my workplace then I drink a tea in the office. In the weekends I try to eat normal breakfast.

      The other day I bought a box of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Bites in Sainsbury's for 2.66 pounds. Now it is on offer but I bought mine a couple of weeks ago. The mini cereal bars or bites on the box look quite attractive so I could hardly wait to finish my previous cereal to open this box. I don't like to have more open boxes at the same time as I eat them only on weekends.

      The cereals are pressed together with some sticky caramel in the form of a mini cereal bar, so you can eat them by hand and drink your tea/coffee/milk to eat. Actually the shape is very convenient for me as with two kids around I hardly find time for sitting comfortably near my cereal bowl and eat my breakfast without being interrupted. The pieces are really bite-size. I found them too sweet for considering them a healthy breakfast and it is quite difficult to chew the bites. It has quite nice taste but I was disappointed of its sweetness. The cereals are nicely crunchy and it has a very delicious nutty aftertaste. While chewing you can't really feel the nutty taste as the caramel's sweetness dominates everything.

      Ingredients: Cereals (Oats, Maize), Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Crisp Cereal (Rice Flour, Maize Flour, Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Salt, Dextrose), Glucose Syrup, Caramel Flavour Pieces (5%) (Fructose-Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Humectant {Glycol}, Wheat Fibre, Milk Powder, Apple Puree from Concentrate, Vegetable Oil, Gelling Agent {Pectin}, Caramelised Sugar, Lactic Acid, Rice Extract, Flavouring), Peanuts (5%), Modified Starch, Salt, Sodim Bi-Carbonate, Barley Malt Flavouring, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Antioxidant (Ascorbyl Palmitate, Alpha Tocopherol), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

      It does contain loads of cereals, vitamins, minerals, barley, oats, wheat, milk, soy and peanuts too, so if you suffer from allergies take a look at the ingredients list.

      As I have mentioned before it is extremely sweet. The calorie content of 100 g cereals is 438 kcal which is almost as much as of the chocolate's calorie content. I couldn't eat that much of course. I think this was the first and the last box of crunchy nut bites for me. I felt it a let down.

      To sum up, this cereal bites are hard to chew despite their handy shape and size. They are overwhelmingly sweet and the nut taste can hardly felt due to the caramel. However it contains healthy cereals and some vitamins and minerals I don't think eating so much sugar for breakfast does any good. I don't recommend it and won't buy it in the future. I stick to Nestlé's Shredded cereal with yogurt.

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        23.09.2010 11:26
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        Nice for an occasional treat.

        Having recently written a review on Honey Nut Clusters, when I went to Tesco's to get another box of those, I noticed these Crunchy Nut Bites with nuts and caramel and decided to try them out instead.

        I bought a 400g box for £2.69 and greatly looked forward to trying them being a fan of the clusters.

        I pulled the bag out of the box to see if I was going to be greeted with half a bag of bites and half a bag of rubble which is the case with the clusters but found to my surprise that these bites are more uniform in size and shape (being small, slim rectangles) the whole bag was full of said bites! Perhaps the caramel is better at binding the ingredients than honey. So far so good. So no star off for that.

        The smell that comes from the bag is lovely, you can really smell the peanuts and the sweetness of the caramel. Dry, these are quite tasty little snacks. Once the milk was added, I settled down to enjoy...

        My Opinion:

        Having quite a sweet tooth and liking crunchy nut cornflakes and clusters, I assumed these would be right up my street and to some exent they are. I love the smell, the peanuts and the sweetness.

        However, there are a couple of negatives for me. The caramel flavoured pieces leave a bit of a funny aftertaste in my opinion, almost like sweetners can sometimes do which put me off a little. Perhaps because these are flavoured caramel pieces as opposed to actual caramel? Also the caramel pieces, although adding an alternative chewy texture, can easily get stuck around your teeth and take a good bit of tongue work to get shifted! The spectre of fillings immediately popped into my head whilst eating these so I wouldn't give these to my kids.

        Also, they did not keep their crunch quite as well as the clusters but I guess this is down to the slightly different ingredients but the mushy bits did sweeten the milk a lot. Although I have a sweet tooth I did feel these were just a little oversweet and the aforementioned aftertaste did put me off a bit and I wouldn't feel as good about eating these every day unlike the other varieties.

        A 40g serving contains 180 cals (9% of daily recommended amount); 11g of sugar; 6g of fat (3g saturates); and 0.6g of salt.

        Thanks for reading. x

        also on Ciao under ryanellaxx

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          14.05.2010 13:15
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          Not Kellogg's best effort

          Crunchy Nut Bites are a new cereal from Kellogg's. As the name would suggest they are part of the 'Crunchy Nut Cornflakes' cereal range but don't really have that much in common with their predecessor in terms of taste.
          Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Bites are small clusters of oats, maize, peanuts and caramel.


          The Packaging

          Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Bites are packaged in a distinctive yellow and orange box, reminiscent of the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes boxes. There is a big, clear picture of the cereals on the front of the pack so you know what they look like before you decide whether to buy them.
          The side panels contain a list of ingredients along with all the pertinent nutritional information that you would expect from Kellogg's. There is also useful information about your GDA'S (Guideline Daily Amounts), which comes in useful if you are on a diet or just watching your calorie intake.
          The back of the pack is devoted to a competition where you can win football related prizes, such as money off for sporting goods, 5-a-side pitch hire and even free Sky Sports packages.


          Nutritional Information


          A 40g serving with semi-skimmed milk will provide:

          Energy - 239kcal
          Fat - 8g
          Sat Fat - 4g
          Salt - 0.75g


          I thought the fat count was quite for a breakfast cereal. 8g is the same amount you would find in a packet of crisps, so it was definitely higher than I was expecting. Mind you, with a caramel flavoured cereal, maybe I shouldn't have been surprised.


          The Verdict


          All in all I was a bit disappointed with Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Bites. I was expecting the caramel to be soft and chewy but in actual fact it was hard and crispy, even after adding the milk. The taste is ok, but very sweet - too much so for me. I was also hoping for more nuts than I got, which was disappointing.
          I was initially drawn to these because I really liked the original Crunchy Nut Cornflakes but unfortunately these didn't live up to my expectations. They aren't bad really, just too sweet for me and also too crispy.
          Price wise this cereal was a touch more expensive than I would expect to pay. A 400g box (which should be about 10 servings) cost me over £2.80 in Sainsbury's, so I was extra disappointed that they weren't amazing!
          All in all not a terrible cereal but there are definitely better ones out there for the money. 2 out of 5!

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          15.10.2009 13:42
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          A delicious expensive treat for weekend breakfasts.

          Oh My God how georgous are these! I have always loved cruchynut cornflakes so last week we tried the bites and these are the most delicious breakfast cereal that I have ever eaten. You do not even need to add milk. They have taken the cereal and added caramel to create clusters of chewy crunchy heaven.

          Not all stores seem to be stocking them. I have not been able to get them from Morrisons, but Sainsburys do stock them. They are not cheap, about £2.80 for a 400g box, but I think they are worth every penny. Cornflakes are bout £2.00 for a 750g box, so they are quite a bit more expensive. They are probably quite fattening, so will not help with the diet. They are about 234 calories for 40g of cereal plus 125 ml of semi skimmed milk. Rice crispies and cornflakes are about 226 cals for the same amount. I think that the problem is that they are so nice you will be tempted to eat much more. I don't think a 40 gram bowl would be enough. A portion is only 4g of fat, so they are good on the fat side, but the sugars are 18g for a portion, which puts it way out of reach of anyone who has type II diabetes or is watching the amount of sugar that they eat.

          I think that these are good for weekend breakfasts, as it would be too expensive to buy enough to do every breakfast. You would not be able to do the two week drop a size diet for the same reason.

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            23.08.2009 11:10
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            Very enjoyable

            As my son has just turned two I like to encourage him to try as many different foods as possible in the hope that he won 't grow up a fussy eater. He does usually have cereal for breakfast and tend to buy different cereals ever week. One of his favourites is crunchy nut cornflakes


            I bought a box of this cereal from Tesco's last week as they are currently on offer as two boxes for £3.


            Each box contains 400g and if you follow the recommended guide per portion of 40g that would give you ten servings. If you follow the recommended 40g bowl a serving contains:

            175 calories
            13g of sugars
            6 grams of fat
            0.6g salt

            Allergy information

            Contains: peanuts, milk, Soya, wheat oats and barley.

            The box itself is bright yellow which is the same colour as the crunchy nut cornflakes so indicates a similarity.

            Upon opening the contents don't smell of anything

            The appearance is a big golden cluster with chips of caramel which are the size of a chocolate chip.

            The taste they are initially crunchy but then chewy once you bit into them. You can taste the honey nut flavour that hits the palette before the caramel. They are very sweet and in fact actually turn the milk sweeter.

            On the first day my son tried them he ate them up and then asked for a second bowl. Since then he has insisted having them for the last four days. He does tend to eat half a bowl then goof and play before finishing them and the clusters do break up in the milk when left to soak.

            I have also been eating them everyday for breakfast and can say I have thoroughly enjoyed them. They can be eaten dry as well and do still have a crunch then go chewy. Both my son and I have been munching through the pack this way while I have written the review.

            This cereal has a combination of everything you could want from a cereal although not the healthiest certainly one of the most enjoyable.

            Highly recommended by both my son and I but don't expect them to last very long.

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              28.05.2009 11:07
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              Ghastly product; what were Kelloggs thinking?

              Allright, so, two weeks ago I bought our first packet of Crunchy Nut Clusters cereal, as I am currently on a brekky-eating initiative. I thought they were great. But come the first weekend after purchase, I found only a thin layer of crumbly Crunchy Nut Clusters 'swarf' left in the bottom of the box.....scenes of 'who's been eating all my special cereal?' ensued, and as it turns out my other half and the sprog had also been quietly enjoying the clusters, unbeknownst to me. An all-round family success, then!

              Accordingly I went to Tescos to get more, but by mistake picked up a packet of this rubbish - which I didn't previously know existed - instead. The packaging is near-identical to my eye and its positioning on the shelf in the cereal isle in the shop was in much the same place as the family-adored Crunchy Nut Clusters had been the previous week. Unfortunately I opened the box before realizing my mistake; I only realized something was wrong when I found the sprog had refused to eat any of that morning's serving; all that was left in the bowl was a Reddybrek-like slurry of deconstructed Crunchy Nut Bites in milk.

              What a disappointment this stuff is. It is largely as I feared the Crunchy Nut Clusters would be before I first tried them. It has an initial taste and aroma of slightly syntheticy fake caramel flavouring; I could live with that as the taste when you bite into them is not bad. The texture is a nightmare however. Some fool has studded the bites with nuggets of actual, chewy caramel confection. This is not brittle caramel - like, say, what you get in a dime bar, which would easily break up in your mouth and be allright - nor is it grainy-sugary fudgy bits, that might begin to dissolve in the milk. No, this is for real, tooth-pulling chunks of toffee (at about the size of a split pea each, not huge, but less detectable for all that), and unfortunately they have been quite generous in applying it to the bites. Probably they want to get rid of this noxious stuff from whichever factory spawns it - and I expect if they ever bring out a 'de luxe' version of this cereal, customers will be rewarded for paying more for the cereal by it having less of the horrid toffee in it. It's really awful chewing on this stuff.

              And the cereal overall is mad, mad, sweet-tasting! It doesn't appear - from the lack of cartoon characters on the packaging - to be being marketed at kids at this time (probably illegal, and rightly so in this case, that) but it is your archetypal sugar-loaded kids' hyperactivity boost type cereal. The Crunchy Nut Clusters are admittedly, pretty sweet too, but with all the toffee this stuff is really over the top.

              My other half has loose fillings in his teeth at the best of times - it would be unwise for him to eat the bites because of this. My teeth are - touch wood - still OK but I've had some of them for over 30 years, and if I want to keep them in situ for much longer, I think that rules out me eating any more of this either. Just from one bowlful I think it may have loosened some of the molars on my left side already.

              As a protest against the confusingly identical packaging, we decided to buy no more (delicious, sensibly textured) Crunchy Nut Clusters till all this variety was gone, but it's an uphill struggle. I think it'll be better all round just to bin it.

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              04.05.2009 14:38
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              Nice for a treat but wouldn't have every day

              I saw these crunchy nut bites advertised on tv, and being a fan of the original crunchy nut flakes and all things sweet decided to give these a try.

              This cereal by kellogs is indeed extremely sweet and therefore not one I'd recommend to eat everyday, or for kids really - but it does taste great. The 'bites' themselves comprise of oat and maize cereals as well as nuts and chewy caramel bits. My favourite part is the caramel as it adds lots of sweetness and I love the chewy texture, it's a lovely contrast to the crunchy peanuts.

              Regarding the nutritional value of this cereal, nuts are supposedly a source of good fats. A 40g serving of crunchy nut bites contains 175 calories which is high but not astronomical but the sugar is 13g (15% daily requirement) which is rather a lot.

              The box is 400g of cereal, which means it contains 10 servings therefore won't last particularly long! A box costs around £2.69 which makes this cereal expensive. It is a very well thought out combination of ingredients that taste great together and is very more-ish. I'd say it's almost more like eating a dessert than a breakfast cereal though as it's so sweet!

              My partner likes to eat these too but he doesn't even have them with milk, he just picks a few out of the box dry, as if they were a handful of sweets. I suppose this makes them a convenient snack as well as a breakfast meal. I will buy these again in the future but not too often as I don't think they are the healthiest of cereals and also cost quite a bit compared to others on the market. It is unique though, and as of yet I haven't seen any similar supermarket own brand versions.

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              27.04.2009 11:37
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              Delicious crunchy bites which are definately worth those few extra pennies!

              A couple of months ago I stayed over at my boyfriend's house and when I looked in his cereal cupboard in the morning I came across this new cereal that I had never tried before. He said they were really nice so I thought I'd give them a go. I'm quite a fan of Crunchy Nut cereal anway and particularly like the Crunchy Nut clusters.

              Anyway I polished the cereal's off pretty quickly! They were absolutely delicious! They are nutty and have little blobs of chewy caramel in the bites and are absolutely lovely with or without milk! They are really quite sweet, and I'm a sucker for sweet cereals!

              So I thought I would keep a look out for the cereals but could only find them at my local Tesco's supermarket and nowhere else. Everytime I had a trip there I bought a pack but really when not on offer they are quite expensive - around £2.80 for a box and it only lasts me about a week!

              The other day I came across them on offer at my local Morrison's supermarket. I was actually so happy, I felt quite sad! The offer was 2 for £4 which is quite a bit cheaper however you can get other cereals much much cheaper!

              They aren't exactly healthy for you either. There's about 234 calories per 40g serving with 125ml semi skimmed milk and about 8g fat (4g is saturated).

              Another small problem with them is that they are so addictive, so its become a bit of a habit buying them!

              But they are so good that I actually ignore the price and the unhealthiness of them! I do really look forward to breakfast now! Definately worth those few extra pennies!

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                15.04.2009 23:39
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                Crunch & Chewy!

                Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Bites & Caramel are the latest in the 'Crunchy Nut' range. They are different from the usual crunchy nut cereal as they are made up of clumps of cereal, nuts and caramel rather than being flakes.

                They are quite easy to spot on the shelf, the box is quite similar to the crunchy nut flakes box, yellow and orange in colour with the black crunchy nut logo. Below is a picture of a silver spoon with 3 crunchy nut chews in milk. Above is a blue metallic strip with silver words proclaming that it is 'new' and 'crunchy & chewy.' It comes in a 400g box which is apparantly 10 servings.

                The chews themselves are rectangular and about an inch in length. They look like mini rice krispie bars. They aren't overly chewy and have a nice crunch to them but not so much that they hurt your teeth when you are eating them. They have a very mild caramel flavour but this tend to be overpowered by the milk.

                They are great as a bowl of ceral with ice cold milk but are also a tasty treat to be eaten on their own. The only downside to them is that they are quite expensive and as the chunks are quite big they don't seem to stretch very far.

                I would still definitely recommend trying them, just maybe don't have them for breakfast everyday!

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                  30.03.2009 13:45
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                  My favourite cereal....give them a go!

                  The Nuts and Caramel version of Crunchy Nut bites are new, and as yet un-reviewed on Dooyoo. When I say new, they have been available for a good few months but Kellogg's still class them as new. This is signified by the exclamation of "NEW Crunchy & Chewy!" emblazoned within a flash of blue and white at the top of the predominantly Yellow and Red/Brown box.

                  The packaging itself is the standard cereal cardboard box with the tab style flaps on the top edge so the box can be easily sealed once opened. Inside is the usual clear bag containing the actual cereal, which pleasingly seemed to fill 90% of the bag. This particular box is 400g and suggests that you can expect 10x 40g servings. If you're looking for this box in the Supermarket, it is easily recognisable by a glimmering spoon containing 3 'bites' sat in a shallow layer of milk. The word 'BITES' in bold white text is prominently positioned directly in the middle of the box, with 'Nuts and Caramel' in the bottom left corner in smaller light Brown text.

                  I bought these from Morrison's but it seems a bit hit and miss as to whether they've got any stock in. I got lucky this morning as they didn't have them in last week when I went food shopping. The 400g box cost £2.69 as it does at Tesco and Sainsburies. A massive saving of 1p is available at Asda with the price a bargain at £2.68!

                  Most of the bites are about an inch in length, 1cm in width and slightly less than 1cm in depth and are clusters of mixed cereal, peanuts and little jewels of caramel. Most, but not all 'bites' have a chunk of caramel in them but even the ones that don't taste nice. The cereal and peanuts have a lightly toasted flavour to them and the caramel chunks add an extra dimension, pleasant toffee flavour and a nice chewy consistency. They look quite 'powdery' compared with the image on the box and can have a slightly similar aftertaste when eaten without milk.

                  The best bit about this cereal is that they can be eaten in 2 different ways! My wife likes to eat them without milk and can devour a bowlful of these as a snack or for supper. I however, like them best for breakfast with a splash or two of ice cold milk. You don't need to use much milk either, just enough to moisten them slightly. I also like to snack on them without milk, but if I used both methods they'd never last a week!

                  I recommend trying these if you haven't yet. We've introduced friends to this cereal and they've been hooked from the first mouthful!

                  Nutritional Information (per 40g serving):

                  Calories 175
                  Sugars 13g (15% RDA)
                  Fat 6g (9% RDA)
                  Saturates 3g (14% RDA)
                  Salt 0.6g (10% RDA)

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