I was doing my grocery shopping last night at 8 pm because that's just the kind of day I had yesterday. As I was walking down the cereal aisle I came across this box of NEW! Scooby-Doo, lightly-sweetened, vanilla-flavored cereal. "Oh! That looks fun!" was my reaction. That should have been my red flag. I love Scooby-Doo. He was my favorite cartoon character when I was a kid, and I still like to watch it with my kids. I put the box of cereal in my cart and kept walking. Score 1 for the cereal's marketing department.
Did I mention I was shopping by myself? And that there were no kids with me begging for the box of Scooby-Doo cereal.
Yeah. I have no one to blame but myself.
When I got home I opened the box and looked at the cereal. Hum, the cereal in the picture on the box resembles Cheerios. This is what the cereal really looks like:
Lots of weird-looking holes and pits. And it's pretty orange compared to the more wholesome-looking color on the box. Score 2 for the cereal's marking department. Here's a side-by-side comparison:
OK, but how did it taste? I was promised a crispy, lightly-sweetened, vanilla-flavored cereal. I popped some pieces in my mouth and chewed. It was like I was eating styrofoam, and then it disintegrated in my mouth leaving not a whole lot of anything to swallow. It was very...off-putting.
As for the flavor, it was lightly sweet, but the only vanilla flavor was an after-taste, which was decidedly artificial and not actually very vanilla-y. I hate to waste food, but this cereal is only good for the garbage can.
Bah! But what can I say? I was my own worst enemy--totally sucked in by the cereal's marketing department's appeal to my childhood love of Scooby-Doo. I'll do better next time.