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      18.03.2013 00:30
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      A tasty not-too-sugary cereal for all the family.

      I'm reviewing RICE KRISPIES, my favourite cereal at the moment.
      These come in three sizes....
      700g,costing approx £3.50-£3.80 per box.
      510g,costing £2.50-£2.80 per box.
      340g,costing £2.10-£2.30 per box.
      I'm told there is another size at 22g but I've not seen it on sale yet,& that seems rather a small box,so I assume it is an individual serving.

      The ingredients are,
      .... rice, sugar, salt, glucose-fructose syrup, barley malt flavouring, niacin, iron, vitamin b6, riboflavin (b2), thiamin (b1), folic acid, vitamin b12.

      I hadn't had these for years & I used to love them so I was sure that buying them again would disappoint because that is often the case I think. You remember things as perfect, then the reality lets you down. These didn't. They are every bit as good as I remembered & I can't think why I stopped buying them.

      I'm weight watching at present,(though not on a strict diet as such) & these seem to fit in fine as I'm losing an easy one or two pounds per week just from using these for breakfast & for late night snacks on the nights I feel overly hungry at bed-time, while otherwise eating reasonably sensibly .

      We often have tiny visitors stopping over & occasionally have my niece's little ones in the early mornings as well, and I am more than happy to feed them Rice Krispies for breakfast or before bed for "bed time breakfast' if they are sleeping over. They are filling and not overly sugary like many cereals are,so their mum is happy to endorse them.

      Simple and filling puffed rice that can be served with hot milk OR cold depending on your taste .

      One thing I would point out....the "Barley Malt Flavouring" in them will possibly contain a miniscule amount of gluten which is fine for most of us but just might possibly affect anyone with extremely sensitive celiac issues.Worth noting I should think.

      Overall these are a great little cereal and most definitely not just for children.

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      28.09.2012 18:03

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      Always have and always will love them.

      Rice krispies have to be one of the best cereals available. I've eaten them ever since I used to get up early morning to go to school and till this day I don't get sick of them. I do switch up between chocolate muesli, Frosties and corn flakes and they all have their own unique goodness about them. I always have a variety of cereal in my breakfast cupboard because I find that everyone wakes up in some sort of mood. For me, I wake up in the rice krispies mood at least thrice a week.
      I buy the 510g box and it does last me at least three weeks, sometimes four. I also buy it when it is on offer, for 1.34. Cereal can be expensive, over 2 pounds, and if I can get it on offer then I'd be a fool not to take it! The box has always been the same, a bright blue box with the characters snap, crackle and pop on it! Brings back memories to be honest. Inside is a thick plastic packet full of rice krispies which are crunchy, fresh and just delicious. That's all there is to explain really. There is not much to them in terms of flavor but they just taste really good especially with cold milk poured over them and a teaspoon of sugar sprinkled on top. I also love to make rice krispies cakes which are basically rice krispies covered in chocolate and left to set. It makes a delicious quick dessert for the kids! And who says cereal is just for breakfast. If I'm feeling a little hungry during the night, a bowl of cereal in front of the television is the perfect treat!

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      19.08.2011 19:32
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      Would get 5 * if gluten free

      I love breakfast, it's my favourite meal of the day. I try to have a different cereal every morning and one of my favourites is Rice Krispies.

      At first you think they are pretty dull, interesting and might lack flavour- that thought is wrong, they are delicious and fun!

      They come in a bright blue box in either 340g or 510g and in some supermarkets a 700g box which sells for around £3.67. The smallest box sells for around £1.99 and the 510g box for £2.68. But very often on offer at reduced prices. The cereal is fortified with B vitamins and iron and is suitable for vegetarians. There is nutritional information on the side of the box. The box is brightly coloured so that is appeals to children, but i'm an adult and it appeals to me too. It makes it stand out on the shelf.

      Rice Krispies are small puffed grains of rice and they famously snap, crackle and pop (and they really do) If you leave them in milk for a while then like all cereal they lose there structure and become soggy, but still taste good!

      They are light to taste and dont taste overally sweet as they dont contain an awful lot of sugar!

      The nutritional information per 20g serving (which doesn't include values for milk)

      Calories: 76
      Sugars: 2g
      Fat: 0.2g
      Saturates: Trace
      Salt: 0.3g

      The only negative I would say is that these are not suitable for coeliacs, you think they would be being rice! If you want gluten free rice krispies then you will need to buy supermarket own brand version or go across to America and buy kelloggs gluten free rice krispies!

      What I also like to do with rice krispies is that they are great for baking with! Kids love to make marshmallow square or easter nests! There are lots of recipes available on their website.

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      23.07.2011 01:21
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      A good cereal from a simple concept

      Most people will have heard of Rice Krispies by now, after all they have been around for over 80 years. Made by the famous Kellogg's company, Rice Krispies are simply pieces of rice that have been cooked, dried and toasted. This process causes them to puff up and become hollow, in turn making them crispy. When milk is added to the cereal it causes the Krispies to break down which creates snapping, crackling and popping sounds. Based upon this effect are the cartoon characters named Snap, Crackle and Pop, who feature on the cereal boxes, adverts and such.

      When it comes to cereal I kind of go through phases of having none for weeks to eating it a couple of times a day. I rarely eat cereal in the morning, but often end up eating a bowl or two in the evening and these are a favourite of mine. To me, Rice Krispies are one of the staples of the cereal world, along with the likes of Corn Flakes. They're not the most flavourful of cereals, but they are a good reliable cereal which has been around a long time and that most people are familiar with.

      It's hard to describe the taste of Rice Krispies, which is probably due to the fact that I don't actually think they have much taste. I find them quite bland, but at the same time, there's something about them that lures me in. I do tend to get bored of these easily as there is not much going on flavour wise. For this reason, I like to have a bowl of part these, part another cereal, just to make them a little more interesting.

      Aside from being eaten in a bowl as cereal, Rice Krispies can be used to make a number of different treats. One of the first things I remember making with mum when little was chocolate Krispie cakes. They're really simple for kids to make. It was the other day after attempting to make breakfast bars with Krispies that I decided to review them. They didn't quite go according to plan and I found out after that there are quite a few nice, simple looking recipes on their website (http://www.kelloggs.co.uk/whatson/ricekrispies/).

      Nutritionally, I do not feel guilty about eating these and feel that they are relatively good for you as they are high in complex carbs for slow energy release. As with most cereals aimed at kids, they do contain a certain amount of sugar, but they also have added vitamins and minerals. At 115 calories per 30g serving they seem to be around an average level compared with other cereals.

      Despite saying that these are somewhat flavourless, I still rate them highly and I think what I mean is that this is a no frills cereal. You get what you see, no chocolate coating/frosting/honey. It's a stripped back cereal that I really enjoy and would recommend.

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        03.04.2010 01:16
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        Grab a bowl and eat it quick!

        Kelloggs Rice Krispies are one of my favourite breakfast cereals. Although I don't particularly enjoy breakfast I always eat something and have tried many different cereals in order to get the day off to a good start. After all breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.

        Kelloggs are famous for making breakfast cereals and have been around for years so you can be sure that they are of high standard.

        Each Rice Krispie is made from a single grain of rice. Rice Krispies are a pale golden colour with little bubbles in them. When you pour the milk on them, they make the 'snap crackle and pop' sound that we are so the familiar with from the advertising campaigns. This makes them particularly appealing to children who put their ears to the bowl to listen eagerly for the sound.

        Rice Krispies come in a large blue box with cartoon pictures of the characters Snap Crackle and Pop listening to a bowl of Rice Krispies making the popping sound. It is a very childlike picture so appealing to children directly or to parents buying it for their children. On the back of the pack is a recipe for making Krispie Choco-Chip Popsicles.

        My box was 450g and stated that it contained 15 30g servings and is suitable for vegetarians. The cardboard box is recyclable so it is good for the environment. Inside the box is a white plastic bag containing the Rice Krispies. This should be folded over after opening to keep the cereals fresh and stop them becoming soft. I use a clothes peg to seal mine up.

        Ingredients
        As well as rice they contain Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Barley Malt Flavouring, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid and Vitamin B12.

        A bowlful is 115 calories which is 6% of your daily calorie allowance.
        Rice Krispies are low in fat containing only 1g of fat (2.5g if using semi-skimmed milk) per 30g serving.

        I like Rice Krispies because it is a light breakfast cereal that is both crunchy and satisfying. I don't like too much milk with mine and find that it is best to eat the bowlful quite quickly because if you let the milk soak in for too long the Rice Krispies become rather soggy. I think they are certainly sweet enough and certainly don't need any sugar added to them.
        I also enjoy making Krispie cakes by stirring a cupful of Rice Krispies into a bowl of melted chocolate. Lovely!

        Although the advertising is geared towards children they are equally suitable for adults too especially as they are low in fat. Rice Krispies can be eaten at any time of day and I enjoy a bowl in the evenings too so they are not just for breakfast times.

        You can buy Rice Krispies at any supermarket. I bought mine on special offer and paid £1.48 for 450g.

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          22.03.2010 17:28
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          No different to the cheaper supermarket own brands

          Kellogg's Rice Krispies have been about for yonks, apparently since 1928, made from rice grains that are cooked, dried and toasted, this produces a cereal which puffs up and when it is introduced to milk creates the famous Snap, Crackle and Pop taste we all know and love from childhood adverts.

          Well since those days the cereal isn't advertised as much, for me and my family it is almost as famous now as the ingredient used to make those lovely little rice krispie chocolate nests.

          Packaging:

          Coming in the traditional blue box with the characters snap, crackle and pop all sitting around the bowl, this is an easily recognisable brand and part of the Kellogg chain, you should recognise these anywhere in the world in any language.

          Cost:

          The cereal is a popular one for breakfasts around the world, in the UK, you can buy packets in 450g or 600g boxes, the 450g box costs £2.10 at Tesco or £2.65 for the 600g box. The larger box should easily last the average family at least two weeks of breakfasts. You could alternatively buy a tesco own brand version which costs under £1 for 450g and being honest you wouldn't notice much difference in quality.

          Health Rating:

          The cereal isn't overly fatty although does have its share of salt, it contains 120 calories for a 33g serving and no fat, it does really need sugar to give it some flavour though otherwise it makes for an incredibly dreary breakfast cereal. It is nutritious and has iron and fibre within, but you have to add the sugar or else it tastes of nothing at all.

          Eating:

          Obviously for any kid (or big kid) the appeal is when the milk is poured and you hear that famous snap, crackle and pop of the rice puffs, this never loses its appeal, but with cheaper versions on the market, its not as amazing as it once was and you are very much paying for the name as much as anything.

          It's the kind of product you will find on breakfast tables in hotel chains around the world and it is a brand that is synonymous with Kelloggs, it has other uses with Rice Krispie bars and the chocolate cake things which are becoming more popular but overall I'd say for me as someone who is conscious of taste and cost it tastes no different to Tesco own brand and costs twice as much, so I generally go for the Tesco own name brand nowadays which is a shame.

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          02.02.2010 10:34
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          Tasteless

          In our house breakfast time is a bit of a nightmare, I have three young boys to get ready and feed in time for school. This would be fine apart from the fact none of them are 'breakfast kids'. They just don't like to eat breakfast and even though I buy them many different varieties getting them to eat their cereal is quite a job. Frosties and Weetabix are about the most successful I have found so far. However recently when we were on holiday in Lapland the cereal served at the buffet breakfast was quite limited and they all ended up eating rice krispies. I was shocked that they seemed to like them and on my return from hoilday I bought some Kellog's Rice Krispies from the supermarket.

          I remember eating Rice Krispies myself when I was a child but I haven't had them for years. I do eat quite a lot of cereal but these are not really one of my favourites. The thing I really remember about Rice Krispies is the snap, crackle and pop. You put the rice krispies in the bowl and when you add the milk you can hear the rice krispies making a snap, crackle and pop sound. They use this to advertise on the television but it is really true, they do make a noise when you add milk.

          When I went to buy them from Morrisons you could get them in either a 375g box or a 600g box. I was going to buy them in a smaller box just in case my boys didn't like them but there wasn't really that much difference in price. The 375g box cost just over £2 and the 600g box cost just under £3, so it was definitely better value for money buying the larger box.

          After bringing them home and giving them to my sons for breakfast the next day I was disappointed to discover that none of them liked them and none would eat them. Since then I have been trying to work my way through the box myself. It feels like the never ending box of cereal, no matter how often I have them they're never all gone but I hate to waste and throw food away.

          To be honest I don't really blame them for not liking them, Rice Krispies are really bland tasting. They kind of taste of nothing and I really don't enjoy eating them.

          About the only thing Kellog's Rice Krispies are good for is making chocolate rice krispies buns or as it says on the back of the box Chocolate Crackles. It actually gives the recipe for these on the back of the box but basically all you need to do is melt some chocolate and add the rice krispies. I did this with my boys and they really enjoyed making them. They also ate them all, how surprising that adding chocolate can make them so much nicer.

          One positive thing about the Rice Krispies is that they seem healthy enough. A 30g serving contains:
          114 calories
          3g sugars
          0.3g fat
          0.1g saturates
          0.5g salt

          I always thing it is misleading when they tell you how much a 30g serving contains though because 30g is such a small amount. I probably eat twice this amount.

          I do love breakfast cereals and I am a big fan of the Kellog's brand, Rice Krispies however are not one of my favourites. The toasted rice cereal is very bland tasting and it will be a long time before I'm buying these again, if ever!

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            21.01.2010 19:08
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            OK if you fancy a plainish cereal or to make krispie cakes!

            Snap, Crackle and Pop - everyone knows that saying!

            I try to vary what I have for breakfast and these Kellogs Rice Krispies were on a special offer so I decided to buy them. I haven't had Rice Krispies since I was a child so it was nice to have a cereal that takes me back to my childhood!

            Rice Krispies are basically grains of rice which have been crisped by cooking, drying and toasting them. This creates the Rice Krispies which are hollow, crunchy and crispy.

            When the cereal mixes with the milk, the sides of the rice collapse and, if you listen carefully, you will hear the snap, crackle and pop!

            This cereal is very popular with children - I remember trying to count how many snaps, crackles and pops I could hear (which is totally impossible!) and I think there is an advert showing something similar now.

            The taste is nothing special, and so I wonder why I like these - I think the taste is actually quite bland!

            Another use for Rice Krispies is to make the famous Krispie cakes, and these work very well with that, mixed with chocolate and marshmallows.

            I think they are a bit too expensive and I will probably try a supermarket's own brand next time to see of there is any difference.

            A regular serving has 128 calories and 0.1 saturated fat so they are not too bad for a start to your day.

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            15.12.2009 13:41
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            BEST CEREAL, CERTAINLY IN NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

            Rice Krispies are my breakfast thing at the moment. I think I've been through every cereal possible and one thinks that this could be the longest stint with a particular variety. Graphs and statistics will be checked to clarify this. I had a good run with Sugar Puffs about ten years ago but I went on hunger strike when I found out 'The Honey Monster doesn't exist! What next? Father Xmas? Rice Krispies are lovely and light and are delicious!!

            Each Rice Krispie is made from a single grain of rice so the carbohydrate content will be high. Per 100g contains 87g- 10g which are sugars and the rest starch. A 30g serving with 125ml of skimmed milk contains 6g of protein, 32g of carbs and 2.5g of fat. Best of all they are high in vitamin B, Vitamin B12- A 30G BOWL CONTAINS 77% of RDA. THERE ARE 114 CALORIES PER 30G BOWL. THE SALT CONTENT THOUGH IS HIGH! There are 0.65g per average bowl and take into account, your daily allowance shouldn't be more than 6g. ALLERGY ALERT!! ALLERGY ALERT! CONTAINS BARLEY, SO WATCH OUT! 450g box costs £2.27

            So at the moment I'm having a good old fling with Snap, Crackle and Pop! Sometimes I can have up to 3 bowls a day so I manage to keep it under control. Just got the stats back from My PA and yes I have well beaten my record with Sugar Puffs, so officially Rice Krispies are the best cereal in the world! So put that in your pipe and smoke it!

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              23.11.2009 17:56
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              Not bad!

              Of late I have been trying out different cereals to perk up my brekkie routine and to tantalise my taste-buds with. I love eating breakfast and bounce out of bed to eat it though lately I got a little stuck in a rut which is why I have been getting through different varieties of cereals at the rate of knots looking for a new favourite!

              I had actually never tried these and I would go as far as saying I avoided them even. I always felt they were a bit plain and boring and I'm into more fancy cereals! However I decided I must try them out to know if I liked them or not!

              The Packaging:

              Bright blue box and on the front of it there is a picture of three cartoon boys and a bowl of cereal and I'm told it is Kellogg's Rice Krispies Original 'Made from grains of rice + B Vit & Iron' and at the bottom of the box there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being listed (Contains: Barley), I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians, there is a full at a glance nutritional chart on there, the size is stated and contact details for Kellogg's are listed. Nice bright box that I feel is particularly appealing to children but it's informative enough for us adults. The cereal is stored in a white quite see-through bag that is easy to open though not all that easy to store as it isn't resealable however you can keep it fresh by tipping it in an airtight container if you prefer of course.

              The Cereal:

              Little puffed grains of golden rice that snap, crackle and pop in milk big time and what is nice is that when when you drown these in milk they retain their composure meaning they don't turn into a slushy mess!

              Taste wise they are light with a natural sweetness and they don't leave a horrible nasty after-taste after eating them as I don't think these are filled with artificial sweeteners but proper sugar instead.

              Verdict:

              This is a light, crispy and rather tasty cereal. Yes it is plain and tastes rather natural with a sort of baked 'golden' taste to it and I like them however I find these tasty when eating them but not very filling and to fill my tummy up I need to eat too much of the stuff lol. Not for me but it is a nice enough cereal to be fair to it!

              Nutritional Information Per 20g Serving:

              Calories: 76
              Sugars: 2g
              Fat: 0.2g
              Saturates: Trace
              Salt: 0.3g

              I have only ever seen these available in a 600g box at the price of around £2.69 a box and in 20g single serving boxes which can be found in Kellogg's multi packs.

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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                18.11.2009 08:21
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                I recently tried Sainsbury's own version of Rice Krispies after watching on Dispatches that people seemed to like them better. I always steered away from not the brand name on some things, but I have to say that they weren't better, and although Kelloggs Rice Krispies are more expensive, then they are worth it.

                I think you can buy these in 2 different sizes. The 375g box, which costs about the £2 mark, and the 600g box, which is about the £3 mark. Every now and again i've seen Tesco selling the 600g box for £2 on special offer, and we always buy the biggest box for economy anyway, so we buy a couple when on offer and these and Corn Flakes are hubbys favourite Cereals and when he's in the mood for them he can eat 4-5 bowls in 1 go!

                Packaging is alright. The cereal is in a plastic bag within a cardboard box. The Box is eye catching enough. It is a light blue colour and has the normal picture of a nice bowl of Cereal on the front. It has the Cereal characters on the front who are Snap, Cracle and Pop. They are little cartoon boys.

                Each 30g serving of this has 113 calories, so teamed up with semi skimmed Milk you will have a healthy-ish snack.

                SO what are these? They are little bits of Puffed Rice. The pieces are tiny and nice and crisp. I prefer to eat these just after i've splashed the Milk on. I know some people prefer them a little soggy, but I think they are just nice when they still have their crunch to them.

                I don't find them overly sweet, but they are a good bit sweeter than the shop's own brand ones. The sweetness isn't overpowering, and although I always though of these as a kind of boring Cereal, they aren't that bad. Not as exciting as Coco Pops for me, but a nice Cereal nontheless.

                You can hear these make a slight nice when Milk is added, that's where the Snap, Crackle and Pop comes from. I may be getting old, but they don't seem as noisy as they used to be, but as I said that could just be me thinking that.

                A nice Cereal that could work out cheaper for you and in my view a lot better than the Supermarket brand.

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                  GREAT BUY

                  SNAP CRACKLE AND POP...

                  These of the three famous words associated with Rise Krispies, I thought I would review these as I ate them for my breakfast this morning! I never usually get up in time to have Breakfast, I know it is meant to be the most important meal of the day but so what...

                  First of all Rice Krispies are manufactures by Kellogg's. This company are well known and provide us with some of the best breakfast cereals out there.

                  Each Kellogg's Rice Krispie is made from a single grain of rice. This means that they are good for you but also have carbohydrates in them which can turn into fat if you do not burn it off.

                  When you are growing up you need lots of energy so I suppose these can be great for children...

                  The ingredients include: Rice, Sugar, Salt, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Barley Malt Flavouring, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

                  Health Information:
                  kj = 1618
                  kcal = 381
                  Protein (g) = 6
                  Carbohydrates (g) = 87

                  You can buy these from all supermarkets and they are usually priced at no more than £2.00.

                  Good Points

                  The good points are that they fill you up, you can make rice krispie cakes with them, they are not too expensive, they are quite good for you and they taste really nice. I love it when children put their ears near the bowl and listen for snap, crackle and pop.

                  Bad Points

                  There are a lot of competitors and some cereals can be a lot cheaper than what these are priced at, if you are on a low budget they may not be a good idea and they can be quite plain unless you put sugar on them!

                  The packaging

                  The packaging is obviously meant for a child's perspective so you can see it has bright colours and cartoon characters to attract attention.

                  I think this cereal tastes great with a sprinkle of sugar on the top! It is one of my favourites and will stay this way!!

                  5/5 from me

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                    Brillant 10/10 one of the best cereals around!

                    This is one of my kid's favourite cereals, and one of mine from when I was a child; they make a great breakfast cereal but also are fantastic as a snack and a lot better than reaching for a chocolate bar in the evening when I have the urge to snack!

                    ***About Rice Krispies***

                    If you have not had Rice Krispies before then I will begin to explain a little bit about how they look and taste. They are basically little grains of rice and very light and have a nice plain taste to them.

                    They don't really have a smell as such but once you have added milk they start to make a bit of a popping and cracking noise, Rice Krispies favourite saying is "Snap, Crackle and Pop" and this is also the name of the 3 cartoon characters that are on the box!

                    If you leave them to soak in the milk they go very soggy but i really like them this way and they are easier to eat when they are all drenched in milk because when some are still dry you find they escape from the spoon on to the floor!

                    The individual rice krispie is very small so you do need a good bowlful to fill you up, I find that I need two bowls and my sons normally ask for a second bowl too as they are not very filling really considering most cereals fill me up with just the one serving!

                    If you don't like having breakfast and feel sick with the thought of eating something so early, I would recommend Rice Krispies as they are very light and plain on the stomach.

                    Another great thing about this cereal is it is both appealing to children but not being too over the top with sugar, with one bowlful being 3% of your Daily allowance, they don't taste sweet either but have a nice overall taste.

                    ***Dietary information***

                    Contains or may contain

                    * Barley ingredients

                    ***Suitable for***

                    * Vegetarian
                    * Vegan
                    * Kosher certified
                    * Halal certified

                    ***Ingredients***

                    Rice, Sugar, Salt, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Barley Malt Flavouring, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

                    One serving based on 30G (does anyone actually ever weigh there cereal?) as I just tend to fill my bowl up but it's very low calorie wise of 115 Calories and then 173 Calories if you have it with semi skimmed milk!

                    ***Recipes***

                    I always am the sort of woman to have chocolate cravings so my husband had the idea of making some Krispy Cakes and I have been eating them for the last 2 days. I am guessing they are pretty low in calories.

                    You basically need a big bar of your favourite chocolate, and depending on how many you are making put around 10 pieces in if you are making 10 small rice krispy cakes and blast in the microwave for about 2 mins, now bare in mind if you leave it too long you will burn the chocolate. You may prefer to melt the chocolate in a saucepan.

                    Then once the chocolate is all melted you just add the rice krispies and mix and place in little cake cases, put in your fridge for 30 minutes and you have some nice tasty little treats!

                    My kids love making these as well as eating them, we tend to use Cadbury chocolate and we don't use that much really so it's not too bad for a nice little chocolate treat.

                    You can also add extra decoration such as smarties and other types of sweets! I have not tried doing this yet as whenever we have made them we have not had any sweets in.

                    Overall I would recommend this cereal, it's tasty and kids love it as well as adults so great for all the family, you can also make some yummy cakes!

                    Be expected to pay £2.20 approx for 450g

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                    22.10.2009 13:15
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                    Basic entry level (!) cereal, which you can use to make CAKES!

                    Rice Krispies is a breakfast cereal made from rice grains that have been cooked, dried and toasted, to make tiny little bubbles that are crunchy and crispy. Famous for the 'Snap, Crackle and Pop' sounds that the cereal makes when you add milk (this is caused by the walls of the bubbles collapsing suddenly when milk is added, and pushing the air out rapidly), these sounds have been turned into the onomatopoeic sounding characters that adorn the front of each box. Snap, Crackle and Pop have gone through many changes over the years, but have generally stayed the same, as three boys, wearing clothes resembling bakers' outfits usually.

                    The cereal itself is slightly bland, but there is a hint of sweetness there due to the added glucose and fructose, and maltiness. Kelloggs have added a number of vitamins, and iron, so the cereal is pretty healthy, and, with low fat milk, each bowl is very low in calories. Unfortunately for me, it's just too bland, so I end up having to coat them in sugar to be able to enjoy them.

                    Like most cereals, and maybe slightly more in this case, they tend to go quite soft quite quickly, so if you are having a big bowl, it is best to eat them in a hurry if you like your cereal crunchy.

                    There are many variations available, under slightly different names. There is the sugar coated Ricicles, the chocolate version, Coco Pops, and you can even get Rice Krispie snack bars, where the cereal is mixed with melted marshmallow and margarine to create a sticky sweet bar.

                    This is an added bonus of rice krispies - they are pretty versatile in the way of making cakes and sweets. If you want a quick and simple treat recipe, add a load of rice krispies to some melted chocolate and raisins, spoon into individual cake holders, and refrigerate for cheap and easy treats! You can even add melted Mars bar if you are feeling particularly devilish!

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                    18.10.2009 19:39
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                    A great cereal from Kellogg's

                    Rice Krispies have been a favourite breakfast cereal of mine since I was a kid. I remember quite vividly the adverts on TV which pick up the tagline of 'Snap, Crackle and Pop' and the various stories of the three characters who adopted these sounds as names.

                    They are also the three characters you can see on the front of the box in the picture above, and it's quite a good sales gimmick for what is essentially a very good cereal. Inside the box, you get a sealed plastic bag which contains puffed up rice, dry and crumbly. It is when you add the milk, they start crackling and popping, thus the sounds that form the tagline.

                    The rice krispies taste lovely, and the milk softent hem somewhat. You can have them still slightly crunchy or completely soft, depending on how long you leave the milk in, or even how much milk you actually put in to start with. I prefer them with sugar, gives them a little something extra, a nice bit of sweetness to start your day off with. I usually have sugar on my cereal anyway, so this comes as no surprise that I prefer Krispies with sugar on.

                    There are cheaper versions of pretty much the same thing if you like this sort of cereal but don't want to pay Kellogg's prices. Most supermarkets do their own brand, just calling them something different, and charge much less. However, I find there is usually something lacking in terms of taste when compared to these Kellogg's Rice Krispies. I like both brands, and it usually comes down to the fact that I would rather save money and sacrifice a little taste to go for the own brand, and wait until these are on offer. As a general guide, own brand rice krispies versions often cost about 2/3 of the price of the Kellogg's brand. Sure, you get the quality with Kellogg's, but as with a lot of things, it can often come down to the price levels. A 450g box of Kellogg's costs over the £2 mark, whereas shop's own brand is usually just over the £1 mark.

                    Nutritionally, a 20g bowl of these, with 125ml of skimmed milk will give you around 135 calories and 8g of sugars. Overall, I recommend them, as you do get the taste element which is better than shops' own brand versions of the same thing. Mainly, I get the own brand versions due to the price, but with Kellogg's, when they're on offer I'll get them, because the quality is higher.

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