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Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits (Wheetabix) - cheap and nasty
Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits
Member Name: potoroo99
Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits
Date: 18/09/09, updated on 18/09/09 (82 review reads)
Advantages: Very cheap, not unhealthy
Disadvantages: Poor taste and texture, small biscuits that disintergrate easily
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: They may be very cheap, but even on a student budget, I won't be buying them again.