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

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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

Weetabix Chocolate

Ok, so two of my favourite foods : chocolate and cereal, yet it seems to be that so many cereal manufacturers often miss the mark when combining the two, I don’t feel that there are actually many particularly good chocolate cereals lurking out there, chocolate chunks with granola, yeh great, but when actually making the cereal chocolate flavour there’s a fine line between good and utter disappointment.

I love regular Weetabix..I love chocolate, I actually really like their regular Minibix with chocolate chips, so what could really go wrong by making the actual “biscuit” chocolate flavour, well unfortunately a lot I think. I guess this cereal is probably aimed at children, the smiling wheat crop on the front peering over the top of the two big chocolate Weetabixes ready to gobble them all up, and  with half the amount of sugar compared to other chocolate cereals on the market, this is meant to be a cereal that children will want and that adults won’t mind buying, due to the “healthier” nature of it. I mean at 346kcal, 15.9g sugar and 10.5g fibre per 100g, it’s actually got some pretty good nutritionals for a chocolate based cereal..if only it tasted as nice.

Weetabix Chocolate

My go to way to eat Weetabix, always warm, always made into a thick substantial paste, so that’s exactly what I did. As the ding of the microwave sounded a very strong sort of malty cocoa flavour wafted around the room from the cooked breakfast substance, dipping my spoon into it I have to say that it is no where near as satisfying as regular Weetabix, the cocoa flavour and the melted dark chocolate chips seem to create an odd contrast to the classic malted Weetabix flavour, it all just tastes a bit odd..not particularly chocolatey but not as malted and warming as regular Weetabix.

Weetabix Chocolate

So I tried it another few ways, I tried it warm, but this time, not mushing it up, so the chocolate chips were slightly melted, but stayed intact, this is even worse..you sort of end up with a pile of mushy cocoa flavour wheat mess, and the milk, although turning slightly chocolate coloured/flavour, doesn’t have a particularly delicious flavour to it. Certainly not that sweet delicious chocolate cereal milk that kids may be used to from the likes of Coco Pops etc.

Weetabix Chocolate

I know, I know, a lot of you eat your Weetabix cold, so what is it like that? Again, not great, not really sweet, not really savoury, it tastes of well..a bland cocoa cereal concoction really, certainly not something a child would particularly want for breakfast..you’re probably better buying them the regular Weetabix..which is not only healthier..but also tastes a hell of a lot better, as they’re certainly not gonna get their chocolate hit from this!

I find that the only way that this Weetabix Chocolate could be salvaged was to actually mix it with 1 regular Weetabix : 2 chocolate, 1 regular, a couple of sweeteners, some milk, pop it in the microwave. Hey presto..its edible! With the addition of the extra regular Weetabix it enhances the savoury malt aspect with just a slight twang of deeper chocolate flavours, making it..slightly more edible and enjoyable than it is on its own..but when you’ve gotta add extras to your cereal to make it good..well then the base product can’t be all that can it!

Weetabix Strawberry Crispy Minis

I’m loving going into the supermarket aisles at the minute and finding a whole load of new cereal for me to try out; every since I was young I’ve always loved the various different Minibix products that Weetabix have brought out; Fruit & Nut and Banana were always my favourite until they disappointingly stopped making my beloved Banana-bix. However I am pleased to say that a new fruit edition has been brought out in the form of a Strawberry variety.

Weetabix Strawberry Crispy Minis

First things first I wanted to check on the packaging to see how the strawberry flavour was achieved, was it natural, what exactly was this achieved by, apparently the little red flecks in the mini Weetabix are “Strawberry flavoured fruity pieces” made up of fruit purees of Apple and..wait for it..Strawberry at 0.3%!!  Ah yes a strawberry flavoured breakfast cereal..with it being made up of 0.3% strawberry..because that makes perfect sense..

Weetabix Strawberry Crispy Minis

The Minibixes are a nice small size and are much easier to snack on, if you wish, than the regular large Weetabix; pouring myself a large bowlful I decided to set a couple aside to try cold for reviewing purposes. I only ever usually eat my Weetabix warmed up; its certainly tastier and extremely comforting on a morning..if you haven’t tried it warm yet I strongly recommend that you do! Whilst mine were heating in the microwave I let my “off casts” sit in their milk for a little while to see how they held up; nice, still slightly crunchy on the inside with a nicer soft exterior to sink your teeth into and a good refreshing strawberry flavour.

Weetabix Strawberry Crispy Minis

Of course for me, the real deal was trying them as I normally would, warm and slightly mushy with the top ones still having a bit of crispiness to them, the thing I love about heating these little babies up is that as you slowly eat them the Minibixes in the bottom of the bowl start to absorb any excess milk and create a delightful Weetabix paste, flecked with what every addition has been added to them, in this instance, strawberry pieces.

Weetabix Strawberry Crispy Minis

Surprisingly despite only being 0.3% strawberry these do actually taste pretty good; the strawberry flavours taste pretty natural and they are sweet, but no where near as sweet as other breakfast cereals and is pleasantly offset with the classic Weetabix flavour, I would say a successful addition to the Weetabix range, I would come back for more!