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Nothing like actual Muesli
on April 28, 2011
On a trip to Italy, muesli is what all the hotels had for breakfast as their cold cereal and I loved it. Imagine how excited I was when I saw that Kellog's sold this product. What did I learn?: despite the similar name, this cereal is quite unlike European-style muesli. While the overall mix of grains and fruits is similar, this cereal is mostly a flake cereal, while a true muesli has no cereal flakes at all.
"Real" muesli is made of rolled (not flaked) grains; this has pluses and minuses. On the plus side, milk does not turn European mueslis to mush in a couple of minutes like it does flake cereals. On the minus side, European mueslis have to be soaked in milk or yogurt for about ten minutes or so (i.e. while you are in the shower, or while the coffee is brewing) or the cereal will be a bit on the chewy side. For those that are concerned about eating processed foods, rolled grains have been processed less than flaked ones. (Rolled grains are lightly steamed and then rolled and lightly toasted; flaked grains are fully steam-cooked until they are mush, pressed into flakes, fully baked and then usually sprayed with sugar to extend "time-to-mushiness.") And certainly only the Kellog's product contains HFCS.
You owe it to yourself to try one of the many other mueslis from Amazon (or better yet, single boxes from a local health-foods store if you have one) and see what you prefer. I eat the Bob's Red Mill product available on Amazon (and one of my local grocery chains) instead of this, and am much more satisfied. I haven't tried Familia (but I'm not crazy about the idea of the "fruit flakes"), and the Dorset products are too fruit and nut heavy for me. The other products are a hair more expensive than the Kellog's, but I'm willing to plunk down an extra dime or so per breakfast for a far superior product.
I'm surprised Quaker doesn't sell a muesli product... Given that they have to be the largest producer of rolled grains in the U.S., you'd think it would be a natural fit for them.