I gained 45 lbs on the Special K diet and so can you!
Special K products are marketed as low-fat alternatives that can help one lose weight. The diet, known as the Special K Challenge, touts that you can lose up to 6 lbs in two weeks by eating Special K products at two meals and then a well-balanced meal of your choice for the third.
Here’s the problem. My third “well-balanced” meal is starting a junk food blog where I eat everything ever created without restriction. I also have a hard time portioning my Special K products – what with all the Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunches and Special K Apple Cinnamon Crunches. Who eats just one bowl of cereal, anyway? Is that how healthy people live? Hard pass.
The diet also recommends exercising. My exercise is walking through the store to buy Kellogg’s Pop Tarts and then eating them on my walk back to the car.
Speaking of Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, Kellogg’s Special K Pastry Crisps are basically the exact same thing but for tiny humans. The flavor offerings are nearly identical, so I’m hoping these taste just like the Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts. I should have no problem comparing the two, as all my other meals today were Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts. To Hell with the Special K challenge.
Spoiler Alert: They taste like Pop Tarts! The flavor profile of Kellogg’s Special K Pumpkin Spice Pastry Crisps is right in line Pop Tart version. A few subtle differences exist though. There isn’t as much floury dough competing with the taste of the filling. The dough tastes the same (a little buttery, a slight saltiness) but there’s substantially less of it. This shouldn’t come as a surprise at 50 calories per crisp. And while we drop the word crisp, that’s difference number 2. The pastry crisps “crunch” where the Pop Tarts “chew.”
The filling in Special K Pumpkin Spice Pastry Crisps is excellent. In quantity it contains the most cinnamon, but to the taste buds it’s a pretty fair balance of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. I didn’t really pick up on the allspice but nobody knows what allspice is anyway. Simply put, it’s the pumpkin pie spice blend you’ve come to know and love. Brown sugar sweetens the deal, and the filling is soft and moist. ?
One cool thing about Special K Pumpkin Spice Pastry Crisps is that less dough means you taste the filling a bit more than with the Pop Tarts. However, this brings with it a drawback. I miss the “heft” of the Pop Tart on each bite. These are very good for what they are as 100-cal snacks, but the experience is over in a second. You will have to eat many packages to gain the 6 lbs in two weeks. That’s what Kellogg’s asked of me, right? For these reasons, I have the two products rated as equals.
In summary, I accept the Kellogg’s Special K Weight Gain challenge.
Kellogg’s Special K Challenge as a Weight Lost Tool Rating: 1 out of 10
Kellogg’s Special K Challenge as a Weight Gain Tool Rating: 9 out of 10
Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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