“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cereal „
We have always enjoyed Kellogg's crunchy nut clusters in our house but at nearly £3 for a small box we have been shopping around for a cheaper alternative and found this little baby in Tesco.
At only £1.39 for 500g we decided to give it a shot. To my surprise there were a good amount of pecan in the cereal (6%). The cereal itself is crunchy with clumps of oats. This cereal is very sweet on taste which is mainly due to the maple syrup but I tend to mix a handful of this cereal in with bran flakes so it does tone the sweetness down.
Once the milk is added the clusters remain crunchy and whole. I have found the clusters to sometimes be a little big (bigger than a mouthful) so before opening I tend to smash up a little with a rolling pin.
The average serving is 50g which isn't a big bowl of this cereal as it's heavy with the clusters and nuts but the sugar contents is a lot more than I would like at 11g which is 12% of your recommended daily allowance. And on average 230 calories per serving.
I would recommend this cereal but personally I don't enjoy eating it on it's own but an accompaniment to other plain cereals such as bran flakes or Weetabix's and probably not best to be eaten every day. I'm glad I've found this cereal as it's halved our cereal cost but still an enjoyable product.
This is fantastic stuff!
I love muesli type cereals but hate those which include dried fruits - raisins, banana and the likes. Unfortunately most do include dried fruits and those which don't tend to be over-sweetened. A while ago I discovered the delights of Kelloggs 'Nature's Pleasure' which was absolutely to die for but has since been discontinued (at £2.49 a box, for a fairly tiny box, they struggled to sell and Kellogs have decided to stop production), since then I have been trying to find a good substitute. I think this is it...
At a bargain price of £1.49 a box this is not only affordable but is delicious. It is perfectly sweetened with gorgeous maple syrup and is chocka full of pecan nuts and lovely oaty clusters. You don't get many servings per box (well, you probably would if you served the tiny portions it suggests, but who wants a small portion when you can have a big one?!) but a reasonable serving of this really does fill you up for the morning. I would guess (I do not know as I am not one for reading through all the calories / fat content of things) that it's not particularly good if you are calorie counting, but then neither would any muesli including nuts and indeed maple syrup!
Yum and indeed scrum!
Cornflakes for breakfast? It used to be the most popular breakfast cereal when there wasn't much choice but today there are shelves of different cereals and I know some people have huge selections as everyone in the family like different cereals. I am the only one that eats them I our house so I buy what I fancy and although it usually is a version of Special K sometimes I branch out and try something different.
In shades of brown and cream with a huge bowl of Maple and Pecan crisp and the name on a band of brown with a picture of pecans at the top it is quite eye-catching. It stands about 24cm high and contains 500grams of cereal. In smaller letters we are told it is "Oat clusters with maple syrup and pecan nuts" and is High in fibre and low in salt. As with all packets now the basic information is shown on the front of the packet and is more detailed on the side.
A 50gram bowl of cereal with 125ml of semi skimmed milk contains 295 calories which is a hefty 15% of your daily allowance if you are on a 2000cals diet. A good point is that it contains 8.5grams of protein but 11.7grams of fat which is 17% of your daily allowance, and although it says low in salt, it does contain 0.2grams which is 3% of your allowance. I was surprised to see that there is 15 grams of sugar in a bowl of cereal!
*Taste and Texture*
As soon as I opened the box even though the inner liner was sealed I could smell the maple syrup and oaty sweetness. I couldn't help but try some pieces of the oat crisp straight from the packet and it was crunchy and tasted delicious. There were lots of clusters like in Granola and also lots of smaller pieces of oats. Some round coated puffy pieces were crisp to bite and I realised these were the pieces of puffed rice. The pecan pieces were really quite big, mostly about a quarter of a nut.
The taste was delicious, a mixture of oats, maple syrup and pecans. I found they needed quite a bit of chewing and so you felt as if you were having a good breakfast. The only disadvantage I found in the taste was the greasiness that was left coating my teeth and mouth. When you consider the fat content it explains the residue left, but after a cup of coffee it was washed away!
The ingredients are oat flakes, cane sugar, Puffed rice, vegetable oil, 7% Pecan nuts, glucose syrup, wheat flour,2% Maple syrup, honey, colouring, flavouring and cinnamon. All ingredients we recognise and it is suitable for vegetarians, although not suitable for people with allergies to wheat, gluten and nuts.
I think I paid about £1.27 but I saw it reduced to 99p the other week!
*Will I buy it again?*
Good question. I do like it apart from the greasy feeling left in my mouth, but my problem is that it is quite high in fibre, it contains 3.5grams per bowl of 50grams which is 7%. High fibre foods take longer to chew, which makes you feel more satisfied, and it stays in your stomach longer but as fibre acts like a sponge you need to drink more water or you can get constipated. Oats have the opposite effect on me and I spend a lot more time in the bathroom! The Department of Health recommends an adult should eat 12 -24 grams of fibre a day so a bowl of Maple and Pecan crisp gives you a good start with 3.5 grams, add a banana and you have consumed about 6grams. It is also high in sugar so not a very healthy choice to start your day for every day but good for the occasional treat! My packet has a best before date of February 2011 and I've had it for a couple of months so it does last well.
The general consensus in my family is that it would be possible for me to live on breakfast cereal. I have always been a big fan but to be honest these days I rarely eat them at breakfast time. Having a husband and two young children we usually buy the same or similar cereal on every shopping trip to make sure we have something everyone likes. I recently saw the Maple and Pecan Crisp cereal on the cereal aisle at Tesco and realised that I hadn't had any for quite a while. As breakfast cereals go I would put this in the exclusive, grown up and slightly expensive band but every so often it is good to treat yourself.
Currently the cost of the cereal is £1.28 for a 500g box which I personally is think is quite expensive but not excessively so. However I find that a 500g box is pretty small if you were trying to feed a family on it but some how makes it seem more exclusive as if you are only allowed a small amount at a time.
First impressions count and the packaging immediately give the impression of wholesomeness and good health. There are two pictures on the box one of a bowl of the cereal and the other a clutch of pecan nuts in still in their shells. The colours on the box are all browns and beiges which I think represents the cereal well even if it isn't particularly eye catching.
The cereals themselves comprise of oat clusters and rice with small pecan nuts which are "infused" with maple syrup. Now you would think that the maple syrup would make it very sweet but I thought it was just sweet enough. On opening the box the aroma of the pecans is fairly strong but not overpoweringly so.
The texture of the cereal is quite crunchy and I found that even once milk was poured over it the texture remained crunchy without going soggy like so many cereals do. The taste itself is divine. There is a strong taste of the pecans but the way it is blended with the oatey taste of the clusters and the sweetness of the maple syrup makes a sweet yet not sickly. The three main tastes compliment each other perfectly and together make a very intense flavour.
As well as being tasty they are also full of goodness being high in fibre and practically no salt (0.1g for a 50g serving). When served with milk there are 295 calories in each bowl and 15g of sugar.
I don't think these cereals would be suitable for the whole family as it does state on the box that they are not suitable for children who can choke on nuts. They also contain wheat and gluten and, I cannot believe they had to state this ... nuts. I am not sure how much appeal they would have for children but I think they are perfect for adults and teenagers.
I love cereals and have recently again been trying various different ones. One of the cereals I've sampled is Asda Maple and Pecan Crisp.
This can be found in only in Asda as it is specific to them however the equivalent can be found in other supermarkets such as Tesco. There are also similar cereals in branded names but you must be prepared to pay a lot more for them.
They can be found in the cereal aisle alongside the other cluster based cereals. These particular ones were right next to the bite tropical fruit crunch.
They come in one sized box only and this weighs 500g. This is pretty average for a cereal box and Is the same as most others on the shelf. Currently you will be able to buy it for in £1.28 in Asda! In my opinion this is a really good price. For a branded cereal you may be paying nearer £2.50 for a 500g box so this is quite superb. Often there are offers on with the cereal but there are sadly none on at the moment.
The box is not overly attractive. It is a fairly boring red colour however it is not overly bright and actually is quite dull. There is a lighter red strip on the packaging too but this isn't very pretty either although it does give it a bit of brightness! The back of the packet gives all nutritional and ingredients information. This is set out well and is easy to read. There is often a competition on the back too or a promotion and information on how to contact Asda if you have any problems with it. On the front there is all of the usual information containing product description and the brand name and product name. There is also a delicious looking picture of the products inside. The stunning image is of the bowl of the cereal inside. The bowl is overflowing and the cereal has been splashed in milk. The front of the box states that this cereal is also suitable for vegetarians!
Inside the box, the cereal comes in a white bag which is the same as some cereal bags. Nothing too special there! The bag is easy to open and the shredded wheat bite size can be tipped out very easily. Often at the bottom of the packet there are lots of crumbs but this for me is fab! There is a really sweet smell to them. Its not overly strong but its definitely recognisable! They are very tempting though. The bag actually seems to be filled very full which makes the price seem even more amazing. I'd reckon it was slightly more than three quarters of the way filled. Great!
Pouring them in to the bowl, the milk pours over easily. It doesn't really soak in and it doesnt mash up too easily. This is not too good for me as I prefer mushed up cereal when it comes in this form. I always end up pouring even more milk over before mashing them down. However this cereal Is not really meant to be soft and mushy and its one of the only types I can stomach crispy! Spooning some into my mouth the first thing I get is the texture. It is incredibly crispy and crunchy but this is really quite nice! The clusters are very sweet indeed and taste slightly of golden syrup. They do have a lovely cereal taste to them too though. The pecans were fantastic. They were utterly huge and had a lovely sweet coating on them too. They were very crispy and crunch and didn't even soak up in the milk although they did go slightly softer! It is very sweet though and if you don't like sweet things I wouldn't recommend these for you. There is a lovely oaty taste to the cereal too! I popped one of the clusters in my mouth straight from the packet and it was delicious and crunchy and really quite enjoyable. For a non branded cereal this was a fantastic bargain! The milk at the bottom of the bowl when I had finished had turned gorgeous and sweet and I loved drinking it all with a straw. Overall the taste of this cereal was gorgeous and was very filling.
A recommended portion size is 60g with 125 ml of semi skimmed milk which will give you 338calories and 14g of fat. This is really quite a lot and I reckon I had about 200ml of milk and 55g cereal which bumps the calorie content etc up quite a bit! It's worth keeping this cereal for a treat!
I try to avoid reviewing things that my Mrs has already reviewed, but I like this so much I think I should add my tuppence worth. This stuff is quite cheap for this sort of cereal product, and it's only £1.28 for a 500g box. It's got lots of pecans in it (7%) which are quite an expensive nut, so that's really a very good price for this.
A bowlful of this cereal is mostly made up of little cruncy, crisp oaty clusters. They're a little bit sweet, as there's lots of maple syrup mixed in with them. I love how the dry ones in the bowl give this a great, firm crunch, while the ones that get soaked through with milk are all mushy and soft.
The pecans are substantial enough for me, though as with anything good in life I'd like there to be a few more! I reckon it works out that I get to eat a pecan with every other spoonful of this stuff, which isn't too bad. If there were many more pecans in this it would send the fat content through the roof as well as the price, so I guess I should be grateful that they worked out a decent balance here.
As well as maple syrup, there's also lots of sugar in this, which is what gives it it's lovely smooth, sweet taste. Beware though that this means there are 300 calories in a small serving, and that includes 15g of sugar and nearly 12g of fat. And that's in a small serving!
So yes this is super tasty, but the Mrs always says this should be a snack and not an everyday breakfast - and I agree with her. It's a lovely topping for ice cream actually funnily enough, and it's also a nice treat wrapped in pancakes which is what the Mrs did with this just the other week.
A 500g box of Tesco Maple and Pecan Crisp set me back £1.28 in Tesco this week which to me is a very reasonable price for a cereal product of this quality. I do not usually purchase cereals like this because the pecans make it a very high fat cereal product however I fancied something a little bit different and decided that it would be okay to have a box of this as a one-off.
In a 50g portion of this made up with semi-skimmed milk there are nearly 300 calories and nearly 12g of fat. That is pretty amazing by anyone's standards, especially given that just over 5g of the fat is saturated. So is this cereal really worth it? Well yes I think it is!
The first thing I like about this cereal is the lovely golden clusters of cereal. They are really filling as well as being a tasty treat and there is a strong flavour of maple syrup that comes through when I eat these. The pecans, as any pecan fan will know, make this an absolute treat. They are rich, sugary and full of flavour. This product has obviously used good quality ingredients.
As an everyday cereal this is just too high in calories and fat to be considered an acceptable way to start the day. As an evening treat, or for the occasional indulgent snack, it is absolutely lovely though. I can only give this four stars because of how guilty I feel for eating a large bowl for lunch!
On a recent shopping trip to Tesco this cereal caught my eye and reading what it said on the box I was convinced I would really enjoy it. The box is brown in colour and on it is the title of the cereal which is Tesco Maple and Pecan Crisp as well as a picture of pecan nuts and a bowl of this cereal.
There is also a description of exactly what goes into the cereal and a section giving you the nutritional info which reads..............
Of which sugars18.3g
As you can see from the nutritional information this cereal is not as healthy as a lot of others but I was not too worried about that. What did worry me though was when I poured out the cereal into my bowl and instead of looking how it did on the packet it was all broken and looked more like a bowl of crumbs.
Whilst the cereal was tasty enough I found that because the pieces were so small it became soggy very quickly and a soggy cereal is something I find repulsive.
I am not sure if I perhaps just got a bad box or if the cereal is always in such tiny pieces. As it only costs 99p for a 500g box I may well buy one more to try as I did enjoy the taste but if it were to be that the cereal is always in such small pieces then tasty or not it would not be for me.
When I was shopping in Tesco's last week I happened to be wandering down the aisle where all the breakfast cereals are displayed. I generally have a look in the area where the mueslis and such like are as I enjoy this sort of cereal.
Whilst looking there I spotted Tesco Maple and Pecan Crisp. I have had this sort of thing before and to be honest I absolutely love it. Mind you I suppose given the fact that pecans are my favourite nuts and I love the taste of maple syrup that's not really a surprise is it?
I hadn't tried this particular version before so I decided to treat myself. At 99p for a 500g box it wasn't an expensive treat.
The information on the front of the box is shown in three sections. The top section shows a picture of pecan nuts, the middle section is brown with cream writing and the bottom section shows a dish full of this lovely cereal together with the nutritional content. The cereal really does look as good in reality as it does on the front of the box.
The writing on the box states 'Tesco Maple and Pecan Crisp New Formula - Oat clusters with maple syrup and pecan nuts' and it also informs us that this product is high in fibre and low in salt. It's all sounding good so far then!
The nutritional information on the front of the pack gives the totals for 50g of this product together with 125ml of semi skimmed milk. Personally I think this is a bit stupid. Surely it would be better to give the nutritional values for the cereal on its own - that way you could then add the extra for whichever type of milk you choose to use. As it happens I never eat this cereal with milk, I always eat it on its own as a snack so those nutritional values are of no use to me at all.
I turned the box around in search of the values of the cereal itself. On the side of the box it gives the same information again but at least it does give the values for 100g of cereal on its own which are:
Of which sugars18.3g
Of which saturates 7.4g
Of which mono-unsaturates 8.5g
Of which polyunsaturates 3.1g
The calorie value looks very high when shown like that but if you have a 50g bowl with 125ml of skimmed milk the calorie value would be 295 and it would set you up until lunch time.
The calorie value is more worrying for me as this means a 500g box would contain 2,300 calories and I am ashamed to say that I ate the whole box in three evenings snacking whilst watching TV. Good heavens - that's about 750 calories per evening! That makes me sound a real pig doesn't it? So be warned these things are VERY moreish!
Anyway let's get back to the point of the review - what is the product like?
I opened the box (to be recycled when empty) to find the cereal in the standard white bag inside. I opened the bag to be greeted with a sweet, nutty sort of aroma.
I immediately popped one of the oat clusters into my mouth. Oh yes - the taste was divine (hence the fact that they got eaten so quickly!) The cluster was crunchy but not too hard and was sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth but not so sweet as to be sickly. I looked back into the bag and nestling amongst the clusters in the bag were plenty of pecan nuts which I found to be delicious on their own or when eaten with the clusters.
As I have already said I can't tell you what this cereal tastes like with milk but I would guess that the clusters, being as crunchy as they are, would remain crunchy even in milk and the result would be a lovely breakfast.
Having told you of the calorie value of the cereal and the fact that I do find it irresistible in the first place and then once I have started to eat it I just can't stop I think it is fair to say that this has to be an occasional treat for me or my weight will be going up even more!
I would certainly recommend it to anyone who has a little more willpower than I have!
By the way if you are wondering what the title means - it's what I called it by mistake hen I was telling hubby about it - Spooner eat your heart out!
Oat Clusters with Real Maple Syrup and Pecan Nuts.