I love freeze-dried strawberries in my cereal - so much that I buy them in bulk just to add them to my morning bowl. When I saw Peace Organic Wild Berry Crisp, which had not only strawberries, but blueberries, raspberries, and boysenberries, I decided to give it a try. I have only tried Peace Organic Vanilla Almond Crisp Cereal in the past, and wasn't really that impressed, but perhaps the fruit could make the difference.
I poured my generous 1.25 cup serving into a bowl and was impressed by the amount of freeze-dried fruit that came out. Normally, fruit is the filler in most cereals, but in this Peace Organic Wild Berry Crisp Cereal, the strawberries, and even the small, whole blueberries really pump up the cereal, albeit in broken pieces rather than the whole berries pictured. The flakes were oddly shiny, but giving one a try, it tasted pretty sweet. I poured on some skim milk and took a bite. The flakes are indeed sweet, but they counter the tart and unsweetened berries. The flavor balance is delicious - sweet, tart, fruity, with crispy flakes and crunchy clusters.
Each 1.25 cup serving of Peace Organic Wild Berry Crisp Cereal provides 210 calories, 17% of the daily value for sodium, 4 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 12 grams of sugar. Come on - I get more fiber from Lucky Charms than this!
I could excuse that if the sugar came from the berries, but stripping away the organic claims and fancy wording, the first four ingredients are: milled corn, sugar, rolled oats, and "barley syrup" (read: sugar). Two kinds of sugar in the first four ingredients does not a healthy cereal make. And at $3.98 a box, it's a lot to pay for something that really isn't that healthful. I might splurge on this on occasion - it is good, but not worth it every day.