Product Type: Tesco Breakfast
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Tesco Strawberry Crisp Cereal
Member Name: daniella2202
Tesco Strawberry Crisp Cereal
Date: 05/08/10, updated on 05/08/10 (130 review reads)
Advantages: It is very reasonable in price, it tastes no different to premium branded cereals !
Disadvantages: Very minor disadvantages = can turn soggy after sometime in the bowl with milk
Since living in halls at University I have had to fend for myself where food is concerned. I have quite liked having a budget and I am very good at finding bargains and getting the most for my money. I am known at uni by the guys as 'the bargain queen' (whether this is highly embarrassing or not I'm not quite sure). I always check out the Money Saving Expert website for discount vouchers etc and this is what led me to trying out this particular cereal from Tesco. The Money Saving Expert website lists many ways in which to reduce costs on all everyday items. Since it has been found that most of supermarket branded items/foods are more or less identical to the more upmarket/premium brand foods it seemed worthwhile to try it out.
I have always been used to Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Clusters (honey and nut) just from being at home living with my dad before uni. They were never really a cereal that I enjoyed having for breakfast each morning because I prefer ones with fruit in like Special K and red berries but to be honest I am not too fussy so stuck with them. However when I came to uni Tesco was just around the corner (luckily... I'm not one for long walks) and I checked out all the Tesco value and regular Tesco products. I was going to pick up the Tesco's version of Special K but decided I'd opt for Tesco's mix between clusters and fruit.
The box of Tesco's Strawberry Crisp costs a very reasonable £1.28 for 500g compared to Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Clusters which are £2.00. There is not a massive difference in price but to be honest since trying this Tesco Strawberry Crisp I much prefer having the strawberry pieces in it than honey and nut. The box of Tesco Strawberry Crisp also claims that they are real strawberry pieces... but you certainly won't eat enough of them in an entire pack to make up one of your five a day in my opinion since there is only 2% of the box which equals strawberry pieces. I think this is a bit cheeky in all honestly especially as these are the bits in the cereal which make it a little more interesting and which people love...
... When I was younger I remember having Lucky Charms, whenever we got a new pack my dad would try and hide them from me. I would go into the box and pick out all the multi coloured marshmallow bits, so the next person to come to have a bowl (usually my brother) got very few if any marshmallow bits which for him was very upsetting! However I am older now and I eat the extra bits in cereals as they come when I pour them into my bowl. So with this cereal that means I tend to get about 6 pieces of strawberry per bowl, which is probably why I add my own fruit on top if I have time in the morning.
***What the cereal actually contains... ingredients wise***
* Oat flakes and puffed rice which makes up the clusters
* Frozen dried strawberry pieces
* Then all the typical added ingredients like colourings, vegetable oil etc.
***What the cereal tastes like with each bite***
1. First of all the clusters are extremely crunchy but with the milk it gives the right balance
2. When you take a bite of the divine little strawberry pieces it instantly lifts the taste of the cereal (even though these are far and few between they are really good). You could be sad like me and reward yourself every three or four mouthful with a little strawberry piece. Mmmm.
3. Or otherwise if you do add any extra fruit this gives the cereal a fresher burst and the mix of the dried strawberries with fresh strawberries is also very nice.
***How I eat them***
Well I tend to have them for breakfast and occasionally if I have forgotten to pick up anything for lunch or would like an afternoon snack I have a small bowl. I have been known to eat them without milk when I have forgotten to buy some... but that is students for you! (I didn't enjoy them without milk though... far too dry!) I also add strawberries, raspberries or blueberries if they are on offer by sprinkling a few over the top to make it seem a little healthier.
Despite the picture on the box making the cereal look very healthy we all know that there are so many preservatives in the box, for example, to keep the strawberries dried etc that it is not really all that much better for you than indulging in a cereal with chocolate pieces. Plus the puffed rice and oat flakes are fused together to make clusters with the help of sugar and honey... so again more naughty ingredients are added which I certainly did not even think about when I purchased the box for the first time.... whoops now I can't resist them! I'm hooked!
Another cereal which is almost identical to this cereal is Jordon's Country Crisp but these are £2.49 so £1.21 more per box than Tesco's which can add up to be a lot of money with the amount I seem to get through. A box of 500g of Tesco Strawberry crisp lasts for around 8 bowls for me, but if you were to have full bowls every morning then I think it would fill around 6 bowls. I also believe that if two cereals taste the same just like any other food products that it is pointless to just buy the more expensive version because of the label/brand.
My mother would say my previous statement is a total contradiction of what I am like because I am really into brands... like I love my premium cosmetics and clothes. However there are certain things which I believe that you can cut down on prices with. Similarly if I saw a very similar top in Primark to House of Fraser I would buy the cheaper top in Primark. It just makes sense! If the Tesco cereal did not taste as good as Jordon's or Kellogg's versions then I wouldn't mind about paying a little bit more but I really cannot see a difference between Jordon's and Tesco's.
Calories - 290 (15% of your daily allowance)
Sugar - 15g (16% of your daily allowance)
Fat - 10g (14% of your daily allowance)
Saturates which were unsurprisingly quite high at 5g (24% of your daily allowance)
And a very small amount of salt.
What I think is key to remember when looking at the guidelines for these daily allowances is that the percentages I have given above relates only to each 100g serving so it does equate to five times more than that for the entire box. Plus if you are weight conscious then you would need to add on the values that milk would add to sugars and fats.
A very good point about this cereal is that it is suitable for vegetarians which makes my life easy in the new house I am moving into in October with three vegetarians, it means they can dig into the cereal too which I don't mind about since we will be sharing food costs etc. Whereas Kellogg's Crunchy Nut is not suitable for vegetarians.
1. It is a quick and easy breakfast meal
2. It tastes great with milk and fruit on top (it makes me look forward to my breakfast as well as preparing me for the entire day)
3. It leaves me full for at least 2-3 hours afterwards which is a result because I am always hungry
4. It is a great cheap price - occasionally there is half price on the Jordon's or Kellogg's cereals but I still stick to this one because I can't tell the difference.
***Minor Negative Points***
As you can see I have no negative view points on this cereal so far... however to give a balanced review I must point out the one annoying factor with it however this factor is similar with most cereals. That if milk is left in the bowl too long before the cereal is eaten it goes quite soggy... especially the strawberries pieces which turn the milk a pink colour.
The only other very picky point I could make is not to leave any of the cereal in the bottom of the bowl for too long because it is very hard to wash the bowl afterwards, the cereal sticks to the bottom and the strawberry pieces become very sticky and messy. However if you love the cereal as much as I do there shouldn't really be any of the cereal left in the bottom of the bowl! The only time this has happened to me is when I have been too rushed in the morning to finish the bowl. Luckily this does not happen to me too often because I usually get up far earlier than is necessary to make time for breakfast.
***The newer box to the cereal***
Just in case you are influenced into trying this cereal there is a more up to date version of the box that you will see in Tesco stores. Rather than the box being an orange red it is now light pink at the top of the box and red at the bottom. The picture of the cereal is very similar, they have just tried to modernise the box to give it a more fancy appearance with some fresh strawberries and milk in the background.
Be spontaneous try something new for breakfast!! Mmm Tesco Strawberry Crisp!!
Summary: A mix between Special K and Jordon's but cheaper!