This Dr. Oetker Cappuccino Vitalis Knusper Plus Muesli isn’t what I’d class as a breakfast cereal!
When I go looking for a breakfast option, I tend to head towards the healthier side. Something not drowned in sugar and preferably crunchy or textured. Oats and dried fruit often sway me. I passed this box by several times – once it even made its way to my basket! Then I returned it to the shelf.
Eventually I managed to buy the thing.
After a Google-Mangle this is what Dr. Oetker say about this box of crunchy muesli:
The Vitalis Knusper Plus Muesli Cappuccino combines extra-large crunchy crunchies with a coffee note with crispy mocha chocolate flakes and delicious mini-amarettini to create a unique breakfast pleasure. | Oetker.de
The crunchy crunchies with 47% whole grain oatmeal are particularly crisp-delicious thanks to the special roasting process. The added 7% mocha chocolate and 5% mini-amarettini provide an authentic cappuccino-enjoyment experience in muesli form. | Oetker.de
So this is a box of crunchy, oaty granola clusters, generously laden with with little chocolate flakes and tiny, crisp amaretti biscuits. The chocolate flakes are semi-sweet with a decent mocha coffee flavour. They’re soft and melt easily too, so you don’t have crisp chunks of chocolate in the mix . The amarettini pack a good non-alcoholic-amaretto-like flavour punch. They’re marzipanny (which is now a word) and sweet, exactly as I remember their larger siblings being.
Back in the 80’s it was very common to get an amaretti biscuit or two when ordering a coffee. At least it was wherever my Grandma ordered coffee, as I distinctly remember that being the way I’d first experienced these crunchy little Italian cookies. She used to keep a bag of the things in her kitchen’s snack drawer and whilst I didn’t join her in the drink, I did love the biscuits. Turns out it must have been an officially recognised flavour combo!
I stared at the box while munching, mulling over the main question. Does it taste like cappuccino? Well, sometimes. It completely depends on the mixture of things you get on your spoon. Sometimes the balance swings in the favour of coffee chocolate, other times it’s entirely those amarettini biscuits. It’s nice either way but I wouldn’t say it reminded me much of a cappuccino.
Whilst I tried some dry, this is much better in milk. It does wonders for the coffee taste and works towards smushing those unusual breakfast bowl flavours together. The product doesn’t smell amazing straight out of the packet but adding milk helps bring it to life. Impressively, everything stays nice and crunchy under milk, including the amarettini!
It’s unusual and it’s interesting. I actually like the flavour combination and my brain does have a bit of a giggle at eating biscuits for breakfast… Which means, for me, it’s more of a late night snack or a breakfast for when I don’t want to make adult choices. The oaty clusters are sizable and generous but it unfortunately doesn’t keep me going for too long. Considering the sugar, that’s not a big surprise.