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Nothing gets me more excited than a new cereal, and I'm happy to report on two new offerings soon to be hitting your supermarket shelves. New Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolatey Almond Crunch and Poppin' Pebbles are both worthy cereals in their own right. Both of these cereals will be available in January, so it's something for you cereal-lovers to look forward to after the excitement of the holidays.

Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Chocolatey Almond Crunch

The way I see it, this cereal is a gift, to make up for last time's Special K Chocolatey Delight. It's everything that the Delight was not. Before we get into the deliciousness of this cereal, I do have to say two things. 1. The name is way too long and with too many components, so I'm going to call it Chocolate Bunches. 2. I understand, cereal industry, that you realize people don't get full on cereal and have to eat half of a box to make a dent and you are making active steps to make cereal more filling (hence the energy part). Truth be told, I eat an apple and peanut butter for breakfast every single morning. And unless you are the staggeringly caloric but filling (beloved) Grape Nuts, I'll just never depend on you to be full. That being said, I really like this cereal. Bountiful chocolatey bunches join the existing ones along with almond slivers, flakes and—yes—chocolate chips! These are not the waxy, flavorless shards found in the Special K variety, but rather full on, decadent chips. There are enough not to make you feel cheated, but they're not so full of chips that the cereal tastes like candy. One of the best HBO varieties that I've tried.

Poppin' Pebbles

I can see you are already skeptical, so I'm just going to come right out and say it: this cereal is essentially candy. There's just no getting around it. Luckily, I love candy and I love this cereal. I've already talked about how much I love Fruity Pebbles. Their name alone elicits love from even the most reticent cereal-averse robot. Well, sugar-haters, you may want to stop reading now because they have gone and taken the already hyper-sweet Pebbles and put strange, magical green pop-rock-esque orbs into the cereal. I was skeptical at first; Pop-Rocks and other such candies are not among my favorites. Well, I don't know why, but I can't stop eating these. The "poppin'" effect is definitely more muted than in your classic Pop Rock and the Pebbles themselves are pink and purple only (classy) with a muted berry flavor (according to cereal-hating robot Ben). Overall, a delicious candy-like cereal—but for extreme sugar lovers only!

I'm glad to bring good news from both of these cereals. Any other new varieties out there I should know about?

About the author: Aside from doing an awesome job with her role as Advertising Sales Manager, Leandra Palermo secretly harbors a lifelong passion with all things crunchy and served with icy cold skim milk. This column represents the culmination of that love affair.

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