Supposedly, Crunchy Nut has been available in England for quite some time and Kellogg's finally decided to bring it over to US shores. Kellogg's used to make "Nut & Honey Crunch", though it was discontinued a while ago. Like Crunchy Nut, they came in both flakes and "Os" versions. I have fond memories of eating Nut & Honey Crunch in the 80s, and missed it when it was discontinued. Remember the "Nothin' Honey" commercials? ;)
Well, if you want to relive those days, give Crunchy Nut a try. To the best of my taste buds' recollection, the crunch and flavor are nearly identical. There is the sweet tang of the honey coating and satisfying texture of the peanut-sprinkled corn flakes. The flavor is comparable to frosted flakes, but with honey and nut flavors. It holds up well in milk, retaining it's crunch down to the last bite. Comparing ingredients and nutritional information from their respective boxes shows that they match up pretty closely there as well, though the serving size for N&H is 2/3 cup and for CN it is 3/4 cup. If anything, ounce for ounce, Crunchy Nut Golden Honey Nut Flakes looks a little healthier for you than Nut & Honey Crunch.
That's not to say it truly healthy though. Sure, it is fortified with the usual assortment of vitamins and when eaten with milk you fill even more of your daily nutritional requirements. However, it is still laden with sugar, honey and High Fructose Corn Syrup. My taste buds must have changed a bit since the 80s because it is almost too sweet for me. Blame it on a steady diet of low sugar cereals over recent years. I would have a hard time eating this regularly first thing in the morning. Instead, I mimic a habit of my father's and eat a small bowl of it in place of dessert. You could even mix it with other cereals that contain less sugar (as my dad would do).
Don't get me wrong, Crunch Nuts tastes great on it's own, and if you have a sugar/crunch craving, it hits the spot. It even makes a good breading base for fried chicken. I just no longer have quite the sweet tooth I once did. I give Crunchy Nut Golden Honey Nut Flakes high marks for flavor, mouth-feel and craving satisfaction. I have to take a little off for health impact though.
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