And now, a list of my personal heroes:
- The people who get to taste test new Oreo flavors that are in development
- Competitive hot dog eater Joey Chestnut (seriously, just look at him)
- Ben, of Ben & Jerry’s
- Jerry, of Ben & Jerry’s
- Mario, the Mushroom Kingdom plumber
Why is a video game mascot part of such a prestigious list, you ask? Because no matter how many times Bowser knocks Mario down on his quest to save Princess Peach, Mario always picks himself up and just keeps on running. And coming from a guy who’s constantly eating junk food, just being able to run that much makes you my hero.
Kellogg’s apparently thinks pretty highly of Mario too, because they slapped him front and center on a cereal box. Super Mario Cereal is out now, and this stuff has been harder to find than Yoshi in Super Mario 64. The cereal originally dropped at Target back in December, but it sold out everywhere after a bunch of people bought up all the original inventory for the free Amiibo. And if you’re wondering, an “Amiibo” is a code for special video game content, and not (as I had guessed) the name of a new Hostess snack cake.
Kellogg’s Super Mario Cereal is mixed berry cereal with power-up marshmallows. At first glance, it looks suspiciously similar to General Mills’ Lucky Charms cereal. Maybe this is payback for General Mills’ Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes straight up copying Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes! You know what they say: revenge is a dish best served in a bowl of milk while watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Trying the mixed berry cereal alone reveals that the whole grain oat pieces are actually different in taste from other oat cereals. The berry flavor is really subtle, but it’s there. There’s definitely a denser crunch here compared to Lucky Charms, too. But at the end of the day, the mixed berry cereal doesn’t really excite me at all. It’s…fine.
The marshmallows are basically just Lucky Charms marshmallows, but better because they contain power-ups. As of press time, though, I’m still waiting for my riches from all the yellow coin boxes I’ve eaten.
Adding milk completely washes away the mixed berry flavor of the star oat pieces, but the power-up marshmallows come through to save the day. They’re really creamy and sweet, and make Super Mario Cereal a sugary breakfast that kids will love.
If Super Mario Cereal is Kellogg’s attempt at payback for Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes, it’s a pretty solid effort. The oat pieces are a bit underwhelming, but once the power-up marshmallows kicked in, Super Mario Cereal began to taste a lot like Lucky Charms.
And that’s almost as sweet a victory as saving Princess Peach. 🍑
|How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It:||$2.99 at Cub Foods|
|Just the (Nutrition) Facts:
Serving size—1 cup
|120 calories, 1 gram of fat, 170 milligrams of sodium, 55 milligrams of potassium, 27 grams of total carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 10 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Mixed berry flavor is subtle, but adds distinction to oat cereal pieces. Marshmallows are up to Lucky Charms standards. Still waiting for all those coins.|
|Overall Score:||7.5 out of 10|
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