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The Kellogg's Special K Strawberry & Chocolate are available for GBP 2.69.
The cereal is described as follows. "A deliciously crunchy multi-grain flakes made with rice and wheat and not only it is less than 3 % fat but it's a great source of 6 essential B vitamins, vitamin C, D, and iron. Crunchy rice and wheat flakes some (10%) with a delicious chocolate coating and freeze dried strawberries."
During the winter months I normally have a bowl of hot creamy porridge for breakfast. However with the days getting warmer I was looking for an alternative cereal to this when I spotted Kelloggs Special K Chocolate and Strawberry on offer at £2.00 for a 375g box at my local Tescos. I have to say that I am not a huge fan of ordinary Special K as I find it a bit tasteless and the texture makes me feel like I am eating wood shavings! However, I am a bit of a chocoholic and the addition of chocolate and strawberries sounded like a good combination so into my basket this went.
The cereal comes in a white cardboard box with the familiar red and blue Special K logo. There is an enticing picture if strawberries and chocolate running alongside the front of the box which is what initially drew me to the box. The banner at the top of the box boasts that this cereal contains chocolate though only 3% fat.
I've been having this every morning for just over a week now. When the cereal is poured into a bowl there is a good mix of the normal Special K flakes along with slices of freeze dried strawberries and some flakes coated in chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised by the latter as usually cereals have chocolate flavoured flakes rather than those actually coated in melted chocolate! When milk is poured onto the flakes this has the added advantage (in my opinion) of not making the milk chocolaty, which I tend to find a bit rich first thing in the morning.
I usually have this cereal with ice-cold milk. The flavour combination is delicious one as the tangy strawberries go well with the dark chocolate-coated flakes. They also make the plain wheat flakes taste much better though I am still not overly keen on them! The plain flakes also tend to go soggy quite quickly which again is not something I am too keen on. This does however do a good job of keeping me going until lunch and I don't find myself reaching for a snack mid-morning.
I try to eat as healthily as possible and nutritionally this is not too bad. Each 30g serving, with semi-skimmed milk contains 175 kcal and provides 8g of protein and 3g of fat (1.5g saturates). The cereal has also been fortified with a range of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, B1, B2, B12, Niacin, folic acid and iron. For those with allergies it is worth noting that this contains milk, soy, wheat and barley. It is also suitable for vegetarians though I had to scour the box to try and find the V logo which was hidden on the side of the box.
Overall I was quite pleased with this cereal. I thought the combination of the chocolate and strawberries was delicious and made the plain special K flakes much more palatable. I wouldn't be surprised to find this in my basket again at some point. Recommended!
Special K Chocolate and Strawberry is a new low-fat breakfast cereal from reputable brand Kellogg's. Recently launched, it's campaign actively promotes that it is only 3% fat. This is a considerable achievement for a chocolatey breakfast cereal. It is a combination of the famous Special K flakes, strawberries and dark chocolate flakes.
Whilst being low-fat Special K Chocolate and Strawberry does manage to retain an amazing taste. The strawberries instantly soften when milk is added and taste as fresh as can be expected, and the chocolate flakes are gorgeous! As they are dark chocolate they are really strong and satisfy any chocolate craving you might be having! Instead of only being 'chocolate flavoured' like most cereals, the flakes are actually coated in a layer of chocolate. It makes for a perfect, yummy start to the day!
Another advantage of Special K Chocolate and Strawberry is that they are suitable for vegetarians. However it should be noted that they contain soy, wheat, barley and milk - just in case of allergies!
As stated early, the product is very low in fat therefore make it a suitable diet product. I'm sure many will have heard of the Special K diet, which the product can be used as part of. Each serving contains:
116 Calories (6% of GDA)
7g Sugar (8% of GDA)
0.9g Fat (1% of GDA)
0.3g Saturated Fat (2% of GDA)
0.3g Salt (5% of GDA)
The only real disadvantage of Special K Chocolate and Strawberry is the price - per box, you're looking at the higher end of £2. I picked some up in Tesco's yesterday for £2.93. Whilst this may be reasonable in comparison to other breakfast cereals you only manage around 10 portions from each box, making it rather pricey, especially when there are cheaper own-brand alternatives. On the other hand, for quality, it cannot be beaten!