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      26.08.2012 20:13
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      OK nutritionally but I would only buy if very short of cash.

      ===Why I Bought This=== Always on the look-out to try and reduce my grocery bill, as I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of most other Everday Value items I decided to buy these Wheat Biscuits when they cropped online at Tesco Grocery. Often on line Everyday Value items are not always available s I thought I would grab these when I could. ===The Brand=== Tesco Everyday Value range. The basic range of products which now replaces what used to be called Tesco Value. ===The Product=== Now in new Everyday Value packaging. Beige box with orange and brown images and lettering - images are of bowls, jugs, wheat etc. There is also a picture of a bowl with two wheat biscuits in and milk. 'Fortified with vitamins and iron.' 24 wheat biscuits (432 grams) made from British wheat. Produced and packed in UK. Suitable for vegetarians. Contains wheat and gluten - cannot guarantee nut free. A 2 biscuit serving contains 135 calories, 0.9 grams of sugar and 0.3 grams of salt. Product has a long shelf life - mine was for over a year. ===Ingredients=== Wheat (97%), sugar, salt, barley malt extract, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid. ===Nutritional Value=== Niacin - 35% of daily recommended amount. Iron - 31% of daily recommended amount. Thiamin (B1) - 45% of daily recommended amount. Riboflavin (B2) - 50% of daily recommended amount. Folic Acid - 34% of daily recommended amount. ===Cost=== Not currently availble for me to buy online but I think I paid about 63p for the box of 24 biscuits. Tesco ordinary Wheat Biscuits £1.47 for 24 biscuits (454 grams). Wheetabix 24 biscuits £2.17 for 24 biscuits (454 grams). ===Comparisons=== ===Weetabix Ingredients=== .Wholegrain Wheat (95%), Malted Barley Extract, Sugar, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid. ===Tesco Wheat Biscuit Ingredients=== Wheat (95%), Malted Barley Extract, Sugar, Salt Niacin, Iron, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid. ===Both contain 32% of your recommended daily allowance of B1, B2, Niacin, Folic Acid and Iron=== ===My Opinion=== Well going by the ingredients and the nutritional content these should not be much different to either Weetabix or Tesco Wheat Biscuits. Normally I buy the Tesco Wheat Biscuits or I will occasionally get Weetabix if it is on offer as I do not find much difference between those two. In appearance these Everyday Value biscuits have more square corners an are smaller. They are highly compacted oblongs which are smaller than the other wheat biscuits I buy and initially I was not even very keen to try the ones I had bought. However having run out of my normal bicuits I decided to give them a try. Actually once left with hot milk for a while and with a little sugar on them they did not taste much different to the more expensive Tesco version. However although they are over half the price of the Tesco Wheat Biscuits I think I will be continuing to buy the Tesco middle of the range variety. Luckily for me the Everyday Value ones are not available on line anyway at present so I could not buy them even if I wanted to! There is nothing actaully worng with these Everyday Value Biscuits - they just look cheap and unappetising to me. Perhaps I am being a little too fussy, but my son also will not eat these at all, although he is quite happy with the Eveyday Value cornflakes. These are not unedible but unless you are really desperate to save money I would recommend buying the Tesco Wheat Biscuits for £1.47. However if you are very short of cash these will suffice - they have the nutrition but are a bit unappealing to me. ===Star Rating=== 3 stars. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes - but only if you were desperate to save money. ===Website=== www.tesco.com

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      25.07.2012 16:12
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      They're not inedible, but not as pleasant to eat as the standard Tesco version.

      Recently, our local Tesco suffered from a sudden and surprising lack of Weetabix or its equivalents - one huge gaping void on the display units. I always have Tesco's own standard brand, Wheat Biscuits, for breakfast, as I find them filling and flavoursome and similar enough to the original so as to make very little difference. The price is almost half that of the premium brand too, so that is also a great advantage. However, over about a month, our local branch seemed to have great difficulty in keeping their own brand in stock, so at first I bought a 12 pack of the 'proper' version, and when they ran out, I was reduced to a box of their value brand (one box of about 3 left on the shelf of any type!). So it was this descent from the sublime to the ridiculous from original Weetabix to (very) cheap imitation that inspired this review. Tesco's standard version is quite loosely constructed, dissolves quite fast in milk and is quick to eat in a hurry. Weetabix original is slightly more dense, but again, soaks milk up quickly and becomes soft very quickly. Tesco Everyday Value Wheat Biscuits however are a different kettle of fish altogether. For a start, they do not bear the "Community Trade Mark" which protects the unique shape of the biscuit, This is because they are a much more compact rectangle. In being compact, they appear to be smaller, which they are in terms of overall dimensions, however, they are literally compacted. Comparing the weight of a typical two biscuit serving between all three, the value option only differs by 1.5g. These things are dense. So dense in fact that I would issue a warning that if you have weak or loose teeth, leave them to soak in a fair deal of milk for about five minutes before attempting to eat them. I found that using the amount of milk that I usually use on my cereal in the morning was nowhere near enough, and had to top it up. I'm usually in a bit of a rush in the morning and like to be able to just slosh on the milk & eat, so the value option in this context is not a helpful one, as it takes a fair while for the biscuits to soften. I wonder if they took the term 'biscuit' too literally when they came up with these? Imagine an inch-thick digestive and you'd probably not be too wide of the mark. Flavour-wise, they're actually not that much different from the standard version really, and if you're in the habit of adding sugar you probably wouldn't notice any difference to the flavour at all. When they have softened enough to be eaten, in all honesty they are an acceptable alternative if you have the time to wait (or have the foresight to put them to soak a while before you'll be wanting them). They contain more or less the same added vitamins as the others (the quantities vary slightly), are suitable for vegetarians, and to the best of my knowledge are only available in packets of 24. For the sake of comparison, at the time of writing, at Tesco's online store Weetabix original pack of 24 is £2.17, Tesco Wheat Biscuits pack of 24 is £1.47, and Tesco Every Day Value pack of 24 is £0.63. In today's economical circumstances, if you reckon the quantity of milk you'd need with them doesn't cancel out the benefit of being able to buy 24 Weetabix-equivalents for 63p, they are worth buying in the interests of saving a bit on the shopping, and I would buy them again if they were the only alternative. Cautiously recommended.

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        04.07.2012 23:51
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        A good cheap cereal

        Me and my family are all into trying to eat a healthy breakfast and so we all usually chose to have weetabix, however with money becoming tight we decided we needed to try and switch to a few of the supermarkets own brands. I first noticed the Tesco wheat biscuits because they do look cheap next to the glossy colourful boxes of all the other branded cereals and I was unsure whether to buy them or not as my children can be fussy. However as they were under a pound decided that it ancas worth the risk. When you open the box there are two wrapped packets, 12 wheat biscuits in each one. Again you notice that these are a hell of a lot cheaper as the wrapped packets are hard to open! After a number of attempts I finally managed it. The biscuits themselves are smaller then what you would get in the branded names are more square and the actual wheat flakes in the biscuits are a lot larger. On first looking at them I wasn't sure I had done the right thing in buying them. However the taste of them is just as good as the brand, they have a very nice taste and go nice and soft when adding milk. All of our family love them and even though we have to use more then we would do with the brands because they are so much cheaper we are still saving money! Thoroughly recommend people to try these.

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          12.08.2010 14:47
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          A great alternative for price concious buyers

          Recently reviewing my finances and deciding to budget every aspect of my life I have begun shelf swapping... moving down a shelf or 2 in the supermarket and grabbing the supermarket's own brand version. This started with Tesco baked beans and this week Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits. With the 75p for 36 biscuit price tag, they were almost giving them away. I prepared myself for a slight taste disappointment after eating and enjoying branded 'Weetabix' all my life. Opening the box they appeared almost identical to Weetabix and after dunking them in a bowl with warm milk and mashing them (as I sometimes do) adding 2 sugars (sometimes dicing a banana as an alternative sweetener) I was pleasantly surprised! I think they taste identical and at less than half the price! I suspect those who do believe they are totally different either have extremely developed taste buds or have been brand brain washed like many people, and take the packaging into account when tasting the product. Come on Britain... wake up to own-brands, stop being brain-washed & save a fortune! Give them a go!

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          09.06.2010 22:45
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          Cheap Version Of Weetabix That Really Doesn't Compare With The Real Thing

          Oh yes, it's getting to that time of the month when I dabble in the black art of penny pinching by purchasing the Tesco Value range where and when I can. One for the trolley last week was Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits as an alternative to our usual Weetabix. This should be a no brainer really as in all honesty, Weetabix aren't really anything special so I couldn't see that there would be any great difference. A wheat biscuit is a wheat biscuit... right? Yeah sure... in the same way that a Ferrari and a Austin Allegro are both cars! The first thing I noticed was that it was quite difficult to remove one from the packet without breaking it, in fact as the week went on this became worryingly ritualistic, to the point where I was sure that a good day would only be guaranteed by removing a wheat biscuit from it's sleeve intact and quite frankly I've never been a superstitious person, touch wood. Now, if you are today's lucky winner and manage to get a whole biscuit out in one piece, the next thing you notice is that these biscuits are rough around the edges and I don't mean in the Sean Bean kind of way that some ladies seem to find attractive... oh no, these have an edge so jagged that you could probably saw through a large redwood with one of these babies (if it wasn't for the fact they were so darn crumbly). So, now you have your rough old biscuits in various states of disrepair, sitting in your breakfast bowl. Pour on a little milk and Roberts your mothers brother, they completely disintegrate and you have a bowl of gruel. Great if you are Oliver Twist but outside of the workhouse, it's a little bit disappointing visually. It does taste ok though. I added some raisins to mine and it was edible. Just. However, the rest of the family was rather dubious and my 13 year son was less than pleased at how I was and I quote "tryin' to fob him off with my cheap old Weetabix wannabe tat". I think he might have a point but not to worry, three more years and he can start paying me rent, then I might spend a little more on breakfast cereal.. Mwah ha ha! **Sensible Stuff** Ingredients: Wheat, Sugar, Salt, Malt Extract Nutrition per 100g: Energy kCal 355 kCal Energy kJ 1,507 kJ Protein 13.7 g Carbohydrate 69.5 g of which sugars 2.5 g Fat 2.5 g of which saturates 0.4 g Fibre 7.5 g Sodium 0.3 g Allergies Information: Contains Gluten, Malt Extract & Wheat **Hello Hello** Well, I'm not sure that I'll be buying these again in a hurry. They might appear to be a bargain at 75p for a box of 36 biscuits but you really get what you pay for as far as this product is concerned. On the plus side, I now appreciate Weetabix a little more than I did before. I'm giving them two stars because I'm nice like that. Thanks for reading.

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            07.06.2010 14:01
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            Super dry

            If you like your breakfast served with bitter disappointment listen up! Money: 75p for 36 wheat biscuits which are basically wheatabix. A bit of maths tells me that each biscuit is just over 2p. This sounds incredible, but they are slightly smaller than traditional wheatabix so this must be taken into account. So a breakfast can set you back around 15p-25p possibly, depending how sparing you are with milk! Taste: The taste isn't great and they get really sloppy with too much milk, not so good. They end up more like mushy mix that resembles porridge rather than wheat biscuits. But then again people might like this, I know some people who love sloppy wheatabix and some who like is crunchy. If you're like me and prefer the crunchy wheatabix this is not the brekky for you! Without bucketfuls of milk the breakfast becomes disgustingly dry, not so good in the morning when you're quite dry anyway! This can actually mean you are spending more than you think on milk because you really need to drown it. And it's impossible to copy the wheatabix week or whatever it was called because they sometimes used yoghurt instead of milk. I tried it leading to my mouth drying up like a prune. Ease: They are not packaged very well, as per Tesco value because this is where they generally save their money. They are tightly packed on top of each other in 3 rows of 12. When starting a new row, it is a real struggle getting one out without crumpling it everywhere. Really really annoying! Also leaving the washing up and letting the breakfast dry out onto a bowl is a big mistake as it takes a good 5-10 minutes to get it off! But then again this can be said about any breakfast, they are a real pain if you don't wash upi straight away! Downsides: A lot of things really. The packaging is too simple and hard to get them out as I said. Ridiculously dry without gallons of milk. Moneysaving tip: I would say buying the next step up of Tesco wheat biscuits might actually save you a bit of money, or if not be marginally more money for a much better product. The tesco wheat biscuits are priced at £1.28 for 24 so just over 5p per biscuit. However they are 3g more per biscuit and require less milk as they aren't nearly as dry as the tesco value version. I would say they are probably around the same price for a bowl of cereal of the same weight. Overall: Not so good, too dry so you'll be spending much more on milk to compensate. Toodles!

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              05.03.2010 14:27
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              A food item worth considering but also think about the disadvantages with this one

              The Value wheat Biscuits (basically Weetabix) is 75 pence and serves as a breakfast in the morning. This is one of the very few Value items where you can tell that it really is a budget item. Not because of the taste but because of the size of the biscuits, themselves, which are a lot smaller than the Weetabix version. Is it filling? Well, kind of, but I do tend to have a piece of fruit afterward as I can get hungry again by just eating this alone. The taste is the same as the Weetabix brand and I sensed no difference there. The biscuits come in a picture box. The picture actually looks pretty good here and it doesn't have that cheap look that other Value products have but that could just be down to the nature of this particular item. The biscuits are packaged in a 550 gram pack and each serving (I'm guessing two biscuits) has 170 calories so it's not too bad there. These have 7 grams of sugar, exactly, so bear this in mind if you want to add spoonfuls of sugar on top of this. Fibre is 2.3 grams and it should be enough to "keep things regular". It's just too bad the size of the biscuits are quite small otherwise I'd recommend this with no problems but I have to say you should approach this one with caution!

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                21.02.2010 15:06
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                Not for everyone!

                I love weetabix, but decided to try the tesco value range to see how it compared to the branded ones i usually buy. To be honest, i liked these just as much as weetabix, but i do think that is a preference that would depend on how you like to eat these. I like my weetabix to stay crunchy, i dont use a lot of milk and they stay pretty dry. But my wife likes them to go soggy - lots of milk and sugar - and she mushes them up for my daughter until they resemble baby food. For the dry and crunchy version these are great. They dont absorb the milk as much as weetabix would, but that means my wife was not very impressed - and because of that we will probably stick to the branded ones. Inside the value packaged box, the biscuits look pretty much like your average weetabix would (maybe slightly smaller - but not noticably). And at 75p for 36 they are really cheap - but if you like soggy cereal i would recommend that you stay away from these. Ive given it 3 stars because i liked em, but have taken my wifes views into account with scoring.

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                18.02.2010 16:36
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                A classic breakfast cereal thats cheap

                Reading the other reviews, I have to question how realistic people are about what they expect for their money. Yes this product is value, so you have to expect them not to be as good as the original branded Weetabix make. I not even going to try and say they are the same, as they are not. But what's also not the same is the price. For a pack of 36 of these cheap wheat biscuits, they will cost you 75p. Yes 75p! For a branded make, you are looking at over £3!. So is there really that much difference in them to warrant spending more I would have to say no. The first thing to remember about these are that they are smaller than other branded makes, but that doesn't matter too much. The biscuits themselves are not as sweet, and they taste more earthy, and wheety, which is what you would expect perhaps, The main thing I dont like about these is that they are much harder than others, and your do need to let the milk soak into them for a it longer first, otherwise they can be quite cardboard like. Nutritionally wise, these are a great healthy way to start the day. The contain low amounts of fat and salt, and give a god high source of energy which makes you feel fuller or longer. The packaging however is the real advantage here over other brands. They come neatly stacked in rows, so its very easy to pick them out, out and reseal the packet, without making any mess. Overall, I would say that if you are prepared to sacrifice a little bit d the taste, then you will save lots!

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                11.10.2009 22:51
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                l won't be buying these on my next shop

                Wheat Biscuits ******************** Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. It's the fuel to get you started in the morning, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. But the benefits of breakfast doesn't end there, it apparently starts off your metabolism, so helps your body eat away at those calories. Most breakfast cereals are quite filling, because they contain huge amounts of carbohydrates. This allows them to stop the hunger pains, and makes an ideal snack. Having said all this, l shall confess, l am not a great breakfast eater. I usually wake up feeling nauseous so facing food in the morning is a no-no. But lately l've tried to be really good, and face my cereal demons. The main reason for this is due to the fact lm trying to lose a few pounds, too many treats has led to my weight slowly creeping up. So my chosen cereal was Wheetabix, which l got on with quite well, but then we decided to try Tesco's value brand of their similar product - Wheat Biscuits. We decided to try these mainly because they were a little cheaper, infact , they cost about 75p which is quite a bit cheaper than we usually pay, especially price versus quantity. Packaging and nutritional info. ************* The packaging of the product is like all of their value products, it is less than desirable, basic and rather boring in a simple cardboard box. But personally the packaging is not a huge problem for me. It allows Tesco's to keep costs to a minimum, which is fine with me. This box contains 36 wheat biscuits in a relatively small box. On the front of the packaging it has nutritional contents, 2 biscuits with 125 ml of semi skimmed milk contains 170 calories, 7g sugar, 2.9g fat, a.5g saturates and 0.3g salt. The product contains, wheat, sugar, salt, Barley malt extract. So it's a rather simple and the product is best kept sealed and in a cool dry place. Appearance ********* On appearance these look rather different to other similar products l've tried and tested. They are much smaller than Wheetabix. Two of these would not feed me for a significant amount of time, whilst two wheetabix probably would. Each biscuit looks flaky and the flakes of wheat are much bigger than l am used to. They are much more crumbly and break very easily. As l dip my head to look in the box l see a large amount of wheat crumbs, which are completely useless..... Where's my wheat biscuits? It appears that half of them are missing because they have fallen apart. They wont be getting top marks from me on appearance. The taste test ********** So my usual ritual of eating this type of thing is to add my cereal, heat the milk, add a little sugar (naughty l know) and there you go... sorted. With this cereal however, what looked like a decent enough sized breakfast disappeared into a small brown sticky, lumpy mess. The big crumbly flakes seem to absorb the milk and make it into some kind of sticky gluey mess, so gluey in fact that l need to add more milk. The taste is okay, but the taste is not what l am used to, perhaps this is due to the texture, and the fact the product is highly diluted in milk, due to the fact l needed to add so much. They seem a lot more lumpy than other brands, and whilst in some respects the taste is largely similar to other similar products, the fact that the texture is all wrong just ruins my breakfast. I end up just eating it for eating its sake, l do not enjoy this cereal, it becomes more of a hassle to eat and prepare, because l am unsure of how much milk is too much and how much is not enough. Would l buy again? *************** The product probably is cheaper than alternatives, but its not as cheap as you may think. The size of each individual biscuit is much smaller to alternative brands, so when you read 36 biscuits for 75p at first you may think, bargain, but when you actually see how small they are, and how flaky and crumbly they are you realise that they are probably not as good value as you thought. For me, l definitely think paying the little bit extra for a product you will enjoy is worth it. Both me and my partner do not like the texture at all. They taste similar to other wheat cereal, but as l said l needed to drowned mine in milk before l could eat it. Im not saying l could never eat these ever again, but l am saying next time l visit the supermarket l will pay the extra for something l know l am going to enjoy. In my opinion this is one of Tescos value products which lets their value brand down.

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                  18.09.2009 18:44
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                  They may be very cheap, but even on a student budget, I won't be buying them again.

                  The value range at Tesco is normally full of very cheap, but decent products in boring / cheap looking package. As a university student, I am always looking for ways to save money, and would never snub a Tesco Value product on branding alone. I have tried many Tesco Value products and most recently Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits, which are obviously the Tesco Value version of Wheetabix. Description At 75p for 36 biscuits (only 2p per biscuit!),it looks to be amazing value, so I picked up a box. When I opened the packet I found that the biscuits are smaller than a Wheetabix despite being rectangular rather than the normal oval shape. The grain is much coarser and they don't really look like food, as the edges look snapped and rough rather than well formed. I have a habit of eating Wheetabix dry (a bit of a marmite thing!), and when I bit into one of these, it felt like munching on aquarium gravel! I ate the rest (I wasn't going to waste anything vaguely edible) soaked in milk to soften the texture, and 3 biscuits in a bowl was about equivalent to 2 Wheetabix. As I reached the second half of the box, I found that I had about 20 'biscuits' and half a box of flakes and crumbs - these wheat biscuits suffer from very poor structural integrity. Nutitional Information The ingredients are Wheat, Sugar, Salt, Malt Extract and nothing else. A 30g portion with 125 ml semi-skimmed milk is 167 calories and contains 2.9g of fat and 7g of sugar. Although this is not an unhealthy cereal (brown without a sugar coating), it doesn't feel very nutritious to eat. I've heard stories of Special K tasting of cardboard, but I think that is preferable to this cereal. This amount did not fill me up, but I didn't really want eat any more. Alternatives The obviously alternative is the main brand of Wheetabix, but this is pricey at £1.78 for 24 (7.5p per biscuit), although you can get larger packsin some places. The alternative I ended up going for was "Tesco Wheat Biscuits", they are the Tesco (non 'Value') own brand and come in an orange box. They look and taste almost exactly like Wheetabix, but cost £1.19 for 24 (less than 5p per biscuit). At the moment there is also an offer in the "Tesco healthy living Wheat Biscuits", at £2 for 48 they are slightly cheaper at 4.2p per biscuit. I find "Tesco Wheat Biscuits" a good compromise, and other shops including Sainsbury's also sell similar products.

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                    16.09.2009 08:43
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                    A value product I won't be buying again!

                    I have always been a great fan of Weetabix and have recently tried both the Asda and the Tesco own brand ones and thought that they were both equally as good as Weetabix. When I was last in Tesco's I noticed that they also had a Tesco Value version so I decided to try those as well, thus saving even more money! First of all let's go through what exactly is available at Tesco in the wheat biscuit line! The choice is currently as follows: Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits 36 for 80p = 2.2p per biscuit Tesco Wheat Biscuits 24 for £1.15 = 4.8p per biscuit Tesco Light Choices Wheat Biscuits 48 for £2.15 = 4.5p per biscuit Weetabix which cost £1.78 for 24 biscuits = 7.4p per biscuit The Packaging The Wheat Biscuits come in a white box with the now familiar red and blue Tesco Value logo on the top left hand corner and the words 36 Wheat Biscuits on the front together with a picture of two of the biscuits - which look exactly like Weetabix - in a bowl with milk. The front of the box also shows the nutritional content expressed as a percentage of recommended daily allowance. Inside the box there is an inner wrapper of greaseproof paper and the biscuits are stacked inside this unlike Weetabix and the standard Tesco Wheat Biscuits which are wrapped in two separate packs of 12 in white greaseproof paper. For those of you who like a full description - the biscuits themselves are oblong in shape with rounded ends and are slightly smaller than Weetabix. The Content The biscuits are made from just four ingredients which are wheat, sugar, salt and barley malt extract. The whole grain in Wheat Biscuits is a great source of fibre, which not only helps to keep you regular; it helps to maintain a healthy heart too and it will keep you feeling fuller for longer. A serving of two biscuits will only set you back 170 calories when eaten with 125ml of semi skimmed milk and they are suitable for vegetarians too. Each biscuit on its own contains about 65 calories. The Taste With the Asda and Tesco brand Biscuits that I have already tried I did wonder whether they were actually made by Weetabix as they looked, smelled and tasted exactly the same but not so with these! The first problem is that they do not hold their shape in the box! There were some that were whole but most of them were in various stages of collapse meaning that the box contained a lot of crumbs of various sizes. In fact it was so bad that I wrote to Tesco and complained - I got a £1 Tesco card for my trouble. I put two of them in my bowl, added the skimmed milk and began to eat. The texture of these biscuits is much rougher than the other wheat biscuits that I have tried and the taste isn't anywhere near as nice. I am disappointed to say that these biscuits have a much more cardboardy taste for want of a better way to describe it. Whilst the other types of Wheat Biscuits can be given to very young children I wouldn't want to risk it with these as the texture is so rough - the pieces of biscuit don't seem to break down in the milk as they do with the others. The Nutritional Information The nutritional information for 100g of the Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits is as follows: Calories 360 Protein 13.7g Carbohydrates 69.5g Of which sugars 2.5g Fat 2.5g Of which saturates 0.4g Salt 0.3g Incidentally the nutritional values are almost identical to all the other variations which did surprise me - I expected the sugar and salt content to be higher for some reason. I suppose I still expect the very cheap foods to be less nutritious, I don't know why. The Conclusion I won't be buying these again. The taste is not as good as the standard Tesco Wheat Biscuits and half the biscuits were wasted due to the fact that the texture was so poor and most of the biscuits were in crumbs in the box! I am happy to save money and buy Tesco Wheat Biscuits instead of Weetabix but Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits are just a step too far!

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                      15.09.2009 19:04
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                      I will be sticking to my bran flakes in future!

                      As anyone who read my earlier review of Tesco Bran Flakes will know, I'm quite a fan of them, in fact I will rave on to anybody about how good they are, whether they are remotely interested or not! So I bought Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits (shhhh! Don't call them Weetabix!) with high expectations. As they are from the value range, the first thing to mention is the price. Currently Tesco.com is selling at 80p for a box of 36 biscuits, which is bargainous by anyone's standards. However it is worth noting that the biscuits are smaller than a certain leading brand's, so 36 biscuits isn't quite as much as you might think. That said, the product can't really be faulted on price. I was a bit disappointed when I opened the box, firstly because of the size and secondly because of their general appearance. The wheat is generally much coarser than with more expensive brands, and so the feeling when eating them is far rougher. Whether this is a problem or not would depend on your personal preference, but I wasn't keen. Thirdly, I found a lot of the biscuits had crumbled around the edges, which made them even smaller. I have a very active job and so always eat a hearty breakfast, but wasn't even quite sure that three of these were enough for me. A final point that has been noted on another review is that this alternative wheat biscuit is not fortified with any vitamins or minerals, which the leading brand is. In fact, Tesco's standard wheat biscuits are also fortified with similar vitamins and minerals, which might make them a good compromise if that is a concern. Again, this will come down to preference and the general quality of your diet. Overall I have to say, I wasn't impressed with these at all, they were too rough and bitty, and the taste wasn't quite what it could have been. They actually did taste like cardboard, and coming from someone who adores bran flakes, I think that is quite a statement! At the price they are worth trying as a one-off, and I wouldn't say they are too bad to eat, but for me they were a compromise in quality too far.

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                        14.09.2009 08:53
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                        Basic breakfast cereal for the seriously thrifty

                        The main differences between Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits and Weetabix are the price, the size and the addition of vitamins and minerals (to the Weetabix). Price ------ The Value biscuits cost a mere 75p for 36 biscuits. Weetabix biscuits cost £1.66 for 24 biscuits. I think that this is quite a difference and if you are doing a thrifty shop - I do not see how you can justify buying the more expensive brand. Size ----- The Tesco Value Biscuits are slightly smaller than the chunkier Weetabix. This means that if you use two biscuits for your breakfast there may be slightly less in your bowl. This is perhaps only noticeable if you are super-hungry at breakfast or are about to go out to work to do a spot of manual labour. Other than that, the biscuits are splodged up with cold or hot milk - and you cannot spot the difference - in my opinion. In any case, the biscuits can be halved if you wanted that bit extra. Ingredients --------------- Wheat, Sugar, Salt, Barley Malt Extract I like it when ingredients are simple. In terms of sugar content, there is 7g per serving and 2.9g of fat per serving. These biscuits are not fortified with vitamins and minerals. Weetabix does have quite a few essential elements added to their biscuits. I take a whole range of vitamins and minerals in an attempt to make up for the veg I eat having less vitamins and minerals in. The soil that our food is grown intensively in is somewhat depleted - so extra vits are a good idea. They have certainly made a difference to my hair (thicker, longer). If you do not take extra vitamns and minerals then I think it is very wise to eat fortified food. In this instance, I think it would be a good idea to pay the extra and buy the recognised brand. Packaging ------------- The biscuits come boxed in a plain, quite thin, recyclable box with the familiar Value logo on. Inside, the biscuits come in plastic wrappings which wrap the biscuits tightly and keep them fresh. I find that the biscuits do indeed remain fresh for quite a while when the plastic wrapper is open - even after about 3 weeks!. Eating the biscuits ----------------------- Wheat biscuits are very convenient to eat; take them out of the packet and apply milk in a bowl. I like to eat mine with cold soya milk on and a sprinkle of xylitol sugar over. I chop the biscuits up with my spoon and try to eat them before they get too soggy. If hot milk is applied, the biscuits go soggy very quickly and this is fine if you want to eat a mush-type cereal. I sometimes do - which brings me neatly to the point - this is a versatile breakfast cereal because you can vary the eating texture somewhat. The taste of the Tesco Wheat Biscuits is very favourable. if you bite into one whole, you can taste the slightly salty, malty taste. They do not taste sweet. To Conclude --------------- Great basic breakfast cereal if you are on a budget. The biscuits taste good and do the job just fine. However, if you are keen to get a vitamin and mineral fix - then buy the more expensive, well known brand.

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