“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Flakes „
I usually only buy Kellogs when it comes to anything cornflake related, but on a recent trip to Sainsburys I was shocked at the difference in price between Kellogs and sainsburys own, and thought I would give their own brand a try, just in case they were great and I could save a bit of money. I have tried Tesco's own and they weren't good, so I wasn't holding out much hope.
A 500g box of this costs £1.20, which is a huge saving when compared to Kellogs Crunchy Nut which is a whopping £2.25 for the same sized box, over £1.00 extra, it's quite shocking really.
The nutritional info per 30g serving with 125ml of semi skimmed milk is as follows: 179kcal, 3.4g fat, 0.8g fibre, 0.39 salt, 6.3g protein, 30.8g carbohydrates.
I don't think that is particularly bad, so eating these for breakfast is probably a good start to the day.
To look at these cereal flakes you can instantly tell they are not Kellogs, as they are a lot darker in colour and look a bit thicker. The taste of these is incredibly sweet and peanutty, which is very pleasant, and I was actually quite surprised at the quality of them, I expected them to be a bit cardboard like and rubbish. It took a good while for them to go soggy in the milk too, which is always a bonus as soggy cereal is just plain wrong.
They don't taste like Kellogs and they don't look like Kellogs, they are crunchy, sweet and taste a fair amount of peanut but they are actually a very nice cereal. I would always pick Kellogs top but I think I will be buying a mixture of both of these cereals from now on, these are so much cheaper and very high quality.
I would definitely recommend these as their own cereal, but not for a Kellogs substitute.
I am a huge fan of Kellogg's crunchy nut but with all the money problems we are having at the moment I have no chance of even thinking about purchasing these.
Walking down the cereal aisle in Sainsbury's I came across this cheaper version priced at £1.19 for a 500gram box. I thought this was excellent value and worth trying, if I didn't like it I'm sure someone in our household would.
When I opened the box I found that they looked extremely similar to Kellogg's crunchy nut. The flakes are slightly thicker and they are covered with a lovely rich honey with loads of small flakes of nut stuck to them.
These are totally moreish and I can guarantee you will want another bowl after trying these.
I like mine served with semi-skimmed milk. They take quite a while until they go soggy and tastes lovely. You can really taste the lovely flavours of honey and the nuts compliment it extremely well. I found the taste of honey slightly sweeter than kellogg's but was extremely tasty. There is a down side to these tasting so good; they taste great because they are sweet and full of sugar. As long as you don't have these on a regular basis and just once in a while there great.
Overall I think this is a great budget version of crunchy nut which will leave you satisfied and nice and full.
When it comes to supermarket shopping, I take a polygamous approach, and go wherever it suits me on the day. This provides excellent opportunities for own-brand comparisons, so having tried (and, of course, reviewed) the Tesco take on Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, I thought it was only fair to give Sainsburys the chance to impress with their version of this classic cereal.
The box is orange, unsurprisingly, given that supermarkets seem to take their cues from the big brands when it comes to packaging. Thankfully, they don't stick so closely to the Kelloggs model when it comes to price- a 500g box of this will cost you £1.20, a massive saving of £1.05 compared to the equivalent Kelloggs box. With a difference that great, it had to be worth checking out.
The description on the box certainly sounds inviting- who wouldn't want 'golden, crisp, light flakes of corn, coated with peanuts and honey' tantalising their tastebuds of a morning? Well, those with peanut allergies, for a start. The only other allergen identified in the warning box is barley gluten, which may seem a little confusing, given that the box proudly boasts the 'suitable for Coeliacs' logo. Being a Coeliac myself, I've looked into this, and have found out that while cereals like these usually do contain barley gluten, the levels are so low that they can be safely tolerated by Coeliacs, without any damage to the poor old villi in the small intestine. This is another advantage of buying own-brand- I've recently discovered that Kelloggs cereals contain higher levels of barley malt extract, leading them to be classified as unsuitable for Coeliacs. Tut tut, Kelloggs.
The first thing I noticed about these flakes was that they were thicker than the Kelloggs version, and therefore more chewy than crunchy. You don't get that sharp, crisp snap when you bite into these. This isn't too disastrous, but it does mean that the flakes go quite limp and soggy after a few minutes in the milk. So it's best to gobble it up as quickly as possible!
On the flavour front, these flakes just didn't deliver for me. The one positive is that they're generously coated in nuts, so you get the taste and the bite of these coming across well, particularly in comparison to the Tesco version. But this cereal is seriously lacking in the sweetness you'd expect- there's only the merest hint of honey there, and by the last few mouthfuls in the bowl, it's all but disappeared. Very odd, considering that the sugar levels in this cereal are slightly higher than those in the much sweeter Tesco version. The main flavour of these is the maize, which is quite bland and boring. They almost tasted like plain corn flakes, and inferior ones at that- regardless of coating, the flakes themselves are pretty flavourless. So, all in all, a disappointment.
Despite the excellent price of these, I won't be buying them again, but will rather stick to the Tesco version, which offers good taste as well as great value for money. If you're after a sugary cereal to sweeten those difficult mornings, you won't get your fix here!