Before I start, Happy Easter. There we go, thats better.
My favourite church service of the year is the Easter sunrise service. It starts at 6am but with the clocks going forward last night meant that my body and one of the clocks in my bedroom felt like it was earlier. I woke up and one of the clocks in my room (the correct clock) said 5.50am. I was running late (I can’t believe 5.50am is ‘late’ for anything but it was) I rolled out of bed quiet as a tired mouse wearing slippers, chucked some clothes on and headed downstairs, I then proceeded (in the dark) to step on a plastic cup from my daughters tea making set, cry a little inside quietly and grabbed my coat. I headed to my car, got in and started the engine. I looked at the windscreen and realised the whole car was frozen and needed de-icing, I de-iced it and got driving up to the church. Now the reason that this service is the best of the year is that when you turn up you all stand around a fire outside the church (our vicar is a pyromaniac), it is dark so you can make out the shape of people and kind of greet them with all the enthusiasm you can muster on a cold, dark and sleepy morning. But you don’t mind the cold, the dark or the sleepiness because you know that all of the other people there have had the same morning as you, at that moment you have a lot in common no matter if you are old or young or male or female. Most would have creeped out of their house trying not to wake their partners and/or kids, you can see they are all shivering, you can see they are all tired but you all have made the effort, it feels like a team. Its a peaceful service (with the exception of a brief moment where you get given noisy sunday school style instruments to shake, I imagine just to make sure everyone stays awake) it feels so friendly and is a refreshing experience going in to the service in the dark and coming out in the light. Better still there is food afterwards. But no cereal.
I got home and watched lasts nights Football League Show to see the Bournemouth goal from the other day. My wife came down and I remembered she wanted eggs and bacon for her Easter Morning breakfast which I set about making, I was so pleased that all the timings were perfect, my wife likes a boiled egg to be dippy, like her husband, just as I was about to get the eggs out of the bubbling water my daughter cried, I rushed out. She had got her finger stuck in a window of a dolls house, I managed to get the finger out, treat the finger with a refridgerated Mr. Happy cooling aid and got back to serve my now over cooked Easter breakfast for my wife. All this made me forget to have cereal. At 8.30pm tonight I remembered, after eating cheese and crumpets for dinner I had to eat my cereal. I had a new cereal. Recommended to me by Sharon at Kellogg’s as a ‘yummy healthy new cereal’ I was now on my Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints review :
I am not going to lie about it, slightly feeling sick of eating lots of chocolate and roast dinner at lunch and crumpets and cheese the last words I wanted to see on the box were ‘High in Fibre’, especially when they are not just written on the back in small writing, they are slapped on the front in a way that really shoves the fact in your face, ‘HIGH IN FIBRE’. Only time will tell how that effects me. As for the cereal, it wasn’t terrible. I was nervous as Sharon at Kellogg’s said it was a healthy alternative to the rest of the Coco Pops range which immediately says ‘dull’ in my head. Flavour wise they were like a room painted by a substandard apprentice painter called Johnny who was only on the course to please his parents, they needed another coat, you could see it was meant to be chocolatey but it could have been better. Texture wise they were like mini polystyrene packaging chips, not great but miles better than some cereals the quest has served up so far. We will see how my morning taste buds react to it tomorrow.
Today I knew was going to be a busy but fun day. We are running a festival this week and today was the first day of set up. I knew there would be lots of lifting to do and of course coffee to be consumed. With the knowledge I would need some energy for the day I was pleased that I was eating Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints. Something with a reliable source of sugar, except when I had poured out my cereal I remembered this was the healthy adaption of Coco Pops, there isn’t much sugar and they have replaced sugars with fibre, which for an IBS sufferer who is going to be out and about during the day is a bad replacement. Today when eating Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints I realised that the chocolate flavouring was very much a stripped back version of the traditional Coco Pops flavour, far less sweet and no where near as intense. But Kellogg’s are clearly aiming this at making kids get a healthier breakfast while still under the illusion it is a fun unhealthy breakfast, and having tested that with my daughter I must say they have done that job well and although I can’t confirm it was definitely due to the four Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints she had, today for the first time she walked with a walker!
This morning was day 2 of the set up for our recreate festival. Unfortunately both my wife and daughter are ill so I got up on my own and headed downstairs to get my daily cereal fix. I wouldn’t say I don’t enjoy Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints but they simply aren’t exciting. Maybe it is just because the lady at Kellogg’s described them as a ‘healthy’ alternative. In my head ‘healthy’ food includes fish, salad and more fish, all of which I dislike. I sat down and ate my bowl easily none the less then headed out pretending to be manly again by walking near strong people when they were lifting in a ‘guidance’ role.
Today was the official start of our festival, a busy day ahead including children’s workshops, café in the afternoon and Zumba in the evening. Sadly my wife and daughter are still ill which is really frustrating as I know my wife was really looking forward to the festival so to not be able to be there is frustrating. I sat again downstairs on my own trying not to crunch too hard on my Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints so not to wake the ladies of the house. I failed, my daughter woke up with about ¼ of the bowl to go. I went up and got her and after explaining that a nappy is not a hat we came back downstairs and I got her her breakfast. I wasn’t looking forward to returning to soggy cereal but (and this is a big plus point for Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints) to my surprise they were not soggy, not in a traditional sense, the main structure was still quite crisp. The outside of each ‘print’ was a bit soft, like a boiled sweet that’s been sat out too long but aside from that it was OK. The sad thing was I was hoping the milk would have turned nice and chocolatey especially considering the extra time it had had to brew but sadly it still was fairly flavourless, perhaps this is the biggest illustration of how these differ to standard Coco Pops. The smack of flavour is missing. All in all though it started my day well to cope with the kids workshops, popping to the café for cake (not a problem, ever) and Zumba (watching, not in that way).
Yesterday I went a day without cereal, I was stuck. I got up early after sleeping in a tent in the festival marquee, cold and shivering we waited for someone to come to the marquee so we could leave and have a wash before getting back for the workshops which I had to lead up the front again. It was to be a chaotic day juggling time between helping at the marquee, helping my wife and my daughter and getting back to the marquee in time for SClub playing the reCreate festival. So today I made sure I had my bowlful of Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints, I chucked them down me and headed out for the festival football match, I had a migraine from the minute I woke up, playing a football match with a migraine is hideous, however and perhaps due to a dodgy refereeing decision we won 2-1. I didn’t play terribly but played left back and kept it safe by just hoofing the ball clear, if in doubt kick it out. Afterwards we headed back to look after my wife and watch the football scores come in, we won again for the 6th game in a row, it is getting tight at the top of the league. I am sleeping in the marquee again tonight, it is going to get down to -4, that is bad news. I headed down in the evening and watched comedy/improvised theatre show Seven Ages by Kepow, it was excellent. I had really not eaten much today, the majority of my food intake has been that bowl of Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints, my body is starting to feel like I have been eating badly this week, it keeps cramping but nearly at the end of the week, tomorrow is the last day of the festival, just one cold night and hopefully one sunny day to go!
Today I can honestly say I was the most knackered and tired out since we took part in a 24 hour crazy golf challenge. I had slept in the tent overnight, ‘slept’ perhaps not being the right word, it was -4 and I was sleeping in a tent in a marquee, it was freezing cold. I woke up at about 4.30am and eventually got up at about 6.30am, I got out my tent to see the marquee windows had iced up, it really was that cold. I was in a daze and starting to feel a bit rough. I got home around 9.30am after meeting with a bouncy castle man and tidying up the marquee and was gasping for energy, I finished off the box of Coco Pops Croc Prints, crunchy and milky right to the last. I then headed back out to the big morning service. It was packed which was great to see, I got to see the picture drawn by a child depicting me as an angel and my brother as a devil, sang a bit, listened and then we had a drink and headed home. I got home, headed upstairs and went to the loo, my stomach was really hurting, I could feel the ‘high in fibre’ Coco Pops Croc Prints starting to effect my body, it was cramping up, I felt dizzy, unlocked the door and then collapsed. My body lay still on the bathroom floor staring up at the bright white ceiling confused and stunned, I looked around through slow motion blinking eyes trying to get my bearings, my stomach still in agony I called my wife in the most wimpish strained voice you will ever hear and she came up, gave me some water and dragged me to the bedroom where I lay flat out for 3 hours. When I woke up there were 4 words running through my head; High – In – Fibre, - Idiot.
Here are the vital statistics for Kellogg’s Coco Pops Croc Prints Review:
Cereal Cost: £2.39
Real Servings per Box: 6
Cost per Serving: 39.8p
Pros – Stay crunchy til the end.
Cons – High in fibre, weak flavour, don’t turn milk chocolatey.