Serving Size: 3/4 a cup (30 grams)
Calories: 80 without milk (5 from fat), 120 with 1/2 cup of skim milk
Total Fat: 1 gram (0 saturated, trans and monounsaturated fat; 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat)
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 140 mg
Potassium: 70 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 25 grams (10 grams dietary fiber, 2 grams soluble fiber, 8 grams soluble fiber, 3 grams sugar, 12 grams other carbohydrates)
Protein: 1 gram
Fiber has become synonymous with healthy. Apparently something that’s supposed to keep you on the toilet seat is the body’s best medicine. After all, what else could prompt the creation of brands such as Fiber One and the ever so clever Fiber Plus? But while General Mills don’t have a problem getting these healthier variants out, I’m left trembling in my bedroom corners wondering if I’ll ever see Count Chocula on any store shelf here in Stuart.
Casting my disappointment aside, I readied for what would definitely be another bland, flavorless cereal that would need select condiments to enliven. The box seems to suggest strawberries, others might suggest blueberries (or both). The little kid in me would just add mounds of sugar.
Opening the bag provides a subtle but surprisingly pleasant scent. It’s not like taking a whiff of a scented candle to satisfy your strange addiction habit, but I can’t complain. The cereal itself has a bit of a mini Captain Crunch look to it; you know, if the Captain wasn’t racist and actually let tanner beings share their space. Taken dry, I was very surprised by the flavor and, even more so, by the sweetness. I quickly did a double take and bulged my eyes at the 3 grams of sugar per serving. “Too good to be true,” I thought.
Then came the actual bowl test, with the serving size being your usual 3/4 a cup. It’s still way too small a size for anyone who isn’t anorexic, but when the cereal is only 80 calories per serving (dry), it’s a little easier to let the sizes slide. Regardless of the milk you use, the cereal remains sweet and, dare I say, tasty on its own. You won’t be comparing it to Frosted Flakes or Cinnamon Toast Crunch any time soon, but given it touches the sweet cravings more than Honey Nut Cheerios (with a third of the sugar content, mind you), it’s easy to be impressed. And I’m not sure what magic the fairly reasonable list of ingredients is pulling, but the various corn items seem to combine and give the cereal a faint flavor that I’d compare to cinnamon. Or maybe I’ve just been eying my friend’s boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for too long without breaking the question.
The Verdict: Run Out, Buy Now