[Review] General Mills Limited Edition Girl Scouts Caramel Crunch Cereal

Welcome to the second night of the Girl Scouts’ Snack Cellar takeover. Did you know that the Girl Scouts are generating around $700 million every year from cookie sales alone? Well, they’ve now expanded their empire to include breakfast cereal.

But you know what they say: all empires fall eventually.

After a good experience with Thin Mints Cereal, I was excited to try its companion flavor, Caramel Crunch. After all, Samoas, as they’re called in my neck of the woods–many of you may know them as Caramel deLites–are some of my favorite Girl Scout Cookies. No matter which name you know them by, we can all agree that the combination of caramel, chocolate, and coconut makes them downright irresistible. So a cereal based on those delicious cookies has to be irresistible too, right? My heart is racing just thinking about it.

Hmm…that might actually be a medical issue.

Okay, consider my heart broken. General Mills Limited Edition Girl Scouts Caramel Crunch Cereal starts with a strong caramel flavor–sweet, rich, and buttery–but then an obvious corn taste emerges. Unfortunately, Caramel Crunch Cereal doesn’t do nearly as well as its counterpart Thin Mints Cereal at hiding its corn cereal base.

Here’s the real killer: there’s no coconut or chocolate to be found here. The great thing about Samoas/Caramel deLites cookies is that each of those three flavors–caramel, chocolate, and coconut–is distinct in each bite of every cookie (trust me, I’ve done a lot of hands-on research on this). But Caramel Crunch Cereal is, well, just caramel. If you really strain, you might be able to taste some faint cocoa, but even that is a stretch.

In milk, caramel is still the leading flavor, other than boring old corn. The milk seemed to bring out a bit more sweetness, but I wouldn’t peg it as coconut or…anything else, really. On the bright side, the cereal holds up well in milk and doesn’t get soggy at all.

General Mills Limited Edition Girl Scouts Caramel Crunch Cereal isn’t bad by any means. In fact, it reminded me quite a bit of another decent General Mills caramel cereal, Superman Caramel Crunch. The problem is, the Girl Scouts’ Caramel Crunch doesn’t go above and beyond to resemble Samoas/Caramel deLites cookies. If you’re looking to have Samoas/Caramel deLites for breakfast, just do what I always do: buy a box of the actual cookies and go to town.

Item: General Mills Limited Edition Girl Scouts Caramel Crunch Cereal
Price and Place of Purchase: $3.00 at Cub Foods
Nutrition Facts (serving size-3/4 cup): 110 calories, 25 calories from fat, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 130 milligrams of sodium, 55 milligrams of potassium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 9 grams of sugar, 13 grams of other carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Lots of caramel flavor. Chocolate and coconut are completely absent. The Girl Scouts are going the way of the Roman Empire and the Ming Dynasty.
Overall Score: 6.5 out of 10

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