Cocoa Krispies ChocoNilla

This week the cereal eating duties have been turned over to Shiny from Shiny’s Takeout

Cereal Wednesay: ChocoNilla from Cereal Wednesday on Vimeo.

This was an intriguing assignment for me: I’m not usually one to partake of sugary cereals — most likely a hold-over from my childhood days when the sweetest cereal that would enter our home would be Life — and that was probably because my Mom somehow mistook it for one of the various Chex cereals. We weren’t really ever a Rice Krispies family. And now I understand why: those tiny little kernels can be murder to clean!

My first experience with Cocoa Krispies was at sleep-away camp. I was floored that any right-minded parent would allow kids to have chocolate for breakfast. But I soon came to love breakfast cereals that could double as desserts. I hadn’t yet considered the relationship between Cocoa Krispies and its older, more responsible sibling, Rice Krispies. It was probably because the packaging and the mascots were different. (At the time Cocoa Krispies was adorned by Tusk-Tusk the Elephant.)

When I saw the box of “ChocoNilla” Krispies on the shelf of my local supermarket, I was curious. There are other cereals which emulate a vanilla taste, but often it’s too subtle. Would ChocoNilla give us the same experience? Would the vanilla stick out and coexist side-by-side with its chocolaty counterpart?

The answer, sadly, was “no.” I could taste the sweetness of the cereal, but the cocoa/chocolate flavor (and smell) was overpowering. The vanilla was simply too subtle. Fortunately, this was on sale and cost less than a similarly-sized box of Cocoa Krispies, so it potentially gave the Cocoa Krispie-holics more bang for their buck.

And it takes a lot of boxes (six) to earn that Barbie (or Hot Wheels) FM radio advertised on the back. I bought my box on sale for $2.44 (excluding tax); that’s a minimum of $14.64 for a radio that is likely worth less than six bucks. A disappointing prospect and a waste of an entire cereal box back panel. Not even a maze or a cute story involving Snap, Crackle and Pop.

(Is it just me, or does anyone else call those three Larry, his brother Darrell and his other brother Darrell?)

If you enjoy Cocoa Krispies, you’ll likely enjoy this as well. But if you’re looking for a vanilla twist, you’ll fall short of finding it. ChocoNilla gets three bowls from me.

Cleaning advice: Make sure not to let the sugary kernels dry onto the bowl in the sink. They can be a bitch to scrub off.

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    Special thanks to Shiny for doing the review! Sorry about the lower production quality, which I blame entirely on my fickle and temperamental video software Sony Vegas… so instead I had to use Windows Movie Maker with it’s less than stellar graphic package. Hey… at least I got it up!



  1. I like the fancy font, Mr. Fancy Pants.

    Shiny, nice job describing how this cereal totally fails in its mission to coexist. I kinda figured it would…

    …and nice hat. 😉

  2. Nice job!

  3. I like the cleaning tip and the correct pronunciation of riboflavin. Good job Shiny!

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  4. Cool review. I never heard of Choconilla. Now it looks like I’ll never taste it either!

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  5. I remember Tusk=Tusk. I’m old.

    You look just like Dawg! And you did a great job.

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  6. Great job….you were totally Dawg-esque! Also, very through and the chewing actually didn’t bug me one bit…hrm.

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  7. In Canada, we have Vanilla Rice Krispies (which taste amazing, just like Rice Krispies squares/treats actually) and Cocoa Krispies. I guess Choconilla is just the two cereals mixed together.

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  8. Excellent review!
    I don’t like any of those cereals, though.
    And you totally did a great Dawg impression. From the frozen still of the video, I thought you were Dawg, and that I was on the wrong page somehow!

  9. Too bad i didnt come across this blog before. Great stuff you got here. Thanks.