Trader Joe’s Crunchy Almond Butter Puffs Cereal Reviews

(42 customer reviews)

Crunchy rice and quinoa puffs coated coated with almond butter and dusted with powdered sugar and cocoa powder.

42 reviews for Trader Joe’s Crunchy Almond Butter Puffs Cereal Reviews

  1. Wyatt S.

    I had high hopes for these, but unfortunately they were a major disappointment! I was thinking they might be like a healthier version of Reeses Puff type of cereal.

    The reality? These were super hard and way too crunchy (watch out for your teeth!), and the flavor wasn’t very strong. The bag was also fairly small, but given that it’s not very good, I guess I wouldn’t want more anyway!

  2. Nick C

    These are incredibly hard and difficult to chew. The flavor is almost non-existent and not very pleasant. The bag is about 1/3 the size of the box and while that was initially disappointing given the price of the cereal, it’s a relief after having tasted them. Stay away from these, huge failure from TJ’s. It almost makes me question if anyone taste tested these before they put them on the shelves.

  3. Stephanie

    I was hoping that these would taste something like Reese’s, which have a great taste and texture. I was disappointed. They’re awful. They taste nothing like almond butter and honestly taste more like cardboard box that they came in. Yuck.

  4. James A Etchison

    It’s a tiny box, and inside is a weirdly even tinier bag. You can get two big bowls of cereal out of a box of this cereal. Maybe they should start selling each puff individually?

  5. Roger A.

    It is the best cereal I have ever tasted, soft and crunchy texture, the almond flavor is delicious and the most important thing is healthy, it has Quinoa.

  6. Mateo A.

    These are amazing! Best choice ever for healthy cereal! The Quinoa is amazing and the flavor just right, not too sweet as most cereals one can find everywhere around!

  7. Michelle J

    Absolutely in love with this healthy cereal! Amazing and natural flavour. These are downright delicious, can’t believe is Quinoa! Great discovery!

  8. Charles V

    Awesome healthy crunchy cereal. My kids loved them! Nice texture with an amazing almond butter flavor ! It combines very well with almond milk 🙂

  9. Alejandro F

    Great cereal. Taste is just right. There could be a bit more cereal on the box but I guess I should check the weight rather than the box size. Tastes healthy.

  10. Amanda

    I love the crunch and keeping these around for an afternoon snack! Also great for snacking on road trips. Healthy macros and filling.

  11. Whitney

    I think the flavor is great. I was interested in trying because I’m trying to watch what I eat- but wanted to splurge a little. The texture though??? ugh- so hard and crunchy. I’m only here because I had to google it to see if it was SUPPOSED to be that way, or if I got a weirdly stale box. Looks like this is a common problem/the way they were supposed to be.

  12. P

    They taste like there’s a coating of coffee on them and they made me very wired and gave me a headache. I regularly eat cocoa powder so I dunno…something is not right with this cereal. I’m not one to write reviews about food but I decided to look it up to see if I was the only one and found this thread and thought I’d add to it.

  13. Rob

    Very disappointed in this cereal. Sounded really good but unfortunately it’s terrible! Puffs might as well be rocks they’re so hard and it tastes like cardboard.

  14. Felicia

    I love this cereal!!! It’s clear in the comments the people who gave it a low score expect it to taste like junk food. This cereal is delicious and the quinoa gives a nice crunch which is so satisfying!

  15. Stuart

    Whether you like this cereal or not will depend largely on your preferences and expectations. Personally, I think it’s one of the best cereals I’ve ever had. It’s not overly sweet and has a nice nutty aftertaste to it. If you like almond butter or prefer cereal that’s less sweet than most popular American cereals, you’ll probably enjoy it. If you’re expecting Cocoa Puffs, Reese’s puffs, or a flavor/texture profile similar to other popular American cereals, you probably won’t like it very much. It’s made mostly of almond butter, quinoa & rice, so its texture is necessarily a lot harder than corn-based puff cereal.

  16. Megan

    I nearly could have broken a tooth on these they were so hard, like rocks in your mouth not to mention taste like cardboard. I just finished a bowl, and mr jaw actually hurts. Very disappointed

  17. Jen G

    Tasteless rocks. I seriously can’t believe how bad these are. I had such high hopes, and they sounded good, but they have no flavor and are WAY too hard!

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  19. Trader Joe’s shopper

    Tastes very much like cardboard, no exaggeration.. but it could be worse. At least these are slightly better than the cereals from those Instagram ads. Just don’t get your hopes up. All the 5-star reviews from June 23, 2021 must be fake reviews from the people who supplied this to TJs.

  20. Gail

    Love this cereal! Totally healthy! NO WHEAT and is FORTIFIED with 60 mg CALCIUM! Combine Trader Joe’s Almond Butter Crunch Cereal 60 mg, +Trader Joe’s Almond Milk 450 mg, + Trader Joe’s Turkish Dried Figs 100 mg and you have 610 mg CALCIUM IN ONE QUICK, EASY BREAKFAST!!!! Get your crunch out! Can’t match this with any other brands! Thanks Trader Joe!

  21. Helen

    Not good.
    The bag was surprisingly small, the calorie to serving size is questionable (200cal/40g!), and it had no flavor. It wasn’t sweet enough or salty enough- it was very crunchy and bland.

  22. Tori

    These things were harder than my kidney stone. Also, what is up with the outrageously small bag. It couldn’t even feed a child. What are we, rationing out here? Good grief.

  23. Elie

    I wish to start off by saying, those who expressed individuals were not accustom to healthier food choices – I do not eat commerical cereals, or anything short of health in mind (plant based, whole foods). This cereal… I thought, perhaps, they had gone stale, but after doing a bit of research, have come to understand this is simply just the natural stasis of the product. Very disappointing. Had a few handfuls and that was it for me. Even threw some in the toilet. No flavor, other than tasting very faintly of sugar. Mostly just staleness. Thankfully I do not eat cereal and only purchased this as a treat believing it may have been a healthier alternative to, as many have mentioned, Reese’s Puffs. No. Not in close, unfortunately. Bag, too, was a rinky-dink thing in size. Maybe it tastes better with liquid…? Will leave that venture to you, however.

  24. Iris

    This cereal is awful. I wasn’t expecting a junky, sugary cereal; but this is just bad. They really are very hard, bordering on unpleasant. But the biggest disappointment is that they taste NOTHING like almond butter. Just… no. Not even lightly sweet either, they really do taste like cardboard. Like another comment said, it’s as though they didn’t run these through taste tests.

    Surprisingly disappointing!

  25. Terrisa

    Really, I mean REALLY BAD!

  26. Andy

    Hands down, my favorite cereal. It is very tasty. It is not too sweet, yet it feels like I’m treating myself to a sugar cereal.

    All the people giving this 1 star and complaining are probably sugar addicts who are used to stuffing their faces with high sugar cereals. The only negative I see is that it only has 2 grams of fiber.

  27. Sharon Dehmlow

    I decided to try this cereal because I like Trader Joe’s products so much but it was a huge mistake. This cereal is awful, and yes, it does taste like cardboard with a faint hint of a flavor that’s just… bad. I’m throwing mine outside for squirrels so it won’t be wasted!

  28. Jimmy Garrapolo

    This cereal is so garbage, thought it would have some similarity to Reese’s Puffs but fuck no.

    I have never ever reviewed any food item before this. This is literally garbage I don’t understand how anyone would willingly repurchase this item. It is so bad I feel like taking it back and explaining how terrible this is.

  29. Chris

    I have never reviewed a food item online before, but this is just offensive. Apart from being bland like others have stated, the true problem is how hard they are. A bowl of jawbrakers or hard candy would have been easier to eat. I let these soak in milk for a good while too, but still they were worse than ice. My teeth actually hurt now from only eating a very small bowl’s worth!

  30. Anonymous

    I thought I got a bad box. But I guess this is what it suppose to taste like. It doesn’t taste like food, but more like cardboard.

  31. Blake

    I opened the box and was surprised at how little is inside. Turns out that’s a good thing because these are shockingly bad.

  32. Liz

    Tastes like nothing, awful rock like texture. The bag inside is smaller than the box. I was so disappointed. Not cheap either.

  33. Kara

    Yes, the texture is hard without milk. But these are delicious and gluten free with a slight peanut buttery kind of flavor to them! I really enjoy snacking on them while I study 🙂

  34. Christina

    This cereal tastes like mold… rather, moldy cardboard and hard as a rock. Do not recommend.

  35. Audrey

    Terrible. I thought I got a stale box. I even let it sit in the milk but it never got better. Also doesn’t taste like anything at all. Gross.

  36. Anonymous

    Wood chip meets cardboard meets puff.

  37. Anonymous

    This cereal made me write a review. Like many others, I had high hopes for Crunchy Almond Butter Puffs, but it failed to meet expectations. The rice flavor overpowers the almond butter flavor and it’s a little off putting. The cereal is overly crunchy and on top of that, it doesn’t soak in milk so it stays way too crunchy! Also the flavor of the milk after I finished the cereal is mid. Then end.

  38. Elena DiBenedetto

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! So crunchy and delicious. Yes, please! Not overloaded with sugar and gluten free. Don’t ever stop making these!

  39. Anonymous

    Terrible. Too hard. Very bland.

  40. Maria Obregon

    Love this cereal. Not super sweet and it has the perfect crunch. It is my new favorite!

  41. Laura Plaia

    TJs! I am SO disappointed in you. WHY did you change the recipe for this cereal? I used to love this cereal. It used to taste chocolatey, with just a touch of sweetness. I haven’t purchased in many months so when I did today I was anticipating that wonderful flavor. I KNOW this recipe isn’t the same. WHY did you change it? Go back to the original please! Listen to all these reviewers who are extremely disappointed. You have a loyal customer base but people won’t tolerate you cutting corners and skimping on quality. You owe it to your faithful customers to meet their expectations!

  42. Julie Q

    I love this cereal! It’s not too sweet and great for a healthy snack. From other reviews it may not be for people looking for more sweetness but for me it’s just right.

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