I don’t normally get to try a lot of new or different gluten free products. Usually there is something in them, like soy lecithin, potato starch, paprika, canola oil, or numerous other things that will make me ill. So when I saw sample packs of Gorilla Munch cereal (with its small list of ingredients) at my support group’s recent gluten-free giveaway, I decided to grab several. After all, even if I didn’t like it, David is a cereal junkie and will happily eat anything designed to go in a bowl with milk poured over.
Product: Envirokidz Gorilla Munch cereal, by Nature’s Path
Method: Purchase container, open, eat. I prefer it dry, David eats it with milk.
Can Li eat it? Amazingly, yes. The only ingredients are organic corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, and sea salt. Gotta love it!
Taste: My first impression was: Cap’n Crunch! After a few more samplings, now I see why many, including Thomas at The GFCF Experience, compare it to Kix. I think it’s a little sweeter than what I remember Kix to be, but less sweet than Cap’n Crunch. Either way, I really like it. David thought it was great and threatened to steal the rest of my sample packs.
Would we recommend it? Yes. Yes. Yes!
Commentary: I’m a recovering junk food junkie. The “recovering” part is not by choice. I crave anything that’s overly sweet, overly salty, fried, or downright bad for me. Due to my multitude of intolerances, though, I have given up almost all prepackaged foods, with the exception of my beloved Fritos (corn, corn oil, and salt). But Gorilla Munch, though it’s not that junky, sure tastes like it couldn’t be good for you. Here’s a quick nutritional comparison: Gorilla Munch has 120 calories in a 3/4 cup serving, total carbohydrate of 27 g, 2 g of fiber, and 8 g of sugar. Kix, which is not gluten free, has 110 calories in a 1 1/4 cup serving, total carbohydrate of 25 g, 3 g of fiber and 3 g of sugar. Cap’n Crunch, also not gluten free, has 110 calories in a 3/4 cup serving, total carbohydrate of 23 g, 1 g of fiber and 12 g of sugar. Both Kix and Cap’n Crunch contain a variety of “modified” ingredients. Gorilla Munch has 3 easily pronounceable organic ingredients.
This cereal will definitely hit the spot when I’m craving something sweet out of a bag, not made by my own hand. So I’m planning to purchase and eat large quantities of Gorilla Munch. I found it at Whole Foods for $4.49 for a 10 oz box. A Publix a few miles from my house has it for $3.99 for a 10 oz box. And Amazon sells it for $25.40 for four 23 oz packages. It also qualifies for free shipping. I think we have a winner…