[Review] General Mills Limited Edition Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crisp

Christmas is almost here! Here’s a list of things you might find on Christmas morning:

  1. Presents under the tree
  2. A crackling fire in the fireplace
  3. If you’ve been naughty, coal in your stocking
  4. If you’ve been really naughty, expired Oreos in your stocking
  5. A naked wolf sitting in your breakfast cereal, apparently

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A little backstory: I haven’t been shy about my concerns with everyone’s favorite serial pervert cereal mascot, Cap’n Crunch. In fact, my Touchdown Crunch review might have landed him on a registry somewhere. But in an attempt to bury the hatchet, I decided to pass on Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch and try General Mills Limited Edition Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crisp instead. Boy, was that a bad choice. Chip the Wolf’s jingle bells are decking just about every last piece of this cereal.

General Mills first released its Limited Edition Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crisp cereal in 2014, and unfortunately it didn’t take long for Chip to sit his bare pa-rum-pum-pum-rump among the cookies. Take a look at the first box design from Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crisp’s debut:

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See? Chip’s just standing outside the bowl, excitedly holding a spoon. There’s nothing to be afraid of! I think someone must have gotten to Chip since then. You know, ruined his innocence. I blame a certain role-playing naval captain who shall remain nameless.

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As you might have guessed, Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crisp is a seasonal twist on classic Cookie Crisp. That means the chocolate chip cookies have been scrapped in favor of more festive sugar cookies, each piece adorned with red and green sprinkles. The sprinkles add nothing in terms of flavor, but are a fun visual touch.

The strongest flavor in Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crisp is the corn that makes up each piece. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s hard to find a distinct “sugar cookie” taste at first. A buttery, sugary flavor emerges eventually, but the corn taste lingers even into the aftertaste.

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In milk, the corn flavor seems to dwindle a bit, allowing the sweeter aspects of the cereal to shine. The cookie pieces stay crunchy and firm for the most part, unlike the cookies in Keebler Cereal which instantly turned to mush. Unfortunately, the milk at the bottom of the bowl didn’t reflect any sugar cookie taste at all.

Cookie Crisp is one of my favorite cereals, so I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in its holiday version. The cookie pieces are sweet, but not strongly sugar cookie. Maybe next year, General Mills can come back with an improved recipe…and a less risqué box design.

Item: General Mills Limited Edition Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crisp
Price and Place of Purchase: $2.50 at Target
Nutrition Facts (serving size-3/4 cup): 100 calories, 10 calories from fat, 1 gram of fat, 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 90 milligrams of sodium, 45 milligrams of potassium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 9 grams of sugar, 12 grams of other carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Sweet cookie pieces, but not quite sugar cookie. Naked wolves. Still don’t trust Cap’n Crunch.
Overall Score: 7 out of 10

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