Let’s just admit it first thing: Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch is Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries with the crunch berries replaced by vague approximations of Christmas trees, stockings, stars, and other festive shapes.

It has that unmistakable Quaker oat cereal flavor. As mentioned in previous reviews, it’s sweet and somewhat buttery. The Christmas crunch berry pieces have the same not-quite-fruity, almost-floral flavor of the regular Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries cereal. Not bad, but not quite “berry.” It’s a very sweet cereal.

The packaging is really what sells this cereal. Christmas comes but once a year, as does Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch, and just seeing the box brings back memories of it sitting on the kitchen table on Christmas morning when I was seven. Plus it’s incredibly busy, which is important in a cereal box—the harder it is to focus on any one single element of it, the more early-morning-reading mileage you can get out of it.

Texture-wise, it’s great. The bigger cereal pieces are crunchy, but in their own unique Cap’n Crunch kind of way, not crispy or snappy like flake or rice cereals. And actually, true to its name and marketing, it did stay pretty crunchy in milk.

Visually, it’s nice. The Christmassy green and red pieces are a good contrast against the standard yellow regular Cap’n Crunch pieces, and certainly put me in a ho-ho-ho kind of mood.

If it’s Christmas and you like Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries, well, why not? Merry Christmas!

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