As soon as my 2.5 yr old hears anything to do about food she heads in the other direction she will do anything from hiding in the loo to hiding her face just to avaoid eating...yes there are such fussy eaters in the world .
There is however one exception (as exception proves the rule)... mention the word cocopop straws and she will come running in even if she is busy playing in the garden.
These are some 10" long wafery cereal in the form of sticks with a lining of chocolate inside that act as straws and milk can be sucked up through them.
The hole is just wide enough in diameter for a child to suck up a mouthfull without chocking on it. Shows that it is really made as a fun treat for kiddies and not really ideal for adults if they think of having it for breakfast.
All in all in a 375gm pack there are 36 such straws in two foil packets to maintain freshness and is priced roughly at around £1.75 per box.
It is a godsent for parents like me who tear their hair out trying to feed something nutritious to their child , especially so because she slurps at least about 2-3 ounces of milk through 1-2 such straws which she otherwise would'nt even look at.
I know it was naughty of kelloggs to use chocolate to lure children at having their beakfast but who cares there are so many cereals out these days that have chocolate in them .
As long as something gets into their tummies mums like me are happy.
142cal , sugar 11g,saturates 2g, salt 0.1g
Those who are concerned about their child's sugar intake should refrain from buying a pack I would suggest.
It has egg it is not suitable for vegetarians and vegans .Addition of sesame in it makes it unsuitable to people allegic to seeds and oils as well I think and finallysince it is made of 42% wheat it is'nt gluten free.
According to Kellogg's, "Coco Pops Straws are the yummy way to slurp the milk at breakfast, slurp the milk then munch the crisp cereal straw!" The idea is that you suck the milk through the straw and then eat the straw. If you could design a food that had the sole purpose of ruining kid's teeth then this would it.
Kellogg's initially tried to advertise this product but the advert was banned after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority made by the consumer group Which?. Kellogg's Coco Pops Straws TV advert was said to be misleading and socially irresponsible because it marketed a chocolate straw biscuit as a way to get children to drink more milk. According to Michelle Smyth of the consumer group Which? This is a prime example of how "junk food is marketed at children without parents realising it."
The TV advert sneakily tried to trick consumers into thinking that this product somehow was a healthy food choice. The voice over claimed: "How far would you go to get milk into your kids? Well here's an easier way. New Coco Pops Straws is a totally different kind of breakfast, delicious cereal straws with a yummy chocolaty lining, your kids won't be able to stop slurping. New Coco Pops Straws make milk more fun."
It was one of the many irresponsible and underhand marketing techniques that are still used to push unhealthy food to children.
Research has shown that the quantity of sugar that a child would consume every morning if s/he ate this product as a breakfast cereal would be the equivalent of a 'two finger Kit Kat' chocolate bar which contains 10.4g of sugar per bar. The straws contain 11g per serving, that is 12% of the RDA for an adult.
Kellogg's weak excuse is that a 31g serving should provide at least 17 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. The straws do have added complex B vitamins and magnesium. But they also contain 32g of sugar for every 100g.
There simply is no excuse to encourage kid's (or adults) to consume such unhealthy products and market them as a healthy breakfast option. Even if they contain added vitamin content, this can be provided by other more healthier foods.
The straws are priced at just over £2 for a 375g box
As you may know if you've read some of my other reviews, I don't eat cereal for breakfast as it's too early in the day to eat, instead I eat it as a snack. Normally I eat it dry as I don't like the taste of milk on its own. So when I saw Kellogg's Coco Pops Straws I just had to try them even though they are designed for kids I thought it might make the milk taste better. I've eaten Coco Pops before and really liked them. Generally Kellogg's have a reputation of making really good quality products and I often buy them. However when I bought these I was bitterly disappointed, firstly they didn't taste anything like Coco Pops, they didn't even taste at all nice.
Coco Straws are a relatively new design; apparently they were created because many people don't think kids are getting enough milk which contains a lot of essential nutrients. I totally agree that they're probably not and something does need to be done about it but this is not the solution, maybe another brand of straws would be the solution.
I bought a box of 36 straws from Tesco for £1.96 which is quite expensive, in fact that costs more than the cereal. The box is about half the size of a cereal box and is bright yellow. It has a picture of a bowl of milk, from which the Coco Pops monkey is sucking milk through one of these straws. It also has bothe the Kellogg's and the Coco Pops logo in the top left hand corner and the word Straws in large blue writing across the front. The back of the packet has the ingredients and nutritional information listed on it.
Wheat Flour (42%), Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Maltodextrin, Fructose, Sesame Flour (3.5%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Hazelnuts (3%), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Dried Whole Egg, Emulsifiers (Soy Lecithin, E476), Flavourings, Salt, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12
They are suitable for vegetarians but unfortunately they contain:
Nuts, milk, egg, sesame, soy and wheat plus they may contain traces of peanuts.
As you can see these are definitely not one for allergy sufferers, in fact I don't think I've ever seen such a long list of allergy things on a box of food before, not a good sign. Kellogg's say that three straws and a 125ml of semi-skimmed milk should be enough for a child's breakfast. I must say that I wouldn't feed that to anybody for breakfast let alone a child. They do contain some folic acid and a few vitamin B's but this doesn't make up for the fact that eating 3 straws and a bowl of milk is a breakfast of just sugar and fat.
The straws are about 15cms long and come in a little plastic tray inside the box to stop them from getting squashed. They are made from what appears to be a crispy wafer on the outside with a chocolate lining on the inside. The chocolate lining is meant to melt into the milk hen you slurp it up to make it taste like Coco Pops but all that happens is that the straw dissolves and you get a nasty taste in your mouth.
They smell like chocolate but they certainly don't taste like it. They have no resemblance to Coco Pop's just taste kind of like cardboard. The only good thing about these is that they do seem to crunch which is nice as you can therefore pretend you have a bowl of cereal in front of you rather than a bowl of junk.
Overall I give these a 1 out of 10 as they manage to encourage kids to drink milk. They are not healthy, full of sugar and taste like cardboard yet they still cost almost £2!!! Don't buy these, you're much better off with a healthy bowl of cereal and if you like chocolate then go for a bowl of real Coco Pops they taste a lot better. I am going back to eating cereal dry!
I'd have to say this is one of kelloggs worst ideas to date, suck milk up through cocoa pops straws as a breakfast cereal, seriously what were they thinking? Well I don't know but I have bought these before and well I've definitely experienced better breakfasts.
The straws are made from a kind of wafer lined with chocolate, the idea is that your supposed to suck up the milk through the straw and the chocolate is meant to make the milk chocolaty and nice. In theory this may work but it just doesn't in reality.
First of all when you suck up the milk it just tastes like milk as no chocolate actually gets off the inside of the straw so you may as well just drink a cup of milk. Then the wafer bits crumble off into the milk so you end up with soggy wafer bits in your milk which isn't nice.
I found the best possible use for the straws is to eat them as a snack food. The straws actually taste alright but they are quite expensive and if you want a prope snack food then it would be better value for money to buy some biscuits or something.
If I were you I would never bother buying these for breakfast as they are a bit of a farse, if you like coco pops just stick with the nrmal box of cereal as it is much better than this rubbish attempt at making a new style of cereal.
Coco Pops Straws from Kelloggs
Of course the whole concept of this product is totally ludicrous and I for one wasnt going to be trying them let along spending out good money for them. However I soon changed my mind when I saw them on special offer in Tescos at the ridiculously cheap price of 69p for a whole box. I thought not only would I be able to try them out for a review but also I dont think you can judge something until you have tried it out for yourself. How wrong I was and I should of stuck to my first impression.
They have been in the cupboard at home for quite some time now as I had never really felt the time was right to try them out. But seeing as I have not ben shopping for a while I thought it about time that I used up all the rubbish that was laying around in the cupboard and this box was one of the first things to go. The Coco Pops Straws come in a large box which inside holds two plastic containers wrapped in foil that holds all the straws, 18 in each to be exact. The recommended portion size is just three of these straws but I was thinking that the rest of them now the box had been opened were destined to go soft and soggy. Still I put therein a bowel and added a large amount of milk.
To look at the straws they look very wafer like which indeed is exactly what they are. They measure around 17cm in length, which makes it very awkward to fit into a bowl comfortably with milk. The inside of the wafer straw is coated with the Nestle chocolate flavouring and overall does not look too chocolate tasting. The fat content and calorie content is not really that bad is eaten with the right amount of skimmed milk. For a portion youre looking at eating 192 calories and 3 grams of fat. But really who has skimmed milk for cereal?
I found these straws very difficult to eat and wondered really what was the correct way. The adverts I am sure has the idea that you suck all the milk through them just as you would a straw but for just 125ml of milk this really wouldnt take too long and I am more likely able to down a few pints but using them as straws. I therefore broke them up into smaller pieces and ate them as regular cereal.
The taste I found really to be lacking any real taste whatsoever and couldnt for the life of me see how they were anything like coco pops. The chocolate coating on the inside of the water was far too weak in taste and with the milk I really could not taste the chocolate flavour at all. I did then try the way the advert says and got another whole straw from the box and trued sucking the milk through it to see if this enhanced the flavour. No, still no great flavour just biscuit like wafer taste. Very disappointing as I initially thought.
I could not bring myself to eat the rest of the bowl I had poured and ended up throwing the rest of the Coco Pops Straws away and drinking the left over milk from the bowl. I dont think this is right as a breakfast cereal at all. Nestle have really thought up a bum idea with this one. I threw away the rest of the box and thanked god I only paid 69p for it and not full price. I should of stuck to my initial opinion about this product and stayed well clear.
Even for 69p I think this product is not worth a single penny of that. The wafers are more like something that belong in a desert with ice cream or the like but to eat them like this well it really is just animal like!!! I will steer well clear of this product in the future and I have advised all friends and family to do the same. Do not fall into the same trap as me and purchase these on a special offer as the truly are not worth a cent.
The majority of the time I do try to feed my children wholesome and nutritious food. However, now and again I let my mothers halo slip and they do have a treat. Kelloggs Coco Straws are really intended for breakfast, but I decided to give them to my family as a quick snack, just to top them up before their dinner. I did not feel the straws could sustain them till lunchtime.
Coco Straws are a new concept, only placed onto the market this year. The idea is for children to suck the milk from the cereal bowl using the straws, Kelloggs are aiming for more children to drink milk and gain from its nutritional qualities. I am not quite sure where my loyalties lie with this product, as I will make clearer later on in this review.
I purchased this box online from Tesco.com and at present, they have these on offer for £1.04 for a 375g box. This offer stands until the 9th May after which they will resort back to the original price of £2.07. To access this website go to www.tesco.com/extra and for extra guidance if you have not used this site before, then please read my tesco.com review for further guidance.
Of course its not just Tesco that stock these straws, being a popular brand with children you will find these anywhere from Morrisons to Sainsburys. Have not seen them in Lidl or Aldi as yet.
^^^^^ HOW KELLOGS BEGAN ^^^^^^^^
The company was founded by a Mr Will Keith Kellogg who began his career as a business manager at the Battle Creek Sanatorium in Michigan, USA.
It was through his time here that actually inspired him to experiment with nutritious food and then his ultimate discovery, a healthy breakfast cereal.
Then in 1876 his brother, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, developed a grain-based food that would be healthy and also enjoyable for the patients. In 1898, the first production of the cornflake was born and this was produced in the sanatorium. It was in 1906 that Kelloggs was successful enough to be able to open its own factory and the rest they say is history.
Further examples of other Kelloggs produce incase you have not heard of them are: Frosties, All Bran, Special K, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, Honey Loops, Just Right etc etc. The list is quite vast and I recommend you consult the website of www. Kellogs.co.uk if you would like to see the full breakfast menu.
Currently Kelloggs make and sell more than 40 different cereals, almost worldwide with factories in 19 countries.
~~~~ WHAT YOU GET AND WHAT TO EXPECT ~~~~~
The 375 g box measures only 19-½ cm's in width and 18 cms in length, about half the size of an average cereal box. The cover is recognisable in that on its bright yellow background, there is coco the monkey, the same chap that is on its coco pops box. The box is very similar to that of the coco pops except the large blue lettering of Straws on the front.
Inside there are two trays covered in silver foil. Inside each tray there are 18 straws, a total of 36 straws per pack. Each straw is 17 cm in length and they are laid flat inside the protective trays. There are two layers to the straws, the first is a crispy cereal coating and the middle is a chocolate flavour lining.
The ingredients are: wheat flour, sugar, skimmed milk, egg, cocoa and hazelnuts. There are a small amount of vitamins added, these being folic acid, vitamin B6, B2 and B1.
The calorific value of an average bowl for children (which Kelloggs recommend at 3 straws) with 125 ml of skimmed milk is 192 kals. Of this there is 3g fat.
The straws do not have to be consumed with a bowl of milk. If eaten as a plain straw, they are quite crunchy. There is strong smell of chocolate but not too over powering.
The dry straw doesnt exactly melt inside your mouth, it crumbles with a texture like sawdust and the taste is not that pleasant. If I ever had to succumb to eating a pad of A4 paper, this is how I would describe the flavour. It tastes quite stale and very dry. Afterwards there was a revolting after taste, which even a drink of tea could not flush away. My mouth felt as if it was being coated in a plaque like substance.
With a bowl of milk, the taste does not improve. My children have the knack of sucking the milk up to perfection; I however dribbled it down my chin. The straws just evaporate over a short period of time, probably why I ended up dribbling. The technique is two short sucks and then a crunch, working your way up the tube. If you leave the straw floating in the milk it will soon resemble a slimy mass, similar to that of an over dunked digestive that was left at the bottom of your cup. Slightly less of an after taste using the milk but still very unappetizing.
My three childrens ages range from 3 to 8. With three straws and a bowl of milk for breakfast, they would be ravenous by the time the register is taken. Kelloggs recommendation is wrong, my 8 year old would have to consume the entire box to feel somewhat full. After eating four straws each, my kiddies actually said they felt sick, and it was not because they were completely stuffed. They felt nauseous as a result of the taste.
*** TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY AGAIN ***
Well sorry Kelloggs, but this is first and last box I will purchase.
My children would still eat them but only if the straws were dipped into two spoonfuls of walls special Cornish. As a concept idea, this could have been a winner. This product would be ideal to take on picnics and days out if it had tasted better and less sugar and fat. The content of both are very high, something the Government is trying to discourage parents from feeding to their children. Yet, here are Kelloggs a brand we all know and trust trying to promote a product that does the opposite.
It didnt satisfy their hunger and certainly isnt substantial enough for a breakfast cereal alone. The fat content is too high, as three straws without milk equal a kit kat with about the same nutritional value.
Purely for the purpose of research, I made myself a large hot chocolate, whipped cream on top, you know the one full of calories. I thought I would give Kelloggs straws another chance before reaching a conclusion. To be honest they were still as revolting as they were inside a bowl of milk except dipped inside a hot chocolate, the straws evaporate in seconds and end up a floating mess under the whipped cream.
For my peace of mind, my children have a weetabix for breakfast, with honey and warmed milk. For a snack when they come home its back to fruit until tea is made. Coco Straws do not benefit them in any way; the only one to gain anything is the lining of Mr Kelloggs pockets.
***** HEALTH WARNING ******
Those with any allergic reaction to specific foods such a nuts and milk intolerance, then please read the small print on the box before you decide to consume these.
Also, not so long ago in various tabloid newspapers and also a morning television programme, there was a report telling parents that these straws were far from healthy for our children. The reports highlighted what I have already pointed out that the fat and sugar content was too high and deemed unhealthy.
Also the consumer magazine Which, pointed out that they were to complain to the Advertising Standards Authority. You can see exactly what the food guidelines are for children and also what Which reported by accessing this site:
For more information on Kelloggs and the fact they have a great website being www.kellogs.co.uk. The website is more enjoyable than eating their straws. There are numerous competitions, recipes and games for the children to play online. If you need an idea as to what to do with all that excess chocolate over Easter, check this site out. Apart from eating it yourself, there are some great inspirational recipes that are aimed at children to make.
Thank you for reading and sorry to burst the bubble on Kelloggs new product. They might not sound as exciting but Weetabix and Porridge are far more healthier to send your children to school on.
~Coco Pops Straws~
I dont know whether youve seen the TV ad for these new Straws, believe me they are the weirdest breakfast idea. A box full of tubes, sorry straws, to suck up a bowl of milk through. The idea disgusts me, as I hate drinking milk. But being a good mother and knowing that the kids need their calcium I succumbed to buying a box. (Helpless to resist a half price offer for a new product).
The brightly coloured box is in the Coco Pops breakfast cereal themed colours of bright yellow background with blue and brown writing. There is a cartoon animal on the front too. I suspect it is a monkey but a little difficult to tell when disguised in t shirt, shorts and a cap. The box features a picture of an actual sized straw. Each straw measures just over six inches. Find your own measuring tool, I used a ruler.
The pack of straws weigh 375g. There are two foil wrapped packets inside the box, each containing 18 straws in a thin, clear plastic tray. The straws are brown and have a coiled pattern all along their length and are basically a hollow tube with an internal chocolate coating. The straws are 1 cm in diameter, thats about a quarter of an inch if youre still using your measuring stick. The idea is that you have 3 of these and a bowl of 125ml of semi-skimmed milk. This is what Kelloggs class as a serving.
~The taste test~
Sorry, but given that I would most likely be sick if I had to drink milk through a straw, I have let the kids try them out for you. Their first and most obvious comment was that sucking up the milk through the straw was just the same as drinking milk through a straw. The TV ad leads you to believe that the chocolate lining will make your milk taste chocolatey. Apparently, it does not. Youll have to try it for yourself if you dont believe them, because frankly I cant be tempted to suck it and see.
The tubes, ahem straws, are really crunchy and Ive happily munched my way through a fair wadge whilst writing this. They can best be described by taste as the same as the waffle part of a Cornetto cone which has not gone soggy in the freezer. They are crunchy and not overly sweet. In fact theyre really rather yummy. I have consequently made a right crumby mess all over the new keyboard. I really hope hubby doesnt read this, Ill get into big trouble for this, my new pc which he kindly treated to me too last month. Still, Ill do some cleaning when Ive finished. A good polish never goes amiss.
A typical serving with 125ml of semi skimmed gives you 7g protein, 29g carbohydrate (17g of which is sugar), 6g fat and 0.25g salt plus a small contribution to your daily vitamin intake of B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin and Folic Acid and totals 192 calories. However, if you ditch the milk and eat them alone as our kids did then this becomes 3g protein, 23g carbohydrate (15g of which is sugar), 4g fat and 132 calories.
These straws are very nice to snack on. They make quite a few crumbs and I cant manage 6+ inches in one go; you may be able to do better. They also would make fantastic wafers for ice cream. In fact forget the idea of straws for milk, Id re-invent these as ice cream spoons. Ideal for spooning not recommended for sucking.
~Cost & Availability~
These are a new product but are available in most supermarkets. They cost £2.09 per box at both Sainsburys and Tesco.
I would give Coco Pops Straws 9 out of 10 as an ice cream wafer/spoon but a mere 3/10 as a hearty breakfast. Alternative uses other than as an accompaniment to ice cream include a straw for a nice frothy milkshake, a drum strick to be used with the biscuit tin. I'm sure you can up with some good ideas yourself, please drop me a note if so!