I wanted to share a review of a new food find today! The Cereal School low carb, high protein cereal!!
First, a HUGE thank you to Laura G. who sent me a bag of the new formulation of the fruity flavor to try—at her own shipping cost! Seriously, that was beyond thoughtful and generous Laura and I owe you one!
Second, my review. Holy yuck. Smelled great, but did not live up to the smell. Compared to the previous version, it barely had any fruit flavor. The texture started of nice with a very nice, light crunch, but as it dissolved, it kind of got, I don’t know… chewy maybe I guess is the best way to describe it. If you have not tried it and would like to imagine what I mean, think about that pop corn type packaging that melts when you put water on it, but then think about that process happening in your mouth and the cereal getting stuck in your teeth. That is what it made me think of. Probably tastes similar too. The very faint fruity taste you do get fades almost instantly as the cereal dissolves. I literally only ate 5 pieces. It is not even worth using as a topping on a protein smoothie bowl or in a yogurt jell-o bowl. DO NOT BUY.
Third and finally, I emailed the company and let them know (in a polite way and for their own good) the amount of negative complaints I got and feedback on this post and invted them to read though it. I made sure they knew on both on a customer service and product standpoint, people were not happy. They have yet to respond…
I have continued to receive comments on the terrible reformulation of this product as well as horrible customer service complaints. Readers have let me know that their negative comments are removed from social media posts by the company and their email inquiries and complaints are completely ignored. I have debated whether to remove this post because I don’t want people to purchase the product based on my initial positive review, however I feel it would be a disservice to take it down as it has captured lots of comments on the current situation with the company. Please, make sure you read all the comments from readers at the end of the post and know that I have not tried the new formulation based on feedback. I’m curious to know how terrible it is, but I also don’t want to waste my money! Please make sure to leave any comments or thoughts you have regarding your experiences with this product on the comments section or message me if you prefer that. I have also debated on contacting the company and letting them know how disappointed my readers have been. I was not sent the product by the company and have no affiliation with them. I do however have a loyalty to deliver accurate information and feel a responsibility to my readers on their behalf in light of the fact that I reviewed this product. I am sincerely sorry if you purchased based on my review and were disappointed getting the new formulation. My interactions with them are very limited, but when I emailed saying I was sad that they had changed it, they were warm and positive.
I’m sorry to say that there have been many terrible reviews of both flavors of the cereal since they changed the formula. I would not recommend purchasing it at this time. I have not tried the new formula (the new ones are round, rather than cheerio shaped). I reached out to the company when they sent an email announcing the product “relaunch” to see why they changed it, and they were just vague in response saying they thought it would be even better. Since they changed the sweeteners used, I feel like that is why so many have found the aftertaste to be unpleasant. I am particular about stevia especially, and one of the main reasons I liked the original version is that it used a combination of erythritol, Stevia, and Monk fruit, so none of the sweeteners was overpowering. The new formula removed the stevia and the erythritol and I guess the monk fruit they use isn’t enough. They also changed the pea protein (which I happen to like the taste of to lactose free milk protein). Too bad they had to mess with something that was good as it was. 😕
Here’s the email info on what changed for those wondering:
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My friend and former co-worker, Chasity was kind enough to share a bag of each flavor with me to try before I ordered. Can I just say how much I miss having a work buddy to swap new healthy food finds with!? Besides being the best MA you could ask for, she is also someone who enjoys my love of lifting and healthy protein treats. But, despite losing my work buddy, I am happy she found a new job she is enjoying!
OK, enough reminiscing, I’ll get to the deets!
It comes in two flavors: Cinnamon Bun and Fruity. It is gluten free and soy free, and uses stevia, monk fruit, and erythritol to sweeten. This means 0 sugar and only 5 net carbs!
We will start with the obvious thing everyone will be wondering—is there a stevia taste/aftertaste? Nope! Not at all! There is no bitter taste with the kind of stevia they use, and I am very particular about stevia.
A serving has 8g of protein and only 70 calories. It is made with pea protein and I’m actually very happily surprised that they used pea fiber instead of some other questionable fibers that you will find in many protein products. I also appreciate that the package contained the amount of the product it listed—my Cinnamon Bun and Fruity both contained 29g and was listed as 28g. I like to know I’m getting what is listed. i measured package volume by weight with my kitchen scale. Other products I have checked for accuracy have under or over-delivered and this is either disappointing in the case of too little, or while a great value, still dangerous in the case of too much as you can over consume calories without knowing it. See this post for info on how inaccurate labels and nutrition stats can be.
- Cinnamon Bun:
10/10 for sure. Could not believe how good it was. Totally exceeded my expectations. Strong cinnamon sugar flavor with the melt-in-your-mouth effect that I remember getting with buttered cinnamon sugar toast. Wonderful crunch. They cereal-ously nailed it with the sweetener combo 😂
7/10 on this one. I think I expected more flavor from the way everyone raved that it tasted like fruit loops. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but not as strong of flavor as I hoped. Still a great crunch and sweetness.
Price is a tad high, but when you consider that most protein bars are $2-4/bar and this is just a different form of a protein bar, it is comparable. My real hope is that local stores will start carrying them so people can buy them without having to buy in bulk. If you buy 24 bags or more, shipping is free.
They were not set to expire for almost a year on the label, so no worry about shelf life.
IT WAS AMAZING and I highly recommend it! I ordered 2 boxes of the Cinnamon Bun 😉
I am hoping they expand with more flavors and can’t wait to see what is next! I have been enjoying mine as a treat after lunch or a snack.