Gas vs. Trash: January 2021 Snack Release Round Up
Written by ShitGrub
What’s up y’all? It’s the self-proclaimed King of Snacks here to highlight the best (gas) and worst (trash) snack releases for the month of January. The end of 2020 was filled with recycled holiday products, and I couldn’t wait to try something that was flavored with something other than pumpkin or gingerbread. We tipped off the new year with some major gas guzzlers, some others that belonged in the dumpster. Let’s start with the GAS! My three favorite releases this month had to be the Little Debbies x Kelloggs Oatmeal Creme Pies Cereal, Brookie-O Oreos, & Flamin’ Hot Limon Kettle Chips (in that order).
The Oatmeal Creme Pies cereal had strong notes of caramel and cinnamon, which blended perfectly with the grainy oat cereal pieces. I was a bit bummed that there was no cream filling in the cereal pieces, but each piece had a layer of white glaze on the exterior that satisfied the creme flavor element. Little Debbie has made some iconic treats over the years, but NOTHING hits QUITE like a classic oatmeal creme pie! Throw some milk in the mix and now we're really playing with fire. I gave these a score of 8.8/10 and I would absolutely recommend y’all give these a shot.
The “Brookie-O” Oreos were just short of magical. For those of you who don’t know, a “brookie” is a brownie fused with a chocolate chip cookie (aka a stoner's delight). This exciting new addition to the Oreo family includes three layers of flavored creams- brownie, original, and cookie dough- slapped between two (classic) chocolate Oreo cookies! With three thicc layers of creme, the size of these cookies is slightly larger than a “Mega Stuf’d” Oreo. No skimping on this side! While one corner of my mouth was enjoying a brownie, the other was smacking down some chocolate chip cookie dough, and then finally came that classic Oreo creme! Just eating ONE cookie was an entire experience…but of course, I ate about 12. I gave these a score of 8.6/10 and added them to my “MUST TRY” list.
The Flamin’ Hot Limon Kettle Chips were a TREAT with some HEAT! This fresh drop from the folks at Frito-Lay includes classic kettle style potato chips coated in their signature “flamin’ hot & lime flavored seasoning! As a major fan of both kettle chips & anything “flamin’ hot,” I had a strong feeling that we were playing with petrol here! The classic “batch cooked” kettle style flavors of oil & sea salt were well supported by the zesty and tangy flavors of the spicy citrus seasoning. The terpz were BURSTING & my tastebuds were BURNING! I gave these a score of 8.6/10 and will be grubbing them regularly.
Time to talk TRASH! My three least favorite releases this month were Pokemon Cereal, Crayola Cereal, & (surprisingly) Dunkaroo’s Cereal.
The Pokemon “Berry Bolt” Cereal was rather tragic. In this snack game, my motto has ALWAYS been “GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL” so you can only imagine how I felt when I saw these on the shelf! This fresh drop from General Mills includes berry flavored sweetened corn puffs (aka berry berry Kix) with Pokémon shaped cereal marshmallows. This cereal tasted like a “Berry Tie-Die” Fruit by the Foot flavored corn puff! Add a little milk into the mix and you're looking at a real recipe for disaster. I gave these a score of 4.8/10 and recommend y’all stay far away.
The Crayola Cereal was wrong on so many levels. These multicolored corn cereal balls are flavored with “Jazz-berry” (whatever that means). I was honestly just praying that these things DIDN’T taste like crayons! The shape and texture is similar to that of crunch berries, but they don’t taste as good. I gave these a score of 3.6/10 and recommend y’all stay far away.
The Dunkaroo’s cereal was a major let down. I had been waiting on this release to come out, but they turned out to just be vanilla cupcake flavored cereal pieces. This cereal shares the shape/texture of Birthday Cake Cookie Crisp (2019), and tastes almost identical to Funfetti Cereal (2020). The cereal was pretty tasty, but it didn’t taste much like Dunakroos at all! Although I gave these a score of 7/10 based on flavor, overall, the whole thing just felt lazy, but hey, at least the box looks cool!
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