As a feature publisher for Foodbuzz, I participate in the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, through which I'm occasionally sent samples of products to review. Such was the case recently with Kellogg's Special K Red Berries cereal - Kellog's sent along two boxes of the cereal and asked that I try it out and let everyone know what I thought of it.
Maryanne, Lynnafred, and I all enjoy various cold cereals regardless of the time of year, so the Special K was a nice treat. All of us liked the crunch and the sweet-tartness of the dehydrated strawberries that were sprinkled throughout the mix. Kellogg's is making a big deal of the nice big dose of fiber in every serving, which is hardly surprising since they've been emphasizing the healthy stool-moving qualities of dietary fiber for about a hundred years now, but when we buy a cereal we don't do it based on whether or not it will help us take a big healthy dump. No, we look at these qualities:
- Is it delicious?
- Will it stay relatively crispy after the milk is poured?
- Will it carry us over for the six-plus hours from breakfast to lunch?
- It is delicious. The rice and wheat blend is quite tasty.and these grains are helped along by the generous amount of sugar (third on the ingredient list, just behind the rice and wheat) and seemingly-mandatory dollop of high-fructose corn syrup. Even fans of Cap'n Crunch should need no added sugar to enjoy Red Berries.
- We noticed the Special K Red Berries cereal resisted sogginess somewhat better than the usual cereal flakes. The red berries, however, delighted in soaking up milk to create soft, flavorful (and quite milky) berries.
- Special K Red Berries did a bang-up job of suppressing The Hungries all morning long.