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I don't mind the taste of shredded wheat, however I do find it quite bland. I saw Mini Max in the supermarket and thought i would give them a whirl.
The box is a standard 560g size and cost £2.69 from Tesco, I don't think this is outstanding value but I decided to make my cereal go further I would only eat 40g worth of cereal everyday which is the recommended amount on the front of the box. Looking at a mere 40g I anticipated that I would still be hungry after finishing a bowl-full, however I was surprisingly full. Shredded wheat is a good start to the day and this cereal keeps me going until lunch.
Without question the best part of this cereal is the frosted topping, I was expecting a thin layer of topping on each wheat so I was very surprised that the majority of the wheats had a good, thick, crunchy frosted topping. Whilst the topping is initially crunchy, it softens with the milk and adds a lovely sweetness the liven up the taste of the bland shredded wheat. This cereal is near enough identical to Frosted Wheats, I'm not sure if they are still around now or whether they have been reincarnated into Mini Max.
In terms of nutrition a 40g serving contains 148 calories, 7g of sugar, 0.8g of fat with 0.1 g of saturates and 0.01g of salt, it is also wholegrain, high in fibre and contains vitamins, minerals and folic acid. I l like that this cereal is low in calories and fat with the added boost of fibre and various vitamins, the sugar is a little high but that is to be expected as the cereal has a sugary topping. One ingredient I was a bit horrified to find was beef gelatin, I've no idea what it's used for but it seems a bit of a grim ingredient to be in a cereal and makes this cereal a no go for some vegetarians or vegans.
All in all this is a great cereal, I do think it's a little on the expensive side however it provides a great start to my day.
I remember Kelloggs launching Toppas when I used to work in a supermarket, which was in the 1990's. I loved the sound of them and gave them a try, but they never seemed to really take off. We never seemed to sell many, and soon stopped stocking them. Years later I spotted a relaunch/rebrand of the same cereal in a miniature format, "Frosted Wheats". Out shopping last weekend, I spotted these "Mini Max" and realised they were the same thing, so for old-times sake I gave them a go.
The breakfast cereal are effectively bitesize (2cm square approx) shredded wheat - little pillows or parcels of strands of wholewheat, topped on one side with a generous frosting of sugar ... very indulgent!
The cereal claims to be high in fibre, containing vitamins and iron, and wholegrain. A serving is referred to as 40g, so a box contains 14 servings. I find this quantity more than enough to give a decent sized bowl-full to start the day. With 125ml of skimmed milk, a serving provides anywhere bwween 25 and 47% of recommended daily allowances of the various vitamins as well as 17% of your iron. The salt content is also claimed to be low, at 0.15g per serving, which compares with 4g of salt in a serving of Kellogg's corn flakes. The calories in a serving is 207, which is higher than most other Kellogg's cereals. That said, I will normally add sugar to other cereals and with these Mini Max, there is no need to do that, so any additional calories of the sugar doesn't apply.
I absolutely love the taste of these Mini Max, the frosting is usually thick and crunchy, which although very naughty is also very enjoyable! At the same time, the taste of the wheat is prevelant and it gives you a sense of eating something wholesome and good for you. With lovely cold milk they soon become quite soft, which I like, but if you prefer crunchy you'll need to get a move on, as they soak up the milk quite readily.
I try various cereals to start my day, and I must say that I am far less desperate for lunchtime to arrive with these than with other cereals, I do find them the most filling of any others I've tried.
The only down-side for me is the uneven coating of the frosting on the individual parcels. Some are really thickly coated whilst others are barely touched on the edge. Somehow, though, this all goes to enhance the dining experience!
I'm really glad I spotted these, and will look out for them being on offer, as they were £2.69 in Tesco, more than I'd normally spend. Having said that, they last a long time because I don't need a huge portion to fill me up for the morning, and I really do like these so I hope this reincarnation of Toppas, Frosted Wheats or whatever are around for keeps this time.
High fibre Wholegrain Low salt