I Tried The New Fruity Pebbles-Flavored Protein Powder—Here's What I Thought
When you think of nutritious morning smoothies, Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles probably don't come to mind. For lovers of the sugary cereals, supplement retailer Dymatize has released an unlikely collaboration: Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles-flavored protein powders.
We decided to try out this new release and give you our honest review of the powders. For this testing, we created two different smoothie recipes per powder. From blendability to taste, we've considered all the factors that make these blendable treats great. Keep reading for major smoothie envy.
Cocoa Pebbles: Smoothie #1
My first thought when opening the Cocoa Pebbles protein powder was the smell—it smells exactly like brownie mix! For the first smoothie, I added one scoop of protein powder, along with peanut butter, frozen bananas, plain yogurt, and almond milk. Everything blended very well together and the finished product was a very smooth, chocolaty treat. However, I felt that it tasted more like a milkshake than a smoothie and was a little too decadent for 9:00 a.m.. For those with a major sweet tooth, this recipe is for you.
Smoothie Score: 7/10.
Cocoa Pebbles: Smoothie #2
For the second Cocoa Pebbles smoothie, I wanted to make the recipe a bit more fruity. I added one scoop of powder, frozen raspberries, frozen strawberries, a dollop of strawberry yogurt, and a dash of almond milk. This recipe was still very smooth, but the flavors did not blend together as well as I thought they would. I would recommend adding fewer berries so the chocolate flavor isn't overpowered.
Smoothie Score: 6/10.
Fruity Pebbles: Smoothie #1
My first thought after opening the Fruity Pebbles powder was that it looks exactly like Funfetti cake mix, complete with colorful glitter specks. The powder also smells exactly like the cereal itself, a bonus for fans of the rainbow treat. For my first smoothie creation, I decided to play up the colorful aspect of the powder. I added an array of vibrant fruits, including frozen strawberries, frozen blackberries, frozen dragon fruit, one scoop of powder, a sprinkle of Fruity Pebbles cereal, strawberry yogurt and a bit of almond milk. This smoothie blended very easily, but ultimately I felt that it was too sweet for me to enjoy. The rainbow glitter in the powder also got lost in the smoothie, due to the darker fruit I added.
Smoothie Score: 3/10
Fruity Pebbles: Smoothie #2
To mix it up, I decided to take more of a tropical approach for my second Fruity Pebbles smoothie concoction. For this recipe, I added frozen mango, pineapple, Fruity Pebbles cereal, one scoop of powder, plain yogurt, and a dash of almond milk. The end result? A smooth, tangy smoothie with visible glitter flakes! The tartness of the pineapple pairs well with the sweet powder, and the glitter adds the perfect amount of fun. Overall, this mix is a bit too sweet for my taste, but for long-time fans of the cereal, this powder has your name on it!
Smoothie Score: 6/10
After my smoothie experiments were completed, I would have to say my favorite recipe was—*drumroll please*— the Cocoa Pebbles peanut butter smoothie! The combination of the smooth chocolaty powder, frozen banana, and peanut butter flavor made for the perfect, albeit rich, smoothie. Comparing the two powders, I definitely liked the Cocoa Pebbles better and would buy it again. The chocolate flavor tasted more natural and paired nicely with fruit ingredients. The Fruity Pebbles protein powder was too sweet overall, with flavors that didn't necessarily blend well with fruit. I appreciate the experiment of turning the colorful childhood breakfast into a protein powder, but next time, I say stick to cereal.