Well, then. This is about as horrendous as a two-flavor combination could get.
Grab some black jelly beans from further down the aisle, and you’ve got the worst day possible all ready to go!
It seems that lots of my cereal reviews start off with an admission akin to, “I don’t usually give (whatever cereal) the credit it deserves. Then I eat it and am glad I got it.” So I guess that can be my catch phrase.
I don’t usually give Honeycomb the credit it deserves. Then I eat it and am glad I got it.
Hmm, not as catchy as I’d hoped.
While confirming the actual spelling of Honeycomb, it became clear that Post isn’t particularly strict about presenting the cereal’s name. I always thought Honeycomb was one word, but the box indicates it is “Honey-Comb”. But according to Post’s web site, it is indeed Honeycomb. So on the box, they broke one of the main rules of professional writing – avoid that dangling hyphen thing. Oddly enough, “dangling hyphen thing” is the actual term.
What an exciting paragraph that was!
I saw the “Limited Time Only!” and was confused. Then I noticed the almost subtle “With Twisted Marshmallows” subtitle, and was even more confused. Why would they add marshmallows to this? Honeycomb’s cereal pieces are gigantic – they are probably the biggest pieces of any cereal. So are the marshmallows going to be as big as quarters to keep pace, or are they going to be regular-sized cereal pieces lost amidst the monstrous Honeycomb pieces?
What was also surprising was the box’s design – usually when a cereal comes out with a limited-edition variety, the box design gets a dramatic makeover. Instead, Honeycomb was chill about it, content to just add a little line at the bottom to let you know what’s up. There are also marshmallows flying around, but they’re almost camouflaged.
In retrospect, I don’t even remember seeing regular Honeycombs on the shelf – only this. So is this “limited time only” edition taking the place of Honeycomb completely, albeit temporarily? It is extremely possible that I just forgot to look closely for the regular version. I’ll let you in on a little secret – my reviews don’t have the most stringent of guidelines and aren’t the most disciplined. This might also help explain why this site clearly hasn’t been re-designed since the year 2000.
So the official answer on whether or not the marshmallow version has temporarily replaced the regular version altogether is – “maybe, I don’t know – it’s possible”.
Again, the biggest question for all of this is, “Why?” Some cereals seem like they don’t need marshmallows, but wind up being pretty solid – Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, and other examples I don’t feel like remembering at this moment. But Honeycomb? It makes about as much sense as adding marshmallows to Frosted Mini-Wheats. But then again, they did get me to buy a box, which I probably wouldn’t have otherwise, so I have no real room to talk.
Pouring the cereal, I was (again) confused – I didn’t see any marshmallows. Upon closer inspection, I found some of the saddest looking marshmallows you will ever see. They are about 1/6 the size of the cereal pieces, and colored in this tan and slightly tanner tan color scheme. They look expired.
When I did my reviews of expired cereals, many of the old marshmallows looked similar to Honeycomb’s marshmallows. Which, as you may have guessed, is not a compliment.
This is Pokemon cereal from 2000, eaten in the year 2012 – look how much more vibrant and appetizing they look, as compared to these:
So visually, the cereal is not a home run for Honeycomb.
As for the overall taste and eating experience – it’s like eating a bowl of Honeycomb cereal, except once in a while something feels different while chewing and tastes sort of different, but you’re not sure why.
I’m not saying it isn’t a good cereal – it is. It’s just a strange and very unnecessary change, especially given how unappealing the marshmallows look. Speaking again of the marshmallows, that “Twisted Marshmallows” claim on the box is a bit of a sham. I was initially expecting something shaped like a little Twizzlers Pull ‘N’ Peels.
Instead, we get little hexagons with a swirl on it. Twisted marshmallows? More like swirled marshmallows! I feel sorry for Post after that burn.
So the marshmallows are pointless and rather unappealing to look at, but the gigantic Honeycomb pieces crush the marshmallow sadness, and make for a standard enjoyable Honeycomb experience.
While visually the marshmallows aren’t a home run, the overall cereal-eating experience is “a foul ball that goes into the crowd and hits a little kid in the head and he’s bleeding and crying but the team gives him some autographed memorabilia to make him feel better so in the end it’s a pretty good deal for the kid.” Or something like that.
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Another day, another new flavor of M&M’s.
I thought Birthday Cake M&M’s might be to coincide with some landmark anniversary of the candy’s release, but the packaging indicates nothing. The pastel blue gives off an “Easter” vibe, or even might make you confuse it for M&M’s Minis, due to the similar shade of blue. But nope, it’s different.
Sorry for this obvious filler, I just have nothing to really say about these. I guess I’ll talk about the candy itself? That’s always a good topic when reviewing food.
Opening the bag, you are absolutely punched in the face with a sugary smell. Birthday Cake is almost never a flavor I like, because companies tend to just think, “What does Birthday Cake taste like? Weaponized levels of sugar? Okay, go with that.”
The M&M’s come in red, yellow, and blue. These are, apparently, the official colors of birthdays.
If you’ve ever had anything artificially “Birthday Cake” flavored (ignore the fact that most real birthday cakes are artificially flavored), you know what these M&M’s will taste like. A little bit of the average chocolate flavor they are known for, mixed with an overwhelming fake cake flavor.
Similar to their Gingerbread variety, the fakeness of the taste is off putting. If you’re a huge fan of the Birthday Cake flavor of sweets, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for here. For me, bleh.
The Cap’n Crunch lineup of cereals has never reached the highest echelons of cerealdom for me. Even Crunch Berries, by far my favorite offering from the Cap’n, is a secondary choice for me.
But one thing I certainly can’t fault the good Cap’n for is his lack of effort. There seems to be a new “Crunch” cereal maybe twice a year. Some come and go, some stick around longer than you’d think, but the Cap’n likes to spice things up and keep things fresh. Mrs. Crunch must be a very happy lady.
Cap’n’s newest offering, Sprinkled Donut Crunch, prompted a rousing reaction of, “Oh.” when I saw it. I wasn’t sure if it would be good or bad, it just seemed like one of those cereals that would just taste like pure sugar.
As an unabashed fan of purple, I like the box design. It’s a bold color and has a big donut on it. That works.
One thing I’ve noticed with some of the newer Cap’n cereals is that the boxes are gigantic. They’re approaching Honeycombs territory. As long as the cereal is good, I’m fine with that – more sugar for your dollar. But it’s always a bit sad when I have my first bowlful of something mediocre and think, “Good thing I’ve got twelve more bowls of this to go!” That’s when I fill up my dog’s treat basket with cereal.
Opening the box, my fears about the cereal were strengthened – just a pure wall of sugary scent. Pouring the cereal, I was impressed with the Cap’s commitment to the donuts being sprinkled. Oftentimes what you see on the box, when it comes to cereal decoration, doesn’t exactly translate into the actual product. But almost every donut piece had multiple sprinkles, some with their donut holes jam-packed with them.
Taste-wise, I was surprised by how good it was. The flavor is nothing revelatory, or even particularly amazing. I was just impressed that the cereal was quite good, considering I figured it would just taste like circular pieces of corn syrup.
It’s a sugary, slightly vanilla flavor – basically just a sweetened dough flavor. And it works for the cereal. The sweetness level is nowhere near what you might expect – sweet, for sure, but not offensively so.
The resulting milk was also lightly sweetened, unlike the thick sludge you can often get with the regular Cap’n Crunch.
While I don’t see myself buying this too often, I would buy it again. So that’s a compliment, I guess.
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In the first paragraph of my first article ever for this site, when it somehow looked even worse than it does now, I mentioned Raisin Mini-Wheats.
This was always one of my favorite cereals, which is sort of surprising. When you poll kids for what they love to eat for a snack, “wheat” and “raisins” wouldn’t rank very high. In order to answer “wheat stuffed with raisins”, you’d have to go with the “Other – please specify” category.
And still, when Raisin Mini-Wheats went away, I was depressed. When fruit-stuffed Mini-Wheats made a return a few years back, I was very happy. They didn’t have my beloved Raisin flavor, but what we got would suffice. The fact that they came back “Frosted” was a bit worrisome, but they were so lightly frosted that it didn’t alter the flavor much. But surely Kelloggs figured the only people who wanted non-frosted wheat cereal would be old people and health weirdos. So they went with the “Sugar = $$$” theory.
Seeing the return of Raisin to the fruit-stuffed Mini-Wheats lineup was a glorious day. Unless they completely forgot the recipe, it was almost guaranteed to be awesome.
For some reason, the “Raisin” Mini-Wheat person is female. I don’t want to go down that weird M&M’s “Do they have sex? How?” rabbit hole, so moving on…
There’s not too much to say. This cereal is awesome. Since the frosting is very light, it doesn’t affect the flavor very much, so as far as I can remember the overall flavor is very similar to the original.
Even with the frosting, it’s only very mildly sweet. By default, raisin isn’t usually one of the sweeter flavors, unless they’re coated with sugar like Raisin Bran’s raisins. So there’s a little sweetness, a little… uh, wheat-ness, and a “just enough” raisin flavor.
The one thing with the Touch of Fruit In the Middle line that seems different is, which makes sense given the name, there seems to be less fruit inside than the original line. The ratio seems a little less satisfying than I remember, but it’s still awesome.
[insert recommendation with the strength of a thousand minotaurs here]
Kellogg’s Krave has been one of the new-ish cereals that I liked, and that liking hasn’t really died out. With a lot of new cereals, I’ll really be into the first bowlful or two, then the excitement is gone. I don’t by the box of regular chocolate Krave anymore – I found it a bit blah. But Double Chocolate Krave is still awesome.
The potential to expand the line, either with permanent additional flavors or rotating flavors, is huge. The idea of “cereal pouches stuffed with some random flavor” is limitless. For their first new flavor, they went with S’Mores.
I was hesitant about this, because fake marshmallow usually creeps me out. I don’t like real marshmallows, either, unless they’ve been lit on fire and become encased in black carbon. But that marshmallow stuff they put in Rocky Road ice cream, etc? Blech.
One thing that is immediately clear when looking at the cereal is that they took a little poetic license with how full their cereal pieces are. Biting one in half, you can’t really see anything that’s supposed to be chocolate or marshmallow. The other thing you immediately notice is the incredibly strong graham cracker smell.
Thankfully, the marshmallow flavor isn’t too intense. There’s enough where you know what the flavor is, but it’s more of a background player. The cereal is really the graham cracker show, with guest appearances by chocolate and marshmallow. The overall cereal-eating experience at first seems like it may be a bit too intense to enjoy for long.
But after a few bites, the graham-octity calms down a little bit, and it settles into a nice flavor. I was wondering if I’d even get through a whole box of it, but once you “get” the graham flavor, it’s very good. The graham isn’t really like Golden Grahams, where that’s sugar and honey and a little graham action. S’Mores Krave tastes like little graham crackers pressed into cereal pieces.
Like regular chocolate Krave, the cereal doesn’t want to give up any of its flavor into the milk. You get a very light graham flavor if you are really looking for it, but otherwise its just slightly sugared milk.
I don’t think this is a cereal that could become a staple, but it’ll be a nice plug-in once in a while. Until it’s inevitably discontinued, anyway.
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The Great Southern Trendkill by Pantera might be the best song you could ever add to a running mix for two reasons:
1) Motivation. If you’ve been running for a while, you might think, “I’m going to take a breather and walk for a bit.” If that line of thought occurs when this song starts, you are immediately forced to go back to running.
First, because the song is too intense and awesome, you feel like you’d be letting the song down by walking (somewhat ironic, given their track “Walk”).
Secondly, no matter how irrational this fear is, you can’t help but shake the thought that if you give up and stop running, Phil Anselmo will run up from behind and beat you to a pulp.
2) It makes for some of the best shuffle transitions ever. I’ve got over a thousand songs on my running mix, of all varieties. So it is quite a jarring change when ending of some light, poppier song like Interesting Drug by Morrissey or Emergency! Emergency! by The Promise Ring is immediately interrupted by the guttural opening “bbghghghghghAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!” opening scream of Trendkill.
I know I’m a few weeks late for this – but since so many people make losing weight their New Year’s resolution, I figured this would be a handy tip. Add Great Southern Trendkill to your playlist and watch the pounds melt off!