The line between cereal & chocolate/candy is slowly being blurred it seems;; only recently in the UK have we started to see the development, Lion Bar/Crunch cereal from Nestle for example, but over in the States this sort of stuff has been going on for decades, I have here an example for you brought to you courtesy of American Soda, Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs, consisting of Reese’s Peanut Butter & Hershey’s Cocoa to create a cereal containing a mixture of peanut butter and chocolate crunchy corn puffs.
I wish that peanut butter was as big a “thing” here as it is in America, the endless choice of peanut butter cereals that grace their aisles, ranging from the healthy to the not so healthy, I believe that this is meant to be one of the latter..I mean any cereal based on candy can’t exactly be brimming with goodness and vitality can it, but yet it still seems that General Mills are ensuring that this cereal is Wholegrain guaranteed and fortified with all the essential vitamins and minerals; however these work out at around 400kcal per 100g and around 35g sugar, not the worst offender I’ve seen but still pretty sugary, but I guess when you compare it to the likes of Frosties..weighing in at 37g sugar per 100g..I know what I’d rather be munching on!
Taking this all into account I guess you’ve gotta view them as more of a treat than a breakfast cereal that you would wake up to every morning to keep you going through out all of the day..and once you’ve got this clear you can begin to fully enjoy just how delicious these little puffs are! So hey ho they may have a lot of sugar in, but they don’t taste too ridiculously sweet…not so cloyingly so that you’re left with that searing throat burn that we all know so well. The chocolate puffs have more of a light milk chocolate flavour rather than anything deep and defying, no where near as strong as anything like Nesquik or Coco Pops etc, with the peanut butter puffs being allowed to take centre stage with all the strong salty sweet flavours of the innards of Reese’s you have come to know and love.
The puffs themselves hold up pretty well in milk; they don’t go too soggy and have a sort of waxy sugary sheen to them that stops them just completely disintegrating and turning into mush; nevertheless they do have a nice give way to them in the milk allowing their flavours to seep in to create our beloved cereal milk, yum! To me this is one of the best aspects of this cereal; not only how delicious it is to eat dry, minus milk, as a sort of popcorn style snacking treat, but also how amazing it is complete with milk and as you slurp down the chocolatey peanut butter milk that remains..who cares about the calories and sugar because it is so totally worth it!
These are fairly hard to lay your hands on in the UK but you can order them online at American Soda and wait with anticipation until your delicious peanut butter chocolate cereal arrives…mm!