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NOW CLOSED Primula PODs - tester feedback thread

(197 Posts)
KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 14-Dec-12 12:19:05

This thread is for the 200 Mumsnetters who have been trying the new Primula PODs with their DCs. Below are a few questions to get you started but please feel free to add any other comments you may also have.

Everyone who adds their feedback to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £150 Debenhams voucher.

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

bealos Fri 14-Dec-12 12:39:19

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (34) and ds1 (7)
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - nice, like a firm cheese. Not greasy.
- Taste - ds1 like the original, wouldn't touch the Cheese N Chive (because o the dark bits).
- Packaging - easy to open by kids. Easy to pop into handbag. Very plasticky - can you recycle them?
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, I'd never cook with such tiny cheeses (waste of packaging, too expensive). We use a proper cheese for that!
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school snack. On bus journey.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I should hope all cheese would be a 'good source of calcium'
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy - low in salt and sugar. Good value. Larger portions that you get at the moment!
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
maybe - for a picnic or something. They don't have the 'all round' appeal, that say Babybel does though.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
ds1 loved the 'Games Zone' area - basically a rip off of Club Penguin! Loading time is VERY slow though and navigation is crap if you want to return to the main website.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Faster loading time. He wanted to be able to save his colouring in and/or print it out. Once you'd completed the colouring in game, you couldn't actually see the picture you'd created.

Fredsterboo Fri 14-Dec-12 13:07:20

Well. I can certainly say I was sceptical about these as I find many of the child friendly cheeses plastic and boring (and I've tried most of them out there as I love the idea of them for lunchboxes etc) but the pods have been a total hit in our household!
PRIMULA PODS
Q1 - Myself, my 3 year old, 9 month old and my parents all tried one when they arrived this morning!
Q2 - Both flavours were well received!
Q3 - The packaging was great. Had real child appeal and unlike many of its similar cheeses on the market, my 3 year old could open it by himself really quickly which was great for lunch boxes. The texture was much less plastic than cheese strings and babybels and tasted like a solid form of primula cheese spread which was a winner all round!
Q4 - I will be buying Primula pods - they are the nicest of the 'lunchbox' cheeses out there in terms of taste, child appeal and ease of opening. My 3 year old refuses babybels and cheese strings but wolfed 2 of these down in quick succession and they were a good, soft texture with decent flavour for my 9 month old.
Q5 - The cheese didn't hang around long enough to make it on to a pizza but would def try it in the future!
POD ISLAND
In general, the website looks colourful and appealing but I think it was a little wordy for my 3 year old - he spent a lot of time saying, what does this say, can you read it and then getting a bit bored as I started to read though the cartoons. He enjoyed the colouring section and I think as he gets a little older (and more patient?!) he would enjoy the other sections too.

Lesbeadiva Fri 14-Dec-12 13:15:09

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
I ate one, dd ate one and DS had eaten lots. At first we were all quite keen?

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture -DS loved them, dd did not. I was not a fan.
- Taste - as above
- Packaging - this we all liked. Kids can open them really easily.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We did our own take on them. Dd doesn't like them as they are but loves it melted on a crumpet with syrup. She is a bit strange. DS would eat them all day in any form.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
They were eaten on the run after school and before clubs and in packed lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes it would. My two dont drink a lot of milk so I like other ways to get calcium into them.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Little packaging, all packaging to be recyclable and easy to open. Healthy and tasty too.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I would probably. Because they are so easy for kids to open!

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
They liked the way it looked. Def appealed to them. They both favoured the game zone.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I know it sounds silly but any chance you can not use flash? Kids like to play websites on the ipad and I had to boot up the laptop for this.

bealos Fri 14-Dec-12 13:28:48

agree letsbeadiva - they've really missed a trick by making the site in Flash!! Made it very slow to load as well. What about html5?

GetKnitted Fri 14-Dec-12 13:43:13

cheese arrived today smile will give full feedback when ds tries them after school

Roseformeplease Fri 14-Dec-12 14:05:06

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

We all tried them. My husband and I both tried the cheese and herb ones, the children the plain ones. We all really enjoyed the taste although it was probably a bit too plasticy for my husband, who prefers really strong, stinky cheese. The children like the flavour and the way of opening them.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
The texture was good and they were easy to eat.
- Taste
We enjoyed the taste but, dare I say it, they tasted exactly like Baby Bel which we have always loved. A good thing but the taste is not original.
- Packaging
Very clever way of opening them - easy for all of us.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No. We ate all the cheese supplied quite quickly as we liked it and are generally greedy.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
We had the PODS as soon as they arrived and kept a few back for lunch boxes. They would make a good treat but my children are older (10 and 12) so would probably need more than one and toast as well.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Not really - all cheese is a good source of calcium, as is milk, butter etc. We eat plenty of it and would enjoy a different type but it won't make us eat more cheese.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Easy to open (this ticked the box), reasonably healthy, tasty.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes, particularly for younger kids. They would be idea for picnics or for the beach and will be great in lunch boxes. Have nothing bad to say about them. Haven't looked at the price but that might be an issue as we usually buy cheese in large, cheaper blocks.

We looked at the website. TBH it seemed aimed at younger children than mine so they had a quick look, played a couple of games and then wandered off.

Emandlu Fri 14-Dec-12 14:17:09

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
I did, ds (9) and dd(12)
The kids both thought they were a less good babybel.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - both kids said it was very plasticky and didn't like it.
- Taste - ds said it tasted of fake cheese, like a cross between a cheese triangle and a babybel. Dd didnt like it, but doesn't generally eat cheese anyway.
- Packaging - we all liked the packaging they were really easy to open.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? Not yet, it we will be doing as it will be the only way to use up the rest of the cheese since no one wants to eat it as it is.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc -
As part of lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No. None of us liked the taste or texture of the product.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Natural, tasting like real food and not dumbed down taste wise for children.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No - we didn't like them.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
They felt it was for much younger children. They had a bit of a look round but my 9yo said it was very childish.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
There needs to be more for older children to do.

Allice Fri 14-Dec-12 15:20:18

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (39) dd (7) and ds (5)
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
We all found the texture quite rubbery, a little too firm.
ds loved the taste, dd and I didn't I didn't think they tasted of much, I prefered the chive ones. ds the normal ones and dd disliked them both,
Loved the packaging, very easy to open and easy to carry around, the kids were more interested in opening them than eating them.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We didn't use any recipe's, my kids aren't keen on cooked cheese, especially when it's quite processed.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Eaten as an after school snack and sent some in their lunch boxes.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No, my kids mainline milk, I don't have any concerns about them not getting enough calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
I want more natural products, nothing too processed.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No, didn't taste great and very processed.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
They both loved the website and fought over who would play first, they mainly stayed in the gamezone, they will be visiting again.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Some slightly more educational games would be good.

Hopezibah Fri 14-Dec-12 15:32:16

Ours arrived yesterday and they have all been eaten so quickly as the kids LOVED them!

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

My two sons aged 6 and 8 and me. 6 yr old found the cheese to be quite strong tasting but actually liked the cheese n chive ones better than plain.
The kids also commented about the strong smell.

They liked the packaging - easy for them to open.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
great texture.
- Taste - a bit strong tasting but having said that they've all been eaten.
- Packaging - loved the packaging - child friendly and easy to use.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

We did'nt get the chance to try a recipe because they enjoyed them as a snack so often and with their lunch that they got eaten too quickly.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As morning snack with apple and with lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Not particulalry as cheese has got calcium in!

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
low salt low sugar.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
yep - they're fun. easy to use - great as snack and for when out and about too.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website?
"a bit boring"
Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
liked - rapid / water one liked. Butterfly game liked.
disliked dino dig because tricky to get the small dots and frustrating.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
mum liked that some of it looked educational as well as games on there.

Babycarmen Fri 14-Dec-12 15:56:47

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself and DD1 (5). Initial impressions were that they looked OK, not very eye catching.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Packaging was good, I love the way they open, its very easy especially for children without getting cheese everywhere. The colours are a bit dull though. I liked the taste although they didn't taste very 'cheesy' or natural in my opinion. DD didn't like the cheese and chive flavour and then later decided she wasn't keen on the plain either. Texture was rubbery.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
Not yet but I love the idea. It is something I would definitely consider looking at again.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes (for me) because I don't like milk so cheese is mostly where I get calcium from.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Easy to open, natural flavours, colours etc. Not messy. Healthy.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would mention them more for the easy opening/practicality more then the taste..

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
She liked the music and games and the colouring in. I think its really good for her age but might be a bit boring for older children. She hardly ever goes on the laptop with me so its not something that is important to me.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
more recipes as I think that is a great idea, and I like that there are 'characters'.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Fri 14-Dec-12 16:13:53

I just picked mine up today and the letter says not to use if you don't get them before the 14th...which is today.

I've emailed them but does HQ know if they are safe to eat?!?!

I don't want to miss out on the give away!

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Fri 14-Dec-12 16:28:38

Never mind, I heard back and it's fine!

Of course, my son won't try it.....

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me - I think it tastes like processed cheese, which I don't like
husband - Same reaction as me
Son - wouldn't even try it.*

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

I do like the packaging and even my 3.6 year old could get it open, so that's a plus. Husband and I didn't like the taste or the texture.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

no, sorry

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As an after school snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Sure.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Tasty and nutritious

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Only if I knew they liked process cheese products.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Didn't hold my son's attention at all
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Just sort of boring.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Fri 14-Dec-12 16:48:22

Me again...now my son is eating it and he likes it! At least the one with chives. And he loves that he can open the package himself.

TimeForMeAndDD Fri 14-Dec-12 17:52:55

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Both DD and me tried them and initial impressions were ok but as another poster says, they do taste of processed cheese.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Love the packaging, very easy to open, nice sized portion, preferred the taste of the cheese with chives but didn't really like the texture of either.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, I didn't try the recipes because we weren't really that charmed with the cheese.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As a snakc after school. I'm afraid DD wouldn't take one in her lunchbox. I popped one in my handbag though as an emergency supply.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
It wouldn't encourage me to buy this particular produce because we didn't really like it enough to buy more.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy and tasty, easy to open with minimal packaging. And affordable.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would mention it because the concept is good.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DD wasn't impressed with the site, I think the loading time was an issue.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Make it more interesting for older children, something that will hold their attention.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to test, I'm sorry the feedback isn't more positive.

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

We all tried them, initial impressions pretty good once I got into the packaging!

*Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging*

The OH didn't like them as he said they tasted like cheese spread, which they do
I liked them, however the original one had a bit of a 'sweet' taste to it, and definitely not overly cheesey. I prefered the cheese and chive one, although it didn't actually taste of chives!
The toddler (3) ate 4 on the trot and declared them as 'very yummy'. She was able to get the packaging open no problems

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Won't get a chance to try the recipes as we have pretty much finished them off in one sitting

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As soon as we got in and got the packet open

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

All cheese is high in calcium really, so this statement alone wouldn't automatically persuade me to buy them

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Less salt please, as these have 0.4g of salt per pod in them, and I try to minimise salt in her diet.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Probably not as the salt content is a little high for my liking.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

I'm afraid to say we didn't get very far into the website as it took forever to load any pages, and it was really hard to navigate around. It really needs sorting out

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

See above.

Rachnrobtfa Fri 14-Dec-12 19:01:42

Q1.who tried: me(35) daughter(10)son(18)
myself and my son really liked them.my daughter who is very fussy but likes cheesestrings didn't like them.

Q2.packaging was great,sealed well but opened easily.
texture was nice and smooth.
taste-plain cheese was nice but we all preferred the cheese and chives ones.

Q3. we didn't try the recipes but we will in the future especially the pizza one

Q4. as a snack after dinner,also with dinner as a side dish.

Q5. i would imagine they are a good source of calcium although i think my daughter would prefer string ones.

Q6. i would like to see something which appears to be what its not...like something healthy disguised as something that my daughter likes. easy toi open. able to fit into a lunchbox.

Q7. yes i have in fact told a couple of my friends about them and also i have told some of the parents in the creche i work in about them.

Q1 my daughter liked the website but got bored quite quickly.i think it was more because its not the sort of thing she would normally go on.

Q2. i think it could have more on it.

thank you for giving us the chance to try these,i think that overall they were a hit in our home and i will be buying them in future.

R2PeePoo Fri 14-Dec-12 21:28:42

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

DD (7), DS (3) and me

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

DD liked the packaging and found it easy to open but I struggled a bit, must be my old fat fingers. None of us liked the taste, it had that floury bland taste of cheese spread. Not as nice as babybels.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No. I don't cook with these little cheeses. If I buy them I buy them for lunchboxes not to cook with.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

After school snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Lots of things are also a good source of calcium and they taste better too.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Healthy, tasty and fun

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Depends if they like cheese spread or not. If they like spread, they will probably like these.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

The island page was slow to load and jerky. DD got really cross with it really quickly even though the games were quick to load and play. I had to point out the mouse characters, they were white and hard to spot.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Not enough games, slow to load, jerky

GetKnitted Fri 14-Dec-12 21:50:49

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (cheese and chive) and DS1 (4.5) (original), both enjoyed it.

*Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture*
I enjoyed the texture, it was not too pasty/ cloying
- Taste
not too salty
- Packaging
easy to open. Reasonable amount of packaging, given that it is individual portion sized.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We've not tried any of the recipes and wouldn't cook with a snack cheese.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school snack. One or two will make it to school as a healthy snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I think it would be better if it said how much, e.g. half a glass of milk or something like that.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
small, fun-looking, healthy (not too salty)

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
If it came up I'd mention them favourably.. but we don't spend much time talking about cheese.

*Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
* particularly liked the dinosaurs, but some of the games were too difficult

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? To be honest, I wouldn't encourage my son to spend time on commercially sponsored websites, and at the moment he can only go on what I allow.

Thanks for the cheese

nextphase Sat 15-Dec-12 10:07:49

The pods arrived after we'd been out for an unsuccessful dinner date, so the boys (3 and 1.5) tucked in. They can both open the pods (18 mnth with a little help). The plain ones were really likes. The cheese and chive were gagged on and spat out by both of them.
I'm not keen on either, but I don't like that type of texture cheese.

I'd generally use them in DS1's lunch box, or as a occasional snack.

Cheese is made from Milk, I'd take any calcium claims as superficial! Unless they have done something awful to them, I'd just expect calcium to be present in reasonable quantities.

Only looked at the www with the 3 year old. Most games were a little above him, but he enjoyed uncovering the dino. He pointed out which butterflys I might need to catch, and then we had to print off the picture for him to paint in. The river trip seemed to turn into a "mummy, hit the tree, stone etc" Maths is way beyond us!

Would buy the plain ones, rotating with the other individual cheeses available in the supermarket (often depending on price and what we didn't have last)

KalliP Sat 15-Dec-12 11:15:03

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me (tried both), son (3) tried original and husband (tried both). My son had a bite, and was confused, assume he thought it was another kind of cheese. He licked it and put it back in the fridge. My husband liked it. I was surprised by the taste.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?

- Texture

The texture was very different. Between soft cheese, and other standard snacking cheese. Almost like compacted cheese spread?

- Taste

Cheese and Chives had a nice taste, the other was rather bland.

- Packaging

Loved the packaging, was much easier to open than other snacking cheese, especially for little hands.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

We did the pizza, and it was fantastic. We have also used it in pasta, and it works really well.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As a snack, and as part of lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Not particularly, as most cheese is a good source of calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Healthy, delicious, easy to use (open).

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I like the idea of them, so have mentioned them to a few friends, when they have asked what they were.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

He loved the beginning sequence, although it would be nicer if it was 'spoken' and I didn't have to read it. He loved the dino digging, and the river challenge (but got bored half way through it). And then we clicked on the maths one, and he was too young for it - maybe you need to demarcate the big kids section from the little kids?

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

He was so keen on the idea, loved the look of it... But I had to help him, as everything except the dino digging was too complex for him. Loved the recipe section too. Nice to have everything in one area.

Thank you for the cheese! x

Mindingalongtime Sat 15-Dec-12 12:50:17

8ee me too, mine were on the mat in a heated house until 4.30pm yesterday, they were very warm. I emailed but they said just put them in the fridge and eat them! I emailed back and said, but it says do NOT sample if not received before the 14th, could they please confirm back, but no response.

Mine arrived this morning. With a note that says not to eat them if you don't get them until the 14th, which was yesterday. what a faff of a product trial!

MrsJohnDeere Sat 15-Dec-12 14:21:18

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, ds1 (6yo) and ds2 (4yo). The 4yo liked the original but not the chive. Me and the 6yo thought both were utterly vile. They look like Babybel but taste wrong - Babybel so much nicer.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture Fine, better than the little squishy triangles
Taste Vile - sorry. Really unpleasant. Chive one better than the original, IMHO, because the chive covered up the underlying unpleasantness of the base product. 4 yo preferred the original. 6yo spat out both in disgust.
- Packaging - looks good and would keep them intact for lunch boxes etc but very wasteful.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
None, didn't feel tempted because the product was so horrible.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc After school snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No. There are plenty of other foodstuffs that are good sources of calcium and taste yummy, like normal/proper cheese.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Good basic ingredients, not too unhealthy, packaging that children can open and is recyclable, tasty.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? NO! Sorry, but they taste horrible. Would much rather have Babybel if I was looking for something like this.

*Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?*
Took ages to load and mine got bored, so didn't really explore it. Their reaction was 'can we play with your iPad instead'.

poorbuthappy Sat 15-Dec-12 15:02:08

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DH, dd1 (8) dts1 (4)
Me - didn't like them at all!
DH - liked them
DD1 - claims not to like them but I think she was influenced by me
DTS - ditto.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
Me & kids- slimy
DH - normal as expected
- Taste
Me - no taste at all. I know I like my cheese strong (but not blue and really smelly) but I ate it and literally couldn't taste anything.
DH - thought they were quite nice.
Kids -only had a few bites. But not to their their taste!

- Packaging
All - loved it. So easy and simple to open. Definitely the best bit of it!

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
Not yet , but will try to get the kids to eat some more cooked!
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As a treat? Though neither me or the kids class cheese as a treat! Very odd way to describe them!
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Nope - because its not an USP to have cheese full of calcium is it?

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Packed with good stuff, easy to eat, easy to open, easy to carry round.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Nope - because I don't think they taste very nice! DH thinks they are alright. Kids are a bit meh.

mummyme82 Sat 15-Dec-12 15:44:05

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DH, DD, DS. We all tried the original kids loved them me and DH thought they didn't have much taste, we all loved the cheese and chive.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture -Good
- Taste -Good
- Packaging -Nice apeals to children and easy to open great for little hands.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We made pizza with them it went down a treat!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school snack and paked lunches

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I think it is nice to know but not sure it would influence my choice to buy them as lots of these types of products offer the same.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Good price, healthy, great for on the go

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
yes on the basis my children enjoy them.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DS didn't really like it said it was to babyish! DD enjoyed it and spent ages clicking through it, when I asked she said she liked it all.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I couldn't see any issues with it and DS enjoyed it kept her quiet for a while, so it was all good!

elizaco Sat 15-Dec-12 17:16:38

1. Myself and my youngest daughter (age 9) tried them. I liked both flavours. Unfortunately my daughter didn't, but she is quite fussy with cheese products!
2. I liked the texture. My daughter thought it abit soft. She would prefer it to have been a harder cheese texture.
3. No, we haven't tried any of the recipes.
4. As an after-school snack. I'd planned to use them in lunchboxes, but as she didn't enjoy them, I won't!
5. This would normally help persuade me to buy a product.
6. Little packaging, healthy, tasty.
7. Not really - just because my own daughter didn't enjoy them.
Sorry it wasn't a particularly positive response, but thank you for letting us take part!

billybear Sat 15-Dec-12 18:05:32

how do i get on to bit adding my view on pods we tried

SpottySlippers Sat 15-Dec-12 19:53:29

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

We all tried them - me, DH, DD1 (8), DD2 (5), DS1 (2).

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
As other have said, packaging is excellent, all the children were able to open the pods. The texture was rubbery. I found the cheese and chive more palpable than the plain cheese however the children only liked the plain cheese.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, nothing stood out I'm afraid. I would not use these to cook with - not very cost effective.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

They were eaten with crackers, ham, carrot sticks etc as a light tea.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Possibly, but isn't all cheese a good sourse of calcium?

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Nutrious, low salt and sugar levels, cost effective.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Unlikely, prefer the taste of Babybels; although the pod packaging is excellent and a big improvement on a Babybel.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

DD (8) tried the website and was not particularly impressed, saying it was boring?! She did try and print some colouring but the paper size was all wrong so she gave up on that. I will get DD2 (5) to try it tomorrow and will report back.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

The loading speed needs resolving; acitivites for older children would be welcome.

Thank you for letting us try these!

Bosgrove Sat 15-Dec-12 20:04:48

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
My three children ages 3, 5 and 7 ( and my parents aged 67 and 70)
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

The Children and my mother all enjoyed the cheese, my 7 year old just says nice, high praise indeed coming from him. The cheese and chive was popular even with the fussy children, and the packaging very easy for them all to open by themselves. My mum has plans to turn the packs into a craft item.

My Dad however just said ok, by he would have prefered a real cheese not a processed one.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, but I would in the future.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

After school, as a treat to keep them going before tea, but they would like them in a packed lunch in the future

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
All cheese is a good source of calcium so the statement is a bit obvious, I do however try and put two dairy products (and two pieces of fruit) in each packed lunch I make

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Something healthy, that they enjoy to the last bite, something that they can open without help.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes, they were all eaten and enjoyed by the children, but as yet don't know what they will cost in to shop.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

It took ages to load, one of the games (the fossil one) we couldn't get to work properly so we might not play again, but as I am typing this my 7 year old is begging me to finish so he can get back to the canoe game. I liked the maths aspect, but he didn't seem to enjoy it so much
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
To speed it up, and more places that he can visit.
If we hadn't been looking to review we would have given up as it took so long to download.

Nickles83 Sat 15-Dec-12 21:30:33

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? They looked great, perfect for days out and lunch boxes.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - we all enjoyed them, not crumbly which is good. Kids didn't like the cheese and chive ones though.
- Taste - pretty bland for me, kids enjoyed them though.
- Packaging - easy to open & perfect fir little hands. Not easy to squish either.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No but we will

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc as a treat and one when with lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Yes extra calcium is always good.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Quick and easy.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Yes defo.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? Very slow in loading, great when it did load. Loved the games zone area.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? Very slow for me,

Can we get some confirmation on the date please?

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DP and DS (2.4).
DP and I thought they were nice, DS loves anything that involves cheese so was happy enough to eat them.
DP thinks they are nicer than Babybel.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - I liked the texture, as it's similar to cheese triangles, although I did find it slightly grainy.
- Taste - I like the taste of processed cheese so these appealed to me!
- Packaging - Brilliant. As they are aimed at kids' lunch boxes they would be really easy to open on their own (as opposed to the wax coating the others come in)
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, I wouldn't use this type of cheese to cook with, other than chopping it up and mixing it into pasta.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
They we're eaten as a snack while standing at the fridge, and DS has had them as part of a picky plate lunch and also between lunch and pudding
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Possibly, although I tend to just buy what I want and hope we have a reasonable diet.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
I like to know I'm not giving my DS empty calories. And as we're all vegetarian, a protein rich snack is a massive plus. I hardly ever give sweet snacks so cheesey ones are a really good choice for us.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes, people often ask me for kids' food ideas as I try to be inventive given our veggie-ism.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
I sat him on my lap and let him watch me use the website as he's a bit young to use a mouse. He liked the mice characters and enjoyed looking at the story.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
The website as a whole seemed rather slow. It was a bit laggy, which would, I imagine, soon frustrate a modern kid these days!

HairyPoppins Sun 16-Dec-12 12:56:14

Q1. Me and DD (2)

Q2. DD not quite eloquent enough yet to explain her feelings but I found the texture to be quite smooth and had enough 'bite' to make it feel like you were eating a solid piece of cheese. The taste of both of them was pretty bland,and a bit waxy/grainy. My DD wouldn't even try the chive one but munched up the plain one quite happily once I had opened it for her. I can see her being able to open it for herself quite soon though, and a lot easier for little hands than the red competitor - my little girl just tries to eat the wax if I give her one of those.

Q3. No, I would continue to use 'real' cheese.

Q4. We ate one each as soon as they arrived, my DD is a bit off her food due to a cold at the moment so I will try literally anything at any time to get her to eat something and the novelty of 'cheese from the postman' was too good to resist! I will probably put a couple in her packed lunch to eat at the childminder's, tomorrow.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium" is a bit obvious and my DD loves milk, yogurts, cheese anyway so it wouldn't make a difference as to whether I'd buy it.

Q6. Nutritious, tasty, easy to handle and open. Good portion size.

Q7. I would recommend them because it's something my DD will eat (this week) but only as an occasional treat, she will eat cheese and crackers anyway so something a bit faddy like this would be a very rare optional extra.

Q1. DD liked the colouring in bit but expected to be able to colour the pictures (like in one of the colouring apps for tablets/phone) onscreen rather than have to print them off.
Q2. I would prefer if the website was just a holding page which directed to an app because apps seem to hold her attention better than web pages, no idea why this is, though. We couldn't get into the games because she got so bored of waiting for it to load.

Elfontheshelfiswatchingyou Sun 16-Dec-12 13:27:04

Q1. DD1 (age 11) DD2 (age 9) Me and DH
First impressions: fun packaging, appealing, the children liked the look of them and wanted to try the straight away.

Q2.
I wasn't keen on the texture but the childen loved it.
Everyone liked the taste. I didn't expect DD1 to like the cheese and chive as she is a fusspot but they were her favourites.
Attractive, easy to open, appealing to kids. Nice that the packaging and website were linked.

Q3.
Not yet, we are going to try the pizza. DD1 melted one in a little pot and dipped her nachos in it, which was really nice.

Q4.
They have been eaten as a snack, as part of lunch at home and tomorrow they will be in the girls' lunchboxes.

Q5.
They are made from milk so I would expect a small amount of calcium. I have no difficulty getting my DDs to have milk or milk-based products so it doesn't matter to me.

Q6.
I like snacks to be healthy and nutritious.

Q7.
Yes i would, as they are tasty and the children enjoyed them very much. I will be buying them again.

www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. DD loved the website, she played on it for ages and I was very impressed. she is 9. She read the story and played some games. Her favourite was the rafting game. She also tried to win me a lunchbox.

Q2. I liked how easy it was to use, very child-friendly. DD didn't need any help using it and I could relax as it is so secure. We are going to try the recipes out together too.

I didn't know about the charity the company supports until this test and think that Primula should make more of this, it is another reason I would purchase their products over others. Primula do good work. Keep it up!
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Me, DH, DD (8yo).
The PODs tasted nice, the chive one was nicer, tasted like the tube spread, the plain one was a bit bland.
DD likes them, says they taste "really cheesy"
I would like the packaging to be recycled, recyclable, or biodegradable, or at least have suggestions on the POD island site of ways to reuse them for craft etc.
They were easy to open, and a good size for a snack.
DD ate one after school a couple of days, DH ate two of an evening, I shared one with DD after lunch. I wouldn't cook with it as it's far cheaper to use block cheese.

We haven't been on the website yet, will feed back when it's a bit less hectic chez sparetime!

Cachaca Sun 16-Dec-12 13:59:57

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself, dh, dd1 (14), dd2 (11)
Good packaging, fun without being too babyish. Cheese looked waxy and artificial. Both children commented that they looked very similar to another cheese product. Easy to open.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture. We all found it a little "processed" in texture. 14 yr old liked that about it, 11 yr old didn't. Dh and I thought it was OK.
- Taste. Quite creamy, not too bad, but again quite "processed". We all liked the chive one more than the plain one, but dd2 actively disliked both types and couldn't finish them.
- Packaging. Fun but not too babyish. Neither of the children (not even the teenager) thought they'd be embarrassed to have it in their school lunchbox.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, but off my own bat I tried some melted on toast. The chive one was pretty nice like that, in a slightly "junk food" sort of way.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As an afterschool snack. This was good as it was a better alternative than the sweets and crisps they usually go for.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No, because if I was buying it for health reasons I'd go for a more natural product.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Not too artificial. Good, fun packaging BUT easy to open without mess.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I might, to someone who had trouble getting their child to eat cheese or yogurt - might be another option to try.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Mine saw the site as far too young for them and wouldn't participate. This is understandable as they're above the target age range. (Dd2 was 10 when I applied but has now turned 11, so is right at the top of primary age.)

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Not relevant for my children, but it was very slow to load.

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, ds aged 16 and ds aged 10. I thought they tasted like a firm dairylea cheese traingle. I thought that maybe they were a little too large for the target age group. DS aged 16: I thought that they were just similar to babybel's, but had the taste more like the dairylea cheese traingles. DS aged 10: Didn't like them; he found them too large and too rich.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - No difference in texture between the two, they were both quite smooth and slightly rubbery.
- Taste - like dairylea cheese triangles, would prefer to have them cut up into smaller pieces in a salad or with crackers.
- Packaging - Easy to open and nothing wrong with it.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
Not tried any yet.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
So, far they have been eaten as snacks.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Not particularly, because I know that all cheese contains high amounts of calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Low sugar, easy to open and small portion sizes.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Would recommend as an alternative to babybels and similar products.

I personally thought that the products were a more suitable snack for the 10-16 age group, as they would be just a bit too big and creamy for the younger age group.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DS aged 10 enjoyed the games on the website. He enjoyed the maths games, however it wouldn't make him like the product anymore than he already does.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
No improvements, but thought it was a fun website.

MajorMajor Sun 16-Dec-12 16:13:08

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

DS1(6) and DS2(4)
They both liked them - thought they were tasty

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Texture - good. A bit like real cheese
Taste - they both liked the original (blue) ones best
Packaging - good - really easy to open

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
Not yet - we only went to the Game Zone

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school as a snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes it would make a small difference although I think my kids get enough calcium

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Low salt - low sugar - not too artificial

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Yes they both liked it - the 6-year-old liked the maths puzzle and they both liked the river rapids game

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

The games are good, maybe there should be some more tricky levels to keep them interested

DevaDiva Sun 16-Dec-12 18:42:44

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me, DH, and DCs 8 and 11 (year 6). The children liked the bright packaging but weren't too sure about the 'bits' in the cheese n chive flavour!

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - firm, not greasy
- Taste - tasted like cheese (well a bland one). DCs really liked the original flavour, originally liked the Cheese N Chive one but not after the first couple of bites.
- Packaging - easy to open, eye catching. DS 8 thought they were 'well cool' and would like to collect them hmm

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No but the DCs would like to. I probably wouldn't use PODs in a recipe as it would make the meal too expensive.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school snack; the DCs said they would like them in their lunch boxes but they wouldn't want them every day, but then they're not big cheese eaters.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I would assume that cheese had calcium in it.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Low in saturated fats, artificial additives and salt. Tasty, good value for money.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I might mention that i'd tried them. I'm not so impressed that i'd go round raving about them though.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DD has visited the site but only on her phone so couldn't access any of the games. She said it was easy to navigate and a good design but annoying that she couldn't get on the games.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Optimise for mobiles. DS like the games which he played on the laptop.

My rather helpful postman took my parcel back to the sorting office as we were out. He left a note saying not to collect until the next day sad

DP picked them up on his way home from a night shift on Saturday morning and aside from the note saying not to eat them after the 14th they were very warm. Now I'm not one to turn down free cheese so I've scoffed a couple but I'm reluctant to give them to DD, the germ magnet.

I've just emailed to see if we can get any more so will await a response and get DP to try them either way, before posting feedback if that's ok.

StopEating, can you let us know what they say? There's been no response here about the date. I received mine a day late and don't want to eat them now. Saying that, given the general feedback, I'm starting to think it's for the best.

BeataNoxPotter Sun 16-Dec-12 20:08:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Will do. In all honesty, if I see them when I'm shopping tomorrow I may well bung some in the trolley (dependent on price) for DD to try if I've not heard back as I really like them and they'll definitely get eaten!

Rikalaily Sun 16-Dec-12 20:24:45

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

All of my children tried them, ages 2, 5, 7 & 10

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?

They were a little hit and miss which suprised me as all of the kids love cheese.

- Texture

The older three said the texture was nice

- Taste

My 2 year old loved the cheese flavour but didn't like the cheese & chive
5 year old didn't like either of them and spat them out straight away
7 year old liked the cheese & chive but didn't like the cheese flavour, she didn't say why she didn't like it, just said it was horrible.
10 year old liked both flavours and said they were nice and creamy.

- Packaging

They all liked the packaging and they were really easy to open, they much prefered it to the packaging on Baby bels.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Unfortunately we didn't get to try any of the recipes as they were all so excited to try the cheese that they snaffled them all in one go.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Eight were tried/eaten straight after breakfast and two were taken as part of a packed lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Yes, I get get extra calcium into the kids in any way that I can.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Something natural, healthy and filling, my kids eat very often through the day and never feel to be full for long.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes I'd recommend them, they are a healthy snack and are convenient to carry around.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

They liked it but it didn't hold thier interest for very long.

BornToFolk Sun 16-Dec-12 20:32:12

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me and DS (5). DS was very interested in the packaging, I don't thik he's seen anything like that before.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
I wasn't overly keen, seemed very processed and too smooth. However, it was good that it was sold enough to hold together once opened.

- Taste
DS said "Yum!" and polised his plain one off fairly quickly. I had a Cheese and Chive one which he nibbled and said it was OK but not as nice. I thought it was fine but quite processed tasting.

- Packaging
DS was impressed and I liked that he could manage to open the packaging himself.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, I can't really imagine cooking with Primula.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

We ate them as part of a lunch at home, to test them out but now I've seen that DS likes them and can open the packaging, the rest will go in his school lunch box.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

No, not really. DS gets a lot of calcium so it's not really a selling point for Primula PODs

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Nutritious, not too much rubbish in them, appetizing.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yeah, probably.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

DS played some of the games. The Dino Dig one was his favourite but he wasn't all that keen on any of them. He's not asked to play them again (he prefers the games on the Cbeebies website - as do I, much better design and game play)

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

I didn't find it all that engaging, for either me or DS.

ScaredySquirrel Sun 16-Dec-12 20:33:00

Everyone who adds their feedback to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £150 Debenhams voucher.

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me, dd1(12),dd2(9)dd3 (7)and ds 2(4)

Our first impressions : better than babybel!

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

We were impressed by all 3. Older dcz preferred the chives one, and younger ones liked the plain one.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No we didn't. But we spread it on toast!
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Yes we ate them as a snack, both plain and on toast. I would (if I bought them) get them for lunch boxes though.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

No. My children have enough calcium.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Healthy, no added sugar, salt etc. Not hydrogenated, no artificial stuff, tasty.non processed

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I'm not sure how healthy they are really, or how expensive. I'd have to look into this further,.

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DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Sun 16-Dec-12 20:45:38

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
My daughter, age 7, and I sampled them for lunch.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture nice and creamy.
- Taste I was surprised that my daughter liked the chive one as I thought it would be too oniony. She had free choice of what was in the fridge for lunch and chose one of each over anything else that was in there.
- Packaging it seemed suitable for the product and easy for a child to open. I left my daughter to get on with it and she had no problems.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
I've not had chance to look at the website yet.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As part of a snacky lunch. The plan was to put them with a packed lunch but my daughter was off school, I'll.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No, because its cheese. Obviously it has calcium in it.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
No added cr*p, no excessive, difficult to open packaging.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
If they were asking for lunchbox ideas and their child didn't like normal cheese, yes.

Deni99 Sun 16-Dec-12 20:55:40

Q1 Me and dd(10)
Q2
All 3 fine- the cheese and chive one was best, the plain a bit bland and the packaging was great - less faff than others.
Q3 No the cheeses didn't last that long but I wouldnt cook with cheese that small in all that packaging. It would seem a waste to me.
Q4 after breakfst, lunchbox and after school snack.
Q5 No. The convenience would encourage me more.
Q6 Tasty, nutritious, no hfs etc and convenient( but with less packaging).
Q7 Yes for convenience - but would need to know more re price

Q1 Too slow, and childish ( recipes ok)

Sonofagun Sun 16-Dec-12 21:01:44

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself (41) and Dd(5). Tried one of each as soon as they arrived. I thought they were pretty dire, DD liked them.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture. I thought very rubbery .... More so than other cheeses on the market such as Babybel. Looked like if I had dropped it it would have bounced straight back up. Dd quite happily munched her way through them did not seem to mind.
- Taste. I thought rather tasteless and very processed. Dd liked taste of both which I was quite surprised as did not think she would like the chive pod but liked it too.
- Packaging. Thought the packaging was unique, quirky but OTT. Dd loved the packaging. Found them easy to open (easier than Babybel)

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, unlikely to ever cook with processed cheese so saw little point. Not tempted by the recipes given.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As an after school snack and in packed lunch boxes.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
If I hadn't just tried them and I saw them in the shops I would probably give them a try prompted somewhat by the fact they were a good source of calcium and Dd likes similar products.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Snack size, easy to open, natural

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No, too plasticky and tasteless

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Games did not work on iPad -frustrating. Had hoped that colouring pages could be coloured on-line and not need to be printed out. DD Liked the stories.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Competition which requires participation (colouring)

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 16-Dec-12 21:08:25

Q1 DD loved the pod and how it opened. She's a three year old cheese addict but she hated this and spat it out. I loved it as it tasted like Primula squeeze cheese!
Q2 texture a bit plastic , packaging excellent and easy for a toddler, taste was lovely
Q3 No
Q4 After nursery snack
Q5 No more than any other cheese
Q6 HeaLthy
Q7 No

Haberdashery Sun 16-Dec-12 21:14:11

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

DD aged 6 and me. We both liked them. I am a complete Primula addict (the shrimp cheese spread is my guilty secret pleasure and I can easily eat a whole tube in one go). I liked the plain one the best but also enjoyed the chive one. DD absolutely loved the plain one and cannot be persuaded to even attempt the chive one for love nor money. I have no idea why and I don't think she does either. She is happy to eat other things with visible herbs and eats flavoured Laughing Cow on holiday very happily, even eg blue cheese, olive or goats cheese flavours.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?

- Texture LOVELY. I am a big fan of processed cheese generally and this really hit the spot. Firm but not chewy and as synthetic as you like (this was a plus point for me. I really LOVE processed cheese. There wasn't a big difference between the plain and chive kinds.

- Taste LOVELY! Big primula fan here and this was very similar. Would you ever consider doing a shrimp one? I absolutely adore that stuff.

- Packaging Excellent. I have an unusually cack-handed and weedy child and she could open this no problems alone. For this reason alone it is an excellent lunch box choice. I would be prepared to give her almost anything she can open alone as I feel a bit sorry for her TA and lunchtime supervisors. Tons better than Babybel packaging (and DD liked the flavour better). However, it's not recyclable. I would buy this every week if it was. As it is, it will be an occasional treat as I will not regularly buy things where I cannot recycle the major portion of the packaging.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
I didn't, because that would seem a weird use of what is probably a relatively expensive cheese product. Quite honestly, I use cheap generic cheese to cook. Sainsburys Basics cheddar tastes absolutely no different in macaroni cheese than more expensive kinds.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school snack and in lunchbox.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
It would make me think you thought I was stupid, really. Obviously it has calcium in it. I would be v v concerned if a cheese product did not contain a reasonable helping of calcium. However, I do buy a fair amount of cheese so I would probably buy it sometimes even though you think I am an idiot.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
No added rubbish, low salt (within the context of what it is so obv cheese is saltier than fruit), low sugar, no sweeteners, no excess packaging, recyclable packaging, good flavour, if it contains vegetables in any format so much the better.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would say I liked them but I'm afraid I would definitely have to point out that the packaging is not recyclable in the UK. This is a bit of a stumbling block for me. I just think it's responsible to make an effort. I realise the wax on Babybels isn't recyclable either but at least you can use it to make things out of (mice, holly berries, fake moustaches).

WEBSITE
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
She liked it well enough. I don't think she'd be clamouring to go back. She played for about ten or fifteen minutes and then asked to go on Poisson Rouge which she loves. She does absolutely love the mice on the packaging. If there was a bit more of them, she might like it better. As it was, the games were sort of disconnected from the mouse characters. She couldn't be persuaded to go back and explore further once she'd got bored with the games.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I'm always keen on a bit of covert education on websites. TBH, this wasn't DD's cup of tea but I can see that some children would love the games. DD would probably have liked more stories about the mice etc.

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

The PODs arrived the day of dd's 10th birthday party. She had five friends for tea. I put the PODs on the table and all girls tried them. Out of the 6 girls three tried and loved the original flavour. One did not like the original flavour. Two girls tried the chive flavour and liked it. One tried and did not like.
I had an original flavour one. I did not like it, it tasted too much like plastic.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - far too rubbery and plastic like. Did not look or feel like a food stuff!
- Taste. Tasted far too artificial for my liking. In terms of the girls, those that liked liked the cheesy taste. Those that did not like said it did not taste like cheese.
- Packaging. Thought the packaging was easy to open. However, dh and I are concerned about the recyclability of the packaging and thought it must be environmentally unfriendly to produce it.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
I don't thin I would ever cook with processed cheese and as I did not like the taste of the POD I won't be cooking with it.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
At a birthday party tea as part of a buffet of snacks and nibbles. Will add the remaining PODs to dd's lunchbox over the next few days even though she was not keen on the original flavour, she did not taste the chive one at the party.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Probably not. MY dc drink a lot of milk and eat a lot of yoghurt and cheese. Neither are keen on babybells although they do like cheese strings.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
That they are as natural as they can be, not over processed and in minimal, environmentally friendly packaging.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No, I did not like the taste and the girls at the party were not unanimously in favour either.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Dd quite liked a look around the website and she enjoyed some of the games. I think she felt it was a bit baby-ish for her and she lost interest quite quickly.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Perhaps a bit more educational?

Thank you for letting us try the PODs.

Raspberrygiggle Mon 17-Dec-12 11:35:10

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

My 4 year old son, myself and my husband. Initial impressions were good. Cheese tasted nice and were different from other cheese snacks we usually buy.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - Nice creamy texture
- Taste - Very tasty, chive flavour not too strong
- Packaging - Nice packaging - easy to open and kept cheese well protected

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No did not try the recipes, don't think they are appropriate to cook with - too small!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As an after school snack and in the lunchbox.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Yes. I like to put a cheese snack in my son's lunchbox for this reason.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Easy open so that when he takes in his lunchbox he can easily open it himself. Healthy and great tasting at not too expensive a price.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes I would recommend to friends and relatives with children as they are a good cheese snack that are tasty and easy for children to open and eat.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

They thought it was OK but weren't too keen on the characters and he quickly got bored of the games. Not a website he would use very often.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

I think the website is fine for younger children but my son did not find it very entertaining. Perhaps more games could be added?

ksld Mon 17-Dec-12 11:37:17

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DH, DS1 (8yrs), DS2 (5yrs) , Granny and Grandpa.
Liked the look of the cheeses, but no one much liked the taste.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - a bit claggy and rubbery
- Taste - very bland, couldn't tell much difference in flavour between the 2
- Packaging - really liked the ease of opening and the pictures

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No - wouldn't buy these to cook with.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
We tried them for lunch, would buy something like this for lunchboxes.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Would make no difference as I know cheese contains calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Something my DC will happily eat, and not to unhealthy. Less salt as I worry about the amount of salt they end up eating.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Would recommend other people try them as i liked the packaging and the idea of something different from cheese string/babybel.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
8 year old DS had a look around and announced it was lame (sorry!). He said it was far too babyish and the games were really boring. Was also disappointed as lots of it was print out and we don't have a printer. 5 year old found the games quite fun as is less computer literate, but atttention was not grabbed enough for him to ask to come back, he prefers CBeebies as lots more to do.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Can't see my 2 wanting to look again - my feeling was it was aimed at pre-schoolers and not for us. We are unlikely to go on product websites such as this unless it was to enter a competition with a prize the DCs really wanted to try and win. Otherwise we stick with Cbeebies and CBBC as I trust them not to be (covertly) selling at my child.

maybeyoushouldrivesantassleigh Mon 17-Dec-12 12:06:29

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself, dh and dd(9). Dd said she thought she'd tried them before as the packaging was familiar. They are a good size for lunch boxes.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Texture - very plasticky and synthetic.
Taste - a bit artificial, left a funny aftertaste.
Packaging - nice and bright . Good strong net with easy to read label.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No none of them.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Only when they first arrived, unfortunately none of us want to eat anymoresad
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes calcium is vital and cheese is a good source.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Great taste, healthy natural ingredients, not too processed. Easy to transport.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No I'm afraid we wouldn't, we would recommend they stick to real cheese or babybels at a push.
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Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

We didn't get far on the website as it took forever to load/refresh. Games looked fun but dd got frustrated at how slow it all was.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

I think the website is not really our sort of thing so I don't think you could make improvements which would fit with the feel of it already. Speed would help though!

Thank you for letting us try the cheeses!

ShatnersBassoon Mon 17-Dec-12 12:41:23

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DH and 2 DCs.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
The children liked them, thought they were nice and soft. I thought it was like a processed cheese slice had been rolled up, DH agreed. It didn't seem like real cheese.
- Taste
DCs said they were nice (although only one would try to cheese and chive), I thought they were very bland, DH couldn't taste anything but said he could detect salt.
- Packaging
Great for the children. The youngest could open it unaided (we've had problems with other lunchbox cheese snacks being difficult to open).

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, none of them appealed, seemed too much faffing around and the Pods are expensive to use as an ingredient.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Snacks, lunchbox.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No more than any other cheese product (which are all a good source of calcium, I believe).

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Easy to open and eat, nutritious.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Possibly, because I think the packaging is easy for young children to open and they would appeal to children in general.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
They really enjoyed the river rapids - mild peril is a big winner with them! They weren't interested in the mouse characters.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
It's not something I would use with the children very often. It seems to be a bit pointless - Primula isn't that exciting, sorry!

carovioletfizz Mon 17-Dec-12 13:15:25

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? 10 year old DD tried them. She liked the original ones but was less keen on the cheese n chive ones. DH tried the cheese n chive ones and loved them.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - Nice texture, soft and not plasticky.
- Taste - Really nice taste for original, too overpowering for cheese n chive.
- Packaging - easy to open, liked that you could re seal the package.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? Not tried them yet!
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc - As an after school snack.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? - yes, it would encourage me.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? - low in fat and sugar but high in taste.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? - yes, they seem like a tasty, healthy snack.

carovioletfizz Mon 17-Dec-12 13:16:56

sorry forgot last two questions

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

DD liked the site but felt she was a little old for most of the activities at age 10, her little sister age 2 enjoyed the colouring in.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Perhaps some activities for 9-10 year olds. It seemed like a colourful and easy to use site though.

LargeLatte Mon 17-Dec-12 14:35:18

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? - me (31) - loved them as I used to have Primula from a tube when I was little and I love a bit of nostalgia food. ds1(7) is a giant fusspot and wouldn't try either one. ds2(5) liked the original - wouldn't touch the green one,

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Taste good. Texture much better than harder snack cheese like Babybel or cheese strings (too rubbery), and firmer than Dairylea so easier to eat.

Packaging easy to negotiate.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No - as another poster has said they are too little to cook with. I use a lump of cheddar or cheap pot of soft cheese for cooking.

I did have a cheese and chive one on toast, and a plain one in a sandwich with smoked salmon which was lovely.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Part of lunch at home as I wanted to supervise to check if he liked them. The rest are now going to go in lunchbox this week.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

I guess so but it wouldn't be new information to me.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, easy to eat and unwrap. I like that these will keep out of a fridge for one day. I put a cooler stick in his lunch box but makes me feel better to know these cheeses will keep well anyway.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

I am a massive meany and do not encourage the kids to play on websites (because I want to keep my laptop all to myself).

NorbertDentressangle Mon 17-Dec-12 14:47:41

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Both DC (8 &13) tried them -mixed opinions initially

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?

- Texture - 8yo DS wasn't keen on the texture
- Taste - 13yo thought that the cheddar ones tasted a bit like cheese triangles and not cheddar. She liked the Cheese and Chive ones though. DS preferred the Cheddar ones as he thought the others 'tasted funny' (typical really as they never both like the same thing!)
- Packaging - they liked the packaging, easy to open, ideal for lunchboxes

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Didn't try the recipes as they ate them before we had chance!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

In lunchboxes and as an after school snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes as I have osteopenia/low bone density for my age and I worry that the DC may also suffer from this at some point.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Low in added salt/sugar/preservatives/artificial flavours and colours etc

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Possibly but, on the whole, I don't think they are earth-shatteringly different to other cheese snacks

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

8yo DS went on the website but didn't spend long on it. He was a bit vague about why he didn't like it but said "the games were just a bit boring".

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Games a bit more varied and some aimed at older children? (although to be honest my DC don't tend to go on websites associated with food products/companies so probably not something they would use anyway)

Biscuitsandtinsel Mon 17-Dec-12 16:12:07

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
DS and I have tried both flavours. his initial reaction was that he didn't like the blue one that much (or not as much as babybels) but he liked the herb one a little more. I'd agreee with him to be honest for my own first impressions. The herb one was oK, not that keen on the blue one, would prefer a babybel.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Texture was OK, felt very processed though. Weirdly I'm sure babybels are processed too but they feel more like a cheese iyswim.

Taste was OK - tasted quite like primula and very much a processed taste.

Packaging was easy enough for me. DS (4) struggled a little - if he pulled each side with his hands he tended to just flick the cheese on the floor as he didn't have a hand spare to catch it. I'm sure he'd get used to it though!

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Didn't try any

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Lunchtime snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Wouldn't encourage me to buy it over actual cheese, which is also a good source of calcium and liked by both my DCs. The only reason I would buy cheese like this would be for the portability / quick snack ease and ease for lunchtime etc

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Tasty without being (too) unhealthy!

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Depends if they like that sort of cheese - wouldn't go out of my way to bring it up in conversation though.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Only really looked at the games - they seemed ok. The maths one was a bit hard but ds hasn't started school and is only just 4 so wouldn't expect him to get that. The other games he could either do or would get used to. Some areas of the site seemed a bit slow to react so he'd keep clicking the mouse. As a point of reference he can use the cbeebies website quite easily without actually being able to read anything much. This wasn't so intuitive and I had to look twice to work out some of the games (even after I could read the descriptions!)

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? The games were nice games for him - overall id be happy to let him use the website again if he asked to. Interestingly though after we'd tried all the games he wanted to put the cbeebies website on again!

ByTheWay1 Mon 17-Dec-12 16:31:38

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

me and my DD10 - she thought they were ok but didn't taste of much - I thought they were ok.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture

eww- weird claggy texture - odd

- Taste

ok - a bit bland, at least the chive one had some taste..

- Packaging
THE big plus point - the packaging was FAB!!

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No - too small for cooking - a bit wasteful

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

tried as a lunchbox item and after school - right size for those..

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

No - cheese has calcium and seems less "processed".

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

healthy, easy to open and small size

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

bit too bland and processed and the texture is just odd...

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Thought it was a bit slow, and at 10 years old it was a bit simplistic..

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

don't really like websites linked to food - always seems to be an ulterior motive eventually - eat more/collect codes/get stuff on website etc...

badgerfish Mon 17-Dec-12 16:36:04

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Son (1) and myself tried both. Son wasn't too impressed with original and ate half but ate whole Cheese n Chive and asked for more so assume he was impressed. I thought they were both nice.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture, nice and creamy like cheese should be.
- Taste, quite strong for myself but I like very very mild cheese. Son enjoyed the Cheese n Chive.
- Packaging, fantastic. Small enough to put in your bag for journeys or lunchbox. Son could easily open it.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
Haven't tried any yet. Would probably try the cheeses in pasta.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Son tried both as a snack and with his lunch.
I tried as a snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Probably wouldn't encourage me to buy on this basis alone as my son drinks a lot of milk and eats a lot of yoghurt so isn't low on calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Small, not messy, healthy.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I would probably recommend them. Nice enough product.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Son got bored while waiting for it to load so I had a look at the site and it would be great for children a little older than mine.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I liked the recipe section, nice to have some other options rather than just eaten as a snack.

Snorkmaiden75 Mon 17-Dec-12 18:58:55

Q1 Me - mum (37) DD1 (7) and DD2 (23mo)

DH just refused to try the last cheese & chive one...

Q2 DD1 liked the plain best and DD2 seemed to like both equally (she shoved the whole pod in her mouth each time grin) I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted like a combination between hard cheese and a cheese spread, and tasted somewhat less processed than products such as cheese strings.

Q3 a) DD1 thought the texture was quite soft but nice. She enjoyed spreading it on a cracker. DD2 enjoyed being able to squish the cheese.

b) DD1 loved the taste of the plain cheese but was less keen on the cheese & chive. DD1 loved taking the pods to school in her lunch box to show to friends.

c) DD1 loved the packaging and found it really easy to open, DD1 says she quite liked the pictures on the packaging. DD2 enjoyed playing with the halves of the pod and trying to put them back together. I wondered if the packaging can be recycled or is made of recycled plastics?

Q4 Yes we would buy the plain flavour as both children really enjoyed them. We all preferred these to cheese strings.

Q5 No, we didn't try the recipe this time but would probably give the pizza recipe a go in the future.

POD Island

Q1 DD1 aged 7 played on the website. She really enjoyed the butterfly game but found the maths game (pearls) had too short a time-limit to enable her to match the answers to the right square on the grid. More time please, this is a great game for number bonds to 10 (mum's view!) She enjoyed the story but wondered what happened to Grandpa mouse!

Q2 DD1 would have liked it if the colouring sheets could be coloured in online in the same way as the dinosaur game.

Q3 DD1 would enjoy more games on the website, maybe finding Grandpa mouse.

Snorkmaiden75 Mon 17-Dec-12 19:02:32

Just noticed Q6 & Q7!

Q6 Not too processed, easy packaging, tasty, fun, nutritious

Q7 Yes I would recommend Primula PODs. I think these are a novel addition to the other cheese snacks available, and are mild enough in flavour for most children to really enjoy them.

Snorkmaiden75 Mon 17-Dec-12 19:08:11

Hmm I appear to be getting my feedback rather squiffy due to different questions on the written card we received and on this thread. Here goes with the ones I haven't answered!

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Didn't try the recipes this time, from the card or website. Would probably give them a go in the future.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

DD1 after school snack and lunchbox. DD2 with lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Think I'm pretty aware that cheese is a good source of calcium in general, so this statement would probably not influence my decision to buy.

KatzGold Mon 17-Dec-12 20:34:15

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (34) DD1 (10) and DD2(7) - me and DD2 were impressed, DD1 not so much

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
DD2 like them, DD1 was put off by the texture

- Taste
DD2 liked the plain ones but didn't like the chive ones, DD1 not keen on either, think it was the texture rather than taste

- Packaging
First time DD2 managed to rip the tab off instead of freeing the cheese, but once i explained how to free the cheese she could do it.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, we just put them on crackers

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
after school snack, lunch box treat and part of a lunch

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Not overly, but then we eat a lot of cheese/dairy so lack of calcium isnt a problem in our family.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, preservative, additive colouring free food

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Probably, DD2 loved them and has requested them for her lunch box, DD1 prefers cheds.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Slightly annoying that it doesn't work on the ipad, also DD2's macbook is old and the latest version of flash is refusing to install on it so again wouldn't load.

It seemed a little young for my DD1, but better for DD2, like others it was slow to load.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

More recipes which the kids can do would be good

gilliancd Mon 17-Dec-12 21:14:24

My two girls (5 year old who eats anything and fussy 3 year old) and me tried the pods. My 5 year old wasn't keen on the cheese and chive and seemed unconvinced by plain ones. My younger daughter are both types, although she seemed to consider them for a while, babybell's are usually gone in one bite! I tried the cheese and chive and did quite like in a strange way!
I did like the packaging, it was easy to open and didn't involve any red wax being dropped on my new carpets. I really wish I could say I would buy them again as I did find them handy as I didn't need to open them for the kids but I not convinced they like them. It's a shame as I love primula and I would chose them over babybell's on flavour.
We didn't try any of the recipes, my five year old saw the picture of the butterfly pizza and quite liked the idea. To be honest I'm to tight to use snack cheese things for anything other than bribes for the kids.
I had a look at the website, but as I only really use my phone I couldn't see most of it. I didn't show the site to my daughter as on the mobile site there was nothing that would interest her. I liked the idea of the colouring but its the kind of thing we would look at when we were away from home not on the main computer.

mrscrimbobash Mon 17-Dec-12 21:16:44

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (27) and DD (3). Packaging great and very interesting/handy.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - Odd. Not light and bouncy like a babybel, more solid and cloying
- Taste- Not at all like normal primula pastes- which we like. These had a not pleasant aftertaste
- Packaging- Was really good and quite handy
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We tried the butterfly pitta bread to see if they were any better heated up. Unfortunately they weren't.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc Experimentally of an afternoon. If they had been nice then they would have made it into packed lunches/snacks etc
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Yes as DD doesn't drink a great deal of milk.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Tasty, moderately healthy, easy to eat.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? No, unless they had no taste buds.

*Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?* It was a bit overly complicated for a 3 year old, they weren't too interested.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Maybe some video content or point and click adventure. Website content was fairly age suitable.

AmandaThripp Mon 17-Dec-12 21:37:20

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Dds aged 5 and 8 and Dh aged 51 tried them. Dds 14 and 11 refused. Dd8 and Dd5 were impressed with the way the pod opened.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture rubbery
- Taste I thought it was hideous as did Dd5. Dd8 liked the original one and Dh liked the cheese and chive but then he will eat. - Packaging liked the little net and the pods were fun to open

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? didn't attempt a recipe as wouldn't get eaten

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc they were first tried just as a snack then Dd8 had the original ones in her packed lunch

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? if I didn't already know what they tasted like I may have bought them.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? something healthy and edible

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? I wouldn't recommend them because I thought they were horrible, sorry.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? they thought the mice were quite cute but we couldn't play the games on the ipad

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? they would have enjoyed the colouring in and the games had we been able to print/play them. You could improve it by making an app for the iPad.

Thank you for letting us try them

MegBusset Mon 17-Dec-12 22:24:22

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
DS1 (5yo) and DS2 (3yo) tried the plain ones and liked them. They both refused to try the chive one as it had bits in ("It's mouldy!" exclaimed the 3yo) so I tried it instead and quite liked it.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
Fine for a snack cheese, a bit less dry than Babybel (usually eaten in our household).
- Taste
Perfectly acceptable.
- Packaging
I liked the packaging, less faffy than Babybel and no annoying bits of wax stuck to the insides of my pockets! But DS2, who can unwrap a Babybel in about ten seconds, really struggled to get the Pods open.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No we didn't try them, I think it's a bit odd to cook with processed cheese tbh.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
DS1 had one in his lunchbox, DS2 after school.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Not specifically, mine eat cheese by the bucketload and drink plenty of milk so calcium intake not a concern!

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, not too much salt, convenient to carry around, not too much packaging and reasonably priced.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would as an alternative to Babybel but only if it was the same price or cheaper; I wouldn't pay more for it than I do for Babybel.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
They enjoyed the games although I'm not sure they would be bothered about repeat visits to the site, it was a bit basic compared to the sites they normally go on (CBeebies, Redfish and Bin Weevils).

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
A wider range of games, more interactivity, faster loading.

chocolateistheenemy Mon 17-Dec-12 22:44:44

Pods

Q1. Me (37), husband (42), son (5) and daughter (1). Initial impression good - kids liked the packaging esp the different pictures .

Q2.
Texture: daughter was not keen but son liked it.

Taste: daughter didn't like either flavour. Son liked the cheese but hated the cheese and chive - he was also put off by the appearance but I made him try it anyway!

Packaging: Great. Easy to open and fun.

Q3. I don't like to cook with processed cheese. They're also a bit too small and fiddly for recipes.

Q4. As part of a lunch, as a mid-morning snack or as supper before bed with a cup of milk.

Q5. Isn't all cheese a good source of calcium?!

Q6. Healthy, tasty, not too sugary or fatty, not too filling inbetween meals, portable.

Q7. The packaging is great but there isn't really anything unique about them other than this. I liked the cheese and chive flavour but the kids hated it. Don't think I would recommend... sorry.

Website

Q1. The colouring pages were my son's fave part. The story isn't animated and unless you're a fluent reader it's boring and time consuming. The pages took too long to load.

Q2. How does this fit in with the product?! I struggle to see its purpose. The music was also a bit too monotonous. We had to turn it off. The mice are simply drawn and look friendly, which is why my son liked the colouring pages.

imdreamingofaskyebluechristmas Tue 18-Dec-12 00:06:29

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Myself and 4yo DD tried the PODS. i thought that they were easy to open and tasted like babybel.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?

- Texture - a bit rubbery, but ok
- Taste - the taste was nice, a bit like babybel, but with a distinctive Primula taste. DD sadly wouldnt try the cheese n chive one because of the green bits. anyway of hiding them ??
- Packaging - fantastic, easy to open, great for lunchboxes

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, because I wouldnt cook with something like this.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

We ate one each as soon as they arrived, then I put the rest in DD's lunchbox each day, apart from a couple that I just had to eat myself smile

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

This would encourage me to buy it

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

high in calcium, low in salt, easy to open

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes I would recommend them as they are very easy to open and ideal for lunchboxes

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

DD is a bit young for the website, but she loved the games area and the colouring in

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

as above

ProfYaffle Tue 18-Dec-12 07:18:12

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, dh and dd1 tried them - dd2 refused. I liked them the most because it reminded me of the Primula and Chive spread I used to have at my Nan's house when I was kid! Dh and dd tried the plain ones and thought they were 'OK'.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
The texture was OK but very processed. The taste was exactly like Primula which is a bit spooky in a solid cheese, not sure how such a uniform taste is achieved. The packaging was good in that it was easy to open but such a lot of a tiny amount of cheese.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, the bits of cheese were too small to cook with.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
They were eaten as a 'Mumsnet sent us these to try' exercise!

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Not really, as it's a bit obvious and no different to any other sort of cheese.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, natural products.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Personally I liked them so would recommend. I'd like a slightly larger portion though.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
I really struggled to get the children interested. dd1 is 8 and thought it was a bit young for her, she wasn't impressed with the games and these days expects to be able to play online with her friends. Dd2 (5) just wasn't interested.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
As above.

cleoismycat Tue 18-Dec-12 10:17:59

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Myself and daughter who is 4

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

like packaging although cheese could 'ping' out. the taste and texture are good.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

not yet

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

all of the above!

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

yes it would, my daughter doesnt drink much milk

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

heathy and fun

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

yes i would.

LiveItUp Tue 18-Dec-12 14:17:46

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?: They were meant for DS2&3 aged 10 and 5 as they are the two that have lunchboxes everyday. But DS1 (14), DH and I all tasted them. DS2 liked the plain ones, DS3 didn't like either (he may be only 5 but he likes strong cheddar with chilli sauce!). DS1 liked the chivey one, as did I, DH liked neither (too processed).

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture : rather rubbery
- Taste : too mild and not particularly "cheesy". Could do with a stronger flavour.
- Packaging : really liked this. The kids could open easily. And I think it re-cycles (I put them in our recycling anyway!)?

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? : No - I only use big chunks of cheese in cooking, with a strong flavour. eg strong cheddar, stilton etc

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc I hoped they would form part of their daily lunch boxes, but they didn't like them non-chilled (DS3 subsequently didn't like them chilled either). So they became an afternoon snack for DS1 & 2.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? : All dairy is a good source of calcium, so it's a rather meaningless claim for me.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Something "healthy" that ticks food source groups, particularly protein. Nothing that gives kids a sugar-high and leaves them hungry half an hour later. I really like fruit / nut combos, even with a few choccy buttons thrown in.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? No. Not popular enough amongst the DS's it was intended for, and texture etc too processed.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? : It finally loaded and the initial look was good - particularly for the youngest. Whenever we clicked on an area, it did nothing and we just got error messages. We are an "apple" household rather than microsoft, but latest version of browser so shouldn't have been a problem. Tried it a number of times over the two days of the weekend - just couldn't access anything so boys quickly lost interest and headed off.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? : Sadly N/A for us.

Thanks for letting us try them though. I hope everyone's feedback help you to develop the product a little.

Tiggertoo14 Tue 18-Dec-12 14:22:25

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
My 2 year old daughter tried them first and loved them. She constantly asks for them, t the point she wont eat other cheese just wants these

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
Texture – My daughter loved them, although I wasn’t so keen on the texture it was too soft for me
Taste – My daughter loved them, she prefers the cheese n chive pods but she thoroughly enjoyed both of them.
Packaging – Easy to Open, Easy to get the cheese out with little hands

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We didn’t have the chance to try any of the recipies

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? Etc
They are eaten as part of lunch and also sometimes as a treat or a mid morning or afternoon snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes, calcium is important to a childs development and as she has recently given up milk its important to replace that,

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Something healthy, easy to eat, not too messy and something she will like

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Definiately, in fact I already have, and will be buying them in the future

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
She is only 2 and couldn’t manage to work the mouse but she enjoyed looking at it and telling me what was on the screen and what to do.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I didn’t try it on the Ipad as didn’t have it at home, but my daughter can use that and if it could be used in that format with a touch screen she would definiately try to use it

TamasinR Tue 18-Dec-12 14:45:42

my little girl (nearly 2) tried both flavours and i sampled a bit too. They were better than i expected with a nice texture and pleasant flavour. DD seemed to like both and i was suprised as she is pretty fussy. She didn't finish them but was very keen to open them as she really liked the little pods.
I wouldn't really use them in recipes as they are very small and it seems a waste of packing. Like some others i would be keen to know if they are recyclable. However i quite liked the recipe section even if i would tend to use other cheese.
DD ate them as soon as they arrived was very excited about food in the post. Then as daytime snacks after activities. always good to have something tht isn't chocolate or biscuit and easier than fruit.
i would recommend someone try them certainly as alternatives are always handy and i thought these were good.

BoysAndGhouls Tue 18-Dec-12 15:49:34

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? myself, DP, 2 DS's, we all liked them apart from DS(5) who didn't like the chive ones.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture. Ok DS(5) thought it was a bit slimy but he is fussy with food.
- Taste we all liked it, again though ds(5) didn't like the chive
- Packaging ok, same as babybel isn't it. The simple case opening was better than babybel wax cases.

Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? not yet but we will.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc DS's had them with lunch and as an after school snack when they asked.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? yes it would.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Firstly something healthy or good for them, then something that they can open and eat themselves.and lastly something that doesn't make a mess.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? yes probably to mention an alternative to babybel as its easier to open!

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
My DS liked the colourings bit best to print them out, couldn't play the games as it doesn't work with the iPad.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
The story could have been a video as my son prefers them. And the colourings section could be an online paint game.

modernbear Tue 18-Dec-12 16:28:20

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me - Okay. Not particularly original.
DH - Hated it. Only tried the chive one. Refused to try the other one. Said it was over processed.
DS - Had a good sniff. Refused to try either.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - slimy/plasticky.
- Taste - no one was a fan of either PODs - too processed taste to them.
- Packaging - Great looking packaging for a younger child and easy to open which is an added bonus.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No. I would not cook with Primula PODs.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Tried as a snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
My family have enough calcium in their diet. It would not encourage me to buy PODs.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Nutritious, low in salt and sugar.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No, there more more well known cheeses out there that are better tasting and just as convenient for a snack or lunch box.

Somewhat disappointed by the website. Rather on the boring side. The nibbles would have been more interesting if they had spoken. Did not particularly interest my DS.

StantonLacy Tue 18-Dec-12 18:06:28

Still haven't received mine sad...hopefully they'll get to me before christmas.

yummytummy Tue 18-Dec-12 18:40:45

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

My DS aged 5. Initially thought it was a babybel in a different wrapper.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture this was nice, not too plasticky
- Taste nice and cheesy
- Packaging very easy to open by himself which is a huge plus.
also brightly coloured and eye catching and easy to help himself to.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, to be honest would be unlikely to use in a recipe as they are too small and it would be too uneconomical. also i think they are best kept as an easy snack.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

after school snack, this is the ideal time for us as they will also be chilled at that time.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

well as its cheese you would know that anyway thats why you are buying it.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

low sugar, low salt, not too many additives, not messy and nice tasting.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

possibly

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

the pictures to print and colour were a v gd idea

nice to have something visual to look at as well which ties in with the product.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

maybe some different characters as well as mice but overall i thought it was good.

Misschicken Tue 18-Dec-12 18:48:35

1. Myself, DH and DS (2yrs). DH and me liked the chive one, v nice. The original we both thought tastes like the stuff in the tube, processed taste. DS ate both but also seemed to enjoy the chive one more.

2. Texture fine. Like baby bel . Taste as described above. DS liked packaging. I can see how it would appeal to kids. DH concerned it is not recyclable.

3.did not try recipes. No time, 2 under 2!

4.eaten as part of lunch at home and as snacks.

5. Statement would encourage purchase as calcium is an important part of diet.

6. Food for kids I would like to be healthy and free from additives where poss. Appealing but recyclable packaging. Treats are important too.

7.would reccomend the chive one as it appeals to all the family and its important for kids to try new flavours. They need to taste herbs as they are in everything nowadays.

1&2 sorry did not look as my dc's both under 2 so too young.

yummytummy Tue 18-Dec-12 18:57:59

also forgot to add, ds enjoyed the river rapids game on the website. he is just learning and enjoying playing games on the computer so this was a nice and straightforward one to try.

ISawSantaKissingThePortlyPinUp Tue 18-Dec-12 20:38:34

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
I tried the chive and cheese flavour and didn't like it, I thought the flavour was too strong and I didn't like the rubbery texture.
DD1 tried the original cheese and liked it, she preferred it to normal cheese, she liked the individual portions.
DD2 tried both the original and chive and didn't like either.
DD3 tried both and liked the original and wasn't keen on the chive flavour.
DD4 tried both and liked both but preferred the chive.
Dp liked everything and ate the leftover bits that anyone discarded.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
We were a mixed bunch, I found the flavour far too strong but dd4 and dp loved it. I didn't like the texture but everyone else did, they like other processed cheese products ie cheese strings babybells etc whereas I prefer regular cheese. The packaging was very good, easy to open and would be convenient for packed lunches.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We haven't tried any of the POD's recipes but did try some of the primula spread recipes with great success, especially the mini cheesy potatoes.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
They were all eaten within the first day or so when they came home from school as part of their snack tea.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes it would encourage me, dd4 failed to thrive so I try to fee her calcium and vitamin rich foods as much as I can and sneak extra's in the form of snacks.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Fun convenient, healthy and easy for them to open.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would recommend them for packed lunches and snacks.

Thank you mumsnet and Primula smile

ISawSantaKissingThePortlyPinUp Tue 18-Dec-12 20:46:04

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DD3 and DD4 really liked the colouring in printables and the games zone, especially the rapids game. It was a bit young for dd1 who is 11.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
DD3 would like mouse dress up (random child) DD1 just thought it was too childish for her. DD2 said there could be more games with more characters.

pithtaker Tue 18-Dec-12 20:50:33

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? 3 DCs, aged 10, 8 and 5.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
all described texture as being creamier and softer than 'babybels' (this was their choice of description)

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No, they didn't fancy any of the recipes, so can't comment.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc Lunchbox snack and also after school snack (and also as soon as they arrived snack)

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Not really, all cheese is a good source of calcium, so nothing special there.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Easy to open;healthy;long fridge life(ish);not made in a 'choking' shape;value for money.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? maybe, depends on the cost.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? they thought the homepage was a bit dull, but enjoyed most of the rest of it. not many games for older children(as spoken by an 8 yr old.)

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? stuff for older children maybe?

pithtaker Tue 18-Dec-12 20:56:41

Q2 forgot to add, taste: the cheese and chive flavour was enjoyed only by older child, although I found it quite mild.
Packaging was enjoyed by the DCs, although they had to be shown how to open them at first. They recycled the packaging into toy fish. As you do.

litquot Tue 18-Dec-12 21:46:27

Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Two adults and a 5 year old. Looked quite jolly in their nets, and looked like Babybels.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
We all quite liked the look of the packaging and DD could open them. Shame you can't recycle the pods, although they make good ducks! DD much preferred the cheese and chive and thought the plain one 'boring'. DH thought they were disgusting and wouldn't even eat a whole one. DD said they were 'softer than a Babybel'. I thought the mouth feel was pretty unpleasant and highly plasticy.
DD said she wouldn't want me to get more and I certainly wouldn't feel the need.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We made the butterfly pizza thing, using bread rather than pitta. DD liked it and thought the cheese was better cooked.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat?
As part of a cold tea and after school snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not.
Urm, grandmother sucking eggs anyone????

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Not too much sugar, long shelf life, easy to transport in a handbag.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Not really, the product just doesn't taste nice enough.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DD quite liked the design and was happy to potter around some herself, but needed help with the maths problem. Main problem was that it kept crashing, so DD lost interest quickly.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Don't use Flash.

bakingqueen Tue 18-Dec-12 22:30:24

1) My parents, dh and my toddler tried them as well as me. They were a big hit with them all my ds ate two in a row which is unknown for him

2) The original flavour was a hit the cheese and chive less so only dh liked those

3) Not had chnce to try any of the recipes as too busy close to xmas

4) We ate as a snack it filled a hole nicely

5) Yes its would as my son will only eat a few dairy products so that is definatly an incentive

6) Esay to use, not filled with rubbish such as additives

7) Yes as tasty, portable and healthy

Ivytheterrible Tue 18-Dec-12 22:35:24

Q1. Me- liked, DH- liked and DD(2) - liked plain not chive
Q2.
Texture and taste ok but pretty similar to other brands on the market - I wouldn't say any better or worse. Loved packaging and my 2yr old DD could open them herself after I had shown her.

Q3. No
Q4. As a snack mainly including in the car and at the gym creche - no mess which is good
Q5. it wouldn't influence my decision to buy pods specifically as it applies to all cheese?
Q6. Easy and convenient to eat but not just artificial junk. Something that they will reliably eat as well so kid-appeal.
Q7. Yes i think i would.

Q1.
Had a look with DD but she is only really used to cbeebies website so spent most of the time asking for that. She is too young for most of the activities apart from colouring pages. We often print stuff out to colour and ran some of these off for the drawing box.
Q2. Maybe animated story or something for little ones to watch without having to click in a specific place?

Convert Wed 19-Dec-12 11:05:41

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
I tried one, so did Ds's aged 5 and 4 and DD aged 1.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Nice texture, bit like that smoked cheese. I liked the original one as did DS1 and DD. DS2 didn't like them and none of us very keen on the chive ones.
Packaging is fab. Really easy to open but could be put in my handbag and not be squashed.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Like PP I wouldn't really use them in a recipe as they would be too expensive. I tend to buy snack cheeses like this for lunchboxes and keeping DD quite round the supermarket.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

We had them as snack and I've been putting them in DS1s lunch for school.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Yes it would. The boys don't like to drink milk very often so i do worry about them getting enough calcium from cheese and yoghurts.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

That they taste nice and the kids enjoy them, easy to open packaging, not too sugary or salty.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes I probably would recommend the original ones but not the chive flavour. I thought they were really good for lunches and no fussing like cutting cheese up and putting it in to a little pot when I'm rushing in the mornings.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

DS 1 & 2 liked the website, especially the game zone but to be honest it didn't hold their attention for very long, unlike some of the other more garish, louder sites with cartoons they recognise from tv shows.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

I liked the website and thought it was nicely done but perhaps the characters aren't well know enough to appeal widely to children.

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me, DH, DD (22 months), my Dad. We liked them.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture

Nice. Firmer than we were expecting, which was good.

- Taste
Good. Not too strong. The chive flavour made an interesting difference to other products.

- Packaging
We liked it. It was visually appealing for DD and she enjoyed being able to open the pods herself.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As a snack when out and about. As part of lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Well, it is cheese, so I'd expect it to be a good source of calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Low salt, no added sugar, full flavour. As natural ingredients as possible. Recyclable packaging. Easy enough for kids to open themselves.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes. We enjoyed them.

Jazzybreen Wed 19-Dec-12 12:39:50

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself, my three daughters and one of their friends who was visiting.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - A little rubbery
- Taste - original POD went down well, chive version was given the thumbs down
- Packaging - packaging great, easily opened, even by three year old.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, just scoffed them straight out of the packet!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
They were eaten as an after school snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes, very concerned that my growing daughters don't drink enough milk...

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Taste good, not over coloured/sugared.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes, for those already enjoying cheese strings/babybel.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

CMOTDibbler Wed 19-Dec-12 12:39:57

ds(6) and dh tried them. Neither liked either flavour, and both commented that the texture was weird and plasticy.
We all liked the packaging, and it was very easy to open.

In a childrens snack, I like things that are resilient enough to be slung in my handbag or a rucksac, reasonably temperature stable (ie, doesn't go weird/off when in handbag for a couple of hours), and if I'm going to buy them as a specific snack food, to be interesting in some way as it will be a treat

debka Wed 19-Dec-12 12:41:26

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DH, DD1(3) and DD2(1). We liked them,

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - creamy and smooth, we liked it
- Taste - the girls preferred the plain ones. DH and I liked both varieties.
- Packaging - the girls liked the packaging, much easier to open than Babybels.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No- the cheese got eaten too quickly!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
At lunchtime at home.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I thought all cheese was a good source of calcium?

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, filling, tasty. Low sugar.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes- we liked them more than Babybels which we have bought previously.

turkeygreaseyuckyovenglove Wed 19-Dec-12 12:41:56

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Myself and 10 yr old daughter. She spat it out - I would have too apart from I'm the grown up! Neither of us keen at all. In fairness she's not that keen on any cheese except Laughing Cow My 2 cats loved them though...
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Too solid in texture, plasticky tasting but we thought packaging was superb!
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc After school snack
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? As are many other dairy products which taste far nicer
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Healthy and above all easy to open
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Simply dont like taste/texture

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? Too slow to load. Found it rather boring to be honest. Didn't hold attention long enough to give likes/dislikes
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Thanks for letting us try the cheese, sorry not to be mor positive about the product.

SayHelloToMyLittleFriend Wed 19-Dec-12 12:55:02

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself and dd aged 3
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in
relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture Quite smooth and creamy
- Taste My dd really liked the original but wasn’t keen on the cheese n chive one. I liked them both but they’re not really the type of thing I’d eat.
- Packaging I really liked the packaging, very easy to open.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No, may still try one out though
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? Etc Just as part of an afternoon snack
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? It wouldn’t really encourage me as I’d assume any cheese would be the same.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Healthy, tasty, convenient
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? I probably would as my dd really enjoyed the original ones.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? My dd liked the games (esp the one you colour in the dinosaur) but it didn't keep her attention for long. She's maybe a bit young for it and got bored as it seemed to take a while to load.

girliechat2004 Wed 19-Dec-12 13:35:45

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
ds2 (6yo) tried it and he loved it!
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - ds said it felt like a babybel which he also loves
- Taste - ds thought it tasted great
- Packaging - ds was very pleased he could open it easily himself
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No I didn't look at them - but might do now!
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
The PODs are eaten in lunchbox and also as a snack after school
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Not really as I know that cheese has calcium in it already but it will reinforce that the snack is a better alternative than say, a biscuit.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy and tasty and also fun for them to eat.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I might say it's an idea for a lunchbox or talk about them if they happened to be part of a shared picnic/snacks on an outing with friends.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Both my ds1 (8yo) and ds2 (6yo) played on the website and really liked it.
They particularly liked the games zone as they enjoyed playing the games. My ds1 (8yo) was not impressed with the competition to win the lunchbox as he couldn't understand why anyone would want this.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Maybe more competitions for the children to enter? I actually like the fact that it is not endorsing any cartoon characters or TV programmes.

jennywren123 Wed 19-Dec-12 13:44:55

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? DS and myself. DS liked the original ones, but not the cheese n chive ones. I liked both (as a snack).
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - a bit plasticky, but not in an unpleasant way (if you know what I mean)
- Taste - nice - I especially liked the chive ones.
- Packaging - nice and bright - easy to open. I liked that the two halves stayed attached to each other - easy to recycle (no little bits of packaging to drop under the table).
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No, I didn't try any, sorry.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc - DS as after school snack. Me as late night snack!
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? I don't think it would. There are lots of dairy products that are a good source of calcium.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Heathy, but easy to eat/transport.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Yes I would recommend them if it came up in conversation.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? He liked the website, but felt it was a bit "babyish" for his age (nearly 10).
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? I really liked the games, but they are more suited to younger children I think. I haven't tried the games on my iPhone yet, but I think someone higher up mentioned that they don't work as they use flash. That's a real shame.

Thanks for letting us try out the PODs.

joolzy Wed 19-Dec-12 13:56:00

Q1. me, big dd (14) and ds (4) easy to open & tasty too DS wouldn't even try them despite my best efforts
Q2.
- Texture not too squishy
- Taste preferred plain one not too bland but chive one was ok
- Packaging fun and easy to open
Q3. no but its a good idea to offer ideas to try!
Q4. I tried because I thought I should, my dd liked them after school or in her lunchbox
Q5.All cheese has calcium so not sure that would sell it to me
Q6. Healthy and fund
Q7. yes, there is nothing bad to say about them!

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. Only my son looked at it, he thought it was fab, especially the games. Pitched at his level but not much for anyone 10+ but I guess that's not what you are aiming at anyway
Q2. Its fun

costumequeen Wed 19-Dec-12 14:03:02

Q1. Myself, DH and DD (2). Had to restrain DH from eating them all so he liked them, DD was ok but not overly keen and I thought they were ok.
Q2. DD preferred the original one, but me and Dh liked the chive one. DD loved the packaging - thought it looks like a duck. They were easy to open but I would want them to be recyclable.
Q3. No - prefer to use standard (cheaper) cheese when cooking.
Q4. Part of lunch for DD, and afternoon snack.
Q5. No more than any other cheese.
Q6. Low salt/sugar
Q7. Yes as they were handy and hit the cheesy snack time spot!
Q1. DD is only 2 so not really into computers - she liked the 'mouses' but didn;t really get the games as such.
Q2. My DD is a bit young for it, but it seemed quite cute and engaging. Took a little while to load though.

Madd40 Wed 19-Dec-12 16:37:03

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Dd and myself. We both loved the packaging / look of the cheese.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture- plasticy
- Taste - dd was excited to try, however did not really like due to texture / taste.
- Packaging -great. attractive / easy to open
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? We used the leftover cheese to make a cheese sauce for pasta which was really nice. (unfortunately there was no receipe on the website for this)
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc they were eaten by dd as an after school snack
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Yes it would encourage me, as i do have problems getting dd to go anywhere near dairy products apart from certain cheeses.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? It has to be healthy / nutritious
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Even though dd wasn't that keen on the PODs i would still encourage friends etc to try these as what one child dislikes another may like.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? dd loved all of the site, however i think the games were the biggest hit.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? More recipies would be nice as the characters mention their favourites but they are not on the website. Maybe some more colouring pages.

mymar Wed 19-Dec-12 16:42:59

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Both Ds's and me tried them and initial impressions were ok.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Love the packaging, very easy to open, nice sized portion, preferred the taste of the cheese with chives which had more flavour, the plain cheese was similar to other products that we have had. The texture was smooth and not sticking to the roof of your mouth like other products do.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, I didn't try the recipes because we havent had time.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As a snack for school. I'm afraid Ds 9yr didn't really like them. I thought they are ideal for putting in your hand bag for when the hunger pains start

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
It wouldn't encourage me to buy this particular produce because the Ds's didn't really like them very much.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy and tasty, easy to open with minimal packaging. And affordable.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would mention it because the concept is good.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Ds wasn't impressed with the site, I think the loading time was an issue.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Make it more interesting for older children, something that will hold their attention.

Mindingalongtime Wed 19-Dec-12 17:21:16

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

I tried it first and thought i was vile, and couldn't get rid of the taste! I didn't let the DCs see me spit it out or taste it first to cloud their opinion!

The 5 year old, - yuck! Spat it out!

The 4 year old didn't like the taste, "it tastes of sour milk" how does she know that? But her favourite cheese is Stilton

The 17 month threw it up!

The 19 month old loved it

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?

- Texture - Pappy and artificial
- Taste - sour
- Packaging - Loved how easy it was to open!

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, the cheese is too vile to do anymore with, the chickens will probably end up with them, or I will take them to toddler group tomorrow! The children couldn't be persuaded to try the cheese and chive, I did, again awful - sorry!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc -

As afternoon snack with water biscuits

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

I am never taken in by claims such as this!

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

More natural , less processed products

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Definitely not and friends would wonder why on earth I was suggesting such snacks, as it is not normally on my list of products I give children!

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Took too long to load and navigate and was disturbed by the first few lines of one of the stories that one of the mice went about and never came back, prompted too many questions that they are not ready to hear the answers to yet!

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

They don't normally use such sites, so it didn't hold their attention for long

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

JulesJules Wed 19-Dec-12 17:24:02

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
We all (me, DH, DD1 (11) and dd2 (8) tried them. Initial impressions were that they were a bit bland and tasted like processed cheese.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Texture fine. We all thought the original was too bland tasting (usually we eat quite strong tasting cheese) but the cheese and chive ones were tastier. The packaging I thought was excellent. Would make them an ideal lunch box addition, easy enough to open for the children.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We didn't try any.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Well they obviously are as they are cheese. It wouldn't make me buy them over any other cheese - I would go for the cheese that tasted best.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Not too high in sugar or salt. If in packaging, then something easy to open. Something that the children will eat.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
For the packaging I would. Other children might like the taste better.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
They both (aged 11 and 8) thought the site was too babyish for them and obviously aimed at younger children.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Something for older children.

lia66 Wed 19-Dec-12 17:49:09

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

ds 15,
ds 9
dd 7
dd 5
dd 20 mths

initial impressions were that they all liked them alot with the exception of dd 20 mths, who was actually sick. smile Noone liked the cheese and chive flavour except for me (40+ yrs). i preferred the chive flavour.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?

- Texture all liked it, preferred to babybel
- Taste good
- Packaging childish (from dd 7yrs), easy to open for the 5 yr old

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Not yet but looking at the butterfly and boats to try

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

after school snack, would be happy to put in lunchbox or just a snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

not any more than I would anyway.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

No branded marketing, and nutritious. Price is a consideration

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes, I'd say I'd had these and that my dc's liked them

lia66 Wed 19-Dec-12 17:55:01

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Dc's (9, 7, 5, ) initial impressions were nice, bit slow to load. music bit irritating, liked that we could turn it off.

Liked the beach area, dd aged 5 liked to print pictures to colour.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

My dc's would have liked more detailed dinosaurs and more options, maybe something other than spots, suggestions were, stripes, zigzags and patchwork.
Also would like the island to actually do something if you click on bits of it, ie exploding volcano perhaps, splashing water.

Dc's all liked the maths square, ds, (9) would have played on that longer than i allowed. x

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
DD aged 2 and my mindees aged 2 and 1 all tried them. The 2 year olds loved them and found pulling the pods apart hilariously funny, the 1 year old wasn’t impressed. I tried the original pod.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
I found the cheese to be a bit rubbery and bland to be honest but the 2 year olds loved it. DD really enjoyed the cheese n chive PODs, she was not pleased that others were allowed to try them! They loved the packaging, the 2 year olds could open them themselves which went down well.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No we didn’t

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? Etc
The POD’s were eaten as a snack when out and about, they were very handy to carry about and made a nice change from raisins.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Wouldn’t make much difference as the children get plenty of calcium anyway.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, easy to get into, tasty.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would and have mentioned to parents of my mindees how much they enjoyed them.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DD quite liked the dinosaur game but was a bit too young for the site.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
It could do with a few more options for under 4s as this is the ideal snack for littlies. I do like the colouring pages and the mouse characters were popular too.

AlexReidsLonelyThisChristmas Wed 19-Dec-12 19:36:53

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Dc1,aged 5 years and dc2 aged 18 months. The 5 year old was very excited to receive them.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

The texture was descibed as smooth and creamy, not rubbery like some mini cheeses, the taste was reported as very nice, cheesy and not too strong, the chive ones weren't as popular due to the 'bits'. The packaging was nice and bright and easy to open.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

We used them as suggested for pizza, they melted well and the children finished the lot, I used the chive pods for extra flavour and it has been requested again since.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Lunchbox snack and after school mainly. We don't tend to use cheese as a treat as in our house that alongside yoghurt and fruit is freely available. I can see how these could be more 'treat-ish' as the packaging makes them seem a bit more special I suppose.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Yes, but I would always check the nutrition claims myself on the packaging and website before making the final decision to buy.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Child size portion sizes, child friendly packaging, low salt/additives, natural ingredients etc

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

i probably would if the conversation came around to handy snacks.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Dc1 enjoyed the characters and the little games

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

We wouldn't normally go onto a website just because a food product was promoting it tbh. However Dc1 enjoyed it and it seemed very safe and child friendly.

Thank you very much for the products, they went down very well and dc1 felt very important doing her 'taste tests' grin.

Greenoes Wed 19-Dec-12 20:01:54

Q1. DS 2 (8) and DP (40) tried them - they were both excited to try them as the LOVE cheese!

Q2. Texture : "a bit rubbery and a bit smooth" "like Babybell but nicer"
Q2. Taste : "both tasted very cheesy - preferred the plain cheese flavour" "tasted very nice, wished it was bigger"
Q2. Packaging : "liked the picture, very easy to open"

Q3. We didn't try the recipes as the cheese monsters ate them so quickly but would try the recipes in the future.

Q4. As part of a packed lunch.

Q5. Yes, it is important to me that my family eat healthily.

Q6. Nutritious, fun, easy to open without help.

Q7. I would recommend this snack to people with children, and have told my family to watch out for them in the shops.

Thank you for letting us be part of this survey grinsmile

baberooo Wed 19-Dec-12 20:24:09

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. My two sons, 13 and 7 tried them.
Answer - They liked the look and the idea.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
Answer - Texture - was pleasant
- Taste - tasted similar to dairylea apparently
- Packaging - Was bright and eye-catching
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? -
Answer - No - didn't try them
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc -
Answer - They were eaten as part of their lunchbox and attracted quite a few comments from school friends and teachers who were interested to know what they were and where they could get them
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Answer - would encourage me to buy them as it is hard to get children to eat healthily, these PODs are different and cool
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Answer - They are healthy and nurtitous, they will want to eat them
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Answer - Yes have already done so and so have my children who have told their friends

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Answer - My younger child enjoyed the site, but the eldest found nothing to attract him.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Thanks and good luck,

RedcupsforChristmas Wed 19-Dec-12 21:22:27

1 me hubby ds4 and ds2, none of us would buy them again. The boys not impressed.
2 packaging great easy to open. Taste very artificial, the herby one tasted of plastic texture again didnt seem like cheese, too wet.
3 no, didnt want to!
4 lunch, lunchbox and picknick. The lunchbox ones came back uneaten.
5 no i think my boys would rather eat normal cheese, and drink milk so i think they get enough calcium.
6 easy to open, all natural, appealing packaging that says food rather than toy.
7 no, in competition with products like babybel (babybel acually tastes like cheese) this is like a cheap budget knockoff. Wouln not recommend.

billybear Wed 19-Dec-12 21:35:16

had death in family ,struggling to copy and paste pod reviews.when i did last liquid washing stuff had no trouble doing reviews,.can i do it on here.1.mum ate them and susan 03/06/11,2 mum liked chive best susan liked original. 3 texture fine,taste good packageing easy to open.3 did not try any ricipes.4 when eaten lunch box and after noon snack.5 good source calcium good idea,6 what feature healthy snack value for money.7would recommend then tasty nice size.pod islandliked web site favarea printing pictures. improvements not much for older kids. neighbour usually helps with computor problems she is ill.wendy atkins busybee6969@hotmail.co.uk hope this ok ...

Pinkbatrobi Wed 19-Dec-12 21:35:59

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (48), DH (48) DS (10)
I'm afraid this didn't go very well: DH hated both of them, DS tried an original and spat it out and refused outright to even try the chives ones because of the "bits". I quite liked the look of them when they arrived and I ended up eating the rest, so as not to waste it, but I must say, it doesn't beat a nice chunk of Parmesan or Manchego!!! I found them good for a little snack and kept one in the bag for "emergencies''. As I am trying to diet, the portion size was just right.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture was fine, maybe a bit too "smooth" for me.
- Taste - A bit artificial, like most processed cheese, better than cheese strings that DS does like though. I preferred the chives ones as a bit tastier.
- Packaging - seemed to make sense for little children, but at my DS age it wouldn't necessarily make much difference, and it seems a lot of plastic for just a little cheese - no mention of where to dispose of. Recyclable? DH thought they looked too much like the little soaps you find in hotels...
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No, didn't seem worth it, sorry.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc DEFINITELY not a treat, they were eaten as a snack.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Not really - I try to feed the family non processed fresh food, and I am sure we get enough calcium from milk and "real" cheese.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Healthy- i.e. non processed, no added salt, sugar, aspartame, acesulfaltame, Monosodiumglutammate, hydrogenated fats, artificial colours etc etc etc and also not gimmicky! Children should get used to eat with the rest of the family WHAT the rest of the family eats, because it tastes good, because it is good for them, not because they have games on their homepage.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Probably not. Seems too plasticky.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Again, I am afraid that DS took one look at the homepage and said that it was too "babyish" and could he go back to minecraft please....
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? Can't really comment on this one. It depends what age range you are targeting. Maybe my DS is just a bit too old for his kind of games?

snice Wed 19-Dec-12 23:17:06

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me, DH and DS(8)-DD wouldn't try them as hates cheese. First taste-found to be OK but nothing to shout about

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture

A bit rubbery
- Taste

Bland-all of us would rather have something with a stronger taste. Chive slightly better than plain
- Packaging
We all liked the packaging-easier to open than many of these sorts of things

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No we didnt-they didnt really appeal

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

After school or other snack-def. not a 'treat'

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

NO- all cheese is a good source of calcium

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Don't really buy many childrens' snacks. I suppose low sugar/no additives/natural flavours

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Unlikely to come up. NOt really something I'd buy or recommend. DS would rather have a lump of mature cheddar. The product seems to be designed for people who don't really like cheese.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

He thought it was OK but it didnt hold his attention and he hasnt asked to go back on

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Not really

musthavecoffee Thu 20-Dec-12 10:11:58

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Me, DP and DS. Like the packaging for ease to open. DP wasn't keen to try as he doesn't like processed food.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
As above, the packaging was easy to open, I would be happy sending DS into school with it in the lunchbox as I know he could open it himself. DP and DS didn't like the texture or the taste, saying they found them rubbery and not as good as a babybel. I didn't mind the texture and preferred the flavour of the plain cheese.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? We haven't tried the recipes as they don't like the cheese.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc. I tried DS with one after school, when he is at his most hungry. DP and I tried later on in the day
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? It wouldn't make any difference to me, DS only drinks milk or water so I have no concerns about his calcium intake.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Easy to open, healthy, natural
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? I probably would recommend for ease of transport and opening.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? It caught the attention of DS but didn't really hold it. the games don't work on the Ipad and we have no printer which left only the stories to read.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? DS would have enjoyed playing the games, but they need Flash to run.

hurricanewyn Thu 20-Dec-12 11:20:59

1 - DP, DS & DD. I would've tried them but they were all gone before I had a chance. The packaging was great, very easy to open. Reviews were mixed to say the least! DP hated them, DS wasn't keen & DD loved them. They arrived at lunch time, but were all gone by evening thanks to DD.
Q2 Texture As above DP hated it. Thought it was much too soft. DS also felt it was a bit too soft. DD liked them - she thought they were just right.
Taste DS liked the taste, he just wasn't keen on the texture. DD loved it, preferred it to ordinary cheddar as it was creamier.
Packaging As above - very easy to open. Fab for little hands!
Q3 No - didn't get a chance thanks to cheese monster DD!
Q4 They were eaten throughout the day, but in the normal run of things they'd be ideal in a lunchbox or straight after school as a handy snack
Q5 I wouldn't be too bothered about this. My two eat plenty of cheese & yoghurt so it wouldn't influence me.
Q6 Easy to open, low salt & no artificial colours
Q7 I'm not too sure. I'd definitely recommend them for the ease of opening, but there were such mixed opinions on the actual cheese that I'm not sure I'd tell someone else to buy them

Q1 Neither of mine were particularly impressed. I think at 8 & 10 they're probably a bit older than the website target group
Q2 Nothing comes to mind

Thank you for allowing us to try them

BellaVida Thu 20-Dec-12 13:13:41

Firstly, the pods arrived well packaged and chilled, but they didn't even make it into the fridge, as the children intercepted them first!

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
My 4 children, ages 9,6,6,2 tried them. The plain first and then the chive.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Texture was good. Not too rubbery, but not sticky so they didn't get in a mess. Fine to bite into with wobbly teeth too!
The 9 and 6 year old liked the plain ones, but my 2 year old spat it out. Said they were ok and similar taste to other mini cheeses they have tried. They did like the flavour of the chive, but said it would be better if the herbs were more finely chopped.
Packaging was very good. Easy to open themselves, even my 2 year old could manage it.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No. Any recipes I do for the family require quite large volumes, so it works out better value to get family packs of grated cheese.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Just as a snack as soon as they came thought the door! If I think the packaging was the novelty if I am being honest, but they do like trying new things.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No. All dairy products provide this and mine already drinks a lot of milk daily, plus yogurts etc.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, no artificial additives, tasty, good value and can be easily used outside the home.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No more than I would any other kids cheese product.

About the web site.
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
I think it was aimed at quite young children. It didn't really hold their attention.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Main pages could be more dynamic/interactive. Perhaps different areas targeted at different ages. The navigation is not very clear. My children only really use the iPad and the games don't work on that.

MrsTom Thu 20-Dec-12 14:11:40

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Myself, DS1 (aged 5) and DS2 (aged 3)
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Texture: wasn't liked by any of us, far too rubbery.
Taste: the original didn't taste too bad but the cheese and chive were much too strong, even for my children who adore mature cheddar. Think it may have been the 'green bits' that put them off.
- Packaging: this was a great hit as both children were able to open the packs themselves.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? - No, we didn't try the recipes
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc - As a snack as soon as they were posted through the door!
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? - yes
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? - healthy, not too expensive and easy to store/transport in lunch boxes
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? - no. Horrible taste and probably far too expensive for what they are (very gimmicky)

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

We didn't access the website.

ilovesprouts Thu 20-Dec-12 15:47:01

myself and ds2 had the cheese pods ,i liked them but my son did not we ate them as a snack ,looked quite rubbery ,did not go on the website sorry cant add more we are all ill in this house today sad

LifeofPo Thu 20-Dec-12 16:13:03

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Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DH, DD (5). DS (2) flatly refused to even contemplate trying it.
Nobody liked them though, sorry.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - soft, similar to Babybel, not especially different.
- Taste - nasty. Both tasted very processed, and left a strange aftertaste in the mouth that everyone commented on. DD didn't like the chive one at all, DH and I both slightly preferred it to the plain one.
- Packaging - we all liked it, DD thought it would be easy to open for packed lunches/snacks.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, since nobody liked the taste of the PODs there didn't seem much point to be honest.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As a snack after school (DH and I tried them after dinner one evening).

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
It wouldn't encourage me to buy PODs over any other processed cheese product available (Babybel, Cheese strings etc). Both my kids get plenty of calcium in their normal diet, so I'm not really looking for additional sources even though it would have been nice to have the option!

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Some nutritional benefit, so the calcium in these would count for me.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Probably not, as nobody liked the taste of them at all. I was really disappointed.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DD didn't look at it, I offered to show her after she'd tried the PODs but she said since she didn't like them there was no point.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I think the website is fairly good, actually. There's plenty on there for kids to do, and I do think DD would enjoy the games (and colouring) if I could convince her to look at it.

Mandz07 Thu 20-Dec-12 23:48:39

Q.1--My 3dc's tried the primula pods. Dd 1-8, dd2-4, dd3-2. Dp also tried.
Q.2-- they all preferred cheese and chive flavour.
Q.3-a)- dd1 thought there was a chalky after taste to the cheese all other thought the texture was ok.
b) they all seemed to enjoy the tast especially dd3.
C) dd1,2&3 loved the packaging infact they used the pod packs to make Xmas baubles for the tree.
Q.4 yes would buy again as dd2 & 3 loved them.
Q.5 we did make the recipe all 3 kids enjoyed it.

Pod island
1) dd 1 enjoyed reading the recipes and reading about the characters.
2)dd2&3 enjoyed the colouring in best
3) website seemed good to me x

SantasComingEarlyHisSackIsFull Fri 21-Dec-12 02:18:47

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Myself, DS1 (9) and DS 2 (4)
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture

ok

- Taste

Nice, especially the cheese and chive

- Packaging

Nice, easy to open.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Snack and lunch box

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

No: almost all cheese is a good source of calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Ideally, one or two of their five a day squeezed/hidden in there.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes, I might say they were quite nice.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

My DSs weren't interested. They like computer games, so this was basic (although nice) and unengaing for them.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

It wasn't their thing: no strong likes/dislikes, so no changes desired really.

stephgr Fri 21-Dec-12 03:38:16

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? my 5 year old daughter, my 2 (nearly 3!) year old son and myself
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Initially my daughter didn't like the texture which she said was rubbery. However, she liked the taste of the chive POD so much she didn't mind. My son didn't like the taste of the chive version but liked the orginal especially dipped in mayonnaise or ketchup. Both liked the packaging which they deemed "clever". They both sent time playing with the PODs.
I thought the taste was ok but rather synthetic.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? Unfortunately not because the children insisted on having the PODs as snacks
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc As snacks during the day and after school
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? It would but I expect cheese to contain calcium - isn't that a given? To make it more persuasive it would need to say how much calcium
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? healthy, tasty, enjoyable, free from artificial nasties, rich in vitamins/minerals, easy to eat/digest, mess-free, recyclable packaging
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Yes because the PODs are a convenient snack and the children liked them

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? the children weren't interested because they said it was "boring"
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? Maybe some competitions for children

buize Fri 21-Dec-12 12:13:03

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself and DD9 tried them. Was impressed initially.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
DD thought they were too soft.
- Taste
DD didn't like the taste didn't think they tasted like real cheese. Although she preferred the original to cheese n chive flavour.

- Packaging
We both thought the packaging was great, colourful and the PODs were easy to open.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As after school snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

As we disliked the taste I would not be influenced by it's nutritional content.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Healthy, easy to pack in lunchbox and filling.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

No as there are other cheese products that we like better.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

DD thought the website was very colourful and bright. Lots of activities and games. However some games took a long time to load and the Colour Me In section didn't seem to work. Favourite area was the story of POD Island.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Parts of the website didn't function on the ipad and had to move to the laptop instead.

LeonardoAcropolis Fri 21-Dec-12 13:38:31

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me and DS (4) Loved the packaging. Ds especially liked being able to open them himself!

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture ------- nice and smooth
- Taste ---------- disappointingly not cheesy enough. Quite plasticy but the cheese and chive one was nice. DS only liked the plain one.
- Packaging ------------great, brilliant for lunchboxes and DS can open them!

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school snack and in lunchbox, mid morning snack for me!

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Not above other cheese, no

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Nutritional, easy-open packaging

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would however I would warn them about the flavour

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DS liked the games, hated the music

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Competitions maybe?

clared99a Fri 21-Dec-12 20:54:32

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me - loved them both but would not necessarily buy the chive flavour as I prefer the plain one
Daughter (5) - only tried the plain one and didn't like it much
Son (6months) - again only tried little bits of the plain one. It's hard to say whether he like it or not but it kept going in and didn't come out again!

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Like the packaging as its far easier to open than babybels. The taste is on the verge of being on the strong side, but I quite like this. The texture was acceptable as a snacking cheese.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Didn't try any - I just can't imagine what it would be like melted which put me off a bit.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

After school, snack, with a sandwich at lunchtime. If my daughter had of liked them, I would have put them in her lunchbox.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

It wouldn't encourage or discourage me - I tend to buy whatever is on special offer/price rather than based on what it says on the label.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Easy to open, no artificial flavours etc.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I tried to but they weren't familiar with primula, but yes I did recommend

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Just me, I never received a response to my email asking if I could get anymore for DD to try as they'd been kept at the sorting office overnight before I got them and the letter said not to eat them. I've not seem them whilst I've been out shopping so not bought anymore and wasn't risking giving them to DD when we'd been told not to.
I liked them!

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
Nice, I love "fake" cheese products though. Give me a plastic cheese slice anyday! Less rubbery than babybel which was what I instantly compared them to.
- Taste
Good. Similar to Primula spread (unsurprisingly!) and I could eat an entire tube of the ham spread straight from the tube if no-one was looking. I prefered the chive ones, found the plain ones a bit...plain.
- Packaging
Easy to open, not sure if DD (18m) would of managed them just yet but she's all thumbs. I was surprised to see someone commenting upthread that they aren't recyclable, I didn't check and had been chucking them in with my recycling as my council are quite good at taking most things that can be recycled. Being non recyclable put me off a bit to be honest.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, I had a quick look on the recipe section on the Primula website and couldn't find them?

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
By me as a snack. If DD was to have them it would either be as a snack or as part of a "picnic" style lunch, with chopped up ham, veg sticks etc. I did also melt one slightly in the microwave so I could spread it to have in a sandwich which worked ok but kind of defeats the point when I could of just bought the cheese spread I guess!

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I would assume cheese products generally are so I don't think I'd be bothered one way or another by it.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Easy to transport/eat out and about. Minimal added salt. Fruit/veg content as DD has recently become a pain to get "regular" fruit and veg into.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Dependent on price, yes. They make a nice change from babybels but I don't buy snack cheese regularly due to budget, I'd rather just chop up some cheddar if we're at home.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
I tried to view it on my phone at couldn't see much. From reading previous comments I think it would be a bit old for DD just yet. She's just starting to grasp the concept of grandma's Kindle for drawing apps and watches nursery rhyme videos on youtube with her other granny but doesn't really have any websites that she can interract with yet...I think...I can't say I've tried!

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
N/A as above.

kez1212 Fri 21-Dec-12 22:34:09

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Both my DS's, 2yrs and 9 months and myself. DH refused.
My DS1 was very excited initially about trying it.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
None of us liked the texture really. I liked the taste of the plain one as did my 9 month old. The chive one wasnt popular at all, both boys spat it out. The packaging was great though. DS1 could open it easily and he was convinced it was a fish for ages!

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, we did look at the recipes but didnt have chance to make them.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As an after nursery snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Cheese- generally known for its calcium!

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, handy, not too expensive and recyclable
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I'd probably say that we had tried them and they were ok, no great shakes though and better things on the market.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
The website was slow and seemed to be geared up for children older than mine so it was really a winner.

Thanks for the cheese

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
I gave small pieces to my 7 month old daughter and she quite enjoyed them. Of course, I had to taste them too!

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
They were soft and easy for my daughter to eat. I thought they were a little rubbery, but that's not necessarily a bad thing and they went very well wit a cracker.
- Taste
My daughter liked both flavours. I thought the plain cheese was okay, but the chive was much nicer.
- Packaging
They were really easy to open but the packaging was still sturdy enough to protect them if used in lunch boxes.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
I haven't tried any, although the pizza and skewer recipes look fun for children to make, so I may try tem when my daughter's older.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
With lunch or dinner for my daughter: I ate them as a snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes, because I obviously want my daughter to eat nutritious food and I'm a sucker for child-friendly products that advertise themselves this way.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
I want them to be healthy, nutritious and tasty. I prefer organic products.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I'd recommend the chive more because I thought they were much tastier but yes, I would recommend PODS because they make good snacks for children.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DD liked the pretty mice but she's too young to play the games yet

PutOnAHappyFace Sat 22-Dec-12 17:57:44

Q1. 3 DCs 18months, 4 and 5. Also Dp tried them. No one was overly keen on the taste but the DCs were excited when they seen them.

Q2.
- Texture- strange but like any other snack cheese
- Taste- didnt like at all
- Packaging- really loved the packaging.

Q3. No we didnt try any.

Q4. After school snack as we got home and the DCs where searching for a snack.

Q5. yes it would, as a snack i would want some sort of goodness in it.

Q6. something they are interested in and would choose but also health.

Q7. i would say we have tried them but didnt like them but someone else liked other cheese snacks could possible be a fan.

The DCs wasnt interested in playing on the website.

Catbag Sat 22-Dec-12 18:31:41

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, 4yr old DD, 10yr old DD and 13yr old DS. Initial impressions were extremely favourable. The packaging was so easy to open that youngest DD had no trouble at all. The elder children liked the way the cheese popped out of the packets. Comparisons were made to Mini Babybel due to the shape.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?- Texture- Taste- Packaging
Everyone agreed that the pods were superior to babybel under all three headings. The texture was perfect- firm, but not waxy like babybel. The taste was great, just like solid Primula, and the cheese and chive version went down particularly well. As mentioned, the packaging was a hit. We thought it was well thought out, attractive to younger children and incredibly easy to open.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We didn't try the recipes from the website, but we did have a look at them. The children decided that they were less interested in that as an idea as they would prefer to cook with proper cheese. They did not think that the pods would cook very well and, as complete cheese fiends, the pods' appeal was being able to pop out the cheese and eat it straight away.

 *Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc*
They were eaten after school, before dinner, and were substantial enough to stave off any ravenous rumblings from the children without ruining their appetite for the evening meal. This is definitely a plus. I could see them working well in a lunchbox.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No, it wouldn't. It is cheese, and as such I would expect that it was a good source of calcium. It feels a little patronising to have it restated.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Easy to open packaging without question, but also for the snack itself to be piling nutritionally appropriate goodness into my kids.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
As it is at the moment I absolutely would. However, this realistically would hang upon the cost of the pods. Without knowing what price you intend to charge, it is fairly difficult to make a judgement about value.

1. What did your DC think of the website?
My 10yr old DD thought it was all a little babyish, but that said she did enjoy sitting with her little sister and reading things to her. The 4yr old DD liked the fact the website was aimed at children.

Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
It was a little heavy on the text for my littlest one's liking, and while she did not mind having some of it read to her, she did get a little bored after a bit. She loved the printable pictures and the music that played over the story board bit. I have to say honestly that I hated the music!

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
It is great to see children engaging with websites aimed at them, as they will explore the digital environment happily. Personally,I would like to see the site better optimised for being accessed by tablet. My Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet wasn't happy about loading the game zone at all.

Ellellie Sat 22-Dec-12 22:42:31

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me and DS (9 months)

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

I thought they tasted and had the texture of old hardened Primula that you get if you leave the cap slightly off the tube. The packaging was really good, really easy to get open.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

I tried the pizza recipe that was send with the sample. I thought you were really nice and melted down they were perfect for DS. He liked the melted pods better than normal cheese on the pizza!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

I ate them as a snack. DA had his as part of a meal.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

It wouldn't encourage me to buy them. It's a bonus but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick them up because of this

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Easy to open. Easy to transport. Something not messy

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I'd tell people I've tried them and what I'd thought of the flavour/texture. I would recommend them.

We haven't tried the website as DS is too young!

KnittyFoxyMa Sun 23-Dec-12 14:40:25

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
DD10 and DD5 both tried them both, I had a nibble of both as did DP. We were all rather pleased with the PODS.
*Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture * Firmer than expected, but pleasant.
Taste- very nice. DD10 preferred the plain, DD5 preferred the chive.
Packaging- excellent! So much easier than BabyBel or triangles.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
not yet, but possibly would do the pizza one.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
after school snack as they are school dinners.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
not more than any other dairy product.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
no nasty additives, easy to open and hold, not messy to transport, not high salt or sugar, tasty and appealing.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
yes, probably, cos they were inoccuous enough, fun and the kids liked them, and they made a change from the usual.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

1) They were not too interested, but they don't spend much time on the laptop anyway, we don't have a PC, and laptop mouse pad means games etc are not really possible for the younger and boring for the older.
2) more recipes and nutritional info.

mynameis Sun 23-Dec-12 17:28:24

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Dd aged 13 & ds 15 both really keen, especially on the chive flavour which surprised me.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - smooth and no waxiness
- Taste - nice mild flavour with no aftertaste
- Packaging - very easy to open, it's a shame that they are not recyclable though

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No we didn't but will do when we buy some more

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Both DC took them into school for lunch

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

I would assume as cheese that they would be a good source of calcium tbh

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

No mess, tasty and good for them

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes I have done already

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Will get back to you on this, the older dc are looking at it with the younger ones tonight

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Notgrownupinmyhead Tue 25-Dec-12 21:57:46

1. I gave both flavours to the older boys and neither liked them. I however ate the rest.

2.I thought they were a bit rubbery but I still ate them.They did taste a bit artificial and the packaging was easy to open, the boys could open them.

3. Not tried any of the recipes as the kids didn't like the pods.

4. I ate them over the space of a few hours.

5. No, the kids drink a lot of milk and eat other cheese.

6. Snacks that are easy to open, healthy and fun.

7. No, they were just cheese to me.

Thank you Mumsnet and Primula.

A1.
I tried the cheese as did my 8yr old son. Daughter wasn't keen to try.

A2.
Texture - Creamy, like cheese spread.
Taste - I loved the chive ones, DS didn't. He liked the original ones, I wasn't that keen on them. A bit bland. I like strong cheese.
Packaging - nice illustrations and easier to open than most snack cheeses.

A3.
Couldn't access the Primula website o my phone so didn't try any recipes.

A4.
Pods were eaten in lunch boxes and whenever a visit to the fridge was made!

A5.
We drink gallons of milk so calcium intake isn't a concern of mine really.

A6.
Healthy, nutritious, exciting tastes..

A7.
Yes I would recommend them!

Sorry, couldn't access the website via my phone so couldn't check out games etc.

cather Thu 27-Dec-12 16:30:30

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Me, and my sons who are 7 and 11. I wasn't keen but my youngest son liked the original blue ones and my elder son liked both.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture We all liked the texture, it wasn't too soft and easy to eat.
- Taste I didn't like either, my youngest son preferred the original POD and didn't like the Cheese N Chive at all. My eldest said he liked them both.
- Packaging The packaging was brilliant, it was so easy to open and perfect for my youngest son's lunchbox

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? I haven't had time to try any of the recipes yet but the dinosaur pod skewers look fun to try.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc My youngest son took them to school in his lunchbox and they both ate them after school as a snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
My children get plenty of calcium so it wouldn't encourage me to buy the product however I can see that it might encourage other people to buy it.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Something that is easy for little fingers to open by themselves. Natural ingredients, healthy, low salt.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? I would recommend them as my sons both enjoyed them

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
My son liked the games but would have liked more to choose from

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I would like a more exciting competition prize and perhaps more recipes to try.

TruthSweet Fri 28-Dec-12 10:01:01

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
DD1 6y, DD2 5y, DD3 3y & DH (I don't eat dairy). The children liked the packaging and thought they looked like babybels when 'peeled'.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - they liken the creamy texture and said it was like a bit like a babybel, the children weren't that keen on the chive as it had 'bits' in it.

- Taste - No one like the flavour of either varieties unfortunately. DH like the chive flavour itself but didn't like the cheese flavour that was with it.

- Packaging - the packaging was a hit as it was very easy for the children to open but it seemed to be too easy to squash it open and make a mess (DD3 did this) so I would worry about it making a mess in lunchboxes.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, as no one liked the flavours so they didn't want to eat any more of it.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
After school/work snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

I'd like to see the % of RDA for children to back up this claim.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Easy to open with out assistance, low salt/sugar & no artificial colours or flavourings, a taste the children like and appealing packaging or shape of product.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I wouldn't recommend it as the taste really let down the concept and that is really the most important part of any food!

cherrylolly Fri 28-Dec-12 11:05:41

Q1.who tried: me, partner and son
we all liked them
Q2.packaging was great,sealed well but opened easily.
texture was nice and smooth.
taste-plain cheese was nice but we all preferred the cheese and chives ones.
Q3. we didn't try the recipes
Q4. as a snack after dinner,also with dinner as a side dish.
Q5. i would imagine they are a good source of calcium
Q6. i would like to see something which appears to be what its not...like easy to open. able to fit into a lunchbox.
Q7. yes i have, shared with a couple of my friends

Q1. not tried
Q2. n/a
thank you for the samples, were enjoyed and will be buying in the future.

susiey Fri 28-Dec-12 16:04:16

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

all my 7 5 and 2 year old and I tried the pods
they loved the packaging I was a bit dissapointed it wasn't liquid primula with dipping sticks or something.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
was just like dairlyea snacking cheese
- Taste
again just like dairylea snacking cheese Children liked both sorts but i preferred the plain one
- Packaging
was really good children could open it reallyu easily in their lunchboxes

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

no its a ver expensive way to cook with cheese!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

in lunchboxes and as part of lunch
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

no not really more worried about salt content

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
easy open low salt good value
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
yes great packaging!
Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

loved the games zone and colouring zone

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

no

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
5 yr old DS, was very interested nice bright packaging.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture , Liked the original a lot, although would not try the one with 'the grass in'n
- Taste, was milder than other brands, which he liked, didn't taste strong enough to me
- Packaging, liked the fact that it was easy to open unlike other brands.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? Didn't get chance as they were all eaten!
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? After school snack
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Wouldn't encourage as its well known that dairy products are a good source of calcium.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Attractive appealing to children to get them to try it in the first place.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Yes, I was very impressed with how they quickly started to be asked for.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? Was very interested in the homepage,but after reading the story couldn't progress think it may be that I was using an ipad.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

shabooby Tue 01-Jan-13 14:53:29

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me 30, Dd2 3, Ds 5
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - nice
- Taste- we all liked them, Dc did not like the green one, i thought it was fine
- Packaging- easy to open

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
no
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Throughout the day
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
possibly, but all cheese has calcium
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

lagoonhaze Wed 02-Jan-13 12:56:28

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Taste ok. Nice concept. Good for lunches.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - better than most plastic cheeses!
- Taste - not bad. I liked the chives ones. Son didnt
- Packaging - easy enough for son (5) to open at school alone

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
not had time yet

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Snack and as lunchbox addition

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Yes because my son has a poor diet so anything that was marketed this way would get a second glance from me

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

easy to open, mess free, healthy and something he is likely to want to eat in front of classmates

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes would recommend as a good lunch box filler

not be able to use the website yet

whimsy Wed 02-Jan-13 16:48:42

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Me, and my sons who are 4, 7 and 10. I didn't like the plain one but enjoyed the Cheese n Chive one. Boys enjoyed both, opening and eating them.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture We all liked the texture, it wasn't too soft and easy to eat.
- Taste I didn't like the plain one but the Cheese N Chive one was better. The boys enjoyed both.
- Packaging The packaging was good, it was so easy to open and perfect for my middle son's lunchbox

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? I haven't had time to try any of the recipes yet.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc My middle son took them to school in his lunchbox and rest of us ate them after school.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
My children get plenty of calcium so it wouldn't encourage me to buy the product however I can see that it might encourage other people to buy it.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy and low in salt.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? I would recommend them as boys enjoyed them.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
The boys enjoyed the whole website, especially the games.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
No, it seems fine.

CallMeRoger Wed 02-Jan-13 18:42:51

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?: Me, DH, DS1 (7yrs), DS2 (5yrs) & DS3 (3yrs)
Myself and DH wasn't keen on them to be honest. My DS1 didn't like them, DS2&3 really liked both the green and the blue but preferred the blue.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture : very rubbery
- Taste : They taste quite synthetic and processed
- Packaging : The kids found them really easy to open which is a massive issue with other brands of snack cheeses.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? : No - they are too mild to use in cooking.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? All of the above.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? :
Well cheese is full of calcium so not really.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Something that tastes real, easy to open, healthy and good for their teeth.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No they taste too plastic and processed which is a shame because I would choose these over other similar products purely because my kids can open them easily.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? :
It is very wordy so not good for my younger boys who are not great readers. It took a while to load and they lost interest very quickly.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? :
It needs to be more animated and might be better if it could be used as an app.

gin33333 Wed 02-Jan-13 18:43:53

q1 myself me daughter 15 my son 7

I thought they looked great my son and daughter were looking forward to testing them.

Q2. my son tried both flavours he liked the original the most liked the texture he thought the taste was yummy he loved the cool packaging although he couldnt open it very well so i had to he quite liked the cheese an chive but was put off by the green bits in the cheese me daughter prefered the original too didnt like the cheese and chive much i liked both as i like cheese so im not that fussy i thought the texture wa a bit rubbery but i dont mind that the taste was yummy too i quite liked the packaging the shape of the pods the way the pods were sealed

Q 3 Didnt try any of the recipes as didnt have a lot of time

Q4 We had eaten the pods as a treat

Q 5 If it mentions calcium on the label it would be encouraging to buy as children as well as adults need calcium in your diet

Q6 it would be nice if the products were more tasty for children added vitamins a variety of flavours also easy to open packaging

Q 7 I would recommend the pods to friend or relative as i think they are a good product for children also good source of calcium and great packaging

Q 1 my son quite liked the website it was very colourful wasnt too keen on the games liked the colouring pages as we printed a few to colour which kept him occupied

Q2 more interesting games as my son thought some were boring

DeepPurple Wed 02-Jan-13 19:11:11

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
My 3YO DD and DH. DD liked the original ones but was not too impressed by the cheese and chive ones. She wouldn't taste it. This isn't unusual though as if she decides she doesn't like the look of something she can't be convinced to try it.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture better than any other ready to serve cheese.
- Taste better than any other ready to serve cheese.
- Packaging easy enough for DD to open.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
I didn't try any of the recipes.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As part of a picking plate lunch and as a snack.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I think it's already obvious to most parents that cheese is a good source of calcium. I do tend to look twice at things that promote the health benefits though.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
I prefer DD to eat healthy snacks or at least something that she is getting a benefit from such as cheese. I also like her to be able to open them herself (she's at that independent stage). She also decides whether she is willing to try something so it has to be appealing to her both the actual item and the packaging.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would recommend them as DD liked them, as did DH.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DD is a little young to navigate it herself at the moment but she loved colourign in the pictures that I printed for her.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I can't think of anything at the moment.

fuzzypicklehead Wed 02-Jan-13 20:13:06

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself, 4 and 3 year old daughters and husband.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture-daughters liked the texture, and felt the shape was like a Babybel and the texture was more like Dairylea. They liked the fact that the new product was like familiar brands.
- Taste-Both daughters liked the taste of the original pods, and parents preferred cheese and chive. Kids were worried about the appearance of the chives, and so were hesitant to try, but both enjoyed them in recipes.
- Packaging-packaging was very appealing, both girls immediately knew that it was cheese and wanted some.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? We tried the snack pizza recipe included in the pack, and it was good.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc We had the PODs in lunchboxes as well as after school snacks. We also included some of the Cheese and Chive pods in a quick cheese pasta dish at dinner time.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Yes, I like to ensure that at least one lunch box item has a good source of calcium in it.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? I like snacks that are healthy, quick, and easy for the kids to open and eat with little mess.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Yes, I would recommend PODs to a friend or relative that I know enjoys similar products.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? The kids felt that the site was a little slow to load, especially in the games area. They looked around the whole site, entered the lunchbox competition, printed some colouring pages (both girls liked Dee, the little girl mouse) and had a try at playing the games. River Rapids was their favourite, and they would happily play it over and over again.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Since PODs are a good source of calcium, I'd like to see a game that ties in to healthy eating, perhaps identifying areas in the body that benefit from calcium.

Goldrill Wed 02-Jan-13 21:25:20

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me (37), DP(40) and DD1 (2)

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Texture was not great- too rubbery. Taste also not good - was more cheese spread than cheese taste (which is fine but we were expecting cheese and none of us like cheese spread!)
Packaging excellent. Kept both DP and DD entertained.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
no - sorry!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
toddler snack between meals

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No: it's cheese. Cheese has calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, handy and with a taste which appeals to them. Babybel manages the taste bit and so do plain cheese sticks, but the pods didn't, unfortunately.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes: because some people do like cheese spread and other than that they were good!

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

noy done as DD too young...

Himalaya Thu 03-Jan-13 01:40:41

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me and Sons - 13 and 9

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Texture and taste were nice. Packaging worked well. Easy to get into, but not particularly covetable for lunch box cachet. DS9 said it looked like "cheap baby bel"

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No. This seems like a packed lunch product, not something to cook with.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Lunchbox and "as a trial"

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Not particularly. Kids drink a lot of milk.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Alternative to high salt/high sugar options, not just carbs.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes. Taste nicer than baby bel or dairylea for pre pack lunchbox cheese.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

Too young for my kids

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Just returning to this thread for an update! After the cheese hung around in our fridge for a while, I took them for a picnic with friends. Children all aged 7-11. Not one of them liked them I'm afraid sad They said 'they look a bit like babybels, but babybels taste a bit like cheese!' , 'these are too rubbery and taste funny', 'I don't like the green bits'.

Sorry Primula, not a hit here...

Waves to maybeyoushoulddrive
How are you, my lovely? xx

busymummy3 Fri 04-Jan-13 16:32:46

Q1 - Myself and youngest DD , DH and 2 other DC's would not try.
Q2 - DD took one small nibble of blue pod and declared dislike did not like look or smell of the green pod. I tried both and enjoyed both texture a it hard and rubbery but surprisingly creamy when eaten. Liked packaging as easy to get into I imagine for a child even though I have 3 of my own who were unwilling to try.
Q3 - No I didnt attempt to cook with them see them as a snack similar to Baby bel or individual portions of cheese.
Q4 - I ate them for my lunch with some fruit and a yogurt or soup. sometimes as an evening snack.
Q5. No my kids drink milk, eat yogurts and eat Philadelphia and Dairylea.
Q6. Only the obvious healthy snacks low fat low sugar/salt etc
Q7- Yes would recommend to friends particularly those with your children as thought they were nice and easy to open.
Q8 - too young for my kids - youngest is 10 .

busymummy3 Fri 04-Jan-13 16:34:08

Q7 *Young children

PointlessCow Fri 04-Jan-13 20:45:38

Q1. I tried them (35), DH (36), and both DC (5 and 22 months) refused. This was a vain attempt to get the little blighters to eat 'raw' cheese. Failed, as with the cheese strips, cheese twists and the cheese spagetti.

Q2. Texture was soft and not too rubbery. Quite pleasant, but obviously a child's cheese (to me anyway). But I eat cheese in most forms so didn't mind at all.

Taste was okay. A little too mild for me, but then I doubt I am the target market! But, lovely for the average cheese-eating toddler I should imagine...

I LOVED the packaging. Very clever, very neat, Loved it. Easy to open for children. None of that red wax nonsense!

Q3. No, I didn't look at the website. Might go and look now. I did grate the cheese for an omelette for DD2 which she ate (she does eat grated, melted cheese on pasta, in omelettes etc. and loves cheesy past sauce, just not lumps of 'raw' cheese).

Q4. I ate them as a sneaky snack. Or gated and added to part of a main meal (for the non-cheese-eating children).

Q5. Not particularly. MY DC eat plenty of calcium rich foods and I would assume that 'calcium-rich' is nothing special in the world of cheese hmm

Q6. Time-saving but affordable would get my attention. Also, the fact that the packaging is toddler friendly.

Q7. I doubt it would come up in conversation, but if it did, then I would mention the packaging, because it was great!

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. I didn't show them the website. They don't really do websites yet.

Q2. I had a quick explore. I was disappointed to see that the boy mouse's favourite colour was blue and the girl's was pink. So predictable and annoying.

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Dh, Dd and ds2 (oh and me) we all really enjoyed them although dd didnt like the cheese and chive ones.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture not too soft but not too hard, enjoyable
- Taste we all enjoyed the taste although as above dd didnt enjoy the cheese and chive although she was the only one.
- Packaging ABSOLUTLEY BRILLIANT! my dcs love cheese and this was so easy for them to open, it will be in their lunch boxes.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? we tried the pizza with the cheese and chive one (which dd ate even though she said she didnt like them hmm ) We all enjoyed and it was easy to make
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc at luch time (my dcs were off school thanks to the retched flu)
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? not really. i know my children get enough calcium so this isnt a selling point for me, however the ease of opening and the taste is a real selling point (as would be the price)
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? it would probably be the cost, taste and quality of ingredients so no nasty additives that sort of thing. A bonus for the PODs is the ease of opening smile
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? I have already (got a friend to try them and she loved them.

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
DD3 and me - both liked them abd thought the packaging was funky.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - We both liked.
- Taste - Less keen on the chive ones.
- Packaging - Really liked once i worked outhow tomopen them.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No, didn't try.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc Little treat and for lunchboxes - excellent for a savoury fix (am dieting - really hit the spot).
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Would make no difference - am fully aware cheese cintains calcium, tvym.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Healthy (ish) and easy open for lunchboxes.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? Yes, probably would.

48Hours Sun 06-Jan-13 17:12:49

dd (9) and I tried them and likened the taste to the primula tubes we sometimes buy.
We both loved the original pod's and they did not last long both of
us did not like the cheese and chive ones .
The packaging was easy to open.
Did'nt try any recipes, would just use normal cheese.
Excellent for an after school snack or for lunchboxes.
Would expect the pod's to be a good source of calcium so no would not sway my decision to buy.
I would like them to be reasonably nutritious but also part of a treat in the lunchbox.
I would recommend the plain pod's but would love the cheese and ham one like in the primula tubes that would yummy.

OhWesternWind Mon 07-Jan-13 11:56:14

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Two children age 7 (son) and 10 (daughter). My son really liked them, daughter thought they were horrible. But my son is generally a lot less faddy with food and more open to trying new things.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
Son - fine
Daughter - slimy and horrible
- Taste
Son - liked both flavours
Daughter - didn't like
- Packaging
Both liked the packaging

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No. Wouldn't use these in cooking as they are too small/expensive. I'd use a tub of soft cheese or other block cheese for cooking.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
The children had them in their lunchboxes and my son also had them as a snack.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
All cheese is full of calcium so I wouldn't choose PODs over another type of cheese because of this.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, well packaged, good value.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Probably.

WEBSITE
Q1 The children looked at teh games but thought it was aimed at younger children.
Q2 More stuff for older children please.

Belo Mon 07-Jan-13 11:56:56

Sorry for the delay in adding my feedback. I'm rather late as I'm embarrassed to say that neither of my dds, or any of their friends liked the cheese.

All the same, here are my answers

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

DD1 aged 10, DD2 aged 7, and three of their friends (Girls aged 10 and 7 and a boy aged 11)

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

The liked the packaging - found it easy to open but didn't like the texture or the taste. Taht went for both flavours

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, I didn't see the point as they didn't like the cheese.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As a snack with some chunks of apple over the Christmas holidays.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Yes, but the taste would need to be improved.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Healthy, not many additives and something they like

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

No, as I couldn't find any children who liked the taste!

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Sorry, my kids didn't want to go on it as they didn't like the cheese.

sjack37 Mon 07-Jan-13 12:13:38

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, dd (11) ate some and DS (14) lots. Initial impressions, good.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture -Kids okay. I was not a fan.
- Taste - Chive one better. Original I thought was bland but kids liked it.
- Packaging - Good. Kids can open them easily.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
They were eaten after school and as snacks.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No as it still looks as if it is full of unhealthy additives and not like real cheese which is full of calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, easy to open, not many additives.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No not really, although the idea is good, so maybe mention that. Don't really talk about cheese.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

They liked the look of it. Although took ages to load. Couldn't use on iPod though. Thought they were too old for it.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Make it more fun. They got bored quickly as there is so many other websites out there.

BunchesBunny Mon 07-Jan-13 12:28:12

Q1. Son (2) Daughter (5) , both liked the look of the product and found them easy to open.
Q2. The texture was enjoyed by both, although neither liked the cheese and chive taste. Both found the packaging easier to open than counterparts.
Q3. No they were used as snacks.
Q4. They were either part of a snack or as part of a school lunchbox.
Q5. No, both children currently have a high calcium intake so in our case this isn't an issue
Q6. Healthy, well packaged, good value/.
Q7. Probably would, although no specific 'why' due to no great distinctive features.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. they particularly enjoyed playing the games on the site
Q2. Seems slight disjointed you use the tag line "Perfect for lunchboxes", and then use a recipe section for a lot of hot snacks that I wouldn't consider 'perfect for lunchboxes'?

Cheese PODs: Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs?
Myself, dh and our dds aged 7 and 5.

What were your/their initial impressions?
We all liked the way they looked and dd2 liked that they were easy to open.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs? - Texture - Taste - Packaging
I thought they were artificial tasting. Dd1 tried, and disliked them both. Dd2 liked them both, and likened them to Babybel. I thought the texture was a little rubbery. I preferred the taste of the cheese and chive, they were perfectly edible.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No. I wouldn't cook with a snack cheese.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
The girls ate the cheese as snacks during the Christmas holiday. However, I would put them in dd2',s lunchbox.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I would assume all cheese is a source of calcium, so it would not sway me either way.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Minimal preparation- grab and go. Healthy and appealing to the children. But ease is most important to me.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would recommend the cheese and chive, I would not recommend the original flavour.

We haven't used the website yet!

thank you mumsnet for letting my family have the chance to taste the primula pods,the responce was very possitive,my daughter ,partner and my friend tried them and said they were very tasty ,the texture was creamy and the packaging was easy to open and colourfull my daughter went as far as to say they were yummy and when can we get some more (so if you have any more freebies throw them my way lol )she also suggested that they were better than babybell .

BiscuitsandBaileys Mon 07-Jan-13 13:37:54

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself, dh and dd's 12 and 9.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture- Quite rubbery.
- Taste- Me and dh were not keen, dd's liked them.
- Packaging- Good, easy to open.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Dd's took some in their lunchboxes, others eaten as snacks.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
No, dd's get plenty of calcium elsewhere.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy and easy to open.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes as dd's enjoyed them.
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
They said it was too young for them.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
Make it more fun!

Toddle Mon 07-Jan-13 14:47:25

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

Me, dss 10, dsis 12 and ds 7months.

Me - I thought the packaging was quite funky and appealing for children. They look very similar to babybell.

Dss/dsis - like baby bell but cooler. They liked the picture on the packaging and wanted to see what other pictures were on them.

Ds - not very vocal but liked to shake the net with the cheese in.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

I thought the texture was quite strange. Seems a little harder then babybel. The plain one was quite nice and the cheese and chive although was nice I thought it tasted a bit salty. Packaging is bright, colourful, easy to open. Quite handy to pop in the changing bag for ds. Not sure if the packaging is recyclable though?

Dss/dsis didn't say a lot about the texture which must have been a good thing as they are pretty good at complaining if they don't like something. They ate the plain but didn't even try the cheese and chive because of the green bits

Ds ate both of the flavours and seemed to enjoy them both.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No I didn't although they were free it seems like it would probably work out quite costly to cook with them. I'd prefer to keep these sort of cheeses in as a quick snack or to take out with me for ds for convince and cook with a block of cheese.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As a snack and as part of dinner for ds.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

I'd hope all cheese was a good source of calcium so I guess not. I try to not let claims on packaging influence my purchases.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

I'd like them to be healthy but at the same time for fussy dss and dsis not look healthy so they actually eat them. Not contain to much sugar. The presentation isn't so important to me but for children I think it needs to look appetising. Apparently the cheese and chive one looked like it had grass in grin

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes I think so. There quick easy and convenient. Non were wasted either which is better then some snacks we have had in before.

Q1. My son aged 8, and me.
Q2. We found the texture and taste to be very pleasant, much nicer than many of the other snack cheeses available in the shops. My son loved the images on the packaging, and we were both impressed with the easy opening feature.
Q3. We didn't try any of the recipes as the cheese pods all got gobbled up too quickly but they did look nice and we would try them in the future.
Q4. The pods were eaten by DS in his packed lunches and as a snack. I alo ate as a snack. They would also be nice in picnics but wasn't quite the weathr for it in december!
Q5. I'm already aware cheese is a good source of calcium. This fact encourages me to buy cheese but not any particular brand. Other factors influence that (price, taste, ingredients, quality, etc).

Q6. I like children's snacks to be healthy, reasonably priced, and appealing to my son.
Q7. Yes I would recommend as we both liked them and would buy them. I loved the chive ones and DS loved the original ones.

Was very happy with this trial, thanks for letting us take part. DS is autistic and eats an extremely limited diet due to sensory issues. I was amazed that A) he tried the primula cheese pods after never having them before (variety is not the spice of life in his world) and ...
B) that he like them so much. smile

lolliplop Mon 07-Jan-13 15:14:32

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Son aged 1, me and husband
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - rubbery and not very nice
- Taste - original tasted like old school rubber cheese slices. Cheese N Chive wasn't that bad.
- Packaging - love the packaging - very easy to use and almost a bit of fun for the little ones.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No recipes tried
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc - tried as a snack
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Would encourage me to buy them but wouldn't do so again after trying them.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Healthy and eaten!
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? No, due to the texture and taste.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site? He liked the bright colours
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? Not really at the moment, he's a bit too young.

HelpfulMum Mon 07-Jan-13 15:44:27

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (31), DS (3) DD (22mths)
Initially we al liked them.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Texture was OK. Felt better than Babybel IMO. Taste was what you expect from processed cheese. I liked the cheese and chive because they had more flavour to them. Packaging was fantastic. It was great that my son could open it himself as he struggles with others.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No. Sorry. We only received them a few days before Christmas and didn't have time.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
At lunchtime mainly. We took them up to my Grandma's and had them for lunch.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Not necessarily. There are plenty of products which are a good source of calcium but they are not necessarily good for you.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Easy to open. Good quality food.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes. We tried them and all liked them. If someone wants a similar product then I would definitely recommend them.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
I like the colour me in section. Definitely something I would print out for my children to colour. Seems well designed and easy to navigate.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
The kids are too young really to go on websites.

kazzajp Mon 07-Jan-13 17:11:46

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? myself, husband and daughter. All liked them
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - liked
- Taste - original a bit bland/mild for us
- Packaging- great
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? not tried yet as ate all cheese before could try it!!
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc - as a snack
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? not really as consume many other sources of calcium
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? healthy and tasty
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? yes

DefiniteMaybe Mon 07-Jan-13 17:21:18

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DS age 4, DD age 16 months. We all thought the packaging was nice and easy to open.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
We thought the texture was ok, a bit plasticky though
- Taste
We didn't really like the taste, they weren't pleasant/
- Packaging
Nice colours and easy to open. Easy to distinguish between the two types.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No we just ate them as snacks.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As snacks when DD/DS were peckish. We also used some in chicken tortilla wraps, they worked well for this.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes, extra calcium is always good.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Tasty and healthy
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No because the taste wasn't very nice.

Kt1979 Tue 08-Jan-13 10:57:34

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

We all tried them, original enjoyed cheese and chive disliked.

*Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging*

Children enjoyed texture and taste, packaging was easy to open though the 'green bits' in the cheese n chive were viewed with great suspicion.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

Didn't get a chance to try the recipes as we finished them off in one sitting

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

As soon as we got in from school.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Cheese is high in calcium, so this statement alone wouldn't necessarily persuade me to buy them. Though good novelty idea.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Less salt please, as these have 0.4g of salt per pod in them, and I try to minimise salt in her diet.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Probably not as the salt content is a little high for my liking.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

The website took forever to load, and it was really hard for the children to navigate around.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

See above. Also don't like to encourage commercial websites for the children use we tend to stick to learning websites.

Thank you for the cheese.

Rara27 Tue 08-Jan-13 12:08:22

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself, partner and 8 year old son. Initial impression they look appealing and fun.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - We all thought it was nice texture, smooth I guess.
- Taste - Myself and my son did not like either variety, taste similar to another brand. My partner thought the cheese and chive ones were tasty and different.
- Packaging - very easy to open (I loved this) bright and eye catching wrapper.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
Not got round to trying any yet, but will give them a go when I remember.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Had as snacks with crackers in the evening and son and artner had in lunchboxes.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Yes, but not the sole reason

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Something healthy and tasty, and easy for them to get into themselves is a plus.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would mention we tried them if discussing something like lunchboxes/mini cheeses, and would give our honest opinions. I would also mention profits to charity

questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
My son thought the website was 'ok' he enjoyed the games and has his eye on some recipes to try out.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)? My son says more recipes smile

Sorry I'm a bit late!
Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
All of us - DH, DS(8), DD(5), DD(11months), DH and me.
DS loved them, DD1 liked them but prefers babybels, DD2 liked them __but eats anything--. As far as processed cheese goes they were ok but not cheesey enough for me and DH.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
The kids liked the texture, I prefer a firmer cheese.
- Taste
DCs liked the plain cheese best. It tasted ok but honestly I prefer babybels for taste.
- Packaging
I liked the packaging. The pods were easier to open and DD2 can't eat them.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We tried the pizza recipe. It was nice and a good idea but I would buy these as snacks or for lunchboxes. I wouldn't spend my money on something small and individually packed to cut them up for cooking.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As a snack after school and in a lunchbox for weekend activities.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes it would but I would check how true it was first.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Economical and in bigger packets (more pods in a pack). I think there were about 6 in a pack which wouldn't be enough for my 3. I'd have to buy 2-3 in a week and it would work out expensive.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes depending on the price.

DairyBeetle Tue 08-Jan-13 19:44:42

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me, DS (20 months). DS was instantly drawn to the bright packets. I was intrigued.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
DS loved the packaging of the individual PODS, he could (just about) open them himself, and being a toddler it's all about the DIY factor! I liked the stronger flavour of the chive ones, DS less keen on those but enjoyed the plain ones. I found the texture ok for a processed cheese, firm but not as rubbery as an elastic band.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No time to cook with them, they got eaten too quick!

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

We have had some long distance car journeys/trips out recently and these have been a perfect snack/distraction. They didn't smear too badly, they were small enough to pop in a bag but bright enough not to get lost forever in the depths of said bag and were a good size for a toddler snack.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

It wouldn't be the key to me buying them, but it would make me consider them as a purchase over other products.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Easy to keep and store, small to cut down waste, low in salt, high in 'good stuff', tasty. (If I wouldn't consider eating something I don't offer it to DS).

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes, I'd recommend.

We didn't make use of the website as DS is a little too young (and we were internet-less for much of the time we were away).

Sokmonsta Tue 08-Jan-13 19:46:18

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Myself, dh, dd(4) and ds(2) tried them. Dh and myself were not keen in the texture. Ds bit into them and handed them back. Dd is a cheese monster and loved them. Especially that they came in an easy to undo wrapper.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
for dh and myself the cheese was too plasticky/rubbery for our tastes. As texture has a big impact on our eating, we didn't get beyond that. Ds clearly just doesn't like cheese and dd would have eaten them all in one go if allowed.

- Taste
dd said they tasted fine.
- Packaging
i liked the easy open nature of the pods. Easier than other plastic wrapped brands.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
we didn't try the recipes as they are the sort of thing we put in lunches/use for snacks.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
these were eaten as packed lunches, snacks and buffet style tea.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
no it would not as my children get more than adequate supplies of calcium from their varied diet.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
I want the snacks to be small enough not to fill dc's up before dinner, easy enough for them to open themselves and to be part of a balanced diet so relatively healthy but attractive as a choice.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
If asked I'd say try them but wouldn't recommend them myself based on the plasticky texture

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
the children are a little young to comfortably work their way around the site, although I'm sure our 4 year old will pick it up soon. They both really enjoyed the print and colour pictures.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
^i have no suggestions for this as I don't think it would be something we would use regularly.

ilikeyoursleeves Wed 09-Jan-13 03:11:17

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial thoughts?
Me, ds1 age 5 and ds2 age 3.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
I thought they were good but quite artificially smooth, feels obvious its not 'real' cheese. Ds1 said they felt 'like cheese' ds2 said they were yummy.

- Taste
Ds1 said they tasted 'good'. They both preferred the plain ones over the cheese and chive ones.
- Packaging
I thought it was great, easy to open and no risk of tiny pieces of wax being stuck in the carpet! Ds's liked the look of them too.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
I didn't use them for a recipe, they are too small for that & I'd only cook with 'real' cheese.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
eaten as packed lunches and snacks

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I would hope cheese is a good source of calcium! It wouldn't encourage me to buy them more cos we buy a range of other cheese.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Something healthy, unprocessed, easy to open themselves

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I'd recommend them to pop in a packed lunch box

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
they thought it was good fun, no major likes or dislikes.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
I can't think if anything in particular

melissa2828 Wed 09-Jan-13 09:55:19

Q1) me and my children ages 4,6,7 all really liked the chesse and chive ones but not the plain ones.

Q2) we thought the chesse and chive was nice but not the other one

Q3) what did u think
texture - was a bit rubbery
taste - only liked chesse and chive one
packaging- the packaging was good appealing to kids and easy to open.

Q4) no we didnt as not enough left, but will try soon

Q6) we had as a snack/treat

Q7) yes the chesse and chive one i would as we really did like the taste
of that one

Q6) healthy no sugar/salt

Q7) yes would the chesse and chive ones only as we liked them and will be
buying them again

Q1) my children did like the game zone best
Q2) no

nosypea Fri 11-Jan-13 19:49:20

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (39) ds1 (7) and ds2 (4)
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
Texture - too firm and not creamy enough. Not exactly crumbly but a bad mouth feel - that's my opinion. Kids not really able to comment on texture.
Taste – I preferred the Cheese n Chive (didn't think the plain really had flavour), DS1 the plain (although found it difficult to choose), DS2 wouldn’t finish the Cheese N Chive and wasn't overwhelmed by the plain.
- Packaging - Tidy and easy for kids to open . Convenient for on the go snacks. Stays in one piece, so won’t have bits dropped in car or floating around handbag.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No, I see the product as a snack food or part of a packed or picnic lunch.
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
Mid morning snack at home, for the purposes of focussing entirely on the cheese. Would more usually use as snack on the go or part of a packed lunch.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
The statement wouldn’t influence me as I know cheese contains calcium.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Low in salt, sugar and artificial additives, not too much processing.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
No. They wouldn’t be my first choice for flavour and I would prefer cheese to be more than 60% of the ingredient.
Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
DS1 wasn’t interested enough to look. DS2 only wanted to have a go at the games and ended up frustrated as he doesn’t have great mouse skills.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
My children aren’t really into this sort of thing, so I can’t comment.

WhenDoISleep Sat 12-Jan-13 12:09:35

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?

DS (3) and DH tried the PODs. Their first impressions were favourable.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging

Packaging was neat and easy to open. The taste was good - better than other similar products and the texture wasn't the completely smooth, artifical texture of similar products.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No we didn't try the recipies.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

Both as snacks and as part of lunch at home

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

I would not particularly encourage me to buy the product as I would expect cheese to be a good source of calcium

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Healthy and filling

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I probably would recommend the product as they are a handy lunchbox item/snack

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

DC didn't really like the site due to the music

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

DC don't really use this type of site so we don't really have any feedback on this.

creambun Sat 12-Jan-13 19:01:07

Thank you for sending us these to try. Apologies for being late with our responses. Here are our answers at last!

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me and my 8 year old daughter who loves cheese. I found the pods far too rich. I quite liked the taste but could only eat a small amount. I certainly wouldn't eat a whole one in a lunch box. My daughter felt the same. She quite liked the plain one but only ever ate a little bit at a time, and she never asked for them.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
The taste was fine, although the chive one was too strong for my daughter and she wasn't keen. The packaging was good - very appealing in a lunchbox and easy to open. Neither of us really liked the texture, they were just too rich. It's hard to describe why but we just didn't find them appealing.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but I am going to give them a go as I think the cheese could taste a lot better in a recipe and the thicker texture would probably be really good in creamier recipes like the burger one.

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
As part of a lunch box or with lunch at home.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Yes, as my daughter doesn't drink much milk and isn't too bothered about yoghurt, so I'm always trying to think of different ways to make sure she gets her calcium.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy snacks which are low in salt and fat but that taste great, are natural and are convenient.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would recommend that they give them a try if someone asked as they are a good product, just not to our taste.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
They enjoyed playing with the site when I showed them but it's not a site they regularly go back to - they have other favourite sites which they prefer to use. Their favourite bits were the games (the butterfly one), the colouring sheets and the recipes.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
More recipes would be good.

Di76x Wed 16-Jan-13 12:02:19

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Myself - nice chive, plain bit bland , DH - nice chive, plain bit bland. DD (13) - tasty plain didnt like chive ones. DS1 (9) - wasnt keen on any, DS2 (7) - picky eater doesnt like much anyhow, DS3- (5) loved the plain ones ate loads, spat out the chive ones.

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture - easy to hold, none messy, none greasy.

- Taste - most of us thought they tasted nice, my DH and I preferred the chive ones while the children preferred the plain, DH and I thought the plain ones were slightly bland..
- Packaging - Easy to open, good for packed lunch as wouldnt spill over etc.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No didnt try the recipes

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc - All tried one as soon as it came, then DD took some for snack at breaks at school, DS3 took one for packed lunch each day. My DH and I snacked on them.

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Yes as we all benefit from calcium esp children although alot of products contain calcium which are even tastier.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? Tasty, fun, easy to open, none messy if possible.

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? I would yes if the price is reasonable otherwise I would say something that was cheaper but tastes near enough the same.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the website. They enjoyed rapid river the most and dino dig.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?
thought some of the things would be better with a voiceover as my youngest arent good readers yet as in the description of the mice would be one.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

WheresMyCow Wed 16-Jan-13 12:52:48

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Me (40), DH (43) and DS (2) all tried them. Me and DH both liked the chive ones and DS looked at it like he does most cheese, as if it might poison him!

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?

- Texture...rubbery, pretty much like any processed cheese although didn't seem as artificial as some

- Taste...quite liked the chive ones, and the plain ones reminded me of primula spread cheese which I love, so a hit for me. DS likes the spread cheese too, so hoped that these might tempt him and he did eat a few little bits but mostly spat them out.

- Packaging...loved the packaging and how easy it was too open.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?

No, we didn't try the recipies

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc

We generally had them as part of lunch

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?

Not really - Cheese is made from milk, milk is a good source of calcium so cheese is a good source of calcium. It wouldn't make any difference in my decision to buy them or not.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?

Tasty and nutritious

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

If I knew that they liekd that kind of cheese, then probably would recommend.

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?

DS is a little young for the website yet, but he enjoyed watching me colour in the dinosaurs and catching butterflies.

Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?

Didn't really look at the site too much to be honest.

sparklystar Wed 16-Jan-13 14:04:45

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
My DH, DD and myself tried the pods my initial impression was they we alot like another well known brand but tasted ok, DD wasn't impressed with the cheese and chive one as it had bits in it. DH said they were also ok

Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
We thought these were ok smooth nice texture
- Taste
These tasted ok Cheese and Chive I liked but DD didn't like them
- Packaging
the packaging I liked just one piece to open and it was fairly easy to open aswell for little fingers.

Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website?
If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
We looked at the recipies but as yet we haven't tried any of them

Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
The pods were eaten as part of a packed lunch and also as a snack

Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
I don't thinkit would neccessarily encourage me to buy as there a various products carrying this claim, I tend to buy which ever DD is eating / interested in.

Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, nutricious, appealing to children, easy to open

Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to
a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would recommend the pods to family/friends, they are tasty,easy to open

Q1. DC aged 1,3 and 5 and me. They liked opening them and said "oh look babybel haven't got the red stuff anymore"

Q2. They really liked the the original ones, they liked the taste ( they are used to the squirty cheese so this is the same) none of us noticed the chive taste. texture was what we expected and the chives were finely chopped so we didn't notice them when eating. DC liked the packaging easy for them to open, wont open when rolling around in lunch boxes.

Q3. We looked at the website but didn't try them as they cheeses had been eaten by then.

Q4. cheese didn't last 24 hours in this house eaten as a fridge snack and one in DC1 lunch box

Q5. It doesn't take a genius to work out a dairy product is a good source of calcium so to be honest I wouldn't even read something as obvious so it wouldn't influence me at all.

Q6. Portable, easy, mess-free, interesting, tasty and fun

Q7. yes we would recommend and buy again, we like the taste, DC like opening them and ideal for lunch boxes.

sweetclarity Wed 16-Jan-13 21:30:56

The first few questions are about the Primula Cheese PODs:
Q1. DH and I, and two DDs (4 and 1)
Q2.
- Texture - the texture was fine although not that different to a babybel to be honest
- Taste - the originals were a hit but the cheese and chive rejected by both dds.
- Packaging - packaging is a great idea, one question though - is it recyclable?
Q3. No, we just ate them as a snack
Q4. Lunch at home, with soup and bread, as part of lunchbox for dd
Q5. Not really, surely all cheese is a good source of calcium?
Q6. interesting, good flavour, healthy
Q7. Not really, maybe except for picnics/ lunchboxes

Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. DD1(4) thought it was fun but mouse skills lacking so didnt last long, dd2 too young to be interested

justamoment Wed 16-Jan-13 23:00:38

1) me, 3 DDs (7;5;1). Me & younger DDs liked chive one, 3 DDs liked plain one.
2) texture - v smooth, kids especially liked it, easy (/lazy!) to chew.
Taste - as you'd expect of this sort of cheese, I feel slightly apologetic for quite liking it (prob a throwback to my own childhood...) but would not be to everyone's taste! Kids also liked it, esp 7 yr old requested we buy more of original version, she liked it so much (&actually she's usually quite discerning)!
Packaging - v straightforward but can we recycle them?
3) no, wouldn't occur to me to cook with cheese this small in our household - surely defies the point of having these small portion sized packets?
4) eaten as afternoon snacks.
5) no, surely all dairy is a source of calcium, stating the obvious?
6) nutritious; tooth-kind; appealing to kids; portable.
7) perhaps if its the sort of product I think they'd be interested in or if struggling to get kids to accept other cheese / dairy products.
Website: 1) yes older DDs quite enjoyed novelty of site for a while. Enjoyed the maths task for longest, which I was happy to encourage, other games had a shorter-lived appeal for all of us.
2) graphics not v appealing somehow, doesn't make you want to spend time using it particularly. If more educational content included, parents may be more likely to encourage kids to use it.

Vagazzled Thu 17-Jan-13 09:23:09

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Dp and dd (3)
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture- quite rubbery? Very soft!
- Taste- dd didn't like either but dp was more than happy to eat both as said they were tasty and "different"
- Packaging- great! Very easy to open and nicely coloured.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc- both dd and dp had them in lunch boxes and dp snacked on the after work.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?- would just buy normal cheese to be honest. These were quite expensive for a small pack in our local supermarket.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?I think there is a good, healthy range already on the market. They need to be quick, easy to open and eat and nutritious.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
- if there dc was a cheese fan, I can see why these would appeal. Tasty, nutritious and good on the move.
Now just a couple of questions about the POD Island website www.primulapods.co.uk
Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?We had trouble accessing the page as we used the iPad and needed flash player for some of the graphics/games?
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren)?Maybe a mobile site or app?

lambethlil Thu 17-Jan-13 14:36:17

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions? Teenage Dcs
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture strange
- Taste not keen
- Packaging fun and childlike
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them? No
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc As a trat, when looking for something to graze on
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not? Yes- DCs not too keen on milk, so I rely on cheese to up their calcium intake.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks? That they like them! Not too high in salt and saturated fat.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not? * Based on my DCs dislike, no.*

PepperPotts Fri 18-Jan-13 14:19:47

Me, Ds 6, DD 5 and Ds 1
We all liked them, Ds1 (6 yr old) is very fussy and only tried them as he loves primula. He won't go near similar items.
We ate one each after school then put them in lunch boxes the next day.
The chive flavour wasn't as popular but was eaten nevertheless.
I didn't try and recipes and probably won't.
I found the texture a bit "odd" it was unlike most textures I eat but the children didn't comment on it.
The older 2 loved the website

Wearegoingtobedlehem Sun 20-Jan-13 23:03:40

Q1. Who in your family tried the Primula PODs? What were your/their initial impressions?
Both of my daughters, my husband, my sister and me. We all thought they were a pretty handy and convenient snack that tasted pretty yummy.
Q2. In particular what did you and your family think of the following in relation to both the original PODs and the Cheese N Chive PODs?
- Texture
- Taste
- Packaging
Texture was smooth and compact- i think that is how I would describe it - the texture seemed fine.
Taste was lovely and creamy, although none of us particularly loved the chive ones, in fact my 2 yo DD would not eat them.
Packaging has been thoughfully designed and is appealing and easy to use for both little and big people alike.
Q3. Did you try any of the Primula PODs recipes from the Primula website? If so which one(s) and what did you think of them?
No I didnt, they didnt last that long smile
Q4. When were the PODs eaten? As an after school snack? As part of a lunchbox? As a treat? etc
They were eaten as part of a packed lunch, and as snacks.
Q5. "Primula PODs are a good source of calcium", would this statement encourage you to buy this product or not? If so, why? If not why not?
Anything that is a good source of calcium would get a thumbs up from me.
Q6. What features do you ideally want to see from children's snacks?
Healthy, appealing, varied and sensibly packaged.
Q7. If it came up in conversation would you recommend Primula PODs to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I would, they are on a par with mini babybel, and to be honest make a great addition to a lunch box or a handy snack -- there is nothing to dislike about them.

Q1. What did your DC think of the website? Were there any aspects they particularly liked or disliked? Did they have a favourite area of the site?
My DDs are a little young for this site aged 21 months and 35 months.
Q2. Is there anything else you'd like to see on the website? Any areas for improvements? What did you like most about the website for your child(ren
No

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