When I heard about the new Kellogg’s cereal coming out, I could not wait to try it! I’m really not sure why since I didn’t eat cereal regularly when I ate gluten, but it probably has something to do with the fact that I never understood why most mainstream cereals, including those without wheat in them, contain barley malt.
For the last couple of months, people have reported finding the gluten-free version of Rice Krispies (yes, there are two versions now) at various stores in other states. Finally, after checking the cereal aisle once again at Publix last weekend, I found the gluten-free Rice Krispies! And to top off the exciting find, Kellogg’s cereals were on the 2-for-1 Publix special so I got the box for 50% off!
My husband immediately mentioned that I better plan on eating all the cereal by myself (he knows I don’t really care much for cereal unless making a snack mix with it since he didn’t care for Rice Krispies with or without gluten in them. I explained that I’d figure out a way to eat the whole box myself.
Monday morning arrived and I decided to open the new cereal and give it a try. I poured some milk over the cereal and sure enough, that familiar snack, crackle and pop sound was music to my ears! Remember how much fun that was to hear when you were a kid? Well, this big kid still thinks it’s fun as can be!
So, how does the new cereal taste? In all fairness, I have to admit that I probably have not had gluten Rice Krispies in well over 20 years. But if memory serves me well, this cereal tastes just like I remember the traditional version tasting. It simply tastes like Rice Krispies, period.
The gluten-free version of Rice Krispies is made with brown rice so it offers a bit more in terms of nutrition than the white rice (gluten containing) version. There are also very few ingredients which kind of surprised me, but in a good way. There is no high fructose corn syrup in the cereal either, which is a more common ingredient in mainstream cereals that the average consumer is aware of.
It is great to see Kellogg’s getting into the gluten-free marketplace and hopefully, more mainstream companies will finally figure out that the gluten-free diet is not a fad that is on its way out. In fact, it’s just getting started here in the good old U.S.A. Who knows? Maybe the company will introduce gluten-free versions of Cheese-It crackers and even Pop Tarts eventually!
*Be sure to check out our own Kim Bouldin’s review of gluten-free Rice Krispie treats here! There are many recipes for Rice Krispie treats on Food.com, but remember to use gluten-free cereal to make them and all gluten-free ingredients as well.