Living in a town that hosts one of the world’s largest oatmeal plants, I’ve eaten my fair share of instant oatmeal growing up. As a kid it was all about the Strawberries and Creme or maybe the Blueberry. Later I started eating the Maple Sugar pretty regularly or maybe it was Cinnamon Raisin. When I got a job and had some cash-flow I even bought the single serving plastic bowl variety for awhile, paying for the convenience of not dirtying a bowl. I’ve always liked oatmeal, its good food. Something caught my girlfriend’s eye at the store the other day though and she picked up some new Dinosaur Egg oatmeal from the fine folks at Quaker. It did not disappoint.
The actual flavor of the oatmeal is brown sugar, a classic flavor you can’t really miss with. What makes it Dinosaur Egg is in the dry packet there are tiny dinosaur eggs ready to hatch. Once they are exposed to hot water the shell melts away and a tiny sugar dinosaur emerges. Its a pretty magical experience hatching your own herd of dinosaurs every morning during breakfast. So far I’ve encountered T-rex, Brontosaurus, and Stegosaurus. I’m pretty sure Brontosaurus doesn’t really even exist anymore but in oatmeal form I feel like I can get away with calling him this. When you eat the dinosaur they are surprisingly hard, kind of a like a stale sprinkle. Sometimes you get a stubborn egg shell that only half melts away, these shell remnants have kind of a marshmallow taste if I was going to call it anything.
The only thing I didn’t like about dinosaur oatmeal was you only get about 7 or 8 dinosaurs eggs per packet of oatmeal, I feel this is a little light compare to the mixin’s that show up in a normal packet of oatmeal. It’s hard to eat just one packet but this is a problem that is common to all Quaker oatmeal for the most part. If you like oatmeal or dinosaurs you’ll probably dig this hybrid. Make sure to buy some before it goes extinct! (sorry I had to!)