“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cereal Bars „
If you're looking for a cheap alternative to Weetabix you could always try these, or you could save yourself the trouble of being sick and instead eat some plastic. Quite frankly the later of which sounds much nicer.
The box is made from thin card and so it can be recycled and easily opened. The bisks themselves have to be binned when you realise they are disgusting, so sadly a lot of waste can be generated from this product.
These taste like wood. Just bog standard tree bark really, they're dry, bitter and it's not like they have a faint taste either, they really do have quite a strong wood like taste. In my mouth they feel soft with a few bits here and there, it's not crunchy and does feel soft and easy to chew. The few bits that are lurking around can easily be chewed too.
Still, at least they do soak in the milk like the real thing. They are incredibly hydrophilic so they do absorb the milk like a vacuum but this doesn't make up for the taste. Drowning them in milk in the hope that it will drown out the taste won't help, if anything it adds to the problem because it spreads the taste around your mouth further.
I genuinely gagged when I started eating these, they're just so dry and have a strong taste of wood. My wife had to finish these off for me as I couldn't do it myself and we have both now agreed not to buy them again. She says they were edible and didn't want to waste them so finished the box for me. Kudos to her, god knows how she did it but hats off to her.
Adding fruit to jazz it up like with regular weetabix will not help. It does add to the flavour but because the taste from the bisks is so strong it doesn't really drown it out very well. It does however give your tastebuds something else to think about so if you've bought this and just need to get through the bisks rather than waste them, then yes I'd recommend adding some fruit.
If you're brave enough to try tree bark bisks then I'd recommend giving them a good drenching in milk and bunging them in the microwave on 800w for 40 seconds. This makes them warm but not hot, so you can eat them straight away and get on with being sick moments later.
Overall, this stuff is not at all good. It is a cheap imitation of the real thing and not even that good an imitation. The bisks taste like tree bark and thats enough to put me off it. I won't be buying it again. Not recommended!
Just lately I have not been one bit well. I suffer with M.E, Hyperthyroidism, Bulimia, Epilepsy, Coxydiania an am being investigated for Fibreneuralgia as well. Add to that I've have a blasted cold, ear infection in both ears, had a load of blood tests and am lacking in Iron and Potassium!
It's a double edged sword though when your ill. You should eat better, however because of my chronic fatigue when I did manage to quickly nip in a shop I picked up ready meals for my microwave opposed to things I needed to cook and getting fruit and vegetables which is subsequently why my Iron and vitamins and minerals went mad anyway!
Sick of eating 'fast food' I have made an effort though in the past week though. I bought a steamer you basically thrown food in, soup and fruit which is now sat in fruit bowl next to me. I have made a concertive effort and I'm pretty proud of myself! My mate, Liz suggested that I get some Weetabix as they are fortified with Iron and knowing I like them I did. Well I sort of did. I bought these, Asda's own version of Weetabix which they call Wheat Bisks because not only were they considerably cheaper, when I checked on the back of the box these contained the same amount of iron in each biscuit which was the whole reason I wanted them and of late I have been missing breakfast out of my meals which hasn't done me any favours and I've been more hungry with missing it out!
The box is yellow, black and white in colour and on the front of the box there is a photograph of the wheat bisks on there and we are told that they are Asda 'Chosen By You' 24 Wheat Bisks 'Fortified with vitamins and iron' and that they are 'High in fibre' and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information given on the box includes ingredients, allergy advice, a full nutritional chart and contact details for Asda are given. Inside the box that I have you get 12 bisks in two white plastic long wrappers to keep them fresh. This is a nice enough looking box an informative enough as well!
The bisks are brown in colour, rough and flaky textured and of course made from whole wheat (in the main). They are flavoured with barley, sugar and salt and contain a Vitamin and Mineral mix which is Niacin (B3), Iron, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1) and Folic Acid (B9). In short this means that by eating two of these biscuits served with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk you get a recommended daily allowance of 37% of Thiamin, 51% of Riboflavin, 33% of Niacin, 36% Folic Acid and 32% of your recommended daily intake of Iron. Add to this 2 bisks contain only 3.2g fat (1.7g of that being saturates) along with 125ml serving still on the semi-skimmed milk this is a pretty healthy and worthwhile breakfast to eat all things considered.
Serve them with the milk or whatever of your choice and of course sugar or sweeteners to it to your particular taste if you desire. I do find these to go mushy straight away and to really absorb a lot of milk but hey I'm lucky I love this type of breakfast as mushy as possible though it does appear to look like a bit of a sludgy mess!
Taste wise they have a nice wheat taste to them, are not one bit sweetened in my opinion in the flavour and the salt added brings out the natural flavour that these have to them. I think they taste a little malty these which is actually a good thing for me and my taste buds as I am a fan of malty tasting breakfasts anyway.
Ok they make not look great in a bowl or hold well but they do taste good enough and not like eating sawdust lol. I have been eating a couple of these with full fat milk and a bit of Demerara sugar as a tasty treat when I have gotten up each morning and look forward to eating them. I find them filling and tasty enough. I can't say for consuming these I feel any better health wise or that I've felt any benefit at all but it has to be better than going without breakfast full stop or eating bread, butter and jam (which I did do on a couple of occasions!). Its a value breakfast and if you like Weetabix, these are worth a go!
These are only available in Asda stores a box of 24 of them costs £1.48 and a box of 48 of them only £2.67!
Many people will tell you that I am a self confessed bargain whore, with me actually getting excited when I find one when shopping.
After buying the better branded version of the product I will now review for some time, I decided that the cheaper own branded version couldn't be much different, hence this review!
The product I will now review is - "Asda - wheat bisks".
This product looks very similar to the "weetabix" version, with the obligatory wheat sheaves being present on the front of the box, this is to illustrate the high amount wholegrain content in this particular cereal!
There is again all the relevant information to be found on the box, brand name, product name, description and nutritional information, which for this type of product is the most important thing, with it being sold as a health item.
Within the box there are two "stacks" of the wheat bisks, 12 in each pack and sealed separately, meaning that once opened there will still be freshness in the second stack, though when you eat at least two bisks in a sitting, they don't get long to go off!
Once opened they look exactly like the afore mentioned better branded product, with them tasting exactly the same too!
The bisks are very wheat in taste, with there being no real sweetness or in fact any other additional taste to them, just plain and delicious!
I either eat mine with a sprinkle of sugar, sliced banana and milk, or my particular sinful way, spread thickly with real butter and a good dollop of jam!
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per 2 bisks with 150ml of semi skimmed milk,
1.7g sat fat,
Allergy advice states that this contains gluten, wheat and barley, but is suitable for vegetarians.
The health benefits to this product is the high fibre content, or as my Nan calls it "natures broom"!, couple this with the added vitamins and minerals most cereals have added to them nowadays and this is delicious cereal that holds so much potential, plain or adorned with practically anything your imagination will let you!
Price wise this is a spectacular price, with a box holding 24 bisks being available for just under the £1.00 mark.
For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x