Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows Review
As a kid, my parents were pretty strict with our sugar intake. We only got “sugar cereals” on our birthday week…but there were 5 of us kids, which meant that for 5 weeks out of every year, we chowed down on Lucky Charms, Cap’n Crunch, Trix, Ice Cream Cone Cereal, E.T. Cereal and whatever else was popular on the market in the 80s and early 90s. If it had a fun cartoon character on the box, included the word “frosted,” or was targeted for kids – that cereal was all but a dream to us until one of us had a birthday. We ate a lot of Wheaties, Grape-Nuts and Kix while watching our Saturday morning cartoons, while seeing the commercials of other kids watching Saturday morning cartoons eating a brightly colored bowl of sugary goodness. My point in all of this is that we couldn’t even have Frosted Flakes, because, per the name – it’s “frosted.”
Don’t get me wrong. We were like a white, suburban version of the Cosbys and I had a great childhood, although I was deprived of sugary cereal for long periods of time. I know, I know – poor little California girl didn’t get sugary cereal. How tragic.
I recently saw this new Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows on the shelves at my grocery store and was immediately thrown back to being 8 years old. I thought, “I wouldn’t have gotten this unless it was my birthday.” So I grabbed it and spitefully said, “HA! I’m an adult now, and I can do what I want!”
Frosted Flakes rarely brings something new to the breakfast table. There was Banana Frosted Flakes from 1981-1984. And the Frosted Flakes Energy Clusters 2015 Limited Edition. Plus, they went all out with the Cocoa Frosted Flakes and Chocolate Frosted Flakes (I mean, really? What’s the difference!?). And you can still find Cinnamon Frosted Flakes in grocery stores now. But this was really fun and different.
I turned on my Saturday morning cartoons on Youtube and decided to flashback to 1985 with The Smurfs. Might as well make this an event, right? Really get in the mood. I poured a big bowl of Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows, added milk and dove in.
I have to be honest. Watching The Smurfs was more entertaining and satisfying than this cereal. First of all, the marshmallows had very little flavor at all. There was an ample amount of them, yet they offered no sugary goodness whatsoever to the cereal. They tasted like the marshmallows from Lucky Charms – yet much less magical. To my surprise, there was far less “frosting” on the flakes, too. Did they do this on purpose to offset the marshmallows? This was like eating a bowl of Corn Flakes with soft, flavorless bits in it.
Disappointment loomed over me as I stared at the bowl. There has to be more to this cereal than this. The back of the box was more entertaining than the cereal itself. There’s a Marshmojis game that took about 8 seconds to play – but that 8 seconds was more enjoyable than this cereal. I would have been better off eating regular Frosted Flakes because they would have been sweeter and more tasty.
The back of the box says, “First time EVER! Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows! Why didn’t someone think of this before?” The statement goes on to make this cereal seem about as inventive and exciting as the Thigh-Master. Kudos on your marketing, Kellogg’s. Very clever. You got my $3.49 for the box, but the joke is on you, because that’s all you’ll get from this customer!
I don’t recommend this cereal on Saturday morning unless you’ve got a great 80s cartoon on YouTube, have a tall glass of chocolate milk and a plate of cinnamon sugar toast to go with it. And perhaps have a back up cereal like Cocoa Puffs on hand. Basically, skip this version of Frosted Flakes and eat a cereal you know you love.