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I have always been a fan of cereals, more for a snack at night than a breakfast option, but find that I do get quite bored of the choices after a while. After seeing the newest incarnation of one of my favourite and trusted cereal products I knew I had to try it out! The product I will now review is - "Special K - Bliss creamy berry crunch". The thing that really attracted me was the picture of the cereal on the front of the box, this was a bowl brimming with cereal flakes, freeze dried cranberry and raspberry pieces and lumps of vanilla yoghurt covered cereal clusters. When the cereal has been tipped into the bowl, the ratio of cereal to fruit was quite poor initially, that was until I realised that much of the fruit had settled into the bottom of the box in transit, so after giving the box a little shake, and re pouring my bowl, I was much more pleased with the selection I ahd in front of me. There is of course an abundance of flakes, but what I hadn't originally realised is there are two different sorts of flakes, with there being rice and wheat, then the fruit was a liberal splattering of colour in my bowl, with the vanilla yoghurt clusters being quite well hidden, camouflaged with there colour being very similar to the flakes themselves! The taste was a bit of a miss match actually! The flakes to me always taste delicious, wheat and have a delicate sweetness to them, negating the need for added sugar to the bowl (always a no-no when on a diet!), the fruit though wasn't just sour, it actually made my mouth pucker and gave me a little shiver too. On the other hand the clusters were very sweet and creamy, so if you are lucky enough to be able to get fruit and some clusters on the spoon at the same time you would be fine, with one balancing the taste of the other, I wasn't so lucky and found myself picking pieces of fruit out of the bowl before eating it, more so the cranberry than the raspberry surprisingly too! The nutritional information is as follows - Per 30g serving with 125ml semi skimmed milk, 174 kcal, 29g carbohydrate, 13g sugar, 16g starch, 3g fat, 2g of saturates, 0.8g fibre, 0.5g sodium. Allergy advice states that this product contains milk, soy, wheat, oats and barley. This product des however contain many of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs daily, a list of which can be found on the side of the box. I purchased this cereal for £1.00 a box, though at full price is available around the £1.50ish mark. For more information visit - www.kelloggs.co.uk Thanks for reading x
In general, I do really love Kellogs cereals but I am sorry to say that I am not particularly keen on this cereal. The flakes are quite nice and are just like those in the original special K. The fruit in the cereal however I feel slightly dirupts its flavour. The fruit is rather sharp and tangy which for me is a little too much. However if you have sour tast buds then this is probably for you. When the cereal is eaten dry, it is not too much of a problem but when added to milk you can really taste the flavour of the cranberries which some may find appealing. The other thing is this cereal is for those who want to loose wait generally andthe suggested amount of cereal is 30 grams. For me however I find that this amount is not enough for me and I usually need to have more. However there are some that are not that hungry in the mornings and so this system will work a treat for you if this is the case
As the other reviewers have stated, this product can be worth the money we pay for it; however there a few points to keep in mind regardless of taste. I have tried Special K Sustain, Purple Berries, Plain... and pretty much the whole range and the bliss is my favourite by far. The freeze dried berries are gently softened by milk and the yogurt coating really is blissful on the tastebuds. I bought it an effort to have a more healthy breakfast on a weight loss plan and it does taste good and is low in fat. I do, however, have some conerns. I must admit that I am still quite hungry within an hour of eating it and I can't break for lunch until after 1 pm. That means a five hour gap between breakfast and lunch. This cereal can't support that. It's also relatively high in sugar and low in fibre compared to other brands such as Optivita (also kellogs). I think that if you're after taste and you dont' have to wait a long time for luch, then go for it. If you have to wait five hours, skip it and go for a poached egg on toast with beans.
I've never really been a natural fan of breakfast cereals, I'm much more of a marmite and toast deep down. Recently though after the birth of my second baby the scales were not showing what I would like them to do and I decided that urgent action was required. I'd lost weight in the past by cutting bread out of my diet but to do this I needed to find a breakfast cereal that I would really enjoy and wouldn't leave me tempted by the toaster. My mum had always been a big fan of Special K and while I thought it was ok, it wouldn't have been something I would have really eaten out of choice. Anyway my mum suggested I give the Special K Bliss Berry Crunch a try as she had treated herself to a box and thought it was delicious. Well I found it easily enough with all the zillions of variations of Special K which all sounded pretty good but also all come with a pretty hefty price on them. It is expensive and I believe it comes in currently at £2.87 for a 375g box in my local Tesco's however on occasion I have seen it on offer in Sainsbury's for 2 for £4. It is certainly a lot of money and for me it is more of an occasional treat than a weekly buy. Ok, once you get past the impact on your wallet you want to now if it lives up to expectations tastewise. From looking at the cereal before adding milk you can see your standad Special K flakes, cranberries and raspberries and small creamy colour clusters. It's colourful and visually appealing. I opt for semi-skimmed milk personally and I would recommend it's icy cold straight out the fridge for this one. It does taste fantastic, the flakes provide the substance of the cereal and then every now and then you stumble across one of the clusters which have a fantastic creamy, sweet vanilla taste. It could potentially be a little too sweet but then you find one of the sharper cranberries or raspberries which provide a fantastic contrast and just bring the whole thing together brilliantly. I thoroughly enjoyed every spoonful and the following morning I woke looking forward to breakfast. Nutritional Values For a 30g serving including 125ml of semi-skimmed milk Calories - 173kcal Protein - 8g Carbohydrates - 29g Of which are sugars - 13g Starch - 16g Fat - 3g (when semi-skimmed milk is used) Fibre - 0.8g Sodium - 0.3g Salt - 0.7g Ingredients Ride, Sugar, Wheat, Vanilla Flavoured Cereal Clusters, Wheat Gluten, Dried Skimmed Milk, Freeze Dried Fruits (Cranberry and Raspberry), Defatted Wheatgerm, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid and Vitamin B12
I buy Kellogg's Special K in all its varieties every week. Both my daughter and I enjoy these light, crispy flakes, with or without the red berries or whatever the additional ingredient might be. We both watch our weight and this is a great way to do it. Having less than 2% fat, ll2 calories, 7g sugars, o.3g salt per 30g portion, they are, for me, an essential component of a good diet. As our daily recommended amounts are:- 2000 calories, 90g sugars, 70g fat (of which 20g is saturated) and 6g salt - a bowl of Kelloggs Special K, or Special K Bliss is a small part of our daily intake of these. The ingredients box reads as follows:- Rice, Sugar, Wheat (Wholewheat,Wheatflour), Wheat Gluten, Freeze Dried Fruits (5%) (raspberry, strawberry, cherry), defatted wheatgerm, dried skimmed milk, barley malt flavouring, vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, riboflavin B2, thiamin (Bl), folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin Bl2. A box holds 375g at 30g per serving which is roughly l3 bowls per box which is pretty good value for money. At the time of writing Kellogg's Special K are running a "2Week slimmer jeans challenge" i.e. 2 Bowls.....2 Meals.....2 Weeks!!! To join the plan you should ideally be over l8 years of age. You only need to calculate your body mass index (BMI) (ideally over 25 BMI) on their special website forum (www.specialk.co.uk) Special K is available in the following varieties:- Special K Special K/Peach and Apricot Special K/Purple berries Special K/Sustain Special K/Bliss Special K/Oats and honey. We have tried them all and its hard to chose between them, they are all delicious. Make sure of course to serve with semi or fully skimmed milk! Apparently the Special K Challenge has helped 3 out of every 4 people who have tried it, not bad odds really. We all like to lose an inch or two before the summer months . Price:- Sainsburys £2.79 Tesco £2.89 Asda £2.38. These prices were for yesterday (ll.02.09) They are packaged well and have a large red K on all the boxes which makes them easy to find on the shelves.
Breakfast times are very hectic for me in my household. Making everyone's breakfast, lunches, taking hubby to work, straightening my SON'S hair, trying to get my daughter out of bed AND getting myself ready before the school run and then off to work. Nevertheless I always make time for my breakfast, I just couldn't leave the house without having something substantial to eat. I usually opt to have cereal and go through phases of having a different favourite every few weeks. At the moment my favourite is Kelloggs Special K Bliss Berry Crunch. I love this one. ===A BIT ABOUT KELLOGGS=== In 1876, almost by accident, William Keith Kellogg discovered Corn Flakes and being so popular he decided to set up his own company. Opening in February 1906 The Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flakes Company was the first manufacturer of breakfast cereals. Today of course, the company is known as Kelloggs. It wasn't until the 50s that new products were introduced to try and suit all tastes within the family, products such as Frosties and Rice Crispies, aimed at children and Special K and All-Bran aimed at the health conscious adults, with the Kelloggs philosophy always being that improved diet leads to improved health. ===ABOUT THE PRODUCT=== This cereal comes in the usual cardboard cereal box with all product information printed clearly on the outside. The packet comes in a 375g size, which gives approximately 12 of the suggested 30g servings. Priced at £2.59 but at the moment in Tesco you can buy 2 boxes for £4.00. ==Nutritional Values== For a 30g serving including 125ml of semi-skimmed milk Calories - 173kcal Protein - 8g Carbohydrates - 29g Of which are sugars - 13g Starch - 16g Fat - 3g (when semi-skimmed milk is used) Fibre - 0.8g Sodium - 0.3g Salt - 0.7g ==Ingredients== Ride, Sugar, Wheat, Vanilla Flavoured Cereal Clusters, Wheat Gluten, Dried Skimmed Milk, Freeze Dried Fruits (Cranberry and Raspberry), Defatted Wheatgerm, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 ===MY VIEWS=== I find this cereal definitely lives up to its name of Creamy Bliss Berry Crunch. Once I've added the milk to my cereal I do tend to carry on running around and all too often my cereal ends up soggy but I find this one doesn't hence the crunch part of the name. I find this cereal stays fairly crunchy right to the end. The creamy part comes through when you bite into the little crunchy clusters of vanilla flavoured cereal, I find these sweet little clusters mix well with the sharp, almost sour taste of the cranberries and raspberries and the flakes, although slightly softened by the milk, still have a altogether crunchy feel about them. I find this quite an exciting cereal, not at all boring, with lots of different flavours and textures in each spoonful, from the soft berry texture to the slightly softened but still crunchy flakes to the very crunchy vanilla clusters. I also find that having the recommended bowl full of approximately 30g does generally keep me feeling satisfied until lunch time, I never need to snack half way through the morning. All in all I would definitely recommend this cereal and feel it is a good tasty and healthy way to start the day. www.kelloggs.co.uk Also submitted on Ciao. © lel1969 January 2008
Crunchy rice and wheat flakes with vanilla flavour cereal clusters and freeze dried raspberry & cranberry.