This is what we mean when we say that Cecile's is a taste of New Zealand. With freeze dried boysenberries and dried golden kiwifruit courtesy of Little Beauties (in Nelson), Boys & Gold is a quintessentially New Zealand combination. Add in some seeds, nuts and pure maple syrup, and we think we're on to a winning taste.
The pack says that it serves 13, and in an ideal world that would probably be true, but when you have four teenage boys (plus their mother and me) fresh back from a hike in freezing cold and very damp conditions, it may be understandable that there was little left in the packet after everyone had finished one helping and come back for seconds. This is high energy food so restored the balance nicely.
Once they had settled back to their topped-up plates and added the best part of another litre of milk, I asked them for their opinions. Mr 14 and Mr 15, who are away from home during the school term, assured me it would beat boarding school food any time. With the first hunger pangs dealt with, they were busy examining what was on their plates and checking with the ingredients list on the outside of the packet. They easily identified the boysenberries and slices of golden kiwifruit, and were interested that they could still taste the fruit flavour when they tried the pieces individually. That impressed them and kept their attention for quite some time.
The two older boys are living at home so at least they do enjoy home cooking, but they still gave the thumbs up to the fresh crunchiness of the mixture. Mr 17 thought it would be good to have for breakfast on the days he does early morning training; it would be quick to prepare and give him plenty of energy. Mr 19 agreed, but said it would make a good late evening snack when he is studying. All of them said they would ask their mother to get some more.
Price was the biggest issue for my friend. She agreed with everything they said, and was pleased that they were going for a healthy option, but the younger two are still growing and they are perpetually hungry. However, she thought it would be ok to compromise and buy an occasional packet when they were home for the weekend. Having read the ingredients list, she was impressed by the quality of the contents and managed to put away a large bowl herself.
I, too, would probably buy it as an occasional treat, but there again we are a household of two adults so it does make a difference. I think we would get the 13 recommended servings from the packet with no difficulty. I had mine with yoghurt rather than milk (as I don't drink cows' milk) and my friend tried some this way as well. She said there was little discernible difference between the milk and the yoghurt, so that is a plus if there is a family member who is fussy like me!
Random listing from 'Food'...
Macaroni pasta in a fresh cheese sauce made for children from 12 months of age using imported and local ingredients. Made in New Zealand.
• No added Salt
• No added Sugar
• No added preservatives
• A good source of calcium
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