Product Type: Tesco Snacks
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
For the most important meal of the day...
Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits
Member Name: licclevicki
Tesco Value Wheat Biscuits
Advantages: saves the pennies!
Disadvantages: sticky gluey mess
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.
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.
Summary: l won't be buying these on my next shop