Categories: Barbara’s Bakery

Yea, I said it (err, typed it). Barbara’s Bakery Peanut Butter & Chocolate Puffins. I saw these in the store and I just HAD to buy them. How could I pass them up? Peanut butter and chocolate is just one of those combos that always works well with one another.  And being that this cereal was all natural, and that I was already a fan of Barbara’s Bakery with some other reviews here, I had a feeling these were going to be good.

Here’s a picture of what they looked like in the box. Waterfall of Peanut butter & Chocolate Puffins  : )

The chocolate pieces were smaller than the peanut butter squares, and seemed to have almost a sugar-like type of coating on them. They were sweeter, and reminded me of the cookie part of an Oreo, with a moderately sweetened cocoa flavor. I loved the crunch that they had as well.

The peanut butter pieces were bigger, and also delicious. They were softer than the chocolate pieces, but still crunchy, with a delicious peanut butter flavor. Not too overpowering, but just enough. They also had a bit of sweetness that was really yummy.

Overall, I mean come on. I knew I was going to like this cereal. Peanut Butter + Chocolate = BLISS! This cereal is really delicious. I tried it straight from the box, and in fact, I’m munching on them as I type this, avoiding getting crumbs in the keyboard of course (; . I would imagine they would also be delicious in milk and, dare I say, dunked into a jar of peanut butter? Oh yes, that sounds about right. 4 1/2 stars

What’s your FAVORITE peanut butter & chocolate combination??

Ah, that cute puffin I have grown to love on most of the Barbara’s Bakery products. It’s almost as if when I’m browsing the grocery store, I don’t have to look hard to find the Barbara’s Bakery products- just look for the cute puffin!

Well, today he’s feature on the Puffin Puffs Fruit Medley Cereal that I was sent to try from Barbara’s Bakery. According to the package, this cereal is “100% natural” and a “crunchy corn and oat cereal”, along with being “prebiotic”. Let’s hope it’s tasty, too! : )

I opened up the single serve bag, and saw a variety of shapes and colors- certainly not what I’m used to with the familiar puffin squares. There were yellow banana shaped pieces, orange orange shaped pieces, and purple pieces that sort of resembled either a flower or a bunch of grapes, I wasn’t really sure.

Anywho-

The taste sure was FRUITY! Almost a tropical feel really. Each piece sort of tasted the same, and all together, it reminded me of fruity-type cereals I have eaten in the past. The cereal was quite sweet overall, but not “sugary” tasting, which I liked. The texture was very airy, crispy and crunchy- even slightly sticky!

Overall, an enjoyable cereal. I’m sure kids will enjoy this cereal, and I thought it was quite good too. I’m giving it 3 1/2 stars overall. It was a bit airy for my liking, and I can’t really see it satisfying my appetite for long. I do like how there is 3 grams of fiber, and only 7 grams of sugar per 30-gram bag!

So, here’s a question you may want to answer…
What’s your favorite childhood cereal?
I think mine was Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch! 🙂

1 bag (30 grams) is 120 calories, 1 gram of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

 

Barbara’s Bakery is a great company that makes an assortment of products, such as cereals, granola bars and other yummy snacks. They are also having a makeover! The generous folks at Barbara’s Bakery sent me some cereals to try (and a cute beanie puffin! (one of which one of YOU has a chance to win!!)) and some information about their makeover. According to the letter I was sent, “Barbara’s makeover celebrates 40 years of natural food heritage with four new delicious cereals and a completely new sustainable carton design.

Barbara’s proudly debuts three new High Fiber cereals, each offering at least 40 percent of daily fiber needs and 50 percent whole grains, as well as Multigrain Puffins, the newest addition to the popular Puffins cereal line, with gluten free and Prebiotic NutraFlora health benefits.

Starting in Fall 2010, all Barbara’s cereals come in 100% recycled, sustainable GreenChoice cartons (North America’s only certified recycled paperboard). Barbara’s products aren’t only good for the body, but they’re good for the environment, too!”

 I think that’s great!  Barbara’s Bakery products seem just awesome! In addition to Barbara’s Bakery having a makeover, they are also running the Barbara’s Natural Makeover Contest. If interested you can find out more information about that here.

Now, onto the reviews! (and then the giveaway!)

Shredded Oats Original- ooh these are pretty good! Square in shape, they are crunchy and slightly sweet. They are thick little squares, and have a “sweet” oaty taste. I think they were perfect dry- a good snacking cereal! 4 stars

Puffins Original- also delicious! I thought I wasn’t going to like these seeing as they are low in sugar (and I have a bit of a sweet-tooth 😉 ) but they are actually really good! They are brown in color, have a rougher texture, but are still crunchy. They are very lightly sweet, and remind me of a slightly sweet crunchy piece of toast. Also a good snacking cereal, but I also had them with cottage cheese and enjoyed the crunch they provided. I also LOVE that these are only 90 calories per serving! 4 stars

Gluten Free Puffins Multigrain- yet again, I love the CRUNCH that these provide! They came in three different shades of color, a darker brown, and orangey color, and a yellow. In my opinion, the darker brown was the least sweet, and the yellow squares were the sweetest of the 3. Yet, all together, they were not overly sweet, but very good. I enjoyed these with yogurt & fruit  4 stars

Shredded Minis Blueberry Burst- yum, yum, YUM! My favorite of the samples I was sent, these were EXCELLENT! A combination of brown and light blue colored squares, the light blue squares had a sweet, real blueberry taste. They sort of had a ‘coating’ of a crunchy blueberry flavor, which really was tasty. I also liked that in the little bag I got (40 grams), there were a lot of squares to munch on! I also liked the fact that there was added calcium. 4 1/2 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed these, and can definetely see myself buying some in the future. I loved the ingredients, the crunch, and the nutrition they all provided. Hooray for Barbara’s Bakery! For more information about ingredients & nutrition, please click here.

Now, onto the GIVEAWAY!

Would you like to win your very own Beanie Puffin? I was sent one from Barbara’s Bakery, and you have a chance to win one too! It’s a cute stuffed animal, that resembles this little Puffin I found off of Barbara’s Bakery website.

HOW CUTE!!!

How to enter-
1.Complete the Mandatory Question and leave a comment below for ONE entry.
(Optional)
2. Complete the additional questions/tasks for additional entries. Please leave a comment for each!

1. (MANDATORY)- What is your favorite cereal by Barbara’s Bakery? If you never had Barbara’s Bakery cereals, which cereal would you like to try OR what is your favorite cereal in general?

(OPTIONAL)

2. Add me to your blog roll/ follow me! (1 additional entry)
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Contest is open to U.S. citizens only, and will end FRIDAY, July 16th, 12 pm. 

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