Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Quaker Real Medleys Peach Almond Oatmeal +

Anyone can admit that oatmeal in its most basic form is not the most exciting food.  It can be fine, at times, but for the most part, it is one of those foods that absolutely needs add-ins in order to give it some flavor.  I've spent a lot of time on Quaker products here on the site and that just continues with this review of the Quaker Real Medleys Peach Almond Oatmeal + that I picked up at Marsh on sale for $1.25.  This is obviously another attempt by Quaker to take it's staple product and transform it into a flavor packed single serving container, which I am more than fine with because it saves me from having to do all the legwork of adding things in (you could infer that I'm lazy and you might be right).  This single serving container is 2.64 ounces with 290 calories and eight grams of protein.

When I opened this up, I was met with a plethora of mix-ins, so that's at least outwardly a good sign.  Quaker says that this one is oatmeal plus sweet peaches, roasted almonds and multigrains and I can confirm that all those things are in there in good amounts.  The almonds are tiny little shards, but that's fine because there's a lot of them, so if you added them together, it would make one really big almond.  The peach pieces were slightly larger than BB size and that was nice too.  As for peach smell, that was one place where this one was really lacking.  It was detectable, but not potent at all.  Despite the presence of add-ins, that weak smelling peach was kind of a let down as I headed into test out the flavor of this.

That lack of smell was a harbinger of things to come because there was not a lot of peach flavor in this at all. In fact, it was barely detectable and frankly, the only time I could detect it is when I ate one of the peach bits on their own.  Those peach bits were soft and slightly chewy with a hint of peach sweetness, but again, it was exceptionally mild and did nothing to add any flavor to the oatmeal cup as a whole.  Speaking of flavor, or perhaps not speaking of flavor, there wasn't much of anything at all in this entire cup.  I'll call it boring and using that word only to describe it may be a kind usage of the word because flavor-wise, there was nothing doing here.  On the other hand, there was a lot going on texture-wise and that was all because of the almond bits.  Like I said previously, there were a lot of them and their crunch made this a fun one to chew through because there was almond crunch in just about every spoonful and I absolutely enjoyed that.  Still, even with that enjoyable crunch, it wasn't enough to save the rest of the cup.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I loved the crunch in this because it was wholly unexpected, but not even that abundant crunch could save this one from being overwhelmingly boring due to the lack of actual flavor.  Because of that lack of flavor, I have to give this a FLY BY IT rating.  It's not that this was a bad product, it's just that there was nothing about it that makes me ever want to grab it off the shelf at the store again.  Too bad, because if there had been more potent peach flavor, this probably would have been a winner.


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