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I'm not a huge cereal fan but then one day, whilst shopping at my local Co-Op, I spotted this rather posh looking cereal. The price was nearly £3. Wow, I thought, pricey, it must be good! Yes, I'm a sucker for "if it's expensive, it must be good" so I bought some. I haven't looked at an Alpen box since...
The fruit, nuts and seeds cereal is in an earthy brown box with a cut out window, shaped like a stalk with leaves where you can see into the box and see the cereal itself. Unconventional to other cereal boxes, the box measures 230mm x 115mm - another indication of the Dorset Cereal company attempting to carve a distinctive niche in the cereal market for itself. The box contains 750g of cereal.
The cereal contains Chilean flame raisins, apricots, sultanas, banana, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, blanched flaked almonds, whole hazelnuts and multi-grain flakes. On the front of the packaging, the cereal boasts that it has 45% fruit, nuts and seeds, and that, unlike other muesli-type cereal, it contains no cereal "dust".
On initial eyeing up, it does look a lot more appetising than some of the other branded cereals and mueslis. I can physically see the whole hazelnuts, huge raisins and large multi-grain flakes. I think this has a lot to do with it having no cereal "dust" and that in turn makes it appear very natural and very clean because you can see each individual ingredient.
I usually have my cereal with milk but unlike other cereals, I can leave this cereal in the milk for a good 3 minutes without any of it going soggy! That's amazing in my book!
Regarding the taste, I personally think the cereal tastes very clean and not at all artificial. I can taste each individual ingredient and I think the high fruit, nuts and seeds content in this cereal helps with this. The other branded cereals have a low fruit, nuts and seeds content and because of this, I can usually taste a lot of whole-grain flakes, which in turn dries my mouth and everything just tastes like cardboard. This cereal is different - the fruit gives that extra juiciness and tanginess to the cereal, the nuts and seeds the added crunch and texture, and you have just enough whole-grain flakes to help clean the palette for the next mouth full.
A small bowl of this keeps me in play for the whole morning and I'm never starving by the time I get to lunch. The box can usually last me for 2 weeks, so, although it's quite pricey, it does last for a decent amount of time. All of this and you can even boast that its healthy!
Excellent tasting cereal, best I've ever tasted. I'm going to knock a star off this because of the price but regardless, it is worth every penny!
Fruit, Nuts and Seeds is a tasty blend of chilean flame raisins, apricots, sultanas, banana, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, blanched flaked almonds, whole hazelnuts and multi-grain flakes. Ingredients: Chilean Flame Raisins (16%), Oat Flakes, Toasted and Malted Wheat Flakes (Wheat, Malt), Barley Flakes, Wheat Flakes, Dried Apricots (6%)(Apricots, Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide), Sultanas (6%), Sweetened Banana Pieces (6%)(Banana, Coconut Oil, Sugar, Flavouring), Pumpkin Seeds (4%), Sunflower Seeds (4%), Blanched Flaked Almonds (1.5%), Roasted Hazelnuts (1.5%).