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Old 06-02-2013, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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The malt o meal thread got me thinking, most brand name cereals are so expensive, I usually buy the store brand or if I go to Aldi's I buy their cereal. I find they taste the same to me.I love honey bunches of oats with almonds and today the family size was on sale for $3.00. If not on sale I buy the store brand. The same goes for froot loops if not on sale I buy the store brand which they call fruit rings. Do you feel the same?
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:43 PM
 
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I always buy the Malt-o-Meal brand of cereal instead of all the other brands because it is way cheaper.Usually cheaper than store brands as well when using coupons.

That or when Costco runs a special on cereal. Nothing like coming home with 5 lbs of Mini-Spooners.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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many of the "private label" brands are made by the national brands,,, they put them out for bid-they can be cheaper because of volume,,and no advertising funds...like national brands

similar to the private label bread and milk,,,the widely known brand names make them,,just packaged differently


i buy the store brand stuff on price, they usually are just as good
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:17 PM
 
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I don't like all store brands but there are two that I like. I don't think they are the same makers though, the nutrition label differs slightly. Like some store brands have higher sugar than others. I also have seen less sugar in store brands.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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Often, the brand name cereals are cheaper when you combine a sale with a few coupons.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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It just depends on the item. I have had store brand or generic brands that taste as good as the name brand, and many times where the generic is substandard. One example I remember was the time I bought generic peanut butter, it was disgusting!
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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When you're making Rice Crispy treats you HAVE to use Rice Crispy. You can experiment with generic brands but you risk a wrongness about the texture. Only Rice Crispy reliably stays crisp and doesn't go mush. I've made the mistake.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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many of the "private label" brands are made by the national brands,,, they put them out for bid-they can be cheaper because of volume,,and no advertising funds...like national brands

similar to the private label bread and milk,,,the widely known brand names make them,,just packaged differently

i buy the store brand stuff on price, they usually are just as good
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I don't like all store brands but there are two that I like. I don't think they are the same makers though, the nutrition label differs slightly. Like some store brands have higher sugar than others. I also have seen less sugar in store brands.
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It just depends on the item. I have had store brand or generic brands that taste as good as the name brand, and many times where the generic is substandard. One example I remember was the time I bought generic peanut butter, it was disgusting!
I agree, it varies-
it depends on the particulars, which aren't able to be generalized.
It's a hit-or-miss, trial-and-error proposition.

It also depends on how sensitive the person consuming the food is,
whether they would notice the difference-if that difference was mild or moderate,
and whether they preferred the name brand or the generic.

Recently bought (for the first time) some storebrand Cookie Crisp (the generic spells it with K's instead of C's,) and I could tell it was different-
smaller pieces with less rounded shape, more grit/"crumb dust" floating around in the bag, slight difference in flavor & crunch.
However, it was such that I didn't mind-
so in this case, the generic struck me as nearly up to the standard of the namebrand,
despite being clearly non-identical (albeit similar) product
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: somewhere between Lk. Michigan & Lk. Huron
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I tend to notice a difference in some brand cereal compared to their non brand/generic brand likeness cereal. I prefer name brand, guess I just want to believe I'm going to like my breakfast better if it is name brand. I agree with another poster about Rice Krispie, to make the treats I much prefer Rice Krispie cereal over generic brand. The brand of cereal I'm likely not to buy is POST cereals.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:49 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I think the only real difference is made by ingredients. No matter what you pay - all natural cereal, low sodium, low sugar, low fat, high fiber, natural flavors, nuts, fruits, no artificial adding - that what makes a cereal healthy and taste the best.
When you look at the brand... most cereals are made by TWO companies - Kellogg and General Mills. Different names, different package... but the cereal doesn't vary that much at all. Mostly by added artificial colors and flavors. And stuff like wheat or bran flakes taste like a cardboard box.
I realized that the best cereal is the one I mix myself: I buy bulk cereal, bran, oats, wheat and such, then add natural stuff to it - honey, fresh or dried fruit, nuts and seeds, flavors like coconut, vanilla, cinnamon etc. and get greater variety, better taste AND it cost me LESS than a box of store bough cereal. As a result I have a hearty, nutty, earthy, crunchy, chewy, flavorful, delicious breakfast cereal to start a day
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