Kellogg's Krave Chocolate

Kellogg's Krave Chocolate

"Part of a nutritious breakfast" in the way that anything is, if you eat it with a nutritious breakfast.
My first reaction, on trying a few nuggest of Kellogg's new Krave Chocolate cereal, was "I'm not sure if this cereal makes me proud to be an American, or embarrassed." 
 
If you have ever contemplated tossing a handful of chocolate chips into a bowl of Cap'n Crisp, then you have the core concept of Krave down pat. It's basically a chocolate chip stuffed into each little pillow of Cap'n Crisp, coupled with a notable improvement in texture. The outside of each pillow is gently fibrous, like a smoothed out Triscuit. 

Even though technically this is a breakfast cereal, I think you will understand why I opted to post it here, to a blog dedicated to desserts. If this isn't a breakfast dessert, like a cinnamon roll or a Danish, then I don't know what is.
 
I am not a big fan of cereal, so I didn't try this in milk. Why would you? It's a crispy sweet snack with chocolate inside. Why ruin it by making it cold and soggy? Also it should be noted that I have a lifelong revulsion with flavored cereal milk. And I'm pretty sure that these will result in - nay, are designed to result in - a bowl full of chocolate milk. (And soggy leftover bits of cereal. Oh I'm going to gag just thinking about it. Sorry, it's just not my thing.)
 
These are outrageously tasty. At first. They are not as overwhelmingly sweet as I initially assumed they would be. I mean, don't get me wrong, they are plenty sweet. But the snackable size (just perfect for popping into your mouth - not too big and not too small) and the great crunch kept me poking fistfuls of this stuff into my mouth for quite some time.
 
Unfortunately, there is a regrettable chemical aftertaste. Maybe it isn't as noticeable if you dunk them in milk. But after eating far more than I should have, I was left with a queasy stomach, a mouth that felt covered in a film of oil, and an artificial taste that oddly reminded me of Teddy Grahams crossed with fountain pen ink. (No, I can't explain it, either. It just did.)
 
Like all cereals, Krave Chocolate has been pumped full of vitamins and minerals, in a cynical attempt to seem like a healthy and nutritious food for children. Maybe that's where the taste came from. Who wants to eat a multivitamin with their cereal?