Saturday, July 6, 2013

REVIEW: Kellogg's Krave Double Chocolate Cereal

Kellogg's Krave is a pretty neat idea. I mean, sure, sure, we've all had a chocolate-flavored cereal at least ONCE in our life, but chocolate-filled? That's a completely different story! Chocolate-filled things are, like, eclairs... Not cereal!!! It's novel, it's intriguing- It's a cereal that just MUST be reviewed!
Krave was actually first released over in the UK, and came in five different flavors: Chocolate Hazelnut (drool), Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Caramel, Totally Chocolatey, and White Chocolate Brownie. Of course, over here in the US, we only get standard Chocolate and Double Chocolate... What's up with that? We NEED Hazelnut, Caramel, and White Chocolate Brownie over here too, please! Just thought I'd add that if you're happening upon this article, Kellogg's...
I didn't buy this box of Krave with my own money, but I'd imagine one costs about 4 to 5 dollars.

A 3/4 cup of Krave, or 30g, contains 120 calories, 3.5g of fat, 1g of saturated fat, 0g of trans fat, 1.5g of polyunsaturated fat, 1g of monounsaturated fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 95mg of sodium, 80mg of potassium, 23g of carbohydrates, 3g of dietary fiber, 11g of sugar, 2g of protein, and a slew of various vitamins and minerals.

So, without further ado, let's star this review off with a bowl of Krave dry! Ahh... It's got a great smell of... hmm... chocolate baked goods... Chocolate cake, more specifically. The crunchy outside is airy and grainy to the touch. Even know the outside is touted as being multi-grain cereal, it doesn't really taste that way. Thank goodness. It was rather chocolately, so yay! The outside, while being crunchy, also melts away in your mouth rather easily.
Now, despite how it looks on the box cover, Krave cereal isn't bursting to the seems with chocolatey goodness. Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the actual chocolate allotted in each piece is like a thin strip down the middle. The cereal pieces are really quite hollow and airy on the inside because of this. But despite the surprisingly small amount of chocolate in the inside, I was still satisfied. The taste of the chocolate went a long way: It was very sweet and creamy, just like how real chocolate is supposed to be. The filling adds a lot of flavor to the cereal, which would be rather plain without it. It's the first time I think I've eaten a kid's cereal that contins actual chocolate.The chocolate filling was totally delicious, but you still really can't hide the fact it's used very sparingly. Some pieces only had a minimal amount of chocolate, and a few rare ones had none at all! A little disappointed by that, I was...
But yeah, the chocolate filling really makes this cereal- It's the closet I think a cereal has ever gotten to tasting like REAL chocolate. Krave beats out any other chocolate cereal I've had so far in that respect. Cocoa Puffs, Chocolate Krispies, and Cocoa Pebbles are all fine and good, but you just can't match the taste and texture of a cereal with ACTUAL chocolate inside. So far, Krave is probably the most chocolatey-tasting cereal on the market. It's like eating chocolate, without actually eating chocolate. The cereal part is decently chocolatey as well- So it's like chocolate ON TOP of chocolate! Enough flavor to satiate any diehard chocolate fan, I'd like to think.
Time for the Almighty Milk Test! For we all know that just a dribble of milk can change someone's outlook on a cereal COMPLETELY...
So, believe it or not, I think moo-moo juice brings out the Krave filling's chocolatey taste even more! It's like that taste you get when you add chocolate syrup to milk, you know? It's sooooo yummy... Like liquid chocolate now... Because the chocolate is surrounded by a cereal shell, the milk itself doesn't pick up much of the flavor, thus tasting mostly chocolate-less afterwards, but the cereal pieces sure pick up from the milk. It's like... chocolate pudding!
The real problem with many cereals is that they become super-soggy super-fast in milk. This specific cereal took about 6-7 minutes before becoming really mushy. After that, it got a little... blah. But I think 6-7 minutes is about enough time to eat a bowl a kiddie cereal, don't you? So, I must conclude that Krave is a decent cereal both in and out of milk!
I really enjoy Double Chocolate Krave, and I think all of you chocolate fans out there will as well! The addition of real chocolate gives this cereal the boost it needs to stand out in a world populated by TONS of different chocolatey cereals. Krave isn't my favorite-favorite cereal, but it's definitely one of my best choices for munching on if we were all out of my favorite-favorites. It's a solid pick with a delicious chocolate taste and texture, and you can be sure I'll be stocked up on it every now and again.

RiRi Rates Kellogg's Krave Double Chocolate Cereal as: 8/10

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