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I am reviewing in particluar the nutty version of this cereal as it is the only one I have tried, though I am aware there are other varieties available.
I love muesli type cereal but i hate dried fruit so it is always good to find one without any of those pesky raisins, bananas etc in it! This cereal from Jordans is just delicious, it has 'baked oat clusters' which are really crunchy and tasty and just sweetened ever so slightly without it being too much, it is also packed full of whole nuts - hazelnuts and brazil nuts - as well as flaked almonds and chopped pecan nuts. It really feels like you've had a substantial breakfast afterwards (especially if you can't resist having a second bowl like I sometimes can't!).
For those who are bothered about it there is also nothing artificial added and there is no added salt.
You don't get many servings out of a box - as it is quite a heavy, chunky cereal - but it is well worth the price as it is a high quality product. At Tesco a 500g box costs £2.68 but at the moment they have it on offer at half price, which is great!
My first experience with Jordans was with their Country Crisp range. In fact I didn't know that they also sold muesli, oats (have written a review on these as well) and granola because all along, whenever I see Jordans I would only look out for their Country Crisp. This is how good these are.
There are a few types of Country Crisp, all of which are widely available in most supermarkets (more so than their granola, which tends to feature more in Waitrose for example). You've got the Strawberry, Chunky Nuts, Whole Raspberries, Honey Nut and Luxury Raisins as far as I know. Their website claims that there's Chocolate, and Super Berry but I have yet to try them!
Country Crisp comes in 500 g cereal boxes, which flavour noted by the differently coloured boxes. As with Jordans packaging, I really appreciate boxes which are more substantial so that I can easily stuff the opened packet of cereal back in without worrying that the box might severely deform or rip (I really hate to see deformed, half eaten cereal boxes around in my kitchen - looks like a mess!)
THE YUMMY COUNTRY CRISP
These aren't really your normal cereals like flakes, or your usual granola. They're like chunks of clusters which are so delicately baked to provide you a crunch without being too hard to bite. The texture is perfect either by itself, or you can add milk to enhance the flavour (without the oat clusters becoming soggy)! There are quite a number of other ingredients aside of the oat clusters of course - they're quite generous with the fruits (if you get the strawberries or the raspberries) or the nuts (as with the chunky nuts) which make these such a pleasure to eat. My favourite has got to be the strawberry one - the freeze-dried strawberries, especially soaked in milk, are flavoursome and soft, providing a nice balance in texture to the crunchy oat clusters. Sometimes I even just eat straight out of the box just for fun - especially those HUGE clusters.. my only gripe is that, sometimes after all that transportation, the quite a lot of clusters have broken into smaller bits, which is sadly, not as satisfying.
I honestly am not certain if these are meant to be healthy breakfast foods. Oats and wholegrains are good, and as with most of Jordan's products there aren't artificial flavourings/colourings/preservatives. But let's not forget that for every serving of 45g, you get a whooping 35.1 g of carbohydrates of which as much as 15.3 g is sugar -- and as we know, a sugar rush for breakfast is typically not good for your blood sugar levels as it gives you a spike, and will probably not be able to sustain you throughout the day. There's 8.7 g of fat per serving as well which fares worse than most cereals you can find in the supermarket. Furthermore, because these are so addictive, I find that I can't stop at just one serving- I go for two, or three! Rather, I prefer to have these as a mid-afternoon snack to perk myself, with a lot of self-control in place as well!
These are really, really, yummy stuffs. A little too addictive and I wished I never knew this product existed sometimes! But good stuffs has to be shared right? Do get yourself a box now and try, if you haven't!
With cereal becoming more cardboard-like every day, what a welcome relief is Jordans Country Crisp.
The Country Crisp range contains whole grain clusters with added fruit, chocolate or nuts. They do six different flavours in the range: "Real Strawberries", "Real Raspberries", "Four Nut Crunch", "Flame Raisins", "Honey Clusters" and the most recent offering "Chocolate".
I always buy the Flame Raisins as they are huge and juicy, not dried and hard as all other cereals. I would buy Raisin Bran (2 Scoop) if they ever imported it from America.
Th price of the cereals is £26.60 typically, but this week (4/12/11) I found them in Asda at £2. Coupled with using a coupon from mneysavingexpert.com for £1, well bargain to be had on top of a great flavour.
I believe you should only eat this cereal as a topping as the contents are not generous at 500g. For a weighty cereal it does not go far, but I easily fill a bowl a day and go through the boxes. Adding just iced cold milk it is a sweet, tasty breakfast.
Jordans Country Crisp
My favourite cereal out there. I have been buying this occasionally for a long time and I have to admit it is still as delicious and mouth watering as it was when I was a child!
Jordans is a company that makes brands of crunchy oat and nut cereal (similar to muesli) based in Biggleswade in Bedfordshire.
In the Country Crisp range, there is a range of flavours:
If these do not sound good to you, then you must be hard to please! These delicious flavours are so yummy they make me want to eat the whole box. We went camping and took 2 boxes off these and we ended up just eating them from the box with no milk- they are gorgeous anyway you eat them! I bet they even taste nice baked!
These come in a 500g cardboard box and believe me, this does not last long if they go down a treat in your family. These actually make breakfast wanted. The fruit is real in the fruit range which is unusual for some other cereals.
There are only 265 calories per bowl which is not as good as some cereals but you have to forgive them because it tastes so good you would not want to miss out once in a while.
While I was at the metro centre they were giving these boxes away free, I went up and got one and so did my boyfriend- we were so impressed! Usually they cost around £2.00 which is a little too expensive in my opinion!
These are chunky little clusters of oats that taste so great you will want to fill your bowl!
I would rate these 5/5! They are so tasty- you should all try them!
Jordan's Country Crisp is a delicious, mouth-watering cereal. It's nice and crunchy and a single bowl is quite filling.
The box is filled with smallish brown clusters. They are sweet so there is really no need to add sugar, simply add milk and that's that. For an extremely tasty cereal it's surprisingly quite healthy. The clusters are made up of wholegrain oats and it has no artificial flavouring or colourings.
The box itself is light and rather slim meaning that it can easily fit nicely in a cupboard.
The only bad thing I can say about the cereal is that there aren't many clusters in a single box. 6-7 bowls is what I get out of one, so if you live in the house with a lot of greedy kids, you best keep the box in a nice private place.
I've tried both the Country Crisp Real Strawberries and the Country Crisp Four Nut Crunch and I must say that I prefer the latter. The strawberries are a little too tangy for me.
This truly is a delicious cereal and I recommend that everyone try it at least once.
Jordan's Country Crisp is my current favourite breakfast cereal, specifically the four-nut combo flavour. I eat this on the mornings that I don't have breakfast with my boyfriend as he suffers from nut allergies and obviously this would not be suitable for him! This cereal is absolutely packed with nuts.
Jordan's Country Crisp Four Nut variety contains flaked almonds, whole roasted hazelnuts, big chunks of brazil nuts, and chopped pecans. It also contains puffed rice crisps and clusters of toasted wholegrains. I really enjoy all of the ingredients and there is nothing about the taste of this cereal I don't like.
Jordan's Country Crisp also comes in other varieties including strawberry and raspberry flavours but I haven't tried these as i always want to buy the four nut one. It comes in a big brown and white box with Jordan's Country Crisp written on it and drawings of the cereal.
I usually eat this with skim milk or soy milk and it tastes great with either. The wholegrain clusters are chunky and crunchy even when they have been soaked in milk. The rice puffs are also quite nice, but what makes this cereal absolutely superb is the amount of nuts it contains. They really do add very generous portions of nuts to this. The brazil nut chunks are big and very satisfying, the pecans are nice and sweet, the hazelnuts are crunchy and the almonds are subtle and tasty. All in all, I wouldn't change anything about this cereal. It isn't too heavily sweetened, either, for my tastes at least!
The only downside to this cereal is that it isn't the lightest or healthiest stuff around. A serving contains 287 calories plus a whopping 14.1 grams of fat (20% of your guideline amount) plus 15.4 grams of sugar (17% of your guideline amount). It is low in salt though with only .3 grams.
This cereal is currently on sale at Tesco's for 2 for £3 but usually costs £2 for a 500 gram box.
Jordans Country Crisp is the very best cereal in my opinion. It tastes fantastic and is really addicting. The flavours are delicious and along with the clusters within the cereal, you get real bits of sweet fruit in there too such as raisins and strawberries. It's a really tasty cereal and top quality too. It comes at a slightly premium price but it's well worth it in my opinion! The cereal comes in 4 flavours:
Four Nut Combo
The boxes are 500g in weight and cost somewhere in the range of £2.20 - £2.30 - widely available at supermarkets including Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys as well as many smaller ones. The boxes are quite small but the packets inside are filled to the top with cereal. The Country Crisp logo is on the front in a colour respective to the flavour. Below is a description of the flavour as well as an image showing the clusters of cereal and fruit bits inside.
The box is very easy to open and you can seal it by sticking the flap underneath the hole on top of the box. The cereal is quite heavy in weight so the box is quite small but still contains 500g worth. I like to pour a small-medium amount into a bowl as it's quite filling. I eat it with milk as it tastes great like this but you can have it dry and still admire the taste.
There are clusters of oats in there with raw cane sugar, barley flakes, coconut, roast hazelnut, and more, which makes up the basis of the cereal. The fruit part is delicious and always very sweet and authentic too. The raisins taste excellent and are soft. The strawberry and raspberry bits have a sort of foam texture but are soft and very tasty. They add a delicious sweet taste to the cereal and just finish it off. I'd highly recommend this cereal as it's extremely tasty, very addicting and makes you get up 5 minutes earlier to have breakfast!
Thanks for reading,
I am a huge cereal lover. I can eat up to three bowls a day easily. You can't move in our house for boxes of cereal and the majority of the boxes are Jordans Country Crisp. We first tried them when they were on offer in Asda and we've been hooked ever since.
Jordans are a family run company that has been in the milling business for over 150 years, and making wholegrain cereals for over 30 years, and therefore pride themselves on not being "a run-of-the-mill cereal company". They also pride themselves on only using whole grain in their cereals and were in fact being one of the first companies to have made wholegrain breakfast cereals. None of their cereals contain any artificial colouring, preservatives or Genetically Modified Organisms.
The Country Crisp range contain whole grain clusters with added fruit, chocolate or nuts. They do six different flavours in the range: "Real Strawberries", "Real Raspberries", "Four Nut Crunch", "Flame Raisins", "Honey Clusters" and the most recent offering "Chocolate".
The product comes in a standard shaped cereal box with an opening at the top, and the cereal encased in a plastic packaging for freshness. The designs have recently chaned and are now are eye-catching and each flavour is coloured differently, either red, pink, purple, dark brown, yellow and light brown which makes it easy to differentiate between the flavours. Both the "Jordans" brand and the "Country Crisp" product name are printed in large letters on the box making the product instantly recognisable.
Beneath the brand name is the Jordans brand logo, a picture of the mill that has been at the heart of their business for over 150 years, and is used to symbolise their "integrity and passion for cereals".
Each box shows of a picture of what the product inside looks like, and I've found it to be a real likeness, unlike some cereals which look like soggy mulch in "real life", and nothing like the picture shown! The packet also tells us that not only are we being treated to the "best ever golden clusters", but they are also produced in Britain, a great plus for those of us who want to help our local farmers.
In terms of cost they are not the cheapest, but considering the quality of the ingredients I'm willing to pay the little bit extra. They are currently on offer in my local Home Bargains store for £1.29, about half of the recommended retail price. They are also frequently on offer on supermarkets, I've bought them many a time from Asda when they've been discounted at either 2 for £3, or 2 for £4.
The fat and calorie content varies with each flavour, the lowest fat content being the "Flame Raisin" with 8 grams of fat and 156 calories per 50g, whilst the most fattening is the "Four Nut Crunch" with 13.8 grams of fat per serving and 290 calories.
The fat content therefore is quite high compared to other cereals that advertised as being good for you but to make yourself feel better remember that they use top quality ingredients, have no artificial colours or preservatives and are full of fibre and nutritious goodness.
So, what do they actually taste like? Well on their recent TV advertising campaign they claim that we'll be able to taste that they care, and I do genuinely believe that is true. You can tell how high quality the ingredients are, especially when comparing it to supermarkets' own brand version. My husband's favourite is the strawberry flavour and Asda do their own equivalent at more than half the price. In my (and hubby's) opinion they also only taste half as good. Asda's has a small amount of tiny little strawberries whereas Jordans' are much larger.
I have only tried the raisin, raspberry and strawberry flavours because the others don't really appeal to me (oh ok, the chocolate one does but considering my need to fill my face with bowl after bowl of these, I'd no longer be able to fit through my front door if I ate those by the truck load!)
The raisin one is by far my favourite. Unlike other fruit cereals containing raisins, they aren't little and tasteless; they are large and juicy and totally yummy. I think they were actually once called "Jumbo Raisins" before they became "Flame Raisins" but I might be mistaken. The reason I like the raisin one so much is the contrast between the crunch of the clusters and the softness of the raisins. The combination of the two makes this cereal a very moore-ish treat.
The strawberry and the raspberry flavours as delicious as each other. Again, it is the contrast between the tangy sweetness of the freeze dried fruit against the clusters that makes it so appetising. The fruit is always of a good size, and there is just the right amount in ratio to the clusters.
The clusters themselves are also large and delightfully crunchy. I've noticed that they don't go soggy really quickly unlike their cheaper equivalents, perhaps due to their size.
They are so delicious I find it far too easy to go through a box. I'd much prefer it if a larger pack size was available as at present they only do a standard 500g box.
My only other negative also has nothing to do with the taste of the product; it is the lack of apostrophe in Jordans. Silly and pedantic? Yes, probably but it irritates me. If it is a product belonging to the Mr Jordan or the Jordans as a family, surely there should be an apostrophe? Just like Mr Kellogg does!
Jordans have their own website - http://www.jordanscereals.co.uk/.
The website is useful in finding out more about Jordans as a brand, their background, and the products available. They list each individual product they make with a description, ingredients list and nutritional information, which is handy if you're thinking of trying something new.
There is also the opportunity to register with the website to receive news and special offers. I've signed up and received a free sample of their newest muesli which, by the way, is also yummy.
You can buy these cereals, along with other Jordans products from any supermarket. I have never had trouble getting hold of them.
Jordans also do a range of cereal bars, (I'd highly recommend the raisin and nut Fruesli bar...yum!) muesli, and other breakfast items such as porridge.
1) Good range of flavours
2) British farmers
3) Good quality ingredients
4) Only use wholegrain
5) Range of other products available
6) Quite high calorie content
Jordans produce several varieties of Country Crisp. However it is the Country Crisp with strawberries that I am reviewing in particular. The cost of a 500 gram packet is in the region of £1.90 from most supermarkets but it can often be found on offer.
The cereal is made by the Jordan family who have been in the milling business for over 150 years. They have been making wholegrain cereals since the 1970s.
The Jordan's were one of the first companies to have make wholegrain breakfast cereals. They use the entire grain so that the fibre and nutritious goodness goes straight into the cereals. The quality of the ingredients is evident in this first class cereal. This is probably because Jordan's pride themselves on only using natural ingredients that are grown on British farms.
The cereals used by Jordan's are grown by Conservation Grade farmers around Britain who are paid a premium to create nature-friendly habitats on 10% of their farmed land.
The cereal clusters are very crispy and crunchy. They retain their crispiness right through the eating and don't become soggy.
The combination of oats, nuts and fruits is very tasty - with lots of variety. There are a good amount of small pieces of freeze dried strawberries which are tasty if a little 'sharp' both in flavour and in texture.
The strawberries, however, coloured and flavoured the milk which was delicious to lap up towards the end of the bowl. It was very satisfying and filling - even though it tasted very 'moreish'.
I really did enjoy eating them - I especially liked the crunchiness of the oats and nuts in the clusters.
During transportation sometimes the strawberries can settle either at the top of the pack or the bottom - so it is advisable to give the box a shake before serving to distribute the strawberries more evenly throughout the cereal.
The cereal contains oat flakes, barley flakes, oat flour, raw cane sugar, vegetable oil, rapeseed oil, palm oil, rice flour, dessicated coconut, freeze dried strawberry pieces, roasted chopped hazelnuts, sea salt, natural vanilla flavouring.
** Nutrional Information**
Calories: 435 per 100g
Protein: 7.7g per 100g
Carbohydrate: 65.3g per 100g
Fibre: 6.3g per 100g
Salt: 0.17g per 100g
An average serving of country crisp with 100ml of semi skimmed milk contains 265 calories.
Jordans Country Crisp is a good source of fibre and made with whole grains.. There are no artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives or GM ingredients and is suitable for vegetarians.
Other varieties produced by Jordan's include real raspberries, flame raisins and four nuts.
Jordans Country Crisp is one of my favourite cereals. Actually my favourite version of it is available in France-the chocolate chip! However this is just as lovely.
Jordans care about the countryside and the cereals are grown locally to production by themselves. It is a family company too. The cereal is really nice with milk especially almond milk if you can get it.
The clusters are crunchy but if you are worried about your fillings leave it in the milk for about a minute as it softens up.The great thing is you won't be hungry all morning if you eat this and it's great for a bedtime snack.
I love the box design as well. All the family adore the cereal and we take it on camping trips. It's also really nice to nibble on in front of the telly.
Not too expensive either maybe about £1.89 in some outlets so good value.
Jordans Country Crisp has always been a firm favourite of mine. It is a mixture of oat and barley clusters with either raspberries or strawberries. The cereals they use are British, if this is something you feel strongly about.
It is absolutely delicious. I like both the strawberry and raspberry varieties. The strawberry one has quite a strong coconut undertone. It is quite a sweet cereal and does leave a sweet taste in your mouth afterwards. Also, there are plenty of the freeze-dried fruits throughout the packet so you get a good amount of fruit in every bowl (I have big bowls!! No comments please!).
It is a great source of fibre and wholegrains, both of which treat your tummy to a nice little work-out!
Slight downside is there are over 400cals per 100g and over 15g of fat per 100g. But if you do not read the side, you can plead ignorance. The type is very small so you might well miss it!
Jordans country crisp is,in my book,the nicest cereal on the market! Jordans country crisp comes in several varieties such as raspberry,raisin and strawberry. My favourite is the raspberry.
Country crisp contains oat flakes,raw cane sugar,barley flakes,coconut as well as freeze dried fruit. The raspberry variety has lots of raspberries. The cereal dosn't go soggy when you add milk,although does soften up.
The cereal tastes delicious! The dried fruit taste is obvious . I like to ad some fresh raspberries to my bowl to add even more raspberry taste.
Jordans country crisp is not cheap selling at around £2.50 for a 500 gram box. It is sometimes on offer though. The cereal is widely available from most supermarkets.
My wife finds country to sweet. It is not a good choice for those who are counting calories,with a 100 gram serving containing 448 calories! And thats before you add any milk!
However if like me,taste is important then give country crisp a try!
Calories: 448 per 100g
Protein: 7.1g per 100g
Carbohydrate: 63g per 100g
Fibre: 7.5g per 100g
Salt: 0.6g per 100g
Price: Between £2.60 and £3.00, depending on where bought (corner shops usually being more expensive than supermarkets), for a 500g box
WARNING: This product contains nuts
I will have to limit my review to Jordan's Country Crisp With Real Strawberries, as it's the only variety I have tasted.
Overall, I find this a nice and tasty cereal to eat any time of the day or night, served with ice cold skimmed milk.
It is a very "oaty" cereal, with a pleasant taste. The levels of sweetness are quite high, but are complimented by the slight sharpness of the fairly small dried strawberry pieces.
When I first began to eat this cereal, I found it very difficult to chew as it is incredibly crunchy, but I overcame that problem by leaving it to stand for a few minutes after pouring the milk on. The infusion of the milk softened the cereal without making it go pappy, and it was thus a lot easier to eat.
Though the calorie-content per 100g is rather high, a little of this cereal goes a long way, as it is very filling and satisfying.
I would prefer it if the strawberry content were a little more generous, but I personally like the fact that the strawberries are in tiny pieces - if they were larger, there would be less pieces per spoonful, and as they are, it gives for a fairly good distribution of flavour.
The best thing for me about Jordan's Country Crisp With Real Strawberries is that despite it's rather high calorie content, it is a rich and valuable source of fibre, and "good carbohydrate".
Much healthier (though maybe not so ecstatic) than a box of chocolates, and probably fills the same sized space inside your stomach.
And to close, I find that this cereal to some degree hits and satisfies the "chocolate spot" when in deep craving, even though it contains no chocolate at all.
This cereal is really tasty and a nice alternative to some on the market. The Box you get is quite small however you dont need that much to fill you up and it is quite crunchy so ya can get jaw ache, lol.
The cereal consists of crunchy clusters with dried fruit pieces, I have only tried the starwberry one, which has freeze dried whole starwberries in it, which are really nice as they are quite sharp and not too sweet so combined with the sweet clusters its a nice combination.
I find the cereal to be nice at the top when you begin eating, but by the time you have nearly finished the cereal there is no starwberries left at the bottom, so they could add more starwberries to it in my opinion. But overall a tasty cereal with lovely fruity taste and nice and cruncy, wakes your mouth up in the morning.
Having watched 'The fat man's warning' on telly the other night and seeing what the effects of an unhealthy diet were and add to that the fact that I am a junk food junkie, I thought it time to change my ways and try to eat more healthily.
So, in my monthly online shop at Tesco's I spied a box of Jordan's Country Crisp breakfast cereal and seeing as it was on special offer at 2 500g boxes for £3 (Normal price £1.98 each) I thought what the hey, it's definitely cheap enough and a 500g box is a decent size so I ordered a couple of boxes. I got the strawberry and the four nut combo flavours which both looked quite tasty. This opinion is about the four nut combo variety which is the only one I have tried so far.
What is Jordan's Country Crisp? Well to put it bluntly, it is an all natural cereal (meaning it doesn't contain any artificial ingredients) made up of lots and lots of small nugget style clusters containing oats, barley flakes, coconut, sesame seeds and in this case, four different kinds of chopped nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, pecans and brazils).
Anyway, into my bowl they went only to be drowned with ice cold milk, they looked and smelt delicious, sweet and oaty with a strong nutty odour, good start then. This unfortunately. was as good as it got, as I shovelled a huge spoonful into my large grub muncher, the first thing that hit me was the texture. Hard and crunchy, almost like a boiled sweet but less satisfying. Because of the strong mouthwatering smell this stuff lets out, I was expecting a total flavour burst of equal quality, instead I was treated to a bland flavourless chomp. I say chomp because after only the first spoonful which took me nearly two minutes to chew into swallowable pieces (without slicing up the back of my throat), I quite literally had jaw ache from the incessant chewing I had to do. I looked like the cartoon dog 'Droopy' when I'd finished I could almost drag my jawbone along behind me.
The harsh fact is, this stuff just doesn't break down quick enough and makes eating it quite a chore, try eating a full jar of peanut butter with a spoon and you'd probably get the same effect. I know this is healthy food but c'mon, does it really have to be so difficult to eat, no wonder people in the UK are overweight. Seriously, I could probably eat a nice 14 inch meat feast pizza and fries in less time than it took me to finish a bowl of this.
According to the box, Jordan's Country Crisp is a good source of fibre which doesn't surprise me because if your teeth struggle to break it down then I imagine your stumach fluids are not going to fare much better (I haven't got proof as yet but I bet it comes out looking almost the same as it went in - watch this space).
One good thing is that the packaging is made from 80% recycled goods and the other 20% from sustainable forests which I suppose is needed as it could take a year or two to actually finish a box.
All in all a very bland and uncomfortable munch which you just don't need first thing on a morning, it tastes like a month old newspaper and leaves you feeling like you've just swallowed a rhino. However, if you enjoy chewing a bowl of steel or lead for breakfast (where's James Bonds mate Jaws when you need him?), then this is definitely for you.
I somehow think the box of Strawberry Country Crisp will be decorating my kitchen cupboard for quite some time.
Oh, one last thing, the best thing about this is the box, which has the infinite stupidity to say 'warning, may contain nuts' Duhhh!
Jordan's Country Crisp £1.98 (2 for £3) from Tesco's
287 calories - 14.1g fat - 0.46g salt - per 50g bowl with milk (trust me if you can chew through a bigger bowl than that, you're a better man than I am)
Consumer careline - 0800 587 8901 - www.jordanscereals.co.uk
Thanks for the read
Jordans Cereals was founded to make a range of healthy, wholegrain cereals.