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SUN CRUNCHERS HAVE A FEW CLOUDS

Look for a bright yellow face beaming on a new General Foods cereal: Sun Crunchers. The 14-ounce box retails for $2.99.

Edyth Jensen (married, three children at home): "These are OK for a change. They're lightly sweetened and stay crunchy to the last spoonful. The sunflower seeds do give it a light, nutty flavor, but I didn't really notice that much of a sunflower taste."Nihla Lake (married, two children at home): "This was the best new cereal we've tasted in a long time. Our family has always enjoyed sunflower seeds for snacking, and it's great to have them pasted on the flakes. There is no sog to this cereal, it was a `cruncher' down to the last flake in the bowl."

Linda C. Tingey (single mother, four teenage boys at home): "I love the sunflower on the box! Cereal eaters who love corn are going to thoroughly enjoy this cereal. I purposely poured the milk in this while I was getting ready for work to see if it stays crunchy, and it does. The only thing that I didn't like was that it left a sunflower seed taste that stays with you after. It's a nice blend of sweetened corn flakes and sunflowers. And I will buy it again."

Rich Firmage (married, three children, oldest 8 years old): "If all you look for when buying cereal is taste, then you will probably like this new cereal. I thought it tasted good. It is a sweetened crunchy flake with crushed up sunflower seed all over. But if you look at the nutrition info on the side panel, the cereal loses big time. I compared it to the 8 different types of cereal we happened to have at the time. Sun Crunchers have at least twice the calories, three times the fat and at least half again as much sodium as any of the other cereals, most of which were pre-sweetened. So once again, if taste is all you consider, Sun Crunchers are good, but if you look at the nutritional facts - they flunk."

Bill Allred (single): "I like sunflower seeds; I eat them all the time. And so a cereal that boasts `Sunflower Seeds on Hearty Flakes' seems like a very good thing to me. And, indeed, I liked the Sun Crunchers cereal. The flakes are crisp and hold up well in milk. This is a pre-sweetened cereal, but it's not too sugary, like kids stuff. So, even though they're good, do Sun Crunchers really have `The Extraordinary Taste of Sunflowers on Every Flake'? I don't think so, maybe an extra handful of Planter's unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds tossed in the bowl would achieve that effect. But all in all, I'll probably buy this again."

Conclusion: Too much sunflower taste, not enough. Too much sugar, salt and fat. But the doggone flakes taste great and stand up to milk with no sogginess. If taste alone is the measure, Sun Crunchers belong on your grocery list.