CCC: Honey Nut Cheerios – Review

Chris Shields, Head Editor

People have been choosing Cheerios’s much more sugary and delicious younger brother Honey Nut Cheerios over the healthier original since it was released in 1979. It’s no mystery why Buzz the Honeybee can still convince us to buy Honey Nut Cheerios after all these years, and it’s no mystery why we still do exactly that. 

In 1941, General Mills first began production of CheeriOats cereal, later renamed Cheerios, and since then it’s become one of the most popular and best-selling cereals of all time. The iconic bright yellow box and promise of a heart-healthy breakfast appeals to almost everyone and remains a favorite amongst children and adults alike.  

Other Cheerios flavor varieties released since then include Cinnamon, Chocolate, Apple Cinnamon, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Banana Nut, Multigrain, Very Berry, Frosted, Blueberry, Toasted Coconut, Maple, Peach, Fruity, Pumpkin Spice, and the most popular and well-known, Honey Nut. In 2011, it was the best-selling cereal in the U.S.  

Honey Nut Cheerios is made with real honey and boasts that it can help lower cholesterol. It’s made with whole grain oats, gluten free, low fat, a good source of iron, calcium, and fiber, and features 12 vitamins and minerals. The mascot Buzz the Honeybee can be spotted on every warm, sunburst-hued box along with the classic Cheerios logo.  

A cup of Honey Nut Cheerios clocks in at 140 calories and 12 grams of sugar. Its older brother Original Cheerios is 140 calories and contains 2 grams of sugar, making it significantly healthier. Despite this, Honey Nut Cheerios is still a much healthier option than other General Mills cereals like Reese’s Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

Upon opening the box, there isn’t a super strong scent, but the cereal pieces themselves look exactly as they’re shown on the box. The iconic ‘O’ shape that Cheerios are known for is still in style and always will be. 

Honey Nut Cheerios are one of those rare cereal varieties that’s arguable just as good without milk as it is with milk. The sweet taste of honey and hint of nutty flavor makes this cereal perfect either way. Its crunchy texture is also amazing before and after milk, even though, like regular Cheerios, it goes soggy quickly.  

This cereal is super sweet, but that’s what makes it great. It’s an amazing way to start the morning off right. The milk afterwards is also sublime as it retains all the sweetness and delicious flavor from the cereal. Because of the small size of the individual pieces, you can get quite a few in a single spoonful. 

A super satisfying taste and texture, whether wet or dry, and many redeeming health factors make Honey Nut Cheerios a great way to start your morning. Since they’re small and on the lighter side, they may not fill you up for as long as other cereals, but they’re still a super satisfying breakfast. The classic and nostalgic taste of honey and nuts on whole grain oat pieces is as good as it’s always been, and I can still enjoy a bowl of it after all these years. Honey Nut Cheerios is popular and instantly recognizable for a reason. It is a top-tier cereal that I recommend to people of all tastes and preferences.  

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