Chex Cereals

Chex Cereals

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Chex cereals are another delicious option for gluten free breakfasts! With seven varieties, you’re bound to find one that tickles your fancy. Although low on fiber, each of them has more than 8 grams of whole grain per serving, and less than 10 grams of sugar. Win!!

I only recently jumped on the Chex cereal train, so I thought I’d share some reviews as I tried each of the flavored ones. They are AWESOME!!

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Apple Cinnamon

Taste: EXTREME apple cinnamon and allspice–identical to Apple Jacks. There were squares coated in the apple-cinnamon flavored powder and plain rice squares too. The plain pieces broke up the flavor profile nicely but had no flavor at all; just like regular rice Chex. 

Texture: Crunchy! Got soggy kind of fast once I poured on the almond milk, but when eaten out of the box for a snack, it’s the perfect crunch: enough to satisfy cravings, but not harsh enough to tear up the roof of your mouth. Also, the coated squares had sugar practically falling off of them that would remain on your fingers (like the cheese on Cheetos), but it didn’t bother me.

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Smell: Strong cinnamon and ginger with a hint of fall-like apple candle smells. Right when you open the package!

Gluten-filled counterpart: Apple Jacks cereal

Price: $2.00-2.50 per box

Nutrition: Only 8g of sugar and 2g of fat per serving, so not too shabby. Less than 1g of fiber though.

Ingredients: Whole Grain Rice, Rice, Sugar, Canola Oil, Apple Powder, Salt, Cinnamon, Allspice, Ginger, Molasses, Natural flavor, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), BHT and Sodium Sulfite Added to Preserve Freshness.

Overall: One of my ultimate favorites! Such a wonderful replacement for my beloved, favorite Apple Jacks. While a bit soggy in milk, it makes a wonderful snack to munch on that brings about sensations of fall. I love it!

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Honey

Taste: Brown sugar, Almond-y, honeycomb tasting squares with a hint of salt. Like wildflower honey from a farmstand! I will say though, I got tired of the honey flavor after awhile, nothing really to break up the monotony.

Texture: Crunchiest of all the varieties I tried. Fresh! Stayed crunchy in milk for awhile too. All of the pieces were “glazed” in a honey-like flavor. No powdered coating like apple cinnamon, chocolate or vanilla. More of a sticky feeling.

Smell: No strong odor unless you practically put the cereal up your nose. I think it was because of the lack of powdery covering.

Gluten-filled counterpart: Honey Nut Cheerios

Price: $2.00-2.50 per box

Nutrition: Very low fat and low fiber: 1g of fiber, 9g of sugar and .5g of fat.

Ingredients: Whole Grain Corn, Corn Meal, Sugar, Honey, Salt, Brown Sugar Syrup, Molasses, Canola and/or Rice Bran Oil, Natural Almond Flavor, Natural Flavor. BHT and Sodium Sulfite Added to Preserve Freshness.

Overall: Not one of my big favorites, but tasted great in milk. Crunchiest of all the varieties. Wished it would have some powdered pieces to break up the monotony of honey, though.

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Chocolate and Vanilla

Taste:

Vanilla: Like a blan vanilla birthday cake. Or vanilla cupcakes. I wasn’t really a fan. It reminded me of chemicals, or some kind of fake vanilla. Disappointing to say the least.

Chocolate: The coated pieces are extremely chocolate-y, like hot cocoa mix, or Dutch chocolate ice cream, or a Hershey kiss. One of the most delicious flavors I’ve ever had in a cereal. Not chemically or fake-tasting in the least. AMAZING in milk too– it transformed the leftovers into a sugary, delicious pool of chocolate.

Texture: Like the apple cinnamon, both of them had plain pieces and powdered/coated pieces. Each were super crisp and crunchy. Also, like apple cinnamon, the coated squares had sugar practically falling off of them that would remain on your fingers (like the cheese on Cheetos), but I liked it! More excuse to lick your fingers haha. Both were pretty sturdy in milk too.

Smell: VERY true to their names. The chocolate smelled like fresh baked brownies, but the vanilla reminded me of chemically vanilla. Not very appetizing.

Gluten-filled counterpart: For vanilla, stale cupcakes. For chocolate, Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies.

Price: $2.00-2.50 per box

Nutrition: Vanilla has 2g of fat and 8g of sugar per serving and Chocolate has 2.5g fat and 8g sugar. Not bad for so much flavor in each! But each have less than 1g of fiber.

Ingredients:

Vanilla: Whole Grain Rice, Rice, Sugar, Fructose, Canola and/or Rice Bran Oil, Salt, Molasses, Natural Flavor, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols). BHT and Sodium Sulfite Added to Preserve Freshness.

Chocolate: Whole Grain Rice, Rice, Sugar, Fructose, Canola and/or Rice Bran Oil, Cocoa processed with Alkali, Salt, Molasses, Natural Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols). BHT and Sodium Sulfite Added to Preserve Freshness.

Overall: The vanilla was a little too much like an artificial vanilla cupcake. Not really a fan. But the chocolate?? OH GOODNESS don’t even get me started on those bad boys. I mean, I thought I was obsessed with the apple cinnamon but WHOA. The chocolate piece ones were like nuggets of heaven!

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