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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Weetabix Oatibix/ Weetabix Gold Confirmed sighting: Weetabix Oatibix/ Weetabix Gold
Posted: 18:47 Thu 31-Aug-2006. Price: About 2 for box of 24. Location: Co-op, Silsden, West Yorks; Sainbury's, London Finchley Road. Nutritional unusualness: See below.
"Pat Smith" reports: Weetabix - but made from oats (and barley). These look and taste very similar to the regular wheat biscuits but with a finer texture. The nutritional info is very similar also, with the oat variety having a higher calorie value probably due to the higher fat content - up from 2g to 8g per 100g...

...but what I really want to know is: is this the same "Pat Smith" who wrote in about Fish And Chips Flavour French Fries all those years ago? Anyway, Snackspot is back from its (extended) summer break, during which time I sampled the indigenous cuisines of both Cyprus and Scotland. Full reports on those to follow, but I didn't have to venture far to find the ostensibly-upmarket Weetabix Gold, also launched at the same time as that TV campaign implying that "Ordinary Weetabix really aren't too horrible - if you remember to eat them with something either more tasty and/or less healthy". In other cereal celebrations: Kellogg's haven't been slacking either, launching both "cholesterol-lowering" Optivita, and "indulgent-tasting" Special K Bliss, plus Shatner-endorsed All-Bran Crunchy Oatbakes, as well as Crunchy Nut Nuts About snack bars.

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Posted: 19:28 Thu 31-Aug-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: you're alive! welcome back!
Posted: 23:25 Thu 31-Aug-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Woo hoo! I wondered if snackspot had died.
Posted: 08:19 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i think these oatbakes look rather great, but i've not seen them in the wild yet. that said they do seem to be rather desperate to gussy up all-bran. you can't improve on a classic!
Posted: 08:40 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "Yay! Lovely fish!" # permalink comment
Comment: Hurrah for Snackspot! Do you reckon there's any difference in Weetabix and Weetabix gold other than a higher price tag?
Posted: 11:09 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: It's getting a bit silly isn't it? What next, Luxury Coke?
Posted: 12:13 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "Lau" # permalink comment
Comment: i have tried oatabix not as nice as weetabix, a definate taste difference but difficult to explain...more bland i think
Posted: 14:32 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "Dan" # permalink comment
Comment: You're back! Fab, I have missed Snackspot!
Posted: 15:09 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "K" # permalink comment
Comment: Don't waste your money on oatibix - bought them on special offer in Tescos for £1.04 and even if you try to jazz them up with fruit they still taste of nothingness mixed with polystyrene.
Posted: 15:48 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "April Dancer" # permalink comment
Comment: Do they not taste oatey then? I was looking forward to them but if they're just the same or worse... *disappointed*
Posted: 16:00 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "KatieP" # permalink comment
Comment: I love good old Weetabix! :oP why do the new Oatibix have about 50 more calories per 2 biscuits than than the ordinary?
Posted: 11:53 Sat 02-Sep-2006 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: haha cheers everyone, I thought I'd have more time to do updates while in Scotland, but really you should see the snacks they have there...

anyway, I must admit I haven't actually tried Weetabix Gold side-by-side with Weetabix Classic - but the Gold version doesn't exactly inspire you with "Mmm, luxury!" sensations, more like "Good grief, there's a 'downmarket' version of this - how much more horrible can it get?"


Posted: 17:28 Sat 02-Sep-2006 by "bigbadtiger" # permalink comment
Comment: I've tried Weetabix gold and didn't notice any difference, although it looked slightly lighter in shade than the normal Weetabix. Stick to the cheaper original.
Posted: 19:24 Sun 03-Sep-2006 by "Jade" # permalink comment
Comment: From the Oatibix range, I've only tried the minis so far. They're pretty tasty if you ask me. Quite sweet, like Weetabix Minis are, but they have a distinctive oaty flavour. I don't prefer them or the Weetabix Minis - they're just different. The All-Bran Crunchy Oat Bakes are nice, but only buy them if you want something really crunchy and if you like cinnamon, as this flavour is very strong. Some of our household love them. However, as much as I am a fan of cinnamon, I don't like it on breakfast cereals in general, so I'd prefer a non-spicy version. I bought them hoping they'd be like my old favourite - Jordan's Bran Hearts. Anyone remember those? Now they were nice...

All in all, I say well done Weetabix for introducing more variety into their range. I'll be buying all the new products again, and am looking forward to trying the other Oatibix cereals :-)


Posted: 19:30 Sun 03-Sep-2006 by "Jade" # permalink comment
Comment: Whoops! Just realised Crunchy Oat Bakes are Kellogg's :-S

I'll now update my comment: Congratulations Weetabix AND KELLOGG'S on the new products! Keep making them all, I say!


Posted: 20:58 Sun 03-Sep-2006 by "weetabloke" # permalink comment
Comment: My local Morrison's have been trailling Oatibix and Weetabix Gold at 1.50 for 24. Bought a pack of each. Rather enjoying the Oatibix so far, but suspect Weetabix Gold might die the death pretty quickly as I don't really see the point. On the bran tip, I'd like to see Bran Buds make a comeback. They were kings of the high fibre ring.
Posted: 12:23 Mon 04-Sep-2006 by "pat smith" # permalink comment
Comment: yes it was me posted the fish & chip french fries. was it really 3 years ago?

otibix & (rasin & apple) oatibix minis are firm favourites in our house at the moment


Posted: 19:50 Mon 04-Sep-2006 by "Ricky" # permalink comment
Comment: I was hoping these were going to be like a flapjacky type thing. I don't mean heavy or sticky but with whole oats, like muesli, but they're all crushed a bit too fine for me. Dissapointing!!
Posted: 00:02 Tue 05-Sep-2006 by "STEF" # permalink comment
Comment: LIVING IN IRELAND AM ALWAYS THE LAST TOTASTE NEW THINGS CANT WAIT TO TASTE OATIBIX, DID THE WEETABIX CHALLENGE AND NEARLY DIED(ON THE LOO) TOO MUCH WHEAT. I LIKE MINE BUTTERED WITH MARMLADE, OR WITH HOT MILK IF HUNG OVER!
Posted: 09:19 Thu 07-Sep-2006 by "Pam" # permalink comment
Comment: I also bought All-Bran Crunchy Oatbakes hoping they would be like Jordan's Bran Hearts, so very hopeful I was. The similar shape, similar ingredients- apart from William Farking Shattner, it all looked so promising. But alas, no. The Oatbakes are lovely if you like cinnamon, but are no way near as good as Jordan's Bran Hearts used to be. *sigh*
Posted: 10:14 Thu 07-Sep-2006 by "weetabloke" # permalink comment
Comment: All Bran Crunchy Oatbakes look and taste an awful lot like Kellogg's Cracklin Bran from about 25 years ago. It's like having a piece of my childhood back.

Google for 'Cracklin Oat Bran', look for the international version and judge for yourself.


Posted: 09:02 Sat 09-Sep-2006 by "Laurie" # permalink comment
Comment: Has anyone compared regular Weetabix, W Gold, and organic Weetabix? I found the organic to have a more "interesting" taste than regular (perhaps more nutty or caramelised or something, just a tad richer, although I appreciate this is very relative).

Also: yay for snackspot being back!


Posted: 15:21 Wed 13-Sep-2006 by "Percy" # permalink comment
Comment: I like the Oatibix mini's sultana and apple. They're rather yummy and went rather quickly. But the Al-bran crunchy oat bakes - yeurgh! All cinnamon grossness. I like my cereals plain, so really not for me. And the advert really makes them look nice which they're not. I ate one, and gave the box away. Now Weetabix crunchy bran, that's a nice, tasty cereal.
Posted: 19:28 Wed 13-Sep-2006 by "KatieP" # permalink comment
Comment: Weetabix rule! they make the best and healthiest cereals :o) I don't like anything Kelloggs or Nestle have to offer -they all seem to have high levels of salt and sugar (except of course for the ghastly Shredded Wheat! yuk! like eating straw!)
Posted: 22:47 Wed 13-Sep-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Ah yes, but all Nestle cereals contain wholegrain.
Posted: 13:34 Thu 14-Sep-2006 by "Jade" # permalink comment
Comment: Point of information: Weetabix have always and always continue to use the whole grain in all of their cereals. They were the first to do this, so Nestle don't beat them in this respect! Also, must agree with 'Weetabloke' - it would be great to see Bran Buds make a comeback.
Posted: 20:25 Sun 17-Sep-2006 by "rod"
(apparently posting from 62.252.64.19: lutn-cache-8.server.ntli.net) # permalink comment
Comment: You're lucky to find Oatibix- I'm diabetic and supposed to eat oats rather than wheat. Not a hope of finding Oatibix in the Stevenage area-Sainsbury's never have anything (don't know why they don't just sell up)- Tescos can't be bothered.
Posted: 01:00 Mon 18-Sep-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: Shredded wheat is like eating straw wtf?? it's well nice! weetabix is mushy yucky awful nasty stuff, shredded wheat is the best cereal going, why do you eat straw then Katie?
Posted: 18:55 Mon 18-Sep-2006 by "KatieP" # permalink comment
Comment: Well(of course)I don't eat straw!! but I have been unfortunate enough to eat Shredded Wheat - and that is so tasteless and stringy I would think it's the closest thing to eating straw in human food!!! Weetabix rule!
Posted: 00:55 Tue 19-Sep-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: Hahaha! poor katie, when you have shredded wheat, you are supposed to sprinkle lots of sugar on top and then it tastes nice! if you don't like it, you don't like it, but i love it, why is it that with weetabix, when you pour milk on it, you have a whole 15 seconds to finish it before the weetabix goes all soggy and mushy like baby food and makes you wanna gag?
Posted: 09:22 Tue 19-Sep-2006 by "KatieP" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't think it says much for the cereal when you need lots of sugar added to it to make it taste nice!
Posted: 13:35 Tue 19-Sep-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: I like it with or without sugar, people have frosties, sugar puffs, sugar in coffee etc come on don't be daft
Posted: 17:08 Thu 21-Sep-2006 by "wonder"
(apparently posting from 213.84.39.68: a213-84-39-68.adsl.xs4all.nl) # permalink comment
Comment: Just looking at the weetabix site and it says in the allergen section that there is wheat in the oatibix. i am allergic to wheat, so was hoping this would be a good alternative. Anyone got any info on that?!!!!
Posted: 17:17 Thu 21-Sep-2006 by "wonder"
(apparently posting from 213.84.39.68: a213-84-39-68.adsl.xs4all.nl) # permalink comment
Comment: Just looking at the weetabix site and it says in the allergen section that there is wheat in the oatibix. i am allergic to wheat, so was hoping this would be a good alternative. Anyone got any info on that?!!!!
Posted: 20:28 Thu 21-Sep-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: wonder: if the weetabix site says oatibix have wheat in then i'd suggest they probably have wheat in.

most oats are rolled in wheat, so not a good choice if you're allergic.


Posted: 21:46 Thu 21-Sep-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: ^ ...rolled in wheat *flour*.
Posted: 23:16 Thu 21-Sep-2006 by "GTO" # permalink comment
Comment: Ground wheat then.
Posted: 11:45 Mon 25-Sep-2006 by "Cas" # permalink comment
Comment: Please can someone tell me where I can buy the All Bran crunchy oatbakes. I live in Central London and no big or small supermarkets have em. I just want them to snack on dry, not as a breakfast. I even emailed Kelloggs and they wern't any help.
Posted: 15:49 Mon 25-Sep-2006 by "Cas" # permalink comment
Comment: Please can someone tell me where I can buy the All Bran crunchy oatbakes. I live in Central London and no big or small supermarkets have em. I just want them to snack on dry, not as a breakfast. I even emailed Kelloggs and they wern't any help.
Posted: 18:04 Fri 29-Sep-2006 by "ChicFox" # permalink comment
Comment: The normal sized Oatibix is just not as tasty as the mini Oatibix. Managed to go through about two boxes of the minis in less than a week, however normal sized box is still sitting there, after a disapointing first taste. Finding it difficult to track down the other flavours though.
Posted: 19:11 Fri 29-Sep-2006 by "Sandy" # permalink comment
Comment: The Weetabix website is really good as it shows old adverts from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s as well as current day on there. I love a bit of nostalgia!
Posted: 18:40 Sat 30-Sep-2006 by "bryan" # permalink comment
Comment: I tried oatibix recently and thought they tasted alright, but i wasn't aware that they had a much higher fat content than weetabix though. At over £2 for a box of 24 though i think i'll stick with the originals though. If anyone is having prolems finding oatibix, they are available at the big Tesco stores.
Posted: 09:16 Sun 01-Oct-2006 by "carol parker" # permalink comment
Comment: Sorry, Oatibix are dry and tasteless, and you need a pint of milk to soak them up, more like a babies cereal, will stick to the weetabix from now on.I won't even try the weetabix gold what a rip off!!!!
Posted: 17:24 Mon 02-Oct-2006 by "Margaret Bull" # permalink comment
Comment: I was waiting with baited breath for the 'Oatibix' to come to Clacton on Sea, then i found them in Tesco i was so happy. then on reading the box i found they had wheat in them, i was so upset i had to put them back on the shelf, i can not eat anthing with wheat. Please try again to make me happy.
Posted: 10:57 Tue 07-Nov-2006 by "Dan Salfrais" # permalink comment
Comment: Just tried Kellogg's All-Bran Crynchy Oatbakes and they are awful, they look like dog food and leave a very strong aftertaste of cinnamon. However if you like oats with cinnamon this is your breakfast! 35298 9
Posted: 08:16 Wed 26-Mar-2008 by "Michael sellers"
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Comment: I love my weetabix, i mean really love my weetabix. First thing in morning and last thing at night.
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