Review: Fiber One Caramel Delight

After taking the Fiber One challenge I have come to two conclusions.

  1. If you’re advertising campaign is built around saying your product does not taste likes cardboard, chances are it tastes like cardboard.
  2. I need to go buy some Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Right. Now.

I guess I should have seen this coming. Last summer I tried out Kashi’s Honey Sunshine Cereal with the hope that it would prove an acceptable “adult cereal” substitute for Cap’n Crunch, only to find that the healthier version of my childhood favorite yielded muted sweetness and a dull, prone-to-sogginess texture that made grubbing a serious chore. That, as Alton Brown says, is not good eats.

Looks Good Enough...

So I guess I should have expected less from Fiber One’s “healthier” take on another classic cereal. After all, the shiny squares of sugar and wheat on the box of Fiber One Caramel Delight looked like the same squares of Cinnamon Toast Crunch which delighted my childhood taste buds, and at $2.50 a box at Target the deal was too good to pass up.

Cardboard? No. Delicious? About that...

Well, maybe I should have passed it up. The highly anticipated first bowl was a dud. The squares are a good deal smaller than the squares in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and have a wheaty taste that seems at odds with the sweetness. I didn’t get the initial cinnamon-sugar burst of sweetness that I get with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, while the Caramel flavor, while present, is kind of aloof and doesn’t fit in with what I’d describe as a lingering “bran” flavor. There are no undertones of cinnamon whatsoever, and the lack of spice flavor reduces the caramel flavor the a dull and artificial nature.

As for the end milk? It’s OK, but  like any self-respecting 21-year old, I prefer to eat my cereal right out of the box, and when it comes to snackage this philosophy doesn’t lend well to Fiber One’s Caramel Delight. Sure, it looks kinda like Cinnamon Toast Crunch (right on down to the sugary coating left on your fingers) but this stuff is an impostor. It’s not nearly as airy as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and the denser nature of the cereal — coupled with the overpowering bran flavor and fake caramel coating — leave it dramatically short of my expectations. Darn you Iateapie.net and your health-infused reviews! I feel jilted and jaded now!

To be fair, Fiber One does produce some awesome products. I’ll gladly risk a day full of farting and awkward questions of “why are you eating THAT” from my friends just to enjoy the company’s Oats and Chocolate granola candy bar, while I count another Fiber One cereal (Honey Clusters) among my Top 10 cereal picks. That being said, Fiber One Caramel Delight does an injustice to the company’s marketing slogan, and should be avoided for anyone who grew up in the 1980s or 1990s and is looking to recapture the sugar-infused glory and decidedly awesome end-milk results of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. My suggestion for those of you who want to get your fiber while still enjoying the taste of the classic kids cereal? Just add some regular Fiber One to your morning (or late-night) bowl of whatever sugary cereal does your pleasure. Now that is what I call healthy balance!

Pros: One cup serving size. Nine grams of fiber. Whole Grains. No saturated fat. On sale. Man, I am really struggling here...

Cons: An impostor to a truly great cereal. Tastes too much like bran. Too dense. Has a weird caramel taste that doesn't taste real sweet despite the 10 grams of sugar per serving. Admitting I read reviews on Iateapie.net.

Taste: 3.75/10
Value: 8.00/10
Price: 2.50 (on sale at Target)

Overall GrubGrade: 4.25 (Poor)

More Info: FiberOne.com (annoying sound will play, don't say I didn't warn you)
Nutrition Facts:
Nutrition: Fiber One Caramel Delight
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21 comments on “Review: Fiber One Caramel Delight

  1. OMG this cereal is so good! We are in a fight!!

  2. Natalie says:

    I bought a box of the bars and then never got around to eating them. I eventually ran out of food except for these so I took the box to my office to eat…I ate 2 Fiber One bars for breakfast and then another one later…it was a terrible, terrible afternoon.

    I haven’t touched a Fiber One product since…

  3. David says:

    No no it isn’t good Jillian its cardboard painted “cereal”

  4. Jessica J says:

    I don’t like any of the FiberOne cereals I have tried. I’ll just stick to Special K with Strawberries or Honey Bunches of Oats with Strawberries and Peaches!

  5. rob says:

    The best cereal you will ever eat:

    Four parts Old Fashioned Oatmeal, one part Chocolate-flavored Whey Protein, mix with cold water, let it sit five minutes, and then dig in.

  6. Adam says:

    I actually think FiberOne original is like crack, which is why I still can’t fathom how much I hated this stuff.

  7. Michael T (HaloEleven) says:

    Their Chocolate and Oats bars are the friggin’ bomb though!

  8. J.E. says:

    This cereal isn’t supposed to be Flavor Country; it’s supposed to make eating an unnatural amount of fiber for breakfast palatable, which it is. If you want Cinnamon Toast Crunch, have it– then enjoy a nice Metamucil smoothie!

  9. Theorbo says:

    What J.E. said! This cereal is good stuff! I’m not sure what amde you think it should have cinnamon in it since it’s called Caramel Delight …?

  10. TheWarden says:

    Gigawhat? I reckon I roll with Jillian here! I friggen love this cereal, maybe it’s an acquired taste though; on a side note, I have never had Cin. Toast Crunch. I guess I’ll like it too, then?

    Good review though.

  11. the regular fibre one is very cardboard like, i got a couple free boxes and was less then impressed and adding caramel i doubt would make any difference

  12. foodie says:

    I LOVE this cereal! I have described it as cereal crack since it’s so addictive. I’ve gotten a number of people addicted to this cereal as well, including my sister and even my mother-in-law. That said, last month when my stock was low, I bought a new box and noticed that the flavor was….off. It was duller, not as sweet and just….bleck. I couldn’t finish my bowl and that made me (and my bowels) not happy. But, like any other junkie, I thought that maybe it was just a bad batch but it wasn’t reason enough to give up my habit. I bought another box and just opened it this morning and low and behold the flavor is off yet again! I did a google search to see if somehow I missed a “new and improved” revision on my favorite cereal and I came across this blog. Since this post is from yesterday, I’m willing to bet that this “improved” taste is what the reviewer is not so enthused about. It’s a shame since just a couple months ago this cereal was ah.ma.zing. Maybe they started cutting it with baking soda or something, but…yeesh. They should not have messed with this cereal!!

  13. Rachel says:

    I like this cereal too, although it doesn’t hold a candle to “real” Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

    The Fiber One chewy oat bars taste good to me. I like the chocolate best, but the caramel flavor and the peanut butter flavor are good too. I keep some in my car in case I’m running late and miss breakfast.

  14. John says:

    I’ve never had this variety before, but I eat a box of the Fiber One Honey Clusters each week. Not even for breakfast- it’s my “sitting around snacking” food.

  15. Adam says:

    @ John,

    Yea, the Honey Clusters are great.

  16. Deanna says:

    Try the Total Cinnamon Crunch cereal. I think it’s delicious and it’s full of vitamins and other “good for you stuff.” It’s a little high in sugar if you worry about that kind of thing; but all-in-all a good alternative to kids’ cereal.

  17. Shana says:

    Too bad..I’m not a cereal person really unless it’s coco pebbles,so I’ll just take your word for it. I love the Fiber one peanut butter bars though ! They are super yummy ! Couldn’t believe they had so much fiber awesomess

  18. Nic DaMone says:

    This post is kind of old, but hopefully you still see this comment…have you ever had Cinnamon Life? Oh it is SO good. Not as sugary as CTC but delicious, and it is on sale at Target a lot!

    • Ryan says:

      We see all comments 🙂 … I’m hitting up Target soon and I’ll see if I can grab a box. Thanks for the info.