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Alpen Porridge Raisin/ Hazelnut/ Almond Pot 60 g (Pack of 8)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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OK for a quick breakfast fix but the product description of "deliciously creamy"
is stretching credibility a tad too far. I found the taste and consistency thin
and insipid despite having put in the prerequisite amount of boling water up
to the pot's internal measuring line. The sultanas were whole and there seemed
to be quite a few of them but the nuts were chopped up beyond recognition.

I can think of better ways of starting the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 January 2014
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I eat porridge at home at least 3 times a week. There is no way I am ever going to use these Alpen porridge pots as a substitute for that. A bag of porridge oats at Asda costs 56p for 500g. 8 Alpen pots of 60g each will set you back just short of £8. Even if I factor in the other products I use in my daily porridge, that's one heck of an enormous profit margin for the manufacturer. Still, these are for people on the move who just want the no mess of adding boiling water to the pot and having an instant fix. Sort of like a pot noodle. I suppose it's a healthier option than crisps or a sausage roll for a snack break.
Did I like it? Not much, but as a kind of port in a storm it was okay. You have to stir it vigorously so as to get rid of the lumps and you have to be prepared to leave it to thicken up too - a bit like putting boiling water in instant stuffing. The taste is okay but bland. It's convenient, it'll fill a hole, but really it's not got me singing its praises from the roof tops.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is I guess, the equivalent of pot noodle for the porridge world and I was admittedly quite excited to try it (yes, I know it's just porridge, but still) It's simple enough to prepare: add hot water to the fill line, stir and leave for 2 minutes and it's done... Well, sort of. What I ended up with was a very watery mixture with big gloopy lumps. You need to mix a lot for it to start coming together and even then, the overall mixture was too runny for my liking.

Tastewise, it's not bad - creamy in flavour and not too sweet that it becomes sickly. The fruit and nut content was disappointing and I would have preferred more fruit (in this case, that would be raisins) The portion size is just right, despite my initial impression that it was going to be a stingy portion! From a nutrition point of view, for those interested, one pot contains 239 calories, 6g of fat, 7g protein, 3.4g fibre and 37.7g carbs (16.1g of which is sugar)

I suspect real porridge enthusiasts will avoid this, taking the view that it's much healthier (and cheaper!) to make your own porridge at home. It is good though for taking into the office though or for when you just want something quick. I personally wouldn't buy this flavour again and would opt to try a fruitier version. I would also try adding a touch less water next time to get a slightly thicker porridge, but I guess that's just personal preference. If you want "instant" porridge, this is worth a try - just remember to mix well.
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on 14 May 2014
I have to admit that this is the first time that I have bought the Alpen porridge and I think it will be the last. There is a distinct lack of flavour to this product.
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VINE VOICEon 20 March 2014
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Sorry but I found this product to not taste very nice. I normally have the 2 min Quaker Oats in the morning (my favourite) and have sometimes had the pot version which isn't so good. But the consistency of this isn't good, leave well alone
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on 3 March 2014
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This is a reasonably good product. It is fairly tasty but not exceptionally so; the portion size is a little on the small side; and it is fairly expensive. If you are keen on instant porridge, this will do the trick; if you have the time to make porridge properly, it is better to do so.
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I am a fan of porridge and have tried every single brand out there! When I was given the chance to try the Alpen Fruit and Nut porridge, I really thought that it could not be different to all the other porridge that I've had over time. But, I stand corrected now!

The Alpen porridge is creamier, thicker and tastier than other leading brands. It is not as sweet as other prepared porridges, which in my books is a good thing and a pot is around 240 calories, which are ok as part of one's breakfast. Portion-wise, I would have liked it to be a bit more, but I don't know whether this would nutritionally bring an imbalance to things!

On the down side, the fruit and nut content was not enough in my opinion for a product that relies on exactly that! Equally, if one were to buy it, it would be amongst the priciest porridge products out there, but apparently quality comes at a price, doesn't it just!
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VINE VOICEon 27 February 2014
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Tried this recently and although I have to admit I didn't really get much of a 'fruity' taste from it, it had good texture and taste to it so I can't really complain, though to be honest I still much prefer the Quaker Oat So Simple pots if I had to choose.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 February 2014
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Upon reading the instructions for this 'Pot Porridge' I was instantly surprised it only required hot water, rather than hot milk. Personally I always make porridge with milk, as I find it unpleasant with water. I assumed it contained some sort of dried milk in there - however, the resulting gruel-like substance suggested strongly that there was not (I failed to look at the ingredients).

What you end up with is about half a 'normal' (for me - 14st male) portion of greyish, almost smooth porridge, with a tiny amount of nuts and a couple of dried raisins. Maybe I had a bad pot, but I really couldn't detect much in the way of nuts or raisins (or 'fruit' as the pot says). It needed sweetening for me, but then I have a sweet tooth.

If you're on a diet or have a small appetite, this would probably be alright as something to keep in your desk at work for those mornings when you wake up late and don't have time or a proper brekkie. However, for me - I'd rather go without.

[As an aside - I received this under the Vine programme and was told I would get a pack of 8, but I only received 1 pot. Thankfully....]
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I will admit I was very very nervous to taste porridge that I had only added water too, and I kinda tasted it like I was eating something from a bush tucker trial HOWEVER this does have milk powder in so don't be afraid. The taste I found to to spot on nice consistency sweet enough, decent portion size and all around a very convenient snack indeed. The only reason to lose a star is the price. You do pay for the fact that it is convenient but if you can justify the price it is a very nice and quick snack indeed.
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