Product Type: Jordans Breakfast
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Raspberries blow the competition away
Jordans Country Crisp Real Raspberries
Member Name: melinda3536
Jordans Country Crisp Real Raspberries
Advantages: Very tasty, great texture, environmentally sensitive production
Disadvantages: Price, BUT it is a premium product, and worth it
Many years ago - I know it's more than 20 as I left home then - my Mum bought Jordans Raspberry Country Crisp for me to try. She was always a fan of wholefoods and healthy stuff, and since Jordans were a trusted brand, she reckoned it'd be nice. She wasn't wrong! All of these years later, it's still by far my favourite cereal.
Jordans have been producing cereals at their site in Biggleswade since the early 1970s, at the mill that's been in the family since 1855. The cereal production was inspired by one of the Jordan family trying out some granola (a now extremely popular clustered combination of oats and honey), and their range now stretches to various different mueslis, granolas, porridges and also natural Wheatgerm and Wheatbran, in addition to their cereal bar range which includes their rather lovely Frusli bars, as well as breakfast replacement bars etc.
The Country Crisp range currently has six different varieties, with a seventh on the way as I see that their website is heralding the arrival of a dark chocolate version! The ones currently available are Strawberry, Chunky Nuts, Flame Raisins, Honey Clusters, Chocolate and my favourite - Raspberry.
The blurb on the back of the box gives this description:
"A generous handful of tangy raspberries are blended with wholesome golden clusters of baked British wholegrains, crispy rice & chopped hazelnuts to give an irresistibly oaty bite with a sweet vanilla and coconut finish". So how does it match up?
It's an oat, barley, rice and hazelnut cluster-based cereal, with whole freeze-dried raspberries. When I pour it into the bowl my first reaction is always to want to grab a handful and just eat it dry, it smells so lovely and sweet straight out of the box. I usually manage to limit myself to a couple of the oaty clusters though, since I know that it's even better with cold milk. If left to soak for a little while, the clusters soften as do the raspberries. The milk also draws out enough substance from the cereal to become almost creamy. It takes on the taste of the cereal really well, and is even dyed a little pink by the fruit.
The flavour as you eat it is a wonderful balance between the sweetness of the cereal clusters, the nutty flavour and texture of the hazelnut and the very slight acidity of the raspberries. The fruit taste comes through beautifully, and although it's not quite like eating fresh raspberries, it's pretty close if you let them soak for long enough. Of course if you enjoy your berries with a bit of bite, you can catch them before that! The clusters themselves usually remain crunchy in the centre, while outside they get pleasantly soft and slightly gooey.
Jordans have a good environmental policy, some of which is stated on the box, but there is far more detail on their website at http://www.jordanscereals.co.uk/what-we-are-about . The cereals they use are all grown in the UK by Conservation Grade farmers, who are paid to keep 10% of their land as areas designed to preserve wildlife. They don't use any genetically modified products, or artificial additives.
One thing that I was surprised to find though on the list of ingredients was palm oil, the product that has been tarnished by the news that its production has often caused the destruction of valuable wildlife habitats in other countries. Since Jordans standards are very strict on the majority of their ingredients, I assume (and hope very much!) that their palm oil is responsibly sourced. I can't find a specific reference to this on their site.
British Conservation GradeTM Wholegrain Cereals (60%) (Oat Flakes, Barley Flakes, Oat Flour), Raw Cane Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil), Rice Flour, Desiccated Coconut, Freeze Dried Raspberries (2.5%), Roasted Chopped Hazelnuts, Natural Vanilla Flavouring.
Contains: Oats, Barley, Hazelnuts.
May Contain: Wheat, Rye, Other Nuts, Sesame Seeds, Milk.
Per 50g serving with skimmed milk: 266 Kcal, with 9.5g of fat, only 3.5g of which is saturated.
I don't eat this on a regular basis, mainly due to the cost, although I'm not criticising them for it bearing in mind the care that is taken over the production, and producing food responsibly comes at a cost. A 500g box (the only size available across the range) currently retails at Tesco for £2.49, and in all honesty would probably only last a couple of days as it's so moreish. My staple diet is store's own weetabix! However I treated myself to a box recently when it appeared on the reduced items shelf sue to some kind soul squashing it a bit :-)) All in all an extremely pleasant eating experience, and one I hope to repeat before too long, if someone feels kind enough to squash another box!
Summary: A great combination of flavours to treat yourself with at breakfast time!