Pebbles seems to be challenging Cap’n Crunch when it comes to random brand extensions. Not long after introducing Poppin’ Pebbles, they release a limited flavor – Summer Berry.
The downside to this cereal being Pebble-theme is, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are boring. Pebbles is just kind of there, and Bamm-Bamm has mutant strength yet doesn’t fight caveman crime. Although at least Pebbles makes sense – she has red hair like Wilma. Bamm-Bamm’s white hair makes you assume that his mutant powers gave him some physical abnormalities besides the strength. That or the more obvious assumption that Betty wasn’t very faithful.
The box reads Fourth of July pretty well, although the abundance of white and very light blue gives it a more immediate impression of being winter themed.
I don’t know if the cereal tastes exactly like Poppin’ Pebbles, minus the exploding boulder things, but from what I remember it is similar. They both had that strong, unpleasant, almost medicinal initial scent. The first impressions of the flavor was similar as well – not that good at first, but you get used to it and it averages out to a decent bowl of cereal.
Visually, it’s nice – the red and blue are very vibrant, letting you know that the coloring is sure to be all natural.
But overall? Eh. It has the downsides of Poppin’ Pebbles without the fun novelty. It’s not bad, just forgettable, and definitely an inferior sibling of the original Pebbles cereals.
[no seal of approval]
I was rather confused when I saw the box for Jif Cereal.
First, the design just looks old. I know it’s based on the Jif label, but still, it looks like a box of cereal from the 70’s. Especially since Jif isn’t exactly a hot commodity right now – it’s just sort of there. I know choosy moms have been supporting Jif for a long while, but they might not be the trend-setters they think they are.
Not helping the situation is the not particularly attractive cereal pieces taking up a good portion of the box.
The cereal itself doesn’t really look like a cereal that should be made any more. It just looks… old. The shape seems arbitrarily chosen, and the shade is sad looking – it’s not even close to the same shade as actual peanut butter.
But the taste is what really counts, right? And the taste is pretty good. I’m coming to the conclusion that with cereal, the more “real” the peanut butter flavor is, the less I enjoy it – especially in the long run.
Cereals like Peanut Butter Cheerios and Peanut Butter Toast Crunch tasted great at first, but quickly grew tiresome to me. I’ve never bought a second box of either. Meanwhile I love the less authentic representations of the flavor like Reese’s Puffs. I also love the flavor of Peanut Butter Crunch, but I lack the jaw of Trap Jaw from Masters of the Universe to be able to chew through those rock-hard pieces.
Overall, the flavor is good. It’s not as super peanut butter-y as some other peanut butter cereals, which is ironic given the brand it’s attached to. It finds a pretty comfortable middle ground between authentic taste and “cereal” taste. It kept its crunch for a reasonable amount of time, and flavored the milk a little, just so you knew it was there.
Will I buy another box? Probably not. But I do think it was good enough to check out to see if it’s up your peanut butter alley.
[insert half-hearted seal of approval here]
BONUS CEREAL REVIEW!
On the back of the box for Jif Cereal, they suggest mixing it with Double Chocolate Krave, to MacGyver your own chocolate and peanut butter cereal.
This sounded like a pretty awesome combination. Double Chocolate Krave is one of my favorite chocolate cereals in a while, and while the shapes aren’t identical, it seemed like they’d blend together pretty well.
First off – the cereal didn’t look nearly this ugly in person. My camera just seemed to get super confused about the color palette and decide, “Everything in this picture should have its brown-ness tweaked!”
The Krave pieces were bigger than the Jif Pieces, which surprisingly hurt the mixture more than you’d think. It took actual effort to balance the spoonfuls, since even after thorough mixing I kept winding up with almost all Krave or all Jif on the spoon. But I persevered through these hardships to determine the flavor.
In the end, it was okay. The flavors didn’t really go together that well – it just made me wish I was eating the cereals separately.
What I think would be a much better solution would be to use Quik instead of milk when you have a bowl of Jif Cereal. I think I might have to try that.