How did Reese eat her cereal?
What’s Chewbacca’s favorite cereal?
Why doesn’t Jay-Z eat Raisin Bran?
He’s got 99 problems but fiber ain’t one.
Okay, let’s end with that one.
Today on Products Worth Talking About, we’re discussing — you guessed it — cereal. But we’re not about just any ol’ cereal — we’re talking about ketogenic cereals, which are low-carb, medium-protein, high-fat cereals.
The obsession with ketogenic cereals started when we saw Magic Spoon’s marketing on Instagram, and it just ramped up from there. For this episode, we decided to focus on two of our favorite keto cereal brands — Magic Spoon and Catalina Crunch — and determine which one takes the keto crown.
In the first part, we’ll talk about the products themselves — how they taste and the companies behind them. Next, we’ll discuss the business side of things, particularly what’s happening behind the scenes with websites, marketing, and e-commerce. We’re both entrepreneurs — RT founded Vortic Watch Company and Tyler founded REBL Jane — so we love to talk about stuff like this.
Wondering why you should try a keto cereal? Well, for starters, a keto diet is known to lower your blood sugar and insulin levels while adjusting your metabolism toward fat and proteins. Plus, keto cereals are super tasty — let’s dive in and see which one’s the best!
Let’s start with Catalina Crunch! Rather than packaging their cereal in typical boxes, Catalina Crunch packs their cereal in bags. RT said he liked the idea of using a bag for packaging, since it separates them from other cereal brands and helps them stand out. Each bag clearly states the ingredients included, which helps brand it as a healthy keto cereal. Plus, the bag is sealable which means no more stale cereal!
Tyler was less enthusiastic about the bag packaging and thought that the traditional cereal packaging would have been a better choice. Even though the bag of cereal contains an equal amount, from the outside, the box cereal just looks bigger. Tyler also argued that Catalina Crunch cereal may be confused with granola since it’s in a bag.
But, as they say, don’t judge a cereal by its packaging! What matters most is what’s on the inside.
RT tried the Graham Cracker cereal while Tyler tried Maple Waffle (pro tip: add some bacon bits to this one — it’s the perfect combination). In the video, we tried these cereals with oat milk, which RT loves, but you can use any milk you prefer and that suits your diet.
Both cereals tasted great! Very flavorful, filling, and crunchy. There is a bit of a monk fruit taste at the end — which is a sugar substitute — but when you’re eating the cereal without milk, you can’t taste the fake sugar as much.
Another great Catalina Crunch flavor is Mint Chocolate Crunch — it’s basically like someone took mint chocolate chip ice cream and turned it into a cereal.
You can buy a variety six-pack on Amazon for $39.98, and you can even sign up for a subscription to receive more every month!
Based in New York, Catalina Crunch was founded by Krishna Kaliannan in 2017. Prior to founding Catalina Crunch, Krishna worked in finance and insurance, which gave him the business acumen he needed to launch a successful cereal brand.
One interesting fact we found is that in August 2019, Catalina Crunch’s direct-to-consumer sales were $1 million — keep in mind that doesn’t include retail!
Catalina Crunch has branded themselves as the world’s first zero-sugar, low-carb chocolate cereal, dubbed by testers as “healthy cocoa puffs.” It’s freaking genius!
Moving on to Magic Spoon! For packaging, they’ve gone the more traditional route — just a classic cereal box — but their packaging art is great! Super colorful and almost retro-looking. However, the box is smaller than your typical cereal box — only 7 ounces. The serving size is pretty small, so while it may say seven servings on the box, it’s really just three hungry-man servings.
But does the taste make up for the small serving size? Shaped like Cheerios, Magic Spoon’s cereal is both colorful and tasty! They have flavors such as Fruity, Cookies and Waffles, Peanut Butter, Cocoa, and more!
RT loves the Fruity one — they really taste like Fruity Pebbles and have an amazing melt-in-your-mouth texture. All the flavors are also really healthy — 10 grams of carbs, no sugar, 11 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat.
Tyler agreed that the texture of Magic Spoon cereal was amazing and pointed out that you can easily eat Magic Spoon without milk if you wanted to.
It’s $39 for a variety four-pack, which breaks down to about $10 a box — definitely expensive as far as cereals go. But rather than thinking of it just as a cereal, think of each bowl as a meal — this helps justify the pricing. You can’t compare keto cereal pricing to the regular brands — these keto cereals are made with quality ingredients to support your overall health (not just to give you a sugar rush).
Magic Spoon was founded by Greg Sewitz and Gabi Lewis in 2019 and is also baked in New York. Even though they’re a super new company, they’ve got a huge online presence. Their social media, particularly their Instagram, is amazing. On Linkedin, they’ve got 14 listed employees and recorded funding of $5.5 million.
One strong marketing point from Magic Spoon is that their cereals are grain and gluten-free, with around three grams of net carbs per serving. The reviews on their website RAVE about the cereal’s benefits and taste.
Now that we’ve taken a look at their packaging, taste, pricing, and company background, it’s time to dive into what we entrepreneurs love best — social media, marketing, and websites.
After taking all of these statistics and our subjective opinions into account, we give our final score — the Beer Score (AKA which founder we want to find and have a beer with).
Tyler was a huge fan of Magic Spoon’s branding and packaging, so he gave them a 9 out of 10. RT wasn’t sold, though, so he gave them a 7 because, in his words, “they are too much.” For Catalina Crunch, Tyler gave them a 6 because he thought the bag was “boring,” while RT gave them a solid 8.
Since he’s not a huge fan of the branding, RT gave Magic Spoon a 7, unlike Tyler who gave them a 9. For Catalina Crunch, Tyler claimed that he wouldn’t share any of their pictures, mainly because they weren’t super exciting, so he gave them a 6. RT disagreed, giving them an 8.
Catalina Crunch scored the highest from both of us in this category! RT gave them a 9, and Tyler gave them an 8. While Catalina Crunch may not be the “sexiest” brand, they’ve got 450 stores across the U.S. and have a solid retail strategy. We gave Magic Spoon a 7 (Tyler) and a 6 (RT).
Lastly, we scored each brand based on their disruptive appeal — how they stand out from other brands and catch our attention. Due to their unique, colorful branding, Tyler gave Magic Spoon a 9 for disruptive level. Of course, RT disagreed, giving Catalina Crunch an 8 for putting their cereal in a sealable bag.
After tallying up our scores, we were finally able to determine which brand was best…
As you’ve probably guessed, the scores were pretty close. Magic Spoon won by just one point. Honestly, the margin between the two was so thin — you’d be happy eating any of these keto cereals!
On Products Worth Talking About, our mission is to not only give you reliable information on disruptive products but also give you valuable insight into what makes great businesses successful! In this episode, we both had several takeaways that we plan to apply to our own businesses.
Hopefully soon, we’ll go to New York City, find the founders of Magic Spoon, and have a beer with them (or maybe a bowl of cereal)!
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RT and Tyler