[2-Pack Review] Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms vs. Chocolate Frosted Flakes (2018 Cereal Bowl Wildcard)

The Matchup: #3 Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms vs. #6 Chocolate Frosted Flakes

Tale of the Tape (Quick Nutrition Facts):
Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms
  • Serving size–3/4 cup
  • 110 calories
  • 1 gram of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein
  • 10 grams of sugar

Chocolate Frosted Flakes

  • Serving size–3/4 cup
  • 110 calories
  • 1 gram of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein
  • 10 grams of sugar

Snack Cellar’s Keys to the Game, Brought to You By Yankee Candle:

  1. Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms appear sophisticated yet fun, like that doctor who never called you back after your Tinder date
  2. Chocolate Frosted Flakes are making their first appearance since they were first created by 8-year-old me, when I poured Hershey’s Syrup into a bowl of Frosted Flakes
  3. Tony the Tiger apparently hasn’t stopped snorting cereal since Cinnamon Frosted Flakes
Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms

Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms hold the distinction of being the first Lucky Charms cereal I’ve ever reviewed–that is, unless you count Booty O’s. I’ll get right to it: for a #3 seed, Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms aren’t worth the hype. There’s an initial burst of warm cinnamon from the cereal pieces, but it quickly fades as the whole grain oats take over the flavor profile. Even the marshmallows, wintery theme and all, seem less flavorful than their non-seasonal counterparts. In milk, the cinnamon aspect all but vanishes, leaving me to search for the occasional marshmallow for some semblance of flavor. Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms are serviceable, but that’s not going to get it done in the Cereal Bowl.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Chocolate Frosted Flakes

We’ve seen Kellogg’s drop something similar to Chocolate Frosted Flakes before, in the form of Cocoa Frosted Flakes, Frosted Flakes Chocolate with Marshmallows, and Frosted Flakes ChocoZucaritas. I don’t know if Chocolate Frosted Flakes is the exact same as any of those three, but I do know that it tastes great. The sweet, chocolatey coating (made with real semisweet chocolate) is fantastic, and lasts through each bite while allowing some of the base corn flavor to come through. Chocolate Frosted Flakes are even better in milk–the rich chocolate flavor carries through every spoonful, and the milk transforms to taste just like a chocolate milkshake. Chocolate Frosted Flakes might not be the sexiest flavor in the Cereal Bowl, but they’re really enjoyable.

Score: 8 out of 10

And your winner is: Kellogg’s Chocolate Frosted Flakes!

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