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WHEATIES HITS PAY DIRT WITH GOLD VERSION

The Breakfast of Champions takes a dip in the honey pot! Wheaties "Honey Gold" version is a "wholesome, sweetened, whole wheat and corn cereal with honey" that retails for $2.59 for the 5.5-ounce box.

Don Russell: "These Wheaties are very sweet and taste quite a bit like Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. While the message on the packaging seems to be directed at adults, this appears to be a cereal that will be appreciated more by children. The recipe on the box for honey muffins sounds tempting to us."Nihla Lake: "With so many other cerealmakers adding honey to their product it was just a matter of time before they did it to the `Breakfast of Champions.' The Wheaties flakes were similar to other brands flavorwise. One thing we did notice was that they tended to stay crisp down to the last spoonful in the bowl instead of being very soggy about halfway through like the regular Wheaties."

Judy Slack Wilson: "This is kind of funny - not everyone in our family got to try Wheaties HoneyGold. One boy liked it so much that it was gone before the rest of us got much of a taste. Wheaties Gold are wonderful. We really liked them."

Edyth Jensen: "I am not impressed with this cereal. The `honey' is listed four or five items down the line after the sugars. Personally, I will stay with the plain Wheaties I have enjoyed for years."

Linda C. Tingey: "This is definitely going on our grocery list. These don't need any sugar at all; they are substantially sweet. They are crisp and my kids even ate them plain. Wheaties is one cereal we always buy, but we'll be getting the Gold from now on."

Rich Firmage: "The Wheaties Gold were great. I really liked them, though I thought they were a bit sweet. They stayed crunchy, looked great and tasted as good as they looked. I'll buy these again in a minute."

Conclusion: How sweet it is! Two of our testers thought this honey-version was a bit of overkill in the sugar/honey department. But the majority just plain liked the taste and crispness.

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