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.
My mom and I were making our weekly grocery shopping trip and we decided to try some new cereals to take with us as snacks (we like to bring little baggies of cereal along as a midday pick-me-up). There wasn't a big collection of healthy brands and, after much deliberation, we decided upon Banana Nut Cheerios and Cinnamon Chex (read the review).
Upon popping open the translucent bag of Banana Nut Cheerios and reaching in for that much anticipated first bite, I thought "banana bread". I didn't think "artificial" or "banana extract". When eaten dry, the flavor is 100% comparable to a loaf of fresh baked banana bread and the texture is typical of Cheerios thin, crunchy circles.
I couldn't wait any longer and poured myself a small after-dinner bowl, milk included. The milk does not detract from the amazing flavor, but merely enhances it. As you near the end of each bite, the experience is reminiscent of taking a bite of banana bread and taking a sip of milk at the same time so as to moisten the dense banana treat and wash it down in a refreshing way. This cereal aficionado is quite impressed with the tastiness that Banana Nut Cheerios provides.
Each 3/4 cup serving of Banana Nut Cheerios provides 100 calories, 1 gram of total fat (2% of the daily value), 1 gram of fiber, 9 grams of sugars and 1 gram of protein. The ingredients list starts with whole grain corn, sugar, whole grain oats, brown sugar syrup, corn syrup ... dried corn syrup, banana puree etc. That's quite a few different types of sugar!
If you're like me and loved Fruit Loops as a kid, then you'll love Fruity Cheerios! I'll admit that I like mildly sweetened cereals - ones that are more interesting than Wheaties but not as sugar-overloaded as Count Chocula - and this fits the bill perfectly. Fruity Cheerios tastes a lot like Froot Loops, but the ingredients list is much better. I was impressed that the first ingredient is whole grain corn, the 2nd ingredient is sugar followed by whole grain oats. Compare this to Froot Loops, whose 1st ingredient is sugar, followed by a few types of flour and then, shockingly (insert sarcasm here) partially hydrogenated vegetable oil!
Of the many delicious cereals in the Cheerios lineup, these are definitely one of my favorites (so far we'vew reviewed Yogurt Burst Cheerios, Cheerios MultiGrain Cereal, Berry Burst Cheerios and Oat Cluster Cheerios Crunch).
It is a rare trip to the grocery store when I am able to resist the siren call of the cereal aisle. Seriously, I dare you to find me a better food product than cereal - its portable, versatile, yummy and there are so many options. Since I like to keep it healthy, it can be a challenge to find something both fun and good for me. No longer - today my prayers were answered by Oat Cluster Cheerios Crunch! Its snazzy bright blue box drew me in, but it's the tasty contents is what will keep me coming back for more.
When I brought these home, I was pretty excited about my find, and thus decided to incorporate cereal into my dinner plans for the evening. Who says eggs and cereal can't qualify as dinner?! Upon pouring the cereal into the bowl it looks like regular cheerios coupled with small bunches of oat clusters. There are definitely more cheerios than clusters but that's not really a problem for me since I don't like my cereal to be super sweet. The box claims a serving size is 3/4 cup which is a mighty paltry serving so I doubled it up, added some milk and prepared to taste my find. It turned out to be a perfect blend of sweet, crunchy and wholesome, plus it didn't get super soggy in milk - though to be fair I ate it fairly quickly! The milk became sweet and nutty and provided the perfect finish to this bowl of cereal.
Gone are the days when only plain or Honey Nut Cheerios were available. Now, there are 9 varieties and counting! Although I have not been particularly impressed with Yogurt Burst, Fruity Cheerios, or Apple Cinnamon, the new Berry Burst Cheerios caught my eye and I decided to give it a try - mostly because it's relatively low in calories with each ¾ cup serving providing only 100 calories. Also, I liked the fact that there were actual freeze dried berries included in the mix, rather that just the "flavor" of berries.
What I got was an excellent cereal, which worked well with added skim milk, or as a stand alone snack, or when mixed with my favorite vanilla yogurt. The dried blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are sweet without being overpowering, and the O's are reminiscent of the good ole yellow box of Cheerios. When milk is added, the cereal holds up fairly well in terms of the "crunch factor" and the berries turn the milk a lovely shade of purple (also sweetening the milk in the process). Berry Burst Cheerios is certainly a worthy addition to the Cheerios line.