“This is how Josie feels about it.”
Shredded Wheat is old news so I don’t care about that part. This has everything to do with POST’s flavor infusion of Vanilla Almond into the Spongebob-shaped shreds.
Open the box and the Vanilla aroma will smack you silly. That’s a good or bad thing depending what you like, but for me, it was bad. Yet I was half-way entertained by the presentation of vanilla bean specks (that look like pepper) and crushed almond flecks that infest these fibrous pillows.
Unfortunately, the cereal should be renamed “Vanilla Vanilla Shredded Wheat” because my taste buds detect zero almond flavor. Vanilla overload makes for an angry Almond.
Whole grain goodness is the main ingredient, but sugar comes in second. It’s way too sweet; the cheap kind of sweet that is rude, abnoxious, and sends you reeling in horror (see Freaked-out Spongebob above).
Most healthy people who tame their taste buds to resist sugary crap for breakfast will not be pleased. I equate Vanilla Almond Shredded Wheat to the sprinkling of some excessive Vanilla and tasteless Almond flavor into a bowl of Capt’n Crunch or Honey Combs. Same difference, except without the 5 grams of fiber.
I was hungry when I ate this, but I didn’t finish the bowl. I just couldn’t do it. And for the record, the Taste Test Crew totally disagrees with my assessment.
Eh, so what.
Vanilla Almond Notes
- Price Paid: $4.59 for 19.5 ounces
- Servings Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 190
- Fat Calories: 10
- Total Fat: 1.5g
- Sodium: 45mg
- Carbs: 43g
- Fiber: 5g
- Sugars: 11g
- Other Carbs: 27g (but what he heck are “other carbs”?)
- Protein: 4g
Reactions from the Taste Test Crew
Health-hater Husband: It’s like sweetened Triscuits with nutty-ness.
Greedy Kid #1: Mmm. Nice and sweet.
Greedy Kid #2: I like it, but I don’t know why. (Huh?)
Yum UP! to: Capt’n Crunch: the better choice uber-sweet absurdities.
Yuck Down to: Cheap sugary overloads.