Today’s review is 1000% dedicated to my younger sister, whose favourite cereal is Frosted Flakes. When DAVIDsTea first released Frosted Cereal last month (1/3 of their Iced Latte Collection), I immediately thought of her. It’s ironic though, because I was never really big on cereal as a child, and I still only really eat it when I’m in the mood, but I truly do appreciate the nostalgia factor of this caffeine-free blend. Despite the addition of stevia (which typically gives me massive headaches) and the odd mash-up of ingredients, it’s time to see if Frosted Cereal is able to truly embody its sugary namesake!
Frosted Cereal comes in a resealable foil pouch, with a label that appears canary yellow in colour (this is the colour DAVIDsTea typically uses to signify their fruit infusions/herbal blends). As for the fruit infusion inside, there’s a whole lot going on. More than a dozen ingredients come together to really drive this concept of cereal milk home. I can see bright orange pieces of carrot, coconut chips, raisins, goji berries, and of course, actual cornflakes sprinkled throughout. After shaking up my bag a couple times, I was even lucky enough to spot a sizeable marshmallow amongst the “chaos”. Frosted Cereal has a pretty strong scent, even before fully opening the bag. It’s sweet and dessert like, but it also has some oatmeal/granola qualities to it. The listed ingredients are: apple, carrots, bean peels, gluten free oats, marshmallows, coconut chips, gluten free cornflakes, raisins, goji berries, quinoa, vanilla pieces, stevia extract, natural vanilla and cream flavouring.
DAVIDsTea suggests steeping Frosted Cereal for 5+ minutes in 95°C (200°F). In boiling water, I steeped Frosted Cereal for about 12 minutes.
Reading reviews from others online is what encouraged me to steep Frosted Cereal past the suggested 5 minutes, which resulted in a liquor that is golden amber in colour. There’s also a slight oily layer on top, that I suspect is from the coconut chips… On the other hand, this blend doesn’t smell nearly as fragrant as it did initially. The carrot overwhelms the scent completely. Unfortunately, I’m not getting a whole lot from the flavour upon my first sips. It is really weak tasting and sweet, but with enough body to still instantly coat the tongue and leave a thick feeling in the mouth. Although there are “whispers” of the intended cereal flavour, in my opinion, it’s definitely not definitive.
In theory, Frosted Cereal is a fun tea creation. I really like how inclusive it is; from the fact that it is vegan & gluten free, as well as it being free of caffeine, but it didn’t really do a whole lot for me. The hype is somewhat justified, and I’m happy that I was able to try it out, but I can’t see myself purchasing any more. Even as an iced latte, it’s just way too sweet, and not worth the headache from the stevia.
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Until we steep again…