Andrew's Cereal Reviews
Looking back, this review seems underwhelming, but Cracklin’ Oat Bran tops a lot of people’s favorite cereals lists, and after eating it it’s easy to see why. Like Rice Krispies Treats Cereal and Boo Berry, it can sometimes be a bit hard to come by, but it’s still out there–so when you spot it in the wild, be sure to grab a box.
This was an excellent cereal all around, and as long as it’s still on the market, I doubt I’ll be buying regular, strawberry, chocolate, or any other breed of Frosted Mini-Wheats for the foreseeable future.
For all the hoopla over its release a few months back (you’d think it was The Beatles coming to America to read some of the articles!), I don’t see what the big deal really is. It wasn’t really crunchy, nor was it that nutty, but it was different, and pretty good—just not great. I’d happily eat it again, though, and will definitely seek out the “Golden Nut and Honey” (flake) variety to compare.
Overall, not great. Though it may seem unfair to some that this review is mostly comparisons to Froot Loops (rather than letting Fruity Whirls stand on its own merits), the fact is, these store brands are touted as seamless replacements for the big brands, and while it’s not stamped “compare-to Kellogg’s Froot Loops” on the package, that’s probably only because you can’t; there’s no comparison, Froot Loops is delicious, and Fruity Whirls is not.
Froot Loops is such a standard that it’s barely even on my radar anymore—before now, I don’t remember the last time I even bought a box—yet I was having a hard time putting the bowl down as I was writing this review. It’s a delicious cereal that’s earned its status in breakfast history.