Emblazoned on the front of the packages of Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Mix are the words "Heart Healthy Snack" and "65% less fat than potato chips." Well, say no more, I decided to give a pack of these babies a try, especially since I have a slight ... let's say love and not addiction ... to all things cereal, cookie and pretzel. Mix the all together in a brightly colored bag with a cute bee on the front and I'm sold. The cashier got my $2.50 and I walked out of the store carrying a bag of Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Mix like it was a highly coveted prize.
Yum yum yum ! The components of this snack mix are multi-grain Cheerios cereal, Golden Grahams cereal, pretzel sticks, caramel cookie swirls (exactly like the ones found in Chex Mix, if you have ever had that variety) and Corn Chex cereal. The whole mix has a caramel-y honey essence, which I completely love. The multi-grain Cheerios and corn Chex, while pretty plain on their own, make friends with the other components of the mix to relinquish the same caramel-like flavor. What packs in the most caramel punch, you ask ... The cookie swirls, which are few and far between, but deliciously crunchy when you can find one. I know this is called "Honey Nut", but if you do not like the flavoring of caramel, you probably will not enjoy this mixture.
Each 2/3 cup serving of Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Mix provides 8 grams of whole grain according to the packaging. In addition, you'll get 130 calories, 6% & 3% of the daily value for total and saturated fat, 10% of the DV for sodium, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein. The ingredient list is fairly long, with the first ingredient being sugar, the second being wheat flour and about half way down you will find partially hydrogenated soybean oil.
Multigrain or not, there is very little fiber or anything else in this snack, so despite the clever labeling, this product is no better than many other snacks out there. They may say less fat than "regular" potato chips, but there are a lot of chips to choose from these days - like Popchips Original or Baked Lays.