Saturday was an exciting post day as I received some new products to try, just in time for breakfast!
The Good Granola Company is a new venture set up by Debbie in Aberdeen (you can read this excellent blog post here for more information on Debbie and her business). I was kindly sent some sample packets of the four varieties of granola Debbie makes.
The first thing I noticed was that the sample bags really were jam-packed, right up to the seal. None of this business where you get half a packet of air with your granola! The second thing I noticed was that in each packet, I could see how much ‘non-oaty’ flavour was in there. If the bags had come unlabelled, I would have been confident that I could have paired the labels with the bags with no difficulty.
Other great things about the packaging:
- Super secure seal – this will keep the granola fresh for as long as possible.. if it lasts that long!
- Clear ingredients list and allergy advice, including a link to the website where there are more ideas on how to use granola that don’t need a breakfast bowl (though I would maybe suggest adding the company’s Twitter handle as an extra way to get interactions)
- The date of baking was also handwritten on – a nice touch and a reminder that you are getting something made with care, not run off quickly along a conveyor belt!
Each sample contained 100g of granola, so that sorts me for 8 days of breakfast. Yesterday was day 4 so I had sampled all four granola varieties – even now though I’m writing this post in the evening, these pictures are definitely tempting me to get a second bowl of the day!
Some general thoughts I had each day that weren’t specific to any particular variety:
- Texture: Absolutely loved it. When making granola I haven’t quite been able to get the texture quite so crunchy without burning it, and the crunch went so well with my choice of flavoured yoghurt (I can’t stand milk for fear of soggy cereal, yes I am a bit weird!)
- Flavourings: As you can see above, there’s no scrimping on the flavourings to accompany the oats, and you get a different combination of flavours in every bite!
Although I enjoyed them all, my favourite variety to try was the chocolate and mixed nuts (which wasn’t a surprise to me!) I love nuts in breakfast cereal (and considering Mr B was away – he has a nut allergy) I was able to enjoy this packet all to myself! The chunks of chocolate were especially nice and chunky, alongside the oats which were dusted in cocoa powder. A close runner up was the banana, cashew and coconut – I normally prefer hazelnuts or pecans in granola but the cashews provided a nice creamy nutty crunch with the oats, banana and coconut.
I was provided with samples from The Good Granola Company and feedback was requested. I chose to share my feedback with Mess in the Ness readers on my blog post!