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      10.02.2014 18:06
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      Tasty breakfast cereal

      I always find myself snacking throughout the day and attribute this to my forgetting to eat breakfast most days so I still feel hungry later on. I'm currently on a mission to eat breakfast as much as I can and before I'm in that routine, I'm sticking mostly just to your standard cereals. I only ever buy Cheerios or Corn Flakes really. They are quite plain, wholesome cereals that I've enjoyed since I was young. I don't really like to put things on my food as I usually don't like the taste, so sugary cereals or the Cheerio with honey flavour isn't really for me.

      Cheerios have a slightly sweet flavour that is still tasty without anything added to it. They come in small hoop shapes which begin to soften in the milk of your bowl, but usually not too much so there is still a bit of crunch which I like. There are four different types of wholegrains which I think I can taste, although I'm sure if they were all the same flavour but in different colours I'd trick myself into finding a non-existent difference.

      The price is usually dependent on the size, and there tends to be two varieties I've seen, a 350g version and a 600g version. I have no real preference as to which one I buy, although when I buy the 600g I find this too big to fit in my cupboard and so have to pour out into a box to store away and keep fresh. The larger option is around £3-4 whereas the smalle one is around £2.50. I don't think this is that expensive, although a store version would definitely be cheaper. But I find Cheerios to have quite a distinctive taste and so I prefer to buy the Nestle version.

      I would recommend this as it is a tasty breakfast to have and one that has served me well for years. The flavour is strong and quite sweet, but not sickly so, and the texture is moist but with a nice crunch to it also. The price is reasonable compared to other similar named brands, and I do think you get value for your money.

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      25.11.2013 22:28
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      Well-established cereal

      Despite being a regular eater of breakfast cereals, and having munched my way through many a bowl of Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Sugar Puffs (sometimes in the same helping - but we'll come to that later), I only discovered Cheerios a year or so ago, and I was surprised to find that they have been around since 1941. (Yes, during the last war - personally I'd have thought that everybody had other things on their mind at that time than devising new cereals, but apparently not). Launched by Nestle and originally called CheeriOats, the name was changed four years later after a dispute with Quaker Oats.

      THE CEREAL ITSELF

      Made from four different wholegrain cereal grains - corn, oats, wheat and rice - and shaped like the letter O, they are a pale brownish-yellow in appearance. Most people find they give off a gentle, slightly sweet aroma, though with my poor sense of smell this one I regret to say is rather lost on me.

      How much milk you put on is down to personal choice. As someone who has never liked drinking milk on its own, even as a child, I always add only a very light amount to my cereals, and if we should by any chance have run out of it overnight, I'm quite happy to eat them dry - admittedly with a cup of tea or coffee (with, again, a little milk - black tea and coffee are not really to my taste), or failing that fruit juice instead. More than a little milk on Cheerios runs the risk of making them taste horribly mushy, which may be fine for some of you, but a real no-no, a total taste and flavour killer where I am concerned. Eaten dry, or nearly dry, they have a pleasant taste, slightly sweet but nowhere near as sweet as, say, Sugar Puffs.

      So we have established that they are not excessively sugary. That leads us on to the ever-important question of how nutritious they are. Each 100g contains 369 calories, 75.2g carbohydrates (21.6g sugars), 3.9g fat and 6.6g fibre. Apart from the different cereal grains mentioned above, they also contain Sugar, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Wheat Starch, Rice Flour, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Vegetable Oil, Colours: Caramel and Annatto, Antioxidant: Tocopherols. If nothing else, that should make an interesting topic of conversation at breakfast. 'I say, did you know that this bowl of Ceerios contains...[insert list of foregoing]'. It'll make a change from the winter weather, I suppose. And the grains are supposed to ensure you have a reasonable daily fibre intake, so that's nothing if not healthy. Bran Flakes also do the job, although they are generally filed at the top of the 'healthy but boring' list. It's the old story; as is the case with chocolate, to take but one example, the chances are the nicer it is, the less good it is for you. Rotten life, eh?

      The average recommended serving is 30g. Being one of those fortunate souls who has never had to watch his diet, I don't weigh the little perishers out. On the other hand, I only put a small amount in the bowl at once. Which leads me neatly on to...

      TO MAKE THEM MORE INTERESTING

      If you think they sound a tad dull on their own, or even with milk, I'd concede that you have a point. When I was small, my (late) brother-in-law introduced us all to the idea of mixing cereals up in the same bowl. Why help yourself to only one when you have a choice of two or three, and you can eat them all together? We realised that it was a very good idea. After all, if you're a carnivore, you don't merely serve yourself up a plate of sausages, or pork, or whatever, without vegetables, do you? I have to admit that my wife and her family don't buy into it, and they all think the concept is bonkers. It would be a boring old world if we thought exactly the same, wouldn't it?

      WHAT DOES THE BOX LOOK LIKE?

      Granted, cereal packets are not meant to be entrants for a beauty contest, but in the interests of completeness, the packet I'm reviewing has the name Cheerios in dark blue-purple letters, apart from the o which is in scarlet. A predominantly white background has a light green border at the top proclaiming 'Nestle Whole Grain Guaranteed'. I'm sure you all wanted to know.

      HOW MUCH?

      Cheerios come in two boxes, 375g and 500g. Prices obviously fluctuate, but I recently saw the smaller box on special offer at our local Co-op, reduced from £2.69 to £1.29. Our Co-op tends to be a little on the expensive side, apart from when it offers temporary discounts on selected items. Googling 'Tesco Cheerios price' has just informed me that the store has a similarly temporary offer on for the 600g packet, reduced from £3.19 to £2. As ever, shop around.

      FINALLY...

      On their own, Cheerios taste pleasant if not exactly exciting, but the same could be said of most breakfast cereals. I'd eat them again, though I would never stick to the same cereal (or even portions of the same three different cereals) on a regular basis. My recommendation is certainly to give them a try.

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        02.07.2012 21:06
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        Cheerfull breakfast cereals altough bit pricey

        This morning, whilst I was happily enjoying eating my breakfast with my daughter; I thought to myself I should write a review about this breakfast. We have had Cheerios for breakfast today, which has not always been my first choice of cereals simply because I very rarely used to eat breakfast. However; since I have found out my daughter loves Cheerios (my childminder kindly made me aware of this fact about 8 months ago), I made the trip to my local Sainsury's store and purchased small box for me to try at home.

        ***Bit about Cheerios. . .***
        Cheerios taste delicious, (and I am saying this on behalf of my daughter too) they are slightly sweet however I don't find them sickly sweet unlike some other breakfast cereals. I wasn't too sure about my daughter eating them as they are still sweet and have sugar in them however; there are far sweeter breakfast cereals and even plain Shreddies have almost the same amount of sugar in.

        I do not think Cheerios need lots of introduction but for those who don't know, Cheerios are breakfast cereals in a shape of little hoops made by Nestle Company. They come in a plastic bag and the box. Bag is transparent so you can see how much is left in it and it is not re-sealable. I use a bag clip to keep the bag closed and avoid cereals getting soggy. Box is bright and cheerful and can be recycled. Box is mainly white with colourful breakfast bowl in the middle with Cheerios hoops falling into it and Cheerios logo written across the box in massive purple writing.

        ***What's in it?***
        Cheerios claim to contain 4 whole grains. However, by looking at the information on the box I somehow counted 5 which are: whole grain oats, whole grain wheat, whole grain barley, whole grain rice and whole grain maize. Cheerios contain other ingredients such as brown sugar, wheat starch, salt and list goes on, however no artificial flavours or E numbers. This cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals some of them being Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Vitamins B1, B6, B2, Calcium and Iron. There are other vitamins/minerals in Cheerios which are stated within the information table on the box.

        Nutrition information printed on the box is very informative and clear. A 30g of Cheerios with 125ml semi-skimmed (I prefer to have mine with skimmed milk) milk provide 175kcal, 3.2g fat which 1.5g is saturates, 0.53g salt equivalent and 28.5g carbohydrates which of 12.3g is sugars which is probably average and very similar to other brands of breakfast cereals.

        ***Varieties and prices***
        Cheerios comes in two variaties - original and honey. We stick to buying original version as honey Cheerios were too sticky and far tos sweet even for my daughter who wasn't keen on eating them. In addition you can get them in 3 sizes, price depending on the size you buy. I purchase mine in Sainsbury's, which currently sells them at £2.08 for 375g, £3.09 for 600g and mega value box of 1kg for £3.39. It is quite pricey to my opinion and it is quite clear which box will give you better value for money, having said that the biggest box seems to be always sold out so I normally end up buying 600g box. I try to buy them when they are on offer which is quite regularly; Cheerios they can purchased in any supermarket. Supermarkets do sell their own version of Cheerios, I have brought previously Sainsbury's own brand called Multigrain Hooplas which actually tasted ok, it was certainly cheaper (£1.05 per 375g).

        I still buy Cheerios though as I much prefer the taste of them however I also buy Sainsbury's own version due to the fact that they are so much cheaper and my daughter likes them too.

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          30.06.2012 20:54
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          A great product at an acceptable price though not as wallet concious a choice as corn flakes

          This is a review I published under the same user name on ciao. Rate it here first if you really must rate it on Ciao too!

          Healthy, Tasty, Breakfast Cereal
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          Taste:

          In my view they taste quite sweet and "moreish" in the sense that when you have finished a bowl you are always left longing for more of these delicious little O's packed full of whole grain goodness or so the blurb goes. I personally prefer them to Wheatabix or Coco Rice Krispies which are a little drier/duller and sweeter respectively.

          The one thing about this brand compared to many other brands that contain honey is that they manage to find the balance between too much sugar and not enough sugar just right. So it is nice on the mouth without drying your mouth up too much or having a point where it just becomes too sweet to eat any more.

          Nutritional Value:

          Most breakfast cereal's are fairly healthy and are recommended as an ideal way to start the day, they contain 7g of protein per average serving of 30g cheerios and semi skimmed milk, only 3g of fat and 29g's of carb. Its worth noting that if you just ate Cheerios in large quantity and nothing else your diet would probably not have enough carb's in it and would definitely lack fat.

          So like anything it should be part of a balanced diet and not used a diet to obsessed with eliminating all fat or carbs.

          Price:

          In this category this cereal really excels with typical prices at most supermarkets being around 3 pounds for a 600g box, with Asda running a price of 2.50 for that same box as of the time of writing this makes the average price per 100 g around 50p or slightly less if you get it at asda. Whereas Rice Krispies original cost 3.69 as of writing this review which prices them higher than Cheerios by around 3p per 100g as a minimum price differential with it being considerably higher than the price offered by Asda for Cheerio's at the time of the review being produced.

          So its clear that Cheerio's really are good value for money too and in these times of needless austerity slowing the worlds economy's down anything that helps to increase consumers disposable income and thus aids the wider economy is to be welcomed.

          Concluding Summary:

          This product is a great tasting healthy option that works well as part of a balanced diet and is at a price point where a lot of people will have access to it however like most main brands it could do with lowering its price a little to really cement the argument of quality vs affordability firmly in its favour.

          On a personal note these are my most used cereal and if you haven't tried them I really recommend you do, they are full tasting but won't hurt your waist! .

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            09.07.2010 12:44
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            good way of including whole grains into our diet

            Cheerios is a brand of breakfast cereal sold by Cereal Partners under the Nestle brand. The cereals are mixed whole grain lightly sweetened and shaped as 'O's. The cereals are a mix of three colours: brown, light orange and cream colour. Once put in mouth we can taste the sweet and the crunchy grain taste. The cereal 'O's absorb milk but don't become paste which is a good thing.
            I buy cheerio's for breakfast. I recently bought this from Tesco and it was available for half price. The packet is white colour with a bowl coloured in layers of purple, red, yellow and green The O shaped cereals can be seen on the packet, every one will get an idea what the cereals are like. The packet is labelled with cheerios in an eye catching purple colour and the 'o' is specially marked in red. The label 'Whole grain guaranteed' can bee seen with which these cereals are made of. The packaging is recyclable. Inside this carton contains a white plastic bag in which the cereals are packed and this packaging helps maintain the freshness of these cereals. This plastic bag can also be recycled. The plastic bags can be put in recycle bins for plastic bags where available.
            The ingredients are whole cereal grains(77.8%)(whole grain oats, whole grain wheat, whole grain barley, whole grain rice, whole grain maize), sugar, partially inverted brown sugar syrup, wheat starch, salt, tri potassium phosphate. Colours: carotene, annatto and caramel. Anti oxidant: Tocopherols. Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin c, Niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, Riboflavin(B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic acid, Vitamin B12, Calcium carbonate and iron.
            A 30gm serving contains 110 calories, 6.4 gm sugar, 1.1gm fat, 0.3 gm saturates, 0.4 gm salt.
            These are good source of 9 vitamins and minerals, good source of fibre, low fat, good source of calcium and good source of iron.
            These cereals are a good way of introducing whole grain into our diet and I give it five dooyo stars for the nutrition, quality and taste.

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              05.07.2010 20:50
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              A good cereal

              Cheerios is a brand of breakfast cereal. Cheerios was first produced on June 19 1941, as the first oat based ready to eat cold cereal. They are produced by the cereal company Nestle. There are a number of different ranges of cheerios. Some of which are listed below;

              * Banana Nut Cheerios (2008)
              * Oat Cheerios (UK, only oat)
              * Chocolate Cheerios (2010)
              * Fruity Cheerios (2006) (Cheerios sweetened with real fruit juice.)
              * Oat Cluster Crunch Cheerios (2007) (sweetened Cheerios with oat clusters)

              Ingredients for cheerios is as follows;

              - Whole Grain Cereal Grains (77.8%)(Whole Grain Oats, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Barley, Whole Grain Rice, Whole Grain Maize), Sugar, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Wheat Starch, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Colours: Carotene, Annatto and Caramel; Antioxidant: Tocopherols.

              Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid (Folacin), Vitamin B12, Calcium Carbonate and Iron.

              A 30g serving contains:

              - 110 calories (6%)
              - 6.4g sugar (7%)
              - 1.1g fat (2%)
              - 0.3g saturates (1%)
              - 0.4g salt (6%)

              Cheerio's are suitable for many age ranges. Personally, I am 18 and eat a lot of food. Generally I will have at least two bowls of Cheerio's and when I do this, they don't really fill me up for long. Other cereals can keep me sustained for a lot longer.

              Prices (from Tesco website)

              - 375g for £1
              - 600g for £2.48

              I would recommend cheerio's to anyone. They are also a goof price.

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              Fantastic product by Nestle.

              I like to give my children lots of variety at breakfast time and Nestle Cheerios are one of the products that I buy as they have the 'wholegrain guarantee' and I like to know that my children are getting some goodness with everything they eat and just allow them chocolatey cereals as the occasional treat.

              Cheerios are little o shaped bits of cereal made from oats, rice, corn & wheat so there is lots of variety in each piece. I love the variety in this cereal because every mouthful has a little something different to it and it's not boring like some of these more plain cereals are. There is a slim coating of sugar on the cereal so it does have a nice sweet taste to it but it's not ridiculously sweet like some of the cereals that are aimed at little ones.

              I paid £1.50 for a 375g box of Cheerios from Tesco and this is a special offer that I see on a fairly regular occasion making these nice and friendly for the family purse strings.

              There is nothing special to this packaging, a cardboard box and a plastic wrapper as you get with most cereals. The bag can be rolled down so the cereal can be kept nice and fresh when my children have gone off them like they often do from week to week depending on what their new current favourite is (usually whatever I have brought that week!).

              Each serving of this cereal contains 110 calories and 6.5g of sugars so these should be enjoyed in moderation and obviously enjoying them with red milk is the best way to eat them (besides plain as a snack). I usually have a large serving so I don't really pay much attention to what the calories say as I burn off lots of energy through the day running around after my little ones anyway.

              I love Cheerios as they have a lot of variety to them and the taste is quite diverse. The cereal does not go instantly soggy when you pour the milk on it and as I usually end up getting distracted at breakfast times it's fabulous to know that I can leave the bowl and return to it and not find a big pile of slop. Each of the grains has a nice unique taste to it and every mouthful tastes different.

              My children seem to enjoy this cereal and if I can get them to eat something that's relatively healthy whilst getting a little of their daily serving of wholegrain in to them then I'm always willing to give it a go. The price of these is a little bit expensive compared to some of the other products on the market but I love to eat them as a snack in the evenings if I've not managed to eat all of my dinner before it's fit for the dinner. Also, it's a lot better than eating a bowl of fatty calorie laden crisps.

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              good quality

              Its not often I eat cereal and I'm quite fussy about which cereal I eat as I don't like them all, but I do like Nestle Cheerios.

              A 375g box of Nestle Cheerios will cost you £2.18 which is about the average price of a good brand cereal packet, but you can get these on offer occassionally, so its good to be able to get a saving now and then.

              The packets are white with a colourful design, a rainbow bowl full of cheerios is on the front with the Nestle logo in red. Quite easy to spot on the supermarket shelves.

              The calorie count isn't too high either so for a 30g portion which is a small bowlful, you get 110 calories. it is tempting to have two bowls as they are really crunchy and this is why i like them, I love crunchy cereal in the morning with fresh cold milk from the fridge.

              They are made of whole wheat which is good for you and they are packed with iron and vitamins, so it makes them a good cereal to start the day off.

              When you open the bag inside the box you will see the little round shaped cheerios, they are in different shades of brown, three shades from a brown colour to a light fawn colour, sort of how you would imagine wheat to be but round circles.

              Putting the milk on doesn't make any noise like rise crispies but you do get a good crunch from them, but they do absorb the milk quite quickly so you have to eat them before they go soggy.

              They do taste wheaty but not as strong a taste as weetabix, they are more lighter on the palette. Engery wise they do fill you up for a few hours and keep the hunger monster away, but by around eleven o'clock I do begin to feel that I am wanting something to eat.
              They are just a good alternative to other cereals.

              If your looking for more information on the products of Nestle you can go to www.nestlecereals.co.uk
              If your just looking for a good tasty cereal to replace your cornflakes then these are tasty, crunchy and kids love them.

              Have fun x

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              06.04.2010 09:29
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              A tasty cereal and nice as a snack too.

              I'm not a morning person, nor a cereal person so having breakfast in the mornings is a tedious task. I tend to have cereal as a small dessert sometimes as it satisfies a sweety need but now and then I do have cereal in the mornings.

              One cereal I have been eating recently is Cheerios.

              Cheerios come in a white cardoard box decorated in a colourful bowl splashed with oaty O's! We are clearly told that these are Cheerios and they are 'Deliciously Crunchy' and that these are made by Nestle. The green banner is printed at the top telling us this cereal is wholegrain guaranteed. Cheerios also offer their very own Honey and Oat versions too. This particular version is mixed whole grain sweetened cereal O's.

              A 30g serving contains;
              110 calories
              6.5g sugars
              1.2g fat
              0.3g saturates
              0.4g salt

              Wholegrain cereals are an important part of a balanced diet. It is recommended that we eat at least 3 servings of whole grain each day. A bowl of cheerios gives you 1 of whor whole grain servings.

              The appearance of cheerios in a bowl is quite simple and plain to be honest, small hoops of wholegrain oats varying in colour shades all a beige, porridgey soft of colour. To be honest their taste is just as simple yet I really enjoy eating them. They have a very slight sweetness to them which satisfies me enough, they are filling and wholesome. When milk is poured over them they they do soften slightly but don't become ridiculously soggy which I like so I feel as I'm crunching down on them I am actually eating something. They provide a subtle and satisfying crunch to them. They have a varied taste to them thanks to the variety of wholegrain provided in each cheerio, these include whole grain wheat, whole grain oats, and even whole grain rice amongst others. I find these a perfect little snack to eat their own too when feeling a little peckish even my 2 year old twins enjoy them like this, probably as they remind them of crisps thanks to the crunchyness yet provide them with a bit more 'goodness' than what crisps do.

              I really do enjoy this cereal it fills me and is satisfying and very handy as a quick snack now and then although they can be quite pricey so I either buy a shops own version or wait until these are on offer.

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                27.03.2010 12:54
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                Buy Them

                My Nan likes to try and get us to eat a proper but healthy breakfast. I don't function well first thing so I need something simple to eat while I wake up and the caffine kicks in. 375g boxes of Cheerios are currently sold for £1.98 in Sainsburys but Asda have them on offer at £1.50. The box tends to last me about 2 weeks.

                Cheerios are mixed whole grain sweetened cereal that come in hoop shapes. The hoops come in 4 different colours in the box but they all taste the same. Whole grain is an important part of a balance diet and it is recommended that we eat at least 3 servings of whole grain per day. A bowl of cheerios will give you one serving.

                A 30g serving of Cheerios with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk will give you 110kcal (6% of your recommended daily allowance), 6.4g of sugars (7% of your RDA), 1.1g of fat (2% of your RDA) of which 0.3g are saturates (1% of your RDA), 0.4g of salt (6% of your RDA) and 2.0g of fibre (8% of your RDA).

                I love the taste of Cheerios, they are sweet but not coated in sugar like some cereals. You certainly don't need to add sugar to them. I like knowing that I am eating a bowl that includes fibre, vitamins and minerals but doesn't taste like cardboard. They even taste good enough to eat dry as a snack. A normal bowlful gives you 25% of your RDA of vitamins C, B1, and B6 aswell as 25% of your RDA of Niacin, Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron. It give 35% of your RDA of Riboflavin, 30% of your RDA of Pantothenic Acid and 75% of your RDA of Vitamin B12. I think this is a great way for children and adults to start the day. I was very surprised by the amount of salt in this cereal but I guess it does tend to appear everywhere these days. I always eat more than the recommended serving size (I think of it as more goodness rather than being greedy) and it fills me up right up until lunch time which I find many other cereals don't. I am picky with cereals as I like them to be sweet but find Frosties etc too sweet. I think that Cheerios are perfect for me.

                I definitely recommend these.

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                Get them in your routine soon!

                To be totally honest, I'm not much of a cereal fan. Most of the time cereal finds its way into my kitchen as a snacky food rather than a real breakfast food. However, recently when I realised how cheap you could buy cheerios for, I bought a couple, having not had them for around a year or so. They have sort of become part of my daily routine now: breakfast at 9, actually no, Cheerios at 9... You've got to give those Os a go! Seeing as a 30g serving only contains arond 110 calories, whereas my usual cooked breakfast would contain nearer 500, I am feeling much more healthy. Nestle's motto for this particular brand is, whole grain guaranteed. Of course this is not a deal breaker for someone like me, but it definitely gives me some confidence when munching through two bowls of the stuff a day. The design of cereal is very important to most people, and I suppose that cheerios has done extremely well with their little circular bites. It is almost a trademark for this type of cereal, despite the fact that their are other such ones such as honey hoops etc.
                For me cheerios has relight my breakfast healthiness, and long may it continue.

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                Nestle's whole grain hoops

                A couple of mornigns a week, my son goes to Breakfast Club before school. There, he has breakfast, and it's usually a bowl of Cheerios. We have been buying Tesco's own brands, Multi-Grain Hoops, but these Nestle Cheerios were on a buy one get one free offer for a 600g box at around the £2.50 mark, so I went for it.

                To tell you the truth, there really isn't much difference between these and the Tesco version. Essentially, you get a bunch of small hoops each made out of the three parts of the grain, to ensure you get fibre, vitamins and minerals. They're quite small, and vary in colour, although it's generally a pale orange or yellow colour.

                Adding milk does soften them, but much like other cereals, it's not an instant thing, and if you want them soggy, you may have to wait a few minutes. Taste wise, there's not not a whole lot of flavour that comes out of them, but what there is tastes okay.

                The ingredients come as no surprise, with the majority of it being whole grain this and whole grain that. There's oats, wheat, barley, rice and maize making up this collection of whole grain cereals, with sugars, starch, salt and colours added. Nutritionally, a 30g bowl of these with some milk will give you at least 25% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) for vit c, b1, b2, b6, niacin, folic acid, b12, calcium and iron, so it's quite nutritional in that sense. It does carry more 'goodness', I suppose, than the Tesco brand, which weighs it at lower amounts than this.

                This is a good product, and is a very healthy way to start your day. I like the simplistic way of presenting it in hoops, 'O' shapes, and they have the tagline of 'give those Os a go' to entice you even more. My advice would be to get these when they're on offer, or near the price of the Multi-Grain Hoops or other versions, as they do contain more goodness, on average. However, the price for a mainline Nestle brand, as with Kellogg's brands, are a lot higher and quite often the bank balance has the deciding vote. Recommended, but not so much that I'd prefer them unless they're on offer.

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                breakfast cereal

                I usually have either a bowl of porridge or weetabix for my breakfast. However like all things it can get a bit boring eating the same thing every morning. I am not really a fan of breakfast cereals but have recently discovered that I like cheerios. Its not that cheerios are new, in fact they have been around since 1941, just that I try to eat what I consider to be healthy options! Cheerios are made by Nestle.

                Cheerios are O shaped and several different shades of brown. The different colors come from the 4 types of grain used to produce cheerios-oats, rice, corn and wheat. I hate soggy cereal and am happy to say that cheerios remain crunchy to the last spoonful. I add semi-skimmed milk to my cheerios although they can be eaten dry if you prefer. Cheerios are quite sweet but not overly so, another plus point as far as I'm concerned.

                Back to my point about healthy eating. Cheerios are not as good for you as the manufacturers would have us believe. It is true that they contain fibre, and a 30 gram serving will provide you with 85% of you recommended daily Iron requirement as well as 85% of your vitamin B12, Thiamin and Niacin and only 110 calories. However the same 30 gram bowlful also contains 6.5 grams of sugar and that is 7% of an adults RDA, as this cereal is aimed at children that's an ever greater percentage! It is also worth saying that 30 grams is very little and most of us will pour far more into our breakfast bowls! Cheerios are also high in salt with each 30 grams containing 6% of an adults RDA.

                Despite my concerns about how good for you cheerios actually are, I still really like the taste! They are lovely and crunchy and I like the diferent coloured O's too. Cereal is obviously very quick and convenient to eat, not just at breakfast time.

                Cheerios are widely available and at the moment they are on offer in Tesco fro £2.76 for 2 600 gram boxes. They can also be bought in smaller 375 gram boxes costing £1.97. Overall I think cheerios are lovely ,but that you should not be deceived into thinking they are a healthy way to start your day!

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                  16.12.2009 09:13
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                  at least try them out

                  I'm not too sure what first attracted me to a box of cheerios in my local supermarket. It might well have been the packaging which isn't too bright but none the less rather attractive and appealing. The price is quite high at £2.77 for 600g, but I decided to treat myself.

                  One advantage of Cheerios is their packaging. As I 17yr old I can buy this kids cereal without feeling embarrassed as nestle doesn't feel the need to stick and money or other character on the front of the packet that makes you feel rather childish.

                  I was impressed with my first mouthful. Deliciously crunchy and sweet without the need to add sugar and quite filling too. Not much milk is needed either cos you don't want to lose the crunch of those O's. A 600g box will last about a week and a half. Not too long, but better than Coco Pops and Rice Krispes where larger portions are needed to feel full cos they're full of air!

                  I fully endorse cheerios for a hearty breakfast(do ignore the serving size, 30g is pittance unless you're having and evening snack) and you can balance out the guilt over the high sugar content with the knowledge that they are low in fat and contain wholegrain.

                  Here's some nutritional info
                  per 100g per 30g (with 125 semi-skimmed milk)
                  Cal 368kCal 171kCal
                  Fat 3.9g 3.2g
                  Sat Fat 1.1g 1.5g
                  Sugar 21.6g 12.3g
                  Salt 1.2g 0.5g

                  Cheerios have some variety, with honey flavoured and oat ones, too.
                  Supermarkets also do their own-brand versions if you're feeling the pinch



                  Enjoy!

                  CrunchCrunch

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                    13.11.2009 08:49
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                    As the slogan goes ... these really are tasty little O's

                    I'm becoming a bit of a cereal addict and have tried a variety of cereals over the last few months. Nestle Cheerios are amongst the "better" cereals that I have tried.


                    ***Packaging***

                    The packaging of Cheerios is pretty plain and is not the most eye catching of cereal packaging if you were browsing the supermarket shelves. The cereal comes in boxes of 500g and 750g. The outer packaging is a white cereal box with Cheerios written in blue font and a bowl of Cheerios on the front of the box. Inside the cereal is contained within a white plastic wrapper for additional freshness.


                    ***Price***

                    A 500g box of Cheerios costs £1.89 in Asda. For a large box of cereal I feel that this is quite averagely priced for a "branded" cereal, however in comparison to some of the supermarkets own brand cereals Cheerios are slightly expensive. Asda often have special offers on boxes of Cheerios and have in the past sold 500g boxes for £1 which I feel is extremely reasonable.


                    ***Cheerios***

                    Cheerios are little round O's about 1cm in diameter. They are made from four different whole grain cereals and there are four different "colours" of O. The colours range from a light golden colour to a darker beige colour O.

                    When you pour the cereal into the bowl it lacks any real distinctive scent. There is a slight sweet wheat type scent but nothing particularly strong.

                    When you pour the milk over the cereal the initial spoonfuls of cereal are very crunchy however as you get nearer the bottom of the bowl the cereal is quite soggy. I find that I tend to put less milk on Cheerios than I do other cereals in order make the cereal less soggy as Cheerios definitely taste better when the cereal is crunchy.

                    Taste wise Cheerios have quite a plain flavour to them. The predominant taste is quite wheaty and wholesome but with a sweet hint. The taste of Cheerios is quite plain but not as plain and wheaty as the likes of Shredded Wheat and Weetabix as it has an extra sweet taste to it. I find that the milk helps to bring out the sweet flavour of the cereal and that Cheerios taste a lot sweeter with milk over them than they do when you eat a dry handful of the cereal


                    **Nutritional Information**

                    A 30g serving of Cheerios contains
                    112 calories
                    6.5 g sugar
                    1.2 g fat
                    2g fibre

                    As far as breakfast cereals go Cheerios are relatively low calorie and low fat and a good choice if you are watching your weight. The sugar content is slightly higher than some of the more "healthy" cereals like Wheetabix or Shredded Wheat but is still a lot lower than the majority of breakfast cereals.


                    ***Overall***

                    Cheerios are a great breakfast cereal for those looking for something relatively healthy and low fat but still has a sweet taste to it. A bowl of Cheerios is a filling way to start the day and the cereal has a crunchy sweet wheaty taste... providing you do not leave the Cheerios in the bowl too long as the cereal does go soggy quite quickly.

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                  • Product Details

                    375g and 500g. Manufacturer: Nestlé / Breakfast cereals.