REVIEW: Panda Puffs
EnviroKidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs
First before we dive into this review, I need to get a gripe out of the way. When I went to the EnvrioKidz Web site to research this product, I noticed this disclaimer under the ingredient listing:
May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, or soy.
Great? Right? I mean, I have a tree nut AND a soy allergy. Shouldn't I be happy that EnviroKidz let me know that this cereal could be cross contaminated? Well, I am. Sorta. See here is the ingredient list: (Read it. I'll wait.)
Organic corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic peanut butter (peanuts, salt), organic expeller-pressed canola oil and/or organic soybean oil, sea salt, tocopherols (natural vitamin E) added to preserve freshness.
Did you notice that the third ingredient is PEANUT BUTTER? So, the cereal does contain peanuts--not just traces of it. And this isn't just an internet goof. The message on the box tells the buyer that the cereal is produced in a facility that handles "peanuts, tree nuts and soy."
Confusing ingredient statements, like "May contain traces of peanuts..." when the cereal does, in fact, contain peanuts makes me nuts.
Anyway, onto the review.
In the past I have been a Gorilla Munch girl. It is a nice snack-type cereal. (I don't like sweet cereal in the morning but I do like munching on it in place of cookies later in the day when I am in the mood for something sweet.) I'd always noticed the cute Panda Puff box and finally got around to buying one. I was excited.
When the mood for a snack struck, I opened the box. Interesting, these little puffs looked *just like* Gorilla Munch. So, similar that I re-read the box to make sure I had grabbed the right cereal. I had, in fact, grabbed the Panda Puffs. Honestly, they look identical to Gorilla Munch. So, if you don't like the texture of Gorilla Munch, I would avoid Panda Puffs.
I popped a few into my mouth. They tasted like....Gorilla Munch. What the heck?!?! I ate a few more. After a few mouthfuls, I finally got a whisper of peanut butter flavor. This is odd for me. I can usually detect smells and tastes way before anyone else. The fact that I had to munch through a couple of handfuls of the cereal to detect the peanut butter flavor meant it was a LIGHT peanut butter flavor.
After crunching on the cereal, I looked at it. Sure enough, it seemed like some of the cereal balls were coated with a peanut butter coating and other, most others, were not. I dug out the coated cereal balls and sampled them. Sure enough, the peanut butter flavor was stronger but not overwhelming. Perhaps this is what they meant on the box when they stated, "May Contain Peanuts?" I kid.
Honestly, if you are looking for a replacement for a gluten peanut butter cereal--like Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch--I don't think Panda Puffs will do it for you. This is a good cereal but there simply isn't enough peanut butter flavor for peanut butter lovers.
Summary: Panda Puffs by EnviroKidz is a corn cereal that is nice and crunchy. It hold up very well in milk. It is very light on the peanut butter flavor as the peanut butter coated balls seems to be few and far between in th box. This cereal is similar in shape to the gluten-containing Kix cereal. The texture is slightly denser than Kix with a sweeter taste as well.
Grade: C-. It is a good cereal. However, it advertises itself as a "Peanut Butter" cereal. It simply did not taste enough of peanut butter to deliver on that promise.