CCC: Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch – Review

Chris Shields, Head Editor

What do you get when you cross a successful and greedy company with an upcoming holiday? Limited edition seasonal cash grabs of course! Christmas time is the biggest cash grab opportunity, and cereal companies milk their holiday promotional products just like all other corporations do. 

Quaker’s Cap’n Crunch Berries variety of the Cap’n Crunch cereal lineup is a delicious and fan-favorite cereal, so why not give it a Christmas twist to earn a few extra bucks around the holidays? Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch cereal is literally Cap’n Crunch Berries, but with a Christmas themed box, title, and pieces. Am I complaining? No, I am not, because even though it’s the same cereal, I feel festive for eating it. 

One of the only differences between this release and the usual Cap’n Crunch is the box design. Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries can be found in a bright yellow box with the Cap’n on the front holding his famous cereal.  

Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch’s box is beautiful. It’s easily one of if not the most aesthetically pleasing box designs I’ve seen in a long time. It’s unique, festive, and has so many colors and visual elements going on that I can’t help but smile when I grab it for breakfast. Its base colors are a mixture of icy blue and frosty white, with brightly colored Christmas lights all over, a Christmas tree, and the Cap’n himself dressed in festive attire.  

The box also advertises the “fun holiday shapes” of the “berry” pieces, and that’s really the other selling point of this cereal. Instead of the normal spheres in blue, green, purple, and red, they’re colored green and red only, in the shape of Santa hats, Christmas trees, and stars. The normal sweetened corn pieces are the exact same pillowy yellow shape.  

Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch is nearly the exact same as Crunch Berries nutritionally, weighing in at 150 calories per cup. The only difference is that for some reason, the Christmas version contains one more gram of sugar. Cap’n Crunch is known for being one of the unhealthier cereal varieties out there, and this is no exception. 

Of course, the pieces are deliciously sweet and have a texture unmatched by any other cereal. They possess and retain an unmistakable crunch throughout the whole bowl which is more satisfying than I can possibly describe. The milk at the end doesn’t change a whole lot but does gain a bit of sugar sweetness. 

The holidays take us all for all the money we’ve got, and Quaker decided to follow the trend. Seasonal limited-edition products make suckers and fools out of all of us and Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch is the same, but I’m not even complaining. I love Cap’n Crunch Berries, and I love this cereal as well. They are both phenomenal, the box and festive pieces of Christmas Crunch make this a worthwhile purchase in my book. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, put down that box of Berries and pick up Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch.  

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