“ Brand: Jordans / Type: Oats „
I don't have cereal often for breakfast. However for change I do have them occasionally. Jordans Crunchy Oats with Tropical Fruits is one I have very recently tried.
Jordans is a registered trademark of Jordan family, which has been in the milling business since 1855 and as one of the first companies to have made wholegrain breakfast cereals since the 1970s. They use traditional methods in cereal craft with the entire grain so that the fibre and nutritious goodness has been kept in their cereals.
Different from many cereal brands Jordans Crunchy Oats with Tropical Fruits is packed in a semi-transparent plastic bag instead of a box. There are also two clear windows on the bag to see what inside. The brand name Jordans is printed above in black colour. The product name Crunchy Oats is showed in the centre in red colour and very noticeable. Underneath there is a instructions about the tropical fruits.
As you can see from the bag, it is toasted British oats with honey clusters. The ingredients are described as: British Conservation Grade Oat Flakes(65%), Raw Cane Sugar, Dried tropical fruits(15%), Honey, Sunflowers Seeds, Chopped Almond and Natural Vanilla Flavouring. The dried tropical fruits include papaya, banana, pineapple and coconut pieces. There is also a clue to the nutritional values per 100g. I will not list all of them, but as fibre is a very important part of a healthy diet, I would like to mention that particular figure. The fibre per 100g is 6.4g. Compared to other cereal brands I have at home it is the lowest. I was surprised with the result because when I ate Jordans Crunchy Oats I mistakenly thought that it was full of fibre.
It is guided to serve with semi-skimmed milk. After a while of soaking in a bowl the oats are getting soggy, but still crunchy. You can taste the sweetness of the honey, but not sickly sweet. The oat flavours are really tasty. However for some reason you can't get the taste of tropical fruits. It is partially due to the dryness of the fruits, mainly due to the amount of fruit. There is hardly anything but banana chips. I like papaya because I think it can help me losing weight and whitening my skin. Disappointingly I can't be sure I had eaten papaya as they promised from this so called tropical fruits cereal.
You can get Jordans Crunchy Oats with Tropical Fruits in some supermarkets such as Sainsbury's, Tesco, ASDA etc. At my local Sainsbury's it is priced £2.93 for 770g. However it was on half price when I bought it.
As a quick breakfast I think Jordans Crunchy Oats with Tropical Fruits is not bad. What I like about it is that the oats are really tasty and crunchy. It can provide me enough energy for long hours. However as a fruity cereal I can't taste the fruits. To get a balanced diet I need to add more fruit.
Compared to other brands of cereal Jordans Crunchy Oats with Tropical Fruits is a little expensive, particularly giving the quantity and quality of the tropic fruits it contains. In some ways I think we pay more money for the expensive ingredients of tropical fruits, but it seems we have not been generously given.
So my conclusion is mixed. On the one hand, if you want simple oat cereal, when Jordans Crunchy Oats with Tropical Fruits is on offer, you can give it a try, the tropical fruits are really bonus. On the other hand if you want a cereal full of fruits, you maybe feel upset, especially if you pay the full price.
I wrote a review before of the raisin version of this, which is ridiculously addictive. One day I accidentally picked up the tropical version and I felt very stupid. However, after eating, I have realised that this version is perhaps five thousand times better, although they are both, admittedly, delicious.
This is essentially a packet of honey baked oats. What I like about it is that the oats are very, very crunchy so you can saturate your bowl with milk but the flakes don't go soggy like cornflakes or whatever. They're still really firm and you can still taste the sweetness of the honey. I don't think this packet is as good to eat dry from the packet as the raisin though, for some reason. I think it is because you don't get as much fruit as in the raisin version, which is my one complaint actually. I was really disappointed with the amount of fruit as there is hardly anything but banana chips. I really love pineapple in such cereal but I felt spoiled when I had one per bowl and as I got down to the bottom of the packet, I had no pineapple at all. In fact, I had no fruit at all except the dreaded banana chips. I don't really have anything against banana chips but...come on. I wanted some melon or pineapple at least. One piece of either is all I ask for but you got neither. I think that's pretty disappointing as if you eat Jordans Tropical Muesli for example there is loooads of pineapple, papaya, melon, etc. so in comparison this is very sparse indeed.
However, it is very good and I think it would probably be even better if you had some fruit on hand which you could add yourself. It's perfectly fine to eat this without any fruit as the oats itself is absolutely gorgeous. I know it's probably not very healthy as this is quite high in sugar due to the honey but...eh. It's good. The serving size of 50g, however, I feel is quite small. It fills about a quarter of a bowl or even less which I think is quite disappointing but I try to stick to it anyway. It has around 230 calories in this amount with the milk as well, which is quite reasonable but it comes with a lot of carbs understandably. I do think it makes a good start to the day though as it's one of those breakfasts that you quite look forward to. I have gone back to muesli for the moment and I really miss the crunch of this as in comparison muesli is very soft and, when you put in the same amount of milk, soggy.
I really recommend this but I do think the price is a bit extortionate at around £2 with an ever smaller packet size - mine is 750g. It's alright if you're going to stick to the 50g serving size but if you plan on filling your bowl right up then breakfast is going to pretty expensive! But it is most certainly delicious. I would recommend trying this and the raisin and almond one. The raisin and almond one is a good one for snacking as it tastes good both wet and dry.