When it comes to cereal featuring maple flavor, I’m more than happy to acquiesce to the claims of Canadian maple syrup. I’ve written extensively on the condition inspired by French Toast Crunch, and would ascribe any superiority it has over American counterparts (not including Waffle Crisp) to Quebec’s claim as the world’s leading producer of the deeply sweet syrup.
Cocoa is a different story. Especially when it comes to cocoa featuring a cartoon character. For this I must differ to a bird of a different feather. A Cuckoo, to be more precise.
Little did I know there is a Canadian animal with the effrontery to challenge Sonny’s claim as the world’s greatest cocoa-inspired cereal. With balling skills equal to that of a Harlem globetrotter, the bunny (and no, he is not a rabbit) representing Canada’s Nesquik cereal would at first appear a charlatan of the U.S. of A’s iconic Cocoa Puffs. But is that really the case? Or have we American been lead into a fallacious conclusion about the nature of Cocoa Puffs, succumbing to the kind of insipid and dull taste that would hardly associate with going “cuckoo?”
I set out to glean the true master of cocoa taste, and to match Canada’s best with America’s enduring in a border showdown not seen since the fiercely contested 2010 Olympic Hockey Final.
To do this, I enlisted the help of some family and friends in setting up a blind taste test for me to try both cereals dry, and to pick out which one I liked best. I then attempted to identify which was which, and later I tasted both in milk (non-blind taste test.) The results after the jump… Continue reading