“ Brand: Jordans / Type: Cereal „
Many years ago - I know it's more than 20 as I left home then - my Mum bought Jordans Raspberry Country Crisp for me to try. She was always a fan of wholefoods and healthy stuff, and since Jordans were a trusted brand, she reckoned it'd be nice. She wasn't wrong! All of these years later, it's still by far my favourite cereal.
Jordans have been producing cereals at their site in Biggleswade since the early 1970s, at the mill that's been in the family since 1855. The cereal production was inspired by one of the Jordan family trying out some granola (a now extremely popular clustered combination of oats and honey), and their range now stretches to various different mueslis, granolas, porridges and also natural Wheatgerm and Wheatbran, in addition to their cereal bar range which includes their rather lovely Frusli bars, as well as breakfast replacement bars etc.
The Country Crisp range currently has six different varieties, with a seventh on the way as I see that their website is heralding the arrival of a dark chocolate version! The ones currently available are Strawberry, Chunky Nuts, Flame Raisins, Honey Clusters, Chocolate and my favourite - Raspberry.
The blurb on the back of the box gives this description:
"A generous handful of tangy raspberries are blended with wholesome golden clusters of baked British wholegrains, crispy rice & chopped hazelnuts to give an irresistibly oaty bite with a sweet vanilla and coconut finish". So how does it match up?
It's an oat, barley, rice and hazelnut cluster-based cereal, with whole freeze-dried raspberries. When I pour it into the bowl my first reaction is always to want to grab a handful and just eat it dry, it smells so lovely and sweet straight out of the box. I usually manage to limit myself to a couple of the oaty clusters though, since I know that it's even better with cold milk. If left to soak for a little while, the clusters soften as do the raspberries. The milk also draws out enough substance from the cereal to become almost creamy. It takes on the taste of the cereal really well, and is even dyed a little pink by the fruit.
The flavour as you eat it is a wonderful balance between the sweetness of the cereal clusters, the nutty flavour and texture of the hazelnut and the very slight acidity of the raspberries. The fruit taste comes through beautifully, and although it's not quite like eating fresh raspberries, it's pretty close if you let them soak for long enough. Of course if you enjoy your berries with a bit of bite, you can catch them before that! The clusters themselves usually remain crunchy in the centre, while outside they get pleasantly soft and slightly gooey.
Jordans have a good environmental policy, some of which is stated on the box, but there is far more detail on their website at http://www.jordanscereals.co.uk/what-we-are-about . The cereals they use are all grown in the UK by Conservation Grade farmers, who are paid to keep 10% of their land as areas designed to preserve wildlife. They don't use any genetically modified products, or artificial additives.
One thing that I was surprised to find though on the list of ingredients was palm oil, the product that has been tarnished by the news that its production has often caused the destruction of valuable wildlife habitats in other countries. Since Jordans standards are very strict on the majority of their ingredients, I assume (and hope very much!) that their palm oil is responsibly sourced. I can't find a specific reference to this on their site.
British Conservation GradeTM Wholegrain Cereals (60%) (Oat Flakes, Barley Flakes, Oat Flour), Raw Cane Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil), Rice Flour, Desiccated Coconut, Freeze Dried Raspberries (2.5%), Roasted Chopped Hazelnuts, Natural Vanilla Flavouring.
Contains: Oats, Barley, Hazelnuts.
May Contain: Wheat, Rye, Other Nuts, Sesame Seeds, Milk.
Per 50g serving with skimmed milk: 266 Kcal, with 9.5g of fat, only 3.5g of which is saturated.
I don't eat this on a regular basis, mainly due to the cost, although I'm not criticising them for it bearing in mind the care that is taken over the production, and producing food responsibly comes at a cost. A 500g box (the only size available across the range) currently retails at Tesco for £2.49, and in all honesty would probably only last a couple of days as it's so moreish. My staple diet is store's own weetabix! However I treated myself to a box recently when it appeared on the reduced items shelf sue to some kind soul squashing it a bit :-)) All in all an extremely pleasant eating experience, and one I hope to repeat before too long, if someone feels kind enough to squash another box!
I brought this cereal to make a change from crunchy nut cornflakes and was pleasantly surprised when I tried it. The dried raspberries are not to tangy (As i have found in other cereals) and "clusters" do not go very soggy very quickly as again i have found with other cereals. A bowl for is satisfying , but the cereal itself is very moreish. The price of this cereal can be seen as quite expensive compared to other cereals but the taste and quality (I think) is more then worth it. I gave this cereal to my 5 year old Godson to try when he stayed over and he did not like the raspberries very much (but he can be quite funny with berry fruits) but other then that he enjoyed it so I personally think this cereal would be quite appealing to the majority of children. I myself am very funny with cereal , is can't be soggy , it can not be soft and i do not like bran/wheat/shreddies sort of flavor things so this cereal gave me a nice change and I know i can leave the cereal for a good few minutes (Say if the post man comes) and when i come back I know its still crisp and fresh tasting! Only problem is it is moreish like i said. (if that counts :) )
I am writing this review because i love this morning cereal. I have been buying it regularly for a few years now and have never been disappointed with the quality of this cereal. It comes in a lot of different flavours including strawberry and chocolate. My personal favourite is strawberry because i think that the cruchiness of the cereal compliments the soft strawberry pieces perfectly. However i do think that this cereal is quite highly priced for a standard cereal, priced at £2.74 at my local Tescos shop. I have recently realised that you can but exactly the same cearal, but as a tescos own brand for just 99p, a huge saving compared to the highly priced Jordans cereal. I havent yet noticed a difference in quality from the Tescos own brand cereal compared to the Jordans cereal, apart from the fact that there is a bit less fruit in the tescos version, however i am still satisfied with the food.
I am a recent convert to breakfast cereals, usually enjoying a couple of yoghurts before work instead for the last twelve months or so. But recently my generic supermarket had these on offer- £2.23 each or 2 for £3!!- so decided to give these a whirl for a change as I had enjoyed their Frusili and breakfast bars in the past. The cereal comes in different flavours that include Raspberries, Strawberries and Chunky Crunchy Nut. The nutty one is really good eating and is packed with large chunky pieces of nuts the like of which is quite unusual in other cereals that I have experienced over the years (the pieces tend to be quite small in other cereals) but this raspberry variety is defenitely my second favourite. Full of freeze dried raspberries, the remainder of the cereal is comprised of oat clusters that are equally as tasty.
These cereals really do tend to fill me up much more than my yoghurts did previously (even the variety that claim they leave you feeling fuller for longer- bullhickey!) and are actually a delight to eat- so much so that I tend to have larger portions than most people because it is so scrummy. Every bite is a taste sensation and this is, without question, the most flavoursome and value for money cereal that I have eaten in the last few years. At £2.23 a box, it is slightly more expensive than other cereals and, with my big portions, it doesn't last that long but while they stay on offer I will be stocking up!!
If you like cluster cereals, give these a try and you won't be disappointed. Also claims to be good for you, as all cereals seem to do nowadays even coco pops (hmm not likely mate), but I am sceptical about this as these do taste quite sweet to my taste-buds. My only other comment would be that sometimes the freeze dried raspberries can be a tad sharp. Hopefully the strawberry variety, currently lingering in my cupboard, will be just as tasty without some of the sharpness though normally I would prefer raspberry to strawberry. Overall though, this is a very good quality product!
Jordan's make great breakfast cereals. A few years ago my family would buy the chocolate version and it was sublime. Unfortunately they discontinued it, with a trip to France being the only way to get hold of some! Just recently they have decided to reintroduce it - thank god!!
So what is this country crisp all about? Well, if you haven't tried it already, it is a crunchy, crispy bowl full of wholegrain oats and barley. They bake them into big clusters that break apart in the mouth. Surrounding this is plenty of pieces of freeze dried raspberry. Freeze-drying is a great way of storing fruit while retaining the bulk of the vitamins and minerals. The raspberry is tart and wonderful.
It is a filling breakfast, but watch out. The cereal is heavy and it is easy to fit 100g in your bowl, which makes for 435 calories as stated on their website. It's also very tasty and easy to eat two bowls. Also, I'd watch out for the sugar content. My diet doesn't contain many high-sugar items any more, so this and similar cereals have a deleterious effect on my body. There is 23.7 grams of sugar in a 100g bowl - that's nearly 25% sugar! For a breakfast dish, the high sugar content nearly negates the health benefits of eating a nutritional, whole-grain breakfast.
Jordan's also use conservation grade oats, which pay farmers to plant crops in a way that conserves the natural environment as much as possible.
I'd highly recommend this cereal, go pick it up and see what you think, but just remember that it is very sweet and full of calories so go easy!
Jordans Country Crisp Raspberry cereal is one of their range of oat and barley cluster cereals. The others in the range include with Strawberries, Four Nut Crunch (my favourite), with Honey Clusters and with Flame Raisins.
All the Jordans range are recognisable with their distinctive Jordans logo on the front. The Country Crisp range all come packaged in a similar box, coloured differently and with wholesome pictures of the appropriate contents, in this case, raspberries.
Their boxes are manufactured from at least 80% recycled board with the remaining 20% from sustainable forests. Hence the entire box is recyclable.
Tastewise, these are absolutely delicious and it's hard to not pour yourself a huge bowlful. The cereal consists of clumps of oats and barley flakes mixed with coconut, vanilla flavouring, sugar and vegetable oil and of course the main fruit or nut. The kids always ask for me to give them the clumps to eat straight from the box as they taste a bit like crunchy flapjacks.
The raspberries are freeze dried. I was somewhat sceptical about this as I adore fresh raspberries. These freeze dried raspberries take a bit of getting used to but they do taste exactly like a raspberry. The texture is crunchy and they release a lovely tangy raspberry flavour when you bite into them. They go a bit soggy once the milk is added but retain their full flavour. The rest of the cereal stays nice and crunchy at least until I've finished the bowl. There's absolutely no need to add any extra sugar.
Nutritionally, they're not brilliant although the plus points declared on the packet include 'more fruit in every pack', they use 'select raspberries' and they're a 'natural food'.
They have quite a medium-high fat content for a breakfast cereal with 9.7g for a 50g bowl. Sugars are definitely in the high bracket with 16.4g for a 50g bowl. In fact, anything over 15g per 100g is classed as having a high sugar content and these have 23.7g per 100g. Sorry, I'm spouting label facts again, but I always religiously check these before I buy or eat anything.
It's best to shake the box before pouring this cereal as the fruit tends to rise to the top, leaving you with crumbs and no fruit when you reach the end of the box. However, I find these crumbs at the bottom of the box make a lovely sprinkle topping for ice cream.
These are my husbands favourite cereal, in fact all of the Jordans Country Crisp range are a big hit in my household.
I'm only giving it 4 stars due to the sugar and fat levels, but for taste I'd have to give them top marks.
All major supermarkets stock these for around £2.28 when not on offer.
British Conservation Grade® Wholegrain Cereals (60%) (Oat Flakes, Barley Flakes, Oat Flour), Raw Cane Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil), Rice Flour, Desiccated Coconut, Freeze Dried Raspberries (2.5%), Roasted Chopped Hazelnuts, Sea Salt, Natural Vanilla Flavouring.
Contains: Oats, Barley, Hazelnuts.
May Contain: Wheat, Rye, Other Nuts, Sesame Seeds, Milk.
~~~Nutritional Information per 100g~~~
Energy (kcal) 435; Protein 7.7g; Carbohydrate 65.3g ; of which Sugars 23.7g; Fat 15.9g; of which Saturates 4.5g; Mono-unsaturates 6.9g; Polyunsaturates 3.8g; Fibre 6.4g; Sodium 0.17g; equivalent as Salt 0.42g.
For lots more information about the Jordans range of cereals, check out their site here: http://www.jordanscereals.co.uk/products/cereals/country-crisp
I'm not a great fan of cereals but when I saw this one on the shelf I just had to have it. Raspberries are my favourite fruit and as this cereal contains real freeze dried raspberries it was bound to be delicious.
This cereal contains a mix of oats and barley mixed into delicious clusters with dessicated coconut, hazelnuts and sugar. Despite the inclusion of the sugar thee small clusters dont taste too sweet, the have a delicious light crunchy taste.
The inclusion of real freeze dried raspberries is what really makes this cereal special. When you first pour a bowl you can see the whole perfectly preserved raspberries. When you add milk the raspberries soften slightly and the milk turns a lovely pale pink colour but they still retain their crunch and have a delicious fresh slightly tart flavour.
Put these two tastes together and the result is simply heavenly. They are even nicer with some fruit added. I have added raspberries, strawberries and bananas and they are all delicious mixed in.
The first few bowls of this cereal were great but as I near the bottom of the box they are not so good. The large clusters have been replaced with smaller crumb like bits of cereal and there are no whole raspberries left. Obviously all the smaller bits have fallen to the bottom of the pack but my bowl of cereal was only saved with the inclusion of fresh fruit this morning. I would also like to see more raspberries in here to make it even better.
A 50g bowl with 100ml of semi skimmed milk will give 265 calories making it a good healthy breakfast. You will get 10 such bowls from a 500g pack costing around £1.90 so they are reasonably good value for money too.