“ Brand: Dorset Cereals / Type: Cereal „
This has got to be one of my all-time favourite muesli cereals. (It probably was the favourite until they brought out their newest one, 'fantastically fruity roasted and toasted muesli' but I won't go into that here!)
The first thing to say is that the 'Super High Fibre' of the name should be taken in the context of muesli cereals - this is obviously not going to be as high fibre as predominantly bran based cereals, but 8.4 g per 100g is not bad! If the fibre thing is an issue, something I do is either mix in a bit of a bran cereal or slice a banana on top - or both!
The next thing I would mention is that Dorset muesli boxes all have a clear 'window' so you can see the product - and see for yourself that their claim of 'no dust' holds true. This is a biggie for me as I hate that 'dust' you get at the end of a lot of mueslis.
Healthwise - apart from the decent fibre content, there's a good mix of dried fruit, seeds and nuts, and there's no added sugar (all the sugar is naturally occurring from the fruit).
The taste - well, that's why I keep buying this, despite the fact that it's more expensive than others (usually about £3 for a box which has 11 decent-sized 65g servings) - but really, in the grand scheme of things that's not a lot per bowl. The blend and balance of ingredients is lovely - the flakes (both wheat and oat) are toasted and malted which keeps them crunchy and gives a great flavour. Other ingredients include apricots, coconut, dates, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts as well as loads of 'chilean flame raisins' - yes, I wondered what they were too, thinking it was just a fancy name to make them sound special, but actually they are enormous and scrummy.
Every bowlful gets a good mix of all the ingredients too - not sure how they do that, but I never notice either the first bowl or the last having more or less of anything.
If I want a real treat I'll have this with some fresh fruit, natural yogurt and honey - tastes utterly decadent!
I am a regular porridge eater but sometimes I like something different. Browsing trough the shelves there is a huge selection of breakfast cereals which are completely unknown to me as I had only had porridge for the past 6 years. Looking at all those brands was really difficult to tell which one wore truly healthy or not, I could of spent an hour trying to figure things out but decided not to so I just quickly picked up Dorset Cereal, super high in fibre ones. What attracted me to the product was the fact that is says super high fibre on it and the packaging is neat, simple rather country side basic, it had a certain type of good old fashioned healthy inviting food to it.
Price was £3.00 for 730g, definitely not cheap but they looked good to me looking at them trough the box.
I must say they taste really good. I think they are made with good quality ingredients and compliment one another well. I have never had toasted wheat flakes before and I loved the crunchiness of them combined with the softness of the raisin and the odd sunflower heart here and there, these are the ingredients that stood out to me the most.
I personally love having them with Oats milk. I do not like heating up the milk as I prefer this cereals to be crunchy.
I found the taste very pleasant and I did not felt the need to add anything else but milk to them.
A 100g portion of this cereals has 367 calories which is the same as porridge however this Dorset Cereals are simply not as filling enough as porridge would be. I need about 100g to feel like I had my breakfast which would mean higher calorie intake of which I am not happy about. They also leave me quite hungry until lunch.
The Super High Fibre on the box is misleading. There is nothing super high about the fibre content, it is 8.4g of fibre per 100g and that is the average with cereals anyway, normal plain Porridge has 9.0g per 100g. For me this is disappointing because I would of never bought them if I had the time to look better at the fibre content, I could of just picked another brand of cereals in another flavour.
So if a company has a selling point to a product it better not disappoint because people will figure tt out soon or later and they are going to loose credibility in the quality of they brand, as I just did.
A few months ago I did a much needed clearout of my kitchen cupboards and was amazed at how many half empty boxes of cereals I actually had!, rarely finding the time to enjoy breakfast I tend to get bored of the latest faddy cereals on offer, or simply forget they are lurking in the cupboard.
On a recent food shop (a unusually healthy one at that!, but then it is new year! and the health kick begins again) I spotted this little beauty. I must admit that the thing that at attracted me to it was the beautifully designed box - quite a work of art, the product is contained in an elegant matt brown box, with silver and orange detailing, it shouted 'class' - if a cereal can!! And if I was excited by the box I couldn't wait to check out its contents!.....
The box has a fine little cut out detail - you can see the product inside, I decide to try a generous bowlful topped with ice cold skimmed milk. so far so good - It looks colourful and appealing. The blurb on the box promises .. 'no dust' ..this is true .. the quality just goes on and on, it doesn't get lost or disintegrate in the milk and contains a whopping 50% fruit nuts and seeds..
The Chilean Flame raisins are out of this world - fresh tasting big juicy plump ones, they make up a whopping 27% of the product!, in addition to the toasted and malted wheat and oat flakes you'll also find more goodies to tempt your taste buds - decent sized pieces of toasted coconut, apricots, dates and sunflower seeds. No searching through the box for the good bits with this one!! - a crime I am usually guilty of..
It offers a nicely balanced combination of tastes and textures in one bowl - this is not a cereal to grab and go you need to sit down, enjoy and chew.. chew.. chew
This little beauty is also a godsend after a night on the tiles, I tend to offer it to the noisier of my colleagues - it keeps their mouths from talking about last night's telly....and I get 20 minutes of peace when I arrive at my desk.
It's so good I'm now on my second box!! A first for me, so yes I would definitely recommend it and as the box says this really is 'unadulterated breakfast pleasure'
The Boring Bit..........
A 730g, 11 serving box in Asda is priced at £2. Sainsburys also stock it at £2.89
Chilean Flame Raisins (27%), Toasted and Malted Oat Flakes (Oats, Malt), Dates (8%), Sunflower Seeds (6%), Toasted Coconut (5.5%), Dried Apricots (2.5%) (Apricots, Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide), Roasted Hazelnuts (1%).
Contains gluten, nuts, wheat and sulphur dioxide. May contain traces of sesame seeds
per 65g serving (with 125ml skimmed milk) 290 calories, 5.5g fibre, less than 0.1g salt, 9.3g Protein, Carbohydrate 45.4g, Fat 8.1g
Vegetarian Society approved
Dorset Cereals Ltd, Dorchester DT1 3EW
This review has also been posted on Ciao.
*Updated Sep-2012, at end of review:
Do not, under any circumstances, judge this product by the name that is printed on the box. I shall explain...
Think of a high-fibre flake cereal that has a some crunch, but no honey or sugar glaze. Ponder on a traditional cereal with raisins in it that you might find in your local supermarket. Imagine a cereal with coconut and hazelnuts. You're probably contemplating one of the myriad "fruit and fibre"-type cereals, with those granite-like chunks of dried banana in, right?
Toasted malted wheat and oat flakes. Flame raisins bigger than your thumbnail. Small pieces of diced apricot and chunks of date. Sunflower seeds, strips of toasted coconut and morsels of roasted hazelnuts. That's it. Oh, and no dust.
You still with me?
Now picture some under a splash of ice-cold semi-skimmed milk (or whatever your particular favourite breakfast pour is, for that matter). A spoon, dipped into the bowl, a bite that has a hearty crunch, a raisin or two, perhaps a wafer-thin sliver of toasted, crispy coconut... If you yearn for something a little nuttier, throw in a few (rinsed if they were salted!) roasted peanuts; if you bend more towards the fruity-side, slice in some fresh banana, apple or apricot. Then chew slowly and enjoy. One word: Yum!
Next time you are in your local Supermarket, explore the aisle in the vicinity of the mueslis (this cereal does not advertise itself as a "muesli", by the way!) and see if you can find a box of this stuff. If you're tempted, but put off by the £2.80-odd price tag (for almost three quarters of a kilo of the stuff, 730g, 11 helpings!), then hunt a little lower or to the right - you'll find a Dorset Cereals selection box (three small packets, each different) to give you a taste you'll never forget...
The only cardboard bit is the box.
Nutritional info, should you need it, here: http://tinyurl.com/2d673k
*Update Sep-2012: As Dorset Cereals have revamped their product line, this product has been dropped in favour of a smaller, almost similar, "toasted coconut and wheat flakes" version. Should you really have grown to love and enjoy this product, it's been seen on sale in b&m for £1.63 a box, get'em quick!
(c) pgn! on dooyoo.co.uk/19-Jan-2008/revised 15-Sep-2012
Super High Fibre is a really delicious blend of toasted cereals with juicy chilean flame raisins, dates, sunflower seeds, toasted coconut, apricots and roasted hazelnuts. Ingredients: Toasted and malted wheat flakes (wheat, malt), Chilean Flame Raisins (27%), Toasted and Malted Oat Flakes (Oats, Malt), Dates (8%), Sunflower Seeds (6%), Toasted Coconut (5.5%), Dried Apricots (2.5%) (Apricots, Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide), Roasted Hazelnuts (1%).