Cereal Review: Honey Kix
As a kid, I was raised on sugar cereals at the insistence of my dad, not my mom, I assure you. I developed a taste for everything from Alpha Bits to Boo Berries. Then, upon my matriculation, I was forced to switch from name brand sugar cereals to their generic counterparts to fit my dorm room budget. Perhaps it was the Marshmallow Matey’s that turned me to a more mature set of breakfast grains, or maybe it was just a desire to return to the sensibilities of my mother, but, for whatever reason, I’ve found that, in my 30’s, raisin bran is a better start to my day than Froot Loops.
Given the spectrum of cereals my appetite has spanned, I often find joy in discovering a cereal that bridges the gap between sugar and grain. The most prevalent ingredient in these gap cereals is honey. You’ve got Honey Bunches of Oats, Oh’s, Honey Nut Cheerios and other such popular offerings from the cereal giants, or as I like to call them, “Big Grain”. One cereal that has always claimed to straddle the mom-kid dividing line is Kix, with their long-running slogan “Kid Tested, Mother Approved”.
They have managed to do so without using the ‘ol standby of a touch of honey. I remember having Kix as a kid (I also remember my dad not eating them). They were always OK, but never my first choice. When I saw that Kix was now offering a version of their cereal laced with honey, I thought maybe this would move them into my adult rotation. Here’s a review of Honey Kix cereal.
At first glance, the familiar blonde color of Kix was, expectedly, dulled by the addition of golden honey, leading me to believe that a sweet flavor infusion might turn this OK cereal into a GrubGrade all-star. But, after the moment of truth, my taste buds were left wondering if the dull color was a result of dull flavor.
There was little if any honey flavor and even less sweetness. What’s more disappointing is that I actually favor foods with a subtle flavor rather than the American hit-you-in-the-face flavor level adopted by many snack food creators. This one even failed to meet the minimum threshold to be called subtle; falling somewhere between bland and tasteless.
OK, say something positive Murray… If you happen to like the “taste” of Kix, you won’t be turned off by the nearly identical taste of Honey Kix. So if your local grocer happens to be out of Kix but has a supply of Honey Kix, you’ve got a suitable substitution. What else? They stay pretty crispy in milk and they’re made with whole grain. In a final desperate move to find something good to say about the product, I munched on a few as a dry snack. Although not totally redeeming, a hint of honey did come through without the milk to mask it.
Pros: Crispy in milk; not bad as a dry snack.
Cons: Hello? Flavor?
Overall GrubGrade: 4.00/10
More Info: KixCereal.com
Honey Kix (1.25 cups without milk)
Calories - 120
Total Fat - 1 gram
Carbs - 28 grams
Sodium - 190 milligrams
Sugars - 6 grams
Fiber - 3 grams
Protein - 2 grams