REVIEW: Quaker Pumpkin Spice Life Cereal

Predictable. Boring at times, but overall pretty good. Such is life.

The above description applies to both Life (the cereal) and life (in general). I definitely enjoy it, but it could be better, could be worse.

Sometimes in life, we get so wrapped up searching for something extraordinary that we fail to appreciate the good that’s always in front of us. Life (the cereal) is the perfect example. It’s tasty, decently healthy, and dependable. So we walk right past it.

What did Quaker do to inject some life into Life?

Quaker Pumpkin Spice Life

Quaker Pumpkin Spice Life

Pumpkin Spice Life is a brand new cereal that is also the working title of my autobiography. Pumpkin spice was the only thing that could make me excited to eat Life again. Life (in general) is FILLED with delicious things, Life (the cereal) is not. It’s filled with whole grains. ZzzzZzzzZzz. Listen to this snoozer right on the front of the box: “Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.” Omg shut up and give me pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin Spice Life, which I’m pretty sure was a song by the Spice Girls, is a multigrain “naturally flavored with other natural flavors.” It’s impossible to tell which pumpkin spices are used before we dig in. The ingredient list doesn’t identify cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, or cloves. Just “natural flavor.” My excitement is waning.

Quaker Pumpkin Spice Life

Pumpkin Spice Life, which would make an excellent board game by Milton Bradley, doesn’t smell like pumpkin spice. At all. I stuck my entire face into the bag and confirmed. Nada. Eating them dry fares a little better. Pumpkin Spice Life, the only way to live, tastes a lot like Cinnamon Life except it’s slightly better because it’s pumpkin. There’s just a pinch more of nutmeg, or at least the “natural flavor” of nutmeg. Maybe some allspice too. What is allspice?

Quaker Pumpkin Spice Life

Initially, milk improves Pumpkin Spice Life. The milk brings a little more sweetness to the surface of the cereal, which is a welcomed addition to the earthy spices. You’ll have to inhale Pumpkin Spice Life once milks enters the equation though. Life cereal absorbs milk more aggressively than almost all cereals. It softens to the point of mashed potatoes. In this state, it tasted like whole grain mush with a late cinnamon burn that reminded me of Big Red Gum. Eat it quickly to avoid this.

Pumpkin Spice Life isn’t a perfect pumpkin breakfast, but life is never perfect. Life is a pretty constant 7 out of 10, with some ups and down along the way. Yeah, I know that sounds pretty depressing, but it’s important to remember that every life ends with a death.

In summary, #PumpkinSpiceLife will be the official hashtag for my funeral.

Life (In General) Rating: 7 out of 10
Life (The Cereal) Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

Our friends at Cerealously reviewed Pumpkin Spice Life too! Check out their thoughts at the link below:

Review: Quaker Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Life Cereal

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