Review: Nature’s Path Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cereal

Nature's Path Organic Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cereal Review – Box

These ain’t your kid brother’s Reese’s Puffs.

No, while the most famous chocolate and peanut butter cereal is a sugary smorgasbord of twinkling cocoa spheres, downright pedestrian peanut butter puffs, and the persistent spirit of a million Saturday morning memories, the granola gourmands at Nature’s Path have conspired in their organically all-natural gluten-free ivory tower to produce a choco-nutty cereal with class.

“Look at those pithy Puffs,” one doubtlessly said. “They’re all the same. We’re capitalists, for GORP’s sake: we need a hierarchy!

Thus, Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Organic Cereal was born, ready for the well-mouthed silver spoons of people who can afford $4 boxes of cereal. This new Love Crunch line of flake ‘n’ cluster foodstuffs also includes Dark Chocolate & Red Berries and Dark Chocolate Macaroon, but my ennui about fruity cereals and boycotting of macaroons until we get a French macaron cereal made my first flavor choice obvious.

And really, how could I lose, when all 3 flavors contain weirdly specific fair trade Italian dark chocolate that Nature’s Path probably impulsively bought like it was Milo’s Egyptian cotton? Real chocolate chunks are like a cheat code for cereals. But I digress: let’s ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A START this review.

Nature's Path Organic Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cereal Review

While each piece glistens beautifully in the sunlight (I’d take this cereal out for a romantic, dark chocolate-covered red berry dessert any day), Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter really does have a hierarchy. And while the cereal as a whole is surprisingly, nay, shockingly good, I think I need to give credit where it’s due.

So sorry, flakes, it’s not due to you. Because you don’t really do much. Each hardy flake has an impressive crunch and a glossy glaze, but its oily toasted maize flavor tempers its pleasant coating a little too much. The chocolate sheen on every shard is very darkly sweet, with a bitter sort of semisweet cocoa flavor that’s tinged with burnt caramel. To simplify things, let’s just say Love Crunch Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter flakes taste like corn flakes dusted in a 2:1 mixture of crushed Cocoa Puffs and molasses.

Sonny might not go cuckoo for them, but they’d probably make him consider a Gingerbread Cocoa Puffs flavor.

The same can’t be said for the chocolate chunks. With a smooth texture, buttery bittersweetness, and fudgy finish, they’re exactly as tasty as you’d expect Italian dark chocolate to be. Seriously: these lil Ferraris make Cocoa Pebbles look like used sedans. But the catch is that they’re as rare as they are indulgent, as I found myself mining my box for photogenic bits like a down-on-his-luck prospector in desperate need of that big score.

Yet Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter’s breakout stars are actually the peanut butter oat clusters. Perfectly toasted, these magical crags do something no other PB cereal truly has: they’re salty! Pairing mouthwatering nut flavor with a salty butter one and the wholesome platform of oats, these peanut butter clusters are pretty much crunchy peanut butter cookie dough. I want to bathe in them.

Nature's Path Organic Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cereal Review

Speaking of cookies, Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Love Crunch cereal eaten all together is more than the sum of its parts: it’s the summMMMmmm of its parts. I was heavily reminded of an Oh Henry, as peanuts, chocolate, fudge, and some sort of ethereal caramel merged essences in my bowl.

Yep, milk makes it better, too. Adding a little light creaminess to this otherwise dark affair somehow—bear with me—makes it taste like a s’more maybe with some sort of Ivy League Reese’s Cup. Milk + toasted corn makes a haphazard campfire marshmallow, while the granola’s honey undertones are delightfully splashed awake.

So yes, I recommend both eating Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter cereal with milk and simply eating Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter. Its fancy-pants flavor profile might just be the cereal surprise of the year, an if it weren’t for the questionable flake flavor and meager mix-ins, it woul be a perfect 10.

Now I just have to Google “inessential organs” to afford another box.


The Bowl: Nature’s Path Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cereal

The Breakdown: Uniquely smoked molasses, creamy fair trade chocolate, and mineralized cookie dough chunks in my breakfast cereal? Corn overload aside, this cereal is what Reese’s Puffs wants to be when it grows up.

The Bottom Line: 9 used cereal dealerships out of 10

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9 responses »

    • Haha, thanks Sean! I didn’t think I would want to shell out for another box (there isn’t a lot in each, be warned), I think I’m going to try the Macaroon soon.

  1. Mate…. this:

    is the meanest picture you ever posted (yet)!
    That looks more than just delicious… it looks like heaven! The slightly brown tanned flakes with a liquid chocolate glaze, which looks like molasse, and the perfect and awesome looking peanutbutter clusters are mouthwatering and not from this world xD
    Great shot Dan! 😀

    Though i loved Reeses Puffs and a lot of people will get coo-coo, i still think maize/corn and chocolate is not the best combination 😉
    But i would most probably inhale them.
    First i was not convinced, especially because of the “italian dark chocolate” (often those so called “chocolate” taste nothing like chocolate at all and i sometimes don’t knwo why it’s in the product at all; at least here in germany), but it really seems a great and even better option for mornings than reese’s puffs.

    Thanks for the review, as always! 🙂

    btw: funny how some of the flakes look like rougher versions of kellogg’s chocos or Nestle’s Chocapics xD

    • If it makes you feel any better, there isn’t a lot in each box, so it’s a risky investment at a $4 price point. Regardless, expect a review of the macaroon flavor in the near future!

      • It does… but damn… you mentioned the price and i thought even for a 12oz box its a bit expensive, but that what you have to pay for when they advertise with “natural”, “organic” “vegetarian” and so on these days, but hell… i didn’t see it’s just 10oz… -.-
        that’s not right… especially because clusters really weight much more than rice krispies or flakes…

        I would’ve bought it for a review but that’s most probably it… way to expensive… there is nothing that can justify such a price… -.-

        I’m looking forward to the macaron cereal review. Especially now, after you mentioned it. Sounds like it could get interesting. I like coconut, i like macarons during XMAS and though i don’t like dark chocolate that much i’m curious 🙂

  2. I have try 4 different products from Nature Path. I’ve still haven’t found one would would buy again. Guess I’m going to give up the brand.

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