There have been a lot of gimmicky cereals this past year, and I have a feeling most of them aren’t here for the long haul. It’s certainly exciting to see all kinds of weird, new things on the shelves, but you’ve only got so long to try them before they’re gone. Cap’n Crunch has been experimenting a lot for a few years now, and while some of them have stayed around for years now in one form or another (like the Choco- and Sprinkled Donut varieties), but I’m not sure if this one is here to stay or not.

Cap’n Crunch Caramel Popcorn Crunch tastes good right out of the box—you can definitely smell the “popcorn” flavor. Interestingly, I think more than caramel corn, they taste like those caramel puffed corn things you can buy from bulk food stores. You know the ones I mean! It does see to lose a bit of flavor in milk, unfortunately, and while it doesn’t necessarily taste exactly like caramel corn, heck, it still tastes good.

It’s about the same size, shape, and consistency as Cap’n Crunch’s Crunchberries, but in a light caramel brown color and without the yellow “pillow” pieces. It’s light and airy, and stays crunchy in milk pretty well.

The box is kind of cool, but a little confusing. The design is really appealing, and I like the dark, movie-theater theme with the red-and-white striped popcorn box motif. But you don’t get caramel corn at the movies! I get that they can’t really do a “farmer’s market” theme or something without getting a little weird, but still. I like it a lot regardless, and the dark colors really help it stand out amongst the other brightly-colored boxes of kid cereals on the shelf.

While it doesn’t do the “cereal-that-tastes-like-another-food” gimmick as well as last summer’s smash hit, Ice Cream Pebbles, it’s still a decent cereal and it’s worth checking out while you can.

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Cap’n Crunch’s Caramel Popcorn Crunch Rating

Cereal Fix Editors' Rating: 9 / 10