Taste Test: Envirokidz Gorilla Munch

Let’s be honest here. Gorilla Munch is a kids cereal. You can see the cartoon gorilla on the front of the box staring right back at you. It’s even made by a brand called Envirokidz.

But should a cereal this good be kept just for children? Its tasty, spherical puffs crunch between your teeth just right after soaking in a bowl of milk or even straight out of the box. They’re sweet, but not too sweet. Dry, but not too dry.

Gorilla Munch is a gluten-free cereal that’s so good, it spans all age groups. Its boxes line the cereal aisle at Whole Foods, and I’d be willing to bet it’s a popular choice among the regulars there.

After purchasing a sample last week to try for the office, Annette and I finished the entire box in only a few days. We took our servings by the handful, as their perfectly rich texture left no need for milk.

The taste is probably most comparable to General Mills’ Kix, except Gorilla Munch is gluten-free (Kix contains oats and therefore is not gluten-free). It’s also a good bit sweeter – the nutrition facts reveal that Gorilla Munch contains eight grams of sugar, while Kix only has two. It’s also worth noting that Gorilla Munch contains less sugar than the gluten-containing Fruit Loops, which are loaded with twelve grams. But of course, as with most popular kids cereals, sweetness is often the deciding factor for many kids whose insatiable sweet tooths are tough for companies to ignore.

So although Gorilla Munch isn’t necessarily low on sweetness, it’s better for you than many other alternatives out there. It’s also made from organic cornmeal and contains only two other ingredients – organic evaporated cane juice and sea salt. It’s hard to find a cereal more simple and wholesome than that.

Envirokidz, the company behind Gorilla Munch, markets itself as a green company, but takes a specific tilt on its environmental friendliness. Besides using 100% organic ingredients, the company donates 1% of all sales revenue to wildlife preservation and environmental education. Its website is teeming with animal facts and links to environmental organizations that target youth in particular. To date, the company has donated over $1 million to environmental organizations worldwide. The inside of the box is also lined with information about these organizations to help encourage Envirokidz consumers to get involved.

Our Grocery Guide lists four other gluten-free Envirokidz cereals, all of which have wildlife-related names – Amazon Frosted Flakes, Koala Crisp, Leapin Lemurs Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cereal, and Peanut Butter Panda Puffs. We checked for other bloggers’ reviews of Gorilla Munch, and every single one we found was positive. Here’s a particularly glowing recommendation from Li Loves David.

A quick sidenote – Some of our loyal blog readers might remember this post, which also raved about  Envirokidz cereal. We’d like to remind everyone that although we occasionally receive food samples from companies, in no way are we paid to endorse them. We received no samples or payment of any kind from Envirokidz or their parent brand, Nature’s Path. We’re simply sharing Envirokidz cereal as a favorite snack that we enjoy, and we hope you will too.

What are some of your favorite gluten-free cereals? Any other Envirokidz fans out there? Let us know!

4 thoughts on “Taste Test: Envirokidz Gorilla Munch”

  1. Hey, Envirokidz cereals are for all anti-glutites looking for a tasty cereal. When I first found out I had Celiac Disease I was crushed to find all the cereals I tried were nasty. I then found Gorilla Munch which reminded me of Kix. I ate that religiously with bananas until I found Amazon Flakes. I ABSOLUTELY love the Amazon Flakes! They stay crunchier than Frosted Flakes. Stay away from the Leapin’ Lemurs… VERY NASTY!

    Happy eating, learning and living! Gluten-Free…

  2. If you don’t like Leapin’ Lemus, maybe try mixing their chocolate and peanut butter cereals so you can control the ratios? That’s what I do.

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