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I hate when companies think they can dupe the poor consumer and now Kellogs is the latest to do this. My family and i have long enjoyed this previously delicious cereal. However i recently noticed something was "off" about them. They looked paler and then it hit me what they had done. They have increased the puffed rice (or puffed barley) ratio so as to make it cheaper?? for them to make and a far less enjoyable experience for us to eat. My whole family noticed the change in the cereal independantly. And this was not just one isolated box but something we have noticed for weeks. I am truly fuming at the company for changing our beloved cereal.As many have said its not the cheapest of breakfast choices so i refuse for it to taste like it is !!!!!!!!
I used to love crunchy nut cornflakes and would quite happily eat them everyday for breakfast until, during a fitness & healthy eating spell (complete with a personal trainer at the gym) I was banned from eating these (by said trainer) because of the amount of sugar they contained.
Alas, times have changed, my husband and I are still jobless, the trainer has been dispensed with long ago and food is once again a comfort to me - aah the good old days are back!
I was therefore very keen to try out Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters as I love honey and peanuts.
The basis to this cereal is pretty healthy as it contains multigrains, namely rolled oats, Maize and Wheat. These wholegrains together with peanuts are held together by the honey as well as other sticky ingredients, hence the clusters.
However, it appears to me that those funloving staff at my local Tesco's have been playing catch with the cereal boxes again after the store closes as each of the three boxes I have purchased so far have nice sized clusters in the top half of the packet but these soon give way to rubble in the bottom half. Although this 'rubble' still tastes nice, it is the allure of the clusters and their ability to retain their crunchiness easily once partnered with milk that I particularly favour. The rubble does not do this as well and frankly is not what I paid for.
My last purchase was a Big Value 750g pack costing £2.00 (this size pack usually retails for £2.99) and this offer is available until 5th October from Tescos.
Despite this issue, I do find this cereal appealing especially as I have a rather sweet tooth. Those who don't might find this overly sweet, sweeter than the original crunchy nut cornflakes. The addition of peanuts is a masterstroke as these give an alternative flavour and texture to the grains and go very well with the honey taste.
One 45g serving contains 198 caloires, 11g sugar, 7g fat (2.5 of which is saturates) and 0.5g of salt.
Although this does seem quite high in sugar this equates to only 13% of your recommended daily allowance so if balanced by a fairly good diet, I see no reason why these could not be eaten on a daily basis if so desired. To minimise the calories I eat these with skimmed milk.
All in all a tasty cereal that sweet toothed people in particular will love! I have taken one star off because of the 'rubble' issue!
Thanks for reading. x
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I bought a box of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters after being advised to eat a more sugary breakfast. Coming from an overweight and dieting (but winning!) diabetic this sounds a bizarre statement, but I visited a nutritional specialist recently who took detailed accounts of my medical history and also required me to fill in a daily food diary for two months. Her advice was that my general diet is good; my diabetes is extremely well controlled (for someone who admittedly likes more cake than her blood sugar levels can tolerate) and my original symptoms of being tired and generally lacking energy could be improved by small changes in my diet.
The upshot of this was that I should spread through the day the amount of sugar I have; no sugar all day long, followed by a tinned in-syrup fruit and ice cream pudding is no good. The trick, for me, is to substitute my plain and largely sugar free breakfast for a sugary cereal and cut out my late night sweet cravings. This is easier said than done, but that is another story.
I decided on Crunchy Nut Clusters as I reasoned the sweetness would come from the honey, as opposed to plain old 'too much sugar'. A 45g serving provides 13% of an adult's daily recommended amount of sugar, and surprisingly there is 7g of fat in the cereal which is rather higher than I imagined for a breakfast cereal.
I have eaten them a few times now, and honestly I think the best thing I can say about the cereal is that it keeps well. I do like the original Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and although this is based on the same idea, for me it doesn't quite work.
I find the flavour of them cloying sweet, far too sweet to eat in the morning and very 'strange' too. The cereal is made up of multi-grain cereal with peanut and honey clusters; the problem is you have two completely different textures of cereal in your dish! It's mainly crunchy individual grains and they're nice enough on their own, I actually think it's the clusters which let the cereal down - they're extremely odd.
Some clusters are huge, you can see from the square edges that they've been cut in their thousands by machine and these are the ones which haven't separated properly. Then you have smaller, more manageable clusters - these are delicious and if only Kellogg's had used just these small ones the cereal would be far nicer overall.
The taste of honey is very strong in these Crunchy Nut Clusters, far more apparent than in the original flakes. This does become overpowering very quickly, I adore honey but combined with the sugar within this cereal it starts getting sickly. I have noticed I automatically pour out a very small bowl of this cereal; whereas I can munch my way through a large piled up bowl of Rice Crispies or Shredded Wheat, I know Crunchy Nut Clusters are really for someone with a bigger appetite than myself.
On a positive note, the amount of peanuts is perfect and they add a delightful flavour to the cereal. I sometimes long for more peanuts as if you are lucky enough to get a cluster which is packed with the little beauties then it doesn't taste so amazingly sweet - in short, the peanuts definitely do a good job in breaking up the sugary flavours!
I also like the fact that the cereal doesn't soak up too much milk and become soggy, the clusters retain their crunch and while the grains lose some of their crunchiness they still have a very nice texture. The milk tastes absolutely delicious after eating the cereal, taking on a delicate flavour of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes (the original ones, not this savagely sweet by-product). I have actually been known to drink the milk from the bowl as though it were a cup, too impatient to lift the spoon a dozen times.
Despite my personal misgivings regarding this cereal, I do (surprisingly) recommend it. To certain types of people. If you favour a bland breakfast like myself I'm sure this will completely overpower you, and perhaps put you off food for the remainder of the day. My favourite breakfast is Weetabix - no sugar, a splash of milk and maybe a few strawberries if I'm feeling very exotic. To me, eating Crunchy Nut Clusters is on a par with a custard doughnut for breakfast.
However, I am well aware that the very things I dislike about this cereal are just the ingredients to draw in the younger market. I'm sure there are more people who like Crunchy Nut Clusters than dislike them, my granddaughter is fourteen and she informs me she has been eating them for quite a long time. Although even at her sugar loving age she cannot face the sweetness in the morning and eats hers for supper, or she did until she had a healthy eating session in school and the whole Crunchy Nut franchise was labelled as one of the most sugar laden breakfast cereals eaten regularly in their age bracket.
It's certainly not what I would class as a healthy breakfast, but in fairness it doesn't claim to be.
If you love the taste of Kellogg's crunchy nut, I am pretty sure you will love this cereal, especially if you have a big love for nuts, like me. I always love nuts and anything crunchy, so this cereal is just perfect for me.
Who wouldn't know Kellogg's? A company which is so famous for making cereals. Although the price is more expensive than other brands, it's just because the quality is higher. Sick of other plain ordinary cereals? It's time to try Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Cluster.
Packaged in a bright yellow & orange box with the brand & the name on it, you can also see a big bowl of clusters on the box. Just by looking at it makes me want to want to eat them and to be honest, this thing is addictive.
So, how about the clusters? Each cluster is a mixture of oats, wheat and corn, wrapped in sumptuous honey and nuts. The ingredients contain Rolled Oats, Sugar, Maize, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Peanuts (5%), Honey (4%), Invert Sugar Syrup, Dried Coconut, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12. As you can see, it has a lot of vitamins & minerals which are good for us.
What I love about this is I can easily eat the clusters dry and don't even need a spoon. Although they may be hard for someone that have problems with chewing, I find it very tasty to eat dry, like I am having nut biscuits. The clusters vary in size and once you place the cluster in your mouth, you can immediately taste the honeyish flavour. And when you start to chew, all the nuts, oats, corns & wheat come together into a very delicious flavour in your mouth.
And I must say this is one of the best cereals to go with milk. It is sweet enough to make the milk tastier, and it takes ages to go soggy. All you can feel is the crunchiness of the clusters. And it still tastes great with warm milk.
Comparing to other cereals, this one is quite high in calories & of course, high in sugar. A serving of this cereal with 125 ml semi-skimmed milk will give you 237 calories and 8 grams of fat, with 17 grams of sugar. So go for skimmed milk to reduce the calories.
One problem that I have with this cereal is that I could easily eat the whole box in no time. It is so tasty that I though it was some kind of biscuits. And considering the fact that it's definitely not cheap, I wouldn't eat regularly. I only buy it on offers. It current retails at £2 per 500g box at Asda and £2.66 at Tesco & Sainsbury's.
Due to the fact that this cereal has peanuts in obviously makes it a no go for anyone with nut related allergies, but for anyone without this makes for a great cereal to try if you haven't already. It's suitable for veggies.
There are other varieties as well: Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters Milk Chocolate Curls and (according to Kellogg's website) Summer Berries.
If it was cheaper I would give it 5 stars. Definitely worth a try!
I absolutely love cereal and I am not a traditional "morning person" when it comes to eating cereal as I can be more often than not be found munching on a bowl in the afternoon or evening. One of my favourite cereals I wouldn't really class as a "cereal" and can be found munching on Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Clusters at a variety of times of day.
Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters come in a bright yellow and orange 500g cardboard box. The bright red Kellogg's branding is visable. There is also an image of a big bowl of the cereal with milk poured over it. This looks very good and you are drawn to this image although it is the brightly coloured box which catches your attention first when it is on the shelf.
Inside the cereal is in a sealed inner plastic bag for freshness.
As you would expect with this being a Kelloggs cereal this is more expensive. For a 500g box you will pay £2.67 in Asda. The supermarkets do not offer a cheaper own brand alternative which makes the price more "justified" but if you are on a budget this is maybe not the cereal for you... unless you want to treat yourself as it does taste good.
***Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Clusters***
When poured into a bowl Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Clusters is very different to traditional breakfast cereal as the clusters are extremely large. In fact it may be necessary to break down the clusters further. The clusters are made up of multigrain cereal; puffed rice, oats, wheat, crunchy nut cornflakes mixed together with peanut and honey. So these almost look like mini flapjack clusters when they are in a bowl.
The cereal has a lovely sweet honey yet quite nutty scent. When milk is poured over the cereal the honey scent becomes even more apparent and the cereal smells a lot sweeter.
The cereal pieces are very hard without milk poured on them. This is a cereal that does not go soggy quickly and you could leave a milk soaked bowl of this for over 10 minutes and come back to it without it being disgusting and soggy. The flapjack pieces would be softer but still in a cluster shape. The taste of the cereal is amazing. This is very sweet and the initial mouthful tastes very sweet like honey. As you chew the cluster the nutty oaty taste comes through. The after taste left in your mouth is sweet but with a nutty peanut taste to it.
A bowl of this cereal is very tasty but is extremely filling. I do find one bowl is enough to satisfy my appetitie but not my greed as when I have finished a bowl I always seen to want more.
As I have already mentioned these are very much like pieces of flapjack therefore I often find myself munching on a handful of dry clusters rather than covering in milk. This makes a great snack but be warned it is addictive and I have found that by eating this way I make a serious dent in the amount left in the bag!
Per 30g serving
Nutritionally this is not one for dieters due to its higher fat content. The biggest let down is the amount of sugar per bowl which is massive for a cereal.
Another great tasting cereal from Kellogs and as yet I have not seen a supermarket which has brought out a product to rival Crunchy Nut Clusters therefore the high price per box feels slightly more "justified". I tell myself that anyway. I still do not really class this as a "cereal" and although this tastes great with milk in a bowl, I prefer to eat a handful at a time as the cereal tastes very much like broken up pieces of flapjack.
The major disadvantage of this product is the amount of sugar contained per bowl. 17g is a whopping amount to consume in a bowl of cereal therefore unfortunately I'm going to have to take away a star. However this is a great tasting "cereal" and a firm favourite of mine even though I am completely addicted. Try at your own risk *ADDICTION POSIBLE*.
I used to be such a well-behaved, conscientous breakfast eater. I went for either porridge with a little tiny dash of sugar or muesli with no added sugar and then went virtuously on to work, smug in the knowledge that I was doing the right thing and eating a healthy breakfast.
Trouble was, as soon as I got to work the sugar cravings would start. I'd sneak down to the snack machine most days by 10am to buy a chocolate bar or a sweetened granola bar or someting similar. I just had to have something sweet to snack on.
I thought it over and decided to try nipping the sugar cravings in the bud right at breakfast time. I tried a few sweet cereals but nothing was quite right for me until I discovered these Crunchy Nut Clusters. They aren't too sickly sweet like the vast majority of sugary cereals, they have a nice crunch to them and they stay crispy in milk. They're very satisfying and fill me up well.
Each serving has about 179 calories. Depending on the type of milk you use there will be a few more calories in a serving but still the calorie count stays pretty low. The only thing to watch out for is that if you're filling your bowl to the top you'll end up consuming two servings.
Now that I've switched breakfasts I don't seem to crave a snack until around 11 or so, at which point I can either hang in there until lunchtime or have a piece of fruit - either way I'm soon feeling virtuous again.
Today I have done nothing. Ok well, that is a slight lie. I discovered my electricity had been turned off (and might not get put back on till the end of the week, how nice of them!) I discovered that my shower really does need the electricity on to make it work. I proceeded to spend most of my day sitting in meetings (which is a god send in comparison to actually having to do my job) and then capped it off with reading a book while I was waiting on people phoning (which currently they don't seem to be doing). Overall my day, though smelly, was a complete success resulting in doing very little. It also just happened to be pay day! HUZZAH!
After my gruelling day at the office, I came home to find that the electricity had, in fact, been reconnected and the workmen were nice enough to sweep debris under my door since I wasn't there to answer my door (and so, OBVIOUSLY, my flat is unoccupied. Douche bags.) I decided at this point to ignore the mess left and go do my shopping.
---Now for the history part---
While looking at my incredibly empty trolley and feeling the impending doom that this usually brings (empty trolley usually means we go over budget. Odd eh!) I decided "screw it" and piled in some Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters. Now pay attention and I shall give you a brief, mildly entertaining, quite possibly spurious account of Kellogg's grand history!
Way back when (1897-ish), there were two brothers (the adverts don't tell you THAT do they?) John Harvey Kellogg (DR) and Will Keith Kellogg. JHK liked to research diets and sexuality (an obvious paring I thought) and WKK liked to buy horses. Both of them liked to be seventh day Adventists. At least they got the holy day right I suppose! (no really, read the bible guys, its Saturday!)
---Horny? No...me neither...---
To start with both brothers worked in harmony to create cereals. JHK believed that sex was bad. Yep, this is relevant. He was of the rather odd belief that if you lived on a rich diet and ate a lot you would be a sex fiend. His idea was to eat but TWO square meals a day consisting of the most boring and dull substance you could find. Since cardboard was patented in 1871 they decided to go with Cornflakes instead. At this point you would be cured of your desire to bum the milkman senseless and live a happy, care free life growing vegetables and getting a funny feeling in your pants every time you put a cucumber next to a lettuce.
Alas, the brothers, as brothers are destined to do, fell out over the recipe. Apparently it just wasn't bland enough. That might be a lie. Eventually WKK and JHK went their separate ways with WKK founding the Kellogg's cereal company (eventually, after many name changes) that we know and now have slight reservations about consuming ever again. Do not fear though, I've been eating Kellogg's for years and I still masturbate more than should be humanly possible!
---Crazy as a coconut---
Hundreds of years later and Kellogg's has realised that cornflakes are crap and decided to give people Crunchy Nut. When that just wasn't enough they decided to bring out Crunch Nut Clusters. At this point, the Gods sang and angels sprang into life in the skies and rained down goodness onto everyone. Apart from the guy next door, he's a grump. Kellogg also rolled in his grave since now everyone was having tasty things for breakfast and they were screwing all over the place. Maybe.
Crunchy Nut Clusters are a nice little mix of Cornflakes, Peanuts, rolled oats and I swear to God there are Rice Crispies in there too. Rather oddly, they also contain dried Coconut. All of this is bound together (in the darkness) in neat little chunks (or clusters) by honey. At least, that is what happens in THEORY. Having opened my box, most of it is what looks like porridge oats. Unfortunately they can't seem to stay in their clusters very long so you may have to search your box for them like kids used to do for the prize. It's a shame you don't get those choking hazards any more really, isn't it?
---Ain't no clusters when she's gone!---
After shaking my box a little, some clusters did eventually come to the top, but I'd say at least half of the box is just "Crunchy Nut" cereal. Upon tasting them I am suitably impressed. They are absolutely delicious. They remind me a little of flapjacks but not as moist. Well, they aren't moist the way I eat them, which is generally without milk. The joy of the clusters (at least if you get a decent amount) is that you can eat them more like sweets. The downside is that once you are left with half a box of crumbs, you start getting it everywhere as you try and shove handfuls into your mouth.
----Chewy, but not meaty---
So, you may have noticed I've mentioned these things are delicious? If you haven't, I did. Somewhere. Now to tell you all about the nutritional value of your daily Clusterbomb! First of all you may be shocked and awed to know that these delicacies are in fact suitable for vegetarians! That's right girls and boys, this cereal doesn't have ANY beef in it! OR PORK!!! Though it is NOT suitable for those who like their cereals to be Halal or Kosher compatible. I'm not even kidding, you can check these sort of things on the website. (www.kelloggs.co.uk)
As for what you get out of your recommended 40g serving (of which there are 12 in the box): Calorie wise we are talking 176 per serving. 9% of your Guideline daily allowance and a respectable amount for a snack / breakfast. Sugar, we are talking 10g (11% of your GDA) and Fats are 6g (9% of your GDA). Even the salt is fairly decent with only 0.4g (7% of your GDA). It's yet another one of those things that when eaten in moderation is a good part of a healthy diet. It even comes with extra folic acid so if you find yourself up the duffer, gouging on this stuff could be even better for you!
---Crunch some numbers---
Now we come to what I believe to be the downfall of crunchy nut clusters: The price. For a box giving you 12 servings you have to shell out quite a bit. In Asda (home of the uber cheap both goods wise and clientele) you need to shell out a whopping £2.66! Even the box is abnormally and unsatisfyingly thin. It just doesn't feel worth the money to go and get a pack of the things. Ok so the taste is BRILLIANT but is it £2.66 worth of brilliant? That's a question best asked on payday. I wouldn't really see this as a cereal to have round all the time, more a frivolous luxury item for when you are feeling particularly flush (with cash). And that right there is what puts me off buying them most times. A cereal you need to be FLUSH for?? A LUXURY?!?!? NO! Surely this title of "luxury" is retained only for the finest chocolate flown from the furthest reaches of the globe? A plump juicy steak dripping with gold leaf? The finest fabrics sewn lovingly by a line of starving 8 year olds? NOT A BLOODY BREAKFAST CEREAL??!? Excuse me while I calm down.
So in conclusion what have we learned? Although delicious, this cereal is expensive. Although satisfying, you will NOT give up sex after a couple of bowls. Although I try, I can never get those starving 8 year olds to sew fast enough. I WOULD recommend the cereal to buyers purely on the taste and the nutritional values make it a nice healthy choice (assuming you don't pig out, you filthy glutton). The only thing I wouldn't recommend is actually paying for the cereal. Get some mug to buy it for you. Shoplift it if you have to. Why not? The adverts for the stuff are practically inviting you to do so. Just give it a bash. Now, I am off to see if Primark want to buy some used 8 year olds.
I had been nagged into buying these for a long time, but with them being a bit on the pricey side I had managed to put it off, with one excuse or another! I think that £2.66 for a smallish box is dear as in my house nobody has a normal bowl of cereal it's like I have giants living here with the size of the bowls that fly out of my window!! I know it says 12 servings @ 40g but in my house that would be about 5-6 if I'm lucky.
This cereal weighs 500g, but because it is filled with nuts and honey it doesn't give you a very big box, unlike Cornflakes or Rice Krispies. So on pouring into a bowl you will see little a mix of different sizes of oats, wheat, peanuts, coconut, maize and honey all crushed together to make an assortment of different sized clusters, hence the name Crunchy Nut Clusters. I found these to be a bit on the sweet side for me, but very morish to eat just by putting your hand in the box and eating them dry before you have poured any into the bowl!
This cereal tastes the same as the normal Crunchy Nut that you can buy and I think that is the one I would continue to buy from now on as I found that when looking into the bag in the box ( for this review Blimey they have got through them I only got them yesterday!!) I find that about three quarters of the way down there isn't a cluster in sight, just
lots of crumbs from shattered clusters which isn't what I paid for. I expected it to be clusters to the end!!
This cereal is just another clever marketing way for Kelloggs to sell even more of their Crunchy Nut range, as they already have Crunchy Nut Peanut Crisp bars out which can be bought as caramel or chocolate coated bars. These are dear as well!
A 40g serving contains;
of an adults guideline daily amount.
I was lucky enough to pop into Netto's yesterday and found these Crunchy Nut Clusters on sale for £1.39 which is a big big saving than if I had got these in Tesco's or any of the other big supermarkets. I still don't think I would even buy these at this price though!
I'll give it 3 stars as being that once you get down the box a bit there are no more clusters to be found and that isn't what I would expect from a Kelloggs product! They say they are" Ludicrously Tasty "I'd say that they are "Ludicrously Crumby" !
Mmmm, these are so tasty!
What are they?
Crunchy Nut Clusters are a fusion of cereal, nuts, and honey. When you open the pack there are typically lots of big satisfying chunky clusters on top, and as you get further down the pack they have broken up into much smaller, often one or two piece clusters. The crunchyness and nutiness is so delicious. I will happily snack on them by themselves or eat them for breakfast with milk. It feels like a real treat eating them - this aint no ordinary cereal! I also sometimes put a few pieces in my yoghurt to make it a bit more tasty and interesting, or mix it with some other cereal.
Unfortunately they are not particularly good for you. They have nuts in them which I guess are a good fat, but at 8g fat per 40g serving with semi-skimmed milk, and 235 kcal, they are probably not the best option if you are trying to watch your weight at all. Also, because they are so tasty you will probably want more than 40g. Something I sometimes do to make it a bit better, is mix it with some other less fattening cereal.
The Cost / Value:
At £2.59 for 500g, this is definitely not a cheap cereal. The box is pretty small and also when you open it it's only about 2/3 full.
The cost coupled with the fat content means that this cereal is probably better as a treat once or twice a week rather than an everyday option.
I am very fussy when it comes to eating cereal, and I can't stand anything that goes soggy after the milk comes into contact with it. Due to this I am quite limited on what I can eat. I used to have crunchy nut cornflakes every morning due to the fact I could eat them just before the milk made them horrible.
Then I discovered crunchy nut clusters which are available in honey and nut, or with chocolate curls. I tried the honey and nut version first and have never looked back since. I don't have this very day because both me and my daughter love them and will happily eat a box within a few days between us. It's not the cheapest cereal around so it's not always a good idea to have them in the house.
Packaged in a bright yellow and orange box, with the Kellogg's branding over them, you get the delights of seeing a bowl of clusters on the front of the box, and this always reminds me of how they taste when I see them, making my mouth salivate.
The box is standard to any cereal box with the inner plastic bag. I always find that once opened these packets don't tend to stay very fresh especially if you have a sloppy teenager that doesn't close the box properly after use. To combat this I try to remember to re house them in an air tight plastic pot. This also helps me see how much we have left before pouring out the packet and getting the dribbles from the bottom.
The cereal is made up of multi grain cereals which are congealed together with flaked peanuts and honey. They really do come out looking like large clusters, which almost need to be broken up sometimes to be able to eat them comfortably.
I find about half a bowl full is enough of a serving for me but I could easily eat more due to the taste. Mixed with a decent portion of milk however and the half bowl is enough for a breakfast for me.
Unlike other cereals, this one actually needs the milk to be able to do its work before you can eat the clusters. I used to have bad teeth and would struggle eating this cereal for a while unless I let the milk make the cereal go slightly soft. I realise that may make me sound contradicting but the milk doesn't make the cereal go soggy unless it sits for ages, so it doesn't taste anything like soggy cereal.
The taste of the cereal is quite a sweet one, as the honey is a strong sugar, and you can taste more sweetness than you can honey when you eat these. A decent flavour of oatyness comes through here as well which gives a great texture to your cereal. You do need good chewing power sometimes to get through the larger clusters, but its well worth it for the subtle nutty flavour that comes through afterwards.
Due to the fact that this cereal has peanuts in obviously makes it a no go for anyone with nut related allergies, but for anyone without this makes for a great cereal to try if you haven't already.
The downsides to the lovely taste it obviously going to be the nutritional content. There is a lot of sugar in this cereal considering it's not a child related cereal and is targeted more to the adult end of the market.
A serving of this cereal will give you 237 calories and 8 grams of fat, with 17 grams of sugar.
Overall this cereal is one to buy occasionally due to the sugar and the price. At £2.67 for a 500g box, this is one of the more expensive cereals. I haven't yet found a cheaper brand that comes close so for now I will carry on buying it.
I am not a fan of breakfast. I'm not really a fan of cereal, and if I do eat it, I don't like milk on my cereal. so you won't find me eating these in the morning with a spoon from a bowl all covered in milk to make them sloppy. IF I eat cereal for breakfast I normally have it with fruit juice, and I have to say these don't go too well with fruit juice in my opinion. I do however like these crunchy nut clusters! I like to eat them dry, from a bowl, as a snack in the evening mostly.
The boring bit - Crunchy Nut Clusters come in a box containing a bag filled with the product. You get 500g in the box, and they're expensive! Around £2.68 a box.
Right - more interesting stuff now - the clusters themselves... Each cluster is a mixture of oats, wheat and corn scrunched together with a honey and nut mixture. Looking at the ingredients I can see dried coconut is on the list but I have to say I'd never have known if I'd not looked, along with a few other bits - mostly vitamins and things. So, if you're Wheat intolerant, or have a nut allergy - avoid these! For people who don't suffer with problems like that then go for it (if you can afford them of course).
Eating these with milk is probably a very different experience to eating them dry, but dry is how I like them as I say. These clusters vary in size, so you get some which are small marble sized right up to some which are nearing golf ball sized. Place a cluster in your mouth - a nice large one, but not sooo large that you're not going to be able to chew. The cluster is lumpy and bumpy and bits stick out everywhere. It has a slightly dusty honeyish flavour. Then when you start to chew all the different flavours of corn and nuts, wheat and oats meld together into a really luscious flavour in your mouth. If you've ever eaten flapjacks this is almost the flavour you're getting, but with a bit extra added, and of course a lot more crunch.
The only problems I have with these are - firstly not all of the packet is clusters, smaller bitty bits are in there as well - I don't mind eating them, but you do need a spoon for those bits, specially near the bottom of the packet, fingers just won't do. Secondly as I've mentioned the price is too high for everyday use. I normally get these when my grandmother comes to stay at Christmas as I know she likes them for breakfast, and I can nibble the rest as she never stays long enough to manage a whole packet. Thirdly...nope sorry ran out of negatives at two.
These for me ARE definitely a treat. They're just too expensive to be something I buy on a regular basis, I'd love to give them 5 stars, but because of the price I just can't. I bought the packet I have here because Tesco gave me a coupon with their last clubcard mailing to get them half price - so I did, and I'm rather enjoying my treat!
They sound delicious, and coming from 'Kelloggs Crunchy Nut' I was expecting great things!
The box is in tune with the 'Crunchy Nut' original, and is very eye catching. The bowl on the front entices you, and makes you desire it even more! The honey may just be the deal sealer, and from the box I was hoping for a marvelous breakfast cereal that would add some zazazoom to my morning!
Once the box is opened and you pour out your breakfast cereal, you'll notice large chunks, which is great. Good wholesome cereal that isn't kidding you out of your money's worth. The chunks are golden in colour, and the honey is intertwined in the cereal making it irresistible!
After adding the milk and taking my first bite I thought I was onto a winner. The honey bursts out from the chucks of 'Crunchy Nut' and explodes around your mouth. You don't get much crunchier than these, these define the word crunch!
As I continued to eat my cereal I noticed the sweetness of the chunks and began to realise that although they seemed like the best thing since sliced bread, they were really quite sickening. I'm not sure what it was, but may be the mix of honey and milk and sugary content was just too much.
It's a real shame because they had the makings of a great cereal. I wouldn't not try them on this basis, because everyone is different. They have a great taste and texture and are a really great thing for the morning... just as long as you can handle the sweet taste of honey!
A box of this cereal can be picked up for £2.89, which is pretty pricey compared to the cereals I usually buy. Depends how much you want the honey nut crunch!
Unsurprisingly the sugar content is incredibly high at about a third of a bowl! The calorie count is also quite high for a cereal at 235 calories per bowl.
Sadly I won't be buying these again, they just don't seem to agree with my stomach, but I'd love to be able to because they are truly tasteful!
This is a genius product, one of the first things I've bought in years solely on the basis of TV advertising - although I have to say, if I'd ever encountered one of those 'try a free sample' booths down the supermarket, I'd have become hooked on these clusters a lot earlier.
So I'm a fan of the original Cruncy Nut Cornflakes anyway, but don't eat them that often partly because they're quite pricey, with all that sugar they probably aren't all that good for you, but mostly because I rarely feel hungry in the mornings anyway. Well. I could probably could bring myself to eat a fried breakfast - bacon, egg, hashbrown, mushrooms and soss - yum! - most days a week, but I guess the food police would tell me that cholesterol and salt wise, that would be just about as bad if not worse than going without.
Anyway, as I am currently gestating sprog #2 I have to make the effort to regularly eat breakfast now, but it's going to have something pretty darn tasty to tempt me at that time in the morning, I can tell you. Hence I tracked a packet of these clusters down the other day, having seen the TV ad sometime previously. I almost balked at the price - £2.69 for 500g (12 suggested servings) is not cheap for breakfast cereal - and it was only about 10p more expensive than (what I consider to be) that extortionately over-priced premuim 'Dorset' range of posh muselis, which was next most costly breakfast cereal I saw on the shelves that day. (Incidentally, I did get a sample of that posh Dorset stuff in a supermarket back when it first came out - and I have to say in that case they'd have stood a better likelihood of my ever buying a packet if I hadn't had the chance for a prior taste...)
But back to the clusters. I did buy them - a little sceptically - but I am happy to report that they are ruddy fantastic. The immediate flavour/ aroma when you first put a spoonful in your mouth is exactly like the taste of original Honey-nut; the texture is hard and crunchy and lovely. Don't be put off by the blurb on the packet that claims the clusters are 'chewy' or some such; having read that I was almost put off again, being very afraid they would turn out to be like little lumps of 'soft-textured' cereal bar (cereal bars: gah, I loathe them with a passion) - but they are not like that. The cereal is pretty sweet but the milk dilutes that, and there are also toasted oats in the mix so you can feel virtuous about eating that. There are also puffed grains (hulled wheat? or barley? Pretty sure it wasn't rice but I couldn't tell from the ingredients list) in the clusters themselves, and in the sort of grainy matrix that is in the packet along with the clusters. These pufs are nice and lighten the texture of the clusters admirably.
The only slight negative point - and it's quite minor - is this: the effects of settling during transport on the overall texture. I have bought this product only once, and as mentioned, I found that the actual clusters are accompanied by quite a quantity of loose cereal bits (though everything has the same honey/nut glaze flavouring on it and is very tasty to eat). I'm not sure if this is deliberate, and that the product is supposed to be like that, or whether the packet I got has become undly / partly pulverized....so what happens in effect is that the big clusters all accumulate at the top of the box on top of the loose material, so you get a lot of them in the first few bowls you eat of the cereal, but then progressively fewer of them as you eat down through the packet. So by the end, although I'm not there yet, I expect it'll mostly be just the looser stuff, with just the occasional cluster enlivening it (actually I have been holding the big chunks back lately when pouring the
cereal out, just to delay this eventuality).
This happens with all cereals however - the last bowl or two of Ricicles or Frosties or some such is pretty much all loose sugar and powdered grains, isn't it? But it's a shame with these and particularly noticeable because of the size discrepancies between the different bits. No disaster of course; it's still all very tasty. I can't say that often enough in fact; this stuff is quite delicious.
Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters Honey and Nut
Using the same font on the box as the original crunchy nut cornflakes these crunchy nut clusters by kelloggs are instantly recognisable. What we have here however instead of the coated corn flakes are clusters of corn wheat and oats combined with nuts and honey. Ingredients are as follows:
Invert Sugar Syrup
Barley Malt Flavouring
Now they look absolutley scrummy , you pour out a bowl and a good tip here would be under pour not over pour and I will explain why in a minute.
So pour on your milk , I'm not a huge milk fan and never have more than I absolutley need on my cereal. So that's it simply made.. then indulge.
These have the most superb flavour , I think it must be the barley malt flavouring I am a huge fan of malty tasting products and this comes over very powerfully in this cereal. So you start to eat , 30 minutes later if you've poured a fairly large sized bowl you'll still be chomping your way through it.
Its a bit like a heavy muesli this cereal in texture. It gives your jaws a proper good work out , it is in fact hard work to eat , and because there is so much chewing involved your body believes its full and its ready to stop eating way before you think it would of been , so as I said earlier stick to a small bowl to start with, not only because they are tough to get through ( enjoyable mind you, but tough ) but also because they contain a fair amount of sugar. nutrition values are as follows:
176 calories per serving
6g of fat
0.4g of salt
All in all I would sum up by saying not the easy bite that the original crunch nut cornflakes are but on the plus side this does stop you demolishing the packet in one sitting. Id give them a definite 8 out of 10.
Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters is the nicest cereal I have ever had in my life. There, I've said it. It's a multi grain cereal with peanut and honey clusters, and that probably explains why I like it so much, because it has that sweet honey holding it together!
When Kellogg's say 'clusters' they mean it. It's not unknown for massive chunks of cluster to come out at once and you have to break the cluster down to a more managable spoon sized portion. I like to pour myself a good sized bowl and then let the cereal stew in some semi skimmed milk for a few minutes before eating. The milk softens up the cereal making for even more of a tasty feast. You can just dip your hand into the bag of clusters and eat some 'raw' it still tastes good, but not as nice as a good stewed bowl.
I would eat these everyday if I could, but it's not exactly healthy. A standard bowl with semi skimmed milk is about 240 calories and 20g of sugar. So this really has to be a once or twice a week treat for me. To tempt you even more you can get a version with chocolate curls included. I've had it too and it's really nice, but it is just going to far adding chocolate shavings into my cereal!!
Also a standard 500g box only has about 5 or 6 large portions in it, and at about £2.50 a box, it's going to costs quite a bit to feed this habit!
So, in conclusion this is a cereal to enjoy sparsley if you don't want to turn into a broke giant cluster yourself.