I'm Pretty Sure Hershey Made the Perfect Chocolaty Cereal

Evaluation:
9/10
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  • 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 – Lukewarm garbage from Sorta
  • 3 – Highly imperfect design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Excellent, but not the best in its class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $ 3.64

Hershey's Kisses Cereal Box
Cameron Summerson

I bet you’re wondering what you’re doing here, reading a grain review on a tech site. Well, dear friend, you are living your best life. Because everyone loves cereals. I’ve been talking about creating a grain review site for several months now, and after a bit of encouragement from the boss, it was clear that I did not need to create a separate site for grain reviews. Because they can live here.

Here’s what we like

  • Remains crunchy even in milk
  • Delicious
  • Good portion

I eat a lot of cereal. As, a lot. Not even for breakfast – cereal is a snack. And since I’m a cyclist, carbohydrates are an integral part of my life. I’m talking, like, over 60% of my daily intake is in carbohydrates. At this point, I do not know if I eat cereals to fuel my bike or if I continue to ride to support my cereal habits. Either way, they go hand in hand, which works well for me.

But I’m getting lost. We are here to talk about grain. And I wanted to start this whole series of grain reviews (yeah, that’s a thing now. You’re welcome.) With my new favorite: Hershey’s Kisses Cereal. I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what it was going to be, but being the cereal demon that I am, I had to try it.

And damn it, I’m glad I did. Because I have eaten like ten cans of this shit in the past six weeks. It may be an exaggeration – I can’t be sure. I don’t know how much grain I actually eat; I just make sure I always have a lot on hand.

First, nutrition – it’s not bad!

Hersey's Kisses Cereal Nutrition
Cameron Summerson

Although I eat a lot of cereals and try all the news I can, I always pay close attention to the nutritional information. I try to get away from most cereals that contain double-digit sugar per serving (mostly because I know I’m going to eat two or three servings at a time), but I will make exceptions from time to time. One of these exceptions is the Hershey cereal: it amounts to 12 grams of sugar per serving. It’s a lot, but since I don’t have a lot of sugar elsewhere in my diet, I agree with that.

Otherwise, it contains 31 grams of vital carbohydrates per serving, as well as 2 grams of lean protein. On the upside, it only contains 1.5 grams of fat per serving, which is a bonus. A single serving contains only 140 calories – relatively small for a single serving compared to similar cereals – and is an abundant 36 grams, which also leads to a pretty decent bowl compared to many other cereals. I usually eat two portions at a time, which is very generous. This gives me 62 grams of carbohydrates (24 grams of sugar), 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat.

Overall, it’s not bad. The sugar content is high, but what can you do – it’s literally a cereal made from chocolate candy.

Taste and texture: delicious and crunchy from start to finish

Hershey's Kisses cereal in a bowl with milk
Cameron Summerson

Like literally every human being on Earth who eats grain, I had a dry taste as soon as I opened the first box. To be honest, it’s not great without milk. It is quite crunchy and just tastes … boring. But in my experience, most chocolate cereals are not good on their own.

Throw it in a bowl and add milk, however, and it’s awesome. I eat all my cereals with regular almond milk, especially because I prefer it to cow’s milk. It is lower in calories and fat, and provides an extra touch of sweetness to otherwise bland cereals (like Cheerios). I love this. And it’s great in Hershey’s Kisses cereals.

Once the kissable little cereals – which honestly look like dog food and it’s just weird – start to absorb the milk, they soften a little, but not too much. This allows for a better overall cereal consumption experience, especially since the texture remains largely the same in the rest of the bowl. The pieces absorb just enough to milk to remove some of the hardness from the dry crunch, but at no point during my two-serving bowl does it get soggy. It is the best experience of eating grain.

A single piece of Hershey's Kisses cereal
I’m not going to lie – it kind of looks like dog food Cameron Summerson

Regarding taste, if you’ve ever eaten chocolate cereal – Coco Puff, Cocoa Pebbles, etc. -, you already know Kisses cereals. It’s not exactly the same thing, notice it, but it’s close enough that if you like others, then you will definitely like kisses too. The remarkable feature of Kisses cereals is the desirable crunchiness to the last bite, not the taste.

Try it if you like crunchy and delicious cereal and don’t care about the sugar content

A close up of the texture of Hershey's Kisses cereals
Cameron Summerson

As I said earlier, I usually put a stop to cereals that have double-digit sugar content, but I’m ready to try almost anything. I don’t usually buy box after box of sweet shit. Hershey’s Kisses Cereal is one of the few that has made its way into my staple cereal collection, because despite its 12 grams of sugar per serving, it’s just damn good.

It’s delicious, crunchy in milk, and the 36 gram serving is more than what you’ll get from most other grains (by volume, not by weight). Combine that with just 140 calories per serving and you get a winning combo. I highly recommend it.

Evaluation: 9/10

Price: $ 3.64

Here’s what we like

  • Remains crunchy even in milk
  • Delicious
  • Good portion

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