Alpen Dark Chocolate Muesli

It seems like Alpen are constantly bringing out new varieties of muesli; and what with many brands seemingly hopping on the “chocolate” band wagon it was only a matter of time before Alpen decided to bring out a chocolate variety complete with dark chocolate curls, the usual blend of wheatflakes/rolled oats, raisins, sliced almonds and hazelnuts.

Dark Chocolate Alpen

I absolutely fell in love with the past release of Apricot & Almond Alpen so I really hoped that this variety would equally meet my high expectations and deliver a delicious morning bowl of cereal.

It has the same “dusty” sort of look as the various other Alpen varieties – slightly akin to wood chippings that may be found after a woodwork class; albeit this variety also has really good decent sized dark chocolate curls dotted around, its nice to see these aren’t measly little flakes but actually provide a good sustenance to them and make themselves known in each mouthful!

Dark Chocolate Alpen

As usual once pouring the milk on the Alpen, due to the addition of milk powder, produced it’s usual wonderful creamy consistency/flavour; however I really felt that something was missing, to me Alpen should be fruity, exciting and full of flavour and I just was left feeling that the dark chocolate variety was lacking something. The fruit/nut/chocolate combo does work, of course it does, but its not spectacular, there’s nothing that makes it stand out and I just felt that with so many other varieties of muesli to choose from I doubt I would go back to this one.

Dark Chocolate Alpen

I found that it was improved upon when adding it to other cereals as a sort of “pick ‘n’ mix” bowl of cereal, but on it’s own it was just a bit unexciting; despite this if you’re a fan of Alpen then at least you can be assured that this still carries the delicious texture/milk flavouring properties as the other varieties..and you never know it may prove to be more of a wonderful experience on your taste buds than it was on mine!

Alpen Dark Chocolate
per 100g

389kcal
10.6g protein
64.3g carbs (24.5g sugars)
8.3g fat (2.8g saturates)
7.4g fibre

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli

I love the sudden surge in new varieties of Alpen; there used to be a time long ago when there was only a couple of plain simple varieties, but over the past few years this has steadily been built up upon and although this variety has been lurking around Tesco’s for a while it has recently made an appearance in my local Sainsbury’s store yay!

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli

Consisting of the usual Alpen base of wheatflakes, rolled oats and raisins, this also has the addition of small dried pieces of apricot, slivers of almond and chunks of hazelnut. It’s quite strange; I love dried apricots, their sweet succulent flavour; but when it comes to eating them fresh they just don’t do it for me.

Thankfully they work as a perfect addition to this cereal, now be forewarned; DON’T I repeat DON’T go all continental and soak this muesli..Alpen soaked = disgusting mush. It is more nicer to eat dry, simply with some milk popped on top; I prefer almond milk just purely for its creamy flavour that I feel complements muesli so well.

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli

There are a good amount of dried fruit pieces dispersed throughout the cereal; consisting of not only the dried apricot pieces but also the juicy sultanas, injecting a good sweet flavour; whilst the slivers of almond & hazelnut add not only a good texture contrast; nothing like a good crunch in your cereal bowl, but also an earthy nutty flavour . Yum.

Although I presume this cereal will mainly be eaten by adults ( I can’t really imagine any child striding towards this product..no hint of a cute character here); I do think that it would also be suitable for slightly older kids, as it is not so bland and unflavoursome that it seems “boring”; in fact it’s got a lovely sweet flavour to it.

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli

As always it’s important to see what is left lurking at the bottom of our bowl after a good old bowl of cereal..and I can report that this hits the mark perfectly; what you are left with is a gorgeous apricot almond “sludge” at the bottom of your bowl; creamy sweet and oh so heavenly!

We received a request for us to start placing nutritionals on each our reviews as I know many of you are health conscious out there..so we will try to do this in future when possible!

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli
per 100g

363kcal
10.1g protein
64.7g carbs
22.2g sugar
5.4g fat (0.8g saturates)
7.6g fibre
0.27g salt

Alpen Raspberry, Apple & Raisin Porridge

Alpen is long known for its various varieties of muesli; however with the popularity of instant quick easy on the go porridge it seems they have branched out to take on Quaker in the instant oatmeal/porridge sector of the cereal aisle. Although I love porridge I have never found an instant oatmeal that I really enjoy, other than a Dorset Cereal Limited Edition Gingerbread variety that I found in London at Christmas time, I never find them as fulfilling or as wholesome as making my own bowl of porridge with big juicy thick oats.

Nevertheless I loved the Raspberry & Apple Alpen Muesli variety, so I thought, hey-ho, why not give it a shot, it was only £1 on special offer in my local supermarket anyway, what could I have to lose?

Alpen Raspberry, Apple & Raisin Porridge<

Opening the box the sachets are the standard instant oatmeal size, and pouring the oats out into the bowl I must say I felt slightly dissatisfied with the amount of oats that seemed to be making up my portion. It looked almost dust like rather than the good wholesome bowl of oats I am used to, I persevered however and decided to add my recommended amount of milk and heat it up in the microwave.

As the microwave dinged and I took out my warm bowl of porridge it did look slightly more satisfying than it did dry, and did fill the bowl to a satisfactory level, my positive feelings changed slightly as I dipped my spoon into the warm oaty breakfast offering, this didn’t taste particularly amazing..I would say..distinctly average.

Alpen Raspberry, Apple & Raisin Porridge

There aren’t many juicy raisins, the raspberry flavour isn’t particularly strong, neither is the apple, and it certainly doesn’t taste anywhere near as good as the muesli. The oats aren’t thick and chewy and satisfying, but weak and mush like, I don’t know whether this is just me, and my dislike for instant oatmeal..but no one seems to be able to do it particularly well yet. This may be a quick and easy option for people in a rush on the go who want to try something a bit different but if you’re a real wholesome oatmeal/porridge lover then I would stick to your normal home cooked offering!