Crunchy Nut Roasted Nut & Honey (Kellogg's)
I can see the nuts all over the Crunchy Nut cereal pieces, but I can’t taste them. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it tastes kind of like Honey Nut Cheerios, which, like most cereals with “nut” in the name, in all fairness to both cereals, taste nothing like nuts either. Whatever the flavor is, though, is pretty good, so overall I’d label it “above average.”
It’s fairly sweet, but not to Froot Loops or Cap’n Crunch extremes by any means. I also noticed it used sugar instead of corn syrup, which is always a big plus in my book.
You can see the nuts, but you can’t hear or feel them. The only crunch comes from the cereal, which is of pretty average crunchiness. Good, not great, and it does seem to lose its crunch pretty quickly in milk. Crunchy or no, it manages to keep from getting soggy for a reasonable time, at least. (Though not forever! Less than the amount of time it takes to actually review the cereal, I can tell you.)
I will say, if nothing else, Crunchy Nut looks cool. There’s a natural kind of tan-orange hue to the cereal pieces, and—as someone pointed out to me—it does kind of resemble a miniature Quaker Honey Graham Oh’s!, thanks to the little nut fragments embedded all over each piece. For that alone I’ll bump it up a point.
The front of the box isn’t bad. For what’s quintessentially an “adult” cereal (or not specifically a kid cereal, anyway), the front of the box is brightly-colored; cereal exploding out of the bowl, radiating beams of light; the “C” in the logo is taking a bite out of the “R.” The back and sides look like they were thrown together at the last minute, though. Just an oversized ad on the back, basically (I already bought the cereal, now what am I supposed to read when I eat it?), and the side has one of those QR codes and some text messaging information so you can “experience some other part of the world where it’s breakfast time.” No, really!
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.
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