Cereal Review: NEW! Marshmallow Pebbles from Post

It has come to my attention that my diet needs to change.

I am eating unhealthy. I am consuming too many fatty snacks. My salt intake is ridiculouse. I lack sufficient Vitamin D. Instead of taking the time to sit down to a complete, low-fat breakfast packed with 10 essential vitamins and minerals, I instead stop off at cheap fast food places in daring escapades in order to indulge a compulsive chicken sandwich addiction. Needless to say, this ship must be righted.

We can create it. We have the technology.

Fortunately, Post cereal engineers have been hard at work in creating a new cereal to alleviate just such a problem, and combat the problems of young adult sloth and poor food choices. Yes, America, the time has come to embrace Marshmallow Pebbles.

The newest edition to the Post Pebbles family delivers delicious “vanilla-graham” flavor and fun prehistoric Marshmallows!

Oh, who am I kidding. I didn’t buy this cereal because of its “excellent” amount of Vitamin D (20% DV), but rather because I’m a sugarholic, highly active young person with a nostalgic grocery store eye and a craving for anything that lists “Marshmallow Bits” as its first ingredient. Throw in “vanilla-graham” and you’ve sold me, especially considering that Post’s Fruity Pebbles remain one of the greatest inventions ever known to child, beast, and man alike. I mean really, having bought this cereal, I figured it would be a forgone conclusion that it would become my breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next 20 years of my life. Surely it would be that awesome, and surely I could laugh in the face of risking a diabetic future just to get my daily marshmallow and vanilla-graham kicks.

Wait, so Marshmallow was the first ingredient? How awsome is that!

Well, I think I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board, because this stuff was a dud. Yes, you read that correctly. A dud. For starters, each 10.75 oz box isn’t even filled up all the way with cereal. Likewise, the cereal came unevenly distributed in the box, with seemingly 90% of the marshmallow pieces settling on top of the “vanilla” graham pieces, which look oddly like bird food. This makes for an obvious problem in that if your sister gets to this stuff before you do, you could find yourself pouring a bowl of mostly dog-food looking pellets with only one or two ‘mallows. Which brings up another problem; the graham pieces themselves. Eaten alone and without milk, the incredibly tiny pieces have just a hint of sweetness and vanilla flavor. But once in milk they turn into soggy, tasteless specks that contribute absolutely nothing to the cereal. In fact, they only bring down the marshmallow pieces, which to be fair are well flavored and almost identical in taste to Lucky Charms’ marshmallows.

A spoon of impending suckage

End milk? Don’t even get me started. Try as I might, I couldn’t even finish off all the milk in my bowl because of the complete lack of sugary goodness and/or concentrated artificial flavor that one looks forward to being left in the milk after finishing a super sugary cereal. Heck, about the only good thing I can say about this cereal is that it tastes better if eaten as a snack right out of the box, or if used as an air freshener (the newly opened bag smelled like a stale cupcake, which was actually very appealing) for your college dorm room.

Can you say 'rip-off'?

I guess I should have expected as much. America has declared a war against sugary kids cereals, and with only 10 grams of sugar per serving, this cereal really did sound too good to be true. I guess what I was expecting, or at least what I wanted, was a marshmallow version of Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles, which this cereal is definitely not. Not that creating such an awesome combination isn’t impossible, but thanks to Post’s brilliant design team, I’ll now have to buy two separate cereals and meticulously pick of the marshmallows in one and add them to the other. Darn you Post, darn you and your devious marketing ways. Sure, you may win the hearts and minds of mom’s around the country by slightly lowering the sugar on your latest creation (although that’s unlikely) but you risk losing the support of your most ardent and nostalgic of supporters.

Pros: Smells like stale cupcake frosting, which actually is very attractive. Marshmallow goodness. 10 grams of sugar per serving. "Excellent" source of Vitamin D. Hardly any fat.

Cons: Not nearly sweet enough. Vanilla graham pieces are small and lack even artificial flavor once in milk. Uneven distribution of marshmallows. Not filling up the whole bag. Fighting my sister for the few marshmallow pieces. Wasting milk. Bird food. Ugh.

Taste: 4.50/10
Value: 5.50/10
Price: 2.00 (on sale at Weis)

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75 (Poor)

More Info: PostCereals.com
Nutrition Facts:
Marshmallow Pebbles
Serving Size: 3/4 cup (27 g)
Calories: 110
Total Fat: 0.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 70 mg
Potassium: 40 mg
Total Carbs: 24g
Fiber: Less than 1 g
Sugar: 10g
Protein: 2g

18 comments on “Cereal Review: NEW! Marshmallow Pebbles from Post

  1. its good to see a return to adding marshmallows to cereal, here we are only left with Lucky Charms everything else has been discontinued

  2. Meg says:

    Looks like rice krispies with marshmallows. Mmm bird food. That’s appetizing ;)

    Better stick with the good ole’ Lucky Charms. Oh, and they used to have Froot Loops with marshmallows, too. Wonder if they’re still kickin’?

  3. Adam says:

    @Meg and Jason,

    I actually like the “Marshmallow Matey’s” knockoff of Lucky Charms, although I gotta find me the chocolate lucky charms that allegedly exist.

    • Heather says:

      The chocolate lucky charms definitely exist, or at least they did. I had them some time ago and they were really good. :)

  4. we have chocolate lucky charms here, never tried them tho

  5. Jessica J says:

    I know I’m not normal, but since I was a child, I’ve always hated sugary cereals. The closest I can come is eating Honey Bunches of Oats with Peaches and Strawberries. I’ve always been a huge fan of plain Cheerios with fresh fruit!

  6. TheWarden says:

    Vitamin D, huh? Ain’t that the vitamin you can get just from being outside? You know, from the SUN.

    Darn tootin. In my day, we got our vitamins from the SUN. And we liked it!

  7. Tyler says:

    Lucky Charms is where its always gonna be, shouldnt even try to copy em.

  8. Mike N says:

    I kind of miss the Marshmallow Rice Krispies, those things were pretty darn tasty and had a nice marshmallow-to-cereal ratio. Sadly discontinued in the ’90s.

  9. Rodzilla says:

    rice krispy treats cereal can still be found at walmart, not quite as good as breaking up a real rice krispy treat into your cereal.

    smorez cereal is decent when looking for marshmallow bits, and don’t forget count chocula.

  10. J.H. says:

    There used to be a very similar Pebbles variety, about 5 years ago or so; I got to be really fond of it for a while. It had the same vanilla-graham flavor, but I believe it had baked-on rainbow sprinkles instead of marshmallows. Or maybe both. Either way, I thought it was much better than the two traditional kinds.

  11. Jerrek says:

    Now if they made Cupcake Pebbles with Marshmallows I would be in heaven..

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  13. Tanya says:

    are you kidding me? not sweeet enough? this may have been the sweetest cereal I have ever tasted in my life! The krispie part is the farthest thing from dogfood and tastes like a lovely vanilla cupcake and the marshmallow bits work as a creamy frosting. This cereal is by far the best cereal I have taste in MY LIFE! i ate the entire box in one day.

  14. Susan Ruth says:

    I live in Warren, MI. Where is this cereal sold? Meijer does not have it in stock.

    Thanks.

  15. Lisa hartleh says:

    I havebeen purchasing alot of this cereal usually three boxes a week. At first there were many maramelows but not any more. Post must really cost them alotfor the marshmellows cause the gh hardly have any. Some bowls k, poit may have 3 or 5 of them andthis is ridivlous