REVIEW: Quaker Chocolate Life Cereal

Quaker Chocolate Life Cereal Box

What is Quaker Chocolate Life Cereal?

It’s the newest variety in the Quaker Life Cereal line that also includes (say it with me because I know you all know it by heart), original, cinnamon, vanilla, and strawberry. It gets its chocolatiness from cocoa that’s been processed with alkali and other natural flavors.

How is it?

First off, a disclosure. I’m not a regular Life Cereal eater. Oh wait, let me rephrase that. I’m not a Life Cereal Lifer. (That’s better, maybe.) I can count on two hands the number of times I’ve consumed any Life variety, and I had to look up what they were for the list above. With that said, I did enjoy eating Chocolate Life Cereal in milk or dry.

Quaker Chocolate Life Cereal Dry

Its flavor is mild, and there’s enough of it to recognize it’s chocolate. It’s not overly sweet and doesn’t reach the same cocoa level as Cocoa Puffs, Cocoa Pebbles, or any other choco-heavy cereal with a cartoon mascot. Also, the chocolatiness tastes darker than the others. I find it tasty enough that it’s got me thinking I should try the other varieties so that it’ll take three hands to count the number of times I’ve had Life Cereal.

Quaker Chocolate Life Cereal Wet

Unfortunately, unlike many of the cereals I mentioned above, it doesn’t make excellent cereal milk. Speaking of milk, this Life variety is okay at maintaining its crunchiness while sitting in the liquid.

Anything else you need to know?

Some of you might be wondering what those white crystal thingies are in the second photo above. I want to say cereal dandruff, but I’m absolutely sure that’s wrong and that Quaker doesn’t want me to describe them that way.

Quaker Chocolate Life Cereal Crystals

There was a bunch collected at the bag’s bottom of the, so I tried them. They look like salt but taste as if they’ve absorbed the cereal’s flavor. If you know what it is, let me know in the comments. If you don’t know what it is but have an absurd and incorrect idea of what it could be, share it in the comments.

A one-cup serving has 24 grams of whole grains, is an excellent source of five B vitamins, and is a good calcium source. Wait…is the cereal dandruff the source of the good source of calcium?


Quaker Chocolate Life Cereal is a tasty addition to the Life Cereal line that also includes (say it with me again), original, cinnamon, vanilla, and strawberry.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free sample of the product. Thanks, Quaker! Doing so did not influence my review.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 13 oz box
Purchased at: Received from Quaker
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 cup) 160 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

11 thoughts to “REVIEW: Quaker Chocolate Life Cereal”

      1. Yep. Life cinnamon cereal has sugar crystals in it. It’s the only Life cereal I’ll eat. I assume that all the Life cereals do.

  1. You really should pick up a box of Life cinnamon cereal. It’s great. Don’t bother trying the original. It sucks @$$.

  2. I love original Life. I had such high expectations for the vanilla & strawberry. Both just ok, as is cinnamon. I’ll probably not like the chocolate & just stick with the original. Believe me, I love trying new things. But sometimes the original item is the best!

  3. The cereal is probably coated with a liquid slurry and allowed to dry and the slurry re-crystallizes and those pieces just hang on and get into the bag when filling.

    1. Uh. Nothing is made like that… it would destroy the cereal to put wet sugar on it, it wouldn’t crystallize into cubes that big and made with obvious specificity, and there would be TONS of sugar on the outside.

      I can’t believe I have to explain cereal, but here goes: they put fairly large granulated sugar inside Life cereal. Just take a cereal square, crack it open, and ta-daa, “mystery” solve. That’s where it’s extra sweetened instead of being frosted. The sugar crystals you find lose are from cereal squares that have broken and released the sugar inside them into the bag.

  4. I love the bottom of the Life cereal bag where it’s just those crystals and shards of cereal left. Makes for an interesting last bowl (but so good). Sweeter definitely. Looking forward to trying out chocolate. Still miss the maple & brown sugar Life, and waiting for the gingerbread flavor to come around again.

  5. Chocolate Life barely has a chocolate taste at all. Very disappointed. I’ll stick to the original.

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