Kelloggs Special K with Strawberries and Chocolate Review

The Cereal Quest: Day 151 – Lets Add Chocolate

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So in keeping with trying to see whether Special K (which lets not forget have more calories than Frosties) help you lose weight I have purchased one of their other varieties to try out.  This time I am having Kelloggs Special K with Strawberries and Chocolate.  The chocolate is displayed on the box as big chocolate coated Special K flakes, the reality is you will be forgiven for not being able to spot any chocolate flakes one you pour the bowl out because there are barely any of them and the ones that are there are tiny.  You may think thats a bad thing but in hindsight it is a good thing.  The ‘chocolate’ coating is horribly bitter and a big taste disappointment.  The strawberry content is massive, there are flipping loads of them, nearly as many strawberries as Special K flakes, some inevitably get lost to the milk and turn in to a slivery slimy mess but the majority can stay dry depending on the speed of your eating.  I would say the content of strawberries is too high,  it takes the focus away from the ricey flakes which should be the important part of the cereal.  I had two bowls of these today, one in the morning and one for dinner in the evening.  I needed the 2nd bowl, I needed some energy after being used as a climbing frame by my daughter all afternoon.

The Cereal Quest: Day 152 – Not So Special Now K

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This morning was Monday morning, you may know that if reading today, if not this informative start to a post will prove helpful for you and set the scene well.  I have been known for pulling ’3 bowlers’ on Mondays as I play football on Monday nights so tend to have it for breakfast lunch and tea.  Unfortunately today I simply couldn’t do it. I couldn’t face the sweetness of Special K with Strawberries and Chocolate, first thing in the morning  it is good to have something to help wake you up but these attack and shake your tongue to a very chaotic state.

So I headed to work breakfast-less, safe in the knowledge that I would get some breakfast before football tonight.  Before I ate them I had a phone call to make, I needed to phone Kellogg’s.  So I did.

After waiting a couple of minutes on hold I got put through to a lady who shall remain nameless.  I introduced myself and explained that I was trying the entire Special K range, I then went on to explain how the dried strawberry to Special K flake ratio in my box is insane, there were so many strawberries.  I told her it was like a troop of borrower size strawberries playing hopscotch on my tongue, she paused then suggested that maybe during process of production there might have accidentally been a ‘double drop’ on the fruit section.  This quashed ideas that it was perhaps a pre-meditated decision to give me an extra fruity box as a bribe (it was unlikely they would have known I would have bought them in Co-Op in Wimborne considering I hadn’t shopped their in years).  I then went for the kill on this lady, “whilst you are on the phone I am wondering why Special K are clearly promoted as a useful weight loss cereal when in fact they have more calories than Frosties?”. Silence.  I waited a bit longer then she went to ask a colleague.  She came back to the phone and, after briefly mishandling it (which caused a slightly uncomfortable noise for my ear, which I let go and did’t moan about) she said “ah yes but is marketed for dieting because it is so low in fat, only 0.9%”.  I sat staring at the screen smiling, knowing what was just about to happen. “Oh right.” I said, “So……what is the fat content of Frosties?”.   She replied slowly “ummmmm I’ll just check……(I heard her get off her swivel office chair then return)….oh, thats strange, only 0.2% fat in Frosties.”  Interesting I thought. Oh nuts, she probably thought. “OK, well thank you, been a pleasure as always!” I said, “Bye!.”  So although Special K are advertised as this magical diet cereal, “drop a jeans size” and so on, you would lose more weight eating Frosties and they’re ggggggreat apparently!

So when I got home, feeling a bit smug (not usually a trait I like e.g. Michael Buble) and ate my double drop Strawberries and bitter chocolate Special K.  Isla my daughter had to help me with the strawberries, she loved them so not all bad.  I like them but there are so many.  So, how did it effect me playing football?  I scored the best header of my life, I don’t score many so it doesn’t take much but I was pleased, the sort of pleased where if it was in a competitive match you would celebrate like a madman, but as it was just mates I jogged back to the end I was defending and just let a wry smile as I didn’t want to look uncool.  Still Special K Strawberries and Chocolate are definitely to blame.

The Cereal Quest: Day 153 – My Retirement

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As I got up this morning I knew immediately something was wrong, something was badly wrong with my knee.  It didn’t work.  I found this particularly an issue when trying to walk down the stairs, an activity that traditionally is a bit knee centred.  I had no doubts one of the factors in the fact my knee had stopped working was football last night, I felt it go but at the time I was riding on a wave of delight having scored a header.  I hoped deep down that breakfast would prove to be a healing meal for me, as it turned out, it wasn’t.  It was delicious although I had to share some of the massive quantity of strawberries with my daughter it was just the tonic for waking me up today, although the knee pain had already done a good job of that.  I am getting down to the bottom of the box and only have one serving left, the strawberries appear to have been getting less frequent as the box went on.  We shall see tomorrow.  I drove to work contemplating what to do with my knee, it is getting worse and worse each time I play.  I did the only thing I thought was right for both me and the country.  I wrote a letter to Roy Hodgson, the England manager, the FA and Cesare Prandelli the manager of Italy, here is the letter to the FA.

“Dear Sir/Madam and Roy,

I am writing to say that it is with deep regret that I feel I must retire from the international game to focus on playing 5 a side on a Monday night.  My love for the game has not changed nor has my love for my countries (the Italian FA and Cesare Prandelli are also receiving this letter, but in Italian) but unfortunately I have had a re-occurrence of my on-going knee injury, caused partly by kneeling on one of my daughters solid plastic horses from her farm play set and partly by trying to accelerate at a speed that is simply beyond me to try and reach a header playing last night, to be honest it was mainly the plastic horse, it had me grounded on my lounge floor for a substantial amount of time for a fully grown adult.  I had heard that perhaps I was in Roy’s mind for a potential call up for the up coming autumn qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine but to allow him to try and find a similar player in time I am contacting you now.  I would of course be happy to take on a role in the coaching team which maybe like Gary Neville could couple it with the occasional bit of high pitched media work, you just let me know and I will get my wife to let me know if I am available or not.
I have tried everything to put back needing to retire from the International game, I have been varying my breakfast cereals to see which provided me with the ultimate performance, Honey Cheerios did well and I did score a good header last night after eating Special K with Strawberries and Chocolate but although they excelled my game they have yet to heal a possible knee ligament issue.  If you or Roy are aware of any better cereal options that may help strengthen my knee please let me know.
I thank you for your time and truly do appreciate the amount of caps I was perhaps going to get.
Best regards,
Phil Botto”

It is a sad day for me, and possibly an even sadder day for football.

The Cereal Quest: Day 154 – Fairly Frustrating

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There I was thinking today would be the last bowl of Kellogg’s Special K with Strawberries and Chocolate, wrong.  Somehow I had grossly misjudged the situation.  Todays bowl was a nightmare, so many strawberries that I had to give a pot of them to my daughter, she loved them so that got me in her good books early doors.  Annoyingly I have another serving to eat tomorrow of these and looking through the walls of the see through packet it does not look appetising.  It is really red, there appears to be no dust, just lots of ‘bits’ of Special K and loads of bits of sweet strawberries.  Disappointing.

In other news Rio Ferdinand retired from International football today, the day after I retired, coincidence?  I think not.

The Cereal Quest: Day 155 – Finally the End of Special K with Strawberries and Chocolate

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A fond farewell it was not today.  It really does take something for a cereal to be too sweet, I am fine with adding sugar to cereal to taste so I am not afraid of a bit of sweetness but this cereal is beyond a joke, imagine you give a 7 year old £5 to go to the shops, imagine what they would bring back, that is how sweet the cereal is, it is unnecessary and a shame, cereal shouldn’t be a problem to eat in the morning, sadly this is.  Not only that but it has more calories and more fat than Kellogg’s Frosties, as a ‘healthy eating’ cereal it is pointless.  Rant over.

Here are the vital statistics for Kellogg’s Special K with Strawberries and Chocolate:

Cereal Cost: £2.69
Real Servings per Box: 5
Cost per Serving: 53.9
Pros – Good snack for a toddler.
Cons – Won’t help for dieting, taste ridiculously sweet, inedible in the morning.

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