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REVIEW OF Honey Porridge (10 x 42g – 46g sachets) 420g packs RRP £2.49

It would not be too long before Dorset Cereals produced Honey Porridge; as prestigious food producers they will be well aware that honey and oats always make for great bedfellows. It is a known fact that oats are low in cholesterol and high in fibre, so this is a healthy eat. As with other porridge recipes from the range, ingredients are mainly jumbo/fine cut porridge oats/ and barley flakes. Natural sweetening comes in the form of tiny date pieces, honey flavoured porridge oats, and honey sugar (a mix of light brown soft sugar and honey) which becomes syrupy during cooking. For more information on the New Honey Porridge click here

One 42g sachet served with 150g of semi-skimmed milk is approx 221 calories, so for people counting calories this information will be important, and this serving is satisfying enough for the not so big breakfast eater. Double up the amount and you have enough porridge to fill a large bowl that will stave off hunger until lunchtime, and you will be moving into the level of quantities of the wet and dry foods, that we would use together, when we bother to make our porridge in a saucepan.

A two sachet double serving will, of course, up the calorie intake and will deliver a blow to the purse. Nevertheless, on balance, we feel some value has to be put on the convenience of the sachet and microwave option. The pan method probably does work out cheaper (per unit), despite the heat energy the stove uses and that required to heat water that will fill a bowl to wash the pan clean afterwards. As far as the Honey Porridge recipe goes, we do have a choice, as it is also available in a free flow pack (550g), alongside Raspberry and Pumpkin Seed flavour. Strange as it may seem however, is that the original ‘proper porridge’, now called ‘Oat and Barley’ porridge (confusing) is only available in sachet form, and is not available in loose form. Therefore, Dorset Cereals do not produce a like for like alternative to long standing porridge oat brands. See the current range of porridge by Dorset Cereals here

To prepare in a microwave oven:

Use 150ml of semi-skimmed milk per sachet in a bowl. Cook for 2 minutes, remove and stir, and return to the microwave for a further minute.

See packs for allergy advice

In the autumn of last year we reviewed porridge packs by Dorset Cereals shortly after the company had restyled their packaging and incorporated clearer product labeling. The company have now omitted the use of the word ‘proper’ in the naming of their porridge ranges, and there has been yet more changes to the porridge lines still. Press releases and communication pieces linked to this company quickly become obsolete. As for the consumer it is hard to keep a tab on the availability of items and identify with a product long enough for it to become a firm favourite with people. This company have mustered up some beautiful, award winning, hearty style cereals and this new Honey porridge is no exception. We praised the improvements to the packaging initially, but now we would really like to see the company settle on the branding of some of their product lines.

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