So they say big surprises come in small packages. Well, I always say it’s the exception that proves the rule.
A couple of weeks ago I got home from work, tired and grumpy, to find a large box addressed to me waiting on the doorstep. I didn’t recall ordering anything from Amazon; it wasn’t my birthday; and Nick looked a puzzled as I did. Nothing for it but to rip open the box like a kid on Christmas morning. See – I was feeling better already! Removing the cardboard box revealed a rather handsome little pine crate with rattan panels and thick rope handles. Curiouser and curiouser. But once I flipped open the lid, all was revealed. Food!
Usually when I get e-mails offering me things, it’s either blue pills promising that “my little cocktail sausage will become a giant weiner!” (ummm, no thanks!), or publicists in the US wanting to know if they can send me further info on an exciting new link exchange (yawn). But a while back, Kellogg’s contacted me to ask if I’d like to trial their new range of baked mueslis. I figurred that I am a breakfast fan and a cereal fan, so I said yes and then forgot about it – until the box arrived.
Inside were mini-cartons of each of the four new flavours, plus a rather lovely wooden bowl and a spoon – a nice touch. The cereals are apparently aimed at people (like me) who find traditional muesli a little… too worthy, too much like hard work, if you know what I mean. I’m always more of a crunchy-oat-clusters or granola kinda girl, but after a couple of days I find most of these too sweet (plus they are usually loaded with palm oil and high-fructose corn syrup which I object to). And if I were to eat the incredible granola from Flaneur every morning, I’d be bankrupt by the end of the month!
The things that I liked best about the range were the fact that they contain nothing weirder that bicarbonate of soda – no E-numbers or palm oil or anything; the fact that they are not too sweet; and the delicious toasty flavour and crunch that baking imparts, setting it apart from unbaked mueslis without losing the virtuous bits. I’ve had a different one for breakfast every day this week and here are my thoughts:
Almond, pecan & cashew - probably the blandest of the four, but with a good crunch and a lot of nuts. Cashews should feature in breakfast cereals more often!! If y like traditional, not-too-fruity muesli, this will be your favourite.
Almond, pecan and raisin - I definitely like a fruity taste to my cereal and the raisins satisfied that, and I like the fact that the almonds are flaked rather than whole. This flvour is probably the closest to the crunchy oat clusters that I usually eat.
Raspberry and cherry – mmmm, getting frutier! This variant contained no nuts but this was more than compensated for by the presence of dried cherries and freeze-dried raspberries. I loved the tartness of the raspberries, as well as their vibrant colour, of course. My second favourite flavour.
Apple & blackcurrant – but my favourite flavour by a country mile was this one. Like all the others, there was the usual tasty matrix of crunchy wholegrain oats, wheat and barley flakes – but this time they had added a shedload of crunchy freeze-dried apple chunks and dried blackcurrants. And cinnamon. Oh my – heaven in a bowl!!
All four of the flavours will be coming to a store near you in April, so do look out for them and give them a whirl.
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