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Breakfast means endless stacks of pancakes, rations of bacon, scrambled eggs and… cookies? General Mills has partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA to make cookies for breakfast a delicious reality. The partnership has created two limited edition cereals, Thin Mint and Caramel Crunch, inspired by Girl Scouts’ best-selling cookies, Thin Mints and Samoas (also known as Caramel de Lites). Since eating cookies, especially Girl Scout cookies, for breakfast seemed too good to be true, I had to try some for myself. Here’s what happened after I ordered a box of Caramel Crunch cereal:
When I saw this cereal box, I started to get excited. The box was the same classic shade of purple as the Samoa cookie box, along with light purple doodles of cookies, stars, music notes, and more, as a background. Atop the background is a large white trefoil, with the cereal’s name, Caramel Crunch, the Girl Scouts’ logo and a Samoa cookie with a bite taken out of it.
Something that really stuck out to me was emphasis on the cereal’s more natural ingredients. On both the front and side panel of the box was the assurance that this cereal was free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors as well as artificial flavoring, which made me feel a little less guilty for eating cookies for breakfast. With my stomach starting to growl, I was ready to dig in.
When I opened the cereal, I was met with a sweet, lightly chocolaty smell and a strong caramel kick. That said, the sweetness wasn’t as aggressive as I thought it would be. Taking a closer look at the cereal itself, the pieces seemed like they had been coated with a thin layer of chocolate caramel coating, rather than being dipped and drizzled like the cookies. The coating also appeared much less textured that the photo on the box, with a texture similar to a truffle’s coating, rather than a crisper coconut flake-looking coating.
Popping a few bites in my mouth, the cereal had a rich chocolate and caramel flavor with a hint of toasty coconut, right at the end. The toasted coconut was not as strong as the flavor in the Samoa cookies, so if you’re not a fan of coconut, this cereal is for you. While the cereal didn’t taste exactly like a spoonful of Samoa cookies, I was pleasantly surprised at how close these cereal bites were with their balance of chocolate and caramel. Plus, the sweetness of the cereal wasn’t overwhelming after a few bites, which is always a possibility with anything cookie-flavored.
The cereal’s texture was very hard and crunchy, with air pockets throughout to keep the bites from getting too dense or difficult to eat. The combination of the super crunchy cereal and chocolate-caramel coating also meant that the cereal could withstand sitting in a bowl of milk and not become a soggy mess. Putting the cereal to a bit of a test, I let it soak in a bowl of milk for 15 minutes to see how it would hold up. After sitting out, the cereal was softened slightly, but still had a crunch when bitten.
If you look forward to the Girl Scouts’ cookie season every year, you should definitely get your hands on this cereal. The chocolaty caramel taste with just a touch of toasted coconut flavoring is enough to please Samoa-lovers, but brings down the sweetness a bit to be palatable in the morning. If your kiddos will love the idea of eating cookies for breakfast, be sure to pick up a box from the grocery store on their next release, or check out Amazon to order online.