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Friday’s Find: Erewhon Corn Flakes

4 Comments 22 July 2011

Friday’s Find:  Erewhon Corn Flakes

I grew up on Cheerios, Wheaties, and Corn Flakes.  Of course, at the time, we had no idea that I shouldn’t be eating gluten, but those were our three healthy cereal options.  There was the occasional special treat of Life cereal with the little crystals of sugar between the square criss-crosses, but that was as close to sugar cereal as we got in our family.  No Fruit Loops, Captain Crunch, Coco Puffs, or Frosted Flakes. I had to go to slumber parties to try those.  I think it’s kind of funny that I grew up on what we thought were the three wholesome choices of the 70′s, but the second ingredient in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes is SUGAR!  And you’ll find high fructose corn syrup just two ingredients further down the list.

INGREDIENTS:  MILLED CORN, SUGAR, MALT FLAVORING, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, IRON, NIACINAMIDE, SODIUM ASCORBATE AND ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12 AND VITAMIN D. TO MAINTAIN QUALITY, BHT IS ADDED TO PACKAGING.

I had an opportunity to review an Erewhon cereal, and since I haven’t had Corn Flakes in a long time, I knew which cereal I had to try.

Attune Foods makes their Erewhon Cereals in five different gluten-free flavors:  Crispy Brown Rice (which puts Rice Crispies to shame), Crispy Brown Rice with Mixed Berries, Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice, Rice Twice, Corn Flakes, and Strawberry Crisp. Out of all of those flavors, I just had to try the Corn Flakes for the sake of nostalgia.

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when I read the ingredient label.

Ingredients:  Organic milled corn, Sea salt.

That’s IT.  Just TWO ingredients.  And while I am a huge fan of short lists of pronounceable ingredients, I had a feeling that these flakes would taste like corn-flavored sand paper.

Wow, was I wrong.  Erewhon Corn Flakes are delicious, and I’m not just saying that because I got a free box.  At my first bite, I had flashbacks of those chilly mornings when I’d pitter patter to the breakfast table in my footie pajamas and pour myself a bowl of Corn Flakes. (I’m sure I was a delight to my Kindergarten teacher after starting my day with corn, sugar, and corn syrup, but who knew?)

Back to Erewhon Corn Flakes.

They’re crunchy, they hold up in milk, and they have a lovely toasted corn flavor.  There is a hint of sweetness that must comes naturally from the corn, because they are sugar free.  My only complaint was that many of the flakes were broken, which you can see in the picture below.  But this box did arrive via the US Postal Service.  Purchased off the shelf, I don’t think there would be any problems.

I usually have The Husband sample the food that I review so I can get a non-biased, non-gluten-free eater’s opinion.  But knowing that he’s not a fan of cereal in general, I didn’t want to waste even a small bowl on him!  Yup, this box was all mine.

This bowl didn’t have broken bits.

Erewhon does produce three cereals that are not gluten-free, so make sure you read the packaging carefully.  Rest assure that the gluten-free cereals are tested at an independent lab to be less than 5 ppm of gluten.

If you don’t have a local grocery store that carries Erewhon Corn Flakes Cereal, please order some here!

(Disclaimer:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by Erewhon or Attune Foods. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)

  • What is your favorite gluten-free breakfast cereal?
  • What cereals did you grow up eating?
  • What cereal jingles can you remember from your childhood?  ”I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!”

Your Comments

4 Comments so far

  1. Awesome review Cat! I’m enjoying the Uncle Sam’s right now, which isn’t gluten-free, but if you haven’t tried it yet, the Strawberry Crisp Erewhon Cereal is my favorite “treat” cereal (though still low in sugar).

    We didn’t eat very healthy in my house growing up (convenience of the 70′s and 80′s, but we only had sugar cereals on vacations, so we at least did that part okay :) I remember my sister constantly eating Special K, but I don’t think I ate cereal much – hard to remember.

    • Heather says:

      It’s probably a good thing that you didn’t eat much cereal growing up since you have such trouble with dairy. (I really enjoyed talking to you about dairy at the Expo!) I’ll definitely check out the gluten-free version of Strawberry Crisp. Sounds yummy! As a kid I use to drizzle honey on my Cheerios. I still think I invented Honey Nut Cheerios. :)

  2. I really enjoy the Erewhon Corn Flakes, too. It’s important to note that they are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, too. So many folks look to that for guidance, but I love that they are less than 5 ppm, which is even more stringent than GFCO’s standards. :-)

    Haha on creating Honey-Nut Cheerios–there’s a royalty check waiting for you somewhere, right? ;-) We ate Cheerios, Corn Flakes, and Rice Krispies early on. We did put sugar on them though. Then I remember Cocoa Puffs sneaking in for me and my sister eating Lucky Charms (or something similar). When I went off on my own, I ate a lot of sweetened cereals. I could eat cereal nonstop. Unbeknownst to me, it was an indicator that I had gluten issues because I just craved the stuff. I don’t miss cereal, but I do enjoy using the Erewhon cereals for recipes and occasionally indulging in a bowl of the brown rice krispies or the corn flakes with milk. ;-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  3. Richard Lazar says:

    Corn meal, the main ingredient, is steel cut, which eliminates hull and germ of the corn. Stone cut eliminates most of these. So are corn flakes really organic? Are they really nutritious? Perhaps hot oatmeal is a better food? I do not know, and wonder if anyone else knows.


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