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      03.03.2013 23:50
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      Tasty cereal at a sensible price, and in a great big box.

      I quite enjoy a lovely bowl of Rice Krispies, but there are cheaper substitutes that are indistinguishable from the "real" thing. Tesco Rice Snaps are a more reasonably priced alternative, and they taste just as good.

      Obviously Tesco can't totally rip off the Rice Krispies box design, and they've gone for a completely different style of character, with a crocodile enjoying a bowl of tasty rice snaps. My kids love crocodiles, and let's face it, who doesn't? There are also games on the back of the box, in addition to the usual nutrition information - but I think that most cereals aimed at children have this feature nowadays.

      It's important for our family to buy cereals that are good value. Our house has two hungry children and two hungrier adults, and we want a good quality breakfast for a sensible price. We do sometimes buy branded cereals, but if there's a cheaper version that is just as good, then we're obviously going to go for that.

      This cereal is great. You can get it in a big box (I think they do it in 500g and 750g sizes), which is good for families, and it tastes nice, doesn't go soggy too quickly and still has the crackliness that you'd expect from the branded rival brand. I can't fault this product at all; it's a great value buy!

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      01.03.2012 10:04
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      Well worth trying if you enjoy Kelloggs Rice Crispies

      I love my cereal in the morning, and normally have 3 or 4 boxes on the go at any one time to give me some variety. I have always loved Kellogg's Rice Crispies. They just remind me if being a child and listening out for the Snap, Crackle and Pop! And do you remember those adverts  So Rice Crispies have always been in my cupboards from then on! We generally always shop at Tesco, and as times are hard, as they are for everyone, we have started to switch from the main brands to some of Tesco's own. When I saw the Tesco Rice Snaps I thought I would give them a go.

      They are a lot cheaper than the Kellogg's and you can buy as 375g box for just £1.39! The box is blue in colour and has a cartoon picture of a crocodile on the front, holding a bowl of Rice Snaps. The cartoon animals are a theme Tesco use for some of their own cereals. I am assuming them played on the Rice Snaps and a Crocodile snaps to join the two together.

      The Rice Snaps are the same as the Rice Crispies to look at and have much the same nutritional values. 115 cals per bowl, 3g sugar, 1g of fat - based on a medium bowl with semi-skimmed milk. But I figured I would be able to tell the difference from taste. I had tried own brand cereals from Morrison's before and cold really tell the difference and I was expecting the same from Tesco.

      I poured myself a bowl, added a little sugar and sat down to eat. I can promise you, you can tell no difference between these and Kellogg's. They look, taste and even snap, crackle and pop! I was amazed. They are just a sweet, just as crispy and lovely! I have since tried some more of the own brand cereals after tasting how good these were and Tesco has really produced quality for an own brand product.

      I would highly recommend Tesco Rice Snaps for anyone who loves Kellogg's Rice Crispies - just give Tesco a try...they are exactly the same!!

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      27.08.2011 10:28
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      Why pay more?

      My children get through boxes of cereals each week so I do my best to keep the costs down. One way of doing this is going for the shop brands rather than the "makes" such as Kelloggs.

      So when my son asked me for Rice Krispies I went into Tesco's and found these Rice Snaps.

      The big test was going to be the next morning when I poured him a bowl - was he going to jump up and declare that they weren't the real thing and therefore he wasn't going to eat them?

      Well he didn't! He munched his way through the entire bowl without a whisper. My conclusion? There really isn't any difference between the shop brands and the real brands. So it was my turn.

      I poured myself a bowl of these fluffy bits of toasted rice and wasn't disappointed. They were nice and crunchy, tasted just right, and went softer in the milk. They didn't stay chewy like some cheaper brands, or go too soggy. They were just right.

      So will I be buying these again? Yes, definitely. Will I be trying other cereals that aren't a "brand"? Yes.

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      22.10.2010 16:45
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      A great product from Tesco

      Rice Krispies are not my first choice of cereal, but ever so often I take a notion of making Krispie buns and so buy a box. Recently however, in a bid to reduce my grocery bill, I opted to try Tesco own version of Rce Krispies which they call Rice Snaps, which cost around £1.50 in Tesco for a 375g box, noticeably cheaper than the branded Kellogg's version.

      The blue packaging is very obviously designed with children in mind, with some green dragons on the front of the packet around a bowl of these rice snaps. On the front of the packaging it states that this 'golden toasted crisp rice' is 'a good source of folic acid' amd is 'fortified with vitamins and iron' At the bottom of the front packaging there is some nutritional information. Per 30g serving, there are 175 calories, 9.g of sugar, 2.4g of fat, and 0.4g of slat. So not the worst, although a little high on the sugar content.

      On the side of the packet, it states that this product is suitable for vegetarians, but that it may not be suitable for those with a nut allergy, as it cannot guarantee that the ingredients are but free.

      As I said, I usually only purchase rice krispies for making buns, rather than as a cereal, however, my husband will use the rest of the packet for cereal and I will sometimes have a bowl before I go to bed for supper.

      I have to say, that I have seen no difference between these rice snaps and rice krispies. My husband, who can be a little bit of a brand snob, didn't notice anything different, there were no questions asked, so to me that is a good sign that they are as good quality as the branded version of Rice Krispies. When my husband did put them out for his breakfast, I could still hear them popping and crackling the way you do with the rice krispies, an thus even children won't notice the difference. A great way to save a bit of money on your grocery bill, without losing any of the quality.

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        02.09.2010 23:09
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        tesco rice snaps which taste great for exeptional vaule

        My son is a big fan of rice krispies so when I came across the tesco cheaper alternative of rice snaps I thought I would buy them and see if they were any good and to be honest my son, husband and myself all prefer the tesco ones as opposed to the dearer known brands of rice krispies!

        For a 600g box its normally costs around £1.51 but there is also a 375g box which costs only 99p, either way they are still cheaper then other types. The rice snaps are concealed in a plastic bag which is within the standard thin cardboard box. The box is blue with a bowl full of rice snaps and milk and a spoon with some on it on the front and has 2 crocodiles next to the bowl ready to tuck into the cereal! It is a very eye-catching box which will entice young children to want to eat them because of the bright colours and happy smiling crocodiles on it. I know my son was certainly drawn to them as when we were doing our usual shop I asked him to pick a cereal and his first choice were these because he said he liked the crocodiles! Rice snaps only contain 175 calories per serving and 2g of fat which is only 3% of your daily guideline amount.

        I great cereal which is cheap but still tastes great and is a good choice for kids. Also as I found with rice krispies they went quite soggy really quick but with these rice snaps they do not go soggy as quick which is great for us because my son seems to take his time eating his breakfast and would always get annoyed when it went soggy as he liked the crunching.

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        20.04.2010 21:24
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        A nice easy breakfast, but not very filling, im hungry an hour later!

        I decided to try tesco rice snaps when we first bought our house, and we were trying to reduce the shopping bill by buying supermarkets own brand products. We decided we were going to try and save on our cereal and instead of buying kelloggs rice crispies, we picked up a box of these tesco rice snaps!

        We got these in tescos for 95p a box. Although asda do these rice snaps too and they always have them in the 2 boxes of cereal for £2 offer. There were other cereals you could mix and match with this too. I thought for £1 a box these were a bargain as we thought they tasted no different at all to kelloggs! I was suprised by this, but now we will never go back to kelloggs! Its not worth it when they cost around £2.30 for a box the same size, you might as well get the supermarket brand name for half the price, but for exactly the same product inside the box! With kelloggs you are just paying for the name and the box stands out more with its brighter colours.

        These rice crispies are great for kids aswell as adults. Me and my boyfriend eat these rice snaps, as they are just such an easy breakfast. You just pour some in a bowl with some milk, but we have to sprinkle some sugar on them as they dont have much taste! But we have to do this with kelloggs too, i couldnt eat them without sugar on! This makes it quite an unhealthy breakfast but as long as you dont put too much on its ok, just enough to sweeten it.

        The rice snaps last well in the milk, they dont go soggy before you get a chance to eat them crispy. They are so light to eat, they dont fill you up too much so you do get hungry later on in the morning with these.

        These are great to use to make chocolate rice crispie cakes! All you do is melt some baking milk chocolate in a bowl and add these rice snaps and stir in. Then put the mixture in fairy cake cases and leave them to set in the fridge for an hour. These are such a cheap, quick and easy treat to make!

        A 30g serving of these rice snaps with milk contains 175 calories, which isnt bad for a breakfast. Although if your adding sugar then this is going to make it quite high in calories!

        Just store these rice snaps like you would any box of cereal, in a cool dry place and make sure you fold over the plastic bag they are in when you have used them or they will soon go dry.

        I love these rice snaps, and if you are also trying to buy more supermarket branded products but dont want to compromise on the taste, , then dont worry about these, they taste exactly the same go give them a go!

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        20.04.2010 17:34
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        Tesco Rice Snaps - crisp puffed rice cereal.

        Many years ago, before I decided that I wanted more for my money. I used to buy expensive brands like Kellogg's all the time. Those times have changed and I never buy Kellogg's cereal now, only Tesco's own and if there is any difference between them, it is usually for the better.

        I personally do not eat cereal that often, but sometimes I fancy a change from toast in the morning and I do enjoy a bowl of either cornflakes or rice snaps.

        Tesco Rice Snaps come in cardboard packaging, with a white waxed inner bag, which contains the cereal and keeps it extra fresh. The outer package is coloured in shades of blue, which are bright and cheerful. This cereal is aimed at the children's market and is decorated with cute dinosaurs, tucking into a bowl of Rice Snaps!

        I usually buy a 600g box, which lasts us for about 10 days and the rice snaps do stay fresh right to the end.

        When you pour them out, you are met with small puffs of pale golden rice. They are lovely with a splash of cold milk and unlike Kellogg's, they do not go soggy within ten seconds. They do however still go 'snap, crackle and pop', which is nice. It's not particularly easy to describe the taste. They are quite bland in flavour, but they're sweet and very light on the stomach, which is important to me. I can see why they are so popular with children, because they are very easy to eat and digest.

        Thankfully, this brand keeps it's crispy crunch long enough for me to finish the bowl, which is great because I do not like soggy cereal. My children have commented on this fact and on the one occasion, when I did pick up Kellogg's because they were on offer, they complained that they no longer liked them! I haven't made that mistake again, as I do not like throwing food out.

        *Nutrition Value Per 30g with 125ml Semi-Skimmed Milk*

        Energy - 175 kcal
        Protein - 6.3g
        Carbohydrate - 31.7g
        of which sugars - 9.2g
        Fat - 2.4g
        of which saturates - 1.6g
        Fibre - 0.5g
        Sodium - 0.3g
        Salt Equivalent - 0.7g

        This product may contain nuts and is suitable for vegetarians.

        Rice Snaps are available from Tesco in a 375g box for 95p or a 600g box for £1.49

        I wouldn't dream of returning to Kellogg's now, as Tesco's own brand taste great and are excellent value. They also make lovely chocolate crispy cakes, which is an extra bonus.

        If you'd like to start saving some extra pennies, I'd recommend you give them a go!

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          16.04.2010 12:46
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          A perfectly good imitation.

          Much like imitation brand Frosted Flakes featuring Terry the Tiger ('Theyyyyyrrrrrrr'e FOOD!) Tesco Rice Snaps are an imitation copycat product of Ricicles, and, like most imitation brand cereal, taste pretty much exactly the same at a fraction of the cost of the name brand.

          They have more or less the same nutritional value as Ricicles \ Rice Krispies and are much cheaper and just as tasty. The packaging is equally attractive and child friendly, often featuring dragons and dinosaurs partying and having a really good time all round because they're eating Rice Snaps, and there's also some health information on the back which is always good for the health conscious.

          They're not that good for you but they do seem to give kids plenty of energy and, while they won't keep you fit, they'll definitely keep you awake on a morning. They're loaded with sugar but you can guarantee adults will like them just as much as kids.

          It's the same product, only cheaper. It's still loaded with sugar and corn oil and all that stuff, but its just under a different name. My advice to you is to not be such a snob and go for Tesco Rice Snaps rather than the other big brand names. It'll save you money, and believe me, you won't notice the difference. They're just 99p for a 375g box, so you really dont want to be missing out on this.

          ~Nutritional Info (per 100g)~
          Protein - 7.5g
          Carbohydrates - 85.5g
          Of Which Sugars - 9.7g
          Fat - 1.3g
          Fibre - 1.5g

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          26.02.2010 16:59
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          Rank!!!

          I like to try the supermarket own brand cereal because I think some of them are actually a dead nice change from the branded ones I've been eating for years. This 600g box of Tesco Rice Snaps cost £1.49 and that's loads cheaper than the same size box of Rice Crispies.

          I wasn't that impressed with them though because even though they look the same as Rice Crispies they've got a weird after taste and got majorly soggy when you put the milk on them.

          AND they don't make a snap crackle and pop noise!!! lol

          They have got a dead cheap taste and don't taste quite sweet enough to me, the puffed rice is nice and crispy until the milk goes on it and then it goes from crispy to soggy quicker than anything! You have to sort of eat from the bottom of the bowl up because if you leave them sitting in the milk for too long they end up with a nasty gluey texture that is pure rank.

          I don't have a lot of milk on my cereal but with these even a bit is too much! The after taste of these rice snaps is dead bland, there's not much flavour to them I don't think but the bland taste you get after you've had a few spoons isn't very nice and hits your taste buds and feels like it covers them with a mega bland ricey flavour.

          I'll never buy these again, I used the last of the box to make some chocolate crispie cakes the other day and even they didn't taste right because they went a bit hard feeling in the melted chocolate. For some reason they didn't seem to stir through the chocolate as good as Rice Crispies either and I can't see why because they're the same shape and size pretty much.

          Even for the cheap price these are mega crap, they're one of the worst cereals I've ever eaten and I'll NEVER eat or buy them again. They're rubbish that Tesco have just brought out to try and take some of the profits away from the big brands but they're proper bad.

          Not recommended... unless you like soggy cereal that feels like glue!!!

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            16.02.2010 22:31
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            No one would know the difference!

            I tend to buy branded cereal - mainly because the few supermarket brand ones that I have sampled have been rubbish. But Tesco's Rice Crispy snaps taste absolutely just like the Kellogs version.

            They are light and fluffy with a nice crispy outside, and without wanting
            to rip off the advert - they still make the relevant noises!! I served them
            up to my usually fussy husband - and he ate the whole bowl without
            realising. It was only when he went to make himself a bowl that he realised - and by then it was much too late to complain!!!

            Most supermarket brand cereal I find falls to bits, leaving tons of little
            remnants that are useless at the bottom of the box. But these just don't do that! Plus - they stay really fresh... cereal that goes stale within days of opening the box really annoy me, but these just don't do that!

            They also stand the ultimate test of making yummy rice crispy treats.... Try
            melting 2 mars bars into your melted chocolate for the ultimate (but
            calorific) treat!

            I think they cost about £1.75 a box, which compared to Kellogs £2.25
            average is a bargain! And I promise you.... Your family wont know the
            difference!

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            16.02.2010 09:26
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            Continuing on from the other Cereal reviews - what can I say I have Cereal on my mind. That's the good thing about Dooyoo, I'm writing about all the things around me, and having fun with it.

            We ended up trying a few cheaper things after the wife watched a programme about downshifting. It was saying that if you changed a brand down then you could save a certain amount of money. In our house we have a mixture of budget, supermarket, brand and sometimes premium. It depends on what we've tried and like. We don't care much about packaging, it what's inside that counts.

            We got a 600g box of these for £1.18. a good bit cheaper than the brand named ones, and on the front the Rice bits looked the same. I quite liked the box design for this, with the little cartoon Crocodile on the front and the usual picture of a bowl of the Cereal. All looked alright and I have to say that the characters Snap Crackle and Pop annoy me a bit.

            The Rice puffs looked the same as the brand name, but didn't look quite as shiny. They were the same beige colour and felt nearly as crisp as the other ones, but not that crisp. For research purposes I squished a puff between my fingers and it broke up and went powdery alright, but it just seemed to be this with hardly any effort.

            I ate a few puffs dry and they seemed to be lacking the Sugary taste of the brand name. I thought it would be different with the Milk added, but I was disappointed. They seemed to stay crisp for longer than I expected, but they did get mushy pretty quickly. These still tasted a bit tasteless with the full fat Milk I used, and for this reason I would not eat these again, as they were flavourless and bland.

            We haven't thrown them out. The wife doesn't like waste and think that everything can be used in a way. I'm surprised she's not decided to feed these to the horses or birds, but she is going to try and use these by making Chocolate Crispies, which I may try them again when they are slathered in Chocolate.

            Not for me I'm afraid and the brand name still wins at this product.

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              19.10.2009 11:57
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              Swap And See If You Can Save Some Pennies

              I am not one for spending money on brand names if there is no real reason to. I eat cereal everyday for breakfast and quite enjoy trying different types, especially if it can save me a few pennies.

              Kellogg's Rice Crispies were a favourite of mine and I would often eat them in the morning, till I found Tesco's "Rice Snaps", at a price difference of nearly a pound, I thought I'd give them a go.

              Rice snaps come in the usual large 600g rectangular cardboard cereal box. The box itself is colourful and appears to be aimed at children more with its cartoon character design crocodile on the front.

              The cereal comes in the usual plastic wrapping to keep it fresh which is like all cereal. Once inside the wrapping the small yellow puffs of rice look and smell very much the same as the Kellogg branded equivalent.

              Taste wise, I think Rice Snaps are perfectly nice. I do not add sugar to my breakfasts and never had. They are sweet and have a good texture with milk, although they do go soggy rather quickly, but then I find the Kellogg's version do too.

              For the difference in price and the quality of the product, I think most would enjoy Rice Snaps as a cheaper alternative. The cereal is strong in flavour, in the nice filling rice way you expect from this type of cereal.

              I'd go as far as to say, you could pop the plastic bag full of this into a Kellogg's box, and most wouldn't notice anything different.

              A 600g box will cost you £1.75 compared to Rice Crispies which are selling at £2.69. Bargain!

              A cheaper product that is good value, without compromising quality.

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                01.09.2009 12:39
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                Although I prefer Coco Pops and other perhaps more exciting Cereals, I do like to try different things. My Husband's favourite Cereals are Rice krispies and Corn Flakes, so I picked up a box of Tesco's version of them. They cost £1.75 for a 600g box, which was a little cheaper than the brand name version. But would they be any good?

                The packaging is alright. The Rice Snaps are in a plastic bag which is in the standard rectangular shaped box. The bos is quite colourful, with a bowl of the Cereal on the front, and a couple of Cartoon Crocodiles on the front as well. I think all tesco's Cereals have cartoon characters on the front, and I think it looks alright. The colourings on the box are turquoise and deeper blue.

                The Rice Snaps are little puffs of Rice Pieces. Nearly the same looking as Rice krispies, but perhaps a little smaller. They also seemed a little bit harder as well, but that could be more because they were smaller. They are a light beige colour, which is much the same as the brand named ones.

                When in Milk they kept their crispiness alright. I don't like soggy Cereal, but this stayed crisp enough until I had finished an average sized bowl.

                These were nice enough, but they lacked a little of the sweetness of the brand name version. They were tasty enough, allight for the money and I would buy again. The only thing is the brand name version often has good offers on, which makes them just a little more expensive than these ones, so in those situations I would spend a little more and get the real deal.

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                  18.07.2009 14:21
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                  Good quality cereal at a low price. Tuck in!

                  These Tesco alternative to the well-loved Rice Krispies are something that, pre-credit crunch, I would certainly have turned my nose up at. However, needs must, and now paying around £2 for a box of cereal just seems frankly extortionate, so I decided to give these a try.

                  While they aren't the cheapest Rice Snaps that Tesco produce (there is a 'Tesco Basics' variety at 72p which are frankly terrible), they'll certainly save you a fair few pennies. At £1.51 they are around half the price of the Kellog's alternative - and have all the taste.

                  In fact, halfway through the packet, I still can't find any discernible difference in taste between these and their expensive cousins. A bit of milk (rice milk, in my case. Rice overdose? maybe) and some sugar or honey and you're well on your way to a beautiful breakfast cereal. Not to mention that the packaging is cute and fun (unlike those Tesco Basic monstrosities).

                  Go on, save yourself a packet. Choose Tesco.

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                  02.07.2009 22:31
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                  Not bad for the money.

                  I never go out of the house without breakfast and ususally have about four cereals on the go in the cupboard; this is one of them.

                  Rice Snaps are Tesco's version of Rice Krispies. They are crisp, puffed grains of rice which are light and easy to eat. Milk (soya in my case) is poured on, a spoon inserted and then they are ready to eat.

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                  Rice, Sugar, Salt, Barley Malt Extract, Iron, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12

                  The Rice Snaps are labelled as 'vegetarian' but I actually think these are vegan.

                  I think it is worth commenting that the vitamins and minerals added to this product are a good selection and include three of my favourites: B6, Folic Acid and B12. These are three essentials for heart health and overal health as they lower homocystene levels. This is too big a subject to write about in this cereal review. If you're curious - go google!

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                  Considering that sugar is the second ingredient in the list and therefore must be the second largest quantity, I don't think they taste very sweet and if I eat them I need to have either a sprinkling of sugar or xylitol on them

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                  As cereals go, Rice Snaps is the lightest of all the cereals I have - one that I choose if I am not as hungry and do not have a rigourous day ahead. I start eating them straight away when the soya milk is poured on as I don't like to leave them beecause once they are soggy they are unpleasant.

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                  Rice Snaps cost £1.51 for 600g compared to £2.69 for Kellogs Rice Krispies. I think that is quite a difference in price - certainly enough to make me opt for the cheaper product.

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                  If pushed, I would probably say that I prefer Kellogs Rice Krispies but that is certainly not the only consideration when it comes to actually sticking the box in the trolley. I don't prefer them enough to pay the extra quid. I'd rather buy some vegetables with that.

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