CCC: Apple Jacks – Review

Chris Shields, Head Editor

The age-old question: Froot Loops or Apple Jacks? Personally, while I love both dearly, I’m picking Apple Jacks. Kellogg’s has mastered the art of creating puffed whole grain fruit flavored ring cereals with these two cereal GOATs, and Apple Jacks has been proving that since its initial release in 1965. Although its name has changed since then, originally called Apple O’s, our love for it sure hasn’t. 

As far as mascots go, CinnaMon and Bad Apple are up there among the greats. Kellogg’s has always been known for their fun characters and have over the years created the likes of Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, and Snap Crackle and Pop.  

CinnaMon and his partner in crime Bad Apple prove that they can still make breakfast fun and delicious after all these years, and the proof is in the bowl. Pouring a bowl of Apple Jacks serenades you with a hint of cinnamon aroma and a brightly colored breakfast that’s sure to put a smile on your face.  

Apple Jacks, like many popular cereals, has seen a few different varieties over the years. In 2013, there was a version of Apple Jacks released called Cinnamon Jacks that featured CinnaMon as the only mascot. The pieces were bown and tan colored, in a plus shape, and had a brown sugar and cinnamon flavor instead of apple cinnamon. More recently, this year a variation called Apple Jacks Caramel made its special edition debut with Bad Apple as its only mascot, orange and red colored pieces as opposed to green and orange, and a caramel apple flavor. There’s also a version of this cereal with marshmallows in it, but that’s the only difference between it and the original. 

A box of Apple Jacks is a bright, vibrant green color, and features the Apple Jacks logo as well as the mascots. It also boasts its whole grain contents and the good source of fiber it provides. The box stands out on the shelves, much like the bright red box of Kellogg’s Froot Loops, the bright yellow box of Kellogg’s Corn Pops and the bright blue box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. 

Apple Jacks has a serving size of one and one third cup and has 150 calories and 13 grams of sugar per serving. This makes it the same as Froot Loops, but with one extra gram of sugar per serving. Examining the ingredients, you’ll find that, surprisingly, it contains dried apples, apple juice concentrate, and real cinnamon in addition to the healthy whole grains. This cereal isn’t “good for you” per say, but could be much, much worse! 

Each piece has a light crunch just like Froot Loops and has a sweet dry taste. The flavor of Apple Jacks cereal isn’t super strong, but isn’t overly muted either, like Froot Loops is. It’s a sweet apple taste with just a touch of cinnamon. It’s much more pronounced in milk, but still present dry. 

Speaking of the milk, the cereal does go soggy quickly, again, just like Froot Loops, but where it beats out Toucan Sam, is that the remaining milk is delicious. Not overly sweet and sugary like some cereal milks but retains light tones of sweet appley goodness. 

I’ve loved Kellogg’s Apple Jacks for as long as I can remember, and it still takes me back to a simpler time. If you like spiced apples, this one’s for you. Timeless, delicious, and fun! 

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