Store brands and off-brands are often times considered to be “hit or miss” type products because sometimes, the store brand or off-brand product measures up just fine while other times, it misses the mark almost completely in flavor or texture, and on rare occasions, the product may even surpass the quality of the product it is imitating. In the case of Walmart’s Great Value Honey Oats cereal, the mark is in some ways hit, and in other ways, the Walmart Great Value brand nails the Post cereal directly where it really hurts: right on the price tag. Walmart’s Great Value Crunchy Honey Oats cereal sells for one dollar and eighty-four cents at the Walmart Supercenter that I frequently shop at while Post’s Honey Bunches of Oats retails for two dollars and thirty-nine cents. The difference in price is significant to me because every time I save pocket change on something, I can add to that pocket change by saving on other products. The result? Pocket change that adds up to dollars quicker than some may think! Not only though is the Walmart Great Value cereal cheaper than the Post brand, but the Walmart Great Value brand comes packed with more cereal, too! The Walmart Great Value Crunchy Honey Oats cereal box reads nineteen ounces while the Post Honey Bunches of Oats cereal box reads eighteen ounces. The difference in ounces may not be as significant as the difference in price, but the fact of the matter is, the Walmart Great Value cereal offers consumers more cereal for less money.
Price and quantity can be rendered irrelevant if the quality of the cereal is poor, however. That though is not something that applies to the Walmart Great Value Crunchy Honey Oats cereal. While Post’s Honey Bunches of Oats never particularly stood out as a superbly delicious and overly satisfying cereal, I still considered it to be a somewhat above-average cereal, and I still do. The Walmart Great Value cereal is just as good as the cereal Post makes. I feel that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if I was brought two bowls of cereal, one with the Walmart Great Value cereal and one with the Post cereal. The Great Value Crunchy Honey Oats cereal essentially consists of three parts: some of the cereal flakes aren’t flavored, some of the cereal flakes are treated with a coating of honey and then there are the oat clusters. The cereal flakes that aren’t flavored are, not surprisingly, almost tasteless, and if I get a mouthful of just those cereal flakes, be it dry or with milk, the taste sensation is not at all pleasant. Such happenings however do not arise frequently, fortunately. The cereal flakes that are treated with honey are sweet, but not so sweet that I would consider this to be an overly sweet cereal. I feel this is a mildly sweet cereal, but compared with the Honey Nut Cheerios or any of the store brands that are modeled after Honey Nut Cheerios by General Mills, this cereal is not as sweet. It is not a cereal that requires sugar to be added when eaten with milk, or at least, I do not think so and never do. The oat clusters are tasty and offer a pleasant crunch component to this cereal. The cereal flakes are crunchy to an extent as well, but once milk is added, it is not long before they become more soggy than crunchy, which does not happen to the oat clusters. The average number of oat clusters included in a box of Walmart’s Great Value Crunchy Honey Oats cereal is pretty impressive.
I do not buy the Walmart Great Value or Post cereal regularly as I feel there are tastier honey-flavored cereals available down the cereal aisle at grocery stores and supermarkets, such as the aforementioned General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios and the identical store brand Great Value Honey Nut Spins sold exclusively at Walmart stores. I will pick up the Great Value Crunchy Honey Oats cereal or the Post Honey Bunches of Oats if there is a sale or coupon every now and then because I still feel both cereals are a little above average in terms of texture, flavor and value. I do feel the Walmart Great Value cereal is superior to the Post cereal because of the difference in price and quantity that both come without a sacrifice in flavor, texture or overall quality.