Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Something Special

I can eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night snack - it doesn't matter. As a kid, I studied cereal box packaging nearly every morning. (The prizes and toys that came in most boxes didn't hurt. Where have you gone, plastic Spider-Man watch?) More often than not - after the kids have devoured dinner and left nothing for their hungry dad by the time he gets home from work - I'll dig in to a heaping bowl of carbs surrounded by a moat of milk. Let me be clear: I love cereal.

So it was with great eagerness that I wanted to try Kellogg's new gluten-free version of Special K. Because Kellogg's seems to be going all in with the Special K brand - the name is now on everything from snack bars to chips to shakes - it didn't surprise me that a gluten-free cereal was in the cards.

Unlike Kellogg's gluten-free Rice Krispies, the company's gluten-free Special K bears no similarity to its traditional counterpart. Whereas the original Special K flakes are lighter and blander, the gluten-free version is a heartier flake that retains its crunchiness in milk. It's made with whole grain brown rice, whole grain sorghum and milled corn - providing the cereal with its darker hue - and is modestly sweetened with brown sugar and honey.

Though we usually have about 10 boxes of cereal in our pantry at any given time, there's no reason why the gluten-free Special K won't be a part of my rotation, no matter the time of day.
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