Which Cereal Tastes Most Like the Snack It’s Based On? Rhett & Link Find Out

There are a ton of wonderfully whimsical cereals out there these days. From Oops! All Berries to Cookie Crisp to Krave, if you want a cereal that is more fun than it is food, you can certainly get it. However, on a 2021 episode of Good Mythical Morning, Rhett & Link turned their attention to another kind of cereal: the kind that’s inspired by other snack foods. In order to find out how true to their counterparts these kinds of cereals really are, Rhett & Link put a bunch to the test. They tried seven different snack food-based cereals and crowned the most accurate one “Snack Cereal Brian.” So, without further ado, let’s pour on the milk (or let Link do it since it’s kind of his thing), and dig in!

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Hershey’s Kisses Cereal

Right off the bat, Rhett wasn’t sure this cereal should exist—and trying it didn’t amend that opinion. They tasted it right after eating a real Hershey’s Kiss, and it basically just tasted like a plain chocolate cereal in a weird, non-Hershey’s Kiss-looking triangle shape (or as Link called it, a “dadgum chicken leg”). Flavor accuracy aside, they didn’t think this one tasted all that exceptional. Not bad, just not a stand-out.

Drumstick Classic Vanilla Cereal

Yes, this is chocolate-covered ice cream cone-flavored cereal (which, by the way, still has less sugar than Link’s Raisin Bran Crunch, a running joke in this episode). This stuff’s got ice cream-flavored “scoops” (somewhere between a ball and a flake), “cocoa nuggets” (which look like cocoa puffs), and wheat and corn cereal cone pieces that look like Golden Grahams. This cereal was “pretty dang good” but “felt wrong” as a concept to Rhett. Because it didn’t really taste like Drumsticks either, R&L didn’t score it all that high. Link thought the cereal was too cone-heavy and that it wasn’t sweet enough over all.

Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies Cereal

Guess who’s back? It’s Giant Deborah! And she’s asking Rhett & Link to “stop summoning her for trivial things.” Oop. Guess giant Deborah has a rich and vibrant life outside of GMM appearances. Whoda thunk? Anyway, this Little Debbie-branded cereal (which I really think should be called Littlest Debbie or Nano Debbie) had a really similar aftertaste to Little Debbie’s full-sized Oatmeal Creme Pies. But according to Rhett, “the beginning and middle taste” were not similar to the original treat.  

Oreo O’s

Tied for fourth place, are the famous (or infamous) Oreo O’s. Link took one bite and noted that “the crunch associated with this blows me away. You really get a sense that you’re chewing a real Oreo cookie.” Link thought this cereal tasted exactly like Oreos, while Rhett thought it was less close to its snacky counterpart (more like a generic chocolate cereal) than the Little Debbie cereal.

Peeps Cereal

Even though this cereal is based on sugar-coated marshmallows, it still had less sugar than Link’s favorite “healthy” cereal, Raisin Bran Crunch. I know right?!? The bran marketers are tricking us all! Also strange – they found no marshmallows to speak of in the cereal…at first. Then lo and behold, Rhett & Link found them. It was a bit tough when they were the exact same color as the cereal itself. Funnily enough, the O’s themselves (not the marshmallows, though I’d hope those tasted like marshmallows too) tasted like the marshmallows from Lucky Charms. What a revelation. A revelation, which tasted a whole heck of a lot like its target flavor – Peeps.

Chips Ahoy Cereal

This cereal was a bit disappointing. It promises real cookie bits, but Rhett took one bite and said, “I would think I was eating Cookie Crisp.” It does taste like a cookie, it is good, but it isn’t quite Chips Ahoy. That being said, it was still close to the real flavor. The Eggo cereal was just so good that by the time they tried this one, their standards had gotten a whole lot higher.

Eggo Maple Flavored Homestyle Waffle Cereal

At first, Link thought these looked like Eggo just repackaged Honeycomb cereal in another box and called it a day. But then the guys actually tried this stuff. Rhett’s first reaction was, “Holy. Moly. That tastes exactly like an Eggo waffle.” And Rhett grew up on Eggo waffles and never fully Leggo’d the Eggo, so he’s the authority. Link noted that the cereal even smelled the same as their real reference waffles on a plate. Conclusion: this is a great cereal, it’s not too much of a leap like the Drumstick cereal was (it’s still a breakfast food, after all), and it’s extremely accurate to the brand’s original homestyle waffles.

About the Author

Jessica Block

Jessica Block is a freelance contributor to Sporked, a comedian, a baker, a food writer, and a firm believer that Trader Joe's may just be the happiest place on earth. She loves spicy snacks, Oreos, baking bread, teeny tiny avocados, and trying new foods whenever she can. Also, if you give her a bag of Takis she will be your best friend.

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