Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Corn cake's taste its prize

Gotta Try It

They've finally made a puffy, foam-like disk I can eat: Quaker's new Cracker Jack flavor popped corn cakes. As a kid, I loved the sticky "Jack-in-the-box" kernels, which stuck to fingers, clothing - everything. The smoky-sweet molasses flavor cloaking this popped corn and brown rice is very close to my snacking memories. So close, I could barely taste the healthy rice. (In addition to original flavor, the corn cakes are available in "butter and toffee." But I don't think I'll bother to try that flavor.)

My only quibble with the Quaker cakes is their scarcity of peanuts, which I always searched out diligently at the bottom of the box. These are more like "peanut particles" - not nuts. That and the fact this package packs no prize. Maybe the better reward is the paltry 60 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving. (As if I can eat only one cake.) But sometimes, you just want to find a plastic whistle in your food. About $2.19 per 7 ounces.

Chuck Martin

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