Feed Me

I recently volunteered to try – well, volunteered Grace – to try the new Annabel Karmel ‘Fuss Pots’ range exclusively at Sainsburys. The meals are aimed at 4 to 10 year olds in a bid to help them try new flavours from around the world. These include Kickin’ Chicken Chow Mein, Chicken Korma, Chicken ‘N’ Rice Nasi Goreng and Spaghetti Bolognese with Hidden Veg.

I gave Grace a choice from the list and she decided on Chicken Chow Mein and Nasi Goreng. So yesterday evening she sat down to try them. The packaging is eye-catching and quite busy with the cardboard cover made to look like a monster. With a clever bit of marketing there is a cut out monster on the inside of the cardboard sleeve and instructions on how to grow your own cress – the cress growing into a hair effect! The kind people at Annabel Karmel also sent us some cress seeds so we could give it a go.

The plan was that Grace was going to eat one meal yesterday evening and the other this evening. It did not pan out that way! Grace tried the Chicken Chow Mein and really didn’t like it. I tried it, and I did, so that was my dinner sorted!

So we went to Plan B and the Nasi Goreng. This time it was the big thumbs up from Grace. I tried some and it was a bit blander than the Chow Mein so I can see why a 5 year old would prefer it.

These meal pots are 300g – a whole 50g more than Grace would normally eat – so she did leave some (which Ross was happy to give a home to!).

I think these meals are lovely but I do feel that Grace may be a little young for them yet. I think that they would be better placed with ages 7 and over and suspect that this is down to the size and flavour of the meals.

The nutritional values on the packaging are stated but without an indication of RDA, which makes them difficult to consider properly.

The normal price for a pot is £2.90 and when I went to Sainsburys they were on offer at two for £5. I would feel that this is a poor deal for adult meals, let alone half-sized childrens meals. I don’t feel it sustainable to charge a minimum of £2.50 when my child is likely happier with a spaghetti bolognese from a value range at 79p! Granted the quality may be different but we are not all made of money.

I hope that they will reconsider the pricing for this range and take into the account the possible wastage that usually comes with a child’s meal as well as their lack of competitiveness with rival brand’s prices.

At two for £3 I would buy these again. At two for £5 I certainly won’t (despite how much I enjoyed the Chow Mein!)

Full Disclosure: I was given two vouchers to try Fuss Pots. The text and opinions are all my own.

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6 Comments

  1. October 29, 2012 / 8:47 am

    I am torn: one the one hand I instinctively reject all ready-meals, and am very cynical about those marketed just for children (smaller portions, bigger prices, anyone?)…
    …on the other hand… the convenience! The lack of that awful, ‘oh god, what can I throw together *today* and then they still won’t blimmin’ well eat it anyway….’
    Hmmm. Firmly on the fence here.

    • Victoria
      October 29, 2012 / 9:38 am

      I have to agree with you on the convenience factor Rachel :), especially when I was a single working Mum and found no point in a cooking a ‘proper’ meal for me plus a small child – all that effort and no reward! I just hope they reduce the price of these and then we’re all winners!

  2. October 26, 2012 / 8:02 pm

    Hi, i have found that all meals aimed at babies/children are far more expensive then either an adult version or a home cooked meal! I have to agree the pricing structure seems a little step 🙁 maybe by the time Joshua is old enough they might be a little cheaper x

    • Victoria
      October 26, 2012 / 10:56 pm

      Unfortunately I don’t think they will be! I was chatting to a friend of my today and we were discussing that the Ella’s Kitchen smoothie pouches used to be around 69p and they are now nearly £1.50! It seems that they are taking advantage of us Mums somewhat. Thanks for your comment Jaime 🙂 x

  3. October 25, 2012 / 2:45 pm

    kiddie meals ugh, never found any that were all that palatable. I cook fresh and freeze the remnants, so there is always something available. That is a HUGE portion 🙂 Like your balanced view, agree about prices, very expensive for those who only buy ready meals.

    • Victoria
      October 25, 2012 / 9:35 pm

      I have to agree with you in general on the kiddie meals! 🙂 Thank you, I was a bit worried about saying what I thought but I really think that they are so unnecessarily expensive – usually more than adult ready meals! x

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