“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Flakes „
The image on the packet front shows a bowl of flakes with lots of red berry pieces in and fruits around the bowl. In reality, the berries that you get in each bowlful are much less than this picture. If you ignore this marketing ploy, then this is a great cereal that is really enjoyable.
A 375g of this cereal costs just £1.68. In comparison to the Special K cereal with fruit, it is much cheaper. I suspect that the Special K cereal may have more fruit in. However, my choice of cereal is, in part, driven by price - and I would choose this cereal which is excellent in every other respect.
Rice (64%), Wheat (16%), Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Freeze Dried Red Fruit Pieces (5%), Malted Barley Extract, Defatted Wheatgerm, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid (B5), Thiamin (B1), Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
Freeze Dried Red Fruit Pieces contain: Whole Raspberries, Sliced Cherries, Sliced Strawberries.
It can be seen that this cereal is well fortified with some essential vitamins and minerals. A serving offering between 50 -100% of the RDA's. The vitamin B12 has 100% of the RDA which makes it particularly good for vegetarians.
A serving is 175 calories and has 0.4g of salt.
Taste and Texture
Tesco produce Special Flakes both with berries and without berries. Whichever one you choose, I would recommend this cereal thoroughly. The flakes are large with a crispy texture - very like Special K. They are satisfying to eat having a good balance of flavour. When milk is added, they remain crisp in the bowl, softening only slightly. This, I believe, is the best way for a cereal to respond when milk is put on. I do not like cereals that give up the ghost and form a sloppy mush when milk is added; one moment crisp and the next gunge. The berries are sweet and well textured - but there are not enough in each bowlful to really alter the overall flavour. If you like fruit on your cereal, I believe the best way might be to add your own.
Special Flakes are a fantastic cereal which I find very moorish. The berries are ok but they are not the high spot of this cereal. I would advise that you buy the Special Flakes (£1.99 for 500g) without the berries as this is better value - and add the berries from your own fridge.
Four stars because of the lack of berries.
As a student I'm always on the look out for a bargain and Tesco Special Flakes definitely were, they are over £1 cheaper than the Kelloggs Special K version but are they really comparable to the Kelloggs cereal?
Well when I poured out my first bowl full I couldn't actually see any red berries! I dug around the bowl a bit with my spoon and after some searching managed to find 1 raspberry and 1 strawberry in the entire bowl full. I thought perhaps that there just weren't many berries at the top of my packet but looking at it there really didn't seem that many at all and I got a similar number of berries in all my subsequent bowls. I have bought the Kelloggs product before and there were many more berries in the packet. This lack of berries meant the product was rather bland and not as tasty as I expected it to be.
The rice and wheat flakes were actually quite good, they tasted the same as in Special K and they didn't go too soggy in the bowl, if you really like the flakes then this is the product for you as it is pretty much all there is in the bowl, but in my opinion on their own the flakes bland and rather boring. When you do get a mouthful with the berries in they add a nice tangy sweetness to the cereal and I think it tastes much nicer then.
If you are looking to buy Special Flakes as a Low Calorie and Fat cereal they are very similar to Special K Red berries. The nutritional information given on my packet purchased last week for a 30g serving with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk is as follows:
Energy 720kJ (170kcal)
(of which sugars) 11.2g
of which saturates 1.3g
*Salt Equivalent 0.4g
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 0.7mg (50% of RDA)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 1.0mg (63% of RDA)
Niacin 8.6mg (48% of RDA)
Vitamin B6 1.0mg (50% of RDA)
Folic Acid 101.0µg (51% of RDA)
Vitamin B12 1.0µg (100% of RDA)
Pantothenic Acid 3.2mg (53% of RDA)
Iron 6.6mg (47% of RDA)
These values are different to the one's given on Tesco's website but as the packet was purchased last week I guess it is more up-to date.
Comparing this nutritional information to the information for Kelloggs Special K Red Berries, Tesco Special Flakes with Red Berries have slightly less calories (Special K 171kcal), fat (Special K 2.5g) and slightly less of everything else except for the vitamins and minerals which for all of the one's given above Tesco Special flakes had more of.
The only significant differences I can see between the 2 brands is that Tesco Special Flakes contain Pantothenic Acid and there is no mention of that in Special K's nutritional information and Special K contains 45% of your RDA of Vitamin D and 47% of your RDA of Vitamin C which Tesco Special Flakes don't mention in their nutritional information.
Overall I think that if you are looking for a healthy but cheap cereal and you don't mind compromising on taste then Tesco Special Flakes is the cereal for you but if, like me, you prefer nice tasting healthy cereal then you would probably be quite disappointed by Tesco Special Flakes.