“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Oats „
How times change! I met my boyfriend several years ago, its only in the past year we have been what we think of as a serious dating...with a plan of moving in together, marriage the lot but I remember a time he would buy me allsorts....now he thinks he romantic buying me a box of cereal!
Yep you read that right, my boyfriend who came to stay with me last week said he got me a gift and handed me a box of this. In actual fact it is rather romantic if I'm honest cos I have an eating disorder and he was trying to get me something healthy but tasty and he adores this cereal and he knows at about £2.20 for a small box of it I probably wouldn't treat myself to it as I usually opt for cereal that is on offer or a shops own offering.....I love breakfast!
Well the box is white in colour with a photograph of a bowl of this cereal on the front of it and we are told that it is Nestle Raisin Oats & More 'Crunchy oat flakes with clusters and succulent chewy raisins' and that it contains whole grain and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown too. Other information on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, we are told that the cereal is suitable for Vegetarians, there is a full nutritional chart shown, the weight of the box is given (which is 425g and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in by the way) and contact details for Nestle Cereals are given. Inside of the box, which is easy to open you get a white plastic bag again easy enough to open containing the cereal.
What you get is lots of crispy oat and wheat flakes which are covered in oat pieces and are golden in colour, nicely but naturally sweetened that don't go to mush as soon as they are met with milk. You also also get lots of sweeter but again naturally sweetened oaty clusters which are bubbly looking and although I found these to be tasty they really were hard even though I drown them in plenty of milk they just remained a bit too hard for first thing in the morning. The raisins were just that really, juicy tasting once they met milk as they arrived to me in the bag dried they really did add texture and natural sweetness to the cereal with a slight chewiness to them.
This is a great quality cereal though I think it is rather expensive for what is is really. I like the fact the cereal was moist but managed to be crunchy though although I liked the clusters there was too many in it and they were really hard work. This is an oaty tasting brekkie that is interesting enough just make sure your gnashers are strong enough to deal with it!
Nutritional Information Per 40g Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
My mum recently bought these to try as we are always on the look out for new or different cereal. They were on offer at Morrisons recently for just £1.50 which is relatively reasonable considering normally they are something stupid like £2.30ish.
We very rarely have branded cereal in our household as they can be far to expensive and you can find other cereals that are so much more tasty. That was unfortunately the case with this cereal.
The look of the cereal seems quite appealing, crispy moreish wheat and oat flakes covered in baby oats with oat clusters and delicously tasty raisins. I'm afraid that is not what I found!
Opening up the box, the cereals looked kind of artificial, the oat flakes seemed to be quite rounded and they looked like the texture of something like Nesquik. So I poured myself a bowl and covered it in plenty of milk.
Then putting a spoonful in my mouth, I just knew that I was going to find the cereal disappointing. The oat flakes were really too hard and didn't have an awful lot of flavour. The little clusters were quite nice but as I munched my way through a big bowl of this cereal with the odd raisin, in the end I was very disappointed and found that the overall taste was bland. I have quite a sweet tooth so like tasty cereals but this cereal was really not sweet at all.
I hate bland and boring cereal!! If I wanted a boring cereal, I would have gone and bought Morrisons own bran flakes which cost hardly anything. So all in all a very disappointing cereal. Morrisons own maple and pecan crisp is about 10 times nicer than this and only costs £1.30ish. Now that is what I call a tasty cereal.
And as for nutritional information! 172 calories per 30g portion with 125ml semi-skimmed milk??? Now thats a lot of calories for a cereal that tastes like rubbish. Also 3.5g of fat of which 1.5g are saturated.
So you may like to try them but really I don't think it is worth it when you can get better cereal for less money.
I have always wanted to try these 'oats and more' cereals after seeing the very annoying dad on the advert that succeeded in making me so jealous that he had some and I didn't! However, I try to steer well away from the expensive cereal ranges and pounce only when they are on offer. So pounce is what I did when I spotted these in Morrisons for £1.50, which was save 77p.
I went for the raisin variety, I think the other choices are almond or honey, but I love fruit and fibre etc so went for raisin.
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of all things 'healthy' when it comes to cereal but these are just too much like cardboard for my liking!
"With irresistibly crispy flakes coated in baby oats, with deliciously juicy raisins and crunchy clusters, Raisin Oats & More® really is too good to share." (from the website)
The flakes are cardboard tasting, very dry and remind me of Ryvita (which I like...when smothered in Philadelphia!) They are also very small and a bit burnt tasting.
The clusters that the Dad makes you long for, are almost invisible, they are very small and are no comparison to the chewy ones found in Special K's Fruit and Nut (See my review).
Then come the raisins, these are tasteless and quite plastic like. They are also very small.
I am not going to go into detail about nutritional value etc, as you can see this on the box if you dare to try these yourself, myself, however am not prepared to go anywhere near the box again.
Very disappointed in this product yet so thankful I didn't pay full price for them.