It seems that lots of my cereal reviews start off with an admission akin to, "I don't usually give (whatever cereal) the credit it deserves. Then I eat it and am glad I got it." So I guess that can be my catch phrase.
I don't usually give Honeycomb the credit it deserves. Then I eat it and am glad I got it.
Hmm, not as catchy as I'd hoped.
While confirming the actual spelling of Honeycomb, it became clear that Post isn't particularly strict about presenting the cereal's name. I always thought Honeycomb was one word, but the box indicates it is "Honey-Comb". But according to Post's web site, it is indeed Honeycomb. So on the box, they broke one of the main rules of professional writing - avoid that dangling hyphen thing. Oddly enough, "dangling hyphen thing" is the actual term.
What an exciting paragraph that was!
I saw the "Limited Time Only!" and was confused. Then I noticed the almost subtle "With Twisted Marshmallows" subtitle, and was even more confused. Why would they add marshmallows to this? Honeycomb's cereal pieces are gigantic - they are probably the biggest pieces of any cereal. So are the marshmallows going to be as big as quarters to keep pace, or are they going to be regular-sized cereal pieces lost amidst the monstrous Honeycomb pieces?
What was also surprising was the box's design - usually when a cereal comes out with a limited-edition variety, the box design gets a dramatic makeover. Instead, Honeycomb was chill about it, content to just add a little line at the bottom to let you know what's up. There are also marshmallows flying around, but they're almost camouflaged.
In retrospect, I don't even remember seeing regular Honeycombs on the shelf - only this. So is this "limited time only" edition taking the place of Honeycomb completely, albeit temporarily? It is extremely possible that I just forgot to look closely for the regular version. I'll let you in on a little secret - my reviews don't have the most stringent of guidelines and aren't the most disciplined. This might also help explain why this site clearly hasn't been re-designed since the year 2000.
So the official answer on whether or not the marshmallow version has temporarily replaced the regular version altogether is - "maybe, I don't know - it's possible".
Again, the biggest question for all of this is, "Why?" Some cereals seem like they don't need marshmallows, but wind up being pretty solid - Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, and other examples I don't feel like remembering at this moment. But Honeycomb? It makes about as much sense as adding marshmallows to Frosted Mini-Wheats. But then again, they did get me to buy a box, which I probably wouldn't have otherwise, so I have no real room to talk.
Pouring the cereal, I was (again) confused - I didn't see any marshmallows. Upon closer inspection, I found some of the saddest looking marshmallows you will ever see. They are about 1/6 the size of the cereal pieces, and colored in this tan and slightly tanner tan color scheme. They look expired.
When I did my reviews of expired cereals, many of the old marshmallows looked similar to Honeycomb's marshmallows. Which, as you may have guessed, is not a compliment.
This is Pokemon cereal from 2000, eaten in the year 2012 - look how much more vibrant and appetizing they look, as compared to these:
So visually, the cereal is not a home run for Honeycomb.
As for the overall taste and eating experience - it's like eating a bowl of Honeycomb cereal, except once in a while something feels different while chewing and tastes sort of different, but you're not sure why.
I'm not saying it isn't a good cereal - it is. It's just a strange and very unnecessary change, especially given how unappealing the marshmallows look. Speaking again of the marshmallows, that "Twisted Marshmallows" claim on the box is a bit of a sham. I was initially expecting something shaped like a little Twizzlers Pull 'N' Peels.
Instead, we get little hexagons with a swirl on it. Twisted marshmallows? More like swirled marshmallows! I feel sorry for Post after that burn.
So the marshmallows are pointless and rather unappealing to look at, but the gigantic Honeycomb pieces crush the marshmallow sadness, and make for a standard enjoyable Honeycomb experience.
While visually the marshmallows aren't a home run, the overall cereal-eating experience is "a foul ball that goes into the crowd and hits a little kid in the head and he's bleeding and crying but the team gives him some autographed memorabilia to make him feel better so in the end it's a pretty good deal for the kid." Or something like that.
[insert "sure, why not?" seal of approval here]
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