Taste test: Cocoa Puffs vs. Chocolate Fiber One cereal

Chocolate Fiber One cereal decomposing in increasingly chocolate-y -- and fiber-filled -- milk

Chocolate Fiber One cereal decomposing in increasingly chocolate-y — and fiber-filled — milk

Like Cocoa Puffs, Chocolate Fiber One cereal turns the milk in your bowl chocolate-y.

But is that a good thing — or a bad thing?

Colleen and Rowan display their taste-test picks.

Colleen and Rowan display their taste-test picks.

“Chocolate-y milk is a good thing,” was Rowan’s opinion, but she was in the minority on this one.

In our family taste test, both Ben and Colleen maintained that by the time the milk changes color, Fiber One becomes virtually inedible — “too squishy and it starts to taste weird,” noted Colleen.

Cassie refused to even try it as long as there were Coca Puffs in the house. Of the four kids, only Rowan was willing to consider making the switch.

“They’re not as good as Cocoa Puffs, but given the health benefit, they’re good enough that I would choose them for that reason,” said the sensible oldest child.

The “health benefit,” it should be noted, pertains primarily to the difference in fiber — 9 grams for a ¾ cup serving vs. 2. It also has 20 fewer calories, 80 vs. 100, but about the same amount of fat and carbs.

Given a choice between Fiber One and Coca Puffs, Bob and I would both choose F1 every time.

“It’s pretty simple: I don’t like getting stopped up,” said my husband, who recently went through that 50-year-old’s rite of passage, a colonoscopy.

As for myself, I definitely prefer regular Fiber One to the chocolate version, because I don’t need yet another temptation in my life. I can limit myself to half a cup of the regular stuff, and with its 14 grams of fiber it’s actually pretty filling. Whereas I have a hard time eating less than a cup or a cup and a half of the chocolate stuff.

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