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Fiber One 80 Calorie Honey Squares Cereal Review

Nutrition

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

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Cereal, Food, Review

 

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Special K Fruit & Yogurt Cereal Review

I’m sure like most kids at the time, if you’d asked me what I thought of Special K cereal, I’d give you a typical “it stinks” response despite having never tried it.  Growing up, I looked at it as the cereal of adults.  Though if marketing and advertisements say anything, it’s a cereal aimed at women who hope to scrape by each day without ever being full.  Since it’s become a bit of a go-to cereal for me these past few months, I suppose I’m just getting in touch with my feminine side.

In all honesty, if Special K had a creepy mascot and used semi-interesting box covers, kids would probably be all over them.  They have multiple (sugary) flavors, multiple carbs and aren’t nearly as boring as those paper flavored circles known as Cheerios.

Special K fit comfortably into the usual cereal mold by offering the front cover claim that their cereal is “made with whole grain” and is a “good source of fiber.”  You know what else has 3 grams of fiber?  A serving of Jiffy Pop.  I guess it’s time to weigh my breakfast options.

As with the other Special K flavors, the fruit & yogurt variant has a faded color to indicate what corresponds with it.  Since most of the box is still white, that must mean the flavor remains your generic Special K flavor (in other words, flaky Cheerios).  The cereal description says it comes with fruit clusters and yogurt-coated clusters, but if proportions are any indication, the fruit clusters might as well be called crumbs.  It’d be like taking the remains of your Nature Valley granola bar and dipping them in red and purple food dye.

Even before biting in, you can probably tell the white yogurt clusters are where the bulk of the cereal gets its 10 grams of sugar.  This could be marketed very easily to kids by swapping “yogurt” and “clusters” with “sugar” and “puffs.”  Now all you need is a pedophile mascot.

There’s not much of an aroma to the cereal when you take a whiff of it.  The scent is definitely oat-ey, but in a processed sort of way (I wonder why).  Now the recommended serving size, as with most cereals, is 3/4 a cup.  But let’s be honest, how many of us actually abide by those tiny serving sizes?  I just dump in what I think is a reasonable amount for me.  Then there’s the type of milk you use, which can easily double the nutritional facts, especially when the only kind in your household is whole milk.

The cereal is quick to moisten from the milk, but it retains just enough crunchiness to avoid feeling cheap and tasting stale.  Speaking of taste, the sugar is quite enjoyable.  Not in a fruity sort of way, just a sugary sort of way.  What little fruit flavor there is is fairly subdued, almost taking a back seat to what I’m sure is the yogurt clusters slowly fading into the milk.  There was still a bit of crunch left over, even after being submitted to my slow eating habits.  What’s nice is the flakes are a good variety of sizes, although that all but changes when you reach the last fourth of the entire bag.  But that’s often when cereal is the sweetest, so who am I to complain?

Special K take little to no risks, and their cereal quality reflects that.  This fruit & yogurt blend isn’t their tastiest flavor, but it’s at least more fun on its own than many other sugary, frosted cereals.  If you want a sweet flavor that’s just a bit more smooth than it is eye-popping, then keep an eye out for it.  Just be sure you get it on sale, because $4-$5 for one of these boxes is just…no.

The Verdict: Buy It On Sale

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Cereal, Food, Review

 

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