“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cereal „
I don't normally let my children have chocolate or sweet cereal and prefer them to start their day with something good but every now and again I let them have a little treat. My daughter chose a big box of kellogs coco pops in Tesco while we were shopping. For a box of these chocolate cereal it cost £2.69, pretty expensive I thought!
I noticed the Tesco everyday value version 'coco snaps' for only 83p. They could have that one!
I'm always trying to save a bit of money so thought it'd be worth a try!
My daughter wasn't too impressed that I was picking the "boring" white one when she wanted "the funny monkey one"
The packaging is completely different to the Kellogs version which is very bright, fun and generally aimed at grabbing kids' attention.
The coco snaps version is a white cardboard box, with purple writing and a photo picture of a bowl of coco snaps.
Clearly stated on the front of the box (unlike the Kellogs coco pops) is all the nutritional values and clearly shown is how much of your guided daily allowances of fat, sugar, calories, salt and saturates one serving contains.
The fact that Kellogs Coco Pops don't show it clearly makes me think they have something to hide. I checked and I was right! The Tesco everyday value one is much better and contains less than half of the fat, saturates, sugar and salt of your guided daily allowance than Kellogs Coco Pops. I found that quite shocking.
Now I'm not saying that these Everyday Value Coco Snaps are healthy by any means, but if you're going to buy one, I think you are much better off going for this one!
Now then, the most important bit, what do they taste like?!
Well my two children can't actually tell any different and enjoy them just as much!
I think they taste better! I think that they are just chocolately enough, any more and they would be too sweet but any less and it wouldn't be enough.
I also really like how crunchy they are. I really can't stand soggy cereal and cereal that goes soggy too quickly like I've found Coco Pops too. Coco snaps are crunchier from the start and don't turn to mush as soon as the milk is added.
My husband doesn't like them however. He thinks they are "just not the same as the proper stuff"
I think he's a brand snob!!
I think this cereal is great!
I think it tastes just as good (if not better) as the expensive brands and is about a third of the price! I really don't think you can go wrong!
I would say always try going down a brand, you might not be able to tell the difference and then you've saved yourself some pennies!
4 out 5 from me (only loosing 1 star as as my husband proved, they're still not as good as the real deal for some!)
Thank you for reading
xx Mrs K xx
My son is a lover of all things chocolate and cereal is no exception. He doesn't eat it every day, just once or twice a week as part of my attempts at a varied diet.
His favourite chocolate cereal is Coco Pops - £2.69 per 550g box (although currently on special offer in Tesco) but as part of the Martin Lewis Downshift Challenge, we managed to move on to Tesco own brand choco pops and have now eventually made the move to their Value range!!
Unlike Coco Pops, this cereal is sold in a bag as opposed to a cardboard box. The bag is white in colour with a bowl of coco snaps on the front. The Tesco Value logo is on the upper left side.
It's best to open the bag with scissors to avoid spillage.
There isn't much of a chocolaty aroma once the bag is opened, more a distant whiff! The snaps themselves are quite tiny, they look smaller than Coco Pops and are slightly lighter in colour. Although they taste of chocolate, the snaps are not very sweet, I would say they taste more of coco than chocolate - hence the name obviously! There also isn't that much of a 'snap' sound once the milk is poured on but that doesn't seem to effect the crunch - and they still turn the milk a nice chocolate colour.
My son likes them with or without milk - there is no accounting for taste!
Each serving (30g) of Coco Snaps contains 120kcal.
Protein - 2.1g
Carbohydrate - 24.7g
of which are sugars - 8.8g
Fat - 1.3g
of which saturates 0.6g
Fibre - 0.7g
Sodium - 0.1g
Salt equivalent 0.2g
Fortunately my son hasn't noticed any difference in the taste - at a cost of 65p for 375g this is quite a saving. Although I do notice the difference, I don't believe that they are any less enjoyable than Coco Pops. The taste is less obvious resulting in an all together more subtle cereal.
As with many Value products, they tend to disappear off the shelves quite quickly and they are regularly out of stock - so maybe take a risk and buy a couple of bags on your next shop.
As stated a few reviews back I started the two week cereal diet, which was very successful for me as I lost 1lb in my first week and my second week I lost 1.5lbs. During my weight loss mission I was very excited by this as for weeks my weight had stayed the same, so now I'm only 5.5lb's off my three stone target!
My first week I just stuck to any cereal but only had the serving suggestions which is most cases was 30g. My second week I only had Special K which gave me an extra 0.5lbs weight loss.
Tesco's Choco Snaps:
'Toasted crisp rice coated with milk chocolate'
Well as you can most probably tell these are the cheaper version of Nestle Coco Pops (which I love) but you could really taste the difference. They were okish, just not as nice or as morish!
One thing I love when it comes to Coco Pops is drinking the milk once the cereal has gone, big kid that I am but these were just not as chocolaty enough for me.
Once pouring on the milk you can hear the slight snap, crackle and pop they are very crunchy to start with so I like to leave mine a few minutes so they go softer, I just think they taste nicer this way. There is not much smell either they smell like a cheap hot chocolate drink.
I found the taste to be a little artificial as I'm a huge chocolate fan these just didn't cut it for me, my sister buys these for her two children and when they come to mine and have the Nestle Coco pops they always say how my cereal taste nicer than their moms!
Though this cereal is high in sugar I didn't really think it was that sweet, in fact some of the Choco Snaps had a bitter taste. Some where still quite hard even though the milk had been on them for a few minutes and I only like mine once they have soaked up the milk.
This product contains milk and soya, though in the ingredients it states nut free however the equipment used to manufacture this cereal was previously used to make a product containing nuts.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Per 30g serving and 125ml of semi-skimmed milk-
Calories - 175
Sugar - 17.1g
Fat - 2.9g
Saturates - 1.9g
Salt - 0.4g
Rice, Sugar, Milk Chocolate (6%), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Dextrose, Salt, Barley Malt Extract, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
Milk Chocolate contains: Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Dried Whole Milk, Cocoa Butter, Vegetarian Whey Powder, Dried Skimmed Milk, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Natural Flavouring.
I added the ingredients because I think when it comes to some foods it's important to see what we are actually eating. This cereal does however contain vitamins, iron and folic acid which are good for growing children; this cereal should be given in moderation for the high sugar within the cereal. For 30g of this cereal you are getting 19% of your daily recommend amount (17.1g) of sugar
Cost and Availability:
This is a Tesco's own brand so naturally can only be purchased at a Tesco store. You can either purchase this in a multi-pack like I did with a variety of different cereals or purchase a large box for £1.65 600g
The cereal box is yellow shades with a Lion and the normal picture of the bowl of cereal itself! A fun character to try and attract the passing children in their supermarkets in hoping they get there parents/careers to purchase for them.
It has what you would expect and want to see on the labelling ingredients, product description, help line etc.
The carton is recyclable but it doesn't state if the plastic holder the cereal was in within the box is recyclable or not.
Sometimes I think you can get lucky when you buy a cheaper version on a product and that they taste the same, this however is poor to its comparison. It lacks in taste, has an artificial after taste and goes soggy very quickly. I'm glad I only purchased the mini boxes as otherwise I would have ended up binning the rest of the contents and recycling the box.
I would never purchase these again an around 1 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)
I have to admit I am normally something of a cereal snob!
I like Kelloggs etc and I never eat supermarket own brands, sharing the opinion of most people that they tend to not be very nice, especially supermarket own Cornflakes or Shreddies! However, someone recommended I try these so when I spotted them in my local Tesco at around half the price of Kelloggs Coco Pops I had to give them a go.
I must now admit that I actually prefer them to Coco Pops themselves!
The thing with Coco Pops is that they make the milk a little too chocolatey for me - by the time I'm getting to the bottom of the bowl it's just all getting a bit sickly. Also, they go very soggy after not very long.
Tesco Choco Snaps are that little bit crunchier, meaning they don't go soggy as quickly, a real winning point for me. Also, they are not overly sweet and they don't make the milk too sweet or too chocolatey. They're like all the good bits of Coco Pops with the annoying bits taken out!
I am annoyingly now very addicted to these (annoying as I keep promising myself I must go on a diet but I can't stop having second helpings of these!).
I'm guessing many people will still prefer the Kelloggs version, as they like them just as they are, but I would seriously recommend trying these - especially if you have kids who eat them by the bucket-load - because for the price they are just great. Well done Tesco!
For the past few months I have tried to make better choices budget wise when food shopping and have started to try alternatives to the big brand names all with varying degrees of success. Breakfast cereal is one of those essential things that I always buy in and generally I make my choices based on whatever is on offer or whatever takes my fancy.
Tesco's Choco Snaps (not Coco Snaps as Dooyoo have called them) are the supermarkets own brand take on Coco Pops and in my local supermarket are situated next to the more expensive big brand. Packaging wise Tesco have adopted the same bright yellow colouring on the box as its counterpart and rather than a monkey character we have a lion illustrated in big, bold colours. The box informs us that these are a toasted crisp rice coated with milk chocolate breakfast cereal and are fortified with vitamins and iron and are a source of folic acid.
Opening the box and prizing apart the clear cellophane bag you see the individual rice pieces, each one a chocolate brown colour and the noticeable scent of cocoa is evident. For all intents and purposes these are identical in appearance to the more expensive version, but do they taste the same?
Once milk has been added the rice pieces start to lose some of their chocolate coating, which in turn does flavour the milk. The pieces retain their crunch and texture and the flavouring is slightly on the bitter side rather than overly sweet. This is the only area where there is a difference between these and Coco Pops, the Tesco brand does taste more like cocoa than chocolate and I didn't find these quite as tasty as the premium brand. There is a slight artificial aftertaste with these but for what I paid for them compared to Coco Pops I am willing to forgive them for not being identical.
My 375 gram box cost £1.57, Coco Pops normally retail for around £2.40 for the same amount so these do offer a decent saving. Nutrition wise being a chocolate covered breakfast cereal there is bound to be a decent amount of sugar included and this is confirmed with the information provided. A 30 gram serving with semi-skimmed milk provides 175 calories, 2.9 grams of fat of which 1.9 grams are saturates and a whopping 17.1 grams of sugar. Not great when you consider there are far healthier options available for breakfast but for those with a sweet tooth they do pack a chocolaty punch which should set you up for the day.
Allergy information on the pack warns that they do contain Barley Malt Extract, Milk, Whey, Soya & Soya Lecithins and may contain nuts, so if those are of concern you may want to steer clear of these.
Overall I did enjoy these and they are a great alterative to Coco Pops, whilst the flavour isn't quite the same the difference is negligible and wouldn't put me off eating them again. The only area of concern to me is the sugar content, but as I can make allowances in other areas of my diet this doesn't worry me too much and I was aware of the content when made the decision to buy them so it wasn't a huge surprise.
I would recommend these to anyone who is fond of the big brand alternative, value for money wise they are exceptional and they do provide a tasty breakfast meal. An overall, fair rating from me would be 4/5 Dooyoo stars only losing one for the slight artificial taste and the sugar content. However all things considered they are a brilliant choice and one that I would buy again.
I nearly always shop at Tesco. Not out of loyalty but simple because they are nearest. Because of this I have had lots of their value items as I am always keen to try to save money on groceries.
Tesco Value Coco Snaps are an own brand equivalent of Kellogg's Coco Pops. The price is what will attract your attention. 66p for a bag (not box) of 375 grams. The same size box of Coco Pops would cost way over £1.50 & even if it was in a special offer the price would still struggle to get down so low. So this is a good start.
Opening th bag is no problem, but you probably will need a cereal container to put them in (which will cost extra to start off with). For me, they look slightly larger & also a little lighter brown than Coco Pops.
While you are eating them, you will notice a difference. The cereal is not as chocolatey as the brand name version. I'm not saying that I don't like it because I do & I still prefer to buy these, but there is a difference. Also, the milk does go chocolatey, but not as much as it would have done if you had bought Kellogg's. I put this down to not being covered in as much cocoa which would also explain the slightly lighter colour. One thing that is pretty similar is the crunh factor. These don't go soggy quickly & are still crunchy at the end. Just as good as a brand name at this.
I do recommend them. If you want to save money, they are a good alternative to the more expensive boxes. They do taste of chocolate & are easily eatable. However you do get what you pay for & to be fair to Coco Pops, they are a better product
Tesco Value products have been getting a lot of reviews on here lately, largely due to people tightening their belts during the credit crunch. One of my favourite foods is cereal I could live off it! Past experience has told me that as a general rule, own brands cereals areas good as the leading brands but value ones, especially cornflakes, are truly awful.
I seem to have found an exception to the rule however and even prefer Tesco Value Coco Snaps to the brand leader, Coco Pops. I like cereals sweet and have to admit for some of the more boring ones, I add a sprinkling of sugar. Coco Pops however, I find really sweet even alone. These value ones aren't an exact replica of the leading brand but have much more of a cocoa flavour than a sweet chocolatey one. The little puffed grains of rice are the same size and are as crunchy as other brands though you will notice that they are not as dark in colour. I think the difference in taste is perhaps due to there being less coating on these. There is still enough to turn the milk chocolatey however.
This product comes in just the plastic bag, rather than a box as well, though I've always found this makes no difference to the condition of the cereal. A 375g bag costs just 66p compared to the standard own brands similar product, Tesco Choco Snaps at £1.57 and Kellogg's Coco Pops at £2.39 for the same amount.
Some cereals display their nutritional information 'per serving' and whilst some specify a serving of say 30g, some don't so I compared the nutritional values on the per 100g charts. Calories per 100g don't seem to differ much, with the value product having 387, own brand 390 and branded 390. same goes for the amount of fat, around 3g. However, the value brand had 16g less sugar than the other two at 20g per 100g rather than 36g per 100g for the own brand and Coco Pops. So, better for your wallet and your teeth.
Overall, I really liked this cereal. I know people who love Coco Pops will probably consider them bland, but as I can't really a fan in the first place, I think this cereal is delicious, not too sweet but sweet enough and a bargain too!
If you like Kellogs Coco Pops then why not try these.
They are Tesco's own version of the popular breakfast cereal.
They come in a 600g box for £1.47 which is cheaper than Coco Pops which is approx £3.00 for 600g.
An average serving offers 175 calories and 2.9g of fat. It has the adittional benefit of offering vitamin's, iron and folic acid.
They are toasted crisp rice, coated with milk chocolate.
All you need to do is add milk. They do turn the milk chocolatey but not as much as the Kellogs version. Although I think they are just as nice tasting as the leading brand.
My son loves them but he does not eat them with milk so how brown the milk turns is irrelevant to him and I am not really that bothered if it turns brown or not. Just as long as they are nice. I but these all the time now as I feel it is a waste of money paying for the Kellogs name as that is all that you will be paying for.
I do not stick to breakfast times to enjoy this cereal, I will have it for a mid afternoon snack or for supper.
It seems that, for every product out there on supermarket shelves, the leading supermarkets have created their own cheaper brand for it. As we regularly shop at Tesco, we tend to substitute a lot of items for their Value range, and generally speaking, we're happy with the swap.
However, we weren't too happy with their Value Choco Snaps. As a Value version of Kellogs' Coco Pops, they are essentially the same thing: ovals of crisp rice covered in chocolate that makes your milk go chocolatey. And visually, there is nothing wrong with them at all. They look the same, pretty much, and they do make the milk turn chocolatey as the choc 'melts' into the milk. If I had one thing to say about the look, it's that they do seem paler, and less chocolatey, than Coco Pops, or even other brands of chocolate flavour crisp rice cereals.
And this, sadly, is what is most noticeable with the taste. The quality diminishes somewhat with the taste of the crisp rice itself, and the chocolate just seem so weak in taste, even the milk doesn't taste strongly of chocolate. Perhaps where they have cut the costs is in using a great deal less chocolate than other brands have in their recipes, or even using cheaper and less flavoursome chocolate. A quick look at the ingredients tells me that only 3% is cocoa powder. While I don't have the ingredients of Coco Pops or other brands, I wouldn't be surprised if the cocoa powder element is significantly higher.
Sadly, for me, this is what this cereal should be all about: the choc flavour. And it isn't. They taste weak, and once the milk is added to them, they get soggy far quicker than other brands, and go into a pile of mush by the time you get to the bottom of the bowl.
It's not all bad: they are very cheap, and I suppose you do pay for what you get. A bag of these comes in at way under half the price of Coco Pops, and the fact that they are in a sealed plastic 'bag' as opposed to the traditional cardboard box of cereal makes no difference to me whatsoever. They're okay if you're not fussy and don't have anything to compare to. They don't taste of cardboard or anything like some dirt cheap cereals have the tendency to, so it's not a complete disaster, but if you're expecting them to be like Coco Pops but cheaper, then you'll be sorely disappointed.
Okay so here is my latest forage into trying as many Value/Smartprice/Basics products as possible - Tesco Value Coco Snaps, the cheap version of Kellogs Coco Pops. I'm a child at heart so naturally I love Coco Pops (I like the way they make the milk turn chocolate!) but they are expensive in cereal land so I was delighted when I saw a value version on the shleves in my local Tesco.
Unlike most cereals Coco Snaps come in a plastic bag rather than a bag inside a box. This doesn't really bother me, the only problem is if you forget to put a clip on the bag then you kind of get showered in Coco Snaps when you open the cupboard door. The packaging itself is nothing to shout about, it's the basic Tesco Value blue and red stripes against a white background featurig a picture of the Coco Snaps.
They look like Coco Pops, they smell like Coco Pops. They taste like Coco Pops. Okay they aren't quite up there with Coco Pops, they are somewhat lacking in chocolatey flavour, I think lack of cocoa but they still turn the milk chocolatey so for 66p for a 375g bag I think they're great!
I very rarely eat any kind of cereal but as I have two young boys who go through phases of wanting different cereals every day I usually need to look for the cheaper options.
Tesco Choco Snaps are currently only £1.57 for a 600g box I think this is the usual price as its Tescos own brand and much cheaper then coco pops which are £2.38 for a 350g box.
Considering these both taste the same (to me anyway) I think buying the Tesco's own brand is much more wise. (better then wasting money anyway I say).
Well for those of you who dont know about Choco snaps they are Toasted crisp rice coated with milk chocolate and just like coco pops they turn milk chocolatey.
Ingredients in this 600g box are:-
Rice, sugar, Milk chocolate (6%), fat reduced cocoa powder, Dextrose, salt, Barley malt extract, Niacin, Iron, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
The box is just the same as any cereal and is easy to open and the cereal is well packaged inside too.
As with many other cereals you just pour your required amount in to a bowl and add your milk and sugar if required and there you go enjoy.
My kids really enjoy this cereal and its usually gone within a week but at the price it is for the size of the box I will continue to buy it and I would deffinatley recommend it to anyone after a good tasting cereal.
my boys are fussy eaters at the best of times so if they are eating this it must be good.
Thanks for reading. x
My other half is on a money saving drive and in a bid to save a few pennies and stretch the finances further we have devised a list of every day products that can be bought a brand, and in some cases two brands, lower than what we currently buy.
There are some items where I buy the top brand and I refuse to go down, regardless, and the reason for my stubbornness is for a variety of different reasons. Breakfast cereals is not one of these items and rather than purchase Kellogs Coco Pops the decision had been made to try Tesco Basic Coco Snaps instead, which according to the back of the bag is "Chocolate flavoured crisp rice cereal".
Unlike most breakfast cereals, and as is the case with all Tesco Basic cereals, the coco snaps do not come in a cardboard box.
As with all the Tesco Basics range packaging, it is the typical red, blue and white livery and really boring. It is un-inspiring, unattractive, understated and does not 'yell' out to potential customers to pick the product up.
There is a bowl of the cereal on the front of the bag clearly showing what cereal the consumer is buying. This is required to avoid confusion since it would be easy to mix up a bag of Coco Snaps with a bag of Tesco Basic Frosted Flakes, for example.
At the end of the day this is breakfast cereal, it is not a luxury product and I am not overly concerned about how the packaging looks. As long as it carries out the function it was designed to, i.e. securely hold the product and not split or burst, then that is all that matters.
On a positive note I find that the bag is easier to dispose of than the cardboard box and bag insert, of most cereals, since it takes up less room. It is also creates less ash than its cardboard rival if burned.
71% of the product is rice flour, 3% is coco powder and the remaining 26% consists of sugar, barley, malt extract, glucose syrup, vegetable oil, emulsifier (soya lecithins) and flavouring. There are no surprising ingredients and nothing too bad for you.
There is an allergy advice in that the product contains soya and gluten. In addition to this there is Tescos standard disclaimer stating that although there are no nuts in the recipe, there can be no guarantee that the product is nut free. This disclaimer appears on items that would never contain nuts or traces of nut and seems a pointless Tesco policy.
A 30g serving with 125ml of semi skimmed milk contains:
i) 180Kcal (9% of the guideline daily amount)
ii) 12.1g of sugar (13% of the guideline daily amount)
iii) 2.9g of fat (4% of the guideline daily amount)
iv) 1.8g of saturated fat (9% of the guideline daily amount)
v) 0.2g of salt (3% of the guideline daily amount)
A 30g serving is ridiculously small and will not keep hunger at bay for those with the smallest of appetites, therefore, the above amounts should be scaled up accordingly.
The high sugar content is a concern and there is nothing that you can do about it. Some cereals allow the consumer to regulate the sugar as the cereal itself will contain traces and sugar will be added according to the consumer's taste. Coco snaps are not like this.
When the packet is opened there is a strong, but pleasant smell of chocolate, which is not unexpected. Whilst it is a strong smelling it seems to disappear when it comes to the taste.
The only taste is chocolate, which is not surprising since the small grains of rice are tasteless and are only present to add substance. I find that the chocolate taste does not last too long and soon dissipates. The taste appears to disappear in to thin air since the milk turns a light brown colour and gets a bit sweeter but not to a great extent.
The taste is not too dissimilar to rival products, like Coco Pops, although I would say that the chocolate is not so strong and does not last as long.
****How does the taste compare to similar products?****
A 30g serving of Coco Pops with 125ml of semi skimmed milk contains more or less the same nutritional information as Coco Snaps, although there is 4.9g more sugar, which is quite a lot.
Coco Pops is 6% cocoa, compared to Coco Snap's 3% cocoa, hence explaining the difference in the strength of the chocolate, taste and to what extent the 'milk turns chocolaty'.
Other than the above there doesn't appear too be too much more in it. The shape and size of the rice crispies are identical. There is still that 'popping' sound as the milk is poured over and the length of time it takes the rice crispies to go soggy is about the same.
Tesco Basic Coco Snaps cost 66 pence for a 375g bag, which is very reasonable. A 375g box of Coco Pops costs £2.06, which is more than 3 times as much!
Whilst the Coco Pops are 3 times the price they are not 3 times the flavour, nor are they 3 times better.
All in all I am quite pleased with the Tesco Basic Coco Snaps. They come in a convenient sized bag that is easy to dispose of, they are much cheaper than similar products and they contain less sugar per serving, which is always a bit of a bonus.
I appreciate that they do not contain as much cocoa, and hence are not such a strong taste, but this does not really bother me since whilst I like chocolate I do not like it to that extent.
I find there is still a snobbery when it comes to purchasing supermarket own brands, especially the bottom end products. People seem to be embarrassed to buy these products and are 'forced' to buy the premium brands at inflated prices, when in reality, there is not too much difference between the products. Most of it seems to be in the packaging, showing how superficial we are as a nation.