September 27th: Hershey's / Reese's Snacksters

Chocolate Mission takes a slight detour today, breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day ... personally I'm rather partial to a nice round of toast and an OJ. To be honest I'm not particularly big on my cereals, though I was intrigued by these Hershey's and Reese's 'Snacksters' when **I SHOP 4 You II** included them in my latest sampling package. Below are my mini reviews of them both:

Hershey's Snacksters
Kcal 100 Fat 3.5g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 15.0g (per 21.0g serving)

The Hershey's variant included 'cereal puffs, semi-sweet & milk chocolate chips and chocolate chip cookies'. The packaging was pretty standard, the cereal came in a single serving foil packet - it looked OK aesthetically and did a nice job at keeping the product fresh. The cereal itself looked pretty appetising, the cookie pieces looked particularly nice and the chocolate chips were a nice size and relatively well portioned. I know it's not really that normal to smell cereal but I must comment on the slightly odd aroma of this product, It had a predominantly biscuity, malty smell though it had a tinge of old smelling milk ... it really wasn't that enticing.

The cereal tasted pretty good, the cereal puffs had a nice biscuity taste that was complimented every so often by a nice cocoa burst from the chocolate chips. The unsweetened chips were a welcome addition, I think the overall taste might have been overly sweet if they were all milk chocolate. The only disappointing aspect of this variant were the cookie pieces, they very quickly became soggy and tasteless when mixed with the milk.

7.0 out of 10

Reese's Snacksters
Kcal 100 Fat 4.0g Fat(sats) 2.5g Carbs 14.0g (per 21.0g serving)

The Reese's variant included 'cereal puffs, peanut butter chips, cereal squares and Reese's Pieces'. The product came in almost identically styled packaging, with just the obvious differences in branding. The yellow, brown and orange Reese's Pieces gave the cereal itself a colourful look, though the colourings did turn the milk a slightly off putting colour. The product had a nice smell in comparison to the Hershey's variant, it had a relatively pleasant bisuity smell with a slight nutty element.

In comparison to the Hershey's cereal, the taste was not quite as strong. It had the same nice wheaty/corn base flavour from the cereal puffs, and the peanut butter chips added a nice creamy nutty taste every odd bite; however I don't think Reese's Pieces were suited to the context of cereal. The sugary shells were simply not as crispy, and they just failed to release that strong peanut butter Reese's flavour that I was hoping for, it was more refined and subtle.

7.0 out of 10

Overall I have pretty mixed feelings about these cereals. They are indeed a bit gimmicky, I just don't feel that cereal was really the greatest place to compliment either the Hershey's chocolate or the Reese's peanut butter flavours. I wouldn't necessarily recommend swapping these for your traditional breakfast, they just really aren't anything that special. If you fancy something a little different for your breakfast though these could be a nice little change up; they are worth trying at least if your fans of the brands.