“ Type: Cereal „
I do love Weetabix, indeed; they were a staple of my childhood and as an adult I have continued in that stead. When I saw that they had released a new product - Weetabix Mini Crunch - I absolutely had to give it a go, and boy, am I glad that I did!
The box contains loads of miniature versions of a usual Weetabix "bisk", and each little bisk also has chocolate chips inside it, making for a delicious mixture of milk, chocolate and the soggy bisk that I love. It also means I don't care the bisks in sugar like I normally do with the regular brand, as the chocolate provides the flavour.
The main drawback, though, is that they aren't anywhere near as good for you as the regular bisks: while they're not so fatty, they are packed with carbs and sugars, and frankly it'd probably be healthier to just buy the original bisks and cake them in sugar yourself. How such little chocolate can generate so much sugar is beyond me!
This is a great brand that's especially delicious because of the mix of milk and chocolate, but is it a healthy way to kick off the day? Not really. I regard it more as a treat when I've had an especially healthy week of fruit and veg, and while I will generally stick to the regular brand, this is a delicious way to start the day, and it always gives me plenty of energy (and I should bloody expect so with all that sugar!). Still, if you want to let loose and indulge yourself a bit, this is one cereal worth picking up if you love the brand!
I'm not a big fan of the original Weetabix bars as I find the taste too bland and wheetie for me and was put off as a child but when I saw an advert for the new Weetabix Minis I thought I would give them a try. I am always looking for little bite size cereals/nibbles that I can eat through the day at work and something that is not too fattening and I thought these would be perfect.
They come in three different varities: chocolate crisp, honey and nut crisp and fruit and nut crisp. I decided to give the fruit and nut variety a try. I bought a box from sainsburys, they were 2 boxes for £2 or one box for £1.40 so I got 2 as I thought this was quite good value.
Basically they are little bite size pieces of wholegrain with a mixture of currents, hazlenuts and almonds. They are held together by a sweet glaze that give them a nice flavour. They are also very crunchy as well. I think the currents and nuts give them their flavour as they are not bland at all. You can eat them like a regular cereal or as nibbles through the day so quite a versitile cereal.
There are approximately 12, 36g servings in a box and each 36g serving contains only 129 calories and 1.7g of fat so an excellent snack choice. The packagin is quite eyecatching, just like the original weetabix box, a bright yellow colour and in my opinion is a good quality product, an excellent addition to the Weetabix family and I will definitely be trying out the other flavours soon.
I know some people say that they are a bit too dry to nibble on - well the answer is yes and no, they are a bit dry but it is just like nibbling on a crunchy biscuit, with a cup of tea or glass of milk as an accompaniment they are great. My friend came round for a quick breakfast eysterday and these were all I had in so she gave them a tried and loved them too. I suggested to her about eating them dry and she tried it and thinks it may be a snack that she has from time to time at work too.
I decided to ban all chocolate, crisps and biscuits from my house for the whole month of March. I was getting worried about the amount of rubbish we were all putting down our necks and wanted to try and crash dive into a healthier life style for the adults and the kids.
I have to say the kids are coping admirably and are eating fruit and veg like it is going out of fashion. This is great and I am really proud of them but I am not doing so well. I miss my chocolate snacks and sweet puddings so I needed to find something sweet to snack on that didnt really go too against the new rules of the house.
I saw Weetabix Minis in Sainsburys on offer for £2 for 2 boxes. Bargain I thought and promptly put 2 boxes of the chocolate crisp variety in my trolley.
The packaging is the same recognisable yellowy colour box. The weetabix logo is the same except it says MINIS underneath. It is a 450g box and inside is a sealed plastic bag containing the goodies.
When you open the bag there isnt really much of a smell. A bit of a cereal type smell but nothing amazing and no chocolate aroma!!!
Pouring myself out a bowl full, they look like little bricks. To be honest they dont even look like mini weetabix. The traditional weetabix in big blocks is all one colour and quite sort of smooth in appearance. The minis seem to be made up of larger oat type flakes all squashed together into a small brick shape. Squashed up with the oat flakes is (in my case) chocolate chips. These look delicious when you have been starved of chocolate for 13 days believe me!! They are pretty hard to the touch and just rattle around the bowl if you give it a shake.
I poured on some cold milk and tucked in. To begin with, the minis stayed quite hard and were really pleasant to eat. The oat flake bits crunched under my teeth and were very cereal based in taste and the chocolate chips were extremely noticeable to taste. When you got one it was a very different texture and taste to the oats and was simply delicious. However as the milk soaked in, I found the little brick shapes getting soggier and soggier and by the time I had finished the bowl they were all pretty sodden. Not a nasty taste but far less superior to the original taste when you start the bowl.
Later that day I got the munchies again and this time I poured a smaller bowl for myself and left out the milk. Eating them dry might not be to everyones taste but it is definitely my preferred method now. The biscuits stayed crunchy and delicious in my mouth and the chocolate chips seemed to be even tastier than before. All in all this was an ideal snack to have in the evening instead of a packet of crisps or chocolate bar. You can become a bit thirsty eating them like this though so I would recommend having a drink with it. Maybe a glass of milk that way you still get the same goodness from the milk but not in the same bowl making them soggy before you can eat them.
Weetabix state on the box that these minis are wholegrain, high in fibre and fortified with vitamins and irons.
Now in terms of dieting and real healthiness I dont personally think these are the best, but they are certainly delicious and if you stick to a few bowls a week it cant be that bad for you.
It tells me on the box that a 36g serving would give you 2.1g fat, 1.4g of saturates, 0.34g of salt and 136 calories.
In terms of recommended daily allowances a 36g serving will give us 31% of what we need per day (obviously!) of the following vitamins and minerals Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin, Folic Acid and iron.
In the list of ingredients Wholegrain Wheat is the first item listed and it says it is 74% of the make up of this cereal. That is good in my opinion and whilst there are far more healthier breakfast / snack ideas out there, this one fits the bill in my family. The kids love to eat it dry too.
Allergy advice The product contains wheat and soya and is produced on a line handling peanuts and tree nuts. (never knew trees had nuts! Lol)
Weetabix were currently updating their website when I tried to check out some more info for you but from memory I am sure they do these minis in two other flavours. One being banana and the other berries, but dont quote me on it. Their website is www.weetabix.co.uk when it finally comes back up if you would like to know more.
Overall I would recommend these although you do get a lot of what I call rubble in the bottom of the packet. The biscuits obviously break easily in transit and shelf stacking and I would say that every box has a least a bowl full of broken smashed up pieces of weetabix in the bottom of the bag. What a waste! Still the taste more than makes up for the loss so its still five out of five from the Bull family!!
Weetabix has always been a favourite of mine and is one of only a couple of cereals that I can actually eat without adding any sweetener. Weetabix are probably best known for their Wheat biscuit type cereal of which you have two or three, float in milk and then mash and eat-you know the sort? Anyway Weetabix have progressed (okay it might have been a while ago). Along side the normal Weetabix on the shelf you?ll now find a range of other Weetabix style products, and this includes the topic of this opinion ? Weetabix mini crunch with chocolate. Each packet of Weetabix mini crunch with chocolate comes in a 500gram size, and cost around £1.19. There are other flavours available in this range including banana, honey and fruit and nut. The box is attractively designed in yellow and brown colour, with pictures of tiny Weetabix and chunks of chocolate bursting towards you. The box is the size of the average Weetabix 24 pack. ~~~~So what are these Weetabix mini crunch? ~~~ When you open the pack you?ll find none other than tiny copies of its larger brother ? mini Weetabix! Hundreds of them all eager to get into your bowl and be consumed: Well okay hundreds may be an exaggeration but I am not about to count them. Hidden inside each of tiny cereal bites are some chocolate chips. ~~~So how do they taste? ~~~~ If you like Weetabix then you?re bound to like these. As a lover of Weetabix in any shape or form (But hating honey I guess I?ll miss the honey version) I can honestly say these are a welcome addition to the Weetabix family. They taste of normal Weetabix with the added benefit of chocolate. ~~~Are they good for you? ~~~ In a word no! Not really. You see the fat content 6.2g (3.3g saturates): while the carbohydrate content is Massive 73.3g (31.8g sugars): And sodium is 0.6g. Of course arguably the benefit would be its fairly healthy in fibre (6.7g) and nice to eat (All nutrition?s here per 100
g). ~~~Overall~~~ Weetabix is an extremely popular cereal biscuit and remains as popular today as it has ever been. Normal Weetabix is suitable for a soft diet, and a low fat diet, though I am not sure whether the same can be said of these smaller version with encase chocolate. Apart from the size of this smaller version, there is an obvious difference in as much as there seems to be a coating on the smaller version. This I am assured is to help them remain crunchy in milk ? something I personally don?t like ?I?m a soggy person (as to speak). The product has added ingredients of which include: GLUTEN, COWS MILK, and sugar. So they are not suitable for a lot of diets including sugar reduced, gluten free, etc. As someone on one of these diet I can only say in my defence that the reason I have tried this cereal is for the purpose of this opinion ? as to whether you believe that or not well you know me ? would I lie to you? A nice alternative is to eat them without milk straight from the box with a cuppa tea! My ratings: Packaging: 9/10 Taste: 10/10 Health benefits: 4/10 Value: 8/10 Overall: 9/10 Weetabix Limited, Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northants. A product I would highly recommend to anyone not on a special diet. Thanks for reading - Dave
Lightly toasted to stay crunchy in milk for longer and fortified with many of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy breakfast.