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Product Review: Special K Cereal and Bars

I recently read an article (warning- there is some “language” if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing) about a guy who ate food marketed towards women for two weeks. The article specifically mentioned Special K products, so when I received these products to test out and review, I was reminded that these were food products marketed to women, so I should love them.

Keyword: should.

To be fair, out of the two products I received, only one was so horrible that I threw it away after the first try. Let’s start with the good before moving to the bad.

The product that I actually kept and am enjoying is the box of Special K Chocolate Almond Chewy Nut Bars.

Kellogg's(R) Special K(R) Snack Bars and Cereals

I will admit that I looked at the ingredients list and was a little horrified at how long it was, so if you’re pretty health conscious, go ahead and just tune out and join me next week. (Although I probably lost you at Special K, didn’t I?).

These were pretty good. They were a nice combination of chocolaty and nutty, and they kept me reasonably full (for a snack) for a couple of hours. Plus, my husband ate one, and since his stomach didn’t explode and he didn’t turn into a woman, I assume that men would enjoy them as well. Overall, I give these 3.5 out of 5 stars, based on my completely arbitrary rating system.

Now, for the not-so-good. I also received a box of Special K Protein Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch Cereal.

Kellogg's(R) Special K(R) Snack Bars and Cereals

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this is probably the worst cereal I’ve ever had in my life. It had barely any flavor, and I’m not sure if the protein is supposed to be more “filling” but after eating a serving, I was hungry an hour later. An. Hour. Later.

I’m not a delicate flower, so perhaps this cereal is marketed to those women with appetites the size of a hummingbird who actually forget to eat sometimes. I on the other hand have never, ever, ever forgotten to eat. In fact, I’m eating as I write this! Even our dog, who will always try to get a bite of whatever we’re eating, had absolutely no interest in this. Save your money and buy a container of oatmeal and a container of peanut butter to mix together instead. 0 out of 5 stars.

If you have a deranged interest in trying the cereal or a mild curiosity in trying the bars, leave me a comment with your contact info, and I’ll send you some coupons. I can’t remember how many I have or how much they are for ($1 off, maybe?), but I’ll send them out until they’re gone.

Note: I received both of these products from BzzAgent to try, free of charge. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own!

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  1. I received the same package from BzzAgent and although I thought the cereal tasted pretty good, I couldn’t believe the huge list of ingredients, either! With more and more people trying to take artificial junk out of their diets (or at least limit it) I hope they look into that. Those bars were pretty darn tasty, though :). Oh, and I’m not a “delicate flower,” either, and I’m stuffing my face with chocolate as I write! Haha.

    • I don’t know what it was, but there was something about that cereal that I just didn’t like! I love how some companies will use misleading labeling language like “no added sugar” but their products are still full of sugar! I went through a phase recently of watching a lot of food documentaries on Netflix, so this is a topic close to my heart right now (although my Burger King dinner would contradict that…)