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Dorset Cereals chocolate granola

Food Reviews - general | 25th February 2010 | By

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.


  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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