* Prices may differ from that shownMore Offers
We are big cereal eaters in our house, but we usually buy Corn Flakes or Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes.
This week we bought 3 boxes of Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes (on an offer), but then I saw these Shreddies on the end of an aisle nowhere near the cereal aisle on offer for just £1.24 for a 500g box in Morrisons.
I put them in the trolley as well. It’s been a while since we last bought Shreddies.
~ Packaging ~
They come in a blue box with, ‘Shreddies’ written across the front in red letters and a picture of some Shreddies. They are made by Nestle.
~ Price ~
Occasionally Morrisons put 500g boxes of Nestle cereals on offer for £1.24.
Checking the Tesco website it currently sells Shreddies in 500g boxes for £2.49 or 750g boxes for £1.69 (reduced from £3.39). I hate it when that happens!
~ About Shreddies ~
Shreddies are described by Nestle as, “Whole grain goodness weaved into delicious malty squares, for a satisfyingly crunchy bite!”
Their famous advertising campaign suggests that the weaved squares (well, rectangles really) are knitted by Nanas, but I think that would take too long.
Each ‘Shreddie’ is about 2cm by 1.5cm and it is a bit thicker than your average cereal because each one is a few layers thick.
They have a nice texture and although they do taste quite plain they have a slightly sweet taste, which makes them a lot more enjoyable and satisfying. They are crunchy and they don’t go soggy in the milk before I have had the chance to finish them all off.
If you have tried Shredded Wheat Bites and are thinking Shreddies will be along the same lines, they are nothing like those. Shreddies have more flavour (it doesn’t take much), more crunch and the texture is a lot nicer in my opinion.
This cereal is great value, especially when it’s on offer for £1.24 for 500g. You can get a few breakfasts out of one box and when you think of other things you put into your trolley for £1.24 they are often things you don’t need like snacks, cakes, sweets etc.
It tastes good and although it isn’t my first choice of cereal I don’t think I’d get bored of it even if it was the only cereal I ate for a few months.
~ Nutritional Information ~
For 40g of Shreddies with semi skimmed milk there would be 208kcal.
40g of Shreddies contain 2.9g of fat of which 1.3g saturate and 35.1g of carbohydrates of which 11.8g sugars.
They are sugary than they taste. I was quite surprised to see how much sugar is in these, but as with most cereals they are very low in fat and contain a very reasonable amount of calories for a breakfast meal.
I would recommend this cereal.
Shreddies! I have been eating these for years and I like them a lot. However I do seem to go through phases of eating them with weeks in between because they can get a little bit boring if you eat them every day.
I eat Shreddies in the morning usually but I often have them as a light lunch or a late night snack. The serving size is quite small and I usually go over what is recommended. I add a fair bit of milk as I like the shreddies to soak it up so they get soggy. I must admit I have to pour a spoonfull of sugar over my shreddies to give them the sweet kick and to add a bit of crystally crunch to my now soggy shreddies. The main taste is malty.
Shreddies are one of my all time favourite cereals. Suitable for adults and children, not just as a breakfast but as a snack or meal at any time of the day. So quick and easy to prepare, good taste and will fill you up for a few hours.
- This review is also posted on ciao under the username grouchy1 -
These are on offer at the moment in our Co-op supermarket for just £1.00 for a big 500g box, which I personally think is a really great bargain, but only if you like them which I personally do not. They are advertised as being good for you because the manufacturer claims they are fairly low in salt. I think that as they are low in salt and additives they lack any taste and my my wife really does dislike the taste of these with a passion.
To be honest, I think they are low in the taste department all round. They don't really taste very appetising and I'd far rather have a different cereal altogether. I sprinkle large amounts of sugar on mine because I can't seem to taste anything at all. I like them best with either full fat milk or chocolate milk but not skimmed or semi skimmed.
They are just little square of shredded wheat with nothing nice really to say about them.
I have bought them once or twice when they have been on offer as I keep thinking I should eat them because they are meant to be good for me. In the past I have been so fed up with them I have even put them out for the birds and they seem to prefer them to me!
I have put them in with melted chocolate and let them set in the fridge for a sanck and this in my opinion is a much better way of eating them.
Sorry I know they are meant to be healthy but I just don't rate them at all.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Breakfast is important as it sets you up for the day and I don't know about you but I find if I don't eat something half decent of a morning like cereal or toast I have the urge to eat pastries or chocolate by ten o'clock. Along with cornflakes and Weetabix, Shreddies are a brand that are suitable for children and adults alike and have been on the market for a good few years.
They are sold in their recognisable bright blue box with red text and have looked that way for a long time. A 500g box of these is currently priced at £2.09 with Tesco but like with lots of groceries if you shop around you can probably purchase them on promotion from time to time and from supermarket to supermarket.
Some may choose to eat these with a sprinkling of sugar and then with milk but I prefer to just add milk to mine. Shreddies themselves are small criss cross squares the size of cornflakes give or take a few millimetres and have a very pleasant malty taste. The combination of them with the milk is fantastically delicious and like all cereals the longer the Shreddies sit in the bowl with the milk the softer and more soggy they become, due to this I try to eat them fairly quickly as I prefer my cereal to be reasonably crunchy and crisp rather than wet and soggy. When the milk is first applied I love the texture of the malt cereal pieces in my mouth.
As regards nutrition 100g of these contains 351 calories and 1.9g of fat although I am sure this does not include your choice of milk or if you are one of those people who needs to eat them with added sugar but all round I think this is a great way to start your day.
Cereal is the best meal of the day and I never ever not eat breakfast and I like a lot of variety too and eat lots of different brands and even the cheaper ones and I bought this one recently on special offer from Asda for only £1 for 500g and I had to buy it as it was a bargain price for a good brand of cereal and a well known brand too.
They are a whole wheat malted square shaped cereal with a grid effect with tiny holes and they are delicious and the texture is not too hard and when milk it poured over them they become nice and soft and they are easy to swallow and my grandchildren love these as they are very filling and they keep me going and kick start my day too and I like to eat these as a snack at supper time or when i am feeling a little peckish.
These are nice and crispy too and I love the taste of Malt and I often slice a banana over the top for a more healthier breakfast and the combination of the 2 go perfect together.
They are made by Nestle and a very well known brand and they have been around for many years and are of a very good quality.
They come in a box and the contents are inside a thick plastic bag to keep them nice and fresh and I pour mine into a plastic container so I can just pour them from the container more readily and for convenience.
The texture while eating them is a nice soft one too and my wife has a problem sometimes with crispy, crunchy foods on her teeth at times but these do not irritate her gums or teeth as they soften the longer the milk is left on them and so she does not have a problem with this cereal.
Per 45g of cereal with 125ml of semi skimmed milk they contain, 218 calories, 2.9g fat and 4.4g of fibre and so they may contain a little more calories than some other cereals but they contain a lot more fibre for a healthy diet. But 45g is a good amount to have in the dish and so these contents is the right amount.
I recommend this cereal as I think it is very good value for money and very good quality too and for the special offer price it is a bargain and not to be missed and a nice tasting cereal and very enjoyable too for all the family and if you have a large family it is a bargain price at only £1 on offer.
I rate these 5 stars.
Shreddies are my all time favourite cereal... I won't say breakfast cereal as I have been known to eat these for my tea too...!
They come in two size of box. 500g which are £1.95 and 750g for £2.45 (prices are from sainsburys)...
Every now and then they will do offers but I must admit its not that often... Within the box you get a plastic bag which contains the shreddies...
As for the taste, with milk they have a malt taste so if you don't like malt than you won't like these.. It's down to personal choice if you like them crunchy or like them soggy though... I find when they are crunchy they don't seem to have that much taste. I prefer to leave the milk to soak in and thats when all the malt taste seems to come out....
They used to advertise that they would keep your hunger locked up til lunch, however I actually wrote and complained as I found that after about 2-3 hours I was hungry... interestingly enough they responded with a £5 voucher and actually changed their advert to saying it kept hunger locked up til around lunch! Not sure if that was entirely down to me though!
They now have their slogan of being knitted by nanas....and just recently they advertise that they have an even better taste... I've tried this new receipe and I can't actually tell the difference from the old ones if I'm honest...!
However for me, they taste good and I like the fact they are quite high in fibre and are fairly low in calories (209 cal per 40g serving). I must admit that after a few months I'll go off and try something else but I always end up coming back to Shreddies again....
Shreddies is a popular cereal in the UK - they are malted whole wheat cushions, that maintain their crispness (which is a major factor for me!) for a good 3-4 minutes, which is more than enough time to eat a bowl of cereal.
They taste quite malty but lack a sweet edge - it is quite common for people to put sugar on them, but this obviously negates the healthy element. I got around this by adding a small amount of cinamon, which is supposed to increase your metabolism - and also tastes lovely!
The advert states that you will not feel hungry before lunch - which I don't always find to be true - a bowl of shreddies will keep me full for about 2.5-3 hours.
For the health concious out there, here is the nutritional information....
contain vitamins B6 and B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid and Iron amongst others. A standard portion also provides 2 of your three recommended daily portions of whole grain - the slow releasing carbs that keep you full up for longer
I have been trying to eat nice and healthy lately and have been stocking up on cereals to help me through those hungry moments. I saw these 500g boxes of shreddies for £1.00 from Asda and decided to stock up on a few as the usual price is around £1.70 so it was a fabulous saving.
The box is your standard cereal box showing all the usual information and the cereal is inside a plastic bag which can be rolled down once opened to keep everything nice and fresh. Nestle have a promotion where you can collect 'box tops for books' when you buy a box of cereal and this voucher is printed on the top.
Shreddies are whole wheat cereal squares that are malted and they have a couple of layers to them that literally look like knitted little squares. Each square has a nice bite to it and if you let the milk soak in to it first then they go a little bit soggy but not so soggy that they fall apart before the end of the bowlful. The malted taste of the cereal is delicious and while I do feel like they could use a little bit of sugar sometimes I don't add anything to them as I am trying to be healthy. I have had a little bit of honey over the top of them before and this brings a whole new sweet yet malty taste to the whole thing. The squares and the perfect size to eat individually and they are fairly filling too.
I usually find that eating a bowl of these at breakfast time is enough to keep me going until my tea break at work where I usually have some oat biscuits or something similar. However, on occasions I have gone right through to lunchtime and I only just begin to feel very hungry.
A bowl of Shreddies is two of your three recommend servings of wholegrain and I do feel a lot better for eating a decent cereal in the morning instead of something that is full of sugar. I find that my concentration is improved and I end up eating a lot less calories throughout the day as I have started the day on a good footing and can usually manage to continue that all day.
I love the taste of this cereal and it's one of the few ones that I can actually enjoy with skimmed milk and not be put off by the taste. There is nothing sweet about this cereal, it's just malty and tasty. I find a 45g serving is perfect for keeping me full during the morning and this is actually the amount that is recommend with this cereal which makes a change from the paltry 30g bowls that are usually recommend on the cereals that I used to eat.
Eat 45g serving contains 158 calories, 7g sugars, 0.8g fat, 0.2g saturated fat & 0.3g salt. The sugar is a little bit high but this is far better gram for gram than most of the cereals that are on the market at the moment. I must admit I do enjoy the sugary sweet cereal but sometimes I have to be realistic about my diet and make some conscious changes.
Yes well we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day even though I try to ignore that fact since I am trying to diet. However whichever diet I look into ....... there it is staring me in the face, breakfast kick starts your metabolism!
So I figure that if I really must have breakfast I can at least eat one that I enjoy and so this is where Shreddies Cereals comes into play.......... you know 'the one knitted by Nannas'.
This breakfast cereal was first launched in Britain in 1953 and comes in a bright blue box in 500g and 750g sizes. The name of 'Shreddies' is emblazoned in large red lettering across the front of the box.
When I opened the box there is a white plastic sealed bag inside containing the cereals and keeping them fresh. The little cereals contained in the bag are bite size pieces of whole grain wheat, (94%) in fact. They are also made up of sugar, syrup and barley malt extract.
These are very nutritious too as they contain vitamins B6 and B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid and Iron amongst others. It tells us on the box that it is recommended that we eat at least 3 servings of whole grain, 48g each day and that one bowl of these cereals will provide 2 servings per bowl.
The little bite sized pieces of latticed wheat are about 1" squared in size but they expand a little when soaked in milk. They look like very miniature waffles and are a pale brown in colour. They have a good texture, that is, not too soggy or too crisp, and they have a sort of dark malty taste ....... which is actually very difficult to describe! When soaked in ice cold milk with a teaspoon of sugar or honey on the top they taste really delicious and at only 148 kcals per serving of 40g and 0.8g of fats, 0.2g saturated fat and 0.3g of salt they are good for you too. Be aware though that the sugar content is a little on the high side at 6.2g but is still only 7% of our daily intake so isn't really too bad.
All in all these bite sized pieces of wheat provide a very tasty and nutritious breakfast. When they are smothered in ice cold milk and perhaps topped off with a few slices of banana, which is how I like it, and a teaspoon of honey it is totally delicious and filling enough to last me until lunch time. So it is a breakfast cereal that I would highly recommend to others and one that I will buy myself time and time again.
So come on Nannas ........ lets get knitting!
These can be bought in all good supermarkets and prices will vary according to where you shop!
Thank you for reading my review!
An old favourite breakfast cereal made by Kelloggs, shreddies is one of the cereals that you remember as a child however when you become more "adult" don't really have. There is no reason for this, they are fab! They are a whole grain cereal in a box which has the same colours as superman wears so they can't be all that bad! They are little squares of wheat with little lines on as though they have been knitted together, or so the advert says They are a great cereal in a morning and fill you up so even though you may not last til lunch (need to have a couple of biccies with mid morning coffee) they do the job pretty well.
A 40g serving contains:
So nothing too bad here which stops you from eating them. The texture is crunchy however the longer it is in your bowl with the milk the softer it gets so you have to eat them quick before they get too mushy!! A 500g box lasts well over a week and as supermarkets always have specials on cereals at the moment they are a cheap snack as well as breakfast cereal.
We are continually told that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, both by "Them" and the Breakfast product manufacturers - well they would say that wouldn't they???. So, bearing in mind the importance of this statement, I have decided that it is time for me to review one of the cereals that I consume on a regular basis. The particular cereal under the spotlight today is Nestle Shreddies.
There are several variations on the Shreddies theme available from Nestle, Original, Frosted, Honey and Coco, but this review will only relate to the Original variety. As far as I am aware there are two sizes of box available, 500g and 750g - which actually mean very little to an old fool like me, but probably mean more to the majority of you younger types out there. To me it is simply a small box and a slightly larger box. Both sizes are widely available from virtually all Supermarkets and I suspect most other appropriate retail outlets as well.
A guide price, as of 04/03/10 is as follows:-
500g box - £1.95 (Tesco's).
750g box - £2.35 (Tesco's) -As an aside on this, Tesco's own brand "Malted wheat's" are £1.20!!!
The box, when sitting on the shelf, is quite striking and bold in appearance, thereby making it quite easy to spot among the plethora of choices usually available. The one I have in front of me is slightly different to the one in the Dooyoo header as I have the "Scrumptious new recipe" version - Whoopee... The face of the box is predominantly blue in colour and heavily logoed with the Shreddies name emblazoned upon it, along with a drawing of a heavily laden spoon of Shreddies and Milk - very arty...- I SAID ARTY.....
The sides of the box are festooned with masses of "Useful" information with regard to nutrition, Ingredients, advice and things that are "Good to know" etc, etc, etc. Most of it is pure tosh really ( I'm being polite again ), but we have become so brainwashed into thinking it is all so important that I feel obliged to detail the relevant bits later. Aren't I a good type to you all? The back of the box has a stupid picture of a "Nana" reflecting the current TV ad campaign, standing outside the Shreddies factory.
So to the bit that really matters, the Shreddies themselves - "At last" I hear you say!
The cereal is contained in an industry standard, sealed contents bag, which, after opening, can be scrunched up and resealed to retain freshness - allegedly. Actually these types of bag work pretty well to be fair. Having said that we always empty the whole packet into an Air tight container after opening, it just suits us and seems to work better for us, that's all. It is no reflection on the quality or effectiveness of the bag as supplied with the contents.
A " Shreddie" is simply a square of latticed whole grain wheat, comprised of four layers just under 1" square, combined together, into a thin block - exactly as per the picture on the front of the box. Of course, being a lattice like structure, each Shreddie is mainly air, so quite low in Calories I should think.
How you eat your Shreddies is completely up to you of course, but convention dictates that you simply pop a few into a bowl, add milk and eat. I would recommend that you be less than generous with the amount of Milk that you add to your bowl as copious amounts are not necessary. Just a splash will allow the Shreddies to remain crunchy for longer and not drown the pleasant Malty taste that you expect, and get, from this cereal. If you leave them immersed in milk for a while and allow them to become "Soggy", they just dissolve into a "Malty soup" and become quite unpalatable, well in my view anyway. Shreddies need to be eaten as soon as possible in order to get the best effect and flavour from them.
The recommended serving of Shreddies is 40g - again whatever that means in real money. To help you to work out how little cereal 40g actually is, I have used some scales to weigh out said amount and counted the number of squares it takes to make it up. The answer is around 55, which sounds a lot, but in reality, is only about SIX spoonfuls!!!! Now be honest, how many of you only have six spoonfuls of cereal for Breakfast?????
According to Nestle this "Recommended serving" contains the following:-
* 148 Calories (7% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount)
* 6.2g Sugar (7% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount)
* 0.8g Fat (1% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount)
* 0.2g Saturates (1% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount)
* 0.3g Salt (5% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount)
This same 40g serving also provides you with 22% of your recommended daily allowance of nine vitamins and Iron - all of which are fully detailed on the pack, along with two of your three recommended servings of Whole grain for the day.... Who writes this rubbish????????????
Ingredients are as follows:-
Whole grain wheat - 94.9%
Invert sugar syrup - What??????????
Barley malt extract
THERE IS A WARNING THAT THIS PRODUCT MAY CONTAIN NUT TRACES...
Well that's enough rambling from me on this subject, I need to go and have a lie down now. I never knew that cereal could be so enthralling and exciting, did you?????
Just to conclude, Shreddies are very crunchy, tasty and quite Moorish - you have been warned, BUT are relatively expensive, see Tesco own brand comparison above. Are they worth the difference in price? I say no, but you must make your own mind up.
I am not really a big fan of cereal, but I am the only one in our family who isn't. Nestle Shreddies are a very popular snack, in our household. Not only are they eaten for breakfast but my oldest son likes them for supper sometimes too.
Nestle Shreddies are bite size pieces of whole grain cereal and their lattice design makes them look like tiny waffles. They are crunchy when dry, but when milk is added they swell and soften. My kids do like to dip their hands into the box and munch them dry and I am forever telling them to stop!
Information on the box states:
Whole grain cereals are an important part of a balanced diet. It is recommended that we eat at least 3 servings of whole grain (48g) each day. A bowl of Shreddies gives you 2 of your whole grain servings.
A 40g serving will provide you with:
Total Sugars: 6.2g
Nestle Shreddies do have a unique advertising campaign, which sticks in your head. They have a factory full of Nanas, who knit these bite size shreddies. I think this is an excellent ad, which I for one will always recognise and remember. In a time of obscure and sometimes downright strange adverts, this one hits the nail on the head.
Nestle Shreddies do seem to be very attractive to children, probably due to their size. As an adult, I am also happy to buy them because they are a whole grain cereal. The only downside I find is the price, for a 750g box, you will have to pay around £2.46, which I feel is a very high price for a box of cereal. I tend to buy quite a few packets when they are on special offer and buy something else when they are at full price.
Nestle Shreddies are a cereal that I would buy a lot more of, if the price did not prohibit me. As with most cereals, they do contain quite a lot of sugar, but they are also whole grain, which makes them healthier than many others on the market.
I'm still eating cereal like there is no tomorrow. So to add a bit a variety to my diet I am trying to buy different cereals. This week I decided to buy Shreddies as it's a cereal that I have not eaten for years!
Shreddies are available in 500g boxes and 750g boxes. The cereal box is a bright royal blue colour, with Shreddies written in large red font. The Nestle branding is also visible on the front of the packaging. There are images of the Shreddies on the front of the packaging. The packaging uses bright colours but I do not find particularly eye catching in its design when in the supermarket.
A 500g pack of Shreddies usually costs £1.89 in Asda and also in Tesco. There are often special offers on Shreddies (I have mainly seen in Asda) and a 500g box is often sold for £1. I think this is very reasonable when special offer as £1.89 is much more expensive than many of the supermarkets own brand version of Shreddies.
Shreddies are described to be "knitted by grannies". This is because they are little squares of wheat which are have a weaved knitted effect to them. They are a brown colour (very much the colour of cardboard as Mr Lools describes them).
Scent wise the cereal does not have a particularly strong scent to it. When you open the packaging it has a malty wheaty scent which is very light.
Taste wise Shreddies are very plain tasting. The cereal is very crunchy when you bite into it and the initial taste is a malty wheat type flavour which I feel is similar to Weetabix. After chewing the cereal there is a natural sweetness that adds to the flavour but this is still a more savoury flavour and not as sweet as many cereals. After swallowing the cereal there is no particularly strong after taste.
I find that Shreddies cereal is a lot drier than many other cereals. As a result it a positive is that it doesn't go soggy quickly so great for those that take longer to eat their cereal. I personally like the crunchiness of the cereal but do feel that after a few mouthfuls the cereal does seem quite dry and I sometimes have to add more milk.
A 45g serving contains
If you are a fan of cereals like Weetabix, and Shredded Wheat I would definitely recommend Shreddies to you. They have the same wholesome wheaty flavour that is not too sweet and has a more savoury taste than many cereals do. A filling relatively healthy cereal, which is slightly more expensive than supermarket own brand products. My only criticism of Shreddies are that they are slightly dry however this is great for those that take a bit longer to eat their breakfast cereal and usually end up with soggy cereal. As you can probably guess I'm a cereal guzzler!!
I've never been one for checking labels to see what the food I eat contains. Suffice to say that if I buy something and I like it, then usually regardless of the contents I will buy it again. There have over my 50 odd years been many so called health warnings the latest being that of us taking too much salt. If I was inclined to believe every warning I guess I'd certainly be a lot thinner, since there would be very little choice for me to eat. Pretty much everything I enjoy has been slated for some reason or another, and strangely that includes water without which we'd all be brown bread. Incidentally brown bread is on the slated list too. So tongue in cheek I listen to the warnings then calmly blank them from my mind, or so I thought.
Whilst doing the daily shop the other week my wife commented on me having a glance and the labeling on some products. I was oblivious to the fact until I came to the cereal aisle, where bless my old cotton socks I caught myself reading a label. I was amazed as too what I found on some packets, being that the RDA (recommended daily allowance) for salt is 6gms per adult, many were ridiculously close and I'd not be having salt on anything else all day. Even some of the items we assume are healthy are way high of both salt and sugar. No warnings on the packets just the standard required list of ingredients with the odd reference to RDA's.
I did however find one cereal in the aisle that was well below the others and would allow me should I desire to put some salt on my chips. It seems that a lot of products these days use the guise of sodium to get round some of the regulations regarding salt. Nonetheless should you see sodium on the pack this generally means salt. In the case of this product the gram level was very low .2g to be exact, plenty left from the RDA to salt more than just a few chips. Well slightly more than a few...........a decent serving shall we say? Kind of outweighs the idea of this product, which is of course Shreddies. Like most so-called good for you products they are well advertised and rightly so. Currently on offer at good old ASDA for £1.00 for the standard 500g pack. So I thought I'd try them out and do my bit to keep them old grandmas in a job knitting them. (See advertisement on ITV channels).
They have quite an unusual taste kind of malty, which would clearly explain the malt extract o the ingredients list. They are reasonably low I fat being there is 1.9g per 100g we'll call that 2% then. I tend to be a bit naughty and add about a teaspoon of sugar sprinkled delicately over them once I've totally drowned the little knitted squares in freezing cold milk. This does add a little kick to them although in all seriousness it is just habit putting sugar on there in this instance at least isn't really a need for it, but heck I like it so there. You don't need as big a bowl of thee as with some cereals since they are quite filling and they do as the advert says keep hunger locked up till lunchtime. Almost!!
All in all they are definitely worth the £1.00 on offer and I would probably have to accept that their increase after the offer to roughly £1.89 might well be justified too. I do feel they might just come under the category of Marmite, being as they just might be one of these things you either love or hate. Anyway I'm going to recommend them even if you only try them once and keep the Grannys' busy for a while.
We had French lessons at my primary school and these were led by an eccentric French Lady, Madame B_. I really loved her lessons because she was madly enthusiastic and, if you answered one of her questions right, she would plunge her hand into a big box of Shreddies and pull out a handful and give them to you. I adored being able to munch the dry Shreddies and was desperate to answer the questions right. I think, therefore, that I have a sort of Pavlovs' dog thing going on with Shreddies; Shreddies will always be a kind of reward!
It is clear that Shreddies have been going strong a long time. Also, that most children seem to like them (everyone in my class did!). It is difficult when looking at the packaging to clearly see who the target audience is. There seems to be a 'Superman' thing going on with the blue background and the red bendy font. Perhaps it is indeed aimed at slightly older children - those who might like a superhero.
Ingredients and Nutritional Info
Whole Grain Wheat (94.5%), Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Vitamins and Minerals: Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid (Folacin), Biotin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Iron
This cereal is suitable for vegetarians (vegans also it seems).
Shreddies are well fortified with some important vitamins and minerals. Generally, a portion will provide around 25 - 80% RDA of individual elements. However RDAs seem, from my research, to be quite low and not aimed at optimum nutrition. I suppose it's important not to live soley off a diet of cereal!
There are 925 calories per portion (with milk), 2.9g of fat and 0.5g of salt.
Taste and Texture
Needless to say, I still enjoy eating them on their own out of the packet - especially if I am newly home from work and am on a bit of a munching session. They are substantial and very dry and crunchy. The criss-cross (knitted) texture of them goes very well with milk, allowing the milk to seep into each individual cereal piece. Shreddies seem to then take on a pleasingly satisfactory place on the scale of cereal soggyness - neither too sof t or too hard. Sprinkled with sugar, as I do, they can be shovelled down quite speedily.
At Tesco, a 500g box costs £1.96 and a 750g box costs £2.47. I think they are quite reasonably priced.
The advertising campaign 'knitted by nanas' is a little annoying - but then maybe I am not meant to be moved by it (possibly for older kids again). I do like this cereal though and I will, now and again buy it and eat it out of the packet!