“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cereal „
My favourite breakfast and the one I usually purchase weekly is Asda Malt Wheats....I love them but when I was in Tesco having a mooch about it suddenly dawned on me I was low on cereal and took a look at what they had on offer. I spotted these that looked identical in the photograph on the front of the box to what I usually have and at £1.25 a box of 750g of the cereal I thought that offered great value for money.
This cereal simply comes ina purple coloured box with a picture of a couple of cartoon penguins on there and the cereal, there is an at a glance nutritional chart displayed and the weight is stated. Other information on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart displayed and contact details for Tesco are given. The cereal itself comes in an easy to open white plastic bag.
The Cereal Itself:
Light brown squares of what appears to be wheaty lines that make small squares all over it and is a square shape as a whole and kind of looks knitted (like say Shreddies). They have a rough texture, no real smell is given off them and all you do is simply add milk and eat them! These keep a lot of their crunchiness even after a few minutes of being in liquid, don't scum up badly at all and go soft in places.
I find these to be really tasty but for me and my mouth a little hard. The flavour of the wheat malt is lovely and well balanced and they're not to sugary and they are very moreish indeed however for me they lack the more malty flavour I get as say from my Asda one's and so I prefer those and did do a taste test one morning to see which I liked best. These are good quality, filling and tasty enough though but I am sticking to my usual option from now on!
Nutritional Information Per 45g Serving With 125ml Semi-Skimmed Milk Contains:
Tesco have changed the design of the packet quite drastically from what's pictured here - it's now purple with penguins on. Why penguins I have no idea - nor could I for ages work out why one looked like it was holding a Cadbury's easter egg. Then I realised it was supposed to be a bowl of the cereal. Maybe my eyes are worse than I thought ...
I'm guessing the one thing most people would want to know is 'Are they as good as Shreddies?' Well, I asked my son his opinion, and he declared them to be even better! This is a child who knows his breakfast cereal - he eats enough of it (six Weetabix in one go is not uncommon!).
I don't really eat enough of these to be able to compare quite as definitively, but they do taste pretty similar to me. They are malty, crunchy, don't go soggy too quickly in milk and are a good, satisfying breakfast.
The nutritional information says a 45g serving with milk has 215 calories, which doesn't seem at all bad for what is quite a filling cereal. While 45g sounds like a reasonable enough portion size for most people, it is clearly not terribly applicable in our house with my hollow-legged children.
I like the fact that it's wholewheat, little less chuffed at the 12.6g of sugar per serving, but could be a lot worse. It's reasonably high in fibre - about the same as a 30g serving of Bran Flakes.
The main reason I first got these was the price - as you might guess, we get through a LOT of cereal. They're definitely cheaper than Shreddies, usually around the £1.20 mark for 750g, though they are also often available on special offer. However, now I would choose them on taste too, because the children like them better - and that I guess is the best recommendation of all.
4 stars because if I'm honest there are plenty of cereals I prefer, but for what they are these are great.
In our household of seven, we get through A LOT of cereals! So, I'm always on the look out for healthy, filling and cheap cereals to provide for the hungry hoard. We have several staple cereals in the cupboard; Malt Wheats being one of them.
For those of you who don't know, Malt Wheats are just like Shreddies; small 'woven' looking squares of brown wholewheat, that have (rather creepily) been 'knitted by nanas' according to the recent Shreddies advertising campaign. It is also claimed that they are filling and 'keep hunger locked up 'til lunch'. They taste fairly bland I suppose, but I have never been one for really sweet foods first thing in the morning, and the children do not feel the need to load them up with sugar as I've noticed them doing with some other cereals. They absorb the milk a little, and as long as you don't take too long to eat them, they retain their shape and almost 'al dente' texture (I never thought I'd be using that word to describe a breakfast cereal!).
The packaging has changed from in the above picture, and now these squares of malty goodness come in a purple box with two penguins (!?) on the front, looking excitedly at a bowl of Malt Wheats. The cereal can be found on the 'Children's Cereal' aisle, but despite these facts, I think that it is a good choice for breakfast for adults and children alike.
Malt Wheats ingredients: Wholewheat (92%), Sugar, Malted Barley Extract, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12. The product contains wheat and gluten and cannot be guaranteed to be nut free (despite the fact that they are made in a nut-free factory). I suppose you just can't be too careful. I have compared these ingredients to the Shreddies ingredients and can see no difference except the lack of Vitamin D in the Tesco product.
Malt Wheats nutritional information: 45g serving with semi-skimmed milk provides:
3 g fat (of which 1.5g saturates)
These nutritional statistics are virtually the same as for Shreddies themselves, and show that they are a relatively healthy food, especially if you are looking to up your fibre intake and fill up at the start of the day to avoid snacking later on.
At the moment in Tesco, Malt Wheats are selling at 750g £1.20 or you can buy two of these large packs for £2. This is not to be sniffed at when compared to Shreddies's so called 'value' pack (750g) costs £2.25. You don't have to be a genius to see that even when not on offer, you get nearly twice as much cereal for your money with the Tesco own brand.
Now, I know that sometimes the own-brand versions do not live up to the branded ones, but here is one instance where Tesco have done a fine job at recreating a popular breakfast classic for nearly half the price. Malt Wheats will remain on my weekly shopping list as long as the quality and value the product currently displays continues.
For every great cereal comes a cheap alternative. Not always a bad thing mind you considering it can save a load of money in the long run. I've always enjoyed shreddies especially the sugar coated ones. But I've always enjoyed my shreddies soggy which I've been told by people is how they hate them. The problem is that these days they don't go soggy but still have a kind of crunch to them, thus I end up preferring them dry. I did miss the days of the high fat and sugar cereal days. I mean, I used to eat cereal that was filled with marshmallows... MARSHMALLOWS!! They were so incredibly sweet but just seemed to vanish from stores. In any case, as to not sway from the current subject, tonight I'll be reviewing Tesco's version of shreddies, also known as 'Malted Wheats'. Do bear in mind that this is my first food review.
Boxed in blue with rocket propelled shreddies on the front, Tesco's own Malted Wheats aren't a cereal that will escape your eye easily. 750G worth of square shaped wheat are packaged inside your generic plastic cereal wrapping. Considering it is only me who seems to eat these in my house, I'd say it lasts about 10 full sized bowls. I have large bowls of cereal to the very brim just to clarify.
Now it is difficult to describe tastes considering everyone thinks differently. So I'll attempt to make comparisons rather than putting words to another sense. When dry; malted wheats don't taste quite as good as shreddies do. They are not as crunchy and seem to lack as much flavour and sweetness. They are also very dry compared to dry shreddies. The details on the actual squares isn't as defined as shreddies but that really isn't such an important factor.
When adding milk they do not float on top which is definitely a good point for me. It's when sugar puffs or rice krispies overflow which irritates me. I find they begin to release more flavour the soggier that they are. So I do tend to sometimes make the cereal then prepare a cup of coffee or whatnot until my cereal has properly soaked. They do become quite mushy and almost stick together. The texture is a bit like wheatabix such that you barely need to chew them. I'm not sure why it is just malties that I seem to enjoy soggy.
In my opinion these are better than Shreddies. However, if you don't like your malties soggy then you should probably stick with Shreddies. It is a shame I haven't seen a frosted version of these. I love frosted shreddies, but then again I don't like soggy frosted shreddies so perhaps the original would be better. A box of these will usually cost you about £1.39 and only comes in the one size. If you do enjoy soggy then huzzah you can save about 70p a box and you even get more in them!
The product states that it contains wheat and gluten. It is also nut free in terms of recipe but cannot fully assure there will be no traces of nuts in the product.
Wholewheat (92%), Sugar, Malted Barley Extract, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
++Nutritional Info. Per Serving++
Energy - 910kJ (215kcal)
Protein - 9.0g
Carbohydrates - 38.0g
Sugars - 12.6g
Fat - 3.0g
Saturates - 1.5g