“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Flakes „
Me and my family are big fans of cereal, not just for breakfast but as a light snack too, so we do go through a lot! One of our favourites is Kellogg's 'frosties', however I had to stop buying these for a while because I just couldn't fathom the price - cereal is so expensive! But on searching for cheaper alternatives I found these, Tesco's own version of 'frosties', called 'frosted flakes' and they are now a regular occurrence in our house as a replacement of the branded version.
~ Price & Availability ~
Tesco's frosted flakes are only available to buy in Tesco's - hence the name, however other supermarkets also do their own versions of frosties too, but I can't comment on how they compare as I'm yet to try them. Tesco's frosted flakes are available to buy in two sizes, a 500g box for £1.55 and a 750g box for £2.09, a 'free from' wheat and gluten box is also available for £2.00 (as of 21/02/14 on Tesco's website). In comparison to Kellogg's, buying Tesco's frosted flakes will save you around 74p for a 500g box and 60p for a 750g box, which is quite a considerable saving, particularly if you are buying more than one box or buying them on a regular basis as it all soon adds up.
~ Frosted flakes? ~
For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about and keep wondering what on earth these Kellogg's frosties are that I keep comparing Tesco's frosted flakes too, they are described as 'sugar frosted flakes of corn, fortified with vitamins and iron'.
~ Packaging ~
Tesco's frosted flakes come in a blue box, with a large surfing penguin on the front holding a box of the frosted flakes. It's a very fun looking design and its aim is to clearly attract their target audience, children. The penguin is part of the Tesco's cereal 'gang', as each of the different cereals have a different member of the gang to represent them. Also on the front of the box there is a simpler version of the nutritional information breakdown, which is useful when you are just glancing and comparing to other cereals, rather than having to spend a long time reading the full table on the back.
On one of the sides of the box is the allergy advice, ingredients list, dietary needs, a full nutritional contents breakdown, storage and disposal information and tesco's promise with contact details. On the other side there is images of all of the other members of the tescos cereal 'gang', displaying other cereals available in the range.
On the back of the box there are some puzzles and games ideal for keeping the kids entertained and a recipe that you can use the frosted flakes in, the box I have to hand has a recipe for 'frosted snowballs'.
The cereal inside of the box is contained in the usual thick plastic bag, in order to keep the cereal fresh I would recommend folding down this bag after use and securing it with a food clip and then re-closing the box using the slots provided or alternatively putting the cereal into an airtight container.
~ Appearance, smell, taste & texture ~
On opening the box I really don't think you can tell the difference between these and frosties, they are little golden flakes with a sugar frosting. As far as I can tell they are the same size and shape as frosties, the only thing that may be slightly different is that these may be slightly thicker, but that really is on close examination.
They smell slightly sweet, but not overpoweringly artificial. As far as taste goes, nobody in my family even questioned if these were frosties or not, the difference, if any is very minor. They are sweet, but not so sweet that it's sickly and this is balanced with the corn flakes themselves.
Their texture is nice and crunchy, with a nice feeling of substance rather than eating air, as it can seem with some cereals. They are of a fair thickness and stay fairly crunchy in milk for a reasonable amount of time and don't go immediately soggy. The sugar from the flakes gives the milk a slightly sweet flavour too, which is great if you're not a huge fan of milk anyway, like me.
I enjoy this cereal without milk sometimes when I just want a handful to snack on, however they are obviously quite dry without liquid but most cereals are.
~ Other information ~
Suitable for vegetarians
each 30g serving without milk contains:
The sugar content is quite alarming, but they are 'frosted' flakes, so you can't really expect anything less.
The ingredients list is simple and short which is always good to see, its nice to know what's actually in what you're eating:
Maize, sugar, barley and vitamins
It actually contains nine different vitamins and minerals! excellent! Including vitamin D, B and iron.
~ Overall opinion ~
For a cheaper alternative to Kellogg's frosties these are ideal, you really can't tell the difference unless you deliberately examine them looking for differences, there's definitely nothing obvious. Once taken out of the box nobody in my family can tell these aren't a branded cereal - they taste more or less exactly the same. The only downfall I can find is the sugar content, but it seems that its difficult these days to find a cereal that actually tastes of anything that has a low sugar content.
Overall I would highly recommend Tesco's frosted flakes, I don't see any reason to buy the branded version, especially if you're trying to save some pennies!
I thought I would try Tesco Frosted Flakes when my son once again requested Kelloggs Frosties whilst out shopping.
Thankfully he is still at the age where he is not tempted by branded products and seemed quite happy to exchange the box picturing Tony the Tiger for the cheaper version picturing two very cold looking foxes wearing scarves!
The Tesco variety cost £1.37 for a 750g box, in comparison, Frosties are £2.00, so quite a saving.
I must admit, I have now eaten a few bowls myself and can taste no difference between the cheaper and the more expensive product.
The sugar coated flakes are very crunchy (if not a little too sweet my my personal taste!) and do not go soggy when they are covered in milk.
They are not in the bowl long enough to determine how long they will last before they do lose their crunch!
Tesco describe the flakes as 'sugar frosted flakes of corn, fortified with vitamins and iron'. This means that the vitamins and iron have been added to the flakes because the vitamins and iron they originally contained were lost in the refining process. I watched a tv programme on this subject a while ago and it did put me off eating cereals for a while!!
The flakes obviously aren't the healthiest cereal on the market. A 30g serving contains 26.5g of carbohydrate - of which are sugars 11.4g.
Fibre is at a minimum at 0.6g as is the salt equivalent 0.3g.
Each bowl contains 115kcal.
Tesco do suggest that adding a handful of fruit will count as one of your five a day - do we really need this sort of information? I could add a handful of fruit to anything and it would count towards my five a day. Perhaps they should go further and suggest serving with apple juice as opposed to milk, hey presto I've now achieved two of my five a day!!
As far as breakfast cereals go, this is a quick and tasty start to the day, although it is not something I would serve to my child very day. A couple of times a week is fine but I think it they are best given as a treat (he has been known to eat them at supper time).
Give them a try, I don't think you will be disappointed!
My mum brought these Frosted Flakes from Tesco last week and they're not that bad and mega cheap at £1.15 for a 500g bag. I don't eat Kelloggs Frosties that much so can't see much of a difference between them and these cheaper ones.
The flakes are a bit thicker and crunchier than normal Kelloggs corn flakes but that doesn't bother me, actually I prefer the texture of these because they take longer to go soggy in the milk. The only problem is that once they start going soggy they get mega wet and sloppy dead quick so you're better off to eat your bowl of cereal as fast as possible.
It's very sweet and it feels to me like there's a lot more sugar on these than on Kelloggs Frosties but like I said I haven't had proper Frosties in ages so I can't say for sure. The sugar goes lovely with the taste of the corn flakes and it saves me having to add sugar to my cereal.
The weird thing about these is that they have got quite a greasy aftertaste, I say it's weird because before you add the milk the flakes are mega dry. I don't know where this aftertaste comes from because there's nothing greasy in the ingredients list, it's kinda an oily taste that lingers in the back of your throat for a few minutes after you've eaten them.
I think for the price this cereal is wicked. It comes in a bag so before you open them you need to have an airtight container to tip them into, you should deffo do this because these cheaper cereals always go stale a lot quicker than the brand cereals.
We've chucked the bag away now but I've just had a look on the Tesco website and a serving of these Frosted Flakes contian 180 calories, Tesco don't say on there what a serving is but with cereal it's usually 30g and I reckon you'd get loads of these for that weight.
Because of my lingering cold I have been feeling sorry for myself and have grown tired of having "healthy" breakfasts of muesli and 'wholegrain goodness cereals'. As I was in Tesco the other day and wanted to try something a bit different on a morning I picked up Tesco's own take on an old favourite "Frosties" and at a fraction of the price of the big brand name I figured I didn't have that much to lose.
The box is simply but attractively designed in a blue colour with a bowl of flakes pictured on the front. You can't help but notice the name "Frosted Flakes" and its contents are described as being "sugar frosted flakes of corn" you are advised that the flakes are "A source of folic acid" and "Fortified with vitamins and iron"
When filling your bowl you notice straight away that they look almost identical to Frosties albeit slightly smaller in size, the sugar coating isn't that apparent and there is no smell that can be detected. All you need to do is add your required amount of milk and away you go - the first thing that hits you is the sweetness of the flakes, they are very, very sweet and sugary and the flakes themselves are crisp and crunchy. Chewing the flakes releases all the flavours and once you get over the initial surprise of the sweetness they make a delicious breakfast.
Apart from high sugar content I was surprised to see that these flakes are actually not that bad nutrition wise with a 30 gram serving providing you with:
1.5g saturated fat
So all in all not too bad really. Obviously I knew they were going to be high in sugar but even with regular cornflakes I usually add a little anyway (not 17.7 grams though!) but for an own brand version of the big brand equivalent I really couldn't detect that much of a difference.
My big 750 gram box only cost around £1.50 and when you compare this to what the same size box of "Frosties" cost - £2.37 there really is a significant saving for the same taste. Overall I do recommend these for the taste and price and whilst you may be concerned about the amount of sugar contained sometimes you just have to buy on impulse and enjoy them for what they are.
An honest rating from me would be 4/5 Dooyoo stars, they are very sweet and do take a couple of spoonfuls before you get used to the taste but for the price and value for money you can't go wrong.
I eat cereal on a regular basis & my home always has lots of different types of cereal on the go at once. Frosties are something that both my wife & I both like to eat, so we always seem to have some at home. Being keen to save money & regluar purchasers of Tesco's value lines, we thought that we would try their Frosted Flakes.
When we bought them, we were happy with them. There isn't a lot of difference between these & the more famous Kelloggs brand name pack. The flakes are just as sweet & haven't been made with hardly an sugar. They have a nice colour & a good texture. If there is any difference, then it is possibly that the Tesco Flakes are a little thicker than the brand name. You can buy them in a plastic bag of 500 grams, or in 500 gram or 750 gram boxes. We tend to buy them in the boxes as it helps make sure they don't get broken into little pieces.
I would certainly recommend them to anyone. They taste just as nice as a brand name, but they offer a really good saving. Definitely worth considering swapping these into your trolley in my opinion.
After recently praising a particular item from the Tesco value range I am now going to slaughter another. It is very up and down with Tesco`s value products and when trying their Tesco value frosted flakes it was very much one of the downs.
These are designed to be a cheap option to buying Kellogg's frosties but the only reason I know that is because of the name, because after eating them I would have had no idea what they were meant to be.
The first problem with these is unlike other cereals they do not come in a box but merely in a bag with the typical Tesco value logo n it and this leads to the flakes becoming a bit broken and I found there was a huge amount of flakes in the bottom of the bag that were now nothing but a fine powder.
The taste is the next worry for me and also the texture, these flakes are very hard when dry unlike the Kellogg's flakes, if you crush a Kellogg's flake between two fingers it will crumble but the Tesco ones snap, yet as soon as you add the milk they almost instantly go soggy and I hate soggy cereal.
Ok price wise they may seem a real bargain at only 49p for a 500g bag compared with the Kelloggs option at over £1.60 for the same amount but they are so bad in taste and poor in quality that it really is false economy in my opinion.
As soon as these flakes hit the milk or should I say the milk hits these flakes? The flakes go very soggy and this means that the sugary coating which gives the flakes their name is lost and what you are left with is a bowl of soggy corn flakes in a very sweet sugary milk which is not nice at all.
Breakfast, one of the most important meals of the day. Apart from fry ups, cereals are one of my favourite choices for a quick and easy breakfast that really fills you up and keep you going.
I have always enjoyed Frosties by Kellogs, at the time I had concluded that it was the best breakfast cereal after first tasting it. The taste is great, but it is quite expensive to consume it on a daily basis.
I couldn't actually believe my eyes when I saw the Tesco Value Frosted Flakes, at first I assumed that Kellogs had came up with a new packaging for Frosties. Upon taking a closer look, I noticed the difference in the price which was fantastic news to me.
The packaging for the product is quite good, it has a blue background and the words are in blue and white which gives it a bit of a contrast. There is also a picture of the product itself being served with milk, which really makes you crave for it.
When you open it the flakes are stored in a "frosted" bag, which lets you see what is inside but it is not clear and see through. The bag itself is quite strong, therefore it can be used to store the flakes after you open it instead of putting it into a container. However, once you cut an opening you must be careful not to accidently rip it.
The taste of the flakes itself are not as good as the ones by Kellogs, it is sweet, but it just lacks the quality that you get with Kellogs which is not the end of the world, but it is still nice to eat. When you look at the layer of sugar it is slightly thinner than the ones on Frosties, this does make it slightly less sweet.
I have enjoyed eating this alternative, because it is cheaper and a good choice if you enjoy having a sweet breakfast. For the price of less than 1 pound for the bigger box, it is a great way to get your sugar fix for less.
We eat cereal every day in our house, and quite often we will go for cheaper brands to save a few pennies. One brand that I remember having at Uni is this Tesco Value equivalent to Kelllogg's Frosties: their Frosted Flakes.
The Flakes are contained in a white sealed plastic bag, strong enough to seal, don't confuse my description with a carrier bag! It's easy to confuse with other TV cereal products, but there is a picture on the front to help you make sure you're picking up the right thing.
Nutritionally, there's not much difference between these flakes and Frosties, with perhaps the main difference being that these actually contain more fat, albeit minimal. So, down to taste. I remembered quite liking these when I was a student, and was hoping that they would still be just as good. The ingredients are pretty standard in terms of flakes of corn with sugar, and surely, therefore, they'll be nice?
Well, they were okay. I don't really have sugar on my cereal anymore, but found that these had just enough sugar on them to pass muster. They certainly weren't as generous with the sugary side of things as Frosties, but maybe I should just consider this is better for you! The taste is okay, although the difference is instantly recognisable, the flakes being rather bland in comparison to Frosties. Not cardboard, by any means, but you can tell you're eating a budget product.
In terms of price, these ones win. Tesco Value Frosted Flakes come in at around the 50p mark for a 500g bag, whereas Frosties cost about £1.60. This, of course, depends on where you get your cereal from. Prices of Frosties will vary from place to place.
So, overall, yes, you pay a cheaper price, but you do get a reduction in quality from a brand such as Kellogg's. I'll hsppily have these on occasion, but would much rather have a higher quality. I guess my taste buds have recovered from being a student!
I've bought these on a few occasions in order to save money, but I really would not recommend them. The extra that you have to pay for standard Tesco own brand Frosted Flakes is worth it.
They come in a plastic bag instead of a box - it's like the bag you normally get inside the cereal box, just with the product name and info on it. This could be a storage problem but I always use a plastic cereal storage box so it wasn't for me.
The flakes are a lot smaller and thicker than most brands or supermarket own ones. They are much harder when you crunch them, rather than just being light and crunchy. Also, they are covered in a solid white layer of sugar, which looked to me much more obvious than on other brands.
The taste is not good. There isn't much taste, that's the problem. But it wasn't like they were cornflakes, it was even more tasteless. I didn't even finish the pack. The hard texture I could manage, but I need taste in my breakfast.
So yes you could buy these and save some money, but I really wouldn't recommend it - if you're trying to cut costs, this is one area to spend a little more on to get something nice.
We always buy Tesco Value Frosted Flakes, which are also known as the poor family's Frosties, and no-one has ever complained yet!
They cost around 80 pence for the full size packet, and the design is the usual basic Tesco Value packaging: You know the one, red , white and blue stripes.
Instead of a cardboard box, what you get is a plastic bag, sealed at the top, with a sort of waxy looking finish.
I guess this is just one way of keeping the cost down. Obviously this means that it is harder to store them as they are - you can't stand them in a row with other cereal boxes, however this is not a problem for us because we have a plastic flip top cereal box which is just the job.
Looking at them, and comparing them to brand name Frosties, the only difference I can see is that maybe the flakes are slightly smaller, however this doesn't matter because you just fill your bowl to whatever level you want of course!
Other than that, they look the same - like cornflakes but with a white 'frostie' coating.
Sampling them, the taste and quality seem exactly the same as other brands to me, and my six year old has never noticed or complained.
My view is, something like frosted flakes are junk food anyway, so there is no point in getting precious about the ingredients (By the way, I am not totally irresponsible, she alternates frosted flakes with natural porridge, lol)
She likes to eat them without milk on (it takes all sorts!) but will occasionally have a splash of milk on - you must eat them quickly after that, before they get soggy!
They do still contain added vitamins and minerals, as well as a whole load of sugar ! Oh well....
Overall, I am going to keep on buying Tesco Value Frosted Flakes, and I would recommend them to anyone who already buys frosted flakes or Frosties, and who is looking to cut costs.
Oh, and they still make excellent cornflake cakes :)
I thought I would try these Tesco frosted flakes for a change as they are so much cheaper than the leading brand.I was very surprised!!!! They are crisp and crunchy and they have just the right amount of sugar on them as sometimes I have found that the leading brand of frosties are just a bit too sweet,the frosted flakes do not tend to go sloppy in the milk they do stay quite crispy.Another bonus I have found is that you can buy these in a couple of different sized boxes I prefer the medium sized box as the really large one will not stand up in my cupboard.All in all I think these are fantastic and my family agree I will carry on buying these instead of the leading brand I usually buy.I will be saving myself a bit of money on each box too which is good especially in this day and age.
In the bid to penny pinch even further and following the success of the Coco Snaps I thought I would try the frosted flakes to see how these compare to the premium brand.
Premium brands are packaged in a sealed plastic bag that in turn is kept within a cardboard box that clearly displays the branding of the product. The box will be bright, colourful and attractive in order to entice the public to buy the product. The supermarket will display the premium brands at eye level since these make the largest margins.
In contrast Tesco displays it's own branded frosted flakes in a bag that is in the well- known value colours of red, white and blue. There is no box, there are no bright vivid colours or character branding and the packets are displayed at the bottom of the shelf.
On the front of the bag there is a picture of a bowl of frosted flakes so that the customers know what the bag contains since it is easy to mistake this bag for a bag of Tesco value Coco Snaps for example.
The Tesco packaging will never win any awards for originality or attractiveness but it is functional, i.e. it holds or the cereal in and it keeps it safe, and there is less of it and it is easier to dispose of than that of premium brands, so I am doing my bit for the environment as well.
The main ingredients include maize, sugar, dextrose, barley, malt extract, iron, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamine, folic acid, vitamin D and vitamin B12.
The ingredients are those found in all frosted flake breakfast cereals and there is nothing out of the ordinary.
A 30g serving with 125ml of semi skimmed milk provides:
i) Energy - 175kcal
ii) Protein - 5.6g
iii) Carbohydrate - 32.8g
iv) Sugars - 17.7g
v) Fat - 1.2g
vi) Saturates - 1.5g
vii) Fibre - 0.6g
viii) Sodium - 0.2g
For comparison purposes a 30g serving of Frosties with 125ml of semi skimmed milk provides:
i) Energy - 170kcal
ii) Protein - 4.5g
iii) Carbohydrate - 33g
iv) Sugars - 18g
v) Fat - 0.5g
vi) Saturates - 1.5g
vii) Fibre - 2g
viii) Sodium - 0.6g
Based on the nutritional information there is not too much in it other than the Tesco value version contains a lot more fat. Personally, I cannot see how this differential arises.
Despite this the Tesco value Frosted Flakes are not that bad for you and should set you up for the day.
A 500g bag of Tesco Frosted Flakes costs £0.49 whereas a 500g bos of Frosties costs £1.60. The price differential is huge and in pure financial terms it makes a lot more sense to buy the Tesco Value version.
****My experience and opinion****
The Tesco Value Flakes are not nice at all and when the flakes are dry I can only liken the texture to that of cardboard. Once the milk is added these flakes go soggy very quickly and they soon lose the sweet, sugary coating.
You'd think that it disappears in to the milk and makes the milk sweet, like it does with Frosties, but this does not appear to happen with these flakes. The sweet taste seems to disappear in to the ether and evaporate.
Whilst the premium branded Frosties are more than 3 times the price of these paying the extra and going premium is definitely worth it. Tesco do another frosted flake cereal, served in a box, that is a bit more expensive but I am unable to comment on these as I have never tried them. There are some things you can go a couple of brands lower on and some things you can't and the frosted flakes are in the latter category.
I can't quite understand how the Tesco value Coco Snaps are so close to the premium brand and the Tesco value Frosted Flakes are so far away from the premium brand. It really is strange.
So, would I recommend Tesco value Frosted Flakes? Definitely not. Whilst exceptionally cheap they have the texture of cardboard, taste awful, quickly go soggy when milk is added and lose their sweetness very quickly.