Cereal

 

Cookie CRUNCH???

Keebler Cookie Crunch

Keebler Cookie Crunch I had seen these in the store one day and thought "OK, Kellogg's has come out with something to compete with Cookie Crisp." Since they were on sale this week, I had the wife pick up a box to try out. Originally I hadn't noticed that it was not only chocolate chip "cookies" in the cereal, but also fudge ones. My initial impression was "the more the merrier." However, when I actually tried them, I was a little concerned. The "cookies" were crunchy as expected, but the fudge cookies were...gooey. It almost tasted as though they were soggy, yet solid. It was quite the odd consistency, especially with the crunchy cookies. The fudge taste is good (and strong) but I'm having a hard time getting past the overpowering "sludge" feeling I'm getting from the fudge cookies (and there appears to be more of them than the cookies). I haven't finished the box yet, but I sincerely think that when I do, it'll be the last.

At least they're free...

Frosted Mini-Wheats Blueberry

Frosted Mini-Wheats - Blueberry Muffin I've never been (and don't imagine I ever will be) a big fan of shredded wheat. I spotted these at the store the other day and saw that Kellogg's was running a special where you can send in your receipt and get your money back for the purchse (minus sales tax of course) so I thought it might be worth a shot. Besides, maybe the wife or kid would like them. Well, it's as I thought. They taste like shredded wheat with blueberry flavoring. If you like shredded wheat and blueberries, you'll probably like this. Otherwise, it's nothing new.

Too much of a good thing.

Honey Bunches of Oats - Just Bunches

Honey Bunches of Oats - Just Bunches It seems like there are two sayings when dealing with too much of a good thing. One goes something like "Too much of a good thing is a good problem to have" while the other goes something like "Too much of a good thing can just ruin it." I'm going with the latter in this case. I LOVE the bunches in Honey Bunches of Oats. Their big crunch and flavor are good complements to the small crunch and subtle flavor of the thin flakes. So Post decided to issue a cereal with just the bunches. The first thing I noticed when trying this new variation was that the bunches no longer tasted like bunches I remember from regular Honey Bunches of Oats. The other thing I noticed is that the cereal now just tasted like a generic granola cereal. Both could have been due to the lack of flakes, but either way, it kinda fell flat. So, while Just Bunches isn't bad, it was definitely disappointing based upon the initial impression I got from the box. Will I buy it again? If it's on sale and I'm looking for a granola cereal, sure. Otherwise, I'll probably just stick with regular Honey Bunches of Oats.

Happy Halloween!

Cap'n Crunch's Halloween Crunch

cereal box As I said earlier, you gotta love Halloween. Yeah, there's the candy but then there's the cereal. The Cap'n attempted to pull a nice little Halloween themed cereal out of The Guppy and came off successful. While Halloween Crunch is simply Crunchberries with the blue and red berries replaced by orange ghosts, the said ghosts have something in them that turns the milk green. When your milk turns an unnatural color (and it's not weeks past the use by date), you know you're having fun.

Round 4...

Lowes Foods Apploon's

cereal box The next cereal that I tried from my recent binge at Lowes Foods was their version of Apple Jacks entitled Apploon's. I'm not sure what an Apploon is, but then again I guess I don't really know what an Apple Jack is either. Either way, it doesn't really affect this cereal as it's pretty darn close in flavor to Apple Jacks. Maybe not exact, but darn close. Unfortunately, it falls prey to the findings I have about the other cereals from Lowes Foods in that it seems a bit flatter than its more well known brother (or sister if it's a female cereal but we won't get into that). The wife noted that it might be because the rings are skinnier than Apple Jacks and thus not as crunchy. Good point; I'm glad I married her. So, if all you care about is taste, Apploon's are a good substitue for Apple Jacks. If you only care about the crunch, why are you eating Apple Jacks when there are crunchier cereals out there? However, if you enjoy both, Apploon's might disappoint just a bit.

Can you screw up Rice Krispies?

Lowes Foods Crisp Rice

cereal box Seeing as how it's plain old cooked rice (or something to that effect), I didn't think that it'd be possible to screw up a Rice Krispies knockoff and I don't think I was disappointed. I can tell that Crisp Rice isn't exactly Rice Krispies and it's not just because of the box. As with the other Lowes Foods cereals, Crisp Rice seems just a tad flatter than its counterpart at Kellogg's. But, compared to the other cereals that I've tried so far, Crisp Rice comes the closest to being like Rice Krispies than the others did to their respective attempts. All in all, if you need to save the few extra cents, Crisp Rice is a viable alternative.

Not as magically delicious...

Lowes Foods Magic Stars

cereal box Along with Lowes Foods' Toasted Oats, the wife and I broke out the Lowes Foods' Magic Stars this morning. These are obviously an attempt to be a substitute for Lucky Charms. Again, I'm not going to go as far as to say that they fail miserably, but they really don't seem to be of the same quality as Lucky Charms. I guess that's sort of the point of going with a generic; give up a little quality to gain a little savings. A 14oz. box of Magic Stars only cost me $1.50 (on sale) while a comparable box of Lucky Charms will run you $X.XX. The marshmallows, or maybe the cereal in general, in Magic Stars had a "buttery" taste to them. I'm really not sure what that is about, but I definitely noticed it. The cereal part was "flatter" than the puffy and airy counterpart found in Lucky Charms. As with Honey Nut Toasted Oats, Magic Stars isn't a bad cereal on its own. Compared with Lucky Charms though, I'd have to spring for the extra $0.50.