Costco’s Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Pecan Cereal
Price and Packaging
The cereal comes in a big cardboard box as most cereals do, with two 17 ounce (482 gram) bags, totaling 34 ounces (964 grams) of cereal. The inner bags are a silver colored almost foil or plastic as some cereals use. The price for the package was very reasonable at less than $8.00 for over two pounds of cereal.
On the front of the box the cereal is described as “a blend of spiced granola, oat clusters, crisp wheat flakes, pecans and cinnamon.” There are green leaves pictured near the top of the front of the cereal box, with the words “Kirkland Signature” at the top in a black rectangular box. Below that is the name of the cereal on a deep red banner: Cinnamon Pecan Cereal. Finally, on the front of the box near the middle is a description of the cereal and some nutritional highlights, then the bottom third is a picture of the cereal.
Taste and Texture
The cereal looks just as it does on the box. It has visible flakes of oats, pecans, granola, and other grains. It has many different textures to keep it interesting. It’s crispy and crunchy and retains its crispiness in milk.
The flavor is mildly sweet, but delicious. I can really taste hints of the cinnamon and granola chunks as well as the oats and pecans. If you like granola, pecans, cinnamon, and whole grain cereal, this will probably be something you’d love.
One serving of Costco’s Cinnamon Pecan Cereal is 3/4 cup (50 grams) and there are about 19 servings per container, equating to less than $0.43 per serving. There are 190 calories per serving (60 from fat) and 7 total grams of fat, of which only 0.5 grams (3% daily value) is saturated. There is no cholesterol and only 100 mg per serving of sodium (4% DV). Total carbohydrates per serving is 33 grams with an impressive 7 grams of fiber (28% DV) and 11 grams of sugar, as well as 5 grams of protein.
This cereal is not fortified, but it does provide 70% daily value of calcium and 10% DV of iron, and if you add any type of milk, from almond milk, cow’s milk, coconut milk, and soy milk, you will likely get a host of other vitamins such as vitamin D, vitamin A, more calcium, and other nutrients as well. Add some banana slices for extra flavor and nutrients.
Calories per gram break down to 9 from fat, 4 from carbohydrates, and 4 from protein.
All the ingredients look natural to me; I didn’t spot anything that I thought was artificial. This cereal does contain honey, although it is far down on the list of ingredients, so it’s not suitable for vegans. It does not contain any milk or whey.
The top five ingredients are rolled oats, evaporated cane juice, whole grain wheat, pecans, and almonds. It also contains whole wheat flour, wheat bran, sunflower seeds, brown rice flour, nutmeg, and other ingredients. This cereal does contain soy, tree nuts (almonds and pecans) and wheat, so it’s not suitable for those intolerant or allergic to soy and wheat. Allergy information: “packed on equipment that also packages products that contain milk, sesame seeds, tree nuts (cashews, coconut, walnuts).
This cereal is fairly healthy and very tasty. I would buy it again on our next visit to Costco (which is admittedly only about once every five or six months). I was happy with the price and nutritional information, and I was also very satisfied with the taste and texture of this cereal. I would recommend it to anyone who likes whole grains and wants something different than plain corn flakes or something. It’s a nice alternative and not overly expensive.
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Originally published at Factoidz.com.