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We Love Quaker’s New and Improved Oatmeal Varieties

I have never understood oatmeal nay-sayers who turn their nose up at a bowl of warm, chewy and hearty oats. From cinnamon raisin to maple spice, from rolled to steel cut, from flavor to texture, the world of oatmeal is limitless.

Our friends at Quaker Oatmeal believe so too. Quaker, the unofficial king of oatmeal, has just rolled out a delicious line of new and improved oatmeal varieties. They were also generous enough to allow to sample some of their new offerings.

This new line can now be found at grocery stores all over the country. Since they are all instant varieties, the new Quaker oatmeals make a super quick and healthy breakfast that takes mere minutes to prepare. Plus, there is a flavor for everyone – kids included! Be sure to read about the cool new “Mix- Up Creations.”

Here is a sneak peak at Quaker’s new oatmeals.

Quaker Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal, Hearty Medleys Fruits & Nuts
This delicious new instant multigrain hot cereal is designed for adults. It’s heartier in texture, thanks to its blend of four different heart-healthy whole grains – oats, wheat, barley and rye. The grains also provide  fiber and the fruits and nuts bump up the nutrition and taste factor.

The new Quaker Hearty Medleys are available in two flavors: Apple Cranberry Almond and Banana Walnut. One packet contains 130 or 140 calories, are fortified with Vitamin A and iron and also offer minerals like calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.

New and Improved Quaker Instant Oatmeal
Quaker has improved three of its favorite instant oatmeal flavors, now made with larger oats for a heartier texture. Beginning with these three favorite flavors – Apples & Cinnamon, Maple & Brown Sugar and Cinnamon & Spice - Quaker has also lowered the sugar by 25 percent and has reformulated their recipe using all natural flavors. Each packet has 130 to 160 calories and are fortified with Vitamin A and iron and also offer minerals like calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.

Quaker Mix-Up Creations Instant Oatmeal
This new oatmeal is perfect for kids to who want to add their very own touch to breakfast by letting them mix together different flavors of oatmeal into unique combinations. It’s also perfect for the kid inside of you. 

Here’s how the Mix-Up Creations work: Each box comes with three different flavors in ½ pouch servings. The five individual flavors are packaged in two variety packs: Blueberry Blast, Banana Slamma and Apple-tastic or Mapl-icious, Cinn-O-Man and Apple-tastic. You can really go a bit wacky at breakfast (or snack time) and pair together an Apple-tastic with a Blueberry Blast to create a fruity and filling meal or get both variety packs and concoct an endless array of flavorful oatmeals.

Two pouches of the Mix-Up Creations contain 160 calories as well as a healthy slug of Vitamin A, iron, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, plus four grams of fiber.

Even if you prefer your breakfast cereal cold, test out one of these new Quaker oatmeal varieties. Trust us – on a cold morning, nothing is more comforting and delicious than a steaming bowl of oatmeal.

While Quaker provided Heather Ashare with sample product, this review is her own opinion and was not influenced or sponsored in any way.

October 29th, 2010

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Obviously someone who works for Quaker wrote this article.. I can't find ONE person who loves this stuff. NOT ONE. lol

posted Feb 7th, 2014 5:03 pm

Robert Williams

HATE the new Quaker Oatmeal. I no longer buy this nasty tasting product. If anyone can tell me a knock-off brand that taste good, please let me know!

posted Nov 3rd, 2013 6:25 am

Gary Z

I thought I was a rarity, but reading comments, I see I am not.... I now buy generic oatmeal, as it still has the taste I remember growing up. The same taste that Quaker USED to have! No thanks, to your mouth full of chemicals, Quaker, at least generic doesn't TASTE like chemicals!

posted Aug 28th, 2013 4:38 pm


All I can say is that it is NASTY!

posted Jul 10th, 2013 11:46 am


The new version of Maple and Brown Sugar is absolutely terrible. It smells awful and tastes worse. I can't believe someone wrote an article praises this new garbage recipe.

posted Apr 13th, 2013 6:35 pm


I ate the original maple and brown sugar for over 20 years. Loved it. The new one is just inedible - it tastes vile. I tried to eat it because we had a whole bunch. but it tastes so unpleasant I can't manage to eat a bowl of it. We had a box of 40 purchased at Sams, sitting on the shelf for 6 months. Finally gave in and threw it away a few weeks ago. My husband never throws anything away - seriously - he hates to waste food (he will happily eat things well past their sell by date), Even he could not stand the new recipe and after trying unsuccessfully to doctor it to cover up the bad taste, agreed to chuck it out. Fortunately I recently realized our grocery store has an own brand version that is quite pleasant, so I am now happily buying that. It is currently higher priced than the quakers which despite being on sale for 2 for 1 is just sitting there unsold. I guess quaker really does not care about how their customers feel. I will be buying other brands for all my oatmeal needs from now on. I never even tried the stores own brands before, so in the end this is going to save me money. So I guess I should say thank you to Quaker.

posted Sep 24th, 2011 1:07 pm


I have been eating 3 bags of Regular 6 days a week for over 40 years! I thoroughly *hate* what they've done. The flakes are bigger, so they don't 'cook' as well, i.e., they are still 'dry' in the middle and too chewy. They added more of the "glue powder" that binds all the flakes together, so that it is more "saucy". And they altered the taste a bit as well. Overall, it is exceptionally disappointing.

I don't know why "Hearty" is a goal they felt they had to shoot for. I mean, were customers really complaining that it wasn't "hearty enough"?

I wrote them a letter (a nice one), and also got a coupon for $4.50...I guess so I can go buy something I just told them I hated. What idiots.

I would love to start a "Bring back Quaker Instant Oats Classic" on FaceBook. I will try to see if something is already there.

posted Jun 1st, 2011 7:47 pm


This stuff is nasty. I've had a maple aftertaste in my mouth now for over 24 hours now.

posted Jun 1st, 2011 7:54 am


I HATE the new Maple Brown Sugar recipe. The texture is rubbery and the flavor tastes fake. Please bring back the old recipe!

posted Mar 29th, 2011 10:52 am


I purchased the new Maple & Brown Sugar in bulk with coupons that I had and do not like the new "improved"formula at all. I miss the original and hope that they bring it back. I now have all these boxes of oatmeal to eat that I do not like. I no longer look forward to breakfast.

posted Mar 14th, 2011 9:05 pm


I think this new stuff's an improvement. The texture is a lot less gooey and mushy now with the bigger oat pieces. I've eaten oatmeal packets with "lower sugar" but these seem to be sweet enough for me.

posted Mar 10th, 2011 10:45 pm


I hate, hate, hate the new taste!! It taste like im chewing on cardboard. My dog wont even go near it and he chews on my socks.

posted Mar 10th, 2011 5:07 pm


okay so you can go to Quakers Facebook page and go to the discussion page there. Leave comments. Also join the facebook groups that want the taste back like it used to be. I think it is "change quaker maple and brown sugar back' or something like that and there is at least another one like 'new quaker maple and brown sugar oatmeal is horrible." Like I said, something like that. Do a search on facebook, but DO leave your comments on Quakers own discussion board

posted Mar 10th, 2011 6:51 am


For anyone's info, Quaker has also ruined their Brown Sugar Oatmeal Squares with the awful maple concoction, and not even bothered to note this on the box of cereal. Quite unbelievable. At first thought it was a packaging error. Finally after buying and returning boxes of Oatmeal Squares, a rep at the Quaker 1-800 number told me what they are actually doing - and not even bothering to let the consumers know, that the horrible maple flavoring is in with the brown sugar squares. I "snail mailed" them, and I totally recommend all here start flooding their p.o. box in Chicago with letters letting them know that they are losing many customers over this. I still cannot believe they would be this foolish. And yes, I will no longer be buying any more Oatmeal Squares cereal from Quaker! So you folks who used to enjoy your warm cereal with the original recipe - you are not alone! Quaker has ruined the Brown Sugar Oatmeal Squares as well, and there are no boxes remaining in my area of the better original recipe. No more squares for me! Good luck with the letter writing campaign. Don't give up! I don't intend to.

posted Feb 26th, 2011 10:16 pm


Terrible! I have a nut allergy and I won't eat it because it tastes like there are nuts in it. Maple & Brown sugar was a staple in my diet. I miss it! I will write them a letter today!

posted Feb 26th, 2011 8:31 am


The new stuff is disgusting and downright nasty tasting. I've been a big fan of the Quaker Instant Maple & Brown Sugar for years and since the change, have just stopped buying it. Tastes like molasses or sorghum. B-Yuk!

posted Feb 26th, 2011 5:32 am


I don't know what Quaker is thinking. The new modified flavors of Maple and Brown Sugar and Apple and Cinnamon are disgusting. Bring back the old formulas.

posted Feb 25th, 2011 8:28 pm

Shaneisa Davis

I'm so glad that I'm not the onyl one that feels this way! I absolutly hate the new and so called improved taste of the quaker oatmeal. I have been eating maple brown sugar for the longest time and now they went and ruined it! I won't be purchasing their oatmeal anymore unfortunately. Atleast not until they change it back...

posted Feb 24th, 2011 11:19 am


Wow, I complained to them right away when I first taste this stuff they call new and improved. You know what they sent me. A coupon for Quaker Oatmeal. It tastes like chemical sweetners have been used. Why change a great product!

posted Feb 22nd, 2011 3:46 am


I am so glad to read what you are all saying! I just opened a new box of my all-time favorite Maple and Brown Sugar...I thought I had bought the wrong box. It tasted like the time I accidentally bought Cinnamon Roll (yuck).

I think I will have to call them to complain, why mess with perfection?

posted Feb 20th, 2011 1:32 pm


My family has been eating quaker Oatmeal for years and always loved it, especially on cold winter days. This winter we kept saying the taste seemed weird. We thought it was just us. Its horrible. Maple Brown sugar is our favorite...Don't think we are going to buy it anymore :( What a bummer!

posted Feb 19th, 2011 9:31 am


I just ate this for the first time. It tasted like a chemical bath. I've been eating maple & brown sugar for years, but this new recipe was awful. I will never buy this product again, or feed it to my family.

posted Feb 14th, 2011 9:45 am


I thought I was the only one who hated the new recipe for maple and brown sugar. I still have a box left over of the new stuff, and its pure willpower that I don't throw up every time I eat it.

posted Feb 13th, 2011 10:31 am


Oh I am soooooooo disappointed in the "new and improved" maple and brown sugar oatmeal. My 8 y/o son, (who used to love the stuff) refuses to eat it now! :( It has a HORRIBLE aftertaste. Yuck.

posted Feb 11th, 2011 1:14 pm

Linda Patlan

Ughh I hate the new Quaker Oatmeal it is soo horrible. I used to love having it for breakfast especially Maple Brown Sugar. Now I have given up eating Quaker Oatmeal.

posted Feb 11th, 2011 4:31 am


Seriously, when did Maple and Brown Sugar smell like CAKE MIX. I'm 24- I've eaten oatmeal since i was born. The new recipe tastes like straight up ass. Its horrible and I have been going to the smaller stores in my city cause they had the old boxes still, but they officially ran out. Now i have two boxes of horrible tasting oatmeal. What was so bad about the old recipe? It was amazing! I don't know what brand to buy anymore... i will never buy quaker again. :(

Do you think they will change it back? I don't think they will. It was seriously my favorite thing to eat for breakfast. :( Good Bye Quaker oats.

posted Feb 10th, 2011 6:00 pm


I have been a huge fan of the Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal for 15-20 years until the last few months. It is horrible now since Quaker's so called "New and Improved reformulated recipe"... I will not be buying this product anymore! I agree with the commenter above...bring back the classic recipe!

posted Feb 10th, 2011 1:46 pm


I am a cost accountanting mgr in the food industry. I can only assume that they are saving on higher raw material costs (commodities) s/a sugar rather than passing it on in the pricing. Regardless, this stuff is horrible! Really bad move Quaker / Pepsico! "Penny wise, dollar stupid"

posted Feb 3rd, 2011 3:15 pm


So glad I found this site... I just sent Quaker an email. I am baffled as to why they chose to botch the same recipe I've known since a kid to this chemical tasting... nausea inducing 'new brand'! I used to eat the maple & brown sugar and apple cinnamon... that won't be happening any more... BRING BACK THE CLASSIC!!

posted Feb 1st, 2011 4:06 am


WORST FLAVOR EVER. I have to wash it down with orange juice. Lots of orange juice, does anyone know of a competitor that tastes like the old one???

posted Jan 31st, 2011 3:47 pm


I was a loyal fan of the Maple Brown Sugar. Quaker has ruined their oatmeal. I now buy a store brand. I hope they change it back soon.

posted Jan 29th, 2011 1:26 pm


I am so happy I found this site because the change in the cinnamon and spice recipe has had me baffled! It IS horrible! It tastes like a chemical has been added to it. I have eaten it since I was a kid and now feed it to my 4 year old occasionally. The last box I bought last summer was so disappointing. I thought I was crazy or bought a stale box. I am glad to learn there IS a change in the recipe (I'm not crazy), but sad that a tried and true breakfast option from my childhood is gone forever. Very bad move, Quaker company!

posted Jan 29th, 2011 4:21 am


Wow.All i can say is wow.they ruined this stuff bigtime.Ive been eating M&BS forever and i instantly knew it had changed.Garbage...change it back oatmeal man lol

posted Jan 25th, 2011 1:56 am


I think we can all agree they need to change it back. I was at the store today and my poor miserable Original Maple and Brown Sugar with 25% less sugar and so called 'new great taste' (ick) had plenty of boxes on the shelf. In the past I often couldn't find a box. It was usually picked over and very popular. I see the sad little boxes, and then next to it the "50% less sugar MBS" and above it a "Weight Control MBS" WHY do they need all these? Make one for dieters-and bring our original back. That or the shelves are going to remain full. WHY? Because the new junk sucks. I DO make the plain oats at home, and add maple syrup and brown sugar, but at work at the nurses station I put the instant in a cup and drink it---not anymore SIGH

posted Jan 23rd, 2011 1:45 am


I love Cinnamon and Spice. I've been eating it for most of my life. Stores nearby rarely stock it, so I stockpile it when I see it. We just returned from a big box store yesterday with 6 boxes of C&S. I didn't see the new and improved. I noticed the packets looked different, but the flavor was horrible. It smells like syrup. I don't think the texture would be an issue if the flavor wasn't changed. It's digusting now. I'm emailing Quaker after this comment. Where was the focus group on this?

posted Jan 13th, 2011 5:59 am


i just couldnt believe how bad my favorite oatmeal tasted. In my house we would fight over who would have the last packet of Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal. Now with the new and improved the box is still in the kitchen untouched. This is horrible

posted Jan 12th, 2011 4:46 pm


Don't just post here, send them a letter! Putting it in writing feels good and it totally sends the message to the company.

Quaker Oats Company
P.O. Box 049003
Chicago, Il 60604-9003

I agree. The new taste sucks. They got a letter from me! Send one right now while you're thinking of it. If enough people do, they might bring back the taste we love!

posted Jan 11th, 2011 11:06 pm


The new Quaker maple and brown sugar flavor is AWFUL! I'm laughing at all the comments above. I thought it must have spoiled, or that the milk I put on it went bad. DISGUSTING! I have now switched to the store brand. Thanks a lot quaker, you imbeciles

posted Jan 8th, 2011 9:50 am



posted Jan 6th, 2011 5:00 pm


My favorite USED to be strawberries and cream. They used to only sell it in a mixed box with other types I didnt like as much. SAW it in the store today in a box all on its own. WAS SOOO excited..bought it brought it home, and its totally different. DISGUISTING...not as sweet and REALLY chewy....yuck!! WHY DO they always want to change a good thing?? Ill never buy it again...

posted Jan 6th, 2011 4:31 pm

Gerry Grant

When I first opened a package of Maple Brown Sugar instant oatmeal I immediately knew something had changed. The oder was terrible. And after I made a bowl of what used to be my favorite breakfast food I couldn't believe how terrible the new oatmeal had become.

I mentioned this to someone who I work with and in less than 20 minutes the conversation spread to no less than 20 more people who all have the same opinion of what Quaker had done to its oatmeal. It is just terrible and whoever at Quaker is responsible for this crappy product should be fired immediately.

Why is it that when a product is terrible no one does anything to improve it, but when a product is well liked, even loved, some corporate jerk just makes a mess of it??

Quaker is a big loser and someone over there should wake up to this sad screw up and fix it!!

posted Jan 5th, 2011 5:16 pm

Lisa Hensley

I have eaten Maple & Brown sugar instant Oatmeal forever. For the past month I have noticed a funny taste and wondered what was up with that until I did some online research and found that they have changed the recipe. I will not be buying it unless Quaker changes back to the original recipe. The new recipe tastes like cardboard it is not appealing. Please bring back the original recipe!

posted Jan 3rd, 2011 9:12 pm


I knew it! I have been eating this stuff for years with Maple Brown Sugar being a personal favorite. Recently I had a bowl and new instantly something was OFF. I can somewhat enjoy it but it's JUST NOT THE SAME!! If anyone at Quaker reads this...bring back the old formula!!!!!!!

posted Jan 3rd, 2011 4:02 pm


the new formula is horrible! i bought all the stores had of the OLD recipe and not sure what I will do when it runs out. The new stuff is horrible! No one in my house will eat it and we love that stuff! Go back to the old stuff, please!

posted Dec 31st, 2010 4:33 pm


I was totally unaware of the change, one morning, I started to eat Maple and Brown sugar, and knew immediatly something was wrong. I went in to the kitchen to check the box, I thought my wife was saving money with another brand! New and DISAPPROVED Now I eat another brand!

posted Dec 31st, 2010 3:24 pm


The new formula is disgusting--chunky unpalatable oats and gummy texture--why oh why did they change a great thing! Bad mover, Quaker--you've lost a long-time customer!

posted Dec 30th, 2010 3:02 pm


I hate it. I started buying another brand. I think quaker oats hired the same guy who changed coke. Well it didn't work for them either.

posted Dec 18th, 2010 5:09 pm


I have been eating Quaker Oatmeal for over 30 years and both my kids have loved it as well. That is until now. While I agree the less sugar is a good thing, the rest is awful! My boys would eat Quaker Oatmeal almost everyday. Well, not anymore! They wouldn't even finish a bowl of the new stuff and I had to throw away the box. After 30 + years I am buying other brands. Quaker: If it ain't broke why fix it?!

posted Dec 18th, 2010 6:26 am


Brilliant strategy. Since when are instant oatmeal lovers demanding change in their comfort foods anyway?

I've been eating the Quaker Instant Oatmeal Raisins & Spice for breakfast for years now - before school, before work. I love(d) it because it was healthy, practical, and it tasted great, which is not easy to come by these days. I stocked up on it without noticing the words "new and improved" on the label. The giant oats don't absorb the spices and it completely ruins the taste. New texture - unnecessary. New taste - awful! I didn't even finish one bowl, and I'm pretty sure it was done to cut costs because it didn't even look like as much compared to what was in the old package once prepared. I guess I'll take a hint from them and start looking for something new and improved over this for breakfast as well.

posted Dec 16th, 2010 12:05 am


I am 25 years old and have been eating the maple and brown sugar flavor oatmeal since I was a little girl and now I HATE IT! With the new changes, it smells horrible and taste just as bad. My family doesn't like it anymore. We will not be buying this product again unless you change it back to the original flavor. Very disappointed.

posted Dec 10th, 2010 7:33 pm


I've eaten Cinnamon and Spice every day for 20+ years. The new flavor is horrible - if you can even find it at all. It's not available at any local store or from any online store. I've emailed Quaker about it but no response.

posted Dec 1st, 2010 4:14 pm


The first time I ate the "new and improved" maple/brown sugar oatmeal, I thought the milk I poured on it must have been spoiled, because it tasted so bad. Then I looked at the box and realized the flavor and texture of the oatmeal had been changed. Quaker destroyed a GREAT thing! I'm so sad!!!!

posted Nov 30th, 2010 2:11 pm


I am all about eating healthy, and have eaten Maple and Brown sugar forever, but the new taste is unpalatable to me.

posted Nov 27th, 2010 2:21 pm


What have they done!? I've eaten and enjoyed the Maple Brown Sugar flavor for many years and always enjoyed it. I can't describe the new taste, but it is awful! GO BACK! I wouldn't buy this again. I'm afraid to even try the other flavors. Never again!

Sorry you lost another customer.

posted Nov 19th, 2010 5:44 pm

Robert Williams

I can't believe they changed it! I have ate it all my life, and I knew something was wrong immediately when I tried the Maple & Brown Sugar. It made me want to throw up, and oatmeal has NEVER done that before! I will never buy this again!

posted Nov 18th, 2010 9:04 pm


We agree. I cannot believe they changed the flavors. My youngest immediately smelled the difference before we even tasted it and I didn't know it was changed! the new flavors taste like they have a lot more unnatural ingredients. Quaker, why would you do this?! Remember 'New Coke'? BAD, BAD move. We're done with Quaker. You've lost a fan family that's been eating maple & brown sugar for over 35 years....

posted Nov 14th, 2010 1:44 pm


I was a big fan of Maple & Brown Sugar, but now it's completely different. It now taste like it was drenched in some heavy maple extract that smells like when your kid completely soaks his waffles in syrup and then leaves it out for the day. (Not that this happens in our house ;-P ) I really cannot buy this new formula going forward. As long as they don't change Raisins and Spice, I'll continue to buy Quaker Oats, but I would beg them to bring the old formula back.

I didn't mind the new "heartier texture" in the least.

It is not the lower sugar that brings my objection. It is that maple substitute smell and taste, which is very unpalatable and overpowering.

I liked the old Apples and Cinnamon and Cinnamon and Spice, but have not yet tried the new versions of those.

posted Nov 4th, 2010 7:00 pm


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