“ Type: Meat „
I love billy bear meat and I don't think it is just for kids I am 15 years oldIt is like my favorite foodI dont like meat that much but billy bear meat is the bestI definatley recomend you try it:):DI am achually eating it now :P :)
I think all kids like Billy Bear sausage, all the supermarkets sell it on the deli and I think you can buy it in packs as well. I remember eating it when I was a kid but haven't had any for years, my mum brought my sister some yesterday though and because I was starving I picked a couple of slices up out of the fridge to munch while I was waiting for my dinner to do.
The meat looks exactly like it does in the picture Dooyoo have got up, it's a pinkish meat that has got lighter coloured meat in it to make up a bears face. I think it's a proper ugly bear but kids seem to love it! lol
I think it's chopped ham and pork but it's also got another taste in it that I can't think what it is. I reckon it's very similar to a mix of chopped ham and pork with a bit of a Spam flavour too. It's not too bad in taste but I thought it was a lot saltier than it should be being as it's made for kids.
The meat is mega soft and melts in your mouth a bit and that's probably why it's so popular with parents who are looking for something different to give their kids. I have only ever seen my sister eat it by the slice so I don't know how good it would go in a sandwich, it would probably be ok though because it's got a nice texture and isn't dry at all.
It's not my kinda cooked meat because I prefer a yummy slice of buttery turket or cooked beef, but it's not that bad really and is just typical weird kids food!
My granddaughter loves Billy Bear Sausage and I hate it, she's sitting next to me at the moment so here you're reading a review from two people as we both give our opinion on it.
On the odd occasion that I buy this I get in loose from the deli counter in Tesco, I believe you can also buy it pre-packaged but I have never looked out for this. My three granddaughters' all like Billy Bear on a sandwich, even the 21 month old eats a slice of this cooked meat in the trolley as she's being pushed around the supermarket!
Billy Bear Sausage is a two tone meat which tastes and smells like chopped ham & pork to me, but not quite like chopped ham & pork as this is one processed meat that I enjoy now and again but Billy Bear has a very strange claggy texture and taste which was obviously developed with children in mind. I feel it's more sticky than other cooked meats of this type but the flavour is strong enough that you'll really enjoy it if you like the taste of this meat in the first place. Billy Bear is shaped like a bear's face with the lighter meat forming his facial features, it looks quite good if you're into meat shaped like animals but I'd rather my food came in traditional shapes!
My granddaughter has asked me to tell you that it's the best meat because it doesn't taste of meat very much, which in the eyes of a nine year old (ten tomorrow, where do the years go?) is a good thing but in the eyes of an adult? Well, it's appalling really. I wouldn't say it's a terrible quality meat but it's extremely over processed and rather salty tasting to my palate. It sometimes tastes a little bit off to me even when fresh from the deli counter, but I know it's not going off it's just the strange taste that Haslet sometimes has.
The girls' usually have their Billy Bear Sausage in a sandwich with some tomato sauce, but they also have it with mash and gravy which sounds vile to be but they think it's a delicious meal.
I have always enjoyed experimenting with sandwich fillers, but more recently have stuck with the same things week after week, tending to be tesco ham or the occasional block of cheese. My son is in his reception year at school and has started to have more and more packed lunches than school dinners. Keen to not give him the same thing day after day, I spied this Billy Bear sausage and remembered once having it before and quite liking it.
The one thing that has always bugged me about things like this is how manufactured they look and taste, and this is no exception. Billy Bear sausage has an appeal to kids as it is shaped like a teddy bear's head, and there are different shades of meat to heighten the 'bear's' features. The taste is average, but my son seemed to like it, although he didn't seem too fussed whether it was this meat or the ham or cheese he normally has.
Nutritionally, I was surprised to see that it didn't seem too bad, with the meat content over 60% in total and then water making up a good part of the rest. They are made out of turkey and pork, helping to give the different shades and tones on the meat, but there is still the underlying feel and taste of a lesser quality product.
I probably won't get this again. It does cost a bit more than the usual sliced or processed meats, and I guess the reason for its popularity is that it can help to get kids to eat sandwiches a bit more if for some reason they aren't. However, my son is quite happy munching on pretty much anything we put in his lunch box, and I don't feel the need to get something like this, especially when he's not fussed and I don't particularly like it.
Billy Bear sausage is a clever piece of marketing that I am sure hundreds of kids love and enjoy, and if it helps to get kids to eat healthier food, then I'll for it, but it's not something I'd bother with again.
Oh to be a child again. Do you remember being fed this as a nipper. I bet it came to you in a sandwich, which really disappointed the whole shopping experience you had that afternoon with your mother. Was it worth all the tugging and pulling at her coat at the deli counter, to finally grab her attention and get her to see this attraction, because no it wasn't the idea of food that attracted you it was the lovely bear face. And then you get home, get all excited about Mr Bear. Mum says, "here you are", and you think, "where's the bear". So you find the bear in the sandwich, and get told off for playing with your food and eventually decide to eat it, and just at that moment all thoughts of the friendly bear are forgotten as you chew around this delicious meat. This really is one for the kids, and it really is tasty, but I won't tell anyone if I see you on your own at the delis counter asking for a fewe slices of this and asking the assistant to pop it in a brown paper bag for you. Your secret is safe with me.
Any mothers out there will have sympathy with what I'm about to say (unless you're as hard as nails) - there are times when you'll do anything to get your kids to eat.
One such time for me was following my son being ill. He'd not eaten for 2 weeks and I was willing to try anything to tempt him into eating again. I'm not a fan of processed foods but I was at my wits end. My mother suggested Billy Bear sausage and suggested we might make a game of eating bits of bear.
Well, that's how it happened, m'lud!
Billy Bear sausage is a sliced reformed pork and turkey product. As its name suggests it looks like a bear's head. Now, to me, reformed anything is a no-no. Visions of mechanically reclaimed meat, mixed with all manner of nasties and then moulded into shape... yuck.
This product is 61% meat (plus a bit of pork liver) and then padded out with all manner of things such as salt, vegetable fibres, preservatives, honey and water.
It can be found either packaged or on the meat counter - usually at eye level to any toddler. Cue tantrums.
Anyway - it worked. Of sorts.
We ate the ears, we bit out the nose and eyes and pulled out the mouth, but didn't eat it. Yes, I did say we. This was a mummy and son moment. I had to show willing.
The taste is a little salty but paletable. The texture is, to me, revolting, but the little one seemed to like it - or maybe it was the novelty. I'd have been hard pushed to tell you, on a blind test, what I was eating. The "meat" seems to melt in the mouth leaving you with nothing to chew.
A second attempt actually saw my son eat a whole slice which convinced me that he was either very hungry or actually liked it!
It's not a product that's going to hit my shopping basket again in a hurry but, if ever faced again with a son on a starvation diet, I might just give in to kick start him eating again.
Billy Bear Sausage is the oddest thing that you will ever put in your mouth! I'm not sure quite how close they are to not being a foodstuff but for now, they are categorised as food. This though does not mean they are edible! Far from it!
I know you want to encourage your little kids to eat different foods and you think that this is a way of making them eat meat but really, in all honesty, wouldn't it be better just to let them be vegetarian?!
If something (even if at some point in the very distant past it was in some way connected with an animal) has been processed to such an extent that you are able to get different shades of brown from it in order to construct a bear face, surely that means somewhere in the manufacturing process, something bad has happened?!
I cannot believe that shops still stock this stuff. It is evil! If you want your kid to eat protein, give it some steak and if it doesn't like it, give it some tofu - that'll soon make it eat meat! But really, Billy Bear? That is not food!
My little sister claims to not like meat, my mom brought this teddy bear sausage meat just to try her to see if she would eat it and she loved it, she literaly wants it at every meal time now.
This meat is obviously designed for children, is shaped like a teddy bear with a teddy bears face and is just under £1 for 10 slices which is great value for money. As I said before my little sister loves this meat, she has it on her sandwiches, has it with a cooked dinner and on almost every meal she has except breakfast and I bet she would have it for breakfast given half a chance.
Me personally I dont like this meat, yes I know I am a big kid for trying it but nothing ventured nothing gained as they say, well I definatley didnt gain anything here. This meat is described in the name as sausage meat but it tasted more like smoked pork to me, the smoked taste isnt too strong but you can smell it, the meat is very greasy and very rubbery in texture, I also found that the taste kept repeating on me for hours after, it wont be something I will be trying again but I should imagine it will be in our fridge for many years to come with my sister being such a big fan.
I am suspicious of anything that comes in a form designed tomake kids want it.
All it suggests to me is children will eat any old rubbish if its advertised right.
Billy Bear sliced reformed pork & turkey is one of them products. "Reformed" - taken off the turkey and pig, mixed with 'extras' to make children eat it. It turns out only 61% of this product is meat. Unless you count the pig liver which is an extra 3%.
Reformed - put back together into a face which your children will find amusing and enticing....
It can be found either packaged (apparently) or on the meat counter - usually at the front eye level to any toddler. They see it, they want it, they tantrum for it.
Personally I have never bought it for mine. If I want to give them meat I give them meat which I know the origins (as far as you can anyway) of. Organic preferably and retaining an somewhat original shape.
I have tried it, and they have eaten (though not in my house) and to me it is foul. Over processed and salty. Now for a product which is aimed at children I find it too salty. But here I will be honest, my kids ate it, which after preparing many delicious healthy meals which they haven't eaten I find terrible. I have come the conclusion that children don't have tastebuds or they are underdeveloped.
Anyway the product -
Pork liver (3%)
Stabaliser (Disodium Diphosphate)
Antioxidant (Sodium Ascorbate)
Preservitives (Sodium Nitrite)
I haven't a clue how much it costs other than its cheap - very cheap, but you can buy it from most supermarkets on the meat counter and with the pre-packed meat.
Well my kids have these in their packed lunch everyday, my kids are fussy eaters, with sandwiches, so i had to find something they would actually eat. So off i went to morrisons, in search of the meat the kids would eat. I saw the billy bear sausage meat and thought, well maybe that would work. So i purchased it and to my surprise my kids eat their sandwiches up every day, so i thought i would do a review on the product that got my kids to eat their dinner.
The packaging of this, is very suitable to attract children, it has a red background, with billy bear sausage wrote in yellow lettering. On the front there is a picture of a bear eating a sandwich, which that sandwich also has salad in. I think this is great as it can make more children think, well billy bear has salad in his sandwich, maybe i should try it. Unfortunatly this did not work on my kids lol, but it could work on others.
Below the bear it has a guideline for the daily amount, and below that it has all the nutritional information and ingredients, which i will list in my review.
If you turn the pack over, it is just a see through packet, which shows the design of the meat.
In this pack, you get 5 slices of billy bear sausage, which is reformed turkey and pork. The design of the mean is fantasic and is very appealing to young children.
The meat is shaped into a bears head shape, with all the face features added into it. The slices are quite thick, but not too thick. I prefer this rather than the wafer thin meat that you can buy.
The smell of this meat is really nice, it smells more of pork than anything. If you have ever had the pork roll meat, then you will know the smell of this meat as it is very similar. When i smelt this it made me hungry as the smell was just so good.
Well the kids aint happy about me eating their meat lol, but the taste really is that of pork roll. The meat is so soft, and full of taste, no wonder my kids love it so much, i could just easily sit and eat a packet of this, as it is not sweet, its just really tasty.
Pork liver (3%)
Stabaliser (Disodium Diphosphate)
Antioxidant (Sodium Ascorbate)
Preservitives (Sodium Nitrite)
Calories - 32
Energy - 32 kcal
Protein - 2.5g
Carbohydrates - 1.3g
How to store
Keep refrigerated, one opened use within 2 days, and do not exceed the use by date.
How to contact them
Customer service helpline : 0845 611 6111
Website : www.morrisons.co.uk
Address: Wm morrison supermarkets plc
I bought this 5 slices pack, which as far as i could see is the only pack they do for a mere 89p, for that i do not think you can go wrong, cheap meat that kids love :-)
My personal thoughts
Well this meat has got my kids to eat sandwiches, which they never used to do. So all i have got for this meat is good comments. I only ever purchase this meat now, and will never purchase anything else for my kids.
The design of the meat and packaging is just great, and it is appealing to young kids. There is alot of meats out there along the same lines, Bob the Builder for one. As i had a girl and boy, i wanted something that they would both eat, and this is the meat for them.
Why would i recommend this product
Great meat design
Kids love it
Why would i not recommend this product
Well im sorry but this part will just have to stay blank as i cant think of any reason what so ever, all i will say is i would like them to do bigger packs lol.
On my final words i will say that you should go out and buy your kids some of this meat, as i am sure they will love it just as much as my kids do.
Even if they do for some reason decide they do not like it, i am sure someone in the family will, and if not at least it only cost a small 89p. So give it a try xxx
Thanks for reading my review i hope you find it helpful xxxx