The Definitive List of Chocolate Cereals You Should Be Buying

You deserve a little a.m. treat. We did the work and found the best chocolate cereals.

Growing up, I did not eat cereal. My parents aren’t anti-sugar or anything, we’re just more of a savory family. Breakfasts typically consisted of cold pizza or leftover gumbo (both doused in hot sauce). Cereal has been an adult experience for me and I believe that makes me the perfect candidate to rank these chocolate cereals. I have no brand loyalty or opinions based on nostalgia. Sitting down to taste through the top-rated chocolate cereals for this piece was my first time trying many of them. I was a blank slate ready to form thoughtful cereal commentary.

As Cathy once said, “Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!” and I agree. Chocolaty-ness is the most important quality I’m looking for in a chocolate cereal. But not just chocolate, a lot of chocolate. I want chocolate flavor to slap me in the face when I take a bite of a chocolate cereal. If a cereal has a lot of chocolate and a little crunch, I’m on board. Andjelina Belcastro (@donnabummer), member of the Mythical merch team, joined us as a chocolate cereal expert to help us figure out the best ones on the market. Here are the top seven we tasted.

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Best Chocolate Cereal: Post Cocoa Pebbles

Best of the Best

Post Cocoa Pebbles

I’m not being dramatic when I say that Post Cocoa Pebbles is, hands down, the best chocolate cereal on the market. It is so chocolatey. Justine Sterling, Sporked editor-in-chief, pointed out that these taste like “powdered brownie mix.” The more a chocolate cereal tastes like dessert, the more on board I am. The box promises that Cocoa Pebbles “[turn] milk chocolatey” and they weren’t kidding. The milk in our tasting bowl became brown moments after adding the Cocoa Pebbles. The flakes are not too big and not too small. They have the perfect pleasing crunch that doesn’t cut up the inside of your mouth. I have never purchased cereal before and now I will be exclusively purchasing this one.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Chocolate Cereal: Count Chocula

Best Nostalgic

Count Chocula

This is such cute packaging! I love it! I would buy this solely because of the packaging. But, once you open the box, the cereal is just as cute as what’s on the outside. The tiny ghosts and bats are absolutely precious. There is a great marshmallow to cereal ratio. Andjelina described them as “corn-puffy” and she’s right. They have a light, airy crunch and a mildly corny flavor. That being said, they are still totally chocolatey. 10/10 for cuteness, 9.5/10 for taste.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Chocolate Cereal: General Mills Cocoa Puffs

Best Crunch

General Mills Cocoa Puffs

General Mills Cocoa Puffs are the other cereal from our taste test that actually turned the regular milk into chocolate milk. It’s not just chocolatey milk. It’s actual, real, bonafide chocolate milk. Andjelina insists that this is crucial for a chocolate cereal. In fact, many would argue that it is the entire reason to pour milk onto your chocolate cereal. The cereal itself tastes exactly like the experience the name promises: cocoa flavor and puff texture. It’s like eating a little chocolate cloud and I would recommend it! 

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Cereal: Reese's Puffs Cereal

Best Chocolate & PB

Reese’s Puffs Cereal

Just in case the fact that these look like tiny Dunkin’ Munchkins didn’t tip you off, Reese’s Puffs Cereal is decadent. Each tiny sphere is glazed with a sugary coating and filled with intense chocolate or peanut butter flavor. Andjelina and I both agreed that this cereal rules because it’s one of the few chocolate/peanut butter items that doesn’t exclusively taste like peanut butter. When my fellow Sporked staff writer, Danny Palumbo, tried these, his only reaction was “Oh, hell yeah.” Most importantly, all I can think about when I eat these is this TikTok trend.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Healthy Chocolate Cereal: Chocolate Cheerios

Best “Healthy

Chocolate Cheerios

If you like chocolate and you like Cheerios, you will like Chocolate Cheerios. They have all the heart-healthy promises of the classic cereal with the added bonus of real chocolate flavor. If you are looking to avoid sugary cereals but need something more delicious than unsweetened corn flakes, this is a great option. I must admit that I’m not sure why Ice-T is on the box, but it does make me more inclined to buy this cereal.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Chocolate Cereal: Oreo O's

Best Comeback

Oreo O’s

Oreo O’s cereal existed and then was discontinued and is now back on grocery store shelves again. And I’m glad it is! Something about this cereal is so unbelievably craveable. Andjelina pointed out that it is “exclusively giving creme middle” and not super chocolatey. Because of that, it loses a few sporks, but it’s still crazy good.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Organic Chocolate Cereal: Annie’s Cocoa Bunnies

Best Mature

Annie’s Cocoa Bunnies

I firmly stand by the belief that all foods taste better when they come in fun shapes. I think Annie’s Cocoa Bunnies would not taste as good if they were just in the shape of a flake or a ball. The fact that they are cute little rabbits somehow adds to the taste. Justine compared the chocolatey flavor to that of a “nice quality chocolate ice cream.” The chocolate flavor is deep and rich, closer to dark chocolate than a Hershey’s bar. This is perfect if you want the fun of childhood cereal with an upscale, adult chocolate taste.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Oreo O’s

In the 2019 March Milkness Taste Test, a tournament to find the best cereal, Rhett & Link determined that the best chocolate cereal on the market was Oreo O’s, the Oreo brand cereal.

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • the milk after cocoa pebbles can cure depression

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  • The wrong video is posted

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    • All fixed! Thanks for the heads up!

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  • I’m not sure there’s much value in ranking popular cereals. Yes, cocoa pebbles are delicious, but I’m more interested in how they stack up to Malt O Meals take for example. I do like the inclusion of Annie’s in the test though.

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  • I don’t see my favorite here – Kellogg’s Frosted Mini What’s Little Bites Chocolate!

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    • These were good but didn’t stack up in the head to head taste test!

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  • I know this is all new but have you guys thought about branching into the UK team for this? definitely a market for it over here.

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  • You should try Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty cereal against Cocoa Puffs and tell me that Cocoa Puffs still belongs on this list.

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    • We did! We found Wendy’s cereal to be not as chocolatey as Cocoa Puffs and have way fewer marshmallows than promised.

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  • Man, Mexican Chocolate rice krispies, known as Choco-Krispies, are the peak of flavor

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  • I’m a Coco Crispy guy

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  • I would 100% recommend Chocolate chex cereal too! It is my go to cereal without a doubt!

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