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REVIEW: General Mills Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal

REVIEW: General Mills Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal
REVIEW: General Mills Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal


Who knew that putting cereal in cereal is all it would take to get me to eat more cereal?!

General Mills Instant Oatmeals

General Mills is trying their hand at the other cereal, introducing five instant oatmeals inspired by some of their classic cereals. The flavors are:

  • Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal
  • Lucky Charms Oatmeal
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Oatmeal
  • Trix Oatmeal
  • Cookie Crisp Oatmeal

If there was even a debate about which cereal was better (hot or cold), that debate is officially over. When you take one and put it in the other to make the second better, you’ve officially declared which one rules and which one needs help. Just wave the white flag, game over.

They’re gunning for straight up domination of the cereal game by making the first hot cereal I actually want to eat.

This review is part of a series. Today’s General Mills instant oatmeal is: 

General Mills Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal

General Mills Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal

General Mills Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal is a chocolate flavored oatmeal with a chocolatey flavored crunchy topping.

Once again, just like with the Trix oatmeal, it’s interesting that they didn’t use actual Cocoa Puffs for the topping and instead developed (or sourced) a different chocolatey topping.

General Mills Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal

Inside the box of Cocoa Puffs oatmeal, you’ll find separate packets of the chocolate flavored oatmeal and separate packets of the chocolatey topping.

Once you put it all together, it’s hard to pretend that it doesn’t look like a pile of rat poop on top of some cat barf.

General Mills Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal

If you can power through that visual, I can’t really say that you’re rewarded. The oatmeal itself is flavored with enough cocoa powder (and other stuff) to make the oatmeal a chocolatey brown, but the chocolate flavor is really, really faint. This is a stark contrast to the Trix Oatmeal that was so wonderfully Trix-flavored, and I even thought the vanilla oatmeal in the Lucky Charms Oatmeal had more flavor than this.

The crunchy topping for the Cocoa Puffs Oatmeal, however, actually does taste like Cocoa Puffs. These add much-needed bursts of sweetness and chocolate flavor to the oatmeal, and overall hold their texture much better than the topping in the Trix oatmeal. Overall, though, there isn’t enough topping to compensate for the lackluster oatmeal.

All in all, I had high hopes for a chocolate oatmeal since it’s a flavor rarely seen, but I’m left disappointed. You could easily make something better with some oats and Swiss Miss.

Burning Questions:

  1. Cuckoo for oatmeal? Nope!
  2. Hot Cocoa Oatmeal actually sounds dope. You’re welcome.
  3. Why did you have to say it looked like rat poop? So you don’t buy it!

Place of Purchase: Walmart

Rating: 5 out of 10

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Written by bourbiza mohamed

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