REVIEW: Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Cheerios Cereal

Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Cheerios Cereal

Pumpkin spice presents an existential crisis for the creative writer.

There is only so much that can said about it. What there is to say has been said before, said again, and then said in a different way. Chances are the same trite expression about pushing autumn in August, or the long litany of pumpkin spice products now available to us, is currently being wrestled onto the page of another food blog. We, the pumpkin spice addicts of America, have long since typed our love affair with the orange gourd and its seminal flavors into a monotony of clichés.

This is a damn shame, because when done right, pumpkin spice should not be reduced to a cliché.

Take the new Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Cheerios.

This is limited edition cereal to end all limited edition cereals; the kind of product that’s worth stocking up on from the beginning of August and then rationing out through the polar onslaught of December and humid days of July.

To be fair, we should have expected this much. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios were announced back in the spring when Strawberry Cheerios came out, and given the success of the spring flavor, Cheerios let us know they’re not doing this LTO thing half-ass.

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Case in point, Pumpkin Spice Cheerios don’t taste like cinnamon. The flavor isn’t the cheap heavy note of cassia, nor is it the honey or brown sugar sweetness that often comes along for the pumpkin spice ride. Likewise, this is not the repackaged taste of Honey Nut Cheerios or Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios are pumpkin spice Cheerios. There’s the sweet fragrant note of nutmeg, the aromatic warmth of clove, and, yes, the flavors of cinnamon and ginger.

Lest you think this is just a pumpkin spice flavor, there is some serious sweet pumpkin flavor going on in each of those oat rings. The addition of real pumpkin in the ingredients makes a world of difference when eating the cereal in milk, where the sublime essence of pumpkin desserts comes to life.

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Yes, sublime essence. Think of it as that moment when crust component, pumpkin component, and dairy meet. Here the warming and exotic notes of spices co-mingle with the sweetened taste of pumpkin and the richness of milk. A hearty crunch filled with sweetened dairy and a bit of milkfat greets eats spoonful, and in that moment the eater relives everything that is right about the cool breeze of October and the multicolored leaves that drift to the ground.

I may have chomped down on my first bite on a 95-degree day in west Texas, but if I would have closed my eyes and blasted a fan in my face then I’m pretty sure I could have fooled myself into believing it was autumn. It sure tasted that way.

Based on the rapidly growing list of pumpkin spice cereals entering the market, we’ll soon have the proverbial cornucopia to choose from. I don’t doubt many of these cereals will be good, but few, I’m willing to bet, will be able to match the appeal of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios.

(Nutrition Facts – 28 grams – 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 120 mg of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugars, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $3.98
Size: 21 oz box
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: Outstanding representation of the complexity of pumpkin spices that exceeds the dull and heavy cinnamon flavor sometimes assigned to pumpkin spice. Sweet, hearty taste of oat base. Wonderful rich flavor in milk that tastes like the edge of a pumpkin pie or bar.
Cons: Could be a tad sweeter and have a “glaze” like Honey Nut Cheerios. The creative struggle to explain the appeal of pumpkin spice.

11 thoughts on “REVIEW: Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Cheerios Cereal

      1. Haha, throw in every variety of those new spicy Noosa yogurts and a box of pumpkin spice Mini-Wheats, and you’ve got yourself a deal!

        1. Too funny, the Pumpkin Spice Mini-Wheat’s are no problem…at Walmart 5 miles away. The Noosa Spicy yogurts might be a bit messier. The shipping on them could be a bit of a problem, but if you’re willing to risk the 90+ degree Florida heat, then you’ve got a deal !! LOL

  1. The problem with pumpkin spice is I have yet to meet anyone who likes every single spice in the typical pumpkin spice roster. For the author, it was cassia. For me, it’s nutmeg. One man’s 9 could definitely be another’s 1. At work, it’s a dart throw when someone asks for a pumpkin spice flavor. Cover the spread of different blends and call it a day.

    Not doubting that these are good; moreso that a reader could try and disagree and this would be why.

  2. And now I will be having a late night snack. I told myself I wasn’t going to give in to the pumpkin spice fad this year until I tried the Cheerios. I figured if I liked the strawberry Cheerios, I’d probably like these and I wasn’t disappointed.

  3. Tried these today–great! You can definitely taste the REAL pumpkin puree; doesn’t taste fake. I really enjoyed my breakfast.

  4. I love love love and it’s only Sept 4 th and I’m told there won’t be anymore come on fall hasn’t even began!!! I want more!

    1. This flavor should be available all year long. I have been shopping over the last month and each time the shelves are empty of this favorite. I finally found four family size boxes at Walmart when I was in to pick up meds and purchased 3 of the 4 boxes. I don’t know how long this cereal will be available but; what to stock a few boxes for later. What a HIT! Love the flavor a WINNER.

  5. This flavor should be available all year long. I have been shopping over the last month and each time the shelves are empty of this favorite. I finally found four family size boxes at Walmart when I was in to pick up meds and purchased 3 of the 4 boxes. I don’t know how long this cereal will be available but; what to stock a few boxes for later. What a HIT! Love the flavor a WINNER.

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