REVIEW: Kellogg’s Extra Crispy Clusters Cereal

Am I losing my mind? Kellogg’s Extra Crispy Clusters are just granola in a box, right? “Crispy Clusters” are just granola clusters, right? Nothing about them makes them special than Nature Valley or KIND granola, right? With these definitely being granola, I can’t help but want to call them Extranola. But what makes them “extra” over other granola, I could not tell you despite eating several servings of both varieties available — Almond and Cinnamon.

While both flavors are crispy, which I’ll write more about in a moment, only the Cinnamon one slid out of the bag in cluster form. But the Almond one was mostly a bunch of loose granola in the bag as if it got beaten up by boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds as retaliation for stepping on their oat cluster cereal turf.

But back to their crispiness…

The neglect I gave these while sitting in milk would make any Tamagotchi die, but they maintained their crispiness despite that. I left them to soak while I scrolled through cleaning Instagram Reels. Still crispy. I let them sit in 2% while I collected and counted all the micro USB cables I’ve accumulated over the past decade. Still crispy. But I’m pretty sure giving any granola that same lack of attention while in dairy would have the same result, so it really isn’t that impressive.

If I had to choose between the two Kellogg’s Extra flavors, I’d give the nod to the Cinnamon one. While it tastes like any cinnamon-flavored granola, it’s definitely more flavorful than the other one. Oddly, I also found that the warm spice has more flavor in milk than when eaten dry. As for the Almond variety, the caramelized sugar coating provides a noticeable and pleasant sweetness, and the almonds obviously add a nuttiness. However, as I ate it, it reminded me of whatever the standard Nature Valley granola flavor is. It’s fine and something I would not say no to, but it won’t make my taste buds do a happy dance.

The only “extra” thing I can think of about Kellogg’s Extra is its price, which is extra high compared to other cereals on the shelf. I paid $6.99 for each box, which was the sale price. The regular price was $13.99. But even at the sale price, I can’t see myself picking up another box of what is basically granola with nothing other than the price being extra about it.

Purchased Price: $6.99 (sale)
Size: 20.6 oz box (Cinnamon), 20.2 oz box (Almond)
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Cinnamon), 5 out of 10 (Almond)
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) Cinnamon 280 calories, 11 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 240 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar (including 13 grams of added sugar), and 5 grams of protein. Almond – 300 calories, 13 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar (including 11 grams of added sugar), and 6 grams of protein.

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