A few weeks ago when I went to Alton Towers, we were given a free box of Kellogg’s Mini Max as we walked out through the gates. I knew I was also getting some to review and when I got back home, there was a big box of 10 packets of cereal to try out. It was nice to get such a generous sample – I’ve tried reviewing things in the past from mini trial packs and it’s difficult to test something out properly that way.
We’ve been using these for some weeks now. I’ve tried them and Henry has had them most mornings over the last couple of weeks.
What is Mini Max? It’s little squares of shredded wholewheat with a sugar coating on one side and it’s made by Kelloggs. The full ingredient is as follows: Shredded Wholewheat(86%), Sugar, Humectant (Sorbitol), Beef Gelatin, Vitamins & Minerals: Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
Like many kids’ cereals it does contain quite a lot of sugar, but it does have a lot of wholewheat too and a good range of vitamins. I’d rather Henry eat a cereal without sugar, but that’s not very realistic in practice, so he does tend to eat sweetened ones. I found the fact that it was high in wholegrains, high fibre and low salt reassuring.
There is also a chocolate version available if that suits your taste better.
How did Mini Max go down? Very well with Henry. He is quite happy to eat cereal either dry or with milk, in fact milk is a fairly recent development as he hasn’t been that keen in the past. Henry enjoyed Mini Max and has been specifically asking for this during this week.
I tried it too. Anything savoury for breakfast is fine with me: I’m one of those people who will happily eat last night’s curry. But, I’m not so keen on sweet things before about mid morning though. I was a bit nervous about the sugar on the top, as I don’t add sugar or eat sugary cereals. My regular breakfast choice is muesli, without added sugar, heavy on nuts, but low on fruit. I did find it a bit sweet to be an everyday choice for me, but I could happily have a bowl once in a while. It’s a cereal we could take away on a camping trip or weekend self catering and both Henry and I could eat it.
Overall I liked Mini Max and would buy it again. I felt that it had more goodness in it than some of the cereals that Henry’s had in the past. Henry liked eating it and it’s easy to find in the shops. I liked the fact that it’s got lots of wholegrains and despite the sugar, it still tastes like it’s made from something good.
Another plus for me is that it is made by Kelloggs rather than Nestlé – I avoid buying Nestlé products because of their baby milk selling policies in developing countries.
Price and Availability The RRP (recommended retail price) is £2.69 for a 560g pack.