The second you open the box, a distinct wave of that soury, sugary Sour Patch Kids smell permeates the kitchen. It was so strong it was a little jarring, but it got me thinking: was the manufacturer Post going to actually pull this off? Considering Post’s long legacy in the cereal game, history says they can. If you ever ate cereal as a kid, you probably ate Post’s Fruity Pebbles and Honeycomb, and if you ever ate cereal during the Great Depression, you probably ate Post’s Malt-O-Meal. But the Fruity Pebbles thing will be relevant in a second!
OK, let’s take a look at the cereal. They kinda look like dehydrated tiny Sour Patch Kids, and the colors are fairly similar! But what’s it taste like?
When I took the first spoonful of 2% milk (because all other milk is water with white food coloring) and Sour Patch Kids cereal, the first bite felt familiar. There’s the crunch from a corn/wheat-based sugary breakfast cereal... but something was different! Holy moly, they nailed the sour flavors. And not in a bad way, because it’s also still very much a sugary cereal. The tagline for SPK is “Sour Then Sweet,” and this is it, chief. How the heck did they make cereal taste like this?!
Here’s the one bit of bad news: they couldn’t get each Sour Patch Kid cereal piece to taste different. There’s no orange or raspberry cereal pieces. But they captured the essence of Sour Patch Kids into a cereal! This whole sour flavor is a clear innovation. If Post could rip off Kellogg’s Apple Jacks and sprinkle some of that sour goodness on ‘em, count me in.
This tastes like Sour Patch Fruity Pebbles, and that is not a bad thing.