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Chocolate Breakfast – It’s Crunch Time in Cornwall

From deepest Dorset, it's crunch time in Cornwall with this chocolate breakfast competition.

Food Reviews, Giveaways | 25th February 2010 | By

We’ve just had a parcel delivered from deepest Dorset. It’s a couple of boxes of chocolate granola from Dorset Cereals. Given that the operative word here is chocolate, 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’s Fairtrade Fortnight (22 Feb – 7 March). Plus there’s a chance for you to win some in our very own chocolate breakfast competition.

Chocolate Breakfast Granola

I’m not normally a great fan of breakfast cereals, I tend to find them them too dry, too sweet or just generally unpalatable. To me breakfast cereal means porridge – in the winter at least. However, the Dorset Cereal 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 for breakfast other than porridge or muesli with yogurt, then I would be more than happy with either of these latest chocolate offerings from Dorset Cereals. In fact it inspired me so much I now make my own chocolate granola.

Turns out, granola makes a great instant pudding. Just add milk and if you’re feeling really naughty, some cream.

Chocolate Breakfast Competition

Now my blog has passed its first blogiversary, it seems like the right sort of time to run a competition. Interested?

Here’s What To Do

Give me your most inspired ideas for a great chocolate themed breakfast via the comments link at the bottom of this post. Entries need to be in by 22:00 GMT on Saturday 20th March.


CT and myself will be judging the competition. It will be on originality but, more importantly how much we’d like to have your suggestions for our own breakfast. Our decision is final and no negotiation will be entered into.


The prize is a jute bag containing three boxes of each of the delicious chocolate granolas described in this previous post, along with a Dorset Cereals bowl to eat it in. I’m already feeling envious!

Apologies to overseas visitors but whilst I look forward to reading all comments and ideas, the prize is only available to those living in the UK.

Chocolate Breakfast Competition Results

Thank you to all who entered the chocolate breakfast competition and thank you also to Dorset Cereals for providing this great prize. All the lovely ideas you’ve shared are much appreciated. As you can imagine, it was really hard to come up with a single entry that we liked the best. There were so many good ones. I did think, fleetingly, of trying them all out and in an ideal world (one where I was a lady of leisure) I would have done.

My Chocolate Breakfast

I had my own attempt at being creative for breakfast this morning, but it wasn’t the success I was hoping for. Just take a look at the photo below and you’ll understand why. I had some left over purple mashed potato and thought this would be great baked in the oven with an egg and some of Willie’s 100% Cocoa grated over the top. The cocoa worked fine and enhanced the flavour, but the egg went all hard and rubbery. CT said it reminded him of toxic mine waste and was glad he wasn’t around for breakfast. Needless to say, I will not be awarding myself the prize!

Purple mashed potato with baked egg and grated chocolate for breakfast.

Chocolate Breakfast Ideas

Where to start? Actually, Chele got it off to a really good start with her chocolate French toast sandwich – that one has to go on my list of things to try. Jacqueline’s chocolate waffles and chocolate milk also sounded rather yummy – especially with the imaginative addition of pear and ginger. The sound of churros dipped in hot chocolate really makes my mouth water and I would love to try them, but perhaps on holiday with someone else making them. Thanks for the recipe though – one never knows! Breakfast scones from LPATRI11 were sounding like a healthier option until the chocolate spread (and cream) came into the equation – liked the sound of these too.

I really loved Emma’s story of childhood bread and chocolate by the sea. That has to be the best setting for breakfast. Hilary’s chocolate pancakes sounded fun and her chocolate loaf cake rather decadent. As delicious as pain au chocolat is, it is indeed “fairly traditional”. Janice is after a complete chocolate and sugar fix with her triple chocolate and fudge porridge. I dare you to have more than one bowl. Here’s my slightly healthier version of chocolate porridge. I liked Wendy’s idea of something savoury with a mole sauce, but given that I’m vegetarian, I wasn’t too keen on the leftover meat.

Suelle’s chocolate, chilli and lime bread certainly appeals to Oxslip. It appeals to me too although neither CT nor I are coffee drinkers. Celia’s honorary entry of a good hot chocolate appealed to me so much, I’ve just sent CT off to make one. Oxslip’s mix of French sourdough, English marmalade and Dutch vermicelli is an interesting European take on the breakfast idea. More pancakes from Emma, but with chocolate sauce this time. I appreciated her talk of bolstering the sugary confection with some nutritious nuts.

I really liked Wenchie’s seasonally adaptable idea for a gooey chocolate and banana mix to accompany yogurt or porridge. Although I’m not a big banana eater I am very tempted to try this. Another vote for pain au chocolat from Hannah, but I think I liked her almond and chocolate pastries more. As I actually like to have a fairly healthy start to the day, I also liked the idea of fresh fruit dipped in melted chocolate. Louise’s idea of chunks of chopped chocolate in granola sounds like a good way of bumping up the cocoa content of granola and a nice way to start the day. Thank you Louise for Orangette’s recipe – I shall be trying it.


So, CT and I have cogitated and ummed and ahhed and tried to come to a decision – arghhhh!

Hard as it was, we both independently and without conferring, came to the same conclusion. The winner is:

Suelle – with her suggestion of Chocolate, Chilli and Lime Bread. Congratulations.

It combines my interest in chocolate, lime, chillies and bread making. I can imagine stumbling out of bed and being revived by a stimulating hit of eye opening chilli, refreshing lime and uplifting chocolate. It’s also not too sweet. As much as we both have a sweet tooth, neither of us can really face a big sugar hit first thing in the morning. We’ll pass on the coffee though and have a nice steaming pot of hot chocolate instead. I guess I’m going to have to make this now!

And, dear readers, bake that chocolate, chilli & lime bread I did.

Stay in Touch

Thanks for visiting Tin and Thyme. If you ever eat chocolate for breakfast, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below or via social media. Do share photos on your preferred social media site and use the hashtag #tinandthyme, so I can spot them.

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Update – Summer 2019

This post is now an amalgamation of three posts. They all relate to this chocolate breakfast competition and review of Dorset Cereals’ chocolate granola.


  1. Kath

    25th February 2010 at 10:45 am

    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….

  2. Choclette

    25th February 2010 at 12:45 pm

    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.

  3. somesaycocoa

    25th February 2010 at 1:34 pm

    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.

  4. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    25th February 2010 at 4:58 pm

    70% chocolate muesli – I’m impressed! Nothing like that here..

  5. mangocheeks

    25th February 2010 at 7:17 pm

    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.

  6. nic @ nipitinthebud

    25th February 2010 at 7:35 pm

    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.

  7. Choclette

    25th February 2010 at 8:41 pm

    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.

  8. Lucie

    25th February 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I had some too – Loved them! A nice treat

  9. Lucie

    25th February 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I forgot to say thank you for voting for my blog on Dorset cereals site – I’ve voted for you too! 🙂

  10. Kath

    26th February 2010 at 4:09 pm

    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.

  11. Foodycat

    26th February 2010 at 6:49 pm

    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.

  12. Chou

    26th February 2010 at 7:48 pm

    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 . . .

  13. Chele

    27th February 2010 at 2:37 pm

    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)

  14. Choclette

    27th February 2010 at 4:53 pm

    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!

  15. JaynesDen

    18th March 2013 at 1:19 pm

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

  16. Maggie Osborn

    6th April 2013 at 10:28 am

    Mmmm, looks tasty, must try some. 🙂

  17. Maya Russell

    10th May 2013 at 5:09 am

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


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