[Review] General Mills Limited Edition Cocoa Puffs Ice Cream Scoops Cereal

Happy National Ice Cream Day, everybody!¬†ūüć¶

On this day a year ago, SnackCellar.com was experiencing some major technical issues and I decided to cope by¬†eating two pints of Fiber One ice cream. As it turns out, those 40 grams of dietary fiber really¬†helped clear things up! Oh, not with the technical issues–those stuck around for a while.¬†My digestive system, on the other hand, was running like a fine-tuned machine!

This year, I’ve decided to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with something a little less…probiotic.

Just in time for the dog days of summer, General Mills Cocoa Puffs Ice Cream Scoops cereal is on shelves now. It’s got chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavored corn puffs, so it’s like¬†a neapolitan twist on Cocoa Puffs cereal. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen different flavors mixed in with Cocoa Puffs, though. Just take a look at this ad for 2008’s Cocoa Puffs Combos, which just might be my favorite cereal commercial of all time:

Man, watching Sonny lose his¬†ūüí©¬†as the cereal rains down¬†around him gets me every time.

Unlike Sonny, I’m not too¬†cuckoo¬†for these Ice Cream Scoops.¬†The aroma that emerged when I opened the box reminded me of Berry Berry Kix, which was great when I was like 4 years old, but not when I’m a 27-year-old man who’s trying to find socially acceptable ways to eat ice cream for breakfast. The smell is corn puffs first, then vaguely berry, and that’s it.

That same description goes for the taste of Cocoa Puffs Ice Cream Scoops, too. Neapolitan ice cream, these are not. The vanilla puffs don’t carry a distinct vanilla flavor–instead, they’re just lightly sweetened corn puffs. The strawberry puffs are easily the most flavorful, but still don’t come anywhere close to the fruity flavor of Strawberry Toast Crunch (formerly Strawberry Tiny Toast).

But here’s the most bewildering part: the chocolate puffs¬†aren’t even Cocoa Puffs. They’re a shrunken and far less flavorful version of the namesake cereal. What a massive letdown.

Adding milk doesn’t improve the experience. Strawberry is still the leading flavor, and both the vanilla and chocolate puffs still leave a lot to be desired. I thought about freezing the milk at the bottom of my bowl to see if¬†that might taste like neapolitan ice cream, but I was so annoyed by the time I was done that I just threw the bowl in the trash.

Thanks, Cocoa Puffs Ice Cream Scoops, for finding a way to make this National Ice Cream Day even crappier than last year.

How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It: $3.64 at Walmart
Just the (Nutrition) Facts:

Serving size‚ÄĒ3/4 cup

100 calories, 10 calories from fat, 1 gram of fat, 120 milligrams of sodium, 50 milligrams of potassium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 14 grams of other carbohydrate, 1 gram of protein.
In a Nutshell: Strawberry puffs are fine. Doesn’t taste like neapolitan ice cream.¬†Cocoa Puffs’ fall from grace.¬†I’d rather eat 40 grams of fiber again.
Overall Score: 4.5 out of 10
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