I was recently asked to review Honey Kix by MyBlogSpark. This was something I hadn't heard of before, but both the wee ones are honey fans, so I agreed.
In the interest of full exclosure, in exchange for my reviewing the product, I was sent: a coupon for a free box of cereal so I can try it, a cute cereal bowl, a really cool honey jar, a cereal and milk to go container, and a storage container.
I received my coupon in the week before I went on vacation. I had meant to take it with me to try the Honey Kix while we were there, but accidentally left it at home. I figured I'd buy it while there anyway, but no dice.
When I returned home and did my grocery shopping yesterday, I looked for it at Caputo's. Nope, not there. Knowing that Caputo's is a specialty grocer, I wasn't shocked. Dominick's? Nope. Wal-Mart? Nope (though this wasn't a Super Wal-Mart). Target? Nope - again not a Super Target.
Today, we tracked it down at Jewel. Yay! This is a new product per the packaging and one I hadn't heard of yet, so the distribution may still be expanding.
In looking at the ingredients, I was pleased by serveral things:
The serving size is 1 1/4 cup. Go check out the cereal you have in your pantry now. 3/4 cup? 1 cup? That's more typical, and I've seen some that are 1/2 cup. 1 1/4 cup is probably more typical, and a reasonable comparison.
Even with the larger serving size, Honey Kix has only 6g sugar. Most cereals -- with a smaller serving size -- have 9 or more grams of sugar. And there is no corn syrup at all, let alone high fructose corn syrup that I really try to avoid. And it has 16g of whole grain per serving.
All in all, this is something that I can feel pretty good about feeding the wee ones. I usually feed them Cheerios with dried coconut mixed in or something similar, so I am happy to add a little variety.
Since it's taken me so long to get the sample itself, I wanted to try it out as quickly as possible. It became our treat after dessert, and both the wee ones were excited. Their thoughts?
I like it THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS much, Mommy!
It's yum in my tum!
I want to eat this for breakfast tomorrow.
You get the idea.
I tried it out, too, and I have to say that ummm I had to go put it into that storage container they sent me in order to stop snacking on it. It's good and crispy with just a light touch of sweet to it. When the wee ones put the cereal into their cups of milk (we do cereal oddly here, deal) then later offered me a taste, it was still crunchy and not soggy. And for me, cereal that gets soggy quickly is not one that I'll buy again.
Oh, and did I mention that as a General Mills cereal, it's part of the Box Tops program? Every top I clip is another ten cents for our school. This is only an added bonus, but I'll take that bonus!
Phew - I liked it. And I'm ok with my wee ones eating it. And lucky for one of you, I have another package to give away with the cereal coupon and the storage goodies!
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