Sunday, March 13, 2016

Millville Honey Nut Corn Squares Cereal (Aldi)

This crop-job is very off-center and kind of annoying.
As we’ve elaborated upon at least a dozen times (the last time being in the above review), I love cereal.  I also love a good Special Buy cereal, which is to say, for those uninitiated to how Aldi works, products that are only offered for a limited time until they are sold out, at which point they are gone until the next time they are offered.  When I’m not in the mood for one of my usuals (Millville Honey Nut Crispy Oats, regular Crispy Oats, Frosted Flakes, or Cocoa Rice), I like to wander over to the Special Buy section just to see what limited-time breakfast foods they might have.

Well, on this particular trip, I discovered Millville’s Honey Nut Corn Squares.  Now, Millville offers their standard Corn and Rice Squares cereals all the time, and now that I think about it, you can add both of those to the above list of my “usuals”.  Either of them are perfect for when I’m in the mood for something a little lighter, and they have a lot of flavor even though there’s not much sugar in them.

Well this cereal certainly isn’t shy about its addition of “honey nut”, because it comes on way stronger than I was expecting.  And that’s a good thing, as far as I’m concerned.  It’s definitely not ultra-sweet in the way lots of kids’ cereals can be, but I’m not sure it would suffice to say that it’s “lightly sweetened”.  It walks right in the middle of that spectrum, which also leads to a nice sweet bowl of milk at the end.  The honey clearly stands front and center, but there’s enough of a nuttiness in the background to justify the title.  In other words, this cereal is damn good, and way better than I was expecting it to be.

The other plus to the honey is that it functions as an extra coating on the cereal, making them less susceptible to milk-induced sogginess.  That’s the main drawback of the regular Rice and Corn Squares--they get soggy real quick.  Now, I eat cereal so often that it doesn’t bother me quite like it used to, but I still like having a crunchier cereal for longer, and am aware that it’s a big drawback for some people.  It seemed like halfway through the bowl, even the fully-submerged pieces were still more firm than most cereals, and I absolutely douse mine in milk.

This just may be my favorite of the Special Buy cereals that I’ve tried (although now that I think about it, their version of Life is pretty stupendous, too).  Again, it’s a wonder why this isn’t offered all the time, since they already carry the rice and corn squares, but I guess that’s the drawback of dealing with a limited inventory--there just simply isn’t enough space to house all this stuff.  I’ve never had these before, so I can’t really speak as to how often they are made available, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for these in the future, that’s for sure.

Overall: 8/10.  A deliciously sweet cereal that’s unfortunately only available occasionally as a Special Buy, Millville’s Honey Nut Corn Squares walk the perfect line between “lightly sweetened” and full-on sugar rush, providing a perfect blast of sweetness without being too strong.  The honey coating also makes them milk-resistant a little bit longer than the Rice and Corn Squares, which is a good thing for those that can’t stand soggy cereal.  I wasn’t expecting them to be this good, but this has vaulted up my list to one of my favorite cereals that I’ve ever had from the discount grocer.



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