Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cap'n Crunch Snack Mix, Chocolatey Peanut Butter & Sweet & Salty Caramel!

When I was a kid, almost every kind of cereal had a mascot that was known and loved. Toucan Sam, the Trix Rabbit, Snap, Crackle, and Pop, Sugar Bear, Tony the Tiger, Lucky the Leprechaun...the list went on and on. As the years go by, more and more of them vanish from the public eye. We won't even get into the conspiracy theories surrounding the Cinnamon Toast Crunch chefs. But one cereal mascot who has never faltered for a moment and is still as well known as ever, is Cap'n Crunch.

Not only does he still rock all of his classic flavors, but he also comes out with seasonal favorites like Halloween Crunch & Christmas Crunch. Let's not even get into Oop's All Berries(apparently there was a mishap at the Cap'n Crunch factory, you see), one of the greatest cereals you could ever get your grubby mitts on. This wasn't enough though. Now in 2013 the Cap'n has decided to sail the seven seas of snacking, by debuting the first two flavors in his new line of Snack Mix!

First up is the Chocolatey Peanut Butter...

Being a peanut butter fanatic, I've long loved Peanut Butter Crunch. I remember many times talking my mother into getting that instead of some healthy cereal while standing in the supermarket. I'd like to think that my arguments were on par with Tom Cruise in a Few Good Men. But most likely she just wanted me to shut up and the quickest way for that to happen was to let me jam my head full of peanut buttery cereal. But the snack mix boasts not only pieces of Peanut Butter Crunch, but also chocolate coated pretzels, pieces of Cap'n Crunch's Chocolatey Crunch, and "Candy coated peanut flavored drops" which I guess are kinda just weird M&M's. So how was it?

Well. It was just okay. It really felt like it was missing something. That it was a bunch of similar flavors that melded together into a crunchy sweet mouthful of different textures. I think it would have been better if the pretzels had been a bit saltier, or if the fake M&M's had been Reeses Pieces knockoffs. The strong peanut butter flavor of those might have pushed these over the top but as it stands right now, pretty unexciting. A huge disappointment for the Fatguyfoodblogs resident Peanut Butter lover. 
I'd give these a C. Not bad, but nothing special, and could have been amazing. If a buddy tosses a bag your way, give it a try, but should you run to the store right now for a bag? I wouldn't. might want to run out for a bag of...

Cap'n Crunch's Sweet & Salty Caramel Snack Mix! Now this...this one is a different story. I enjoyed this one a lot. It's packed with not only the regular Cap'n Crunch & Chocolatey Crunch pieces, but also Caramel Corn, Fake M&M's and Caramel glazed pretzel balls. Sweet & Salty is always a good combination. Always. That's why this one excels far above and beyond the other flavor.

Think about it. Caramel corn, Cap'n Crunch and a fake M& could you go wrong? The only weird part to this mix is the caramel glazed pretzel balls. They are delicious, buttery toffee flavored. Absolutely awesome. If you let them slowly melt in your mouth. However, if you decide to just bite it in half, it' feels like you'll be spitting out a mouth full of tooth shards because they are so hard. Every time one bursts open it feels like you just shattered your jaw. But if you take your time with them, they become the best part of the mix! 
I give these a solid B+!

In the end, I'm glad the Cap'n did this little experiment. I enjoyed them both, although The Sweet & Salty Caramel was the winner by leaps and bounds. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next! 

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  1. I actually ate some of this with milk like cereal. The caramel covered popcorn and pretzels went soft but still had the crunch on the outside. Very interesting and tasted great.

    1. haha thats awesome. good work, I should try that.