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Cereal Eats: New Twists on Old Faves: Honey Nut Cheerios Medley and Peanut Butter Toast Crunch

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[Photographs: General Mills]

Hello, Cereal Lovers and Eaters! It's been a hot minute. 2012 was an interesting year cereal-wise. We reminisced about a lot of classic favorites and tried a lot of new varieties that just didn't work. Well, I'm happy to kick off 2013 with brand new editions of some of my favorites cereals: Honey Nut Cheerios Medley and Peanut Butter Toast Crunch. Both cereals just hit the shelves!

Peanut Butter Toast Crunch

Disclaimer: Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my favorite cereal, so I'm about to nerd out up in this piece.

I was keenly disappointed when I tried Frosted Toast Crunch, which replaced the soft cinnamon-sugary melt-in-your-mouth squares with over-sugared and flavorless impostors. I am thrilled to report that Peanut Butter Toast Crunch is delicious, and worth of the "Toast Crunch" name.

Surely you know my now that I have very conflicted feelings on Golden Grahams. I know that allegedly Cinnamon Toast Crunch began as Golden Grahams doused in cinnamon sugar, but when closely compared, the textural difference between the two cereals is pretty significant. Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, however, very closely resembles the crunchy, sturdy Grahams. There is a thin coating of peanut butter business and sugar that has a nice hit of salt and leaves you wanting more. (and more and more and handful after handful after move the box away from me). I admire the fact that this cereal didn't take the cheap, super-sweet route and instead made a peanut butter cereal with integrity and character. Peanut butter lovers, Golden Grahams lovers, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch lovers rejoice—this is an incredible new cereal that is bound to become a classic.

Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch

You'd be hard pressed to find a person who doesn't like Honey Nut Cheerios. While my personal Cheerio favorite is MultiGrain, I'm a huge Honey Nut Cheerios fan. After trying all the Cheerio varieties last year and finding most to be delicious, I was excited about trying this new variety.

Cheerios has mostly stuck with different flavors when it comes to their varieties, with the exception of some added fruit and Oat Clusters (which lacked in clusters). This iteration of Cheerios boasts not only clusters, but flakes as well. It all works. The clusters are tasty and plentiful and the flakes have a wonderful almond flavor. My only complaint would be the texture of the flakes—they remind me a bit of Total Raisin Bran, not a good thing. I overlooked this as I polished off half the box in one sitting. Apparently everyone else here at SE loved it as well, as the box disappeared, never to be seen again. Totally looking forward to having this one again!

So there you have it—two exciting new cereals to kick off the New Year. Here's to many more delicious new varieties in 2013!

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