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Leftovers: Cinnadust Shakes On The Cinnamon Toast Crunch Flavor; Special K Pastry Crisps Add A Jolt Of Coffee

Leftovers: Cinnadust shakes on the Cinnamon Toast Crunch flavor; Special K Pastry Crisps add a jolt of coffee

Leftovers is our look at a few of the product ideas popping up everywhere. Some are intriguing, some sound amazing and some are the kinds of ideas we would never dream of. We can’t write about everything that we get pitched, so here are some leftovers pulled from our inboxes.

Cinnadust brings Cinnamon Toast Crunch everywhere

When General Mills’ Cinnamon Toast Crunch launched in 1984, the intention was to create a cereal that had the look and taste of cinnamon toast.

Through a partnership with B&G Foods, consumers will now be able to give anything the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Cinnadust, a shaker bottle with the ingredients that give the cereal its signature flavor, will hit Sam’s Club shelves next week, B&G announced. It will expand to other grocery stores and online retailers next year.

While Cinnamon Toast Crunch was the 3rd best-selling cereal in the United States last year according to Statista, bringing in nearly $401 million in sales, its signature flavor is already everywhere. Cinnamon Toast Crunch spinoffs include microwaveable doughnut holes, Toaster Strudel, ice cream, bars, coffee creamer and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros cereal.

It’s worth noting this seasoning blend isn’t necessarily anything new. Seasoning companies have sold their own bottled cinnamon sugar blends for years. According to McCormick, recipes for cinnamon toast date back to the 1600s. Cinnamon and sugar have been blended to make confections for hundreds of years.

The Cinnadust website says the new sweet seasoning has “the taste you love with notes of caramel, vanilla and graham flavor,“ but given the ingredients list — sugar, cinnamon, anti-caking agents, natural flavors and sunflower oil — it’s unclear how different Cinnadust is from the long-existing seasoning blends.

By moving the signature cereal flavoring into a shaker bottle, Cinnamon Toast Crunch becomes less of a breakfast brand and more of an ingredient. And even though the sweet blend that is the cereal’s signature taste has already spread to many products, Cinnadust gives consumers the ability to apply it to any food. It also frees the Cinnamon Toast Crunch flavor from what consumers may see as an overly processed CPG items, and lets consumers put it into home-cooked treats, including cookies or desserts. Or maybe even on actual pieces of toast.

— Megan Poinski

Kellogg gives morning snack bars a jolt

Even as consumers spend more time at home this summer, snack bars and coffee remain popular options for a quick morning pick-me-up. Kellogg has found a new way to combine the two offerings.

The cereal giant is rolling out Special K Caramel Latte Pastry Crisps, loaded with caramel and a hint of espresso. Each two-pastry pack contains as much caffeine as a half cup of coffee and 100 calories per serving, Kellogg said, much less than most caramel lattes from popular coffee chains, which can average 374 calories.

The new offering is a low-calorie, portable option from Kellogg’s Pastry Crisp line, which also has fruit flavors including strawberry and blueberry. The coffee flavor adds a new twist to an old product, potentially opening it up to a broader range of consumers each day. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo took a similar path to innovation when they added coffee to their namesake soda beverages.

“With this innovative indulgence you can enjoy anywhere, you can satisfy your caffeine craving,” Courtney Bentley, brand manager for Special K, said in a statement.

 

Reference : https://www.fooddive.com/news/leftovers-cinnadust-shakes-on-the-cinnamon-toast-crunch-flavor-special-k/584332/
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