I'm quite a fan of regular Shreddies but, unfortunately for my body, I much prefer the sweeter versions- Frosted, Coco and Honey Shreddies and I bought them frequently in my weekly shopping. However since finishing university for the year and moving back home I didn't have a chance to choose the cereals in our weekly shopping. However during one trip to Tesco Express I decided to purchase my own seeing as it was towards the end of the week, and felt it was time to indulge on something with chocolate!
For those who aren't in the know, Shreddies are a cereal consisting of little squares of malted wheat with its layers bundled together. This gives it a "knitted" look, hence the 'Knitting Shreddies' marketing the brand has been pushing over the past few years. 'Coco Shreddies' is simply the chocolate version of normal Shreddies and the packaging greatly reflects this; instead of a blue background on the box there are dark shades of brown and the word 'Coco' appears above the notable Shreddies logo. This makes it very colourful and distinguishable from other cereal brands. With regards to Nutritional Information, there isn't anything here that parents should take note of except perhaps the sugar content. On the other hand this is part of Nestle's 'Whole Grain' range of cereals and includes many vitamins and minerals, so this isn't too unhealthy an option.
Yet what matters here is their actual taste, and 'Coco Shreddies' are very scrumptious! Shreddies normally taste plain but crunchy, and these are obviously the same but with a lot of chocolate and sugar over them. You taste them straight away and the chocolate taste dissolves straight onto your tongue. However, I have to admit these Shreddies taste more sweet than "chocolate-y" so that ruins the quality a little. What you can taste of the chocolate seems to be good enough for me to keep eating some, especially when it mixes with the milk. They are great to have either with or without cereal, but parents looking for something to give their kids should be careful that this doesn't become a snack rather than part of breakfast- I know I treat it as one!
Currently 'Coco Shreddies' retail at £2.09 for a 500g box at the major supermarkets, so while it's clearly more expensive than own-store brands it's far from extortionate. If you're not too worried about the sugar content then this is definitely a cereal worth buying once in a while- 'Coco Shreddies' are delicious to have for your breakfast and pretty healthy compared to other chocolate-based cereals on the markets.
I try to stay away from chocolatey cereals in general. I eat so much chocolate as it is I don't want to be having it for breakfast but one day it was a choice between Coco Shreddies, Cocoa Pops and some dodgy old cereals that were past their use-by date.
I rather dislike Cocoa Pops because there is nothing to them and you need several bowlfuls before it would fill you up as they are all air so try to steer clear but Shreddies is normally a more filling breakfast so thought to go with this one.
The standard traditional Shreddies normally comes in a bright blue box and this brown one next to it on the shelf. Both normally cost just under £2, but this one had 50p off it in Sainsbury's recently.
Coco Shreddies is one of several spin offs including Honey Shreddies and Frosted Shreddies but I imagine that this one is particularly popular with the children. Like the normal version, this is four layers of criss cross wheat layers, one on top of the other.
I do find it quite a filling cereal and my stomach doesn't rumble when I eat this ('keeps hunger locked up till lunch' is true) and I feel like I've eaten a proper breakfast unlike with some though I am aware that being chocolate flavoured it isn't very good for me or my teeth. A 40g serving prvides 150 calories which is about 30 or 40 calories higher than many cereals. I probably wouldn't make this my main cereal but it's nice to have sometimes and you can watch the milk go chcolatey which is always fun however old you are.
Nutritional Info (40g serving - for a 5-10 year olds GDA) :
- Calories = 150 (8%)
- Sugars -11.6g (14%)
- Fat - 0.8g (1%)
- Saturates - 0.3g (1%)
- Salt - 0.3g (6%)
Description - A chocolate version of the popular 'Shreddies' this is a coco shredded wheat cereal.
Taste - Unsurprisingly with a chocolate cereal and high sugar content (14%), Coco Shreddies has a very sweet, crunchy, chewy taste that would be best enjoyed if you too have a 'sweet tooth' like myself, or if you don't and according to other members of my family, the taste can get 'sickly' and 'samey' by the end of the bowl.
Healthiness - Now, this is a cereal with ok calories (150g), low fat and saturated fat and salt, but 11.6g is a lot of sugar to consume so early in the day when all of our meals seem to almost inevitably contain added sugar (take aways, ready meals etc...) - so Coco Shreddies would of course be best enjoyed as part of a balanced diet with lower sugar intake throughout the day.
Extra Info - If you haven't already been bombarded with Nestle guerrilla marketing, the 'knitting nana' adverts, they satirically claim every pack of shreddies are 'especially made for you by nana'. If like me this didn't do much to reassure you then you may want to avoid going to the facebook page and entering yourself to be the new 'knitting nana' (for reasons which are to be fair are beyond me - they'll do anything for more PR!)
Summary: A sweet tasty chocolate cereal, but only people with a 'sweet tooth', as the taste can get sickly and samey by the end of the bowl and with the high sugar content (11.6g or 14%) means that there are many more healthier chocolate cereals on the market that would perhaps be a better choice for those thinking about picking Coco Shreddies of the shelf. On balance, if enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet and you can stand the sugary taste, this is an OK option to try. An average 6/10.
I have always like the normal shreddies cereal you can get and I also liked the frosted shreddies in fact I preferred the frosted shreddies to the normal ones as I have a very sweet tooth and they already contained a coating of sugar unlike the original shreddies.
These though are coco shreddies which are basically the same as the original ones however instead of being made up of wheat they also contain a chocolate flavour and this reflects in their brown colour as well.
They are made up in the same way though, a kind of knitted little web of wheat crossed over to make litte shreddies pieces. They taste very similar too however the chocolate taste is very distinctive and while it doesn't exactly taste very similar to real chocolate there is a chocolate hint in there and they do taste nice.
I did enjoy these coco shreddies when I tried them however I didn't like them as much as I thought I would I think perhaps shreddies are best just left plain or with sugar on so if I could choose any shreddies I would have frosted over these but I still prefer these coco ones to the original plain ones.
I Have tried all the variations of the shreddies know and after several bowls full, the coca shreddies are 2nd to frosted shreddies, but this by no means makes it bad. In my opinion The coco shreddies are flavoursome and Chocolatey, perfect for all ages!
The coco Shreddies are a variation of the original Shreddies to boost sales and to increase variaty of shreddies, The Coco version has a wholegrain garauntee which means that it will give you two out of your three RDA( recommended daily allowance) which is good to know as wholegrain is key for the body to target Things like constipation and other illnesses as such.
The shreddies are dusted with cocoa powder and 'knitted by nanas' into four layers of shreddie goodness, which is a well known campaign and works well as the layers look like they have been knitted together. Also the moment the Shreddies hit the milk in your breakfast bowl the cocoa starts to melt into the chocolate which makes the milk, yep you guessed it Chocolate!
I really enjoy the shreddies and the Luxury taste of them and would definitely recommend to people, of all ages this will be a delight to you.
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Shreddies are a classic, so combining them with another brilliant item, chocolate, must make them even better. They are! They have the usual high quality that is seen from Nestle, a superb flavour, texture and a price that makes them great value for money. Everyone will love them, but they do have quite a high level of sugar.
The packaging is very simple, with clear branding making it easy to find on the supermarket shelf. The text is big and crisp so you can read it. The box can be opened easily, is always fresh and the cardboard tabs do a great job of keeping it fresh if you close it properly. It isn't too hard to close, but can sometimes be a bit hard to do which is not ideal if in a rush.
The price is very good, with the product usually on sale, making it great value for money. You get a lot of servings out of the box, but you will need more than the recommended to fill you up. Even so, it will fill you up until lunch time.
The quality of the product is always high, with the same great taste every time. Usually, the product is intact and the boxes are almost always full.
When you open the box, a sweet smell drifts into your nose, encouraging you to hurry up and eat them. They also look very nice. The product combines with the milk, to make it taste like milk chocolate. The product will go soft, but not too soft so will melt in your mouth. The chocolate is very rich, but the creamy milk creates the perfect flavour.
However, it does contain quite a lot of sugar that a lot of people won't like, but in my eyes, it is worth it for the great taste.
Overall, a great box of cereal that has a great taste, high quality that we can expect from Nestle and it is usually great value for money. Everyone will love them!
After loving a couple of other variations of shreddies I have tried lately I couldn't wait to get my mitts on these! I do tend to like sweet cereals and the thought of chocolate for breakfast was in my mind just so naughty and I felt like a kid as I threw a small box (45g) of these in my basket in Sainsbury's to try out!
The cereal comes in a chocolate coloured brown cardboard box and on the front of it I'm told that they are Nestle Coco Shreddies 'Delicious Whole Grain Shreddies With a Dusting Of Cocoa' and I'm told they are Whole grain guaranteed and contain 161 calories per serving (which this is), and there is a picture of the shreddies themselves on there. Other information on the box includes a list of ingredients and allergy advice, a full nutritional rundown is given, contact details for Nestle are stated as well as the size. Nice appealing box this is and it has enough information on there to make an informed choice as to whether you want to purchase it and eat it or not!
I could say yummy....go buy it and leave it at that, I was so impressed! Lovely small bite sized little lined squares (made from whole grain wheat) in a milk chocolate colour. I did expect to see a dusting of cocoa on them and for them to have a powdery feel and taste but they don't, the flavouring is integrated equally into the shreddies and they look great. I've had a few small boxes of these since buying my first box and find them great as a handy dry snack (as a healthier alternative to sweets and chocolate) but of course with milk as a cereal.
Although small in size I found the recommended portion to be more than enough for my smallish appetite anyway. They sent my milk a chocolate colour and the shreddies themselves didn't break up or go to mush but stayed nicely firm and held a fair amount of crunchiness for a good amount of time too.
Taste wise they have a naturally sweet chocolatey taste to them with a twist of a malt flavouring to them too. The fragrance is of chocolate really and these are just a really good any time sort of cereal to keep your hunger pangs at bay till lunch and/or beyond.
A must try cereal particularly for shreddie fans. In my view this is high quality grub that feels naughtier than it actually is! Great for the whole family, just make sure you buy the biggest box you can cos like Pringles once you pop..you can't stop!
May contain traces of nuts.
Nutritional Information Per 45g Serving With 125ml Semi-Skimmed Milk:
Energy: 222 Kcal
of which is sugars: 19.1g
of which is saturates 1.5g
I purchased my box as I said previously in my local Sainsbury's priced at 35p but these are also available in a 500g box size priced about £1.96 in all good supermarkets.
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I was in Tesco yesterday and noticed that Nestle coco shreddies where on offer at half price. That's 98p for a box! I contemplated buying them for abit but then remembered how much I used to love them when I was at school so I decided to give them another go.
The packaging is brown with in brown and red written what the product is. It has also has the green banner at the top of the box to show that is whole grain and good for you.
I really am a cereal fan. I love the stuff. I usually eat a bowl each morning and if im hungry in the evening I will eat another bowl of cereal. I must say these cereal really are one of my favorites.
Nestle are a well known, respected brand in the cereal world. Its a brand you can trust. This is another product you can trust.
The taste is really chocolates. If you like chocolate, then you will love these. The taste of chocolate but its not over powering or to sickly. The shreddie holds its chocolate coating and flavour whilst also turning the milk into a lovely chocolates milkshake to drink at the end.
The box is quite small and will only really hold 4-5 portions which isnt a lot for the full price of nearly £2 for. I only paid 98p which I think is a very good price for them.
A nice chocolate tasting, healthy cereal then I can not recommend these enough.
Although I prefer to feed my children "basic" breakfast cereal, from time to time, (usually tempted by BOGOF labels!) I buy something just a little more naughty. Because it is half term this week, and because this cereal was on said BOGOF, I decided to give it a go.......needless to say, so far the children haven't had a look in, and they may not get any of this cereal because it is so good I keep eating it!
Shreddies are made by Nestle, and have been around for many many years. In their original format, they are quite plain, with a malty flavour. They are made from whole grains, so you get a good number of vitamins as a matter of course, and the cereal acts as a slow releaser of energy, to keep hunger locked up til lunchtime (which was the advertising slogan before Nana's got involved in knitting them.....).
The box devotes about a third of its frontage to highlight the "healthy" aspect of this cereal....... "Whole Grain Guaranteed" features highly, and is repeated in big type, top and bottom, luring you in to the belief that this cereal is good for you. Now, of course, if everything is in moderation, and with common sense being used, this cereal is good for you - those slow release carbs helping to stop you snacking throughout the morning. But like everything, if you have too much, you are going to increase your calorie/sugar intake and this is not so great.......use your common sense!
This version, though similar in every way to the originals, has an added extra, and that is cocoa powder.......not chocolate flavouring, or cocoa-esque, but cocoa powder.....just as you would buy in a tub from the supermarket. Plain, honest, simple!
The shreddies are the same as the originals, malty and delicious, but have a light dusting of cocoa powder added to them. Because it is real cocoa powder not pretend stuff, you can taste the chocolate properly, and get that real flavour that you are having a bit of a treat! Yet, because it is not "chocolate flavouring" the sugar content is not increased - therefore, I would be happy to have these as an alternative to my usual "plain" cereals from time to time. Yes, of course I know there is already added sugar in Shreddies - 13g in a 45g bowlful, but my point is that I don't think there is any MORE sugar in these than in the originals which, considering how good they taste, is a bit of a bonus.
No added sugar is needed on these, so once they are in the bowl, add some milk, and away you go! They stay crunchy for a good amount of time so you don't feel the need to wolf them down quickly - take a leisurely few minutes to enjoy these in the knowledge that they are not going to go soggy too quickly!
The child in me loves the fact that the cocoa powder makes the milk go chocolatey - scooping those last spoonfuls up at the end of the bowl, after the actual cereal has gone, is a real guilty pleasure.
And the reason why my children might not get to sample these? Well, rather than eating them at breakfast time, I have taken to having them before bed....as supper.....and in between times they are being hidden round the corner of the kitchen cupboard....behind the plastic tubs and the out of date tins of Slim-Fast......
I eat quite a bit of cereal and this morning I had Coco Shreddies cos they're my favourite with cold milk and I sometimes put a bit of sugar on them but they don't really need it cos they're so sweet.
They look like normal Shreddies and have 4 layers that are stuck on top of one another to make them really crunchy even when they have been in the milk for a while.
They taste really chocolaty and are a treat for breakfast and much more exciting than eating boring Corn Flakes or Weetabix.
I like the crunch of them and how crispy they are and I've noticed that when I eat Coco Shreddies for breakfast I don't get hungry or start picking at biscuits or sweets until at least lunchtime.
Sometimes I eat them dry and they're yummy like that as well because the cocoa powder that coats them comes off in my mouth and it's like eating chocolate sweets cos the cocoa is so strong.
They're my favourite breakfast at the moment and even though they are so full of chocolate they are still healthy cos they are made from wholegrain which is good for your heart.
This is the chocolate version of the traditional shreddies made my Nestle. They are exactly the same really, with woven looking whole grain cereal, just with a chocolate topping.
Now I cant actually eat these for breakfast, as I think chocolate first thing in the morning is a bit too sickly. However they make a great afternoon snack or small lunch.
If you add milk to your bowl of coco shreddies, all the chocolate comes off and you are left with just plain shreddies, the shreddies also go quite soggy quickly. I prefer soggy cereal but if you dont youl have to eat quickly.
This cereal is really tasty, you get the healthiness of the wholegrain in the cereal, and a nice chocolate kick from the milk thats gone chocolatey.
I find with a lot of chocolate cereals like nesquik and weetos really hurt the top of your mouth, not really sure why. However these shreddies dont do that. They fill you up and give you energy.
If you have fussy children who wont eat plain healthy cereal then maybe this is the next best option. As for me I just like odd afternoon snacks!
Well it`s half past eight on a Sunday evening and after investigating my cupboard I can find not one solitary piece of chocolate. Agreed that this would pose no problem to many but to me it`s a crisis.
But I have just come across the packet of Nestle Coco Shreddies that I bought for my nephew when he stayed the night last week.
Granted the shreddies may not be as good as a large bar of Cadburys whole nut but when you are desperate anything is better than nothing.
I am slightly wary because Kelloggs Coco pops are definitely not one of my favourite cereals.
I bought the Coco Shreddies because I know my nephew loves them but if I had walked along the cereal aisle in Tesco without knowing that I wouldn`t have been drawn to the product.
One long look at the box tells you why, the thin cardboard box is half a drab grass green colour and half a sombre cocoa brown colour.
Chocolate cereals are usually aimed at the younger end of the market and I feel that Nestle could have come up with a lighter, brighter design for their Shreddie packaging. It would have been good to get the feel good factor as you lifted the packet from the shelf.
Nestle guarantee that the box is bursting with whole grain, one bowl of Coco Shreddies provides us with two thirds of our recommended daily intake of whole grain.
Whole grains provide us with fibre, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates and protein.
Not only have the `Nana`s` been busy knitting all of these Shreddies they must have been paid overtime to dust them with cocoa powder after they were knitted.
The neat little cereal squares weigh next to nothing, as you start to munch on a dry Coco Shreddie they are very crunchy indeed. Whereas Kelloggs have added too much cocoa to the cocoa pops for my taste Nestle have the balance spot on.
They contain Malt extract and thatmalty taste rises above the chocolate taste reminding me of Ovaltine. Although they are sweet the sweetness certainly isnt overpowering or sickly.
Excuse me a moment and I am off to the kitchen to put some into a bowl to have with milk poured over them. I wonder if the crisp sharp Shreddie will disintegrate in the cold milk?
Two minutes later I am able to confirm that the Coco Shreddies turn the pure white milk brown but remain firm, crisp and intact.
Of course if you left them for any considerable length of time then the cereal would be bound to go soggy.
No extra sugar is needed at all, the Coco Shreddies are sweet enough on their own.
A 45g portion provides 222 calories, they are low in fat but fairly high in carbohydrates and sugar.
The whole grain that is used in Shreddies comes from British Farms and it meets the Assured Food standards.
Nestle also make original Shreddies, Shreddies with a touch of honey and frosted shreddies.
The Nestle Coco shreddies satisfied my sugar craving and in fact I thought they were very pleasant.
Considering they are packed with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, Vitamin B and Iron and cost around £1.95 for a 500g packet then I think that Nestle are offering us good value for money.
When I am looking around the supermarkets I very often see cereals on special offer and if I see any Coco shreddies on a promotion I will buy another packet, just for research you understand!
You know, I thought there couldnt be a worse combination .. shreddies that i compare to eating cardboard and a coating that turned your breakfast milk chocolatey!
Well there we have coco shreddies, little chocolate coated squares of cardboard !
But me and my daughter love them !?
To be honest I bought these for two reasons only, they were on offer for £1 at the time and they had a promotional banner 'enjoy a dvd from play.com for £1 including p&p'.
So I figured even if I ended up throwing the cereal Ive got a dvd gor £2 delivered, everyone's a winner!
Little did I figure what a hit they would be. My daughter is hooked and I quite regret introducing them to her as I dont really like her to have them every morning due to the high sugar content.
On the other hand when I have a stroppy toddler refusing to get ready for nursery they are a great bribe and I can be sure that at least she is having some breakfast before we leave the house in the morning.
When Im not using them for bribery I tell her that we've ran out and we need to buy more from the shops and she seems quite content with this.
My daughter is a also a huge fan of the advert so when I ask what she would like for breakfast she replies 'knitted by nana's'.
Its quite cute really!
My daughter is 4 and to be honest can only eat about 10-15 squares but I often find her slurping the chocolate milk straight from the bowl afterwards, I honestly dont know where she gets her manners from! - Let that be a word of warning to you mums out there that its not a good idea to have these after the school uniforms have been put on as the chocolate milk stains white blouses!
Coco shreddies are made by Nestle. They are chocolate flavoured whole wheat malted cereal squares. They are guaranteed whole grain which is important in a balanced diet.
They contain over 70% whole grain wheat, sugar, barley malt extract, fat reduced cocoa powder, cocoa powder,salt and vanillin flavouring.
The recommended 45g with 125ml semi skimmed milk contains 222kcal
40.6g carbohydrate of which sugars 19.1g
fat 3.0g of which saturates 1.5g
0.5g salt equivalent
They usually come packaged in a 500g chocolate coloured box and retail over £2 but as I bought them on offer Im not sure of the exact cost.
Shreddies also come in original, frosties and hunny flavours.
Personally I cant eat these for breakfast as they are too sweet and my daughter would tell me off but I do like to pick at them dry if I get the munchies of an evening!
Well needless to say my boys absolutely LOVE these little chocolately squares! But I'm not so keen...
They look yummy and taste yummy but in about an hour you're hungry again and have consumed loads of calories.
I don't like the price - £2.07 I think I paid for them and they barely lasted a week as the boys wanted huge bowls full of them every time.
They're packed full of sugar and so aren't that great for you but I guess they have got the added iron and vitamins so that compensates for it a bit and they soak up lots of milk so the kids are getting lots of calcium. One of mine doesn't like milk to drink so that's a real bonus actually.
You see this sort of cereal on offer every so often in Morrisons so that makes up for the steep price of this sort of "gimmicky" cereal some what, but I'd rather they prefered Weetabix ;)
YUM YUM YUM!
Definatly my favorite breakfast, dinner and supper cerial hah.
I have always been a fan of shreddies because of the way they soak up the milk, however i am sure many mums prefer these as they appeal more to children! I say this as they are chocolate flavour which appeals itself to children and they also turn the milk a chocolatey colour for which would encourage the child to drink the remaining milk and get some calcium!! (Just like me when I was younger :) )
These retail at about £2.50 in shops and are someties subject to offers where they are cheaper or buy one get one free or 2 for 1 etc... and come in 500g boxs just like most other brands.
They contain whole grain which is important for a healthy diet and keep hunger locked up till lunch!!
The packaging is nice and colourful, appealing to the eye and explains everything on the box including the ingredients..
Id recommend these for a balanced diet as they contain whole grain which is realyl good for everyone. They taste delicious as they start off crunchy then go softer if they have been in the milk for longer.
Whole Grain Wheat (75.8%), Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Powder, Salt, Flavouring: Vanillin.
Vitamins and Minerals: Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid (Folacin), Biotin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Iron
I would recommend these for people of all ages, if only just for the whole grain included, not just the taste. They do taste good too though and are very morish, yet filling at the same time.
This cerial is for people of all ages. Im 19 and I still love them!!