The manufacturers of store-brand cereals rarely try anything new or different—heck, up until five or so years ago when I first saw Millville Cocoa Peanut Butter Puffs on the shelf, you’d have been hard pressed to find any off-brand cereals other than knock-offs of things from the ’50s. You had your Oat O’s, your Berry Bunch O’ Krunches, and your Magic Stars, and that was about it. So when they very occasionally do something new, it’s always kind of exciting. You’ve gotta see what idea they thought was good enough to compete with the big boys!

And now that I’ve typed all that out, watch someone try to tell me that this is a knock-off of some kind of . It does bare some similarities to Honey Bunches of Oats—almost. Heck with it! We’ll do it live!

The best part of Crunchy Fruit & Nut is that it has a really nice variety of textures. The bran(?) flakes and raisins are firm, while the corn flakes and dates are crisp and soft, respectively.

The cereal also has a nice flavor. All the different elements work together really well, but (for the most part), you can taste each individual element in each spoonful, too.

And when was the last time you ate a cereal with dates in it? I’m not sure I ever have—so extra points there! And using pecans instead of the fairly ubiquitous cereal nut known as the almond? A stroke of genius! Okay, maybe that’s a bit over the top, but I’m just saying, it’s good to have something different once in awhile.

It’s also naturally sweet without the need for a “honey” flavor or anything like that added.

So maybe I’ve oversold it a bit, but Crunchy Fruit & Nut really is pretty good for just a store-brand cereal.

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Crunchy Fruit & Nut Rating

Cereal Fix Editors' Rating: 8 / 10