Product: Mom’s Best Cereal Crispy Cocoa Rice – $1.99+
I am trying, really hard, to watch how much sugar I take in a day. Despite this, it just happens that most of my sugar gets used up bright and early in the morning. This is before I have dinner…sometimes before I have lunch. And I know part of the culprit is…well…my Greek yogurt. But on the mornings where I have cereal…sometimes that’s where much of the hit comes from.
Due to a fantastic Manager’s Special deal at my local grocery store, my roommate returned home from one of my “Oh my God, I’m in the middle of cooking something and we’re out of ______ and need it…NOW!” shopping errands with a surprise for me. She picked up one of her favorite brands of cereal – Mom’s Best Cereals – but this time, it was for me. Why? Because it was their gluten-free cereal – the Crispy Cocoa Rice.
This morning…was the day for chocolate in the morning. And, I mean, who doesn’t love a little chocolate to start out their day. I retrieved the crumpled (part of the reason it was on Manager’s Special) box from my pantry and dished up a serving (3/4 cup) of the cereal. I smiled a little…as it reminded me of Cocoa Pebbles (gluten-free)…or the Cocoa Krispies (not gluten-free) that were out on the market. It was just…familiar without being exactly the same. The thing about Mom’s Best Cereals is that they keep their products free of artificial flavors and preservatives, use no hydrogenated oils, and do not allow high fructose corn syrup to make an appearance on the ingredient list. So, it would seem to be a healthy…or at least…healthier choice, right?
Well…for the most part. Do keep in mind that this is a chocolate cereal. It might be puffed rice…but it’s still chocolate. And with chocolate comes that dreaded “s-word”…SUGAR. So before I get into the flavor of this cereal…let me just set up this comparison. Mom’s Best Cereals Gluten-Free Crispy Cocoa Rice contains 13 grams of sugar per 3/4 cup serving. The same serving size in Cocoa Pebbles contains only 10 grams of sugar. And for that same serving in Cocoa Krispies (despite the fact that those of us who can’t have gluten can’t eat these…this is for comparison only) contains 12 grams of sugar. So, the all-natural cereal has the most amount of sugar than the brands that contain hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors and artificial preservatives. I hate seeing that…but in the end, I’ll take the extra few grams of sugar over the hydrogenated oils, BHA and BHT. Seriously.
So…how did it taste? A-MAZ-ING! No, really. It’s sweet. It’s sweeter than I like most of my cereals…but it is really, really good. I mean, it’s chocolate in the morning. And…the added bonus is it turns my unsweetened almond milk into chocolate milk. Which is always a plus. These puffs of rice stay crispy, even when swimming in a sea of almond milk. They provide great chocolate flavor. And it’s sweet…without being overly sweet. It’s just sweeter than I’m accustomed to at breakfast. But…who turns their nose up at a chocolate hit in the early morning? Not me…as I am definitely a choco-holic!
This was my fuel prior to hitting the gym…the downside of that high sugar content, however, is that I burned through it quickly…and was hungry about halfway through my cardio exercises. Some of that might also have to do with the fact that this cereal provides no fiber at all and only 1 gram of protein. Therefore…it’s not very filling. Mostly sugar. But…CHOCOLATE!!!
Mom’s Best Cereal Crispy Cocoa Rice cereal is low in fat, naturally cholesterol free, and gluten-free. As for the rest of the nutrition information…a serving size, as stated before is 3/4 cup. This will provide you with 120 of your daily calories with only 1 gram of fat per serving. Aside from the high sugar content, the lack of fiber and small amount of protein, you will be taking in 150 mg sodium. That’s not bad. And…as far as ingredients go, this cereal does keep it all natural: rice, sugar, coconut oil, cocoa, salt, caramel color, and natural flavors.
Much better than the hydrogenated oils and artificial preservatives and flavors that come with the other two previously mentioned cereals. The rest of the nutrition information is relatively the same otherwise.
So, if you are looking simply to satisfy a sweet tooth…Mom’s Best Cereals Crispy Cocoa Rice will definitely do the trick. It’s one of the more nutritious chocolate cereals on the market…and it is definitely made with better ingredients than others provide. But do recognize that it won’t fill you up…and eventually that sugar rush does wear off. So keep this in mind. Aside from that…who doesn’t love sweet chocolate first thing in the morning. Treat yourself without all the extra junk. Mom’s Best Cereals at least keeps their ingredients natural. And that speaks volumes of the quality of the cereal they put on the market. Trust me…the extra grams of sugar are totally worth it in the end.