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on October 10, 2014
Okay. Where do I start. My wife bought this at the store. I am not a health food nut, to be fair, but I love cereal of all kinds and thought I would try some. This cereal is made from sprouted grains, a process that actually grows the seed in water until they germinate. This uses some of the starch, breaks the bran, and, in the process reduces the amount of carbs in the grain slightly. Keep in mind that this is not just a grain cereal though, this has beans, lentils and other sprouts in it, so it has many tastes you may not be expecting in your bowl of cereal. With that in mind, here is my review:
I sat down and poured a large bowl of this cereal, remember, I love cereal and I am 6'2" 230 pounds, so a small bowl doesn't cut it for me hunger-wise. I added skim milk and started off of this journey hoping to find a new treat that might be somewhat healthy too. I immediately found it to be comparable to Grape Nuts (which I enjoy), having the approximate texture of the Grape Nuts cereal (if it had been over baked at the factory), and the flavor of the inner flaps of the Grape Nuts box. I immediately asked my wife how she had been eating this cereal and she said she added honey, which improved the flavor. That didn't address the texture at all, but I forged onward.
I grabbed the honey bottle and added a generous portion of that over the top of the bowl. As you can imagine, this added some sweetness and flavor, which helped quite a bit. It helped in the same way that adding chocolate would make eating a portion of my driveway taste better. Kind of like concrete with a hint of chocolate. Well this was now like broken ball bearing shards with a splash of honey. Not those wimpy bicycle ball bearings either, I'm talking military grade here.
I managed to get through the upper layer of this cereal, until the honey was gone. I added more honey and kept eating. This was no longer a taste of a new cereal. I was now eating to prove I could finish a bowl, like the first round of Fear Factor - I couldn't quit yet. I was starting to wish it was only a bowl of spiders and worms - at least that wouldn't be putting my teeth at risk. It was hurting my gums to continue, and that was just the raisins. At least the raisins didn't have sharp edges like the cereal.
My mind was racing as I tried to focus on finishing this bowl. At least if I thought about the texture, I could ignore the taste. I thought, "How did they make a cereal out of grains and beans that was harder than raw dried beans? and, "It shouldn't be called 'sprouted', it should be called 'fractured'" and "I hope terrorists aren't using this as shrapnel". That distraction really did help and I neared the bottom of the bowl. Never before have I been so happy to see the bottom of a white Corelle bowl. I had made it through to the next round.
So, to summarize. This cereal is:
1. Very Bland
2. Very Hard
3. Very Sharp
4. Very Expensive
5. Not Really More Healthy
6. Very Challenging
Of that list, the only reason I can find to eat it, is #6. So, I give this cereal one star for the physical challenge it presents, and zero stars for taste, texture, comfort, value, and living up to health claims. A total of one star. If you want cereal, look elsewhere. If you are training for a survival show or want to be able to say you made it through a bowl, this is the product for you.
I may add to this review after I digest the bowl of grit to let you know how I fared for the next day or two. I cannot imagine that will be pleasant.