Neapolitan. The classic pairing of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. We first saw this recently with the seasonally available Neapolitan Joe Joe's. Now we are seeing it in Trader Joe's Neapolitan Puffs Cereal. Soon, we will revisit this combination where it all started: in ice cream but with Joe Joe's. Yup, they seem to be capitalizing on that varieties success.
Taste and review
Now, besides the flavor, this is kosher, gluten-free, and while not labeled as such, a quick glance through the ingredients appears to be vegan.
There are a few places I don't go too often at Trader Joe's. The cereal aisle. I have a love/hate relationship with cereal. I like it in small doses. And it better be special tasting.
I'm a fan of Special K with Red Berries. And growing up, Reeses Puffs were my go to choice. Otherwise, most cereals don't excite me one bit.
To be honest, I was excited about the flavor combination. But when you read the "made with beans and rice" bit, it doesn't sound quite as appealing. Sounds more like something that should be served with some enchilada sauce. But I'll pretty much try anything once.
So, I opened the bag and popped a few in my mouth. They were crispy and had a nice sheen. If ingredients weren't listed, I would not have guessed this was gluten-free.
Big score in my book.
After having the handful, I started having clusters of the same flavor. The vanilla puffs were pleasantly vanilla.
The strawberry puffs are decently strawberry, but upon closer examination, this is due to the coating. Bite into one and they have the same vanilla-looking interior. What they have done here, is use freeze-dried strawberries, to add intense strawberry flavoring. I just wish they had done that all the way through, as freeze-dried strawberries are excellent to bake with or blend into a powder.
The chocolate puffs are sufficiently chocolatey. I do wish they used cacao powder in place of cocoa powder to up the intensity. But not a deal-breaker as one flavor here shouldn't dominate.
For $3.69 this is still cheaper than many grocery store kinds of cereal of the same size.
Would I buy this again? I might buy Trader Joe's Neapolitan Puffs Cereal again. While I'm not a huge cereal fan, I did enjoy munching on this.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The box of Trader Joe's Neapolitan Puffs Cereal:
How Trader Joe's describes this:
Out of the package you get:
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Trader Joe's Neapolitan Puffs Cereal
Product Name: Trader Joe's Neapolitan Puffs Cereal
Product Description: Trader Joe's Neapolitan Puffs Cereal is gluten free and has three flavors: strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.
Trader Joe's Neapolitan Puffs Cereal has three flavors in one box: strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.
- Gluten-free without feeling like you are missing anything
- Fun flavor combination for kids and adults
- A good amount of fiber in this cereal
- They could have upped the flavors just a bit more.