Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review: Kellogg's Special K Cookies & Creme Pastry Crisps

There's an old saying that says something along the lines of if it looks, swims and quacks like a duck, then it is probably a duck.  When I grabbed this box Kellogg's Special K Cookies & Creme Pastry Crisps on sale at Marsh for $2.99 and closely reviewed the box and then the crisps themselves, I was reminded of that saying and I'll get to it more in this review of yet another new Kellogg's Special K product.  Like all the boxes of pastry crisps, there are five pouches of crisps per box and each pouch contains two individual crisps.  Each pouch is 0.88 ounces and has 100 calories with less than one gram of protein (LOL), so if you divide that in half, you obviously get the numbers for each individual crisp itself.

Since I mentioned that duck phrase above, I'll approach that review the same way meaning that I'll start with the looks of these crisps.  On the box and once I unwrapped these, I was immediately reminded of an Oreo cookie with the construction of these and yes, the image of the cookie on the front kind of coached me to that visualization, so I'm not exactly Christopher Columbus with my discovery here.  The crisps themselves were chocolate wafers (crisps) with marshmallow creme filling on the inside, just like the aforementioned cookie.  Obviously the shapes are different, but the general premise and smell of these are essentially the same in my mind.  The only particular difference is that these crisps contained a chocolate icing swirl on top, which unless you are getting a special edition version, Oreos do not usually contain.  In a non-Oreo related note, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of marshmallow creme filling in these crisps as I've often been left disappointed with the lack of filling in the other pastry crisps that I've tried out.  So, that covers the looks and swims part (I'm defining swims as the smell) of the saying.

Now, onto the quacks like a duck part of the saying, which I'm going to relate to the taste.  After I took my first bite, all my inclinations about Oreo cookies were correct because that's exactly what this tasted like.  Granted, it felt different in my mouth because these pastry crisps were a soft and crispy exterior as opposed to the hard and crunch chocolate exterior of the oft-mentioned cookie, but everything else was the same.  The chocolate and marshmallows flavors balanced each other out perfectly and it made for a sweet, chewy and chocolatey treat.  So, yes, this quacked like a duck too.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Being that Oreo cookies are one of the most popular cookies on the market, it's never a bad thing to emulate that duck like Kellogg's Special K did here and this truly was that duck like the saying said.  I like, but not love (I find them to be overrated), Oreo cookies, so naturally I'm going to like these pastry crisps as well.  That obviously gets these a BUY IT rating.  If you are an Oreo lover, you'll love these too if you want that flavor presented to you in a slightly different form or if you are on a diet and want to cut some calories.

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