Thursday, 25 February 2010

Delivered from Deepest Dorset, it's Crunch Time in Cornwall


Having just received a couple of boxes of chocolate granola from Dorset Cereals, I thought I ought to blog about it. The timing is particularly apt as the chocolate in the granola is fairtrade and it just so happens it is Fairtrade Fortnight (22 Feb - 7 March).

I'm not normally a great fan of breakfast cereals, finding them too dry, too sweet or just generally unpalatable - to me breakfast cereal means porridge - in the winter at least. However, the packets looked rather tempting so CT and I sat down to breakfast with an unusual degree of anticipation. Chocolate for breakfast was a novel concept for us, but a welcome one. We were not disappointed.

The texture was good, not so hard that you felt a trip to the dentist might be needed, but sufficiently firm so as not to turn to a sludge at the bottom of the bowl. For our taste, this was just a little too sweet, but nevertheless it had a good rich chocolate flavour, which is just as well considering the chocolate they use is 70% cocoa. The taste of coconut came through quite strongly on the plain chocolate granola which we liked, but our favourite was the one with added macadamias - mostly because we love macadamias. If I was going to eat anything other than porridge or muesli with yogurt, then I would be more than happy with either of these latest chocolate offerings from Dorset Cereals.

PS Makes a great instant pudding - just add milk and if you're feeling really naughty, some cream.

17 comments:

  1. Mr OC is a big fan of Dorset cereals, we have a cupboard full. My plan this week is to make some of my own granola, to go with the fridge full of yoghurt. Hopefully I will find the time....

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  2. Kath, you still have yoghurt? It must have been one very large delivery! I'm still dithering - how much exactly do you get? Guess I can look forward to seeing many more yummy yogurt recipes to come on your blog then.

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  3. Oh oh I saw these in one of the gourmet shops in Dublin but I didn't take much notice. In my defense this shop stocks Amedei chocolate. I might try the chocolate one thogh ... maybe not for breakie but for a snack.

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  4. 70% chocolate muesli - I'm impressed! Nothing like that here..

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  5. I've seen these boxes about in some of the shops here, and thought the packaging was great, but was a little sceptic of the flavour of contents. You've persuaded me to give them a try.

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  6. wow, you lucky chief taster :o)
    I've been dreaming of winning free Dorset cereals through their little blog awards but a late entry from a very popular potter last week has put paid to that. oh to have more friends in times of breakfast need {grin}, hey ho obviously not meant to be.

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  7. Gillian - I can see there might not have been much of a dilemma if you were thinking chocolate. It does make a tasty snack though - we've just had some.

    Celia - I didn't realise we had anything like that here either until a few days ago.

    MangoCheeks - we've just had some for pudding.

    Nic, I tried to do my bit for you and voted for your blog. I was mightily impressed with how many votes you'd got having only ever hit the dizzy heights of 8 with mine. Don't give up hope - you have a few days left yet.

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  8. I had some too - Loved them! A nice treat

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  9. I forgot to say thank you for voting for my blog on Dorset cereals site - I've voted for you too! :)

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  10. I think I had about 10 pots, you get whole fat, 2% fat, 0% fat, ones with honey - it's a good stash. I'd go for it if I were you. It forces you to do some cooking! As if we need an excuse! You get a nice man from Ocado deliver it in the time slot you specify too.

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  11. I quite like the dorset cereals - I haven't tried the chocolate ones but the berries & cherries is something like 60% fruit, very nice with some plain yoghurt.

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  12. I've seen these recently on my side of the pond, and wondered about them. I like the idea of an instant pudding of milk, cream and cereal. Very interesting indeed . . .

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  13. I love Dorset Cereal but I've never tried the chocolate one. Can't wait to get my hands on a box - that way nobody can growl at me for having chocolate for breakfast ;0)

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  14. Thank you Lucie and thanks for voting for me - I wondered how come I'd managed to clock up a stunning 6 votes this month!

    Thank you Kath, I've asked if I can have some now.

    Foodycat - yes with plain yogurt is my preferred way to eat muesli and Dorset Cereals is one of the better brands I've found.

    Chou - these two chocolate grenola work much better as a pudding than as a cereal we found, as they are quite sweet.

    Chele - the chocolate one with macadamias was the best. Will shortly be running a competition with some of this as the prize, so watch this space!

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  15. My favourite cereal/muesli range. A shame that is so expensive though!

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  16. Maggie Osborn6 April 2013 11:28

    Mmmm, looks tasty, must try some. :)

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  17. I really think Dorset Cereals are good if a little expensive. Thanks for the review. I like coconut & chocolate.

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