Disadvantages taste, texture
My kids, like most kids, are fickle creatures. One week they like one particular cereal, the next week they won't touch it. After months of indecision and mind-changing I had a cupboard full of half-empty boxes that had cost me a small fortune. 'Enough is enough', I thought and decided that from now on I would only buy them value brands - to save both cupboard space and money. Now, you can't go wrong with cornflakes (I thought) so Tesco Value Cornflakes, at 44p for a 500g bag, were a cheap option.
Ingredients - Maize, sugar, barley, malt extract, salt, plus the vitamins.There is also allergy advice (contains gluten), and various other bumf that no-one ever reads.
Hooray you say, down to the nitty-gritty at last! Once opened, I poked my nose in the bag to get an idea of what lay in store. Not that I got any clue as all I could smell was the bag itself. Undeterred, I took a peek at the golden flakes of corn. Not good. They were far paler than other brands and much thinner too. Most of the flakes were small and they just looked like a pale imitation of well-known brands.
So to the taste test. I first tried the cornflakes dry and surprisingly, they weren't bad. They were crispy with a good texture and had a reasonable taste, if a little artificial and carboardy (is that a word?). Once milk was added, however, they metamorphosised into something quite vile. They suddenly developed a sickly taste, and left my mouth feeling coated with oil - which is strange considering how low in fat they are. They go soggy as soon as they're shown the milk and the soggy texture is just unpleasant. On the upside, they make the milk taste quite nice.
I gave them to my kids the next morning, in the hopes they would find them more pleasant. No chance. The assault on their delicate, discerning palates was obvious and swift and they refused to take more than one spoonful.
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