I must admit, I was excited this morning. When I started the quest I thought it would be easy, I thought it would be full of fun and happy times. The reality of it is that there has been many highs but they have been coupled with many lows, particular memories include scaring an old lady in to thinking I was mugging her, pulling a strange face at a man who spilt a sandwich on his face, sunbathing in snow, receiving a very sarcastic email from the old man on the Quaker box, eating Marmite Ready Brek and having to stomach an incredible amount of ‘high fibre’ products, it has been harder than I could have ever imagine, I am very excited to have reached this landmark but realise I still have years to go especially if people keep bringing out new cereals, which brings me on to my cereal of choice to start on the 200th day. The choice was not made by me, I decided to get advice from the people that should know best. I decided to ask random Tesco staff members, some of whom were more helpful than others, in particular some were more helpful than the guy stacking the cereal shelves who when asked “which cereal would be appropriate for a cereal celebration?” simply said “I don’t know anything about cereals, I can’t help.”. A disappointing response to someone handling the quantity of cereal I had watched him handle whilst waiting for other staff members to ask/pounce on. However, other staff members were more helpful and despite being puzzled by my simple question in the end the decision was made I should try a new ‘irresistable’ cereal:
New Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cornflakes with Chocolate Curls. One thing that stood out almost straight away once poured in to my bowl was how similar my bowlful of cereal looked to the picture on the box, this is a rare thing and should be applauded……you may now stop clapping, sadly it’s not all good news I am afraid for Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cornflakes with Chocolate Curls. Regular readers will know a big issue I have is when popular cereals such as Corn Flakes add a chocolate variation, stick it in a shrunken box and then charge the same amount as the big box with no chocolate in. I can see through it and if not on the quest this would be a big hurdle to jump in the purchasing choice I would have to make. My second issue is the taste, I love Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, honestly I do but the chocolate Kellogg’s have chucked in really doesn’t sit well for me, it is a bitter dark chocolate that completely overpowers the sweet joyful taste of the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, in a (crunchy) nut shell it ruins a classic cereal. In a bigger (crunchy) nut shell it ruins a classic cereal and gives you far less per box without changing the price. Maybe its a grower, we shall see, looking at the box which is at best about the same height two hedgehogs could reach playing leap frog, it won’t have long to grow. It did make me feel briefly adventurous though and after a discussion with colleagues at work today in which I found out that you don’t need a licence to drive a boat and that boats have car parks (they probably don’t call them car parks) I found myself slipping in to a trap. I was excited at the discovery of the fact you can literally get a boat and go anywhere (off land) in it. I wondered it I could save money in the long term by rowing myself in a little boat to the Isle of Wight rather than taking the ferry when I go (approximately annually, they sell nice Lasagne there). I then got told I wouldn’t be able to row there, it would take forever, I disagreed and said (perhaps without thought) “I could, easily, I reckon I could even cross the Solent in this…….”
“Phil, that would be impossible.” they said.
Mmmmmmm…………(indicating thought rather than appreciation of something tasting nice).
As I opened up my doll house sized box of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes with Chocolate Curls today I realised that it was perhaps a mistake to leave the box in my car for the afternoon in the blazing glorious sun. It is definitely a lesson learnt, the box of gloden sweet flakes and bitter chocolate curls had joined together and become a one single unit piece of cereal. I had to slam it on the surface like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange to separate the block in to normal cereal size pieces. Surprisingly this did actually improve the flavour, it tasted a whole lot better than yesterday, less bitter and you could taste the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes too. Promising signs but the bitter chocolate still pulls it back like a 100m sprinter with rope round his neck.
Like me in year 6 at school, Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes with Chocolate Curls were short and sweet. Just 3 days and 3 bowls in the small box is empty, granted I had a nice full bowlful this morning but I was going to need it, I was going to the beach and then running a youth group sleepover including a nice big old fashioned game of rounders. Energy today was going to be vital. I sat down in my dressing gown eating this big bowl of Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes with Chocolate Curls and really enjoyed them, I think maybe my taste buds were acclimatising to the bitterness of the dark chocolate, all in all this isn’t a bad cereal however it is poorly priced considering it is essentially a mini box of Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes but with some dark chocolate chucked in but they still charge the same amount for the box. Classic.
Here are my vital statistics for Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes with Chocolate Curls review:
Cereal Cost: £2.69
Real Servings per Box: 3
Cost per Serving: 89.6p
Pros – Crunchy, taste grows on you.
Cons – Very expensive and bitter chocolate not good value for money.