Nestle Shredded Wheat

The Cereal Quest: Day 72 + 73 – Malicious Gifting

Twitt

Some of our youth group know about The Cereal Quest which is lovely and fine.  Until they use their knowledge against you.  Young people seem to be experts in the art of ‘malicious gifting’.  Yesterday I had been given a ‘gift’ from some of the young people, they didn’t want me to miss out on cereal during our weekend away and had bought said ‘gift’ on the ferry (the same ferry that I managed to get on despite telling the lady at the check in area that I had to change the details of the car on the booking and that I was driving “the same car, it just has a different number plate”).  They had bought me a box of foolishly named ‘All-Bran’, foolish because it is actually not ‘all’ bran, it is the following: “Wheat bran, sugar, malt flavor, contains 2% or less of salt.”  The reason this gift was malicious is because they pretty much knew it would make me ill, but put me in the position of either declining a gift which would be rude or taking on a challenge I knew would make me ill but would give me an element of pride.  I did the latter and took on the challenge, I won’t analyse the bird nest type texture or cardboard taste now as one day I will have to eat a whole box before the end of the quest but I will briefly sum up the side effects.  Despite the job of a great final bowl of Kellogg’s Chocolate Caramel Krave cereal in the evening when I got home to try and stiffen up my insides (final bowl, just 4 servings after Kellogg’s claimed 12!) I can describe All Bran as the cereal alternative to Colonic Irrigation, I have lost around a third of a stone in a day due to having an incredibly poorly stomach, IBS and All Bran are not, have never been and never will be friends.

The pillows of joy that were Kellogg’s Krave Chocolate Caramel ended before they really begun, they don’t have a chance to impress you with consistency due to their ridiculous sized box. Here are their vital statistics:

Cereal Cost:  £2.69.
Real Servings per Box: 4
Cost per Serving: 67.25p
Pros – Nice and crunchy (when not microwaved), great taste, good amount of dust at the bottom of the bag.
Cons – Huge cost per serving in comparison to other cereals, they leave you wanting more.

This sudden end to the cereal meant I had to panic buy whatever the Spar had that I hadn’t already tried on The Cereal Quest, with nothing exciting standing out and in the knowledge my stomach couldn’t do many more cartwheels I got myself a box of Shredded Wheat.  The first thing most people probably realise when opening the box is that the delightful inner packs containing two Shredded Wheat, not normally a fan of compartmentalisation I can cope with it hear as it is sensible not to have too much wheat.  2 was enough for me this morning, a splash of milk and a sprinkling of sugar and I was off, unfortunately the base of the Shredded Wheats were soggy before I could sit down but the tops stood nice and firm and crisp.  They really tasted OK, I was expecting a big drop after the tasty flavoursome Kellogg’s Krave Chocolate Caramel but the Shredded Wheat was good, tomorrow I will try eau naturel without the sugar.

The Cereal Quest: Day 74 – Shredded Wheat Distractions

Twitt

As I awoke this morning and opened the curtains to see a beautiful sunny frosty morning, a wonderful way to start the day.  I went downstairs to get my daughters breakfast ready, make me and my wife a cup of tea and get another couple of shredded wheat.  It struck me this morning more than ever that Shredded Wheat could make a great ‘emergency gift’ at Christmas for when someone gets you a gift unexpectedly and you panic (having not realised you were ‘doing presents’) and usually grab them something random as a gift, these come pre-wrapped and with a bit of simply sprucing up they could look like this:

photo1-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this quick bit of craft I got my bowl of Shredded Wheat and sat down to eat.  A simple way of working out if a cereal looks aesthetically pleasing is to eat it whilst my daughter is eating her breakfast (which today was Shreddies), if it does look good she will want mine not hers, she was not interested today.  She thought that squares of brown were more interesting than my Shredded Wheat, she was right, but Shredded Wheat clearly wasn’t made to be exciting, it was made to make you feel like you are eating healthy, which today it did, I felt I had had a good fibre intake for the day.  Unfortunately I had sprinkled sugar on this serving and after promising to try it without sugar on today I had to take a portion to work so I unwrapped the gift I had prepared earlier and popped it in my car to have at lunch.

At lunch I got my Shredded Wheat, poured on the milk and sat at my desk to enjoy, I had about a mouthful when I got unnecessarily barked at by a Springer Spaniel, I had done nothing to provoke the dog so I turned to face him and barked back.  This continued for about 2 minutes (time flies when you are trying to out-bark a Springer Spaniel) then I realised my Shredded Wheat had been taking on loads of milk, to the point where there was no more milk to take on, it had worked its way up in to the wheat and made the majority of it soggy, I had to eat it, I don’t like cereal waste but the lack of sugar and the consistency of the Shredded Wheat left a lot to be desired, I finished the bowl off quickly and thought about where I had gone wrong, I worked out where it had gone wrong, I was a human and I had been barking at a dog, it was not Nestle’s fault.  I was sorting out an email to send to Nestle to ask for serving suggestions today but then heard they had withdrawn sales of some of their ready meals due to them containing horse so figured they probably had enough on their plate without an unexpected email from me requesting serving suggestions to spice up what was a bland cereal.

I was considering having 3 bowls today but instead we had two lovely friends over for tea, I made them a burnt lasagne, I went to the freezer to get some garlic bread but their was only enough for 2 people, I considered trying to make Garlic Shredded Wheat but bottled it and instead made a homemade garlic bread on toast, garlic toast.  We sat and reminisced on the good old days, the time I had ran out of his house scared because I thought I had eaten his Mum’s croissant by mistake and the time his arm got hit by a lorry and he didn’t move.  It was a delightful evening, great company, peach squash, lemonade and peach squash with lemonade. Tonight has set my imagination going, maybe not garlic but would a Shredded Wheat be nice as a savoury?

The Cereal Quest: Day 75 – Are the Old Ones Really the Best?

Twitt

Before I start todays post I will quickly let you now I have now set up a sponsorship page for The Trussell Trust, they run food banks in the UK and help feed the hungry, if you like this or any other posts on The Cereal Quest please help feed a hungry family, just £2 buys the average box of cereal, so visit www.justgiving.com/thecerealquest to buy someone who needs it some cereal.

Thank you.

- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -

This morning during the consumption of another couple of Shredded Wheat I managed to cut myself as one of the strands of straw like wheat split off and pierced the inside of my lip, this was not appreciated.  The milk acted as a very soothing cleanser to the cut which was helpful but shouldn’t have been needed.  The cereal itself this morning tasted fresher than other days, it tasted like it had been picked from a field and stuck in my bowl, I like this about Shredded Wheat, it does taste like Wheat does when you pick it from a field.

Today was to be a two portion day though, especially after I found this old poster used in the early days of Shredded Wheat:

shreddedwheatcover2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had tried milk, that worked fine but I had never had cream on cereal and I knew I wasn’t a fan of putting fruit on my cereal but I was willing to give it a go.  I went with my gut feeling (something I was going to revisit later) and combined both cream and banana on top of the Shredded Wheat, this is how it looked:

photo1-27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This should taste great bananas and cream goes great together, they are a classic combination, ask a banana split. But there were a few issues here, the main ones being that the cream doesn’t penetrate the Shredded Wheat in the same way its thinner cousin, milk, does.  It just sits on them, this is not useful.  The other is the taste is for want of a better word ‘manky’.  It is not tasty at all, but miles worse than the taste is the aftertaste that repeated on me for about an hour until eventually I was sick in the work toilet.  That was my new gut feeling.

It was my brother in laws birthday and he was having a curry at night, with my stomach already very nervous and having been sick earlier I thought maybe a nice Chicken Dopiaza with Peshwari Naan might calm things down, I knew within 20 minutes I was wrong, very wrong.

The Cereal Quest: Day 76 – Skimping and Saving

Twitt

So tomorrow we have a new boiler going in which adds to a ridiculously expensive month which has included a new car, new car insurance and now the boiler.  Because of this me and my good lady are trying to be very sensible with money, something that does not go natural to me at all, I am definitely the type of bloke that will go to Tesco at lunch to buy a sandwich and end up spending £20 on who knows what.  Me and my wife have set ourselves £120 each to live off and see how long it lasts us, I need to prove I can be sensible so I am avoiding shops.  All this saving means I will most probably be eating more cereal now as its a cheap meal.  This morning I was freezing cold, mainly because yesterday morning I was too hot so turned the radiator off and had forgot to turn it back on which didn’t please me or my wife.  Due to the chilliness I decided to pour milk over my Shredded Wheat and microwave them for a minute or so, it was weird, I have never microwaved Shredded Wheat before but have microwaved Weetabix on a regular basis throughout my life.  This smelt just like the microwaved Weetabix but had a lot less flavour, it was also really sloppy and loose whereas Weetabix can stiffen up.  After this I left for work, another 2 Shredded Wheat in hand.  Near lunch time one of my bosses said he was popping to Tesco, excellent, it meant I didn’t need to go near the place and he would get the milk, it also meant we would probably get some cake, bonus.  I got my two Shredded Wheat out of their packet and waited for him to get back.  He strolled in soon after and put away the shopping, I arose out of my swivel chair like a dog seeing a rabbit.   I walked to the kitchen and opened the fridge to see this:
photo1-28The fridge door was empty apart from yesterdays cream, which I can assure you after yesterday making me sick was off the menu.  My boss had forgot to buy the milk.  This meant only one option, dry Shredded Wheat for lunch.  I am enjoying this money saving already!  I sat there trying to nibble at the ridged straw like Shredded Wheat trying not to cut any more of the lining of my mouth.  It tasted like I had stolen a birds nest and started chewing on it.

It is good to have cereal that is healthy, which Shredded Wheat definitely is.  However tomorrow I will have my last serving and I am looking forward to something that can bring a little more excitement to my mornings than these.  They do a job but really need a bit more of a punch of flavour.

The Cereal Quest – Day 77 – 1 Down 6 to Go!

Twitt

So today saw the end to another cereal, Shredded Wheat (number 17 in the quest) gave me 8 portions which included being served with milk, dry, hot and cream with bananas.  The dexterity of Shredded Wheat is impressive although not all the servings tasted great.  Dry was dull and cream with bananas made me sick.  The final bowl was served traditionally, cold milk and a light dusting of granulated sugar to make it taste better.  I timed the consumption and both ‘wheats’ were consumed in 1 minute and 5 seconds.

I had a slight issue as this left me without a cereal for tomorrow, we were going straight to my wife’s brothers for the night and it was going to be a fair old drive (including a lunatic who tried accelerating at me so I had to drive on pavement round a roundabout near the M5), my wife was popping to the shops during the day so I got her to call me when she got to the cereal aisle.  She picked my up a cereal that I have never tried before so I will be very excited to try it tomorrow, we packed it in the car with us, trying new cereal is great, it makes you want to get up in the morning.  When I was on the phone to my wife I skillfully had the phone sandwiched between my ear and my left shoulder which although made me look like a parrot having an itch did enable me to continue working.  When I got off the phone someone at work said “you ought to be careful, my friend dropped her phone in the bath doing that.”, this caused two-fold confusion as a) I wasn’t in a bath, I was stood upright on a mezzanine floor and b) I do not understand why so many people drop phones in the bath, surely people know that water and electrical products don’t get on?  Don’t they?  I can almost understand the amount dropped down toilets, I doubt there are many people these days who can honestly say that they haven’t played a game of Angry Birds, Temple Run,  Football Manager or whatever game is in these days on the toilet, it helps pass the time, although the focus needed to maintain concentration on both toiletting and Temple Run must make it hard to achieve results on both counts.

Anyway, here are the vital statistics for my Shredded Wheat review:

Cereal Cost:  £1.95
Real Servings per Box: 8
Cost per Serving: 24.3p
Pros – A flexible traditional cereal, cheap serving cost and good for you.
Cons – Bad ideas on serving suggestions, can get tedious.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>