CCC: Honeycomb Big Bites – Review

Chris Shields, Head Editor

Cereal is the perfect food for so many reasons, but one of the biggest is that it’s delicious food for any occasion. Cereal works as breakfast food, snack food, lunch food, and yes, even dinner food. It can be enjoyed dry, with milk, or in recipes and will always be pleasant. 

Cereal companies have been on a bit of a snacking craze kick with many new varieties of cereal snacks finding their way to store shelves. Personally, I’ve had cereal in each of those ways at each of those mealtimes at some point or another so I’m always appreciative when a company releases a new cereal product for a specific point in time.  

Lines of cereal treats, bars, grab-and-go pouches, and snack mixes have been all the rage as of late, and Post Consumer Brands has jumped on the bandwagon. Two of their more popular cereal brands, Pebbles Cereal and Honeycomb cereal, have recently come out with snacks based on the ever-popular breakfast cereal. 

Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles Crisps, which are essentially Pebbles Cereal but baked into Quaker Rice Cake/Crisp form, are currently available for purchase, and in the trend of upscaling cereal pieces to make them “snack size,” Honeycomb Big Bites have recently made their debut.  

General Mills started this upscaling cereal trend with their cereal Reese’s Puffs Big Puffs, which was just Reese’s Puffs except much larger. Since then, Kellogg’s released a line of Jumbo Snacks which featured Corn Pops, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, and Apple Jacks in a much larger size, available in snack pouches. Quaker has also recently produced Cap’n Crunch large snack pouches in the varieties of Cap’n Crunch’s Oops! All Mega Berries and Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Mega Berries. 

Honeycomb Big Bites are exactly what you’d expect from this product: Honeycomb Cereal  upscaled for “snacking” purposes. Honeycomb Big Bites are also currently available in chocolate. 

Post first released their popular Honeycomb Cereal in 1965 and it has seen a few different variations over the years in the form of Strawberry Blasted, Cinna-Graham, and, of course, Chocolate. Honeycomb is most notably known for the large size of its unique pieces, boasting “big real honey flavor” on every box. 

Honeycomb Big Bites and Chocolate Honeycomb Big Bites can be found in resealable plastic bags that resemble the same design as the cereal box. The regular version, which is the focus of this review, comes in a bright yellow bag with the Post and Honeycomb logo on the front, and actual, real-life size images of the individual pieces throughout. 

Interestingly, Honeycomb Big Bites are the exact same in terms of nutritional information as regular Honeycomb Cereal. For both, a serving size of one ounce provides 110 calories, 12 grams of sugar, and 25 grams of carbohydrates. The ingredient lists are also identical in every way, featuring actual honey as a key component. 

Honeycomb was a staple cereal of my childhood, but I hadn’t had it in years since its temporary discontinuation. Trying these big bites was the first time I got to experience this cereal in who knows how long, and it brought back lots of memories. The scent and flavor of Honeycomb Big Bites are exactly that of the original cereal, but of course, much larger. Although they are intended to be consumed as a dry snack, I tried them dry as well as with milk to get the full experience. I figured, if General Mills thinks Big Puffs are reasonable to consume with milk, why not Big Bites? 

The texture is mostly like other puffed corn-based cereals with its dense, airy crunch that softens with the addition of milk. The much larger size of Big Bites, much like Reese’s Puffs Big Puffs, provides the same crunch, but more extreme. I enjoy the texture of Big Bites more than that of Big Puffs, however, because instead of being large ball shapes, the pieces are Honeycomb Cereal shaped, which is far more pleasant. 

It tastes just like Honeycomb Cereal and is exactly what I remember from my childhood. The most prominent flavor is the corn puff base, but a subtle, sweet honey flavor lingers underneath and gives the pieces a very pleasant, not overwhelmingly delicious flavor. I think these Big Bites are better with milk than dry personally because milk really brings out the sweetness of the honey. 

Like Big Puffs, these stay crunchy much longer than their smaller, regular counterparts due to their bigger size. I prefer Honeycomb Big Bites to Reese’s Puffs Big Puffs in every way for some unexplainable reason.  

The milk afterward isn’t tremendous, but the cereal itself is delicious. Honeycomb Big Bites aren’t unique in any way, shape, or form, considering they are following the identical actions of other cereal companies blowing up their cereal pieces, but that doesn’t make it bad by any means. I wouldn’t recommend them over regular Honeycomb, but if you’re a fan of the cereal, they might be worth giving a try. 

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