[Review] Kellogg’s Cinnamon Frosted Flakes

That face when you’re strung out from a lifelong sugar addiction and you’ve found your new drug of choice.

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Following the “with Marshmallows” and “Chocolate with Marshmallows” iterations that debuted earlier this year, Tony the Sugar Junkie is trying to ween himself off of his sugar kick with…another kind of Frosted Flakes. The first step is admitting you have a problem, Tony.

Anyway, Kellogg’s new Cinnamon Frosted Flakes cereal follows a long line of cinnamon-flavored breakfast cereals. Even though it’s not really going out on a limb, it’s still a pretty intriguing flavor for such a sweet cereal. After all, the combination of “sugar + cinnamon” has worked well in other foods for generations. Just off the top of my fat head: cinnamon rolls, snickerdoodle cookies, churros, and Cinnamon Donut Chips Ahoy!. Hmm…it looks like Tony isn’t the only one with a problem.

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Immediately, the aroma of this cereal is striking. There’s a natural cinnamon scent that wafts above the familiar sugary smell of Frosted Flakes. For once, the cartoon imagery on the front of the cereal box is actually fairly accurate.

The cinnamon flavor stands well on its own, and it isn’t at all overpowered by the sweetness of the frosted corn flakes. In fact, I’d describe Cinnamon Frosted Flakes as less “sugar + cinnamon” and more “cinnamon + sugar,” with each bite leaning more toward the spice. That’s not to say that the same Frosted Flakes taste isn’t apparent, either. Each spoonful has a good balance of cinnamon and sugar, but there’s a distinct complexity going on here that makes these uniquely enjoyable compared to regular Frosted Flakes.

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Cinnamon Frosted Flakes become “Cinnamon” Frosted Flakes when milk is added. The cinnamon flavor is still there if you really strain for it, but it dampens quite a bit. The flakes retain their crunch and keep from becoming too soggy, and there’s still a good level of sweetness. Unfortunately, the end-milk doesn’t even benefit from the cinnamon. I was really hoping for a Cinnamon Toast Crunch flavor at the bottom of the bowl.

I enjoyed Cinnamon Frosted Flakes quite a bit. Although cinnamon-flavored cereals are everywhere, this one is different. It’s less in-your-face sugary than other cereals out there, and features a much purer cinnamon flavor. Cinnamon Frosted Flakes aren’t the greatest cinnamon cereal ever made, but if you’re jonesing for that cinnamon and sugar combination in your breakfast bowl, they’re a pretty good option to get your fix.

Item: Kellogg’s Cinnamon Frosted Flakes
Price and Place of Purchase: $3.98 at Walmart
Nutrition Facts (serving size-3/4 cup): 110 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 grams of fat, 150 milligrams of sodium, 30 milligrams of potassium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Natural cinnamon taste adds pretty good complexity to familiar Frosted Flakes sweetness. Cinnamon + sugar = delicious. Volunteered to be Tony the Tiger’s sponsor.
Overall Score: 7.5 out of 10

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