Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli

I love the sudden surge in new varieties of Alpen; there used to be a time long ago when there was only a couple of plain simple varieties, but over the past few years this has steadily been built up upon and although this variety has been lurking around Tesco’s for a while it has recently made an appearance in my local Sainsbury’s store yay!

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli

Consisting of the usual Alpen base of wheatflakes, rolled oats and raisins, this also has the addition of small dried pieces of apricot, slivers of almond and chunks of hazelnut. It’s quite strange; I love dried apricots, their sweet succulent flavour; but when it comes to eating them fresh they just don’t do it for me.

Thankfully they work as a perfect addition to this cereal, now be forewarned; DON’T I repeat DON’T go all continental and soak this muesli..Alpen soaked = disgusting mush. It is more nicer to eat dry, simply with some milk popped on top; I prefer almond milk just purely for its creamy flavour that I feel complements muesli so well.

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli

There are a good amount of dried fruit pieces dispersed throughout the cereal; consisting of not only the dried apricot pieces but also the juicy sultanas, injecting a good sweet flavour; whilst the slivers of almond & hazelnut add not only a good texture contrast; nothing like a good crunch in your cereal bowl, but also an earthy nutty flavour . Yum.

Although I presume this cereal will mainly be eaten by adults ( I can’t really imagine any child striding towards this product..no hint of a cute character here); I do think that it would also be suitable for slightly older kids, as it is not so bland and unflavoursome that it seems “boring”; in fact it’s got a lovely sweet flavour to it.

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli

As always it’s important to see what is left lurking at the bottom of our bowl after a good old bowl of cereal..and I can report that this hits the mark perfectly; what you are left with is a gorgeous apricot almond “sludge” at the bottom of your bowl; creamy sweet and oh so heavenly!

We received a request for us to start placing nutritionals on each our reviews as I know many of you are health conscious out there..so we will try to do this in future when possible!

Alpen Apricot, Almond & Hazelnut Muesli
per 100g

363kcal
10.1g protein
64.7g carbs
22.2g sugar
5.4g fat (0.8g saturates)
7.6g fibre
0.27g salt

Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Clusters Milk Chocolate Curls Review

I’m not sure how to classify this one –
a) a typical breakfast cereal? a la breakfast flakes, weetabix, etc.
b) A granola / muesli / toasted grain variant?

Kellogg’s has thrown this dilemma my way, by introducing Crunchy Nut Clusters. Crunchy Nut is your “typical” breakfast flake, with honey-oated flakes, and nuts embedded on them. When you introduce the “clusters” aspect, however, you then get something akin to granola. This granola component is exemplified even further by the addition of rice cripspies to each cluster, and the fact that we have some VERY sizeable chunks, as we shall see below.

Just how sizeable are the chunks? Look at the picture. Varying in sizes, some are HUGE, some are medium, and some are downright minuscule, evidently the “cereal dust” remnants of the clusters. The progression of sizes below may be viewed as inconsistency, on the part of the manufacturers. However, i like to see it as some.. healthy variation.

Healthy variation? You’ve gotta be kidding me, you might think. But think about it; the cereal dust: it forms this… sludge with your milk that’s akin to a sweet porridge. So in the other, texturally, you get porridge-y cereal at the bottom, and crunchy clusters on top.

How cool is that? I think i can confidently say that Kellogg’s hadn’t intended this. But hey? Who knew that “budget manufacturing” could add an additional level of depth to this breakfast?

Crispy, crunchy, etc. No surprises eh?? I was reminded very much of Special K Granola (texture-wise though, taste, you’ll see later). It was actually light, despite “Cluster” bringing Hefty Pieces to mind; and refreshingly crunchy. So crunchy that it was almost like popping candy, as you bit through each chunk. The rice crisps and the flakes were totally discernible. The milk chocolate curls were soft, and melted nicely like a typical Cadbury chocolate would. Mind you these chocolate curls are not some pathetic “mockolate”. Chocolate shavings from a proper chocolate bar! Not that crumbly stuff you get in cheap muesli, not that thin, brittle compound you get in protein bars.

I loved the texture in this cereal. Authentic, to its namesake, and light enough that you don’t feel ENGORGED after eating it, like how one sometimes feels after eating half a bowl of luxury / gourmet granolas.

So there we have it; we have something which has the mouthfeel of Special K granola – light, excellently crispy, but with the creaminess of chocolate added. Does it taste like Special K granola though? Because if it does, then i think many wouldn’t like it.

I am so glad to say that this cereal TASTES like a luxury granola. It is sweet, with the familiar Crunchy Nut honey taste, (which, by the way, is quite a legitimate one). The Rice Crispies were slightly disappointing, and DID taste of Special K granola, with its artificial, plasticky tang that reminds one of apricot.
What i thought was the most amazing taste was the chocolate. As noted above, it was creamy – REAL chocolate shavings – it TASTES like shavings of chocolate too. Imagine having little bits of heaven in every bite of cereal. Bits of heaven which melt AND deliver that sweet-milk-dairy-cocoa that is your typical supermarket milk chocolate. Hey; i’m glad that we’re getting shavings of chocolate here – something even the luxury granolas sometimes fail to deliver.

I’m amazed. I would say this is the best tasting Kellogg’s cereal i’ve had in the past year, sold at the average supermarket cereal price (2 pounds for a 500g box)

One area where there’s a little “tension” is the fact that it’s 460kcal/100g here, so it’s over the usual “400kcal” threshold. It’s calorie-heavy, this one. I guess those ‘milk chocolate curls’ come at a cost then. A pity the UK serving sizes on the nutrition labels don’t tell you the kcal / cup like in the US; but i’d estimate that a 45g serving (205kcal) gives you a 3/4 cup.

Wonderful cereal. Some might say horrendously irregularly-sized chunks – from knuckle-sized all the way to cereal dust pieces. I thought it was a welcome variation that you could get in your bowl. If you’re in the UK, buy this, and try it.

I had this, and bought this on a whim after a long run where i wanted to reward myself. (even though i’d be away from it for 3 months, as i’m returning home for the Summer)

Absolutely no regrets.

-The Exercising Male

365 Berry Flax Protein & Fibre Crunch

Ah the joys of American cereal; not only are there the delicious almost “candy” like cereal concoctions but there is also an array of healthy cereal; boasting large amounts of protein, fibre or “fiber” and yet still delivering an amazingly good flavour. I sort of turn into a bit of a shark in a feeding frenzy when I enter a foreign supermarket stocked with all these different products; I never really know where to start, which ones to pick up,  which  ones will be worthwhile in my great cereal conquest.

When I visited Wholefoods in New York I decided to pick up their own brand Berry Flax Protein & Fibre Crunch; looking at the ingredients and the description on the back of the package it sounded like it may be similar to Kashi Go Lean Crisp Toasted Berry Crumble..one of my favourite cereals mmm..darn you UK market for not selling it! Complete with soy protein, oats, grains, berries & flax seed it sounded nutritiously wonderful and I couldn’t wait to tuck into some.

365 Protein & Fibre Berry Crunch

Pouring it out into a bowl it certainly reminded me of Kashi, the same light yet crispy crunchy texture and the wonderful aroma of light berries wafted out of the box, but it also had the addition of numerous flax seeds dotted around here and there..healthy fats in our cereal for so many of us that like to sprinkle them on anyway!

365 Protein & Fibre Berry Crunch

Wow, I could just eat bowl after bowl full of this stuff; I would say it was on par with Kashi; the only slight difference, obviously other than the flax seeds was that the clusters were slightly smaller than what I have experienced in the past with the Go Lean Crisp brand; although this could have just been down to the fact that they may have got slightly “smushed” on their way back to the UK. Having said this, it did not really pose any problems whatsoever, it was just as tasty, simply just an observation.

365 Protein & Fibre Berry Crunch

The wonderful thing I love about cereals like this is that although they soften in milk they don’t go soggy there always seems to be an underlying crunch to them no matter how long they are submerged in milky goodness, and the flavour they leave behind in it..well its absolutely delicious; sweet, berry like cereal goodness. Perfect in milk or perfect to eat just out of the box in all its wonderful crunch glory I just couldn’t get enough of this cereal; if only it hadn’t gone so quickly as I doubt I’ll be getting my hands on any soon!

Honey Monster Choco Puffs

What is that puffy creature that seems to look like the Sun doing on the front of a box of cereal? Honey Puffs are the UK version of Sugar Smacks, and are, quite simply, sugar-coated wheat puffs.

They’re a bargain here in the UK, where you can get a 400g box for a pound. This means that the Honey Puffs don’t just attract kids, but attract the budget-cereal eater too, for the price point is only slightly higher than the House Brand versions. (In fact I haven’t come across any house brand versions yet)

These are the simplest cereals imaginable: little puffs, hard, crisp with the sugar coating.

As you can see, the puffs are (by my standards and expectations, anyway) fairly large. The size of small pebbles, such that 6 – 8 fit on the average spoon at any one time.

This size also makes them more-ish, if eaten dry and with your fingers ( I found myself quite enjoying this method of eating with Choco Puffs; slow, yet satisfying)

Two characteristics to note:
1) External Crunch
2) Slight, “thin” internal Puff.

The crunch is provided by the cocoa-sugar crust, which was surprisingly well-done, as it was a thin, delicate shell that requires minimal biting to break. I’m particularly impressed here, as with this shell, the Choco Puffs stayed crunchy for a long time – even down to the last quarter of my bowl. A possible comparison could be a Crispy M&M, just dialing down the sugar shell a notch. Not bad for a “budget” cereal, eh?

Now, as for taste, you get what you pay for. As how I usually describe chocolate cereals which don’t appease the chocoholic in me;

“these reminded me of CocoPops / Cocoa Crispies”

It’s a lightly textured cocoa hit , almost like a cocoa-dusting (maybe that’s why the sugar-coating is so delicate). It’s not a “deep” cocoa flavour though; it nips you on your periphery senses, juuuuuuust enough to qualify as a chocolate cereal, given its namesake “Choco Puffs”.

A comparison may help: I found this cereal similar to Chocolate Lucky Charms in its chocolate-y-ness, and if you recall, I had thought this light chocolate hit to work against its favour(https://milkandspoon.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/chocolate-lucky-charms-general-mills/). However, as a fellow blogger commented: some do enjoy this light cocoa taste; having REAL chocolate in your cereal can be achieved by buying chocolate granola, or making your own chocolate muesli – which is clearly not the point when you shop at the cereal aisle in a supermarket.

Nutritionals: 114kcal / 30g (approximately a one cup serving, assuming its the same weight as Sugar Smacks. Here in the UK serving sizes are in weight). A high amount of sugar, like your usual chocolate cereal, yet less calorific owing to the “high-volume= low density” character of puffed grain.

I liked this. I’m flying home to Asia for the Summer, and have half a box to finish by tomorrow. I don’t think that will be a problem.

Stay tuned for some “odd”, off-the-beaten path cereal soon!

(Hopefully: depending on what I get back home)

-The Exercising Male

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Cinnamon doesn’t seem to be as big a thing here as it is in the States, we rarely get specific cinnamon based cereals; sure there’s the odd one here and there but no where near as many, we don’t have the joys of cinnamon Cheerios, or Apple Jacks with their apple and cinnamon flavours and there’s certainly no Cinnamon Toast Crunch lurking in the aisles but thanks to the guys at American Soda you are able to get your hands on some to delve into what these little toast babies are really like!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Obviously aimed at kids, what with the big smiling baker man on the front..although to be honest it looks like someone may have spiked his Cinnamon Toast crunch; he has this sort of manic expression as he holds of tray of Cinnamon Toast..just what could he be thinking?! Well it’s obvious that his plan is going to be to trick parents into buying this cereal..giving out the healthy image that it’s made with “wholegrain”. Ok yes, it’s made with wholegrain but I guess that doesn’t make up for the fact that this is loaded with sugar, around 30-35g per 100g, putting it way up there with the sweetest of cereals.

However manic baker man really knows what he’s cooking up is gooood! As despite the bad nutritionals, this is obviously meant to be a treat cereal, and boy oh boy is it good! After being deprived of any really good cinnamon cereals in the UK this comes as a blessing, I can see what they mean when they say a “real cinnamon & sugar” in every bite. This cereal is extremely sweet but combined with the cinnamon provides a wonderful warming experience; almost like biting into a sweet sugary cinnamon bun!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Looking for a sugar rush? Look no further, you can actually feel the sweetness of the sugar running around in your mouth…and what do we normally get with sweet cereals? Awesome cereal milk! The stuff at the bottom of this bowl is nearly even better than the cereal itself; sweet, milky and full of a good strong cinnamon flavour I could just drink a pint of this stuff.

And does it live up to its name? Is it crunchy..does it deserve that “Crunch” title? Yes sure on first bite this cereal sure is crunchy; it has that distinctive snap to it that is just ideal, and this cereal would be certainly delicious to eat dry. However due to it’s relatively flimsy structure it doesn’t hold up all that great in milk and within a few minutes Cinnamon Toast Crunch turns to Cinnamon Toast Sog, which is slightly disappointing if you really want to savour this cereal as the flavour is gorgeous.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

If you want to get your hands on Cinnamon Toast Crunch make sure to check out Amercican Soda.

Asda Apple Crumble & Custard Crunch

I often comment on how the UK cereal market isn’t particularly innovative; especially when it comes to granola varieties, they all seem to be the same..fruit & nut, occasionally with the odd chocolate chunk thrown in there. Certainly nothing like the varieties that are available in the States, for example, the delicious Nature’s Path Carrot Cake granola that I managed to get my hands on whilst traveling.

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Thankfully it seems that Walmart owned Asda has had some American influence in their cereal department and do a range of granolas..or “crunches” that deviate away from the norm. There are a selection of flavours offered but I simply had to pick up this Apple Crumble & Custard crunch first; with “crispy oat & rice clusters flavoured with cinnamon and blended with apple pieces, white chocolate, custard pieces & shortbread” this sounded delicious, and, on consulting the back of packaging I found that this also contained a small amount pecan nuts dispersed throughout the packet..could this be any better!

I have to take my hat off to Asda in terms of their innovation here, I’m so pleased there is actually something different gracing the granola section of the cereal aisle, and, on consulting the nutritionals, despite how unhealthy this sounds..it actually isn’t! At only 412 kcal per 100g and 20.1g sugar, it is surprisingly a better choice than lots of other granola that you may deem to be healthier.

Asda Apple Crumble & Custard Crunch

The texture is slightly different to normal, it isn’t as hard or as chewy as other granola offerings I’ve tried, and I can see why Asda have given it the name “crunch” as it is more akin to Jordan’s “crunch” varieties of cereal, rather than that of a classic chewy crispy granola; nevertheless it still hits the spot as a good crunchy cluster cereal.

Pouring myself a good bowlful of the stuff I was initially pleased with the good amount of custard pieces, shortbread pieces, apple pieces and pecan nuts..but despite getting through the whole packet of this I never once found a white chocolate chunk! Whether this is just down to the fact that they are easily mistaken for shortbread pieces/custard pieces I’m not too sure as I did some pretty good digging throughout the pack and can be fairly certain that there weren’t many in there!

Nevertheless the flavour is still pretty good..and I guess in a really Apple Crumble & Custard you wouldn’t find white chocolate anyway; there is a lovely background cinnamon flavour that blends well with the delicious fruity apple and strong bourbon vanilla flavour and the freeze dried custard pieces add a delightfully sweet comforting addition; and really who can complain about finding a big good chunky pecan nut in their cereal, with the odd nut here and there providing a welcome nutty edge to your morning bowl of cereal.
Asda Apple Crumble & Custard Crunch

In terms of how this cereal got on with its milky counterpart, it didn’t stay as crunchy or as crisp as you may find some granola does but when comparing it to a “crunch” style granola, it was completely on par; it stayed crunchy for a reasonable amount of time, as did the shortbread pieces, but instead of going chewy/soft as it began to break down in the milk it slightly softened in the middle with a slight exterior crunch.

The best part of this though? That even when your cereal is all gone and you’re just left with the milky remains it tastes amazing..the cereal milk is sweet, cinnamon indulgence with a slight hint of apple and vanilla, so good that you just wish you had a big pint full of the stuff! And at only £1 for a 500g bag this has to be bargain of the century! Kudos Asda!

Nestle Original Shreddies, Nestle Coco Shreddies

Shreddies. I have to admit that I had never taken much notice of this cereal prior to coming to Oxford  to commence my studies. Nestle Shreddies never quite caught my eye in the supermarkets in Singapore; there were tonnes of other options like Waffle Crisp, Cheerios, which you read so much more about online. Also, I couldn’t source the Shreddies maker-equivalent in the States, though I had read that Post used to make a version of it. (More on this at the end)

Nestle Shreddies seem to be a “bare-bones” cereal that no one quite bothers about. You could say that they are analogous to Cheerios, as a “base” cereal, hence the Coco Shreddies and Frosted Shreddies incarnations.

These were offered as an option during college breakfast in my first year, and I usually chose these over the muesli also offered; as these were plain, and I could top it off with some nutella diluted in milk, or with some Honey Sugar provided for the morning porridge.

Enough banter. Let’s get to it. The plain Shreddies will be discussed first; the Coco one later, as they only differ in an aspect or two.

A squarish creature with eyes, a mouth, arms, and legs, jumping in, or out, of your bowl of cereal. That’s what’s on the Nestle Shreddies Box. Clearly targeted towards kids / teens; not exactly marketed as a health food since it doesn’t make huge claims of “Cholestrol-lowering” powers or Fiber.

Nutrition-wise, this cereal is actually decent! The ingredients list shows that you’re essentially eating shredded wheat. So not too different from Shredded Wheat Biscuits; that explains the 4 – 5g of protein you get as well. The amount of sugar isn’t TOO alarming; not like Lion cereal (w/ 13g of sugar per serving!) Or the traditional Cocoa Krispies.

Texture and appearance-wise: you can see the obvious “net” structure; akin to a stiff deep-fryer basket. It’s hard too; as hard as you’d expect any “shredded wheat” cereal to be.


The picture should be able to show you its thickness. This gives it a crunchy, biscuity bite that reminds you of water crackers. They’re dense too; and sink to the bottom of the bowl.


There isn’t a caramelized exterior in the plain Shreddies, nor any shiny / glitzy coating akin to Nestle’s Honey Stars. I think that’s why the next point comes up…

In milk, these turn soggy fairly quickly. 2 to 3 minutes, I’d say. I think they lack the “armour” that some cereal manufacturers employ to keep their creations crunchy even in milk (such as a thick exterior ala Peanut Butter Bumpers). They don’t discolour in milk; which is a good thing I guess – it shows that you really ARE eating a plain, unadulterated wheat masterpiece.

Cardboard. That was my very first thought when I bit into this, soaked in milk, back in my first year. I regretted my choice of this cereal immediately. But; after a second, a third, a fourth, and a fifth bite, it grows on you. I realized this was the taste of wheat, that I had misinterpreted. It was earthy, and dull in a good way.  It was “well-bodied” like a solid 70-85% dark chocolate, or a “thick” Colombian coffee.

I doubt kids would like Nesle Shreddies though. I’m perplexed as to why the box-art is so kiddy-minded.

It’s time we talk about Coco Shreddies. They’re the same as the plain variety, except with a brown coating that’s meant to emulate chocolate.

As you can see from the first picture above- it’s a darker shade of brown here, akin to Koko Crunch, unlike Cocoa Krispies which are slightly lighter coloured. This coating is a sugary-one; it’s ALMOST caramelized as a shell on its, but dissolves quickly in your milk, and loses a fair amount of its colour. 

The brown coating gives it a powdery bite when you eat it dry, but yet retains the original’s texture in milk.

Chocolate-hit? Average. Making it similar to your average chocolate crispy cereal, without any rich dark chocolate hit; but simple. I have to admit – Coco Shreddies nails this chocolate bit in a basic, crave-ending sense. It’s like having Hersheys or Cadbury chocolate – you know what you’re in for, and you appreciate the simplicity.

Nutritionally, Coco Shreddies obviously have more sugar in them then the plain variety,  but it’s a worthwhile addition given the chocolate “add-on” it entails.

That’s that. Nestle Shreddies is something more of us should sample as a healthier cereal alternative. For those in the States, I haven’t been able to source who makes these on your end. Perhaps these exist as Chex? I know Post does these in Canada though.

Give Shreddies a chance.

-The Exercising Male

Weetabix Chocolate

Ok, so two of my favourite foods : chocolate and cereal, yet it seems to be that so many cereal manufacturers often miss the mark when combining the two, I don’t feel that there are actually many particularly good chocolate cereals lurking out there, chocolate chunks with granola, yeh great, but when actually making the cereal chocolate flavour there’s a fine line between good and utter disappointment.

I love regular Weetabix..I love chocolate, I actually really like their regular Minibix with chocolate chips, so what could really go wrong by making the actual “biscuit” chocolate flavour, well unfortunately a lot I think. I guess this cereal is probably aimed at children, the smiling wheat crop on the front peering over the top of the two big chocolate Weetabixes ready to gobble them all up, and  with half the amount of sugar compared to other chocolate cereals on the market, this is meant to be a cereal that children will want and that adults won’t mind buying, due to the “healthier” nature of it. I mean at 346kcal, 15.9g sugar and 10.5g fibre per 100g, it’s actually got some pretty good nutritionals for a chocolate based cereal..if only it tasted as nice.

Weetabix Chocolate

My go to way to eat Weetabix, always warm, always made into a thick substantial paste, so that’s exactly what I did. As the ding of the microwave sounded a very strong sort of malty cocoa flavour wafted around the room from the cooked breakfast substance, dipping my spoon into it I have to say that it is no where near as satisfying as regular Weetabix, the cocoa flavour and the melted dark chocolate chips seem to create an odd contrast to the classic malted Weetabix flavour, it all just tastes a bit odd..not particularly chocolatey but not as malted and warming as regular Weetabix.

Weetabix Chocolate

So I tried it another few ways, I tried it warm, but this time, not mushing it up, so the chocolate chips were slightly melted, but stayed intact, this is even worse..you sort of end up with a pile of mushy cocoa flavour wheat mess, and the milk, although turning slightly chocolate coloured/flavour, doesn’t have a particularly delicious flavour to it. Certainly not that sweet delicious chocolate cereal milk that kids may be used to from the likes of Coco Pops etc.

Weetabix Chocolate

I know, I know, a lot of you eat your Weetabix cold, so what is it like that? Again, not great, not really sweet, not really savoury, it tastes of well..a bland cocoa cereal concoction really, certainly not something a child would particularly want for breakfast..you’re probably better buying them the regular Weetabix..which is not only healthier..but also tastes a hell of a lot better, as they’re certainly not gonna get their chocolate hit from this!

I find that the only way that this Weetabix Chocolate could be salvaged was to actually mix it with 1 regular Weetabix : 2 chocolate, 1 regular, a couple of sweeteners, some milk, pop it in the microwave. Hey presto..its edible! With the addition of the extra regular Weetabix it enhances the savoury malt aspect with just a slight twang of deeper chocolate flavours, making it..slightly more edible and enjoyable than it is on its own..but when you’ve gotta add extras to your cereal to make it good..well then the base product can’t be all that can it!

Kashi Honey Sunshine

More cereals from America, bought through iHerb, which offers reasonable shipping to the UK (quote QID159 at checkout for 5 bucks off your order.)

You might think:

“Meh… Another stupid healthy cereal. Another one of those replacements of sugary cereals catering to the health nuts who compromise on taste just for that wee bit of fiber that the cereal contains”.

Guess what – I thought the same, and boy, do I retract those words.

As many have noted, Kashi Honey Sunshine breakfast cereal is their version of Cap’n Crunch original, those crunchy square-shaped corn pieces that many have considered to have that “mouth-shredding” characteristic.

So here our impression of this cereal doesn’t start off on a blank slate; rather we’re starting with some expectations of how it SHOULD taste (I.e. With Cap’n Crunch as the starting point).

Nutrition-wise: whoa. Good job Kashi. A mere 90kcal / 3/4cup; Less than 10g of sugar (6g per serving), and with 6g of dietary fiber to boot. Not bad so far.

These are small. Nice and “cute-sy” (my new favourite expression) squares exactly the size of my thumbnail. They’re pretty thick too, resembling those sofa cushions that look so plush that you just want to jump into them, or dunk them in milk.

Yes: the milk test – the all-important factor. Different people have different criteria for this: for some it has to stay crunchy, for some it has to be mushy on the outside, but crunchy on the inside.

Kashi’s Honey Sunshine is the former. It stays crunchy for a solid 5 minutes. It doesn’t have a mushy outer layer (maybe a really thin one, but nigh-unnoticeable). I say: this has matched Cap’n Crunch in the crispy aspect. Imagine half the crispiness of cornnuts, and you should be right on target. Impressive!

Although one should note that the cereal does get slightly discoloured after a good milk-soak (which cereal doesn’t right?) But I thought it necessary to state that the discolouration is amazingly minimal, unlike Cocopops which lose their dark hue after a minute, and Reese’s Puffs which loose that bright orange after 2 minutes. The one on the left has been soaked, the one on the right fresh from the box.

I think this “non-discolouration” factor works in Kashi’s favour here; one tends to think that there isn’t any artificial colouring in this – and that its colour is truly, truly due to cornmeal.

I also liked the fact that you could fit so many onto a spoon, making the cereal incredibly more-ish (in a breakfast sense). On that note, my cereal drawer is right next to me at my desk, and I can’t help but reach for it in the middle of the day, owing to its size and crunch for that pick-me-up that is required on days of looong workouts.

The small size also allows small children to enjoy the cereal, since mothers may easily pop a piece or two into their mouths.

One may ask why, of all things, I would reach for this as a sugary-pick-me-up, when there’s chocolate and candy that I may rely on. That, is a question of taste.

Despite the lower sugar levels mentioned above, this cereal meets, and exceeds, the expectations set up Cap’n Crunch. In fact, I prefer its sweetness much more to that.

It’s not a plain sugar sweetness. Neither is it that indulgent, luxurious honey sweetness. Neither is it that Malt coating akin to Cascadian Farm’s Clifford Crunch, or Nestle Honey Stars. What we have here is a subtle but flavourful honey “lick“. You can tell that it’s TRYING to taste like honey, but that it simply isn’t. I don’t blame Kashi for this: achieving that honey taste would push the price of manufacturing through the roof. Then again, they’ve achieved a sweetness which other grocery cereals haven’t – I don’t have a word to describe it. What about this:

Subtle in intensity, and a lengthy sugar hit 

Density provided by the heavier, substantial “corn” taste you get from the cornmeal used in this cereal.

There. I like this. I really do.

It’s reasonably healthy, and subtly but sufficiently sweet. It stays crunchy, and doesn’t stain your milk.

Go get it!

-The Exercising Male