CCC: Reese’s Puffs – Review

Chris Shields, Head Editor

If you’re like me, you can still recite the entire Reese’s Puffs rap that bellowed from the television with every commercial; all these years later, it still makes me crave a big bowl of this delicious cereal. First introduced by General Mills in 1994, Reese’s Puffs has yet to go out of style. 

Made of whole grain corn puffs, and packed to the brim with sugar and calories, this breakfast option is a favorite among kids. At 12 grams of sugar and 170 calories per cup, you might as well just give your kids actual Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for breakfast.  

The packaging plays on the recognizable Reese’s Cup motif by featuring the iconic Reese’s logo, orange, yellow, and black color scheme, and even including a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on the front of the box. The cereal bowl displayed on the front is a Reese’s Cup wrapper. It looks like a Reese’s Cup package but in cereal box form.  

This is a corn puff cereal with a flavor based on the popular combination of peanut butter and chocolate. In fact, it utilizes real Reese’s Peanut Butter as one of its key ingredients. Sugar, of course, is the second. While we want to believe that the tan puffs and brown puffs taste different from each other, one peanut butter and the other chocolate, we need to admit to ourselves they are the same flavor.  

Whether dry or wet, the texture is what you would expect from a corn puff cereal. It has a nice crunch with and without milk, though as it sits in milk, it becomes soggy from the outside progressing inward. Each piece is coated with a sugary frosted glaze that melts and dissolves in your mouth. The flavor is mostly peanut butter with a little hint of chocolate in the background. It tastes just like smooth Reese’s Peanut Butter with extra sugar and could use a little more chocolate.  

The remaining milk is a bit of a letdown. It doesn’t take on much of any flavor or sweetness of the cereal but instead just turns a light tan color. I would have liked a pool of peanut buttery and chocolatey milk to be awaiting me, but alas, I can only dream.  

Reese’s Puffs are great and always will be. They’re terrible for you health-wise, but their nice corn puff texture, subtle, yet effective flavor, and nostalgia-inducing capabilities makes for a great breakfast. They’re delicious and satisfying, and since Reese’s Cups are my favorite candy of all time, I thoroughly enjoyed this bowl. You may want to opt for a healthier cereal, but I sure don’t.