19 thoughts to “SPOTTED: Lucky Charms Marshmallow Clusters Cereal”

  1. Reviews have not been kind with this one. I am hesitant to grab a box because of the lackluster reviews.

  2. I’ve read the same reviews. The concept seems like it would be good. But it constantly annoys the heck out of me when new cereal releases only come in Family Sized boxes. I’m way less likely to try a new cereal if it doesn’t come in regular size boxes. I don’t need a large bag of cereal to go in the garbage if I end up not liking it. At least with a regular size box, you can kind of force your way through it even if it’s mediocre.

    I think what’s also off-putting about this cereal is that the box says corn and rice cereal. There’s absolutely no reason why corn should be in this cereal. I swear, it feels like cereal companies like to shoe-horn corn meal into any cereal they can these days. Probably explains why most new releases tend to suck or be mediocre.

    1. Lucky charms, by nature, contain corn products; the originals don’t contain rice. And why would putting corn meal make it suck or be mediocre?

      I do agree with your sentiment about box size. I’m not that big of a children’s cereal eater, and when I do get the urge to eat cereal, it would be nice if they offered an even smaller size than the standard.

      The family size just (unfortunately) reflects American diets.

      Also, just put those unwanted cereal box continents out for the wildlife!

      1. Last I heard, Lucky Charms is an oat based cereal when I read the Ingredients label. Only the chocolate and mixed berry Lucky Charm varieties contain the corn meal ingredient, and they don’t taste nearly as good as the original for that reason.

        I know the original Lucky Charms doesn’t contain rice, but based on the picture of the box of this new cereal, Marshmallow Clusters implies rice krispies treats clusters, which don’t typically have corn in them. That’s why I said corn has no business being in this cereal. Neither the original Lucky Charms cereal nor Rice Krispies Treats cereal contains corn. So why would they add corn to this new cereal?

        Most new cereal releases tend to default to using corn in their products. The taste, texture, and sometimes oily residue it leaves in the milk leaves for a “blah” experience. Take the newer versions of the Monster Cereals for instance. They switched to corn meal instead of the old oat formula pieces and they don’t taste as good and barely have any taste at all.

        I also don’t tend to buy many children’s cereals these days since they tend to be too light on flavor and sweetness. Naturally, I’m not buying them for the health reasons but just for the sugar kick experience from when I was a kid. But I just can’t justify spending $4 or $5 on a large family size box of something that I’ll most likely end up not liking, but won’t know for sure until I buy it. I usually just end up not bothering since so many new releases end up being mediocre anyway. I’m continuously losing my faith in the cold cereal market. They need to stop making children’s cereal healthy and low on sugar and defaulting to the corn meal pieces. That’s why the cold cereal market has been in a slump for the last 2 decades in sales. Not just because people are eating healthier these days, but because the cold cereal nowadays tastes almost like cardboard. It’s not a healthy thing to eat to begin with, yet the cereal companies try to change it into something it’s not meant to be by lowering the sugar content and making everything whole grain.

        1. In all seriousness:
          That may very well have been the first time I have EVER heard someone say that something should be *less* healthy…

          1. Cold cereal is one the few things that ought to be less healthy and full of more sugar. I think my main point is that by trying to make it healthy, it’s trying to be something it’s not meant to be.

            That’s like trying to make candy and chocolate healthier. The healthier fake sugar variations often taste horrible and aren’t much healthier anyway than the regular kind. I’d say the same applies to cold cereals. It’s meant to be a sugary treat like a bowl of ice cream. Not it’s just slightly sweet pieces of corn meal, which sucks.

        2. You can’t tell, but I am currently giving you a standing ovation for your milky manifesto. You peered into my soul, ripped out the cold, lonely darkness creating a void and put it into words.

          Double Chocolate Brownie Crunch might be my favorite cereal on shelves as despite commiting the coringinal sin ( although it also includes oat) is about 2/3 sugar by weight. Incidentally, it’s the closest thing to old school Count Chocula I’ve found. I know it’s not healthy dammit. When I want a “healthy” cereal I eat my beloved Grape Nuts. Otherwise give me my Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs with a box that doubles as my tombstone when it’s empty.

          1. Ha, thank you Holly. I’m a little Froot Loopy in the head with how opinionated I am about my cereal based junk food.

    2. Yes! Steve yes! I feel like trying a new cereal is such a commitment now since it comes only in the family size. I mean what are they trying to prove with this? There have been several new cereals I have decided against because I’m just not ready to commit to something so large.

      1. Not sure if you’re being facetious or not, but I just feel it’s a waste of time for one person to try a new cereal in a family sized box, only not to like it. It’s a waste of money and I’m not a fan of wasting food and just throwing it away. I’ve tried giving family sized boxes of cereals I didn’t like to people at my past jobs (pre-COVID) and no one ever takes it. So it just goes in the garbage.

    3. Steve, I’m fine with the idea of manufacturers not tinkering with classic kids’ cereals (unless they can make them healthier/better without changing the flavor, etc.–a wholly grail), but I disagree that all cold cereals, including adult, good-tasting cereals, have to be unhealthy for you and inherently are (including by adding gobs of sugar). It’s just a difference between adult and kids’ cereals. Give me a morning bowl of granola or granola-like cereal any day, topped with milk or yogurt.

      1. That’s the problem Mike S. They already did tinker with the classic kids’ cereals to make them healthier. And now we got what we have in the supermarkets. Less sweetened and watered-down tasting cereal that is only mediocre and usually just blah. Not sure why you would want more of that. I really only speak of kids cereals that have gotten worse over the last 2 decades. They just don’t hold a candle to how cereals were prior to 2000. I wouldn’t see the point in making adult-oriented cereals more sugary. Kids cereals are meant to be sugar bombs. Added to which, we currently have an obesity pandemic in the last decade or two after cold cereal got healthier with less sugar and more whole grains. Yet when the cold cereal tasted better, there were less unhealthy people around. Makes you wonder.

  3. Oooh, thank you so much for posting this. I’m still bitter at Kellogg’s screwing up Rice Krispie Treats. Will keep an eye out for these.

  4. This does come in a regular sized box (11.2oz), as I bought it at my local Smith’s. It doesn’t taste like a “marshmallow cluster” to me – not even close to being similar to rice krispie treat cereal. I prefer the regular lucky charms compared to these.

    1. Good to know. Thanks for that info. It sounds like a hard no then on trying it. I haven’t read anything positive about it yet.

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