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In Home Bargains yesterday and bought a bag of 5 Special K 'original' mini Breaks for 99p (ok I admit I bought 4 packets of 5!) as I have bought in the past and thought was a nice treat. I take pack ups to work each day, as does the girls and husband, so always on the hunt for nice lunch box snacks and these fit the bill. These Mini breaks weigh 24g but due to the size of the biscuit bites, they do seem to last longer than an average biscuit and are very enjoyable to munch whilst drinking a cuppa tea. They are described as crunchy multi-grain cereal bites and this seems an apt description, as they have oat type bits on top of the biscuit base, which is about 4cm x 1cm (very approx. as have eaten them now, although suppose I could open anther packet to assist in my review.... ). They do taste very sweet which I like but could be too sweet for some The bag contains 98 kcals which is also stated as being high in fibre. The packet is a pale blue and white with inside being foil in order to keep air tight. There is a large K in the distinctive kelloggs style and then a picture of the mini bite. I only saw this 'original' flavour but can be bought in chocolate, mellow caramel and zesty lemon. Allergy information- Contains Milk, Soy, Wheat, Oats and Barley. Website myspecialK.co.uk Im awarding 5 Doo Yoo stars as they did last the whole of my brew, yet at 98 kcals I don't feel too guilty. They definitely hit my need for "sweet" which may be a negative for some.
Shopping in my local Co-Op I noticed that these were on offer and decided to try them. There are three different varieties; Original, Chocolate, and Lemon. I had the choice of Original and Chocolate, so decided upon Original as the healthier option. One of the reasons I bought these is because I wanted something to eat on the way home, so as soon as I'd left the shop I opened the multipack, which contains five individual packets. The individual bags of Mini Breaks are white with the red Special K logo on them and a picture of 3 of the Mini Breaks themselves. It tells me that there are 99 calories per bag, and on the back gives me a run down of the ingredients. So far so good I thought. When I opened the bag I didn't think the breaks themselves looked that appetising; think Ryvita on a smaller scale, mostly irregularly shaped (although trying to be square), and studded with grains. This was sort of what I was expecting though and the look of them doesn't bother me, it's the taste I'm interested in. The bag didn't feel very big and the multipack itself wasn't very heavy so I was thinking that there probably wouldn't be that many Mini Breaks inside. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were about a dozen. The mini breaks were actually much nicer tasting than I expected. They had a good texture which was a little crunchy but not too hard. The slightly sweet taste made me think they might have had some honey in them, but the packet tells me this is not so, they do have inverted sugar syrup so maybe this is what I could taste. I found that they were quite filling and would happily eat these in place of a bowl of cereal without feeling that I needed to eat more. In terms of the ingredients, these are pretty standard; wheat, oats, barley, etc. The same as whay you would find in Special K, all things that you would expect from a snack based around a cereal. The cost of Special K Mini Breaks is around £2.19, meaning they are not the cheapest, but they are a great snack on the go, and for me are a good alternative to snacking on crisps. Having said this, I won't be buying them all the time as the price is off putting for me.
Special K is one of my favourite breakfast cereals. I think I have probably been dazzled by their marketing a bit where they say that Special K is good for you and can make you lose weight by eating Special K everyday for two weeks but I have to say I also like the flavour and the different varieties they do. Now, in order to have breakfast on the go when I am out I have purchased some of these Special K mini breaks. The Special K mini breaks can be described as deliciously crunchy biscuit bites. The bites themselves are quite little and one is just small enough for one bite which I guess is why they call them bites. They are also quite thin which in my opinion makes them quite crunchy. The taste is really nice and much like the cereal themselves. They are multi-grain cereal bites and I think it's these different ingredients that give it their crunch and nice texture. They are a mixture of oats, wheat and rice and the snacks are baked so they are much healthier than say a fried snack like crisps. Even with all the cereal taste I also find these bites quite sweet and I find that they definitely provide me with a much needed sweet taste rush. I generally like to have a packet around 11am just before lunch when I'm still flagging a bit after breakfast. The bites themselves come in a little bag and the bag weighs 24g. I would say that there are probably about 20 of the bites in a bag so enough to fill you up for a little while. What's great is that each bag only contains 99 calories so it's much better than having a mid morning chocolate bar! The bites come in three different flavours, original, lemon and chocolate and in my opinion they are all yummy!
I am following the boots diet at the moment and I am having the same problem I have on all diets..... I love sweet foods!! I have tried so many "healthy option" snacks which I do not enjoy. When I was looking for something new to try I found the Special K mini breaks original box and they were on offer in Sainsburys 2 for £3 so I popped two boxes in my basket! The mini breaks come in small white bags similar size to mini cheddars. You get 5 bags in a box which is perfect for a snack each day in the week. These are the best healthy choice snacks I have tried. You get roughly 10-12 sqaues in each bag which is enough to take that sweet craving away and because they are oat based they do keep you full in between meals. The mini bites are made with oats, wheat and rice which are all foods which keep you fuller for longer. The closest thing I can compare the taste of the mini breaks to are mcvites Digestive biscuits. They are slightly more crunchy in texture than the digestive buscuits. I brought the Original flavour but they do also have a chocolate flavour to which I am yet to try but judging how good these ones were I hope the chocolate ones are as good if not better! They do also do a zesty Lemon flavour but I have looked everywhere for these and have yet to find them. These would also be perfect to put in your childrens lunch box as they are handy little sizes and good for them. Each 24g bag contains only 99 calories 7g sugars 2.5g fat 0.8g saturates 0.2g salt. I would recommend these to anyone wanting a healthy choice snack with out compromising on the taste.
I always seem to be watching my weight for one reason or another but unfortunately love to snack and love sweet things! I have been through a wide variety of 'healthy' snacks and then one day my sister gave me a pack of these which I loved. Although I have eaten Special K cereal in the past, I have to say it is probably not one of my favourites so these were really pleasant surprise. They come in boxes of five 24g packets for £2.10 from Tesco which I think is reasonable value. The packaging is simple and also handy for sticking in your bag when you go out because it is so small. The snack itself is small squares of golden oats, wheat and rice which are baked. They taste like small little biscuits but are quite crispy and crumble when you bite into them. I think the nicest thing about these is that they don't taste like a cereal, more like a biscuit and they are pretty sweet but not overpowerinly so. In addition they are less than 100 calories per bag which is ideal if you are calorie counting! The only problem is they are quite moreish so you need to make sure you don't eat more than one! They are also available in a chocolate flavour but I prefer the original as surprisingly, I don't think the chocolate one is as sweet. Definitely worth a try.
As much as I don't particulary like Special K, I am trying them again at the moment as they are all on some sort of special offer or other. I like one or two of their breakfast cereals, not keen on their Special K bars, so I thought I would try these Mini Breaks Originals that my daughter bought in from work one night. She had also got the chocolate ones as well, but I decided to give these ones a try first. These come in a cardboard box with the usual Special K logo blazen across the front and when you open the box you will find 5 small bags inside. These look like a small packet of crisps. In a white bag it has in very large writing that it is from the 99 calorie bag range written across the bottom ( I wouldn't have thought it had 99 calories as it is quite a small bag!). Well no longer hanging about I open the small bag up and peer inside to see what I can only describe as a bag that looks like it has a handful of shreddie sized thin biscuit things. I can see plenty of oats and grains sitting on top of these "biscuits", there are 10 that are complete little squares and a few crumbly bits at the bottom of the bag. Now for the taste they are crunchy and straight away the taste of a sweet sugary sensation hits my taste buds. This feels like I have just gone to the cereal cupboard and grabbed a handful of honey or sugar coated cereal. I know that on the back of the packet that these are " Crunchy multi-grain cereal bites", but by the picture on the front of the box they look like little square biscuits. These are definitely not for me as I find them so sweet and at 99 calories I'm sure I could have something more filling for the same amount of calories. For some people these will be exactly what they need if a sugar rush is needed or if you have a sweet tooth then these will suit you perfectly, but if like me you are not into things that are too sweet then I would save your money and find something else to snack on. Each 24g bag contains; ~~~Calories 99~~~ ~~~Sugars 7g~~~ ~~~Fat 2.5g~~ ~~~Saturates 0.8g~~~ ~~~Salt 0.2g~~~ You can buy these in a Chocolate flavour as I said earlier, but they also do a Zesty Lemon range as well. Currently they are on special offer in Tesco's for £1.00 instead of (can you believe it!) £2.10, which I think is a disgusting price to ask for this small box that contains 5 small bags!!!!! So I still haven't changed my mind about Special K and even though it is on offer I think I will give them a wide berth from now on, as they are overpriced and in the size portions that you get you could have plenty of other things that could help you to lose weight, that tastes nicer in my opinion!!.
Being a 'weight watcher' and having a ridiculously sweet tooth makes finding delicious 'good for you' snacks that soothe my cravings ridiculously hard! However, when I came across these new 'Special K Mini Bites' I was pleasantly suprised, and now always keep a stash in my 'treat' cupboard for when I get the urge to nibble! I first discovered the 'Special K Mini Bites' when I was browsing the cereal bar section in the supermarket. I like to keep a box or 2 of low fat ceral bars in the house to munch on when I get a craving for something sugary and bad for me. However, after 2 years of watching my weight and relying on cereal bars, I was beginning to get a little tired of eating the same old products time and time again. This is where 'Special K Mini Bites' stepped in to save me. Mini bites come in 2 forms: Single packets which you can pick up in the snack sections of supermarkets, shops, trainstations, vending machines and such - basically anywhere that is trying to intice you to purchase a snack. The other form is a multiple of single packets inside a cardboard box in the cereal aisle where the cereal bars are. The foil packages of mini bites come in 24g weight and are predominantly white in colour. The front has a giant red 'K' emblazoned across it - the easily recognisable logo for 'Special K' products. There is also the product name 'Mini Bites' and a picture of the bites themselves, which I must admit do look mighty tasty! Also the front of the package tells you the flavour, 'Original' and states that there are 99 calories in one bag - not bad for a sweet snack! The back of the bag of mini bites states the ingredients inside the product, the nutritional information - listed in 100g and also per 24g packet (handy for those working out Weight Watchers points like me!). There is also the barcode, best before date and storage details on the back of the packet as you expect to find on any edible item these days! The mini bites themselves don't look very appetising at first glance, however once the sweet, yummy aroma wafts from inside that foil packaging, you'll be mad to say no! The taste and texture of the original mini bites is rather very similar to that of a hobnob biscuit - which I was very suprised, and delighted, about! Afterall, what could be better than tricking the mind into thinking it were eating something much worse for your body than it actually was! Mini bites are crunchy rather than chewy and do have a biscuity texture to them, so are great for an alternative to 2 or 3 biscuits with your cuppa. The mini bites are sweet, but not in an overpowering, sickly way, and are just enough to soothe that forever-craving-candy tooth of mine (or yours!). On average you get around 10 mini bites to a 24g bag, which is just enough to relieve your urge to nibble, but not quite enough to fill you up. I'd suggest eating these more as a snack rather than a replacement for breakfast. They're great to graze on throughout the day, or eat whilst on the go, or when watching the soaps at home! Definately a delightful little snack to keep you going. Never did I believe that a multigrain, oaty, wheaty cereal bite could taste so fantastic, and for only 99 calories a bag, you can't go wrong! I keep a stock of these for whenever I get the munchies and want to keep an eye on what I'm eating. They're fantastic for throwing into your handbag due to the small size of the package for nibbles on the go too! Overall, I'd definately recommend anyone to try these as an alternative to a cereal bar, or just as a new and interesting snack! Whether you're watching your weight, counting your calories, or just wanting a delicious snack - these mini bites are fabulous. Ingredients: Cereal (rice, wheat flour, whole oats, wholewheat, rice flour), sugar, vegetable oil, wheat gluten, glucose syrup, defatted wheatgerm, dried skimmed milk, partially inverted sugar syrup, salt, oat fibre, barley malt flavouring, raising agent (E500, E450a), emulsifier (soy lecithin), Antioxidant (E320), Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), thiamine (B1), Folic acid, Vitamin B12. Allergy Information: Contains Milk, Soy, Wheat, Oats & Barley. To find out more about Special K Mini Bites you can check out their official website here: http:// www.kelloggs.co.uk/products/specialk/Snack/special _k_mini_breaks_original.aspx ** Also posted on Ciao under the username little_feets88 **
I seem to have been permanently on one diet or another for most of my adult life. It hasn't really got me very far but that doesn't stop me looking out for healthy treats and low calorie snacks - especially something sugary to satisfy my sweet tooth. So, today, I found myself in WH Smith after a rather long and dull wait for a hospital appointment - no magazines in the waiting room to pass the time (due to Swine Flu I suppose?!) and a looooooooooong wait which left me feeling a little peckish! Now, I'd been very good so far with my calories up to this point and didn't really want to spoil things by reaching for a bag of Doritos or something else loaded with bad stuff. But, it has to be said, that in times like this in the past I have just decided to take the 'it's ok I'll start again tomorrow' route and reach for one of those mega sized bars of Galaxy!! But not today. Today, I (thankfully) noticed that hidden in amongst all the chocolate bars, chocolate covered cereal bars, sugary sweet flapjacks and all the other 'good stuff' there were some little bags of 'Special K Mini Breaks'. And after a quick look at the packet I was very happy to see that they were an angelic 98 calories per bag! That clinched the deal for me and off I went to pay... So, out of the shop and get them open as quick as I can (I am starving after all!). The bag is sort of small - around the size of a bag of Mini Cheddars or a 5p pack of crisps (do you still get those???) and the outside is emblazoned with the usual Kellogs Special K logo that reminds you, in a rather comforting way, that you're eating something seemingly healthy that will (hopefully) help you to stop piling on the pounds. It's a brand I'm sure we're all familiar with! Inside, I found the Mini Breaks themselves - quite thin, square little biscuits basically. Not sure why really but I expected them to be soft and have a bit of a chew about them but actually, they're really crunchy. But it's a nice crunch - really biscuity. The breaks are made of oats, wheat and rice and you can actually see some of the oats in the biscuits which is quite nice and gives the impression that they're not overly processed. The taste is really sweet - sort of honey-ish (although I can't seem to see honey on the ingredients!) and kind of reminds me of a crunchier version of something else oaty like a Hobnob or similar. I had really expected that for 98 calories the bag would have a few little things in it and that would be it but I was totally wrong! There is a really good handful in there and they really filled me up and kept me going til tea time which was exactly what I needed to stop me falling off the diet wagon! These really are tasty little snacks - even if you weren't on a diet they'd be a nice little pick me up with a cup of tea or just as a snack or a treat after lunch. They are super sweet so one bag is enough and you're unlikely to overindulge on them at all. All in all, a tasty snack - doesn't taste diet-y or low fat or anything so you don't feel cheated and for less than 100 calories you get something that will actually keep the hunger pangs at bay. Yum!
Today was a really odd day for me. Thanks to Dooyoo I had enough money in my pocket to join a gym for 6 months. I don't actually mean thanks right now though to be totally honest and am struggling not to abuse the Dooyoo team for my sore body at the minute! So I was inducted and then went around and had a damn good work out. However half way through realising I'd skipped breakfast as I usually do and totting up I'd burnt over 500 calories I was starving for the first time ever. I could feel my blood sugar levels were really low and at one point I felt rather sick. I knew it was a food issue so I had to stop me training and go home. Before leaving though I knew I was going to have my dinner when I got in but wanted something to simply nibble on route as it were and in a machine in the foyer of my gym these were there priced 50p a bag and I thought they may help subside my hunger for half an hour at least lol. The Packaging.... 24g white foil bag and on the front I'm told they are Kellogg's Special K Mini Break 'Original' and perfect for nibbling. There is a picture of the biscuit type food on there too and I'm told they contain only 99 calories a bag (which is why I purchased them lol).On the back of the packet ingredients and allergy advice is listed as is nutritional information and storage details, contact details for Kellogg's are given, size is stated (as I've listed already) and finally there is bar-code on there. Simple, small packet and informative it is. The Cereal Bites.... Lovely! Golden in colour and rough in texture they have a lovely sweet smell to them that is ever so tempting! They are made from rice, wheat and oats and are incredibly chewy and crunchy and have a lovely syrupyness to them although they are not overly sweet and/or sickly...just incredibly moreish! I got about 10 bites in my bag and they went down a dream! Afterwards my hunger pangs did feel a little subsided though you can't call these mega filling or anything like that, they left no horrible nasty after-taste of sweeteners or anything and simply filled a gap for a while. Verdict.... These reminded me of biscuits which is great if your watching your weight. Sweet but not overdone or faked, seasoned and chewy these are a great little snack for anytime to boost sugar and energy levels more naturally than grabbing say sugary sweets or chocolate (that I tend to do alot!). Fresh..these are give them a whirl and see if you can treat your body to something healthy and actually find yourself liking them lol. Allergy Advice.... Contains: Milk, Soy And Wheat, Oats & Barley. Can be found in all good supermarkets etc.
***SPECIAL K RANGE*** I'm sure many of you will have hear about the Special K range which Kellogg's do, and I'm sure some people may have also tried the Special K challenge as well with their cereal. The Special K range includes different cereals, cereal bars in a range of different flavours including Peach & Apricot, Chocolate and more. ***SPECIAL K MINI BREAKS*** I purchased some of these from boots which were in the meal deal. You can also get these from Sainsbury's and Tesco in boxes of 5. I got 2 boxes from Sainsbury's for £3.00 as they were on offer; this was about 1 week ago, so they may still be on offer. The special K Mini Breaks come in different flavours including Original, Chocolate & Lemon. How-ever when I went to Sainsbury they only had the original flavour which is what I am reviewing now. These Mini breaks are perfect for nibbling and I find that they are a great alternative to crisps. In each bag of Original Mini Breaks are the following: Protein - 2g Fat - 2g Fibre - 0.7g Salt - 0.2g Each bag is 24g and has 98 calories which is 5% of your Recommended Daily Allowance. Allergy information: Contains Milk, Soy and Wheat, Oats & Barley ***PACKAGING/SMELL/APPEARANCE*** These come in a white foil bag with Special K on the front in big letters. It also has a picture of the mini breaks on the front of the packet and lists ingredients and nutritional information on the back of the packet. These are easy to open and when you first take a sniff, they smell quite sweet and remind me of the smell of Hob Nob biscuits. When taking one of these mini breaks out the packet they feel hard and have a rough texture to them. You can see the Oats in these biscuits and they are a golden brown colour and are square in shape. ***TASTE TESTING*** As I put one into my mouth I was expecting something very plain and boring tasting, but I was pleasantly surprised. They are very hard and crunchy but as you keep chewing them they do taste quite sweet. They are quite dry, but not drier than any other biscuits that I have tried before. I also think they taste a bit like Hob Nob biscuits as well which I absolutely love. You probably get about 8 mini breaks on here altogether and after eating a packet I do feel quite satisfied. If these weren't as sweet as they were I would need a chocolate bar or something sweeter to sort out my cravings but these do the job. These mini breaks have a nice crunch to them and they have a long shelf life which is great if you buy a few boxes when they are on offer. ***OVERALL OPINION*** I bought these 1 week ago and I have had 1 packet a day instead of crisps as I feel these keep me satisfied for longer and I like these because they taste sweet. I would definitely recommend people to try these, but if you don't like oaty biscuits like Hob Knobs you probably won't like these. When I pop to the bigger local Sainsbury's or Tesco I will be picking up the chocolate one's to try as I'm sure these taste even yummier. (review also on ciao)
Since I pack school lunches for three kids, five days per week, I like to make sure I have a ready stash of interesting goodies for them to eat. I usually include something along the lines of a sandwich, piece of fruit and a cereal bar of some sort. The range of cereal bars available nowadays is mind boggling. You could spend hours browsing through them all and believe me, I have. There are constantly new varieties appearing each week and this week I came across these Special K Mini Breaks. As my daughter is a fan of Special K, I decided to try them out. Although the box is emblazoned with the word 'NEW' in 4 different languages no less, I have a feeling they have been around a while and that perhaps they've repackaged them. Either way, I've not seen them before and they grabbed my attention. When checking out possible purchases for snack type food for my kids lunch boxes, I'm very particular that they don't contain more than 100 calories. Not because they're on diets, but because the majority of these bars aren't particularly healthy. So I'm happy for them to have small treats that don't overload them with calories. Some of the bars on sale contain massive amounts of sugar despite their health claims, and can have more than 200 calories per bar. I thought these Special K mini breaks made a novel idea as each pack contains about 10 breaks and would probably be quite easy to eat and hopefully not too messy. They come packed in a glossy rectangular box with a perforation around the lid designed so you can store the box flat, lift up the flap when you wish to retrieve a packet, then slot it closed when you've finished. The box is instantly recognisable with the Special K logo displayed on the front with a tempting picture of the contents which look like mini flapjacks alongside a couple of sheaves of wheat. They obtained a green light from me with the magic number displayed on the front of '98' kcal per bag. Each box contains 5 bags of mini breaks and I couldn't wait to try them. These are the original flavour and consist predominantly of rice, wheat and oats. Upon opening the bag I can see there are around 10 little mini breaks. They have the appearance of very thin biscuits (about the thickness of a 10 pence piece) and about one inch square or 2.5 cm lightly sprinkled with oats. I shared them out among the kids with instructions to concentrate on their taste as I required their opinions afterwards. I finished the rest off myself since it's my review I'd better make sure I know what I'm talking about! Each mini break can be eaten in 1 bite although my husband would probably tip the lot into his mouth on one go. I however, like to make my food last as long as possible and took 3 bites for each break. They are very crunchy, like a biscuit with a slight malty taste. You can definitely taste the Special K which I like anyway so that only added to my enjoyment of them. All the kids liked them and wanted more. For anyone on a diet or wanting a something light and low calorie to nibble on, then this is a good choice. They don't last very long as they're so small, but at least they're portion controlled so you won't be tempted to go overboard (unless you eat the boxful). I wouldn't say they're a replacement for a cereal bar as they're not chewy at all, but could be a substitute for a couple of biscuits. Update from my kids after eating them at school lunchtime: "Really yummy but made lots of crumbs." At least I'm not cleaning up after them! They are priced at £1.99 at Sainsbury. ~~~Ingredients~~~ Cereal (rice, wheat flour, whole oats, wholewheat, rice flour), sugar, vegetable oil, wheat gluten, glucose syrup, defatted wheatgerm, dried skimmed milk, partially inverted sugar syrup, salt, oat fibre, barley malt flavouring, raising agent (E500, E450a), emulsifier (soy lecithin), Antioxidant (E320), Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), thiamine (B1), Folic acid, Vitamin B12. Allergy Information: Contains Milk, Soy, Wheat, Oats & Barley. For lots more information on the Special K mini breaks, check out this site: http:// www.kelloggs.co.uk/products/specialk/Snack/special_k_mini_breaks_original.aspx