Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Kellogg's Special K Berry Streusel Pastry Crisps

I always think I've reached the end of the line on a certain product line, but then the manufacturers pull me right back in by introducing yet another new flavor.  That's what happened here with this box of Kellogg's Special K Berry Streusel Pastry Crisps that I picked up on sale in a box of five pouches at Marsh for $2.49 to add to my growing Special K review series.  Each pouch contains two thin pastry crisp bars that weigh 0.44 ounces each and each have 50 calories.

Since these are mass produced, all Kellogg's does in each instance is change the flavor and that's all they did with this one in that the replaced the normal fruit jam-like filling.  In the case of this bar, that fruit is blackberry and as soon as I took this out of the pouch that tart blackberry smell punched me in the face.  I know some people do not like blackberries, but thankfully I am not one of them or else I may have been repulsed by the ferocity of the smell.  Instead, I very much enjoy blackberries and loved the smell.  The rest of the pastry crisps was just the typical light crisps with aeration holes to let the fruit smell escape.  It was then topped with a decorative vanilla icing to make it pretty.

Again, having had these before, I can't say anything about the taste of the crisp itself was any different than any of the others.  The crisp was light and somewhat dry and had that feeling of a thin (very thin) scone in your mouth.  What makes this, as it should, is the fruit filling and in this case, the blackberry was tart, sweet and delightful.  Like I said, I enjoy blackberries quite a bit, so I found all that flavor great.  One thing I will note is that the flavor of the blackberries is considerably more muted than the smell of the blackberries.  The smell was overwhelming, the flavor is understated.  Perhaps the dry and flaky pastry crisp along with the minimal vanilla icing helped that, but it was indeed a fairly tame flavor.

Buy It or Fly By It?  While the blackberry flavor did end up being tame in the end compared to the smell, I was more than fine with that and give it a BUY IT rating.  As I mentioned many times previously, if you are the type of person that is on board with blackberries, I think you'll like this a lot.  If not, you may even still like this because the flavor mutes itself in the end.  Either way, it's another positive contribution to the product line by Kellogg's.

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