REVIEW: Kellogg’s Limited Edition Special K Chocolatey Strawberry Cereal

Written by | January 11, 2013

Topics: 5 Rating, Cereal, Kellogg's, Special K

Kellogg's Limited Edition Special K Chocolatey Strawberry

Do you know what’s romantic?

Chocolate-covered strawberries.

Awww yeah! You can take one and lightly stroke it on various parts of your lover’s body, letting body heat melt the chocolate, which leaves behind a gooey mess your tongue will have to clean up while your lover eats the juicy strawberry and whatever chocolate didn’t end up on his or her body.

Do you know what also has chocolate and strawberries but is significantly less romantic than chocolate-covered strawberries?

Kellogg’s Limited Edition Special K Chocolatey Strawberry cereal.

Awww yeah! Nothing says the opposite of sensual than scratchy rice and wheat flakes on your lover’s skin. Sure, some of the freeze-dried strawberries look like areolae, but the brittle, dried fruit and firm chocolatey hyphens will have her or him begging for less.

Kellogg’s Limited Edition Special K Chocolatey Strawberry cereal looks special because it’s labeled “limited edition,” but it’s not so remarkable because it’s basically two other Special K cereals mixed together — Special K Red Berries and Special K Chocolatey Delight.

It’s that kind of innovation that makes me look forward to other possible Special K limited edition cereal varieties, like Chocolatey Blueberry Special K or Granola, Fruit, Yogurt, Oats & Honey Special K.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog who has been following it since it began in 2004, you might remember me saying some harsh things about Special K Red Berries cereal in another review. I probably used profanity and the adjective “junky” when sharing my thoughts about the cereal with freeze-dried strawberries. My issue with the cereal was its fruit, which got horribly soggy within moments of sitting in milk. As for Special K Chocolatey Delight, I gave it a positive review in 2007.

Limited Edition Special K Chocolatey Strawberry cereal had a noticeable chocolatey aroma, but my nose didn’t really detect the strawberries. However, while I was shoveling the cereal into my mouth, my taste buds could mostly taste the strawberries, while the chocolatey pieces were muted.

Freaky Friday!

Kellogg's Limited Edition Special K Chocolatey Strawberry Closeup

I last tried Special K Red Berries cereal in 2005 and it seems freeze-dried strawberry technology has improved because the ones in this limited edition cereal didn’t absorb milk as quickly as a National Spelling Bee favorite absorbs a dictionary. As for the chocolatey pieces, they’re solid so there’s no need to worry about them getting milk logged.

In the box I purchased, there were significantly more chocolatey bits than freeze-dried strawberries, but you’re almost guaranteed to get one or the other in each spoonful.

I keep saying “chocolatey” because the chocolatey bits in the cereal aren’t made with real chocolate, like the stuff Hershey bars are made of. They lack what makes real chocolate awesome, like cocoa butter. Instead they’re waxy, less sweet, and they taste Tootsie Roll-ish.

Of course, if Kellogg’s used real chocolate, this cereal wouldn’t have Special K-like nutrition facts. But for what they are, they’re not bad. However, I wish they had a stronger flavor. Heck, the crispy flakes overpower the chocolatey flavor. As for the strawberries they’re more tart than sweet and I enjoyed their flavor, but my box needed a lot more of them.

Special K’s Limited Edition Chocolatey Strawberry Cereal was a bit disappointing and strange. I liked it for what I thought I wouldn’t enjoy and disliked it for what I thought I would love. It’s also not an inventive limited edition cereal variety. So if you’re one of those people who regularly eats all the Special K cereals, this one will probably not seem special to you.

(Nutrition Facts – 3/4 cup – 110 calories, 10 calories from fat, 1 gram of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 0 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 80 milligrams of potassium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, and fortified with vitamins and minerals to make us awesome.)

Item: Kellogg’s Limited Edition Special K Chocolatey Strawberry Cereal
Purchased Price: $3.99 (on sale)
Size: 11 ounce box
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Freeze-dried strawberries don’t absorb milk as quickly as a college kid absorbs alcohol at a frat party. Pleasant strawberry flavor. Feeding the one you love chocolate-covered strawberries.
Cons: It’s basically Special K Chocolatey Delight and Red Berries combined. Weak chocolatey flavor. Needs more strawberry. Cereal ruins romance.






11 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Rodzilla says:

    yeah this one was disappointing. Special K blueberry is the only one I really keep in the rotation.

  2. sairentohiru says:

    I will never forgive you for the freeze-dried areolae comment because it’s making me think of Ed Gein and it’s almost lunch here. :(

  3. The Old Fogey says:

    This seems like a bad idea, “chocolatey” cereals don’t work, especially with freeze-dried fruit.

  4. ratbuddy says:

    “I keep saying “chocolatey” because the chocolatey bits in the cereal aren’t made with real chocolate, like the stuff Hershey bars are made of. They lack what makes real chocolate awesome, like cocoa butter. Instead they’re waxy, less sweet, and they taste Tootsie Roll-ish.”

    Hershey bars ain’t made of chocolate anymore either. Damn PGPR..

  5. David says:

    My wife bought a box and I decided to try it. The strawberry slices were okay, but there aren’t many of them. The “chocolatey” were more numerous, but had zero flavor. I even went so far as to fish out the last seven bits and ate them without any flakes or strawberry. ZERO flavor. Basically brown wax.

    The flakes seemed to be much sweeter than regular Special K. It’s been a while.

  6. Mommastina says:

    Love Chocolatey Delight Special K and I found this in the store..I was like “OOO, sounds good” opened it up, poured me a bowl…very few chocolatey pieces (its what I look forward to). After eating the bowl I wasnt very happy, disliked the strawberries all together I rather just cut up fresh ones it’d have a better taste..and needs more chocolate!

  7. Valentina says:

    Love It!!! Very addictive and different. Satisfying for that sweet cravings. Go Kellogg’s!

  8. Avery Byrd says:

    I bought this today and literally there were 0 chunks/slivers/pieces of chocolate. From reading above maybe that was a good thing!! haha!

  9. Jen says:

    Not very satisfying. Seemed salty and left a bad taste in my mouth.

  10. Jas says:

    Gross! The cereal flakes lacked flavor, the freeze dried strawberries were too crunchy and sour, and the “chocolatey” pieces were awful. They had no chocolate flavor and felt like hard wax. Think I’ll just stick to the Oats & Honey!

  11. Sandra says:

    Just bought this for first time. What a joke. Even with 4 of the “full sized” (microscopic) flakes of chocolate on my spoon there was NO taste of chocolate at all. I cannot believe this stuff is still on the market.



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