Is it Nature? Simply.
First a disclaimer - as we probably all know, ALDI and Trader Joe's are somehow related. I think the same multinational conglomerate owns them. I've tried the same product from Trader Joe's and I didn't like it. It was lacking the thing I like most about steel cut oats - the kind of hard toothie snap you get when you bite into a spoonful. In short, it was like rolled oats - mushy. So to begin with, I was a little bit skeptical but this is what happens when you panic purchase.
There's two trays per package and here's what they look like. Well here's what one of them looks like.
I tossed it in the microwave oven for 2.5 minutes. It didn't say cut to vent it so I didn't but maybe I should have because step two is stir and when I peeled back the covering a burst of crazy hot steam toasted my finger. Youch ALDI! Anyway, it wasn't really unfrozen enough to stir but I did my best and popped it back in for another minute. I took it back to my desk, peeled **CAREFULLY** the plastic off the top and stirred it up. Here's what it looks like!
Stirred, Not Shaken.
So it tastes good and it, unlike Trader Joe's, has some snap to it when you chew. My complaint is that there was no and I mean none, zero, zip, not one lick of maple syrup and/or brown sugar taste. In fact, it was so devoid of flavor, I trudged back to the break room and looked at the box to make sure I'd read it correctly. As you can see from in the photo at the top of this post (which why I didn't save myself a trip and just look at the photo I took 5 minutes earlier I do not know) sure enough, maple syrup and brown sugar. Weird.
I give this Simply Nature Steel Cut Oatmeal an L. It would have scored higher if it actually tasted like brown sugar or maple syrup but it was still a pretty good helping of steel cut oats and it was only $1.49 for two servings.
**UPDATE** The second tray had a faint maple/brown sugar smell to it but, just like the first one, no discernible maple/brown sugar taste. It's so strange. If anyone tried this let us know what you found.