#CerealRant. It is absolutely fantastic to see all these pumpkin spice cereals being rolled out, but why only the healthy ones? Last year, we got shredded wheat. Shredded wheat! This year, we got Cheerios and Life. What’s next, Pumpkin Spice All Bran?

Anyway, when I heard there was a cereal called Pumpkin Spice Crunch I nearly shit myself a pumpkin pie. Could it be Cap’n Crunch’s Pumpkin Spice Crunch? What about General Mills Pumpkin Spice Toast Crunch!!!

Aw, shit… it’s just Special K. Introducing Kellogg’s Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch. ?

Kellogg's Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch

Kellogg’s Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch

#RantOver. I guess I can’t complain too much. Kellogg’s Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch has a pumpkin on the front of the box, and that’s seriously all I need these days. The description is crunchy rice & wheat flakes (ugh) with nutmeg, allspice, ginger, & cinnamon clusters (yay!)

Kellogg's Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch

Kellogg’s Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch

Excitement fades quickly. The only accurate part of the title “Pumpkin Spice Crunch” is “crunch.” It’s crunchy as hell but doesn’t taste like pumpkin spice. It tastes like Special K. At least that’s what I’m assuming, because I couldn’t tell you the last time I had non-pumpkin Special K. Scratch that – yes I can. It’s right now.

The rice & wheat flakes in Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch basically taste like Rice Krispies that were sweetened slightly with brown sugar and molasses. That’s it. The white clusters, which I don’t even know WTF they’re made of, are the only thing with unique flavor. They taste like ginger covered in some kind of creamy yogurt or white chocolate. Would be great, but there’s barely any in here. I had to eat a lot of this cereal before I started to appreciate some subtle spices, but the strength and the ratios are off.

Kellogg's Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch

Kellogg’s Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch

I won’t drag this out. Kellogg’s Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch doesn’t improve nor decline in milk. It just gets wet.


Borrrrring Rating: 8 out of 10
ZzzZzzZzz Rating: 8 out of 10
Overall Rating: 5.5 out of 10

Our friends at Cerealously reviewed Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch too! Find out what they had to say below:

Review: Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal

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4 Responses

  1. Jim says:

    That’s too bad. I actually really like a few of Special K’s cereals (Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch and Fruit & yogurt). It looks like I’ll buy some of the Cherrios variety next time I’m at the store.

    • Junk Male says:

      Special K isn’t bad at all, I just want to see a seriously fun pumpkin spice cereal. Cheerios were amazing but if you don’t like cloves, proceed with caution.

  2. Cam says:

    It’s almost funny because of all the announced pumpkin spice cereals this year I thought this one sounded the most promising but it’s the one everyone seems to agree is just very meh. It would be nice to see more cereal brands jumping on the pumpkin spice train in general but I’m glad I’m not the only one who’d jump up and down for a PSTC though!

  3. Junk Male says:

    #PSTC! I’m with you completely, I thought this would be best. Here’s how it all panned out: Cheerios surprised me, Life was exactly what I expected, and Special K Crunch disappointed. Win some, lose some I guess.