Sunday, August 21, 2016

Millville Golden Corn Nuggets Cereal (Aldi)

Pretty accurate stuff, for better or worse.
I liked the national brand version of these growing up, but it was never one of my favorite cereals; that's why I've never tried them the few times I've seen them available as Special Buys. The last time I saw them, I opted for the Honey Puffs instead (a honey-comb shaped cereal), and was very disappointed with the end result. I would have been just fine buying neither of these this time around, were it not for my wife, who had much fonder memories of these as a kid, and wanted to take a trip down memory lane (I also bought a box of the Honey Puffs again, hoping that they changed their formula...results can be seen below).

Just like pretty much all of Millville's cereals, this looks pretty darn close to the national brand...it's based on foggy memories from over two decades ago, but I would go so far as to say it's pretty much exact. They're also nice and crunchy, right out of the bag, which is always my preferred texture with cereal. But how would these properties change with the addition of milk? I poured some on and dove in to find out...

This is a pretty darn good cereal. I always remembered this as being a cereal more geared toward the “kiddies”, probably due to seeing these advertised during Saturday-morning cartoons as a young lad, but it's really not all that sweet, at least compared to most cereals peddled to kids. There's just a perfect little touch of sweetness that pokes through what could have otherwise been a pretty boring cereal, and it's enough to make it kind of addicting.

The downside is that, despite my wife's assurance to the contrary, these get really soggy after a short amount of time. The upside is that they don't lose their flavor, but they're also not very texturally-enticing by the time you get to the bottom of the bowl (unless you're a very focused, insanely fast eater). Then again, this really isn't that crunchy to begin with—since these aren't flakes, but rather “puffs” of corn—I guess it kind of makes some sense that they would get soft quicker, but it's still a little disappointing. And as someone who's usually doing something while I eat (such as getting caught up on emails, reading articles online, or writing something), it generally takes me a little while to make it to the finish line. I'll just have to make sure to eat these when I have nothing else to do, I guess.

Overall: 6.5/10. I remember seeing the national brand advertised a lot during Saturday morning cartoons, but in retrospect, that seems a little misleading, because this isn't really a cereal that I would equate with the taste buds of normal children...case in point, while I enjoyed it as a young one, it wasn't even close to one of my favorites. It still wouldn't be, but I think I can appreciate it more now as an adult, as the puffy corn pieces are given just the right amount of sweetness to keep it from becoming dull. The downside is that the pieces are already soft to begin with, so it doesn't take long for the individual bits to be overwhelmed in the white liquid, making them pretty soggy by the time I get to the bottom of the bowl. For under $2 a box, though, there's some value to be had. I'm not super-crazy about these (somehow, this is the cereal that has singlehandedly jump-started my wife's interest in cereal lately), but I would get these again down the road as an alternative to my usual choices.

4 comments:

  1. where are millville products made?

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    1. Very good question. Aldi won't reveal their suppliers, citing "confidentiality clauses" (which makes sense; brand names wouldn't want manufacturers to come out and say they're also making cheaper versions for store brands from the same ingredients/recipe) so we're not going to get any official statement from them.

      A search of the Internet reveals two main theories: That General Mills makes them, or that Post makes them. Well that also makes sense, while simultaneously not helping matters, because those are basically the two largest cereal companies. In a post from 2009, one guy says his dad worked for General Mills and confirmed they made it. They point to the name "Millville" as further proof.

      My personal belief, and the other major theory that's tossed around, is that Malt o' Meal makes them. MOM brands are owned by Post and are often the ones you see in big bags at the store. They themselves are knock offs of well-known cereals, so it would make sense they would also make private label versions on top of their own. Granted, Aldi's cereals don't always taste like the name brand counterpart, or even the MOM counterpart, but it very well could still be made in the same factories, with slightly-altered ingredients.

      So, long story short, I have no idea, lol.

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  2. Where did the Golden Corn Nuggets go? I know they are seasonal. I want to know when they will be in the stores again.

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    1. I wish I could answer that for you. All I can say is they seem to be one of the more commonly available special buys...I seem to see them every 4-6 months or so. All I can tell you is to keep checking the ads every week to see when they finally pop up again.

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