“ Type: Cereal „
I had never eaten Honey Nut Cheerios (or even regular Cheerios for that matter) before today. I probably wouldn't have eaten them either, if a free sample hadn't arrived in the post this morning.
A 600g box of Nestle Honey Cheerios can be purchased from Tesco's for £2.69, or you could wait 28 years for a free sample in the post as I did.
So how was my Cheerios eating experience, and what are they?
Honey Nut Cheerios are small cereal rings (or small surreal rings if you've been drinking) which measure around one centimeter in diameter. They are best enjoyed (like any other breakfast cereal) in a bowl with some milk, but I suppose you could eat them as they come, straight from the packet. The flavour is malty, like the inner non-choclately part of a Malteser, but not quite as nice.
- - - - - - - -
Cereal Grains (62.7%) (Whole Grain Oats, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Barley, Whole Grain Rice, Whole Grain Maize), Sugar, Wheat Starch, Honey (2.9%), Partially Inverte Brown Sugar Syrup, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Vegetable Oil, Antioxidant, Tocopherals, and Flavouring.
As a honey sweetened cereal, you don't need to add sugar to Honey Nut Cheerios, unless you have a really sweet tooth of course! I personally found the overall sweetness to be just about right, and not too sickly,
The consistency of the Cheerios is nice and crunchy, even when they have been in milk for a couple of minutes, which is good, as some cereals go soggy too quickly.
In terms of the overall eating experience, I found myself enjoying Honey Nut Cheerios, although due to the fact that I like other cereals more, I probably wouldn't buy them. That said, if anyone decides to send me any more free samples, i'll have no problems in eating them.
Nutritional Info per 30g Serving
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
In the morning sometimes I don't feel like having cereal but with the phrase saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day I felt I had to change something. I think the main problem is that I wasn't eating the right cereals; I don't like toast as it doesn't fill me up, a fry up is too heavy and tea and biscuits isn't healthy enough. I decided that the cereal that I would try out would be Honey Cheerio's, I had always liked Honey Nut Loops but they're a bit more expensive and also plain Cheerio's don't have enough flavour in them for my liking so these seemed the best option.
The box of Kellogg's cereal is quite bright and colourful and to me really stood out on the shelf. Original Cheerio's are a plain white box but with the Honey Cheerio's the box is a bright warm orange like colour. The bowl is stripy linking it with the text colour. There is then a burst of milk from the bowl with the Honey Cheerio's flying all over the box. It is quite a wide image which is a bit livelier than most other cereal. The green band along the top explains nutritional information. The back just explains how the golden honey is added to the oats, corn, rice and wheat to really create the taste we all like.
With the nutritional information, on a 30g serving which is a normal sized bowl of cereal it contains 111 calories which isn't too bad at all. It also contains 10.5g of sugar, 0.8g of fat and 0.3g of salt. Contained are apparently 12 x 30g servings in a 375g box but I think I have had more than 12 servings. Also, the ingredients are listed on the side of the box to let the consumer know what is included for allergy reasons; it does state the product may contain nut traces.
Now as for the cereal itself, it doesn't look too exciting it is basically light caramel coloured bumpy hoops. When opening the packet, it does smell faintly of oats and honey, it smells really sweet and you just want to eat the cereal.
To begin my day, I get my bowl out of the cupboard and fill it up with a 30g serving as I hear the hoops crash into the bowl. The honey smell arises and I get the milk out of the fridge. In the milk the sweet taste is great, it tastes light and crispy. The hoops are in no way heavy, they turn the milk sweet and add a slight honey taste to it. They do go soggy though if left in the milk too long but I suppose that's any cereal really.
I feel after a bowl of Honey Cheerio's, I am always ready to start my day, it's just enough to wake me up enough to get into work. I also find that I am not hungry until lunch time which is a good thing as they keep me full enough to not worry about food until it is necessary. It must be because they are healthy ingredients like corn, oats, rice and wheat that I feel less hungry through out the day.
Honey Cheerio's are a great cereal for the morning; I have not yet gotten bored of them and have been having them for cereal for the past few months. They are a bit like Honey Nut Loops except they tone down the honey to make it that little bit less stronger. Cheerio's needed a honey taste to them to make them more likeable for me as I love sweet things so this definitely worked for me.
To buy a box of 375g Honey Cheerio's, you can do so at all supermarkets, the smallest box costs £1.97. I bought the bigger box the other day so it lasts longer, this comes in the 600g size and it costs £2.69 which is a little bit more but you get almost twice as many Cheerio's so in the long run it is probably more worth it.
Going to the official website http://www.cerealpartners.co.uk/brands/cheerios.aspx you can see more in depth information on nutritional information and ingredients.
When my best friend came to visit Scotland and stay at my flat I asked her what type of cereal she wanted me to buy for her for breakfast. She told me she had recently been eating Honey Nut Cheerios and that would be fine to have. My husband and I had been eating regular Cheerios for a while so I decided to try the Honey Nut variation in order to compare and contrast.
I must say after trying the Honey Nut Cheerios I am totally converted. I found that sometimes while eating regular Cheerios the taste would become a bit bland as soon as the bowl was filled with milk. I also found that they would become soggy rather quickly.
Honey Nut Cheerios is a strong little O, it holds both its taste and flavour while swimming in bowl full of milk. I think that the honey coating on the outside of the cereal creates a little milk-proof barrier that allows for more enjoyable crunchy eat.
Another benefit to this cereal is it sweet without being sickly. The Os are made up of a mix of corn, oats, rice, and wheat blended with honey and roasted almonds.
Whole Grain Cereal Grains (61%) (Whole Grain Oats, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Barley, Whole Grain Rice, Whole Grain Maize), Whole Grain Cereal Grains (61%) (Whole Grain Oats, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Barley, Whole Grain Rice, Whole Grain Maize), Sugar, Sugar, Wheat Starch, Wheat Starch, Honey, Honey, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Ground Almonds, Ground Almonds, Salt, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Tripotassium Phosphate, Palm Oil, Palm Oil, Antioxidant: Tocopherols, Antioxidant: Tocopherols, Flavouring, Flavouring, Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid (Folacin), Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid (Folacin), Vitamin B12, Calcium Carbonate and Iron, Vitamin B12, Calcium Carbonate and Iron
Nutrition per 45g Serving:
Energy (kcal) 172.0
Protein (g) 6.4
Carbohydrate (g) 29.6
of which sugars (g) 16.5
Fat (g) 3.2
of which saturates (g) 1.4
Fibre (g) 1.5
Sodium (g) 0.2
Vitamins & Minerals % of RDA:
Vitamin C: 25%
Thiamin (B1): 25%
Riboflavin (B2): 35%
Vitamin B6: 25%
Folic Acid: 25%
Vitamin B12: 75%
I buy this product from Tesco online which offer two different sized boxes. The 375g box costs £1.85 while the 600g box costs £2.39. I definitely recommend buying the 600g box as it is a better value for money, a box this size last in our house, 2 people, about 2-3 weeks.
The greatest benefit of eating this cereal is that you are consuming 1 portion of the recommended 3-a-day whole grains. Another side benefit is that you are doing your part for the environment by purchasing a product that is made with recycled packaging.
Nestle is also involved in the "Box Tops for Books" campaign. So if you purchase this cereal and want to help purchase books for your child's school just collect 10 tokens off the box tops, which will equal one book.
Whole grain breakfast cereal.