--What you get--
500g bag of value cornflakes.
--Value for money--
Phenomenal, I can't remember when I last got this many breakfasts for just 30p!
--My personal opinion--
This cereal tastes something like the standard of cornflakes you would get from a dispenser at a motorway services, so not bad but not the most amazing cornflakes ever. Eat fast once you've put milk on as they lose their crunch fairly rapidly compared to the superior Kelloggs, but for £1.70 extra a week, I'd definitely stick with my new favourite budget cereal!!
The flavour is mild yet distinctly cornflakesy, and these are a decent replica of the Kelloggs original. However, in a direct taste test I would probably be more disappointed, but I haven't eaten the original for a while now! For a weekly shop, its nice to be able to save on some things, and this is definitely one of them, as long as you get some fibre, vitamins and fruit in your breakfast you are doing yourself some good.
I enjoy eating these and they are definitely one of the best value buys I have come across - I can't believe you can get a whole pack of cereal for just 30p!!
I've seen some negative reviews on here to do with the cornflakes deteriorating as soon as they hit the milk. I don't know about you lot but I literally have 5 minutes flat to eat my breakfast in the morning as I usually wake up about 15 minutes before I need to be leaving the house, if I press snooze on my alarm! So this is the ideal, fast, get up and go breakfast! If you have children who eat a bit slower, maybe something different is better for them.
Buy these if you are strapped for cash but still want to eat breakfast in the morning.
We often have cheaper versions of Rice krispies and Corn Flakes in the house. the wife does some home baking now and again and often doesn't see the point in spending on the brand named good when it is all going to get covered in Chocolate. She says you often can'tt ell the difference when it is made like that.
I guess there is a good saving between this brand and the brand name. These cost only 46p for the 500g box, whereas you would be talking about 3 times the price for the brand named ones.
Yes, the box doesn't look quite so pretty and colourful. This just has the Sainsbury's Value colouring on the pack and a white box. The Flakes are in a plastic bag how they would normally come, and when looking at the Flakes they look nice enough. They look a little bit smaller than the brand named ones, but look crisp enough and a nice golden colour.
When added to Milk these still stayed crisp for a bit but even when they went mushy, they still tasted alright. They tasted a bit malty and salty but just seemed to be lacking the perhaps better, more expensive taste. There was a world of difference between the 2 brands, but these weren't too bad and perhaps a bit nicer than what I was expecting.
I wouldn't make a habit of buying these, but the odd bowl I would have now and again. I don't think I would go out and buy them specially though, as brand is better in this case.
Sainsbury's Basics Corn Flakes
Anyone who regularly reads my reviews (many thanks, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!)) will know that I review a lot of products from the supermarket ranges which offer savings to customers by spending less on posh looking packaging. As we all know, the packaging just gets thrown away anyway so it makes sense not to spend extra on it.....and let's be honest, we all have better things to spend our hard earned cash on!
I have recently started buying items from the Sainsbury's Basics range, whereas before, I admit that I passed them by, assuming that the cheap and nasty packaging meant that the product would also be cheap and nasty. I have been surprised to find that on many occasions, this isn't the case and the products have actually been great, unfortunately, I didn't find these corn flakes to be one of those products though and will not be buying them in future.
A 500g box of these corn flakes cost me just £0.65 which made them significantly cheaper than other brands such as Kellog's. Like all products in the Basics range, they come in a plain white box with orange writing. The corn flakes are sealed in a cellophane bag inside. I like to reseal these bags with a little clip to help to keep the cereal as fresh as possible.
The flakes look fine, they are a golden colour though do s ee a little smaller than Kellog's. I never eat sugar on my cereal so simply ate them with ice cold milk.
The taste was okay, but in comparison to my usual cereal seemed a little bland. The flakes were quite crunchy too, more crunchy than I had expected in fact. This was okay at first but after a few mouthfuls felt a slightly too hard. Having said that, the flakes also seemed to go soggy quite quickly in the bowl, and so before I had eaten half of them, were soft and stuck together which I don't like very much.
In summary, these flakes were certainly cheap but ended up being a disappointment to me. I like the fresh and light taste of Kellog's and these seemed a bit too crunchy and somewhat bland in comparison. I also didn't like the fact that they became soggy so quickly either so will not be adding these corn flakes to my shopping basket again, despite them being such a great price.
I think Sainsburys make a good basics range - we have many of their Basics goods at home; they are cheap and - for the main part - quite good. In general, some basic or value stuff is ok and some of it is definitely not -you have to try it to test it. If it is not nice you do not buy it again and put the waste of cash down to experience.
Sainsbury's basics cornflakes were, quite simply, horrible! My mother nagged me to eat a bowl, telling me that they would be just as good as Kellogs - yeah right. I agreed to try a bowl with her for breakfast and neither of us liked them.
The flakes are much smaller than Kellogs. For some basics you can fool yourself that the food/ product is just the same - made in the same factory sort of thing. You'd have to be stupid to do this with this cereal.
I had a sniff at them - they smelled ok and you think they might be acceptable - until you pour on your milk. I shoveled a load of sugar on them to sweeten the experience and started eating. Kellogs corn flakes are quite tasty and have a crunchy thing going on. These basics cornies tasted really bland to the point of wanting to spit them out. What is the point of eating food like that? Even with 10 tons of sugar on them, you could taste the bland revolting flakes. If that's not bad enough, they went soggy really quickly - so much so that half way through the bowl I had to admit defeat. I refused to finish them.
Those basics cornflakes lived in our cupboard for about 6 months until it was agreed that no one was going to finish them. I even put some in my gerbil cage and they did not eat them either. Finally, they were chucked out. We are not a house to waste food - so the fact that it ended up in the bin speaks volumes. One star is too generous!
Dear me, the first thing you think of when you pour yourself a bowl of cornflakes in the morning should not be 'UGH CHEWY!'. Unfortunatley, this was exactly my reaction when I tried these budget easing culunary abominations. Flavour wise, I can't really fault them, since toasted corn tastes pretty much the same whereever you get it, but in terms of texture...Well, I just found myself chewing my way through the bowl of these with a sort of grim determination rather than any actual enjoyment. When breakfast becomes about proving to yourself you will not be beaten by a bowl of cereal you know that you aren't exactly onto a winner.
Now although the basics range can be a bit hit and miss, I did genuinely expect a better product for my hard earned 46 pence. After all, I've had the tesco value equivilant and found them to be perfectly acceptable and if they can do it well for that price why can't Sainsburys?
Some basic or value stuff is ok and some of it is definately not; this is the rule for all thrifty shoppers - and you have to try it to test it. If it is not ok you simply do not buy it again and rue the wastage of cash. I think it is called a false economy. I hate those moments.
The basics cornflakes turned out to be the false economy because I could not bring myself to go for a second bowl. I even tried to tempt my daughter with them but she remembered the pale, soggy mess in my bowl and impolitely declined.
The flakes are smaller than your regular big brand or shops own regular. For some basics you can kid yourself that the food/ product is just the same. You'd have to be an expert in self delusion to do so with this cereal.
They smell ok and you think they might be acceptable - until you pour on your milk (soya in my case). Watch those flakes expand and spread before your eyes! Each one seemed to shout "See you sucker" from the bowl as I gingerly dipped my spoon in.
Needless to say, they weren't very nice. They languished in the food cupboard for about four months until I had to admit defeat. I'm heartily glad the previous reviewer found a use for hers; alas my teenager has now developed a more sophisticated taste than her earlier years and would snub such excellent cornflake cakes.
I don't eat Cornflakes of any brand very often so when my granddaughter decided she wanted to make some chocolate cornflake cakes we had to pop to Sainsbury's to buy some, I had planned to buy Kellogg's as these are obviously the cream of the crop but they were irritatingly on special offer so the shelves were bare of this top brand apart from some absolutely massive boxes which would have lasted me until 2012! I was about to turn around and buy Rice Crispies instead when I noticed that the Sainsbury's Basics range includes cornflakes which are very cheap at just 46p for 500g - I reasoned that these were going to be thickly covered in chocolate anyway so even if they were an appalling breakfast cereal they'd still be good in the cakes.
I must admit they don't look half so appealing as Kellogg's Cornflakes, and this is from a non-cornflake lover. They look to be thicker and are not such a pleasing shape, being almost a rough edged oval - they look cheap, it's as simple as that.
They worked well in the cornflake cakes, the chocolate coated them beautifully and they were lovely and crunchy but without the masses of crumbs you sometimes get when using cheaper brands of cornflakes to make them. I found, or rather my granddaughter did, that they didn't smash or break up as Kellogg's Cornflakes sometimes do when you give them a particularly good stir to get them completely covered in chocolate. In the cakes they tasted exactly the same as any other brand, which considering the amount of chocolate my granddaughter used meant they tasted simply of the brown stuff!
Of course, most of you reading this review will want to know what they are like as a breakfast cereal and for this reason (and this reason alone) I decided to have a bowl for my breakfast this morning.
Even though I was careful not to add too much milk I found these cornflakes still went rather soggy even during the transportation from the kitchen worktop to the breakfast bar (roughly ten steps away), admittedly the top ones were still crunchy but this is to be expected as these ones hadn't been sitting in the milk like the rest of them! Now, I'm not adverse to soggy cereal as it's generally the taste which will keep me coming back to cereals but these developed a strange chewy texture when they went soft which I personally didn't find very pleasant at all.
The flavour wasn't bad at all, in my opinion there isn't much difference between these and the vastly more expensive Kellogg's Cornflakes. They have the light and 'corney' taste of cornflakes and if it weren't for the fact that they went so soggy then I'd say these are actually superior to the Kellogg's variety as they have a slightly different, almost burned flavour which really got my taste buds working.
If you're on a tight budget then you really could do much worse than these Basics Cornflakes, and you'll enjoy them all the more if you actually enjoy soggy cornflakes - which incidentally my son in law does, so it's not unheard of!
Like many people, I'd read about the credit crunch in the papers and seen reports on the news. With no mortgage and no debt, I thought the only effect on me would be finally being able to grasp the bottom rung of the property ladder - how wrong I was!
Suffice to say that life can turn around on you very quickly, and suddenly even the weekly shop becomes a painful exercise in scrabbling around in the bottom of your purse for those last elusive copper pennies. This is where Sainsbury's Basics Cornflakes come in.
I usually buy Special K with red berries when it's on offer, or the Sainsbury's own brand version. When it became clear that these were no longer in the reckoning budget-wise, I opted for the Basics Cornflakes at only 46p for 500g.
The packaging is plain white with orange writing (like most of my trolley contents seem to be these days - I get pitiful looks at the checkout!). I checked the ingredients list against the standard Sainsburys corn flakes - nothing really stood out as being different. On the plus side, there were more green segments in the 'healthy eating' wheel on the top right hand corner of the pack.
I was expecting to hate this product - I thought they would be bland and I'd be struggling to eat them just to get something into a hungry stomach. When I poured them out of the packet, they did seem a little paler than 'normal' corn flakes - more of a pale yellow than a golden yellowy brown colour. However, the taste was far from unpleasant. They had a nice crunch and a full flavour - unlike some Basics products that just taste bland.
I didn't miss having the berries of Special K at all, and what's more they left me feeling full for much longer than my usual cereal would. I found that I wasn't ravenous by midday, as has often been the case in the past.
Things are starting to look up a bit now - so I could 'splash out' on a more expensive breakfast cereal. But my Basics Corn Flakes hit the spot, and I plan to continue buying them. Very penny counts, right?