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They're MINI wheats .... but now they're even SMALLER!

  • Dec 15, 2007
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Pros: Makes a super easy school lunch for a busy teenager, high fiber.

Cons: Vegetarians note: There is only one variety of MINI-wheats that does not contain gelatin.

The Bottom Line: An easy, nostalgic cereal for adults, and a favorite of youngsters. The Bite Size version is EXTRA SMALL!

I remember enjoying Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats when I was a child. You remember it, don't you? A whole wheat biscuit topped with a firm layer of white frosting. The sweet frosting would make your milk taste all sweet and sugary, too. Good stuff.

Today, Frosted Mini-wheats come in numerous flavors, such as Maple Brown Sugar, Strawberry Delight, and Vanilla, and even an unfrosted version, in addition to the original flavor.

In addition to the regular MINI wheats, which are already delightfully small, we have the option of purchasing BITE SIZE MINI wheats, which are even wonderfully smaller! Yes, my handy dandy ruler informs me that these Bite Size bits are 1" by 0.75" in size. In other words, they're really small!

Yes, the bite size version is the one that always is in my kitchen cabinet. My 16 year old son brings a sandwich bag filled with Kellogg's Bite-Size Mini Wheats to school, for his lunch, nearly every school day. He likes the fact that he can quickly pop a couple in his mouth between classes, or whenever he has a free minute in his busy school day. Often, he will eat them on the bus, on the way home from school. They are easy to eat; they do not spoil, there is no mess, and no fork or spoon is necessary. Just try not to sit on them! Preparing a baggie full of cereal is about the easiest of all school lunches to prepare also.

He likes the taste, and never seems to tire of them.

I like them too, and will enjoy a handful, or occasionally, a bowlful from time to time. Compared to most popular "kids'" cereals, Mini-Wheats have much more fiber, and more protein. The fiber and protein help us feel "full" longer after eating, and are good for the gastrointestinal tract, as well.

Nutritional Information: One serving (24 biscuits) provide 200 calories, 1g fat, 6g fiber, 12g sugar, 6g protein.

Let's compare some of these numbers to the three other cereals in my cabinet at this time: Frosted Cheerios, Froot Loops and Grape Nuts:

Sugar content per serving:
Mini wheats: 12
Grape Nuts: 4
Frosted Cheerios: 12
Froot Loops 13

Fiber (gm) per serving:
Mini wheats: 6
Grape nuts: 7
Frosted Cheerios: 2
Froot Loops 1

Whole wheat, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, gelatin. In addition, like most breakfast cereals, it is fortified with multiple vitamins and minerals.

Did I just see the word GELATIN in the list of ingredients?
YIKES! As I prepare this review, I am learning for the first time that Bite Size Frosted Mini-Wheats contain gelatin. My son, the one that takes these to school EVERY DAY is a vegetarian, and would have a fit if he knew that these contain gelatin, as gelatin is always an animal product. Drat! Drat! Drat! Now, I've got a dilemma. Should I tell him, or play dumb? After all, HE is the vegetarian, and should read the labels of foods before he eats them. What to do? Any ideas? (Tell me in the comment section).

Update .... Dilemma solved?
Gobbling up the information provided on the www.miniwheat.com website, I learn that there is exactly one version of MINI-wheats that does not contain gelatin, and that is the ORGANIC Bite-size MINI-wheat version. I might just quietly start purchasing these. If I can find them ....

My rating: These are a tasty, easy treat. If you or your children desire a sugary cereal, at least this one also provides fiber. I'll remove one star for the inclusion of gelatin. However, while vegetarians may avoid this product, others might not think that the gelatin is a big deal.

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Quick Tip by . June 07, 2013
I don't eat cereal, but I started eating this stuff recently because Mini Wheats are among the few foods that taste good and are good for you.  In combination with a banana and a glass of orange juice, a bowl of Mini Wheats is a great breakfast that also quite healthy.
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