REVIEW: Kellogg’s Special Edition Cookies & Creme Krispies Cereal

Kellogg s Special Edition Cookies  Creme Krispies Cereal Box

What is Kellogg’s Special Edition Cookies & Creme Krispies?

It’s a flavor I didn’t see coming. I thought Rice Krispies was now all about making colorful seasonal versions, like its Spring Colors and Red & Blue varieties, because they would look cool in a Rice Krispies Treat. I expected an orange and brown fall-colored cereal to appear before any new flavor. But here we are with a cereal made rice, sugar, salt, rice flour, malt flavor, cocoa processed with alkali, and natural flavor.

How is it?

While Rice Krispies snap, crackle, and pop, its flavor, no matter the variety, has never popped, and that’s the case with this cereal. It’s probably the reason why I’ve preferred Cocoa Pebbles over Cocoa Rice Krispies.

Kellogg s Special Edition Cookies  Creme Krispies Cereal Closeup

It’s been a while since I’ve had Cocoa Rice Krispies because, you know, the whole Cocoa-Pebbles-being-better-thing. So I can’t say how or if this differs from Cocoa Rice Krispies. But I’ve eaten through three-fourths of this box of Cookies & Creme Krispies, which smells like Cocoa Pebbles Lite, and found myself being fine with the mild cocoa flavor. That’s something I can’t say about Cocoa Krispies.

But I don’t taste the creme part.

Which makes me wonder if we have to include our own creme, i.e., milk. I use Silk Vanilla Soy Milk, so pouring it into this cereal adds a creme flavor. But I don’t taste it when I eat it dry, which, by the way, is still quite good.

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Kellogg s Special Edition Cookies  Creme Krispies Cereal Super Closeup

The cereal isn’t as sprinkled with cocoa cookies specks as what’s shown on the box. It’s a bit more sparse.

I would’ve turned this into Rice Krispies Treats, and there’s even a recipe on the back of the box, so I don’t have to Google one and then have every ad I see from then on be about baking. But then I thought about the last time I made Rice Krispies Treats and how I ate the entire sheet. I didn’t even cut it into pieces. My fingers pecked at the marshmallow and cereal treat slab like a bird.

Conclusion:

I’ve found most Rice Krispies varieties to be underwhelming, so I’m surprised I enjoyed Kellogg’s Cookies & Creme Krispies. Maybe I should buy another box and make a Rice Krispies Treats slab that my fingers can peck at.

Purchased Price: Way too much on eBay
Size: 12 oz box
Purchased at: eBay
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 1/4 cup without milk) 160 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Keebler Limited Edition Birthday Cake Chips Deluxe Cookies

Keebler Limited Edition Birthday Cake Chips Deluxe Cookies Package

What are Keebler Limited Edition Birthday Cake Chips Deluxe Cookies?

They are Keebler’s Chips Deluxe Cookies with not only milk chocolate chips but also white chocolate chips and candy sprinkles.

Sometimes birthday cake-flavored products are released to celebrate the significant anniversaries of a brand or company. Even though Keebler turned 167 years old last month, I don’t think these commemorate that. But now that I think about it, it was about a year ago when Nutella-maker Ferrero purchased the Keebler brand from Kellogg’s.

So Happy First Anniversary Under Ferrero, Keebler!

How are they?

I’ve had a lot of birthday cake-flavored products since the introduction of Birthday Cake Oreo in 2012. Most of them have a similar flavor profile — frosting and/or a little chocolate or golden cake batter flavor. That’s the standard my taste buds expect when it comes to the flavor. But these cookies are, let’s just say, a different take.

Keebler Limited Edition Birthday Cake Chips Deluxe Cookies Candle

They certainly do look the part with the colorful sprinkles providing a festive cake-like appearance. But when I eat them, why do my taste buds think of coconut? I mean, it’s faint and doesn’t happen with every bite, but it’s a bit odd. Maybe it’s the sprinkles, white chocolate, something baked into the cookie dough, or a combination of them causing that.

While these don’t remind me of birthday cake, they also don’t taste like chocolate chip cookies. I occasionally notice the milk chocolate, but with the mingling of other ingredients, they’re more of a nondescript tasting cookie. They’re not bad per se, but I can’t say I love them.

Anything else you need to know?

This review was posted on this site’s 16th birthday. I really should’ve made reviewing a birthday cake-flavored product on this day an annual thing. Maybe this review will start that. Or perhaps this is the last year?

Also, when was Ernie the Elf replaced with android Ernie the Elf?

Conclusion:

Keebler Limited Edition Birthday Cake Chips Deluxe Cookies look festive, but there’s no party in my mouth when I eat them.

DISCLOSURE: I received free samples of the product. (Thanks Keebler!) Doing so did not influence this review.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 9.5 oz package
Purchased at: Received from Keebler
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 cookies) 160 calories, 9 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 120 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

REVIEW: Chex Mix MAX’D Chili Jalapeno

Chex Mix MAX D Chili Jalapeno Bag

What is Chex Mix MAX’D Chili Jalapeno?

Chex dropped its latest “MAX’D” variety featuring a cheesy, zesty kick with a splash of lime.

Chex Mix MAX D Chili Jalapeno Back of Bag

How is it?

It’s still hard to get used to a savory flavor on a “Muddy Buddy” textured Chex piece. When you associate a certain texture with a certain taste, it really throws you for a loop when it’s the complete opposite.

That being said, I did semi-adjust to the Chili Lime MAX’D pieces in time, and this is probably my favorite MAX’D variety. It’s slightly better than the other two I’ve tried thus far.

Chex Mix MAX D Chili Jalapeno Bowl

The chili flavor was an indiscriminate spice bomb, so the cool blast of lime on the finish was a real saving grace. The citrus balanced out the mix as a whole, which wreaked havoc on the back of my tongue. They weren’t quite Ghost Pepper Chex Mix level, but they probably rival the Flamin’ Hot line of Lay’s snacks in the heat department.

While the chili was kind of a bummer, the Jalapeno Cheddar non-blasted Chex pieces were fantastic. I’ve somehow avoided regular Jalapeno Cheddar Chex Mix my whole life, and these were a revelation. The jalapeno flavor dust wasn’t as caked on, but it was still somehow more recognizable than chili. The bag even smelled like the pepper.

Anything else you need to know?

Chex Mix MAX D Chili Jalapeno Pieces

This mix has the perfect role players in pretzels and cheddar crackers. Everyone’s favorite Chex Mix piece, (and probably my least favorite) the bagel chip, wouldn’t have worked here. I’m also glad they kicked those crappy little breadsticks to the curb.

I imagine this MAX’D line is gonna continue down the “spicy” path, but I would really love to try a sweet mix with Muddy Buddy pieces front and center.

Conclusion:

I liked MAX’D Chili Jalapeno, and I think you’ll like ’em too, but they feel like a first draft. All the pieces are there, but I wish the flavors were flipped a little. If the flavor blasted pieces were Jalapeno Lime, and the regular Chex were Chili Cheese, this snack may have been near perfect.

If anyone at General Mills is reading this, please make a Sweet Chili or Pizza Chex Mix next. I’ll even accept them in the MAX’D variety.

Purchased Price: $2.69
Size: 4.25 oz bag
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1/2 cup) 140 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 380 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of total carbohydrates, 3 grams of total sugars, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 gram of protein.

REVIEW: Kellogg’s Limited Edition Froot Loops Tropical Cereal

Kellogg s Limited Edition Froot Loops Tropical Cereal Box

What is Kellogg’s Limited Edition Froot Loops Tropical Cereal?

It’s a sweetened multi-grain cereal with pineapple, banana, orange, and mango flavors.

How is it?

Of the four fruits listed, pineapple is the only one I can truly distinguish with my non-toucan-sized nose.

Like regular Froot Loops, there aren’t any differences in flavor between the colors. So mix and match all you want, it’ll all taste the same in your mouth. And what does it taste like? Well, I can best explain it by taking the opening sentence of this review and adding some delete HTML tags to it, like this:

A sweetened multi-grain cereal with pineapple, banana, orange, and mango flavors.

If your tongue can pinpoint the banana in this, that would be more impressive than it being able to tie a cherry stem into a knot.

Kellogg s Limited Edition Froot Loops Tropical Cereal Closeup

When eaten dry, the pineapple and orange flavors are most noticeable. Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to get a hint of mango in the aftertaste. But don’t eat this dry! When eating it with my usual Silk Vanilla Soy Milk, it tastes much better, and the fruitiness comes out more. Also, eating it dry allows the underlying multi-grain cereal to be more prominent in the aftertaste. I also noticed is that, even with milk, the flavors don’t have the same punch as original Froot Loops.

Anything else you need to know?

Even though the colors don’t determine any flavors, it’s hard to ignore the green ones. I understand the yellow one, which represents bananas and pineapples. The orange one is self-explanatory, and it probably also represents the mango. But I don’t understand the green ones. Looking at the box, do they stand for coconut tree leaves or the pineapple’s crown? It could also be mango, but a green mango means it’s not ripe.

Conclusion:

Overall, Limited Edition Froot Loops Tropical Cereal was a bit of a letdown. As someone who enjoys banana, naturally or artificially flavored (Hello, fellow banana Runts lovers!), I wish I could taste it in this. Also, I do wish it had the same fruitiness level as regular Froot Loops.

Purchased Price: Way too much of eBay
Size: 10.1 oz box
Purchased at: eBay
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 1/3 cup without milk) 150 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 210 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.