NEWS: Honey Bunches of Oats Releases A Bunch of Honey Bunches of Oats

Update: Click here to read our Honey Bunches of Oats Raisin Medley review

Update 2: Click here to read our Limited Edition Honey Bunches of Oats with Real Apples and Cinnamon Bunches & with Banana Bunches review

If you think knowing every U.S. State and its capital is a waste of gray brain matter, only useful for Geography Bee participants and people who want to appear smart, but don’t realize that being able to remember U.S. states and their capitals are more about memorization, repetition, and using techniques like mnemonic devices, and not really about intelligence, then my knowledge of Post Honey Bunches of Oats cereal varieties is even more useless.

Post recently introduced a new regular variety to their Honey Bunches of Oats line — Honey Bunches of Oats Raisin Medley. They also released two limited edition flavors — Honey Bunches of Oats with Apples and Cinnamon Bunches and Honey Bunches of Oats with Banana Bunches. Some of you might be thinking that these two flavors already exist, but you’d be so wrong. However, I understand your confusion, because currently there’s a Honey Bunches of Oats flavor with just cinnamon bunches and there was a Honey Bunches of Oats with Real Bananas, which was discontinued.

The Honey Bunches of Oats Raisin Medley contains three different types of Sun-Maid raisins — natural seedless, jumbo seedless, and flame (red grapes). One cup of the cereal provides 12 grams of whole grains, nine essential vitamins and minerals, and has 200 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 0 milligrams of sodium, 120 milligrams of potassium, 2 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Raisin Medley, Apples and Cinnamon Bunches, and Banana Bunches joins Honey Roasted, Almonds, Real Strawberries, Real Peaches, Cinnamon Bunches, Vanilla Bunches, Pecan Bunches, Just Bunches Honey Roasted, and Just Bunches Cinnamon in the Honey Bunches of Oats cereal lineup.

Yes, I typed that list from memory.

6 thoughts to “NEWS: Honey Bunches of Oats Releases A Bunch of Honey Bunches of Oats”

  1. THANK YOU for explaining the three types of raisins in the raisin medley!! I’ve seen the commercial and our Schnuck’s has this display with a placard and sign that proclaims the new cereal with three types of raisins but NOWHERE, not even on the box, have I heard or seen what the three types were!

  2. I need to find these, pronto. HBoO (yeah I really just did that) rarely, if ever disappoint. I’ve still been able to find a few boxes of the chocolate variety when I get really lucky.

  3. This is amazing! I, too, am in awe at the sheer number of Honey Bunches of Oats cereals and often find myself trying to commit them all the memory for no particular reason. Wasn’t there a yogurt one too at some point?

  4. There is a lot of money to be made in buying and keeping limited editions.

    Someday you may be able to get $4-$5 for a box of these in mint condition.

  5. Stephanie, I could be wrong but you might be thinking of Special K on the yogurt flavor. I like both (HBOO & Special K) but from all the different flavors between the two I don’t know what the hell is going on!

  6. I just tried the Raisin Medley (maybe the first time I’ve tasted Honey Bunches of Oats, actually) in a free sample box included inside a GLAD plasticware pack… (Go figure.) I consider such sugary cereal to be finger-food dessert, so no allergenic milk (yuck, ptooie) was added. It was tasty, both the bunches and the sugary corn flakes and also the handful of raisins (got only 2 kinds maybe, no golden). But I was surprised at the high calorie count for the small volume and dubious nutrition (the 8/10 of a cup in the sample box was about 160 calories; a full cup is 200 calories). Maybe it should be an ice cream topping and dosed out by the tablespoonful… And I was even more surprised (perturbed, actually) by the extremely high iron content (90% of the RDA in a full cup, which would be 18 mg). They don’t say anything but “reduced iron” to identify the iron source, which made me wonder at first if they put iron filings in it since we talk about things being reduced to the metal, i.e., the neutral form, and I was contemplating looking for a strong magnet to check. Turns out that in the food industry, “reduced iron” means a ferric iron compound (triply charged iron ion) has been reduced to a ferrous iron compound (doubly charged iron ion, getting closer to the neutral metal…). Allegedly the ferrous form is more absorbable, not actually a happy thought when they’ve tossed so much in, considering all the foods that are “fortified” with iron these days and adding up all the extra iron we get daily from such processed foods. Think about that before you scarf down a few bowls of this stuff… Too much iron is definitely Not a Good Thing. For instance, current thinking is that the protective effect pre-menopausal women have against heart disease might be that they bleed regularly and thus can avoid the ill effects of too much iron built up (the body stores it). Post-menopause, it is recommended that women avoid iron-containing supplements (my multivitamin/multimineral tablets are available both with and without iron for that reason). I would worry especially about kids overdosing on such a high-iron cereal, pigging out in front of the TV on a Saturday morning. Of course, we can always hope that they are just fudging by saying “reduced iron”, because if the compound is not a chelated form such as iron fumarate or iron gluconate (iron combined with organic groups) and they’ve gone the usual cheapy route of many supplements and foods, using inorganic forms of iron, we can’t use much of it anyway. Usually supplments that do use the easily absorbed chelated iron forms proudly announce it, making me wonder about the nebulous “reduced iron” on the label. So you can’t really rely on it as an iron supplement (since its iron might not be very absorbable) but still have to worry about it poisoning you with too much iron (if they really do use a highly absorbable form). One more complication of modern life, when you have to approach a cereal box with trepidation.

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