Product Type: Nestle Breakfast
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Yummy!!! Nestle Curiously Cinnamon/Cinnamon Grahams
NestlÚ Cinnamon Grahams
Member Name: GentleGenius
NestlÚ Cinnamon Grahams
Advantages: Reasonably healthy, very tasty, light, not too filling, great if you like cinnamon
PRICE: Currently ú2.08 @ my local Sainsbury's (per box)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 30g serving with 125 mlls semi-skimmed milk):-
Calories: 184 (776 kj)
(of which sugars - 15.9g)
(of which saturates - 2.3g)
Salt equivalent: 0.5g
Also contains vitamins C, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, Folic Acid, B12, Pantothenic acid)
Whole grain wheat flour, rice flour, sugar, vegetable oil, maize starch, dextrose, glucose syrup, maltodextrin, salt, cinnamon, trisodium phosphate, soya lecithin, caramel, annatto, tocopherols, Vitamins (as listed above), calcium carbonate, iron
Suitable for vegetarians
May contain milk and nuts
Nestle Curiously Cinnamon is a cereal which has been around for quite a few years, and has undergone a couple of name changes. When I first started buying the product, it was called Cinnamon Grahams - as can be seen in the picture above. (NB: Athough the name is different, it is exactly the same product).
They come in an ordinary cereal box which is orange in colour , with some crazy animated pieces of the cereal on the front, sticking their tongues out and with eyes wide in expectancy. The sides and back of the box show nutritional information, ingredients, serving suggestions, storage instructions and the manufacturer's contact details.
Nestle Curiously Cinnamon isn't the cheapest cereal to buy. I have been periodically enjoying this product ever since it first appeared on our supermarket shelves, but in recent years it has become something I just buy occasionally, for a treat, due to it being more expensive than I'd like and me now not as rich as I used to be.
A few days ago I managed to buy two boxes in my local Sainsbury's on a BOGOF offer, so in this instance, I have value for money.
On opening a new pack of Nestle Curiously Cinnamon, you are greeted with quite strong whiff of cinnamon. The cereal inside comes in the form of little flat squares, which are white but a liberal dusting of cinnamon gives the product a very definite brownish tinge. In fact, it doesn't look all that appetising or exciting.
When poured into a glass or china bowl, the cereal makes a nice, light, tinkling sound which I find quite appealing as there's something delicate about it and the first time I sampled the product, it made me feel as though what I was about to eat would be rather nice. The tinkly sound more than made up for the rather dull appearance of the cereal.
Once the milk is added, the little flat squares of cereal rise to the top, and some of the fine dust of cinnamon becomes detached, turning the milk brown. That isn't a problem for me, but it may put some people off.
The taste test for me is always something rather special. The cereal squares are light, crispy and wispy, with a very gentle crunch to them. As soon as you begin to chew, quite a strong taste of cinnamon bursts forth. That's not such a good thing for anyone who dislikes cinnamon, but it happens to be one of my favourite flavours, so I love it.
When really getting stuck into a huge bowl of Nestle Curiously Cinnamon, there is a strange (nicely so!) feature to it, in that the added milk aside, the cereal pieces seem to have a milky texture and taste (under the cinnamon) all of their own. It is difficult to put into words exactly what I mean, but it tastes as if something milky, or even creamy, has been used in the recipe. Of course, it could also simply be what all the ingredients just happen to taste like when combined.
Because Nestle Curiously Cinnamon has such a light texture, it is easy to eat, and I find I can scoff a large serving of it far too quickly. It also isn't as filling as something like Shredded Wheat, porridge, Weetabix or muesli preparations, so if you have a large appetite, a standard-sized serving may not satisfy your needs. Because far less chewing and munching is required than is for most other cereals, due to its lightness, it takes less time to eat, so the product gives the impression of staying crisp until the end, with a very low 'sog' factor.
I'm the sort of person who eats cereal late at night rather than for breakfast, and I find Nestle Curiously Cinnamon is ideal, because it fills me up to the point where it cures any hunger pangs, so saves me from having to wake up and raid the fridge at 3:30am! Also, the cereal's lightness doesn't bloat me, thus allowing me to have a decent night's sleep.
I'd highly recommend Nestle Curiously Cinnamon, as I love it. The only problems I can see are that it is rather expensive, so perhaps might not be a regular item on the shopping list of anybody who is on a low income unless you can take advantage of any BOGOF offers, as I did recently. Of course, if you are a person who loathes cinnamon, then this definitely isn't a cereal you'd like, as such is the overriding - well, the only - flavour. A couple of friends have told me that although they like the cinnamon, they find it has a slightly greasy feel to it, but I can't say I've noticed such myself.
Despite being fairly high in calories for what it is, this product is nonetheless nutritious, as it contains a lot of vitamins and is high in iron and calcium. OK, maybe it's not ideal that the vitamins come in the form of additives, but at least they are present.
Off to have a large bowl of right now!
Thanks for reading!
~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~
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