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I was one of myriad children who was taught to make Rice Krispies Treats by a parent or relative. They're delicious of course, and simple enough to warrant beginning to teach a child their way around the kitchen. If you were like me, then there was a point when you underwent an invigorating realization that the Rice Krispies in the recipe were easily interchangeable with any other cereal, and your imagination began to run wild. As an imaginative exercise, perhaps you sought to realize which cereal would be the wildest to make Treats with. If you had, then you probably would have settled on Fruity Pebbles Treats.
In my opinion, Fruity Pebbles is one of the gems in the cereal aisle. It's been around forever, the box features your favorite Flintstones characters, and the cereal offers a texture and flavor that no other brand attempts to match. My jaw dropped when I found these in the store, but alas, I ended up disappointed.
Honestly, the packaging on these is great; the wrappers are bright red, and they feature a photograph of the snack, which is quite colorful. Sadly, the snack itself fails to impress. The clustered cereal doesn't offer the bright and fruity burst of flavor that the original cereal does; a dull version of the original is offered instead. The texture of the snack is strange... it has an almost elastic quality where it will compress when you squeeze or bite into it, but it will reform to its original shape quickly afterward. I realize that marshmallow is spongy and sometimes elastic, but it's a very unsettling texture that doesn't show itself in home-made Rice Krispies Treats, or even the packaged ones. Lastly, there's a salty taste in the snack that leaves you with a salty aftertaste.
Ultimately, Fruity Pebbles Treats offer over-processed artificial flavor and texture. You're much better off making them from scratch.
Fruity Pebbles Treats: 0 NOMS (Unpleasant)