Pumpkin Spice Life Cereal Review
I’m sick of pumpkin spice. Yah, I said it. It’s mid-October, and I’m already tired of every product on the grocery store shelves being orange. When companies start rolling out pumpkin everything products in late July, what do they expect? It’s like a radio station that overplays a song – you don’t necessarily like the song, but you know all of the lyrics because you’ve heard it 6 times a day for 6 weeks. Now when a pumpkin spice product comes out, I just roll my eyes… until I saw Pumpkin Spice Life cereal. *cue angels singing*
If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, you probably remember the Life cereal commercials. “Mikey likes it!” This commercial is pretty popular in the Mandela Effect world. Many people (including me) “remember” the commercial kids saying, “he likes everything,” when in reality, they say, “he won’t eat it, he hates everything!” That actually makes more sense that he would hate everything, since the kids were shocked that he enjoyed the “healthy” cereal. The kids also never said, “Mikey like it,” but “He likes it! Hey Mikey!” At least I know I’m not the only one who remembers things that didn’t happen. It was also one of the longest running commercials in history – it aired from 1972 – 1986.
Enough history. Let’s get to eating some breakfast! I opened the box, and tried really hard to smell anything resembling pumpkin spice. It took 5 big whiffs and shaking the box to pick up on it. Not a good sign. I love Life cereal, and always have – but I bought this to rejuvenate my pumpkin spice blahs.
I tasted a few dry pieces, and started picking up on cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. They are actually pretty damn good right out of the box. It seemed like the more I ate, the more of a pumpkin flavor I got. I grabbed my milk and poured it over a big bowl. Growing up on Life cereal, I knew this was a mistake as soon as I did it. I could have kicked myself. Life cereal is notorious for getting soggy WAY too quickly in milk. This is one of those cereals you need to keep next to the bowl, so you can pour 4-7 spooonfuls worth at a time. This keeps them from getting soggy. I was just really excited, I guess.
I dove in. One bite, two bites, three bites…I was enjoying it so much, I forgot I was eating it to review. After I slowed down, I started recognizing the pumpkin spice in it. Shockingly, there are none of those common pumpkin spices in it – no cinnamon or nutmeg or ginger or clove. The box says it’s “naturally flavored with other natural flavors.” What the fuck does that mean? Naturally flavored with other natural flavors. Whatever. I guess it’s trying to be mysterious. Either way – whatever that “natural flavor” or “other natural flavor” is, is spot on. It’s pumpkin, for sure, and it’s delicious!
The milk really offers a sweet, creaminess to the multigrain squares. I get the pumpkin flavor (like from canned pumpkin) with vanilla and cinnamon in the forefront. The more I ate it, the more it resembled pumpkin pie. In fact, the grains in the cereal even somewhat resemble a pie crust flavor, which really sealed the deal for a pumpkin pie cereal, over a pumpkin spice cereal. Quaker did a great job with this cereal – which is no surprise. If Mikey liked the original Life cereal, he’d pee his pants over this one.