Sainsbury’s Wholegrain Cinnamon Malties

It is with this review that I have to bring you some shocking news my friends – I think there has been some slight inter-continental cereal “hanky panky” going on in Sainsbury’s cereal innovation department. When I popped into my local Sainsbury’s a few weeks ago I noticed these new own brand Cinnamon Malties gracing the shelves; cinnamon is so often a flavour that is completely overlooked in the UK and despite me despising it as a child I can’t get enough of it now so was pleased to see something a bit different compared to the usual boring flavour combinations we are subjected to.

Sainsburys Wholegrain Cinnamon Wheaties

 

Essentially, from the packaging, these “Malties”..oh wait no, not just “Malties” but “Wholegrain Malties”, looked as if they were the same structure as the popular Nestle breakfast cereal “Shreddies”; albeit with cinnamon flavouring and accompanied by a flying super-hero type figure who obviously thinks these Malties are so good that he just cannot resist pointing at them with his big yellow finger whilst eating a spoonful of the things in the other hand (be careful Superhero Malty that you don’t crash into the gigantic sized bowl!)

Obviously these are marketed at children yet are trying to portray they are also a healthy choice so parents don’t have to feel too bad about buying their kids a box full of them – “wholegrain”, “full of fibre”, “low fat”..need I go on.

Sainsburys Wholegrain Cinnamon Wheaties

So you may wonder what I am babbling on about with “inter-continental cerealy hanky-panky”; well you see these aren’t really like Shreddies – infact I’d say these were a cross-breed between Shreddies and the well known American Cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch. When I poured myself a bowl full of them and took the initial bite I immediately noticed that these had far more of a “crunch” and “bite” to them than the usual Shreddies; much more akin to the texture of Cinnamon Toast Crunch..maybe even crunchier! I know is that possible?!

It feels as if the “Malties” are coated in a sort of sugar glaze..however looking on the ingredients list they aren’t..whatever it is these hold up superbly in milk and stay crunchy for a remarkable length of time. As usual I preferred mine warmed up and they did start to soften a bit then, but still held an unusual firmness to them that gave a nice extra “bite”.

The flavour is exactly as described really – “cinnamon” and “malt”; nevertheless they do have quite an overall sweet flavour to them but the wheaty malty flavour stops this becoming one of those sickly breakfast cereals where you are worrying about how much sugar you are actually consuming first thing on a morning; although looking at the nutritionals it still does pack quite a hefty sugar punch!

Sainsburys Wholegrain Cinnamon Wheaties

So there you have it folks – Sainsburys have produced something that look like Shreddies yet taste/texture wise are similar to Cinnamon Toast Crunch and have a surprising firmness when poured into a bowl of ice cold milk – maybe its because these aren’t “knitted by Nanas” but instead seem to have been plucked out of the air from strange “Superhero Malty”.

Sainsbury’s Wholegrain Cinnamon Malties
per 100g

366kcals
8.3g protein
75.5g carbs (27.3g sugar)
1.5g fat (0.3g sats)
8.4g fibre
0.57g salt

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Nestle Orange Coco Shreddies

Coco Shreddies, ah, just the thought of them reminds me of my childhood; as a small child they were my favourite go-to treat cereal. There was something oh so delicious about tucking into a warm bowl full of them on a cold winter’s morning before I was sent packing to school with my tummy full of comforting chocolate cereal goodness. Despite Shreddies being one of the major cereals in the UK they very rarely update the varieties so I was pleased to see that something new had eventually hit the market in the form of this Limited Edition Orange Coco Shreddies.

Nestle Orange Coco Shreddies

I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like these as much as the original Coco Shreddies variety; although I am partial to orange flavoured things here and there I wouldn’t leap for excitement at the prospect at the idea of a bowl full of these, but of course, for cereal reviewing purposes I was willing to try them out.

For all you guys out there that like to eat your Shreddies cold I tried them out this way first to see how they fared up (even though I pretty much only ever eat mine warm); the orange flavour wasn’t too overpowering and added a nice refreshing tang to the light chocolate flavour that is usually prevalent. Like regular Shreddies these held up pretty well in milk thanks to their woven structure..”knitted by nanas” and all that razzmatazz, but softened enough to help leak some of their cocoa orange goodness into the cereal milk below.

Nestle Orange Coco Shreddies

Sipping the chocolate orange milk it was deliciously flavourful; if any of you have experienced the Frijj chocolate orange milkshake I can say that it pretty much tasted exactly like that, albeit just a tiny bit thinner due to me using skimmed milk, and it obviously not having thickeners in it; but perfect for any chocolate orange lovers!

Now how did it fair when I ate it “myyyy wayyy?”, as Frank Sinatra so wonderfully sang. Well it was even better, heating it up in the microwave until the Shreddies had started to lose their shape slightly seemed to intensify the flavour; the chocolate/cocoa taste was stronger the orange more refreshing and adding a nice fruity tang and the heat from the cereal added that all important comforting factor that we Brits so often need on many a cold morning!

Nestle Orange Coco Shreddies

Although I wouldn’t rate these over the classic Coco Shreddies I would still say these are pretty good, thankfully they aren’t too sweet and the orange flavour isn’t artificial tasting whatsoever, in fact it’s got quite a natural taste to it, if you see these in your local supermarket and you’re a fan of the classic Coco Shreddies then I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to pick these up but I highly recommend that you try them warm, they just make the experience a whole lot better.

Nestle Orange Coco Shreddies

per 100g
374kcal
8.5g protein
76.2g carbs (28.9g sugar)
2g fat (0.7g saturates)
0.63g salt
8.6g fibre