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Kix cereals. You know, the little puffs of corn cereal that are apparently “kid-tested and parent-approved”. The corn cereal that comes in three varieties – Original, Honey and Berry Berry. Kix may be “parent-approved” but is it actually low in sugar? In order to answer this question, I looked at the sugar content of a cup serving of each of the three Kix varieties, some Kix alternatives and some very low sugar/keto Kix alternatives (if you enjoy Kix but are watching your sugar intake you are going to want to read right to the end to find out about these). I will go through each Kix variety and alternative in descending order of sugar content. So let’s dig in, does Kix cereal have a lot of sugar? And are there sugar free Kix options?
As a general rule Kix is a lower sugar cereal. There are just 3g-5g of total sugar per cup serving of Kix cereals. A number of Kix alternative brands have a higher sugar content – often 9g-11g per cup serving. There are some Kix alternatives that contain as little as 0g-1g of sugar per cup serving.
Before I dig in, if you want to learn more about the sugar content of various cereals then make sure to check out the following posts I wrote –
- Are Rice Krispies Low in Sugar?
- What Are The Lowest Sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch Options?
- Do Frosted Flakes Have A Lot of Sugar? 14 Brands Ranked
- Are Cheerios High in Sugar and Are There Any Sugar-Free Cheerio Alternatives?
- Are Lucky Charms High in Sugar? How About Equivalent Brands?
- 17 of the All-Time Best No Added Sugar Granolas
- Is Special K Cereal High In Sugar? Are Any Sugar-Free?
- Are Froot Loops High In Sugar? Is There A Sugar-Free Dupe?
- How Much Sugar Is In Cap N Crunch? Are There Low Sugar Alternatives?
- Are Cocoa Puffs High in Sugar? Are There Sugar-Free Options?
- Is Bran Cereal High in Sugar?
- Is Shredded Wheat Low In Sugar? Let’s Find Out!
*I have pro rated the sugar content where appropriate to one cup*
1. Kellogg’s Corn Pops – 11g of Total Sugar
So first up are Kellogg’s Corn Pops. Even though this a different brand to Kix, it is a super similar cereal – puffed balls of corn. Well, one of the biggest differences is the sugar content. There are 11g of total sugar in a cup serving of Kellogg’s Corn Pops – as you will discover this is quite a bit higher than Kix – keep reading to find out exactly how much!)
2. Nature’s Path Envirokidz Organic Gorilla Kuch Cereal – 11g of Total Sugar
Nature’s Path Envirokidz Organic Gorilla Kuch is a more natural version of Kix’ corn puffs.
It does indeed have a super simple ingredient list of just 4 ingredients. However, the less exciting thing is that the sugar content is higher than Kix – there are 11g of total sugar in a cup serving.
3. Cascadian Farm Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs Cereal – 9g of Total Sugar
Cascadian Farm Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs is an organic alternative for Berry Berry Kix (just with a vanilla kick to it!). But again, even though this berry puff cereal is more natural and organic it does have a higher sugar content than Berry Berry Kix – almost double the sugar content to be precise! There are 9g of sugar in a cup serving of Cascadian Farm Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs.
4. Berry Berry Kix – 5g of Total Sugar
Ok, so it has taken a fair few entries (4 to be precise) of Kix’s dupes before I have reached Kix. This implies that Kix is a lower-sugar cereal. Kix defines a serving as 1.5 cups so I have pro-rated the sugar content to make it applicable to 1 cup. On this basis, there are 5g of total sugar in a cup serving of Berry Berry Kix. This is pretty good going – flavored cereals generally, particularly fruity ones can end up being fairly high in sugar!
5. Honey Kix – 5g of Total Sugar
There are also 5g of total sugar in a 5g serving of Honey Kix. Honey cereals can often be pretty high in sugar (insert honey nut Cheerios post) so 5g of total sugar in a cup serving of a honey flavored cereal is not bad going at all!
6. Original Kix – 3g of Total Sugar
Finally, I reach original Kix. Original Kix is a pretty low sugar cereal, as it only contains 3g of sugar in a cup serving. This is a close sugar content to other lower sugar cereals such as original Rice Krispies (insert post) and original Cheerios (insert post).
If this is still too high a sugar content for you (as in you are looking for a sugar free Kix alternative) then I have some great news for you! I have managed to find not one, not two, but three sugar free Kix alternatives. So let’s dig in!
7. Wonderworks Fruity Breakfast Cereal – 1g of Total Sugar
*Sweetened with erythritol, allulose, inulin and stevia*
Ok, so full disclosure – none of these low sugar/sugar free Kix alternatives are corn based BUT they are little flavored puff like cereals so I still think they are pretty cool dupes. This suggestion is a great sugar free alternative to Berry Berry Kix. This option is Wonderworks Fruity Breakfast Cereal. If a very low sugar, pink fruit puff cereal is what you are looking for this is it. It is milk concentrate protein based, sweetened with erythritol, allulose, inulin and stevia and there is 1g of total sugar per cup serving. You can check it out for yourself on Amazon here.
8. Schoolyard Snacks Fruity Cereal – 1g of Sugar
*Sweetened with allulose and monk fruit*
The next very low sugar Kix alternative I am going to present you with is Schoolyard Snacks Fruity Cereal. This is also a great alternative to Berry Berry Kix that also contains just 1g of total sugar in a cup serving. This Berry Berry Kix alternative is also milk protein based and it is sweetened with allulose and monk fruit. There is just 1g of sugar in a serving of this bad boy! You can check it out for yourself on Amazon here.
9. Special K Zero Cinnamon Puffs – 0g of Total Sugar
*Sweetened with allulose, sucralose and monk fruit*
The final entry on my list is a sugar free cereal that I have already talked about in the post I wrote on the sugar content of Special K cereals (insert special K post). Special K Zero Cinnamon Puffs may be made of pea protein and they may be cinnamon flavored but if you are looking for a sugar-free puff cereal alternative to Kix then this is a great contender. It is sweetened with allulose, sucrose and monk fruit and contains 0g of total sugar per serving. Yes, you read that correctly – 0g of sugar. You can check it out for yourself on Amazon here.
Does Kix Have A Lot Of Sugar? – The Final Bite
Does Kix have a lot of sugar? What have we learned from the above? Well, Kix itself is a fairly low sugar cereal on the scale of things, with a serving containing 3g-5g of sugar depending on the variety. However, this isn’t the case when it comes to Kix dupes. Some Kix dupes can contain as much as 11g of total sugar, whereas other puff cereals can contain as little as 0g of sugar. So there you have it!
Ingredients and/or manufacturing processes may change. Always double-check ingredient lists and nutritional information before purchasing any food items.
WANT TO FIND MORE LOW SUGAR OPTIONS?
Do you want to learn about some other low-sugar options at your favorite coffee chains, fast food, or restaurant joints, or just while you are shopping for groceries? If you do, then check out some of my other articles below: