I’m easy. Toss chocolate, peanut butter or the Holy Grail of chocolate AND peanut butter into your product, and you have my undivided attention; Attach it to an iconic cereal like Cheerios and I swoon. The end result of this match made in heaven tastes like the love child of Reese’s Puffs and classic Cheerios in a O shaped bundle of joy. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work for me.
I’ve enjoyed my flings with each of the parents individually over the years, and while I see them both as classics in their own right, neither is one of my favorites. These Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheerios just don’t bring enough flavor in either department. Dry, I barely pick up on any chocolate and the peanut butter flavor isn’t artificial so much as too far aware from the genuine article for my liking evoking more of a peanut flour flavor than the peanut butter listed on the ingredient list. I found the powdery coating clinging to the cereal excessive at times to the point that it was a bit offputting. So much so, that I envision Smedley snorting these by the boxful in a demented Saturday morning cartoon Scarface reenactment. Milk didn’t save it for me as it seemed the faint chocolate flavor grew even dimmer and left me with an unsatisfying cereal milk finish.
While I didn’t dislike this new flavor, I also can’t find myself wanting to try it again. I love the concept- The offspring of Reese’s Puff getting an intimate look at the beloved Cheeri-”O” face, but if I’m in the mood for Cheerios, I’d reach for a plain box over this, and if I need a peanut butter and chocolate fix, give me Reese’s Puff every day of the week.
Chompee: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheerios
Chompiness: 6 Oaty “O” faces out of 10