Product Review: Bear River Honey Graham Trackers
Are you one of those people who just has to have the name-brand version of your favorite products, or are you willing to subvert your better sense of taste and familiarity for something that costs less, is better for the planet, and supposedly ‘healthier’? When it comes to cereal, I’m willing to at least give it a try, although I’m notorious for my partisanship. Malt-O-Meal’s Cinnamon Toasters will not suffice – only Cinnamon Toast Crunch will do. Likewise, you’d be hard pressed to get me to ever take Kashi’s Honey Sunshine over Cap’n Crunch. But that’s not to say I won’t entertain notions, which is exactly what led me to buy Bear River Valley’s Honey Graham Trackers the other day.
Made with whole grain wheat for a healthy and delicious cereal. Cereal is all we make. We use only the highest quality ingredients. There’s nothing artificial, no added saturated fat or hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup.
Sounds solid enough. But does the cereal, which looks almost identical to one of my personal favorites – Golden Graham’s – deliver the same kind of taste? And once more, is it really better for me than my daily bowl of Golden Grahams, which according to one group was the third most nutritionally devoid kids cereal on the market in 2009?
While it looks like Golden Grahams, Honey Graham Trackers is a little bit different.It’s actually more of a mix between Golden Graham’s and Cinnamon Toast Crunch because it has a kind of sugary coating on the pieces, which like Golden Grahams are made from wheat and corn.The crunch isn’t as intense or snappy as Golden Grahams, but I’m really digging the sugar coating even though it’s not as sweet or cinnamon intense as what you’d get with Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I’m kind of let down by the “honey flavor.” It tastes more like molasses than honey (it has a ‘deeper,’ less sharp sweetness), but considering it’s trying to be two of the most awesome cereals of all time, I’m not going to complain too much. If anything, the amount of salt used in the cereal helps sharpen the taste, and redeems what might otherwise be an underwhelming sweetness. All in all, it’s a very good snacking cereal – you know, the kind you stick into a sandwich bag and grub on as you go about the day.
It’s not all good news though. Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are two of the best end-milk cereals of all time, but Honey Graham Trackers let me down here. It doesn’t quite suck up milk like Golden Grahams, but it doesn’t leave overwhelming clumps of sweetness in the milk, either. It made my milk taste remarkably like milk, and if I was into slurping plain milk like a dog, I’d get down on all fours and do so (but, thankfully, I’m not.) Likewise, it’s one of those heavier cereals, so the serving size is completely unrealistic.
I have no problem with this cereal being less than optimal nutritionally. I snack on cereal or eat it as a dessert, and don’t make a habit of kick-starting my day with it (no, I save that for donuts). But if there’s one thing that irks me about the food industry, it’s the marketing of “all natural” products as so much healthier than their counterparts. I don’t think Honey Graham Trackers is superior to any of the big name kids cereals in the nutritional department, but it’s still one of the best “natural” cereals I’ve had, and combines some of the best elements of two brand name iconic favorites while not completely sucking. If you’re a natural cereal eater I highly recommend it, and even if you’re not it’s probably worth a try if, like me, you can never get enough cereal.
Pros: ON SALE! Combines sugar coating of Cinnamon Toast Crunch with sweet crunch of Golden Grahams. Good for the planet. Excellent snacking choice.
Cons: Evaporated Milled Sugar. Fairly weak honey flavor. Lending no sugary goodness to milk. Lack of vitamins and minerals. Boring back of the bag reading material Better Than: a href="https://www.grubgrade.com/2010/06/08/review-fiber-one-caramel-delight/">Fiber One Caramel Delight Not as Good As: Golden Grahams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Taste: 7.00 (Decent)
Value: 8.00 (Very Good )
Price: 1.86 (on sale at Fresh Market)
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75 (Good)
More Info: BearRiverValleyCereal.com
Honey Graham Trackers Cereal
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: .5g
Total Carbs: 25g