Are Froot Loops All the Same Flavor?

(Last Updated On: August 10, 2021)

You know when you were a kid and you ate a bunch of cereal that billed itself as healthy but was definitely not that healthy you might vaguely remember Froot Loops and that weird rainbow toucan. If not, it was some other cereal that you ate with some animated mascot that was on TV too much. But onto Froot Loops–they’re all different colors; and as a child you may have assumed different colors meant different fruits (froots?). Your nostalgia-addled mind may think the same thing too. It wouldn’t be mistaken–Kellogg’s marketed the cereal as everything being a different flavor. But if you don’t want to buy a box of cereal to test a theory, let’s do some internet searching. Are (and were) Froot Loops all the same flavor?

If you’re at all cynical (something that isn’t in short supply in 2021), you might be able to see where any discussion of Kellogg’s and Froot Loops is going to go. We promise there’s something at the end for you too.

What Is the Flavor Anyway?

Big reveal, we know, but Froot Loops are not made of fruit. Straight up, there isn’t even any fruit in them. Which shouldn’t really be surprising–and if you are surprised there’s your fact for the day.

Anyway, according to the manufacturer, this ambiguous “froot” flavor is orange, lemon, lime, apple, cherry, with raspberry and blueberry thrown in. 

Since the 1990s, there have been red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple Froot Loops. If you’re counting, that means the cereal has 7 different fruits in its flavor palette, but only 6 different loop colors. Which should be a dead giveaway that their colors aren’t corresponding to their flavor. But hey, maybe they smushed lemon and lime into the same loop because citrus is citrus. Valid. So we guess Kellogg’s wasn’t lying when they said “there’s lemon in the yellow froot loop.” The bar is very low for mega-corporations. 

In the UK and Australia, they don’t have the same colors Americans get. The UK and Australian variants of Froot Loops do not have blue. This is because their regulations on what artificial colorings you’re allowed to put in food are a lot stricter than the rules in place within the USA. 

Yes, They’re the Same

You probably knew this when you asked yourself the question. Froot Loops are all the same flavor. Kellogg’s used to misleadingly market Froot Loops as different flavors, they now refer to the cereal as a singular flavor and not the plural. 

But honestly, is anyone surprised? 

No.

This is the same cereal that somehow wormed its way into the “Smart Choices” program for labeling healthy food. Along with other mongo-unhealthy cereals like Frosted Flakes, the FDA (the one that’s also less strict than the UK or Australia if that matters to you) even stepped in. They found it misleading to label processed foods like Froot Loops as distinctly healthy, and the program was eventually halted. Maybe don’t let billion-dollar corporations have sway over what is and isn’t healthy?

Apple Jacks Are Also Froot Loops.

Alright so this might be a bold claim. But it might not be such a bold claim when you realize Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes are just cornflakes that go through the extra sugar tube on the way out of the factory. If you look at their ingredients labels, they’re almost exactly the same. Remember that on the ingredients list, they’re listed in relative amounts, so the first ingredient will always be the most used in the product and so on. 

So while cornflakes and Frosted Flakes both have sugar as the second most prominent ingredient, Frosted Flakes still have a lot more. 

Anyway, with the exception of some apple concentrate, the ingredients of both Apple Jacks and Froot Loops are the same. 


See if you know other Kellogg’s cereal here. It’s probably still not healthy.

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