Puffins Cereal by Barbara’s Bakery

Review of: Puffins Cereal
Product by:
Barbara's Bakery
Original, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon, Honey Rice, Multigrain, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Seasonal Pumpkin
$3.79 per 10-ounce box

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On July 5, 2011
Last modified:September 3, 2016


I certainly get the addiction factor of these big, notably corny puffs. Tony munched on the Peanut Butter like it was a bucket of caramel corn while watching TV. They're pleasantly sweet and yet surprisingly low in sugars. Yet as a breakfast cereal, they're also quite low energy, and don't provide enough fuel for our morning needs.

I’ve read so many raves about Puffins Cereal that I just had to taste what all of the hype was about.

Popular Puffins Cereal by Barbara's Bakery (Review) - dairy-free, vegan, some gluten-free and some peanut-free!
Puffins Cereal comes in several varieties (see the box at right), but the Peanut Butter variety is the one that intrigued me most. Fortunately, I spotted it on sale and grabbed a box for this review.

These are BIG corn puff that just hint at peanut butter. This isn’t an in-your-face peanut butter product, and considering the medium, that’s probably a good thing.

Peanut Butter Puffins from Barbara's BakeryThe puffs are lightly sweetened, but sweet enough that I discovered Tony (a.k.a. The Sugar Fiend) watching TV and snacking on them. He devoured roughly half the box during prime time. I wasn’t as smitten as my husband by these light and corny squares. But after a few bites, I warmed up to them.

Would I purchase them again? Maybe, but probably not. Though I did like that they had just 6 grams of sugar per serving (not bad for a cereal that my husband deems sweet enough to snack on), we both agreed that they weren’t hearty enough to keep us fueled. We still prefer those whole grain shredded varieties when we do splurge on convenient cereal. Nonetheless, I could definitely see the draw to Puffins Cereal for corn-based cereal fans.

Note that Puffins Cereal does not contain any gluten ingredients, but they only label a couple as gluten-free. None are certified gluten free, that I could see. I can only speculate that the difference in labeling is due to potential cross-contamination with particular oat products used in some of the flavors. Of course, inquire if you have sensitive dietary concerns.

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Facts on Puffins Cereal by Barbara’s Bakery

Certifications: Puffins Cereal is Non-GMO Verified and select varieties are Certified Kosher Pareve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Puffins Cereal is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free (but see their labeling), tree nut-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without peanuts and are made in a facility separate from the Peanut Butter varieties. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Barbara’s Bakery website at www.barbarasbakery.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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