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NOW CLOSED: MU 100% Cheddar Sticks product test - feedback thread

(120 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 28-Aug-12 14:43:53

This thread is for the 100 MNers who are trying the new MU 100% Cheddar Sticks from MU cheese with their DC.

If you are a tester please add your feedback to this thread by answering these questions once you've bought and tried the cheese.

MU says "Our new MU Sticks are the perfect little treat to pop into your kids' lunchboxes, or even stash in the fridge as a delicious and healthy snack. Each stick is made from 100% Cheddar and contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk. What's more, they are completely natural - each yummy chunk of smooth and creamy medium cheddar is just MU Cheddar, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives added."

Everyone who is a tester and who adds their feedback will be entered into a prize draw where one family will win £100 worth of Love2Shop vouchers.

Feedback questions:

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

Piffpaffpoff Wed 29-Aug-12 13:33:57

Hello

Here are my answers....
Kids (6&4) loved them
Ate them as part of a packed lunch - one at school, one at home
Texture was 'nice', cheese strength was ok. Packaging-wise, the 6yo liked reading the fact and the 4yo managed to open it themselves so a thumbs up there.
No improvements necessary according to both of them.
The fact that it is 100%cheddar rather than any other type of hard cheese is not that important to me.
The milk fact is not that important to me as my two drink lots of milk anyway.
I think it's hugely important that they get enough calcium.
Finally, price is one of the most important factors when I'm shopping at the moment so I tend to buy whatever is on offer. So if it was competitively priced then yes I would buy again.

unquietmind Thu 30-Aug-12 09:52:26

Hello,

I went to Tesco near me on two occassions and I have not seen the cheese available as yet either on an offer aisle or cheese one. I havent asked the staff as yet, but I will on my next visit.

OldBagWantsNewBag Thu 30-Aug-12 13:47:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsJohnDeere Thu 30-Aug-12 15:47:40

I went to my nearest store (Baldock) to get the cheese today and they didn't have it. I asked a manager and he said that they didn't stock it. They did have other MU products (grated cheese, flat circles for cheeseburgers) but I didn't want to spend real money on those.

Took me an hour to drive there and back with 2 very annoying children in tow so I was a bit hmm

bubby64 Fri 31-Aug-12 13:58:48

Went to my nearest stockest yesterday(Ipswich) and, although they had other MU products, they didn't have the cheese fingers insad, am going to Bury St Edmunds next week, so will look there, and feedback when I find some.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 31-Aug-12 17:21:37

So sorry if you've not been able to get the product - do email us to let us know (if you haven't already - please drop Katie a line) and we can see if we can find out more info. Obviously the list of stores where they are stocked was supplied to us (and to our client) in good faith and they are trying to find out more but it's not very straightforward.

mynameis Fri 31-Aug-12 20:47:28

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Myself, DH and teens 15 & 13 tried them. A unanimous no from our household I'm afraid. We all found the flavour too strong and my son found the texture quite sticky to swallow.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

All of us ate them as a snack

What did your family testers think of the:

- Texture

I personally liked the texture in that it didn't have that plasticky feel that other cheese sticks have

- Strength of the cheese

We all found the strength too strong

- Packaging

Eye catching and easy to open

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

A milder version please

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes it's appealing in that there are no additives.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes as my teens aren't big milk drinkers

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

It is important but unfortunately it won't be from MU sticks

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Price is good but won't be buying again unless there is a milder version.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks?

Me, dp, 7yo, 5yo, 4yo, 3yo.

What was their verdict?
Me, dp, 7yo and 4yo liked them, 5yo wasn't sure, 3yo said yuck!

If they didn't go down well, why?
5yo said it was a bit strong and too big, 3yo said too (cheesy) strong.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

Snack.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture- lovely texture.
- Strength of the cheese- slightly too strong, but ok if eaten with grapes.
- Packaging- good but the black top and bottom on the outer rubs off and looks scruffy which is a bit off putting.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

5yo would prefer half the size.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you?
Why? Yes. 100% cheddar is more appealing that full of extras and rubbish to make it plasticy!

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes, ds doesn't drink milk.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Very important.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) yes I would, even more so if they introduced mini ones to please my 5yo!

bubby bury st edmunds have them smile

BornToFolk Sat 01-Sep-12 14:17:59

I couldn't get any in my local big Tesco today. sad They had loads of other things in the Mu range. I've emailed Katie.

BigBugs Sat 01-Sep-12 14:31:46

Hello...

#Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
Myself, dh, dd aged 2.1 and dss age 13 all tried the cheese.Dh and dd were not impressed and thought it was too strong and had a funny taste.Myself and dss thought it was ok.

#When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging
We ate the cheese as a snack and all agreed that the texture was nice and smooth as described. we all agreed it was quite strong and not very mild which is not to every ones taste, we all liked the packaging.

#If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
Dh and dss said it would be nice without the odd aftertaste,and i think i would have to agree.

#As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Not particularly appealing compared to other hard cheeses

#contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
yes this is appealing as dss does not drink much milk so is a great way to get some calcium. Not so for dd as she still has milk am/pm

#Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
extremely important!

#Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
In all honesty probably not,as they were just not very popular in this household.
lovely packaging and if they could improve the taste of the cheese and make it a little milder then we would maybe try it again.

We manged to buy some MU sticks on Friday and as we were peckish each had one on the drive home (that's me and ds age 13, dd age 9)
Here is our feedback:

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
Me - nice cheesy smell, nice cheesy taste, funny soft texture.
Ds - very nice, would like again
Dd - I love these, they are better than cheesestrings!

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
They were eaten as a snack on the way home. We will eat the remainder on a picnic or put them in dd's lunchbox for school.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - the children said the texture of the cheese was fine. I thought it was a bit too soft
- Strength of the cheese - perfect, very nice flavour
- Packaging - very nice, drums home the milk element. The children also appreciated the cow facts on the wrapper.
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? - Dd would have liked them to be peelable but ds and I prefer the fact they are not.
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes, the less artificial rubbish I put into my children the better.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes, it is hard to get them to drink enough milk
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? I don't count their calcium as such but just make sure they either have milk on their cereal, some cheese with their lunch or a yoghurt for a snack.
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
Yes, dd would like them in her lunchbox for school. The price is reasonable (would not be prepared to pay more) so I think I may buy them again.

Thank you for allowing us to take part in this product test.

HappySunflower Sat 01-Sep-12 20:06:37

Just a quick note for all of you selected...

I found them in my local Tesco store today- which wasn't actually one of the branches listed.
They were not in the usual chilled cabinet with all the other cheese stick/string type products. In fact they weren't with the big packets of MU cheese.
They were at the end of an aisle in a separate silver fridge thing, so it's definitely worth asking and looking around a bit more.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

All of us - DH, DS1 (4), DS2 (8mnths) and myself tried them. DS1 loved them, but did find that they were very "claggy" (made his mouth dry and sticky. DH wasn't over enamoured, but unless it's tesco mild he doesn't like cheese anyway. They were a great shape for DS2 to hold and chew, but they melted down to a sticky consistency quickly which he didn't like, so his got thrown at the cat. I enjoyed mine, but thought the flavour was quite strong.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
We had ours as a snack for the boys on a day out, and as part of a lazy deli tea one night. They were much more successful as part of tea.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
This was one of the failings for us. The cheese became sticky and gungy when warm so didn't suit finger food for the baby, and was quite offputting to eat. They were lovely straight from the fridge.

- Strength of the cheese
Possibly a bit too strong.

- Packaging
Loved it. Easy to spot, easy to open. Not too much waste.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
The texture and how quickly it melts down. I have issues with food texture and it made them unappealing to me unless straight from the fridge.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes. It seems healthier.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
It's a good thing, but both children get a lot of dairy from milk and yoghurt too, so it's not the main selling point.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Very. It's one of the things I really keep an eye on as osteoporosis has been flagged in our family.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
I'm undecided. DS1 has already begged for them for lunch when he goes to school, but my purse is weighing up convenience and packaging appeal over cost - it would be cheaper to cut fingers off a block of cheese myself.

beautyguru Sat 01-Sep-12 23:27:36

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Me, DH, DD 7yo and DD 1yo+8. Oh yes and DM tried one too!! ( we are all big cheese fans!! of various types/textures)

Both DD's wolfed them down and wanted more..both DH and I thought they were disgusting, as did DM. After tasting them I was amazed DDs liked them as DH; DM and myself all found them very strong with a camembert type aftertaste. Also the texture was very claggy in comparison to other cheddars we buy.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

DD 1yo+8 ate hers whilst I was waiting to pay at Tesco!! Kept her quiet in the queue!! The rest of us ate them at home as a snack.
They are the type of thing I would put in a lunchbox though or use for picnics.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture-DD 7yo said it "was thicker than normal cheese but nice and creamy" DH, DM and I thought it was claggy and offputting.

- Strength of the cheese-DD 7yo said she liked the flavour and that it wasn't too strong for her. DH, DM and I all thought it was far too strong.

- Packaging- We all agreed that we liked the packaging. DD 7yo said that she "liked the black and white as cheese is made from milk which comes from cows so its good that the packet looks like a cow!" She also liked the different facts to read. She found it fairly easy to open.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

DDs wouldn't make any change...I would make them milder in taste and less claggy in texture.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes, like to know I'm giving DDs food that isn't full of chemicalsrubbish

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
It would be if my DDs only got their calcium intake from cheese, however they both love milk, yogurts etc so not really an issue for us.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Very important...luckily they love everything dairy so no worries for me!

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Yes I would more than likely buy them again but as budget is a huge issue for us at the moment I would still be comparing similar products and buying the best value for money.

Thank you for letting us take part in the sample survey.

HappySunflower Sun 02-Sep-12 15:22:03

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks?
Myself, my 2 year old and my visiting 5 year old niece.

What was their verdict?
I liked them
They didn't go down so well with my daughter and my niece.

If they didn't go down well, why?
The taste was a bit too strong for them, I think!

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
At home with lunch

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture -I liked it
- Strength of the cheese-A bit too strong!
- Packaging-liked this a lot.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
The only things I would change are:
-strength- have a mild version
-packet size. I would like a 6 pack as perfect for lunch boxes!

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
It was initially appealing, yes, as I assumed there would be no hidden junk/additives, but on tasting the cheese, it is a bit too strong!

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes. Good calcium content.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Very important
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
I would, yes, but I wouldn't pay £1.35 for a 4 pack.
I buy a six pack of supermarket own cheese sticks for around that price!

bubby64 Sun 02-Sep-12 17:58:14

Thanks Stateofconfusion I have to go to Bury tomorrow or Tuseday, so will look there

TheCunningStunt Mon 03-Sep-12 10:11:02

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

DS who is 5 and dd who is 3. They quite liked them, DS said they were easy to open at school and dd opened hers no problem either.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

DS had them in packed lunch at school. Dd had hers at home as part of her lunch.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

The kids quite liked the texture. DS said they were rent cheesy enough, but dd seemed to love the taste. They were both drawn to the packaging which I suppose is the point.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

DS says he would make them cheesier.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

Well yes, because the less crap they eat the better really.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

This is very appealing as mine don't like to drink to much milk. DS is just starting to like milk now.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

I thnk it's important. But cheese is only one source.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

This would cost me too much as I would need 3 packs a week, and I think I would be cheaper buying whatever cheddar is on offer and chopping it up for the kids.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
We all tried them- the 31 month old toddler, and both my partner and myself. Unfortunately they didn't go down all that well. The toddler took one nibble and wouldn't touch it again, and my OH (world's biggest cheese fan) said it tasted like cheddar that had been allowed to sweat inside its plastic wrapper

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
* As a cheese, biscuits and fruit snack*

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
see above comments r.e. sweaty cheese. Also, I found the texture very soft, for a medium cheddar I would expect it to be a lot firmer
- Strength of the cheese
Too mild, but we like our cheese very strong in this family
- Packaging
Perfect, even the toddler could get it open herself. However, like another poster said, some of the black ink rubbed off the packet, especially with damp hands*

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
sort out the odd texture, it needs to a lot firmer and a lot less watery. And if we're allowed two comments, please sort out the ink on the packet so it doesn't rub off

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
very appealing, as there is no cr@p in them unlike other 'cheese' sticks. I try to stick to foods without too many additives for the toddler
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
quite appealing as I know she is getting something towards her daily calcium intake. If she would eat it
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
very important
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
* I probably wouldn't but them again as we didn't like them that much. Also, its cheaper to buy a net of bog standard cheddar portions and/or chop chunks off a big block of the stuff*

Thank-you for letting us try them.

Vajazzler Tue 04-Sep-12 07:43:09

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why? They got eaten by me and the dc's, 9,8,6,5,2
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal? They were eaten as part of a lunch at home
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture good
- Strength of the cheese just right
- Packaging very eye catching and easy to open
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? * i would make them a bit smaller*
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? yes it is, i want to give my children proper cheese not something 'peelable' or whatever
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? yes my children arent big milk drinkers
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? fairly important
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) at that price for 4 i would only buy them if on special offer

We really enjoyed trying these cheese sticks, thank you for choosing us!

ouryve Tue 04-Sep-12 12:12:16

Got my vouchers, but yet to get to Tesceurgh with them!

Marking place. We also had the problem of making a special journey but being unable to find them (even asking one of the staff to look).

TheOldestCat Tue 04-Sep-12 15:12:12

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why? We all ate them (me, DH, DD and DS). DH didn't like them, I thought they were nicer than they looked and DD and DS ate about half a stick - DD (5) said they were 'too strong' and DS (2) said something indecipherable but it seemed positive.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal? As part of lunch, with bread, cold sausages etc.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture Liked (except for DH who thought the texture was 'grim').
- Strength of the cheese Too strong for DD; I liked it.
- Packaging DD was very pleased 'ooooh, cheese for kids!' I usually refuse requests for cheese-strings etc so she was chuffed.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? Less strong flavour.
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? They appear to be les full of rubbish than other cheese products aimed at kids.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes for DD who doesn't drink much milk.
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Very important. Growing bones and all that.
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) Yes, possibly for DS's lunchbox. I cut up bits of cheese for them, but on working days it would be easier to bung one of these in. I think my Tesco were charging a quid though, not £1.35.

thanks for the cheese!

mummyofcutetwo Tue 04-Sep-12 16:02:45

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

My husband and elder son (age 4). My husband liked it, son not sure.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

My husband had one as a snack when he got in from work. My son had one in a picnic.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

My husband liked the texture - he thought it was halfway between normal cheddar and dairylea. He liked the strength, but would have been happier to have had it stronger. He didn't comment on the packaging.
My son wasn't sure about the texture - he said it was too squidgy, not hard like normal cheddar. He liked the strength, but again would have been happy to have it stronger. He said they looked "so cool" when he first saw them in his picnic. He didn't find it easy to open though and so only ate half of one - he's usually pretty good at getting into packaging, especially if cheese is involved!

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Improve the texture - make it harder like normal cheddar.

Overall, we like the cheddar sticks but I don't think I'd buy them again at the price - I'd rather cut a few lumps off a bigger block as it would be more economical.

Elkieb Tue 04-Sep-12 18:38:53

Hi, thank you for the offer. Me, my husband and my 7 month old boy have tried them. I like the aspect of the sticks being actual cheese and have a measured amount of calcium to them.

As to the taste, the product is a good size and flavour though not too dissimilar to other cheeses/cheddars.

I would buy them again, especially if they were on offer.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

All of us: DH and me (thirty-cough), DS1 (4) and DS2 (16m). General approval. We usually get mature cheddar so they weren't too strong.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

As a snack outside, from a coolbag - a bit sweaty. As a snack inside, straight from the fridge - much firmer.

What did your family testers think of the: - Texture - Strength of the cheese - Packaging

See above. Because it's proper cheese it doesn't seem to do well out of the fridge for long (unlike eg Cheesestrings). Our school lunchboxes have to have a freezer block in though so if I were putting in a lunchbox I would just try to put the cheese as close to the frozen block as possible.

Strength was good for DH and the DCs but a bit bland for me - I like Black Bomber so if it doesn't make me wince it's too mild!

Packaging was fine. The 4yo didn't need any explanation to get it open himself - ideal for school lunchbox. He has previously struggled with Cheesestrings and Babybels.

It was a bit annoying that the four cheeses were stuck together in the packet. If they were separate I'd have left them in the packet in the fridge, but. once I'd taken them all out to separate off one or two, I cba to put them back in the packet so I threw it away. Although the BBE is on the individual cheeses, the nutrition information is not.

if you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

They are too big. They only need to be half the size.

As stated above MU sticks: ~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why

Yes. Big fans of real cheese here. Dubious about the chemicals in some brands!

Contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

It's meaningless really. I have no clue what 210ml looks like. Also comically precise.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

I think people worry about it too much. It's something I think about but don't stress about tbh.

lastlyy do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

They are out of budget at the rrp - although gram for gram they might be reasonable, I can't pay 35p per "dose" IYSWIM. If I saw them at £1 for 4 or similar I'd be more tempted. Or if you did eight half-size pieces for £1.50 or something.

Thanks for the cheese - and for the extra effort taken to get it to me!

BornToFolk Tue 04-Sep-12 20:21:09

I just got my cheese by FedEx! I had an email from Katie to say they'd be sent out directly to me as there were none in my local Tesco and got home today to find a card through the door to say a package had been left at a neighbour and it was two packs of Mu Sticks in a coolbag!

Mu are clearly very keen for me to try them so I'll give one to DS tomorrow and feedback then...

alibeenherealongtime Tue 04-Sep-12 20:46:22

Not received my vouchers yet, despite being picked!

mummyofcutetwo Wed 05-Sep-12 08:58:50

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

My husband and elder son (age 4). My husband liked it, son not sure.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

My husband had one as a snack when he got in from work. My son had one in a picnic.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

My husband liked the texture - he thought it was halfway between normal cheddar and dairylea. He liked the strength, but would have been happier to have had it stronger. He didn't comment on the packaging.
My son wasn't sure about the texture - he said it was too squidgy, not hard like normal cheddar. He liked the strength, but again would have been happy to have it stronger. He said they looked "so cool" when he first saw them in his picnic. He didn't find it easy to open though and so only ate half of one - he's usually pretty good at getting into packaging, especially if cheese is involved!

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Improve the texture - make it harder like normal cheddar.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

The fact that it's 100% cheddar is very appealing indeed. I don't ever buy the gimmicky "cheese" products aimed at children as they just don't look natural.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

I think that would be very important if your LO didn't like drinking milk.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

Very important

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Overall, we like the concept of the cheddar sticks but I don't think I'd buy them again at the price - I'd rather cut a few lumps off a bigger block as it would be more economical.

StellaMarie Wed 05-Sep-12 10:14:52

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why? DD (14), DS (12), me: tasted ok but strange, bitter aftertaste
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal? DCs ate one on way home from supermarket others taken as part of a picnic
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture texture is fine, not stringy or too rubbery
- Strength of the cheese strength is good, personally I like really mature cheddar so would have been happier if it was stronger
- Packaging easy to spot on the shelf and attractive to children
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? remove the aftertaste
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? yes, don't like my food to be messed about with
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? yes, we drink plenty of milk in this house, but it's useful to know
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? very for growing bones etc, but I do try and vary the sources of calcium and other minerals to give a wide diet
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) at that price no. I haven't bought cheese sticks of any variety before as I tend to cut up a big piece, more economical in the long run and reduces packaging waste

ScienceRocks Wed 05-Sep-12 11:14:49

Thanks for including us in this trial. We love cheese in our house!

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

The DDs (aged 5 and 2) ate them. DD2 liked it, DD1 didn't because it "tasted a bit funny". So I finished it. I thought it was fine, but had a slightly odd aftertaste. A bit bitter, maybe?

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

As part of a meal at home.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging?

The texture and strength was fine for all of us. DD2 couldn't manage the packaging herself, and even though they came out of the fridge just before eating, they all kind of crumbled while still in the pack, which was a bit odd.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Easier packaging, so little ones can do it themselves (this would make them good change bag fodder). Get rid of the after taste (I know this isn't only one improvement).

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes, as I dislike foods that pretend to be thigs that they are not (corn snacks that are basically crisps and bear no resemblance to corn, for example).

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes, as my DDs aren't great milk drinkers.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

Very important (and a very strange question).

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

No, they are too expensive for what they are and the difficult packaging and crumbling mean that they aren't good portable snacks. I would rather take cubes of cheese cut from a block, or a similar product like Babybels or Cheesestrings. Sorry.

bubby64 Wed 05-Sep-12 11:42:03

Thanks AnnMumsnet for sorting out our trial packs, they arrived yesterday in their own nifty little cooler grin
Our answers:-
Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why? -We all tried them (me, DH, DS1 and DS2(both 11yrs). DH liked the taste, but wasn't keen on texture, I liked them, but I'm a cheese addict! DS1 tasted them said they were 'too strong' and DS2 had a nibble, and said YUK! but both boys have only recently started to eat cheese again after refusing to for a number of years

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? We tried them as a snack

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture -I lked it, DH didn't, DS's didn't try enough to make a judgement!
- Strength -of the cheese, Lovely, but DH and I both like strong cheese, far too strong for DS's.
- Packaging -DS's were enthusiatic about packaging, shame they were not about content!

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? Less strong flavour.
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? -Yes, if I could get milder ones the boys will try and eat, they are not full of all the "extras" of other cheese stick products.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? -Not really, as both DS's drink milk.
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? -Very important.
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) Yes for my lunchbox, Maybe if they were milder for DS's.

Thanks again for the cheese(and cooler!

lucjam Wed 05-Sep-12 17:03:38

Going tomorrow to get mine hope they have them as its a good 20 mins in the car (but can combine with trip to M and S so not all bad).

BornToFolk Wed 05-Sep-12 20:03:04

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Me and 4 year old DS. I threw one in DS's direction then got distracted talking to a neighbour and next thing I knew DS had polished it off. I'm pleased he managed the packet by himself and he said it was really yummy.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

It was a snack. I'd definitely use the rest for lunchboxes now DS has demostrated that he can handle the packaging!

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - me - good texture, it hasn't got that horrible rubber-like consistency of Cheese Strings etc. DS did not comment on texture

- Strength of the cheese - me - good. We normally eat extra mature chedder so are fans of strong cheese and this had a really good flavour. Made a nice change from usual single size packets of cheese that tend to be v mild (and a bit too bland for my taste). DS didn't comment on strength, just gobbled it down and said it was good!

- Packaging - me - good. Over-packaged, of course, but that's what you get with single size packets. DS - liked the cow!

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Pricing. I can't see me buying them at 4 for £1.35, tbh.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? It's appealing that it's 100% proper cheese, not processed etc.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Well, it's appealing as much as any other cheese in that respect!

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

It's important but not something I worry about too much as DS eats and drinks a good amount of dairy.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Well, if they stocked them in my local Tesco, it would be a start! For that price, I don't think I would buy them again, on a regular basis anyway. I would look out for them on special offer though, especially for picnics and other treats, as I did enjoy them more than other pre-packed cheese and so did DS. He doesn't really like Cheese Strings or mini Babybel so this would definitely be a contender if I was looking for a pre-packed product but for day-to-day lunchboxes and snacks, I'd rather cut a bit of cheese off a big block.

BiscuitNibbler Wed 05-Sep-12 21:37:00

Thanks very much for the cheese! Fedex delivered it today and as soon as DD discovered we had been sent cheese through the post she demanded to try it straight away. The first packet didn't even make it to the fridge!

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Me and DD (age 3). We loved them, had two each as soon as we opened the parcel. DD said they were really tasty and would have eaten more if I had let her.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

The first ones were eaten as a snack. I intend to use the rest in packed lunches and to take with me as a snack after DD's swimming lesson.

What did your family testers think of the:

- Texture - DD too young to comment, but I thought it was gorgeous. I loved the smoothness, it felt very appealing in my mouth and tasted like a quality product.

- Strength of the cheese - We usually eat extra mature, so I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the usual cheap mild cheese that I have come to expect from pre-packaged cheese aimed at children.

- Packaging - At first I was disappointed as it looked very like the competition, and I automatically assumed it would be sweaty, plasticky, rubbish. It was a surprise when it was none of these. I am not sure how you will get over these assumptions from people who have tried and disliked the other products like this on the market. I liked the colours and the cow - it made your other products stand out on the supermarket shelf (even though this product wasn't available in my local Tesco).

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? - Maybe do something to differentiate it from Cheese Strings? Also packets with more sticks in them?

As stated above MU sticks:

~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes, cheese is lovely, there is no need to make it so processed for children.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes, it is good to know.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? It is, but DD gets adequate from milk. I don't drink milk, so it is actually useful for me to know for myself.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) At first I thought "no", due to the price, however on reflection I think I will. If you look at the price of other snacks and sweets it compares favourably. On a day to day basis I would just cut up cheese from a block but if we were going for a picnic, a flight, or for taking as a post-swimming snack etc I would probably buy them for myself & DH as well as DD. I will probably investigate your blocks of cheese now to see if they have the lovely smooth texture!

Thank you very much for the chance to try this product, and for bothering to send it to me when it turned out that my local store didn't stock it despite it being on the list. I really appreciate it. I hope it does eventually get stocked there as I will definitely buy it and recommend it to others.

SetFiretotheRain Thu 06-Sep-12 01:20:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsShrek3 Thu 06-Sep-12 07:03:41

<bookmarking>
going to get them tomorrow. Called the other day but there were none in stock.

Silibilimili Thu 06-Sep-12 09:38:16

These are good but how are you differentiating yourself from the other cheese sticks? I really found little difference.

Baconsarnie Thu 06-Sep-12 22:15:19

Thanks for letting me try the cheese. Feedback below.
Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
DS, at first. He's a big cheese fan, the main reason I wanted to try them out. He didn't finish either stick I gave him, saying he didn't like it. So, in the name of research, I finished them off for him. Very cheesy, tasted like proper cheese, rather than the plasticky stuff you normally get. I think DS (4) prefers the bland plasticky stuff. Since then, every time I've offered him one, he's declined. Again, very unusual. DP loves them though.
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Always as a snack
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging
DS said he didn't like how it felt in his mouth (texture). I think he also disliked the strength of the cheese. He was able to unwrap it himself though, so thumbs up for the packaging. DP loved both strength and texture.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
DS - more like babybel taste. me/DP - nothing.
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Because then I know exactly what DS is eating.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? It seems healthy for a growing child to eat/drink lots of calcium
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? It's quite important to me, more than worrying they eat too much sugar for some reason. Seems lovely and wholesome! L
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) I would, but not for DS, more likely DP's lunchbox.

PopPig Thu 06-Sep-12 22:38:46

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? *My DD (8) and DH
What was their verdict? They both really enjoyed them
When did they get eaten DD took hers in her lunchbox and DH had his as a snack
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture They thought the texture was grand- they didn't have any strong feelings about it
- Strength of the cheese They both really enjoyed the strength of the cheese, we love cheese in this house and they liked the fact it was fairly strong- especailly compared to other comparable cheese type sticks
- Packaging The packaging was appealing- DD particularly enjoyed the fun fact
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? DH says nothing- DD said nothing, then a little while later said it would be 'cool' if you could peel them like cheese strings (lunchbox envy) bleugh
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? the fact they are 100% cheese is VERY important to me as the majority of these types of cheese products aimed at children are full of artificial preservatives etc
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? yes, DD probably doesn't drink enough milk
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? very
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) I would probably buy them when they were on offer. tesco had them reduced to £1, would buy them in that instance, probably not full price when I could buy a block of cheese and get many more snacks from it.

thanks for letting us try the cheese DD (and DH) enjoyed it!

WorkInProgress Fri 07-Sep-12 13:06:14

Finally got some ! Unfortunately we don't like them, which is a shame considering I love strong cheese and my daughter loves cheese strings.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Myself and my daughter. She hated it and didn't finish it, I wasn't keen. I didn't like the texture on it's own, needed to be eaten with something as the flavour was so strong
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Part of a snacky type lunch ( soup and bread )
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

we didn't like the texture, too firm compared with other snack cheese. I liked the strength of the cheese but not on it's own. My daughter thought it was too strong.
Packaging Ok, does stand out. but looks expensive ( might be a good thing or a bad one)
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
Daughter would like them more like dairylea cheese strings !!!
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
I wouldn't buy them if they weren't
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Not really. I think my children get enough milk and cheese
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Not really as they like cheese and milk and eat plenty. worry more about fruit and veg !
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

No sorry. We didn't really like them. Would normally only buy this sort of product as a treat and we didn't like them !
But thanks for letting us take part.

BiscuitNibbler Fri 07-Sep-12 18:48:26

AnnMumsnet - Quick question!

I was kindly sent some cheese via Fedex as they weren't in my local store after all, but if they do turn up eventually in my local store could I still use the vouchers or is that just being unreasonable and greedy?

I really liked the product, so I will look out for it and buy it again, but I just remembered I still have the vouchers.

I will abide by your decision as I can't make up my mind if using them would be unreasonable.

lucjam Fri 07-Sep-12 18:57:30

Found them ok in Tesco, was lucky got the two packets!

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Me, DD (age 10), DS (age 6) and DH. We liked them, DD the most, DS said the were a little bit nice, DS said they were alright (thats hig praise from him), I liked them.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

They were eaten by the kids as a pre dinner snack (we're staaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrviiiiing), DH ate his with beans on toast I ate mine whilst cooking dinner.

What did your family testers think of the:

- Texture - Everyone thought it was nice and smooth, I thought the outside was a bit too smooth

- Strength of the cheese - it was stronger than mild but not ultra strong, I don't like it too strong, DD thought it was a bit strong.

- Packaging - was ok I quite like the cow like stuff.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? - they could be a tad smaller IMO and there could then be 6 in the pack, they seem quite big.

As stated above MU sticks:

~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes, better than horrible processed rubbish

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes it is appealing, everyone wants to make sure their kids get enough calcium

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? It is, see above

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) If on special offer, otherwise I just cut up normal cheee its not too hard realy is it!!

madbutnotbad Sat 08-Sep-12 09:45:07

Who in the family ate the cheddar sticks? - myself, my dd1 (4) and dd2 (2).

We all liked them but my youngest couldn't manage a whole one so I had to help her!

We had them at home for a snack and in the car as a snack on the way shopping.

I liked the strength and packaging of the cheese but felt the texture could be better, my dd's liked the "feel" of the cheese and said it tasted good, had no interest in the packaging.

I was pleased to know that I was giving my children something that was a quick and easy snack but was still decent food.

We will buy these again if they get stocked in our local Tesco as we had to travel to the next town to get them even though our local Tesco is a large "extra" store.

insanityscratching Sat 08-Sep-12 10:19:04

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
Dd 9 and adult ds ate them. They both enjoyed them ds said he could eat a packet to himself.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
The majority were eaten at home as a snack, dd took one in her lunchbox and had one in the car along with other nibbles when we were travelling

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

Dd and ds thought they were more cheesy than cheesestrings and dd managed to open them herself where she finds cheesestrings tricky

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

More in a pack as four doesn't go very far tbh, perhaps the option of buying them in packs of 8 or 12.
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

It's nice to know that they are snacking on something with nutritional value.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Very important so that they have healthy teeth and bones.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Yes I already have as on offer at Tesco last week.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 08-Sep-12 16:08:15

BiscuitNibbler - am sure that would be absolutely fine!!!

BiscuitNibbler Sat 08-Sep-12 16:34:46

Thanks Ann!

UmamiOrange Sat 08-Sep-12 18:38:06

The only feedback that I have to give is that the vouchers were clearly too small and not brightly coloured enough, as it appears my DH recycled them angry

MrsJohnDeere Sun 09-Sep-12 09:36:40

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
DS1 aged 6, DS2 aged 4, and me. DS2 liked them, and said they were even nicer than the (vile!) Cheestrings that he adores (the purple/yellow packaging ones). Ds1 took one mouthful and said 'yuck' then spat it out. He is a fan of 'normal' cheese but doesn't like other cheese sticks or strings. I tried it and thought it as quite unpleasant, to be honest, but I'm probably not the target market. BUT ours were delivered by courier (out of stock at out nearest store) and I think they may have suffered a bit from being in transit for several hours, so may not have tasted quite right.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Eaten in the car by DS2, snack after school for DS1

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
ds2 liked, I found it too plasticky. Again this may have been because they got a bit too hot in transit

- Strength of the cheese
fine for ds1, ds2 said too strong BUT he's a fan of Waitrose mature cheddar. I thought odd rather than too strong for my taste, but I could see how small children might find them too strong

- Packaging
excellent. Would stand out on the shelves of the supermarket. Distinctive branding

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
adjust the taste slightly so it tastes more like normal cheese

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
great, better than adding lots of yucky stuff to it

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
great way of getting milk into reluctant milk drinkers. Both my Dcs like drinking milk and have cereal so it's not a huge issue for us

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
very

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks).
*quite possibly for lunch boxes. Convenience, and reasonable price (cheaper than the purple/yellow ones, I think)

Thank you for letting us try these. We found it a lot of fun!

MrsJohnDeere Sun 09-Sep-12 09:38:35

Just remembered one more thing: we found the packaging tricky. Ds2 couldn't get the internal wrapper off himself, so the bottom bit got stuck in the packet and thrown away.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 09-Sep-12 09:40:54

UmamiOrange we still have our vouchers as the sticks were out of stock at our nearest Tesco (MU sent me the sticks to me direct). I'm very happy to post my vouchers on to you.

UmamiOrange Sun 09-Sep-12 09:46:13

MrsJD that is very kind! We would like to try them, as cheese is one of the few things with protein in that DS will eat. I will PM you my address if you're sure it's okay.

DH is a cheese-hater; I think it was deliberate hmm

thanksthanksthanks

MrsJohnDeere Sun 09-Sep-12 09:48:18

No problem smile

ouryve Sun 09-Sep-12 14:18:24

Finally managed to get to Tesco to get hold of some of these, this morning. How long have we got to report back, MNHQ?

alibeenherealongtime Sun 09-Sep-12 15:55:50

Thank you for the special delivery as the vouchers didn't arrive!

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

DD4 DD3 DS2 and me. The children loved them, I thought they were disgusting, but had tasted one when they arrived and it was warm and soft, so put them in the fridge till later, improved them marginally

When did they get eaten - As a snack mid morning with bread sticks and apple

What did your family testers think of the:

- Texture - sticky and claggy, hard to swallow, but the children thought they were okay, but preferred block cheese. DS2 had to spit it out, it got stuck to the roof of his mouth as he couldn't swallow it!

- Strength of the cheese - Too mild for all of them used to extra mature off the block

- Packaging - The children could open them themselves, so a huge plus as the competition have very hard to open packets

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? Improve the texture, drier, firmer, more like proper cheese

As stated above MU sticks:

~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes, but why add anything to a 100% natural food item?

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Not really

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

The children eat lots of yoghurt and drink milk and plenty of milk on cereal, so happy they are getting what they need

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again?

Probably not - Why? Too expensive, unless a special offer - BOGOFF, cheaper to wrap a piece off the block in interleaving or those white food bags from Lakeland that you see on supermarket deli counters, I buy a 1000 and they last forever!

Thank you for the extra effort and the opportunity to taste

grumpydwarf Sun 09-Sep-12 17:03:38

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
Me and my 15 month old son. He ate the whole thing and loved. I thought it had a strange texture and felt a bit sticky.
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
At lunch time
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - thick and claggy
- Strength of the cheese - fine
- Packaging - good and eyecatching
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
Change the texture to non-sticky and gloopy.
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes as less chemicas in my childs food.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
I like this as its important for my childs developement.
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
As my son is so young its very important.
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why?
I don't think I would buy them again as they were quite expensive!

firawla Sun 09-Sep-12 19:13:40

We finally went and picked up the mu sticks today, I liked the look of them but unfortunately dc were not too impressed with the taste (4 yr and 2 yrs dses)
They said it was a bit yuck and didnt finish it, I was suprised because they love cheese normally! read this thread and saw other people commenting it was quite a strong taste not very mild, so thought i would try one myself to see if that was the case, and it was - i think that's why my dc didnt enjoy it as much, cos we normally do buy mild cheddar.
I found the taste of it okay for myself, but the format of it is something I would more buy for the dc, for snacks or pack lunch

- Texture

to me the texture looked a bit plastic-ish considering it is 100% cheddar, it had a slightly artificial appearance and was a bit too soft and "shiny" looking

- Strength of the cheese

- too strong

- Packaging

- i liked the packaging, convenient and looks quite nice

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

- make the cheese milder

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

- yes, because i dont want too many additive in it

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

- it is but im not overly concerned cos my dc all drink a lot of milk anyway

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

- its important

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

- i might, but more likely to if the taste was milder. and to me that price is a bit expensive for only 4 sticks, works out quite dear for each stick. if its on offer i might buy it for convenience (if it was milder)

unquietmind Mon 10-Sep-12 09:14:50

Thanks to mumsnet for sorting it out with MU so the cheese arrived.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Myself, and 4 children DS's (16,15,14) and DD (12)

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

They took them to school on one day and had them at home another day.

*What did your family testers think of the*:
- Texture I didnt have a problem, my two older sons thought it was fine my youngest son didnt like it but exaggerated and acted silly! My eldest liked that it wasnt like a cheese string but because of its shape he thought it would be.

- Strength of the cheese Me and eldest two thought it was fine, youngest son again got silly about it and started spitting it out and writhing around (Cant see him as a future product tester tbh!) and DD couldnt really say either way but she ate it and if she doesnt like it you know.

- Packaging Fine for younger kids but not really for teen lunch boxes.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

My youngest decreed it shouldnt be bought, however he couldnt define what he didnt like other than that it was in his mouth, so I cannot offer any further details there. I think its a cheese for older tastes but its in kids packaging, maybe its a little strong for kids because I like cheese like this now but wouldnt have eaten it as a kid. Maybe it could be marketed as strong so parents could discern. The older two just didnt like the packaging as they wouldnt want kid stuff like that in their lunch box.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Nice to know its not got chemicals or fake stuff in.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Kids need to get their calcium and healthy stuff from dairy so it contributes

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Important but I dont know enough about it to make sure I get it right.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

I would eat MU cheese and buy it. My eldest two would but have it for the changes above. The youngest lad wouldnt at all. So I would only buy it if the other two would use it and I could get a cheap option for the younger one who likes plastic cheese and the kids get what they want for lunch.

nottersgotterdog Mon 10-Sep-12 12:11:55

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

My children love cheese sticks, so they were the testers. As with a lot of other testers, my local Tesco was on the list as a supplier - but when I got there, they didn't stock them. This was sorted out by MN, I wa told that they would arrive on the Monday, which they did, at 8.50 pm, in a "cool" bag with a melted cold pack. I have no idea how long they had been unrefrigerated. They were subsequently sweaty and unpleasant looking - which is why my review probably sounds a bit harsh. Epic fail in the delivery of the test materials MU Cheese. Sorry.

The children struggled a bit with the packaging, and said they "smelled funny". The cheese was soft, plasticy and a bit sweaty. I refrigerated the rest and tried myself the next morning.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

They were just eaten out of the fridge by me, and put into the children's lunch boxes the next day. They returned home uneaten. grin

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - plastic and chewy
- Strength of the cheese - "it was ok"
- Packaging - 6 year old struggled a bit.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Problem is for my family, they've decided they don't like them! So I doubt I could coerce them into eating them again.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? - in theory, yes.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? It's not specifically appealing to me - my children would drink a glass of milk without pressure anyway. It's a convenient snack for school lunches.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? - very, my child is a coeliac, and calcium intake is extremely important to me.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

No. Not a hit with the family, poor marketing tools and I can buy a similar product from Aldi for 2/3rds of the price. Thanks for the opportunity to try them, but epic fail overall.

alibeenherealongtime Mon 10-Sep-12 14:33:19

Actually, I was being generous with my review, if I had been a little more honest, my experience was exactly the same as nottersgotterdog but I felt as they had taken the trouble to send them so quickly, it would be a little churlish.

The icepak was melted and the cheese was very warm, although they arrived first thing in the morning, and yes, if honest they were disgusting!

The tiny cool bag is useful though!

nottersgotterdog Mon 10-Sep-12 15:53:39

Yes, I felt a bit churlish myself Ali

But we spoke the troof. grin

After all, a feedback exercise is only useful as a marketing development tool if it is answered honestly.

<go on then, the little coolbag is quite cute>

BiscuitNibbler Mon 10-Sep-12 17:28:00

What a shame they arrived like that. Mine were ice cold, like they were just out of a very cold fridge. Maybe I live closer to a distribution point?

MrsJohnDeere Mon 10-Sep-12 17:33:07

Yes, mine looked like they'd melted during transit. Definitely weren't cold!

HazeltheMcWitch Mon 10-Sep-12 18:45:33

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why? They got eaten by DD, 6 and DS, 3. And me.
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal? The first ones we ate as a snack at home. After that, in DD's school lunch-boxes.
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture DCs - liked. I thought it was a bit sweaty/claggy, but they really did not think so!
- Strength of the cheese - Too mild for me, but then I am a greedy adult. Kids loved the taste. DD (when quizzed) said they were cheeesier than Cheese STRings, but not as cheesy as 'fridge cheese'.
- Packaging . I liked it! Appropriate, very eye catching and easy to find on shelf. DS struggled once with opening the pack. DD loved reading the facts.
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? Make a couple, with range of strength of flavour?
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes. I like that it is unadulterated, and not full of crap. I also like that is is quite plain and an easy proteiny snack that can be eaten alongside something more carby. (lots of diabetes in my family, so I am probably a bit over cautious about this kind of thing)
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes. My kids do drink milk also, but not every day.
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Very. Although I think mine do, so it's not a worry for me.
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) Yes, I think I'd buy them again. Probably not every week. I like that they are just block and don't call to be played with, a la CheeseStrings!

OneTwoOrThree Mon 10-Sep-12 20:23:52

Hello... I haven't read everyone elses feedback as I didn't want it to skew my views.

Firstly, I'd like to tell you about my experience in Tesco's (as this product test was in conjuction with Tesco). My local store weren't one of the shops that had this product, but I signed up anyway as I was happy to nip in to a store near family we visit regularly. I only wanted to buy the cheese, so picked up two packs and headed to the tills. The cheese was on special at £1, but the 'free cheese' vouchers scanned at £1.35. This caused all sorts of problems, which to be honest Tesco were pretty rubbish at dealing with. All I wanted was my free cheese - it shouldn't have taken almost 20mins to resolve. Not a good start!

Thankfully things got better! To answer your specific questions:

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks?
- daughter aged 3.5 years

What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
- she liked them, although I think some of this was down the the novelty factor. She doesn't normally eat much dairy product (not even a fan of ice cream), so this as a nice surprise.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
- my daughter had these (two at a time!) as a post-nursery snack, but I would happily v them at mealtimes, a snack if we were at home etc (any time really, as I am desperate to get calcium in to her)

What did your family testers think of the Texture, Strength of the cheese, Packaging
- my daughter is only 3.5 so didn't comment much on texture / strength etc. She liked the cow packaging, but needed my help to open it. I'm sure if she practiced she she would manage by herself.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
- make the packaging easier to open (as above)

As stated above MU sticks are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
- ehm, yes, I think so. I like that face that it's not overly processed 'fake' cheese, but have no preference between cheddar and other 'proper' cheeses - eg mozzarella, emmental, gouda etc etc

Contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
- yes, very important as my daughter doesn't really like dairy products and it's a real challenge to get calcium in to her every day.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
- it is important, and despite a huge apetite and enjoying a wide range of foods (more than most kids), my daughter avoids dairy so i am very conscious about monitoring her calcium intake. We have osteoperosis in my family, so I am very aware of the importance of calcium.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
- I think the price is high for 4 sticks, and if I wasn't so concerned about calcium intake for a dairy-avoider, I probably wouldn't pay this much, however I can afford it and in my opinion it's worth it for my daughter

UmamiOrange Tue 11-Sep-12 12:34:27

MrsJD, thank you! The vouchers arrived this morning thankssmile

Now to get to Tesco grin

mychildrenarebarmy Tue 11-Sep-12 12:51:49

Sorry we are a bit late with the answers.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

My children, aged 9 and 5 ate them. I tried a bit of them.
5 year - "Excellent. Brilliant."
9 year - "I like them"
me - Yuck. I hate the taste and texture of them.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

So far, once as a snack and once as part of lunch.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture

5 year - "Awesome. They feel a bit bumpy in my mouth and made me feel like I was jumping up and down on rocks."
9 year - "They feel rubbery. They are 'ok'"
me - horrid, I hated the feel of it. Too sticky and claggy.

- Strength of the cheese

5 year - "I like it"
9 year - "Wasn't particularly strong" (It might be bearing in mind that this particular child's favourite cheese is Stinking bishop!)
me - Way too strong for what I was expecting.

- Packaging

5 year - "Brilliant"
9 year - "I don't particularly have any opinion"
me - They seemed to like sharing the facts on the front of the packs.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

5 year - "I would put some ham in it because I think it would make it taste a bit better"
9 year - "I'd make it taste stronger because I like strong cheese"
me - I would change the texture.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

I hate the cheese snacks that are made of plastic cheese so this did appeal

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Not very, only in the aspect of balancing my children's diets.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

As important as all aspects of their nutrition.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

I don't think I would. It would be cheaper to chop cheese from the normal blocks.

Pinot Tue 11-Sep-12 14:29:21

I still can't find them!!!

I've been to two Tesco stores, verbally wrestled with umpteen blank-faced staff and nothing. Nada. Zip.

Help?

Snowfire Tue 11-Sep-12 14:31:57

I still haven't been able to get hold of any of the packs, my local tesco (Pool) only stocks the standard large blocks of MU cheese. I would email Katie but it seems I've lost her details (sorry Katie!)

Isitme1 Tue 11-Sep-12 15:51:58

Ds didn't like the texture but niece did.
Niece enjoyed the packaging
Niece loved the taste.
I likes the fact that it contained 2glasses worth of milk as dc don't have that much.

Overall well done for making such a nice product and thanks for choosing us.

ouryve Tue 11-Sep-12 15:52:52

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

We finally managed to get to a Tesco on Sunday to get some of these to try. I pulled osme out in the afternoon to try as a snack. DS1 declined and wouldn't even taste one, though he said he'd try one in his packed lunch the next day. DS2, who likes cheese but is very fussy didn't accept when I offered. I gave him a tiny piece, which he did try, but treated as if he was eating a slimy wasp. So it ended up down to DH and I to taste it. The one I put in DS1's lunch came home the next day, untouched.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture It was very soft. Softer than we're used to. This is what DS2 pulled a face at. He's used to cheese that's slightly firmer
- Strength of the cheese It didn't taste of much. We usually buy mature or vintage cheddar, which tends to be much punchier and sometimes a little crunchy. DH and I were bored by the end of the one we shared.
- Packaging It was an awful lot of plastic in each packet for 3oz of cheese. It wasn't that easy to open either, as it was slippery with condensation and there was nothing really to grip

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? Make them with mature cheddar
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes. I prefer real food that hasn't been tampered with.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Not particularly. There's lots of ways of getting this sort of nutrition without relying on milk
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Pretty important, but we get it from a variety of dietary sources
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) Nope. They weren't exactly a hit and at £16 per kilo, they're very expensive.

bealos Tue 11-Sep-12 17:13:52

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
My 6 year old ds and me (34!). I liked them, my 6 yo didn't so much. He's not fussy around cheese normally. He complained that they went sweaty in his lunchbox - though he will eat cheese in sandwiches.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Had them at home as a snack and put them in the lunch box.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
6 year old didn't like it. "Sludgy" he said. 4 out of 10.
- Strength of the cheese
Strong, but OK. 5 out of 10.
- Packaging
Looks good, liked the facts. 7 out of 10.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
I think it's too much plastic packaging for small pieces of cheese.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
This doesn't really mean anything - it's marketing speak! I guess they are trying to differentiate from cheeses like Babybel or Cheesestrings.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
Sort of. It's a good analogy to make. I'd like to know what % this is of a child's daily intake of calcium.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
It's all part of a balanced diet. Calcium occurs in dairy, tofu and nuts, but also green vegetables!

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
Unlikely, given the response from ds1!

Lovemychocolate Tue 11-Sep-12 18:03:01

Hi
My son who is very very fussy and waiting to see a dietician as hasn't put on weight for over a year LOVED THESE. I reckon that they will be a big hit. We all had a try and liked them.

My ds loved the packaging and I liked that they were real cheese and didnt seem plasticky like cheesestrings.

We gave them to my son as a snack. One slight criticism is that four in a bag so if aimed at lunch boxes not enough for full school week.

Love the fact that it contains 210ml of milk as the more nutrients we can get in the better. Major plus was no nasty chemicals, felt like ds was eating real food

Ds and dd (7 months) wolfed them down so strength was fine but for DH and myself I would have preferred it to be a big stronger.

I would definitely buy again.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 11-Sep-12 20:39:29

Eaten by me and 5yr old and 3yr old as part of a platter (kind of picnic tea) All of us liked the texture taste and strength and would def buy them for packed lunches and picnics. They were far less "plasticy" than those little pick n mix cheeses we sometimes get. Calcium content is good but would not be the deciding factor - however think its a good usp for advertising campaign.

Purplefan Tue 11-Sep-12 23:37:14

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Myself, DD1 aged 6 and DD2 aged 17 months. I thought they were a nice strength and good for a picnic/snack, DD1 was not too sure and couldn't quite put her finger on the reason - but later said they were "strong cheese" and DD2 threw it on the floor blush

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

As a snack for DD1 and myself, DD2 as part of her lunch.

What did your family testers think of the: - Texture - Strength of the cheese - Packaging

Strength was good for me but a bit strong for DD1.
Texture - DD1 said they were very creamy and soft. I thought she was about right with her explannation. DD2 didn't really examine them at all..she just picked it up and dropped it on the floor (she was offered small bits at a time) I do however think she may have a sensory food issue and that is why the product didn't even make it to her mouth!!

Packaging was fine, easy to open for little fingers.

if you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

They are quite thick and therefore a bit on the big side, so could do with being a bit smaller. Also the strength of the cheese if aimed at children needs to be a bit milder.

As stated above MU sticks: ~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why

Yes, it is good to know there are no added chemicals like you may have in some brands!

Contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes as my girls are not keen on drinking milk, therefore good for their dairy intake.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

Very important. My DD2 is an extremely fussy eater due to a Chromosone disorder, I often worry about her having the correct balance of vitamins/minerals etc...

lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

They were on offer in Tesco for £1 when I got them and TBH I would be more likely to buy them at that price.

Thanks for the cheese, it was great to be able to offer my DD's something new. I still have the other voucher so will probably try DD2 again in a couple of weeks... she may be more open to experiment then... we can hope!

Silibilimili Wed 12-Sep-12 09:45:51

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

My DD tried it and so did the baby. It is like any other cheese really...

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

* as a snack. They are good for picnics but the only problem is as its a cheese, I dont like putting it back in the fridge after being out with us on a picnic if it is not eaten. Maybe instructions on usage and storage would be good? (sorry to sound like a dodo*

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

All above is okay, but does not really make it stand out from the others. What is your differentiator? We get the baby bell and the other stick/string cheeses. The baby bell is a hit because of its shape. Same with the strings and the spaghetti cheese etc.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Maybe the packaging or the shape of cheese. Make it something different. We tend to go from liking stick to strings to spaghetti to the baby bell.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

As its not processed cheese. It makes a healthy snack for the little ones and is filling too.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

yes. as again it makes me feel that I am not giving junk food to my kids
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right

very
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
Not sure. If there is a deal on, I would buy that cheese, thats what I usually do. The other brands seem to have deals on where you can buy same for £1.00 at tesco.

lyra41 Wed 12-Sep-12 13:38:33

Strength of cheese- slightly too strong for my 6 year old, I thought it was tangy and delicious

Packaging - good, the facts were interesting

Improvement - none needed

It appealed to me as it is more like normal, grown up cheese.

It is very important to get the calcium balance right for children.

Yes I would buy the sticks again.

howiwonder Wed 12-Sep-12 18:20:11

Finally got round to buying my cheese sticks this morning - heres my responses:

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
Me, DS (2 and a half yr old) and DH. I really liked, DS seemed to like more than some similar products we have tried although he still didnt finish, DH not keen - thought flavour was good but wasnt keen on texture

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Eaten at home as snacks, DS had with some other bits as part of his post nursery supper

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture

I was surprised - I was expected all rubbery like cheese string but seemed a bit more natural, DH thought it was a bit cloying

- Strength of the cheese

Suprisingly strong but this was good for us, we all like strong cheese

- Packaging

good - it definitely stood out on the tesco shelf

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

My DS would probably do better with an even smaller one, a little mini size perhaps.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

Definitely - feels less processed

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Obviously, always keen to get the calcium

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

It is important, but as DS is keen on drinking milk, its not something I worry about him lacking in

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Yes probably - especially with the current tesco deal, they seemed pretty reasonable

waps Wed 12-Sep-12 21:43:50

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? DS1, aged 6, myself and my DH tried one. DS2 didn't fancy it but that's par for the course at the moment.

What was their verdict?
DS1 thought they were nice and ate it with gusto. DH and I agreed that they were very processed cheese. Nobody thought the taste was too strong.

If they didn't go down well, why?
DH descibed them as all the offcuts mashed up and pressed back together. I thought they were rubbery with a paste like texture. But we're adults, what do we know? DS1 really liked it, although he hasn't taken one when they've been offered since.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Eaten at the end of a meal, instead of a yoghurt. I like the children to have cheese as it is good for their teeth.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture DS1 thought they were fine but the adults thought they were mushy, like a paste.
- Strength of the cheese Fine
- Packaging DS1 (6) couldn't open the packet, I had to do it and it was a bit tough. I like the black and white look but the cow facts weren't enticing to the kids. They like cow jokes (even though they don't get them) but that's already been done by Yeo.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
Less processed texture. Processed food does not seem healthy.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Don't care about it being cheddar but I do want it to be 100% cheese.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
I have no trouble getting my kids to drink milk, in fact I have to restrict it as DS1 has the remains of a milk allergy. I am more interested in providing them with a 'chunk' of cheese to finish off meals. I think I would prefer them to be smaller for this reason. DS1 had no specific reaction to this cheese.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Meh. I don't obsess about anything foodwise, I don't think its healthy. They eat some of everything, I don't give them a lot of processed food so I'm fairly happy that they have a balanced diet without feeling the need to measure their intake of anything.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
Probably not, I'd prefer to give the kids proper cheese.

waps Wed 12-Sep-12 21:52:18

Yes, I've just spotted the key phrase - "each stick is made from 100% cheddar". MADE FROM, not it IS 100% cheddar. This seems to have suggested to some people that this isn't processed cheese. If I'm right that's another victory for the double speak department. Oops, there goes my hope of the vouchers!

BiscuitNibbler Thu 13-Sep-12 10:02:57

DH has now tried them and loved them too.

vincenta Thu 13-Sep-12 10:04:11

Hi!
First of all I would like to say thank you to Katie who sorted my problem so quickly.I can't find any MU cheese on my nearest Tesco's and yesterday I received Mu cheese on post Thanks again!

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

In our family Mu sticks tried me and my 3years old son who loves cheese sticks.They didn't go down well as expected, he eated half of cheese stick gave back to me. Was it tasty? I asked "yuck"was his answer.
I loved that cheese sticks have cheddar taste and at the same tame wasn't so hard to bite as proper cheddar.However I completely understand why my son didn't fall in love with Mu cheese.It was tasty but quite strong to eat on its own,I desperately wanted some butter and bread to go with my mu stick.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

We eaten Mu cheese sticks at home as a snack. If weather today will be good i will take Mu cheese sticks with me when we go out for walk to our nearest play area, I noticed that everything that my son don't eat at home, he is eating outside after good run when his tummy is rumbling!
To my mind Mu cheese with it strong cheddar flavor better would taste if it will go as part of meal, for example as addition to ham sandwich.
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture

I liked the texture it was lovely and if your child don't have a lot of teeth it is easy to take cheese stick outside of the fridge after it will warm up a little bit it becomes very soft.I liked it!
- Strength of the cheese
Strength of the cheese are to strong for eating it alone as a snack, and aftertaste of cheese is strong too.that's why I guess not all of children will eat it well.
- Packaging
Oh.I loved it, it was so stylish, and this lovely cow looked so sweet! I loved that every pack contained some fact.like no.17 cows produce 90 % of the milk in the world.nearly all of it! also i liked that packaging was easy to open!

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

I think milder strength of cheese stick would be great, at least for us, because usually we use cheese sticks as a snack not part of meal, and for snack it has too strong cheesy taste.

are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes it is appealing, it is good to pay expensive price(all cheese sticks are expensive!) when you know that your child will eat 100 % cheddar.

contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes it is appealing, it is great and tasty way to have one glass of milk. However my son loves milk and drinks it a lot that's why even if this cheese stick contained half of glass of milk, it will still be okey with me.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

I try my best to ensure that my son is getting enough calcium, because it i so important especially now when he is growing and developing,and healthy strong bones depends on his calcium intake.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

As i said before all cheese sticks are quite expensive but we still buy them, I tried to buy more when sticks are on offer like 1 £ and still buy without discounts too .
I think i will buy mu cheese stick at least to give them another go. I don't mind paying such price when my little one is eating these stick, because to be honest it is very easy to take them with you and it when you are on the go.
If my son will not eat them, than i better buy Mu cheese block, which works out cheaper and are delicious too! smile

OddGoldBoots Thu 13-Sep-12 10:54:39

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

My children (dd 9, ds 13) ate them, they both enjoyed them.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

They had them as part of a light meal with crackers, cucumber and tomatoes.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

The texture was good, dd thought they were a bit strong but she says that about a lot of cheese and she was happy to eat them with other food. The packaging was good, it was properly sealed while still easy to open - the children loved the facts.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

I really can't think of anything.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Being cheddar specifically is neither appealing nor unappealing but it is good that they are 100% cheese. Calcium is very appealing.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

Very, they are both growing like runner beans at the moment so I want to support their bone development.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

I would for picnics etc although I usually get a block and cut some off for eating at home.

TheTempest Thu 13-Sep-12 16:01:39

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Me, DP and DD1. DN1 doesn't eat very much! DP and I enjoyed it, but ti was too strong for DD.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

all snacks here, except for an emergency in which I put one on top of a chicken breast.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture- good, slight grainy texture which I really liked.
- Strength of the cheese- good for DP and I but not for DD
- - Packaging- good, looks classy and modern but felt 'cheap' to the touch.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Not as strog, seems to be aimed at children but appeals to more grown up tastebuds.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?Yes, the less unnatural rubbish in my body the better!
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
Not really- we are all milk fiends in my house!
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
It's not something I worry about as we going through 16 pints a week!
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
Probably not, as they were quite expensive and seem to have taste dyspmorphia as to who they are aimed at!

Thank you very much for letting us taste them though!

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 13-Sep-12 17:53:31

Other piece of feedback is that I found the print had come off the outer packaging and transferred onto my fridge. It cleaned off easily, but irked me a bit.

sjs152 Thu 13-Sep-12 18:34:29

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks?

All of us tried them (myself, husband and 3 year old son) Son ate the rest!

What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

All of us enjoyed them, we left them to son as we felt they were more useful for his lunches when we went out due the individual packaging. We did buy larger slab of Mu cheese for at home however.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

They were taken on holiday to Butlins, they were very useful as we Were having breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant and therefore only had a room, they were perfect for our sons lunch as we didn't need a knife to cut portions and they fit in a tiny fridge.

They also have been taken on various trips to the zoo and other picnics.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture

The texture was nice as it was the texture of 'proper' cheese rather than the rubbery bland cheese strings type cheese.

- Strength of the cheese

Seemed quite strong but my son likes strong mature cheese.

- Packaging

Easy to open.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

None really, I like the fact that it is gimmick free.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes, it is just simply cheese, no gimmicks.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes, my son doesn't drink milk on its own.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

Very important, my son doesn't drink milk and it worries me that I don't get enough calcium into him.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Yes when we are going out for picnic etc. In general I will give him block cheese however.

nancerama Thu 13-Sep-12 20:58:36

I eventually managed to get hold of my cheese after a frustrating "computer says no" experience at Tesco. The cheese was on special offer for £1 a pack and they were unwilling to let me use my voucher for less than it was worth. 4 cashiers and a trip to customer services later, I finally left with my prize.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Me and DS (15 months). I liked them, although they did have a slightly slimy, sweaty texture. DS liked the first couple of nibbles and then gave up, but he is a fussy kid.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

We nibbled them as a snack whilst preparing dinner.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

The texture was ok, but a bit slimy. Not as rubbery as many cheese snacks though.

I really liked the strength - it was tasty, but I suspect many kids would find it a bit too strong.

The outer packaging was really tricky to get into, but the sticks themselves were easy to unwrap. I liked the logo and cow print design.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

I would prefer them to be slightly less slimy.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Being cheddar means little to me - it's a generic cheese, but I'm pleased that it isn't packed full of additives and preservatives.

The milk content equivalent is food to know. DS doesn't drink a lot of cows milk, but he does like cheese.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

Very - I want him to have strong healthy bones.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Possibly for a snack when out and about, but it's an expensive way of buying cheeses. I'm more likely to chop a chunk off of a big block.

Thank you for letting me taste these cheese sticks.

DeepPurple Thu 13-Sep-12 21:45:12

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks?
My 2 year old DD

What was their verdict?
She happily ate them!

If they didn't go down well, why?
N/A

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Half were snacks and the others were as part of her meal when she was having her favourite ham sandwiches.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
Slightly slimy
- Strength of the cheese
Not too strong and not bland
- Packaging
Easy to open

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
Less slimy texture

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes as I don't like additives

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
I like DD to drink milk but she doesn't always drink as much as I like so this is appealing to me.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Very as I want her to have strong bones and healthy teeth.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
I would buy them again. I do usually just chop some cheese off a big block.

Thank you for letting me try your cheese!

diamanteasbigastheritz Sat 15-Sep-12 20:34:07

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

My children ate them. They enjoyed them.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

As a snack

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

The texture wasn't the same as they were used to - usually the DCs eat small pieces from a bigger block of cheese - but they were happy to eat them. The strength was about right and the packaging was nice and easy to get into.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Slightly firmer texture

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

The DCs generally get a good intake of calcium and drink lots of milk/eat cheese and yoghurts, so I wasn't especially concerned about the milk content. It was more important to me that the sticks were 100% cheddar.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Probably - as an occasional convenience rather than a regular purchase though.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
Me and DS(2). We both enjoyed them.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Lunches for DS, after dinner cheese snack for me.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
DS was ok with it, he played with it a bit. I didn't like the fact it's obviously moulded into the packet. What have you had to do to cheddar to make it do that!

- Strength of the cheese
Good. Hate mild tasteless cheddar, as does DS.

- Packaging
Good, DS couldn't open it, but wasn't far off at 2.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
Texture. Cheddar is solid with sharp edges!

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
I wouldn't buy anything that wasn't.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
I make sure DS has enough milk. Cheese is extra.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Important, but not something I stay awake at night worrying about.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again?
Possibly not, because of the texture.

UmamiOrange Sat 15-Sep-12 22:14:16

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

DS 3.5 was the one who tried them (DH doesn't like cheese at all, and I don't really like it to snack on!). He seemed quite keen on trying them, and had seen friends with similar. He sucked them for a while, gradually broke them into pieces, but I don't believe he actually ate any of the cheese. I think it was the texture he didn't like.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

I offered them as a snack.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - I think this is what DS disliked. He said the sticks were 'sticky'. They certainly felt (and looked) quite rubbery
- Strength of the cheese - well, he sucked them for quite some time, so they can't have been overpoweringly strong!
- Packaging - I liked the packaging; easy to spot in the supermarket, and the individual packets were very easy to open. Plus, old, half-sucked sticks can be conveniently placed back in the packet hmm

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

The texture needs to be more like 'normal cheese'.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes, because cheese products aimed at children can often be quite spooky and un-cheeselike. DS loves cheese, and happily eats 'proper' cheddar by the handful.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes, because ways to get extra protein into him are always helpful. I do wonder, though, is it referencing full-fat or skimmed (in terms of calcium content, calories etc).

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

Very important, though dairy products are one of the few things DS will reliably consume, so it's not something I worry about massively.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
I doubt it - the shiny appearance/ rubbery texture were off-putting, and for me it doesn't give any major advantages over a standard lump of cheddar.

UmamiOrange Sat 15-Sep-12 22:15:21

And thanks again to MrsJohnDeere, without whom we would have had no cheesy sticks at all!

thanks

cazboldy Sun 16-Sep-12 09:16:28

my dc ate the cheese sticks, and I tries one/finished one when my youngest dc didn't like it. Apart from her they all liked them. Tastewise they were fine, although oldest dd commented on the texture.

they were taken in a cool box as a part of a picnic when we were competing with our cattle at a local agricultural show.

as I said dd1 was not a fan of the texture, and dd2 didn't like the taste, but the boys all liked them. we all thought the packaging was fun, and eye catching.

I would like them to be a bit easier to open.

I like the fact tat they are cheddar, and real cheese, and contain calcium. It is important to me that the dc eat well, but often they are drawn to horrible plastic cheese because it is aimed at them and then they feel hard done by when just given a hunk of cheddar - this kind of thing could well be a compromise for pic nics etc, so i may buy again.

notasausage Sun 16-Sep-12 13:15:44

The cheese sticks were tried by DD1 (3.10) DD2 (1) DH and myself.

DD1 took one nibble screwed her face up and said no thanks so I finished hers and agreed that it was far from the nicest cheese we'd tried. DD2 munched about 1/2 and then threw it on the floor. DH didn't comment much but the fact there are still some in the fridge 2 weeks later probably isn't a good sign.

We ate them as part of a snack and they would have been used in lunch boxes if they hadn't bombed so badly.

I didn't like the texture - it was too smooth and gooey. Taste was fine, you could taste the cheese but I like strong cheese and it may not be great of kids this strong. Packaging was good DD1 liked the look of it and could open it herself.

I wouldn't buy prepacked cheese like this and worry about the milk content or that it was 100% cheddar so I'm afraid that side of the marketing is lost on me. It is important that by DC get their calcium intake but they both eat good diets and tbh i wouldnt buy prepacked cheese like this to improve their diet.

Sorry MU but I wouldn't buy this product again or recommend it because it's so gooey when you eat it. thanks for letting me try though and sorry my feedback is a little late.

WhenDoISleep Sun 16-Sep-12 20:55:07

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

DH and DS1 (3.5yrs) both tried them. DH thought they were OK, DS thought they were fine.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

DH ate them as a snack, DS as part of his lunch or tea.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging

DH thought the texture was a little rubbery and the strength was quite mild. DS thought the cheese was not as tasty as we sometime have (generally I buy a extra mature cheddar). Both DH and I liked the packaging of the sticks - it is easy to open and get the cheese out.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

It might be nice to have something other than cheddar as there are similar products already on the market

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

It is good to know the sticks are pure chesse with a good amount of calcium

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

It is important to me as DS1 doesn't drink milk, so cheese and yoghurts are his main sources of calcium

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Possible if they are on offer, but I think they are a little expensive when I could just buy a block of cheese and cut a hunk off

Squiglettsmummy2bx Mon 17-Sep-12 13:53:31

Myself & my children aged 7, 9 & 7 months ate the cheese at a picnic in the park.
They all enjoyed it. The texture was good for all, my daughter commented that it was 'real cheese'. They liked the strength although I prefer my cheese stronger. The packaging was nice & easy to open & the older children could do it themselves.
I would prefer a stronger cheese option.
It is very appealing to me that this is 100% cheddar rather than processed cheese.
It is also appealing that they contain a good amount of calcium as my 9 year old daughter doesn't like milk so I am always looking for other ways to get her to have the right amount of calcium.
It is important to me that my children get the right amount of calcium.
I may buy these again if they are on special offer but otherwise I would probably just cut up a piece of cheese.

GracieGirl Mon 17-Sep-12 16:30:42

I've been to my tesco in Derby twice and can't find them. I asked the staff who couldn't find them either.

Emailing Katie (if I can find the email address)

BlueGuinefort Mon 17-Sep-12 17:57:27

None in our local TescoExtra - although DH was in charge of finding them, so who knows?

Will check smaller local Tesco....

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
The dc ate them, 2 and 4 years old, dd was not so keen but can be fussy with cheese and ds loved them and wants them in his lunch box from now on.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
They were eaten as part of a picnic lunch at home to see if ds could manage the packaging on his own, he could so had them in his lunch box today.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture- I found the texture reasonable for the style of cheese, dc didn't mind it.
- Strength of the cheese- I think the strength may of been what put dd off, ds didnt mind though.
- Packaging- good packaging, easy to spot and open.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
I would want them in a pack of at least 5 as to do school lunches for the week.
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
I feel I would be feeding the dc something good.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
My dc drink a lot of milk so this wouldn't be a selling point but it is not a bad thing.
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Very important
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
Yes but more likely in a pack of 5.

llynnnn Tue 18-Sep-12 06:59:21

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
My daughters ate the majority of them, we had a nibble to try them. We all love cheese and we all enjoyed these!

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
I put them in dd's packed lunches and they also ate one with their lunch at home.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging
We all enjoyed the texture and strength of cheese, it makes a refreshing change to have a product like this that is a stronger, more tasty cheese. We liked the packaging as my 3 year old could open it herself!
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
No changes (maybe cheaper!) we enjoyed them.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes, I much prefer products which don't have lots of extra additives

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
Very important, my eldest dd doesn't drink milk on its own anymore so I always give her cheese for calcium

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
It is important to me as I try my hardest to include everything they need in their daily diet, this is an easy way to tick off calcium!

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
I would buy them, although a cheaper (per stick) pack of 8 would be good! 4 don't last long!

Thank you to all concerned for giving us the opportunity to try these smile

ln1981 Tue 18-Sep-12 10:18:31

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
My 3 dc's (aged 8, 7 and 5) all tried them. Ds1 wasnt very keen on them as he thought they tasted too strong but the other two really liked them.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
They were eaten both in the house and as part of the elder two's packed lunches.

*What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging*
As stated previously ds1 found the taste too strong for him, but there were no compliants regarding the texture from any of them. I think dd and ds2 found the packaging a bit difficult to open but that isnt unusual for them!

*As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?*
Getting both calcium and protein into my children can be very difficult at times-all love various types of chees, but they detest milk as a drink.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
I think i would buy them again as they are handy for lunch boxes (just need to get dd to master opening them herself!) and I always try to get some kind of dairy product into their lunch bags where possible-this is ideal.

sparklystar Tue 18-Sep-12 11:40:09

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
Me, My DH and DD ate the MU sticks we all thought they were nice, quite a strong taste but nice all the same

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Some were eaten as a snack, or in a lunchbox

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging
We thought the texture was good not rubbery like some others on the market, The strength of cheese was ok like I said earlier it was slightly stronger than expected but ok. The Packaging was ok not sure how this could be improved like the cow like packaging.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
Maybe more sticks per pack as 4 didn't last too long

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to
you? Why?
The 100% cheddar appeals to me bacause it sounds nicer than some of the others on the market which to me taste fake. I like that they contain 1 glass of milk as DD can't drink a lot of milk but can eat cheese so a good way of ensuring she is getting enough.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
I think it is very important to get their calcium intake right to help stong bones etc

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
I would like to but these again and feel they are ok value for money although would prefer a larger pack.

Flippityjig Tue 18-Sep-12 17:59:26

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
My 11 year old daughter and my husband ate them. They both thought they were very tasty, in fact my daughter said they were better than other cheese snacks she has had.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Mainly they were eaten as inbetween snacks, when getting in from school or during the afternoon at the weekend.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging
They loved the texture, said it was nice and soft but not at all rubbery, the strength of the cheese was perfect, not mild and bland but not too tangy for a child. The packaging was fine, easy to grab one on your way out of the door.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
My husband would like an option with a thin streak of marmite up the middle!
Obviously a cheaper price is always good.
Maybe packs containing more individual sticks?
Making them available through more retailers.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
This is appealing as we eat mainly healthy natural food in our house, I try not to serve processed food but if I have to I would prefer it to be a healthy snack like this rather than a packet of cripss or a biscuit.

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
It helps my child get important calcium.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
Very important, that way hopefully she will avoid brittle bone disease when she's older.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
Yes, I do, if I can find them locally, as up to now I have struggled.

Thanks for letting us try the product.

DefiniteMaybe Tue 18-Sep-12 20:40:26

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?
My two children, DS aged 3 and DD aged 1 and myself. I didn't like the taste and texture, DS and DD liked them.
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
Snacks
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture
- Strength of the cheese
- Packaging
The DC liked the texture and taste, I didn't. The packaging was very good.
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes, its good to know it's not 'junk'
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?
Yes, it's good to know they're getting some of their calcium in a snack that they enjoy
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?
very important
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why?
I would consider buying them again if I was planning a trip out or picnic, but wouldn't buy them just as snacks for in the house.

scrivette Thu 20-Sep-12 19:30:07

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks?
DS aged 14 months and myself, the dog ate a bit DS dropped and then kept jumping up for more!

What was their verdict?
DS was a bit suspicious of it at first but seemed to enjoy it. I liked the taste.
When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
As part of a meal at home and a snack at home as well as a snack when we went out.
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - DS seemed to find it a bit chewy but I liked it.
- Strength of the cheese - about right
- Packaging - easy to open, I liked that they came in individual packets.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes, as I don't like unnecessary ingredients added.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Yes to ensure my child is getting calcium in a variety of ways. I breastfeed and as I don't feed during the day as I am at work I like to know that he is getting calcium in food and snacks.
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Extremely.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) I would buy them if they were on special offer.

susiey Mon 24-Sep-12 08:22:56

Who in your family ate the sticks were tested by me, do, dd7,ds4,dd2
They were eaten in a lunchbox and as part of lunch at home
What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - fine
- Strength of the cheese- not strong enough
- Packaging- fine
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? They would make the cheese stronger
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? not really as they get their calcium from other sources as well!
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Very important
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)if they were on sale to about a £1 we try and keep our lunch boxes around a £1 so that's quite a chunk Just on cheese

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Tommychoochoo Wed 26-Sep-12 18:47:43

Who in your family ate them: me: DS1 (5) DS3 (3).
What occasion did we have them: lunch boxes for school/preschool & I tried one.
Texture: good
Strength: stronger than normal cheese we get but DS3 thought they were Yum!
Package: liked DS1 liked the cow print and then laughed when he realised it was called MU.
100% cheddar: yes definitely appealing
Calcium: very important but mine drink loads of milk and eat cheese/yoghurts.
Buy again: Yes but I hate things in packs of 4. I would use for lunch boxes and would prefer pack of 5. I would have to buy 3 packs for 2 DS as 10 lunch boxes a week. Would prob buy as an odd treat in lunchbox.

GracieGirl Thu 27-Sep-12 10:19:00

My packs of cheese have just arrived in the post in a little cool bag. Thank you!

We will try them today. smile

FannyFifer Thu 27-Sep-12 13:03:24

Just received my packs in a coolbag delivered by a courier.

Going to use some for an afterschool snack.

Like the packaging. grin

MrsShrek3 Thu 27-Sep-12 23:53:56

ours arrived this afternoon too smile (thank you!)
dd is 6 and has already tried one, ds2 got a bit as she was in a generous mood, both having them in lunchboxes tomorrow and so am i. looking great!

Snowfire Fri 28-Sep-12 09:34:40

I received the cheese yesterday through the post as I couldn't find it in my local Tesco. Thanks for the little cooler bag and cold pack, sure it will come in useful!

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? I tried them, as did DD (11)

What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why? I quite liked them although I found them a little strong, DD liked them too.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal? I had mine with an apple, DD ate hers on its own then wanted another!

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture- we both found the texture a bit too soft, DD said it stuck to the inside of her mouth.

- Strength of the cheese- I found it quite strong, DD thought they didn't taste cheesy enough (I think she is coming down with a cold though)

- Packaging- LOVE the packaging, especially the cow facts, brilliant! Better than the jokes yyou get on other brands!

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?- Texture needs to be firmer, other than that, they are a great product.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?- NNice to have proper cheese in convenient packaging (not plastic stuff )

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?- That wouldn't make me buy them TBH.

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?- DD has quite a bit of dairy in her diet, not something I generally worry about.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)- Yes, pretty good value, plus I still have my vouchers! grin

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-Sep-12 14:30:07

Hi everyone, thanks for your feedback so far. Just a heads up that we will be closing this thread and doing the prize draw on Monday.

Pinot Fri 28-Sep-12 14:42:10

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks?

Ds1 (age 13) DS2 (age 11) and me (age 37) and the cat had a bit as he loves cheese DS3 didn't want to try them

What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

We had a chorus of "ooh yummy" from the kids and I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought thy were going to be like cheestrings (i.e.gluey and bland) but it's full on cheddar.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

Lunch - with a sandwich. Yum.

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - very nice, not too hard, not at all rubbery.
- Strength of the cheese - great for kids, I'd like em stronger.
- Packaging - fun, eye-catching. Very good. Better than cheestrings.
If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? I would like them Mature.
As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? No rubberiness! No fillers!
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? Great idea - calcium is a benefit, obviously.
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Very!
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) Not at that price. I have 3 kids and I would need 4 packs for a Mon-Fri lunch...£5.40 on bit of cheese a week is too much for me. Shame.

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

Me, DD2 (21 months), DH. DD1 refused, not sure why as she likes cheese.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

snack

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture

bit of a strange shiny texture to it, doesn't really feel like cheese until you bite in

- Strength of the cheese

I quite liked the strength but DD2 didn't finish it and DH didn't like it. DH is definitely a mild cheddar man.

- Packaging

DD2 was mooing all round the shop after we picked them up - she was very excited by the packaging. I thought it looked nice too, and was nice and easy to open, which is big plus for children.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?

Probably the shininess - make it more cheesey looking

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?

Yes, i don't want processed cheese

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why?

I'm not sure this really excites me

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right?

very - you don't need dairy for calcium though of course.

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)

Maybe if they were on offer, but it would probably only be me eating them sad

GracieGirl Sun 30-Sep-12 19:55:13

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? What was their verdict? If they didn't go down well, why?

My 2.5 yr old DD, my DH and I both tried them at home (6 month old DS looked very interested but a bit young for sticks of cheese!), then I took them to a friends house where their 3 yr old DD and 6 yr old DS tried them.
DH and I both thought they were surprisingly nice. We were expecting very mild and tasteless cheese and were pleasantly surprised to find they were quite mature.
My 2.5yr old DD said they were “very yummy in my tummy” and was keen to have another.
My friends children, the 3 year old girl ate half then changed her mind and decided she didn’t like it, and the 7 yr old boy “really really loved it”.

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?

They were eaten at home with a lunch, also as a snack at home and then taken along to a shared lunch at a friends house. I had trouble finding the MU sticks and so they were posted to me this week. Had I found them earlier I would have taken them to a picnic, they seem ideal for that purpose. DH wanted to take one with his packed dinner for his night shift this evening but they’ve all gone now!

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture – about right
- Strength of the cheese – perfect for our family and for friends son but friends 3yr old prefers mild cheese. There are already lots similar products available for milkd cheese lovers so nice to see one with a more mature cheddar.
- Packaging – the packaging seems very child friendly. Its inviting to children. Friend’s son liked the interesting fact about cows. quicker to get in than a Babybel! My 2.5yr old DD can open it herself if i start it off.

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why?
I would make it clearer on the packaging that it is strong and tasty cheese. From looking at the packaging I was expecting mild and tasteless. You may find that people who want a more mature cheese don’t pick this product off a supermarket shelf as they expect this sort of thing to be boring cheese.

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why?- no need to add other junk to it. I want my children to eat healthy food.
~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? – yes its appealing, it is always good to ensure my children get their calcium in a variety of ways.
Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? Very important.
Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks)
Yes I would probably buy them for picnics and occasional use for snacks.

Thank you for the opportunity to try this new cheese, and thank you for the handy little cool bag they were delivered in, I will put it to good use.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 13:31:05

Hello - thanks for all the feedback. Am pleased to say Poppig has been selected as the winner of £100 Love2Shop vouchers

MrsShrek3 Thu 04-Oct-12 00:18:57

Who in your family ate the MU Sticks? DD (6) DS2 (9) DH and me

What was their verdict?
all enjoyed them. DH and ds2 "it's proper cheese, not that rubbery stuff"
If they didn't go down well, why? they certainly did go down well!

When did they get eaten - on what type of occasion - eg did they go out on a picnic, in a lunchbox or eaten at home? As a snack or part of a meal?
as a snack at home and as part of a school packed lunch for dd on her request. Three times....

What did your family testers think of the:
- Texture - good, better than other cheese products
- Strength of the cheese - just right. Not too salty or too strong but erm, cheesy enough.

- Packaging dcs loved it, I was amused by the cow, dh didn't notice (men....)

If you or your DC could make one improvement to MU sticks what would it be and why? more of them in the pack (Quote dd, seconded by me)

As stated above MU sticks:
~ are 100% cheddar - is this appealing to you? Why? yes - not artificial additives and flavourings

~ contain the equivalent of one 210ml glass of milk - is this appealing to you? Why? yes, calcium intake and generally a balanced diet (dcs were initially dairy free as ds1 has milk allergy, so calcium intake is a priority here!)

Overall, how important it is to you to ensure your children get their calcium intake right? extremely, see above

Lastly do you think you would buy MU sticks again? Why? (RRP £1.35 for a pack of 4 sticks) yes but as a treat rather than part of the weekly shop, definitely for holiday family picnics etc as they're not "kids food" <shudder>and are a healthier option than other cheese snack products.

BonzoDooDah Sun 04-Nov-12 11:52:47

After a loss of vouchers and not being able to find the things in the local Tescos we finally have them! (albeit they only had one packet in the entire store!)

So adding comments in case anyone will read them.

DD (5) didn't like it - said it was too strong. But she eats grated mature cheddar so is just being fussy. Maybe doesn't liike the big chunk of cheese texture. I gave her a little piece and she said Oh nice but wouldn't eat any more.

DS (3) loves them - scoffed his and ate his sisters. He loves cheese anyway.

I liked it - tasted like proper cheese not the shite that is in the plastic cheese strings and such. (My children will not touch cheese strings, baby belle or any of that crappy plastic cheese.) I like the texture, and taste. I might buy it for me actually as it is packaged into a good size portion (am on a diet) so would eat a bit but not be tempted to eat a whole block.

DH said "oooh that's quite nice - a nice medium cheddar. Nice and creamy - I quite like it." Says he would buy it or eat it for a snack cheese.

We ate it as a snack at home - would take on a picnic or day out as a snack.

Texture - just right
Packaging - Love the cow print - very distinctive.
Strength - great - etter than insipid grot usually marketed at children.

Love that it is 100% cheddar and not loads of junk stuck together to make substitute cheese.

I have no worried getting my children to drink milk but is a good calcium boost for days on the run. Calcium pretty important for growing children.

Can't think of a change I would make.

Would buy them again - possibly on offer £1 would be very tempting - £1:35 a little less so.

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