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Despite being 23 years old, I have a massive weakness for cereals aimed at kids - specifically chocolate ones! Every time I have bought one aimed at adults such as Special K I eat it for a couple of days and then it just sits in the cupboard because I find it boring. I have loved Coco Pops ever since I actually was a kid and didn't think they could top the original but since they have brought out the Coco Rocks I can't get enough of them! They are made up of chocolate balls of cereal (which I think taste pretty much identical to Nesquik except maybe a bit nicer) and oval shaped less chocolatey cereal pieces but with soft chocolate in the middle - MMMMMMMM!! I find that when you add milk, the cereal goes quick soggy but not excessively so. I like my cereal not too crunchy so I am saying this as a positive but people who are put off by soggy cereal should probably give this one a miss. I love this cereal so much that I sometimes eat in the evening and even sometimes forgo my usual weekend treat of a bacon butty for Coco Rocks!
I LOVE this cereal it's so nice, particularly the rugby ball shaped ones as these have a sort of melted chocolate inside them which melts and tastes lovely. The rounder ones are solid crunchy stuff all the way through and is a nice texture to have in the morning. Apart from chocolate croissants, this is my favourite breakfast due tot he taste and there is an equal amount of both types of the 'rocks.'
Obviously a bowl full of chocolate is not healthy which is why my parents rarely let me have them, especially as they cost a fair bit around £2.50 and the box is smaller than normal (and cheaper) cereals. This is also the main reason why my parents will only buy them occasionally and is a major disadvantage.
Kellpggs coco range is known for turning the milk into chocolate milk and i know, particularly for coco pops, that white milk doesn't taste good with cocopops unless you wait until its chocolatey and unfortunately the cocopops are gross and soggy. This product however, stays reasonably hard and the milk tastes fine with it even before its gone chocolatey. I recommend them as a treat for a one off and not a regular cereal as it is not only unhealthy but expensive and a small quantity.
5 stars for taste but the price lets it down :/
I really want some now...
I'm a bit of a sugar addict and I love to eat chocolately cereals for breakfast. My favourites are Coco Pops Original and Coco Shreddies. On my latest shopping trip I accidently bought a box of these humourously named 'Coco Pop Coco Rocks' cereal instead of their original rice version. Unfortunately for consumers the packaging for the two products is virtually identical - with both having bright yellow boxes and an impish monkey illustration.
This product is another cereal spin off from the original Coco Pops rice crispie cereal. It follows in the footsteps of Coco Pop Mega Munchers as the next 'big thing' in chocolate tasting cereal.
I had seen the television advertising for this (with the cute cartoon monkey gooning around) and I thought that the cereal actually looks quite fun, different and imaginative. It is described as being a mix of crunchy and soft chocolatey 'rocks'. It sounds like a chocoholics dream and seemed to promise a more hearty mouthful for those who find the rice crispie pieces not filling enough. So what's my verdict?
I'll begin with some good points! The cereal is a good source of fibre. As with all cereals, these are forified with vitamins and iron. The complete list of added vitamins is listed on the side of the box and includes a blend of B-vitamins which is great news for vegetarians. The cereals are comprised of four different grains which is a healthy mix. These are Maize (33%), Oats (9%), Rice (7%) and Wheat (6%). These are great for keeping the digestive system running smoothly.
The cereal is comprised of two different cereal shapes. One is a small hard ball that looks a lot like and is similar in consistency to the Nesquick cereal balls. The other is a dinosaur egg shape that is about 2cm in length. This 'egg' is the soft rock and inside it has a hollow centre which is thinly lined with chocolate spread, like a sort of nutella product. I have noticed that there are much less 'eggs' in the pack of cereal than there are of the harder, smaller balls.
When eating these with milk the hard balls retain most of their crunchiness but their outer layer becomes clogged up and sticky. The soft 'eggs' seem to absorb the liquid at a faster rate and although they keep their shape in the bowl will dissolve at once in your mouth. Unfortunately though they have a few hard bits in their make-up which get left behind after the rest has melted away. These hard bits are like bits of grit and they tend to lodge in your teeth.
The hard balls are a nightmare to bite into and I find that they range between being too hard to comfortably chew to being too sticky to be able to swallow. The cereals melt and stick to your teeth in a horrible way. They have a glue like quality in your mouth and just stick to the roof of your mouth, your tongue and your teeth. Every mouthful feels laborious and after each swallow I feel like my mouth has been stuffed with chocolate flavoured glue and paper mache!
As someone who regularly consumes Coco Pops (rice) I can state that the chocolatey flavour in these Coco Rocks is much less prominant than their big sister product. These are much milder and the formula doesn't 'turn the milk brown'. The chocolate paste inside the eggs is the most stunning flavour and texture though. It is smooth, sweet and has a pleasant cocoa bean sharpness. I have tried eating these 'eggs' on their own straight out of the packet and they have a nice flavour dry too. They could definately be eaten like a sweet snack but the texture remains very sticky regardless.
This might be the most unpleasant cereal I have ever eaten - not in terms of taste though. Taste wise they are okay but certainly not as good as any of the other big brand names making chocolate flavoured cereals. However, texture wise they are just hideous. They make me want to run to the bathroom and clean my teeth after every mouthful! I won't be buying any again!
This cereal provides per 100 grams:
9 grams of fat of which saturates 3.5g
0.75 grams of salt
3 grams of fibre
A 350 gram box provides around eleven 30 gram bowlfuls.
For more information about the Coco Pops brand and their products you can see their website at:
We did our shopping at Morrisons yesterday and we saw these for half price and as they are chocolate...!
Made by Kellogg's you would expect hem to be good, especially with a famous name like Coco Pops on the box. These 'Coco Rocks are boxed in a funky box; really colourful and eye-catching with the cheeky monkey on the front grinning away under an avalanche of cereal pieces and chunks of chocolate!
Each bar contains only 82 calories so you can see they are being marketed towards healthy eating as well as kids...
My box had a best before lasting until next may but they won't last that long, lol!
A Coco Rocks snack has weighs 20g which doesn't seem a lot but the cereal segments are really light so there is enough in one bar, and they are very sweet and sickly too.
The sugars are 9g and you can really tell, I don't feel it's necessary to put that much in as they are too sweet by far and are ruined even though the chocolate chunks are delicious and the top of the bar is drizzled in real chocolate too...
Each snack comes in its own wrapper for freshness and is great for lunchboxes and picnics, etc, plus there are only 2g of fat in each one so not too high considering the amount of chocolate in them.
The Chombo cereal equals 31% and the coco pops is 14%, and the chocolate flavoured coating is 12%. For allergists there are milk, barley and soy in the bars. One bar provides 4% of an adult's daily allowance.
The bars are very light but look awful, the sticky chocolate sauce that sticks the stuff together looks really artificial and nasty, and doesn't taste much better. The cocoa powder is really strong and nasty but I am torn with the rate as the little chocolate chucks were lovely!
Three stars I think, not good but not too bad I suppose :(
According to Kellogg's you can "crunch your way through these multigrain chocolaty rock formations, one hard and crunchy, and one with a soft chocolaty centre". But this is not a crunchy breakfast cereal unless you eat them without milk. To be perfectly honest, I find it difficult to understand how people can actually eat this stuff. This is the rocky horror show of breakfasts.
Coco Rocks are in many ways similar to coco pops and are equally as sickly... no they're not, they're definitely more sickly. As you pour them from the pack you'll find they consist of two different shapes: round balls and oval shapes. The oval ones contain a soft chocolate filling. After you've added the milk the rocks soon start to soften and the milk turns brown in the usual coco pop tradition. It's not long before you have what can only be described as a brown soggy gooey breakfast. The taste is sickly sweet.
Once again Kellogg's have gone out of their way to design another breakfast cereal junk food for kids. It's as if they want to turn us into an obese nation over night. Kellogg's Coco Pops Coco Rocks is junk food. Such cereals are so often promoted on the basis of the nutrients they contain, rather than on the types of food, ingredients or additives of which they consist. Coco Rocks, which are one-third sugar, are prominently promoted on the basis of the added vitamins and minerals. Coco Rocks have added iron. Big deal! The focus on nutrients is intended to confuse the consumer into thinking cereals like this are healthy. This is not a healthy cereal. This is trash food for trashy lifestyles. This is junk food that will give dentists overtime.
A 600g box will cost you about £2.80, but I recommend that you don't buy this junk and don't give it to your kids no matter how much they beg.
My kids love these! To be perfectly honest, they don't appeal to me in the slightest - they're expensive at over £2 per 350g box, they're loaded with chocolate, and they turn the milk very chocolatey very quickly. Anyone who has read my other reviews will know I commented about Coco Pops Moons and Stars turning the milk chocolatey, but really Moons and Stars only turn it slightly chocolatey, and then it's really just at the end. Coco Rocks turn it really chocolatey pretty much from the outset.
However, I don't buy them for me, I buy them for the kids, and the milk turning chocolatey is one of the things they actually like about this cereal!
The cereal is primarily made up of small chocolate multigrain 'rock formations' with a handful of rugby ball shaped chocolate shapes which have a soft chocolate coated centre. There are always fewer of these rugby ball shaped pieces than the others, and it's always a source of tension when we get to the bottom of the packet and the kids are arguing about who got the most! I think they'd probably be happy if the entire cereal was just made up of the rugby ball shaped pieces.
According to the box, a 350g pack should provide 11 x 30g servings. Maybe we use bigger bowls than they do, I'm sure we don't get 11 servings out of a packet! Mind you, my kids go through at least two bowls a day, one for breakfast, then they usually like another after school while waiting for their tea - and sometimes they'll sneak another bowl for supper! I console myself with the thought that, even though it's loaded with chocolate, at least it has vitamins, and at least it's encouraging them to drink milk!
Oh, and importantly, it's suitable for vegetarians!
Coco Pops Rocks From Kelloggs
Cereal is something I love and I seem to go through boxes of the stuff. I can find that getting the same old sort is rather tiresome and I usually try and try newly released products or ones that are on special offer and I have yet to try.
These Coco Pops Rocks were on special offer in Tescos a few weeks ago and I think it was something like £2.50 pence for two boxes. They are smaller than most boxes but they are rather heavy and contain a lot of Rocks inside. They are fairly new out on to the market and no one I knew had tried them yet so I thought I would give them ago. These chocolate flavoured breakfast cereals I always find rather expensive and no always the best thing to be eating first thing in the morning. I do like to snack on them throughout the day or evening so I dont mind buying chocolate flavoured from time to time.
Seeing as they were so cheap I bought them straight away and couldnt wait to get home to munch on them. I was rather disappointed however and found that I wont be buying them again ever!
They are basically balls of chocolate rather larger than Coco Pops mixed in with oval shaped Rocks, which are like wafer on the outside, but houses a chocolate spread like ingredients on the inside. Now I always have my cereal with ice cold milk as I find this gives the best taste and when eating chocolate cereal its like you get a milkshake as well. The large chocolate balls are dark brown in colour and these dont taste too bad. They are super crunchy and a lot harder in texture than the standard Coco Pops. They dont however seem to turn the milk chocolate coloured at all. The chocolate stays well on the Rocks and there was no chance of me getting my chocolate milkshake on the side!
What I really didnt like about this cereal was the other Rocks in the packet. There were less of these in a packet, I would say a 10 to 1 ratio, thank god. As I say they oval in shape and about an inch long. They are a light beige coloured wafer and the chocolate spread inside tastes very strange against the cold milk when you eat them mixed in with the other rocks. These larger oval rocks dont seem to mix well with the other Rocks in the packet and these certainly wont have any affect on turning my milk chocolate.
Overall to eat they are certainly not the best cereal about and one that I was glad to get to the bottom of. I wont be buying them again now or in the future. The oval Rocks need to be taken out but then I think Kelloggs have released a cereal like this already onto the market. These oval Rocks dont taste in the least bit nice and in the end I would pick them out before eating a bowl.
If you have yet to try these Coco Pops Rocks and have been thinking about it then I would suggest you stay well clear. They are not really worth the cost at the bargain price that I paid for them let along paying the standard retail price. I would say think twice before you buy when looking at the Kelloggs Coco Pops rocks.
A chocolatey landslide. Wow.