A Cereal Treats & Oat Bar Ranking, Including Release Dates and History

by Victor Martelle
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I don’t understand why the cereals I dislike the most, in cereal bar form, are so tasty. In comparison, cereals I love seem to make the worst cereal bars. In this list, I’ve included both the treat bars as well as the oat bars because I feel like they’re both similar attempts at making cereal into bar form. While many of the bars have the same structure and composition, the taste of course, varies, especially in comparison to their cereal counterparts.


1. General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios Treats Bar

Score: 8 / 10

Front box of General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios Treats bar.

As someone who thinks Cheerios is a boring cereal, this wasn’t a boring bar. It’s essentially crushed up Cheerios that’s a ton sweeter due to the layer of light brown, super sweet Cheerio flavored tasting crème at the bottom and drizzles on the top. The texture is soft with the occasional small crunch of the Cheerios.

Released January 2020.


2. General Mills Reese’s Puffs Treats

Score: 7.5 / 10

Front box of General Mills Reese's Puffs Treats cereal bars.

Grinded up Reese’s Puffs put together to form a semi-thick, soft, slightly crunchy bar. It’s just a hint sweeter than regular Reese’s Puffs due to the cream drizzle and at the bottom. This peanut tasting cream at the bottom is a nice touch for texture and giving it some additional sweetness.

Likely released some time around 2014.


3. General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Soft Baked Oat Bars

Score: 7.5 / 10

Front box of General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Soft Baked Oat Bars.

A little chunky and thick. These are a bit oaty and crumbly with a fairly sweet cinnamon and sugar taste. This taste is just slightly different and not as strong as Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Bars are small.

Released some time around April 2023 alongside a various of other new General Mills items. Found at Walmart.


4. General Mills Trix Treats

Score: 7 / 10

Front box of General Mills Trix Treats bars.

Crushed Trix intertwined with a soft, almost white chocolate tasting creme and marshmallow. It’s got the Trix flavor but it’s even sweeter due to this. Texture is mostly soft with the occasional small crunches from the Trix cereal.

Released around March 2021.


5. General Mills Lucky Charms Treats

Score: 6.5 / 10

Front box of General Mills Lucky Charms Treats bars.

Sweeter than regular Lucky Charms, these come with more of a pronounced sweet vanilla and marshmallow taste. The bars are fairly thick with a soft-chewy granola bar texture with that marshmallow mixed in throughout. Bottom thin layer of cream adds slight, white chocolate-like sweetness.

Not sure when these were released although some reviews date back to 2018.


6. Cap’n Crunches Crunch Berries Cereal Treats

Score: 6.5 / 10

Front box of Cap'n Crunches Crunch Berries Cereal Treats bars.

Chopped up Crunch Berries glued together by a sticky substance. It’s less crunchyt than dry Crunch Berries although there is a light, soft crunch. About the same level of sweetness and taste as Crunch Berries overall.

Released April 2021 alongside a Peanut version.


7. General Mills Golden Grahams Treats

Score: 6 / 10

Front box of General Mills Golden Grahams Treats bars.

Reminds me a chocolate chip granola bar in terms of texture. They also almost taste like them but slightly different as the chocolate and marshmallow isn’t really too noticeable but it’s there. The golden graham flavor is also appreciable. The bar overall is fairly sweet with mostly a graham cracker taste and just a little bit of chocolate and marshmallow alongside it.

Not sure when these were released although reviews date back several years.


8. General Mills Golden Graham’s S’mores Soft Baked Oat Bars

Score: 6 / 10

Front box of General Mills Golden Graham's s'mores soft baked oat bars.

A soft, bit crumbly, and slightly moist (not dry) oaty tasting bar with bits of chocolate throughout that don’t seem to add to much to taste and texture. It’s semi sweet overall. I do wish there was marshmallow in it as advertised by the picture on the package. Bars are very small.

Released some time around April 2023 alongside a various of other new General Mills items. Found at Walmart.


9. General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats

Score: 6 / 10

Front box of General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats bars.

A bit like Cinnamon Toast Crunch but it almost feels like the cinnamon and sugar taste is a bit less, making the bar a little less sweet than the cereal. It also meant there’s more of the graham cracker, toast-like taste. Texture is soft-chewy like a granola bar. Bottom thin layer of cream adds slight, white chocolate-like sweetness.

Not sure when these were released but some reviews date back to 2014.


10. Cocoa Puffs Treats

Score: 5.5 / 10

Box of Cocoa Puffs Treats.

Whatever they mixed in with the Cocoa Puffs really brings it down. There’s a sticky substance that makes it all taste more fake and less flavorless overall. Really feels like a toned down, artificial version of Cocoa Puffs.

Released June 2021.


11. Peanut Butter Crunch Cap’n Crunch Treats

Score: 5.5 / 10

Front box of Cap'n Crunch Treats Peanut Butter crunch, 60th Birthday.

Less tasteful version of the cereal. The flavor of these has the Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter but it’s a little weaker and not as sweet. The texture is a bit thick, soft-chewy, and lacks the creamy bottom like some of the other treats. The small drizzle of chocolate on top is slightly noticable and is a nice addition.

Released April 2021 alongside a Berries version. Found at Dollar General, I haven’t seen them elsewhere.


12. Original Cap’n Crunch Treats

Score: 5.5 / 10

Front box of Original Cap'n Crunch Treats box.

What’s weird is the color. Cap’n Crunch is orange while the treat is bits of grinded up Cap’n Crunch with little white crispy-crunchy balls that look like Rice Krispies but are thicker. The taste is also a little different but it’s fairly close to the cereal. The corn flavor is more noticable in these treats and the sweetness level is about the same. The texture is fairly thick, soft, a little crunchy, and easy to bite through.

Not sure when these were released although it was likely several years ago.


13. Kellogg’s Apple Jacks Cereal Bars

Score: 5.25 / 10

Front box of Kellogg's Apple Jacks Cereal Bars.

A bit sweeter version of Apple Jacks, these have a slightly more pronounced apple and cinnamon. The bar feels a little more thin than other cereal bars and it’s also smaller. Texture is like a granola bar, soft and chewy. Bottom thin layer of cream adds slight, white chocolate-like sweetness.

Not sure when this was released although reviews date to early 2023.


14. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Cereal Bars

Score: 5.25 / 10

Front box of Kellogg's Froot Loops Cereal Bars.

Kind of thin falls apart easy as it’s a few loose Froot Loops cobbled not so tightly together. Slightly sweeter than regular froot loops due to the sweet creme at the bottom and whatever is making them stick together. Bar is quite sticky and small.

Released December 2020.


15. Post Fruity Pebbles Treats

Score: 5 / 10

Front box of Post Fruity Pebbles Treats Bar.

Taste and texture is like if you got a bit of crushed Fruity Pebbles and squished it into some very artificial tasting marshmallow. The bar itself is sweet and tastes like Fruity Pebbles but the fairly strong artificial marshmallow makeup really hinder it. Texture is fairly soft, thick, and has a light Krispy crunch here and there from the pebbles.

Released several years ago, not sure of exact year.


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