Cereal Offender

I can’t remember what started it, exactly, but a few days ago I found myself in the middle of a very entertaining conversation about cereal.

And just in case you’re thinking that the last part of that sentence is clearly an oxymoron, I will explain.

I’m a fan of cereal, but I don’t buy it all that often because I have a husband who prefers hot food and a son who doesn’t like the same cereals that I do. So whatever cereal I buy usually ends up going stale before we can finish it, and if I’m going to shell out the big bucks for a box of high fructose corn syrup, then you’d better believe I want to get my money’s worth.

And don’t worry – I really do try to avoid the cereals with high fructose corn syrup. We much prefer the ones that are smothered in melted butter and then dipped in milk chocolate.

ANYWAY, somehow a couple of friends and I got on the subject of cereal last Friday, and since David was going to be out of town for a couple of days (which means I wasn’t even going to glance in the direction of my stove, much less turn on a burner), I thought cereal sounded like the perfect food for the weekend. My friends started telling me about a few of their favorite kinds, and I was so inspired by their suggestions that I actually made a list of cereals I’d like to try.

LIVING ON THE EDGE, I AM.

But first, some critical background information.

I grew up eating Frosted Flakes, and it remained my favorite until my sister introduced me to Golden Grahams when I was around eleven or twelve. Golden Grahams and Frosted Mini-Wheats were at the top of my list until I went to college, at which point I fell head over heels in love with Cracklin’ Oat Bran. At some point along the way I decided that it had too many fat grams or calories or something, so I put the COB on the shelf and moved onto less tasty cereal pastures.

I’ve chosen to block all those less tasty cereals from memory. Since they tasted like cardboard and all.

When I was pregnant I was completely addicted to Smart Start, and after Alex was born I returned to my Golden Graham heritage. A few years ago D and I discovered Kashi Go Lean Crunch, and it’s remained a solid favorite, along with the Kashi Oat Flakes and Blueberry Clusters.

By the way, this information is riveting, isn’t it? Almost as riveting as if I were to write a post entitled “Reflections On Soaps I Have Enjoyed Through The Years.”

ANYWAY, this past Friday afternoon Alex and I went to the grocery store, and in light of my goal to not turn on the stove, I couldn’t wait to try a couple of the cereals on my list. I bought these two boxes.

I would now like to report my findings.

(And please know that nobody asked me to talk about these cereals. I only do review stuff through BlogHer, and when I do a review through them, it goes on a separate page on my blog. Just so we’re clear. Aren’t disclaimers fun?)

(SO fun.)

Okay. The cereals.

Cheerios Crunch – Delightful. Not too sweet. Bits of granola, which are always a plus. Not nearly as sugary as a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, but way more flavorful than a bowl of regular Cheerios. Will definitely buy these again. A. liked them, too. This would be a really good dessert cereal, and if you’re unfamiliar with occasionally eating cereal for dessert, then clearly I have overshared.

Blueberry Muffin Frosted Mini Wheats – Enjoyable. Blueberry flavor smells a little artificial (because, well, it’s artificial), but it tastes a whole lot like the blueberries in blueberry muffin mix. Very filling and not nearly as sweet as you think it would be (which is a plus). Will definitely buy again – but only when we’re having company, because I’m the only person in our house who liked these.

So. All that being said – what are your cereal favorites right now? Any recommendations you’d like to share? Any hidden treasures on the cereal aisle?

I’ll just be sitting here making a list of my favorite soaps while I read your comments.

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  1. LOVE the Golden Grahams plus Cap’n Crunch, Rice Krispies, Wheaties, Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Alphabits – yes, I love me my cereals!

  2. We are cereal-aholics. No lie. We know everything about everything, which I do not say in the bragging sense. Just saying. Embarrassed to admit that I still love Cocoa Puffs! A family fave is Vanilla Almong Special K. Oh. My. Word. We eat it like ice cream and fight over the last dregs of the box. Another popular option is Quaker Ohs. Not only are these great as a cereal, but they can be made into a delectable dessert when combined with a syrup of sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter and vanilla. We can down a whole batch during a movie!

  3. Okay, just so you don’t have a meltdown in the cereal aisle, I meant to say Vanilla Almond, not Vanilla Almong. Would not want to cause any undue stress in the grocery store!!

  4. Oh my gosh – I never met a cereal I didn’t like. Currently in my pantry are the following: Cheerios, Chocolate Cheerios, Special K, an Honey Graham Oh’s. I really try to buy whole grain cereals as I eat it pretty much every morning for breakfast and occasionally for dinner. I also like quaker crunchy corn bran squares. And cocoa krispies, and rice krispies. Sugary, no sugar, I’m an equal opportunity cereal buyer. I do try to keep both options in the house at all times though.

  5. Not being a fan of cereal, I can only report on the eating habits of the men children. Fruity Pebbles & Lucky Charms are golden in our house.
    (and Dial is our fav).

  6. I’m not a huge fan of cereal either. But, when I do eat it, I LOVE Rice Chex with {far too much} sugar on top :)

    My kidlets like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms and Golden Puffs.

  7. I love Bluberry Morning!!

  8. And I also shouldn’t type at 7:17 because evidently I can’t spell simple third grade words like “blueberry.” Just sayin’…

  9. I grew up on cereal for breakfast during the week. I try to avoid sugary cereals and eat more grown-up things now. Yeah.

    I went through a Grape Nuts stage. HOT Grape Nuts are wonderful. I eat Special K and Wheat Chex mostly now.

    My kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch (sugar coma), Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios and Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch. (You look like the Cap’n. – Veggie Tales)

  10. OOH, this is one of my favorite subjects! Honey, when my husband is out of town we have cereal for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! Actually last night he was home and we all enjoyed a bowl of Reese’s puffs!I fell in LOVE with Chocolate Chex and they discontinued it. We live high on the hog here, we buy and try all kinds of cereal. Weird thing, my kids don’t like ‘kid’ cereals they prefer stuff like Wheaties or Honey Bunches of Oats.

  11. I have a hard time with sugary cereals. I don’t like to feel like I’m going to collapse on the way to a soft surface for a post-breakfast nap. So when I eat cereal, I really love Quaker Oatmeal Squares. One of them has a slight cinnamon flavor. Really crispy and yummy and sweet but not coma-inducing sweet. Great in a baggie in your purse/backpack/diaper bag/briefcase/disaster preparedness kit.

  12. I love Quaker Oatmeal Squares and my hubby prefers Frosted Mini Wheats. I try to only spend $1 a box (sales/coupons), too; so no worries about pitching stale cereal!

  13. Multi-grain Cheerios has been the staple in our pantry for the last year or so. When our youngest son is home from college, we also stock Pops.

    Personally, I’m not wild about cereal and have never considered eating it for dessert. But I am not unfamiliar with the tradition. For as long as I’ve known them and to this day, both my husband and my father will eat an after-dinner or late-night bowl of cereal if there’s nothing dessert-like in the house.

  14. Honey Bunches of Oats! My kids LOVE it and the nutritional value is better than the Fruit Loops!

  15. I’m a bit of a cereal freak. I don’t eat it often and my brain makes me control my child-like tendencies when it comes to cereal. (Fruity Pebbles aren’t a healthy part of ANY Weight Watchers breakfast.)

    So as the quiz show on my favorite episode of Friends went (although they were discussing movies, not cereal):

    What Leslie SAYS are her favorite cereals?
    Special K with berries, Grapenuts, Kashi Go Lean (though it’s sometimes more fiber than my body can take – what’s that you said about oversharing?), Kix (dry as a snack)

    What her ACTUAL favorite cereals are?
    Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops

    and I ALWAYS forget about Golden Grahams – I may buy a box at my next trip to the store. :)

  16. Honey Bunches of Oats w/ Almonds is my pick (also Cap’n Crunch, but I don’t get it too often… learned that it makes a gread dessert in college; mix it in with chocolate soft serve ice cream. Mmmmm).

    Kids like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheerios, Golden Puffs, AlphaBits…

  17. This cracks me up! But I love it! I ENJOY cereal and could eat it three meals a day.

    As a kid I loved Lucky Charms. And Trix.

    As a mature adult I loved Cheerios Crunch, Multigrain Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini Wheats, Kashi GoLean Crunch, the new Kashi GoLean Crisp or somethingruther, and a plethora of others.

    Off to have a bowl of one of the aforementioned!

  18. I just cashed a bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch.

    Yet after reading this post, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s too sweet for you. But I could pour a splash of milk over high fructose corn syrup and call it a night. It’s truly a miracle that my teeth haven’t started falling out.

  19. My cereal top 5.
    I am obviously oblivious to the fact that these boxes come with any kind of nutritional info on them.
    1. Nothing beats the Captain — captain crunch ( with berries)…and yes I am over 30.
    2. Raisin Bran Crunch (i am jealous of the commenter before me and am wishing I too just cashed a bowl…although I am not even sure I am using the phrase cashed correctly).
    3. Rice Krispies – any cereal that talks back is a keeper.
    4. Most of the target brand stuff. Love the oval shape boxes with the plastic lids…and anything that has fruit, nuts and granola inside (chocolate is an added bonus).
    5.Life with the yogurt clusters. Who knew that a yogurt cluster could be so tasty!

  20. Riveting post! ; )

    Favorite cereal to eat: Raisin Nut Bran.

    Favorite cereal to smell: Fruit Loops.

    I’m of the opinion that heaven will smell exactly like a newly opened box of Fruit Loops. Mmmmm….

  21. my favorite is banana nut crunch, and the maple pecan by post as well. these 2 are found next to each other.

    my kids are currently enjoying honey nut cheerios and chocolate cheerios

  22. My hubby and I are big cereal people and typically have at LEAST 5 boxes of cereal in the cabinets, typically 8-10. Raisin Bran and Raisin Bran Crunch are good but don’t bother with the Raisin Bran with yogurt bits. All of the Honey Bunches of Oats are good and since you liked the Frosted Mini Wheats Blueberry Muffin, I suggest branching out into some of their other flavors.

    PS – I’m completely on board with the dessert cereal concept :)

  23. Hands Down Special K fruit & yogurt

    although if my sweet tooth wins it’s totally Lucky Charms

  24. We’re BIG cereal fans at my house and now that we’re empty nesters, we often enjoy it for a meal (and/or dessert!). Honey nut cheerios and honey bunches of oats with almonds are staples at our house, and I’m also a fan of all things Kashi. I never liked chocolate cereals until one of my son’s friends expressed a preference for Reese’s Puffs, and, being the good hostess, I bought some. HOOKED! It’s my comfort snack. (Like the other day, when my email somehow got hacked and “I” sent a link to Canadian viagra products to my dad, brother, my pastor, Bible study ladies, deacons, their wives, professional associates and friends from high school? Yep. I dove headfirst into a box of Reese’s Puffs and started apologizing…)

  25. I don’t really like banana-flavored anything but the banana cheerios are to die for…

  26. Chef Hymie Grande (www.chefhymiegrande.com ) is the first and only bottled BBQ sauce to carry the seal of the American Diabetes Association on the label. It has no high fructose corn syrup, no processed sugar, it is all natural and vegan friendly. It is produced at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgton, NJ by Jamie Failtelson, a.k.a. Chef Hymie Grande of Carlstadt, NJ. 5% of proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association.

  27. Spiritmom says:

    Our favorite around here is plain cheerios mixed with golden raisins and sprinkled with sunflower seed kernels! No sugar needed!!

  28. I eat cereal every morning for breakfast because I don’t have a cook to make a nice breakfast for me! :) I open one box at a time but generally buy two or three. My favorite is Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds. Honey Nut Cheerios is a close second.
    I beg to differ with Lauren up above me, but don’t waste your money on the new cheerios flavor – Banana Nut Cheerios. One would expect there to be bananas or nuts or something of the kind in that box. No. There’s just a fake banana flavor that leaves a real icky taste in your mouth. Back away from the Banana Cheerios!!!
    Sorry Lauren.

    Hugs,
    Marie

  29. Special K with red berries…just sweet enough but not too sweet and not too many calories.

    However, if we are talking cereal for dessert then Lucky Charms. It’s dessert : )

  30. My current fav is Special K with chocolate pieces in it. I use it for my dessert cereal as well. (Sad, but I totally knew what you were talking about – lol)

    One other fav (for the sheer fact it is FULL OF SUGAR) is Sugar Smacks!

  31. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a PERFECT dessert cereal!

  32. We seriously have at least 8 boxes of cereal in our cabinet right now…maybe more! I love cereal for dessert sometimes, especially Cocoa Krispies! Chocolate without the guilt…perfect for dieting:) I also love Special K Red Berries and we almost always have a box of Froot Loops in the cabinet too!

  33. I love cereal. Really, really love it. I eat it every morning, sometimes for lunch or dinner or snack or dessert. There is always a good time for cereal.

    My current favorites are Special K Yogurt & Berries, Frosted Mini Wheats, Cinnamon Life. Best new dessert cereal: Chocolate Cheerios. I go through obscene amounts of cereal, all on my own.

    Do you drink the milk? I’m not really a fan of milk except to make my cereal less dry. I’m a milk dumper unless it was a chocolate cereal. Then I cannot be stopped.

  34. I buy the biggest PawPaw cereal in the world. You can only find it some places and I am always excited when I find a store that carries it: Heartland.

    Trust me. Cracklin Oat Bran is the fatty version of this stuff. If you like COB, you should try Heartland.

    And I know dessert cereals, thank you very much.

  35. How crazy is this? I LOVE cereal, BUT I don’t like milk in my cereal!!! I have a dry bowl of cereal and drink my milk in a cup. I hate milk in my cereal. I know weird!

    My husband and oldest child LOVE cereal the normal way. Right now we are going strong on Blueberry Special K and Multi Grain Cheerios.

  36. I found out I’m known as “Candy Breakfast Grammy” because Sarah’s kids eat Trix and Froot Loops and Poptarts at our house, none of which they knew existed before. Sarah deeply loves me for that – feeding her kids massive amounts of sugar, first thing in the morning, when they come for a visit just so we can keep Papa’s blood pressure up at a good level. Three kids sugared up at 7 am makes for a rousing visit! My father ate Wheaties every single morning of his life while I was growing up and I seriously just thought it was the cereal all Dads ate.

  37. the “blue cheerios” that you reviewed above is my very very favorite cereal!!! i try to only buy it when it’s BOGO at publix, and then i stock up! my kids love it too, even though i mix theirs with the regular, not-so-sugary, cheerios. it also makes my box last longer. :)

  38. Smart Start, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Multi-Grain Chex, and –

    THE ALL-TIME FAVORITE –

    Quaker Oatmeal Squares with cinnamon.

  39. Growing up it wasn’t unusual to have a bowl of cereal sometime between supper and bedtime in our family. It’s always been one of my favorite snacks or desserts. Go Lean and Cascadian Farms are two of the favorites my husband and I like and we try to stock up when it is on sale. Don’t like to be without my cereal, so I have to have a backup box. :-)

  40. I don’t eat much cereal, but I’m pretty sure Cracklin’ Oat Bran is the best EVER.

  41. Right now, my favorite is granola that I make myself–in the crock pot!! Found a recipe on the blog of the woman who used the crock pot every day for a year and I swear to you–I make it every weekend.

    Rolled oats.
    Nuts.
    Flax seed. (makes me sound old)
    dried fruit bits.
    BUTTER (yes. BUTTER!)
    Honey.

    Stir that up in my yogurt and yum, yum, yum. : )

  42. Oh man, I love cereal. I don’t eat it very often but when I do…..I want something yummy!
    Some of my fave’s?
    1) Special K with red berries
    2) Life
    3) Cinnamon Toast Crunch (yea it’s sugary)
    4) Strawberry Yogurt Cheerios
    5) Chocolatey Cocoa Pebbles (bad….real bad)

    Oh…and my husband! This will probably make you gag but…
    He grew up with a milk allergy and could never have dairy. So he put WATER on his cereal and still does!
    YES IT GROSSES ME OUT!!!!
    Imagine what old Fruity Pebbles water looks like!? Yea…that’s my reality, people!
    :)

  43. I’m almost embarrassed to say that the box cereal we eat is usually has the words “natural” and “whole wheat” or “no refined sugar” on the front of the box. We are SO boring. That said, I just found a cereal made by Mother’s (“natural peanut butter! whole grain!”) called “Bumpers” that tastes EXACTLY like Peanut Butter Crunch. Just like it. And I may or may not be eating all of it before my kids get to it.

  44. We are going through a Banana Nut Crunch obsession here – and evidently so is the rest of Huntsville, because half the time I go looking for it at Publix (and Target and Kroger) it is GONE! Talk about heart palpitations. This is the first (more-or-less) ADULT cereal my husband has ever deigned to eat. The kids aren’t allowed to have any. BUT my all time favorite BREAKFAST – EVER – is regular Cheerios with fresh peaches cut on top. Close second – blueberries. Or BOTH! Obviously, this can only BE in June/July, so it never gets old.

  45. I’m a cereal purist. I’m a Raisin Bran Crunch / Honey Nut Cheerios kind of gal. My kids, however, are SUCKERS for the pretty package. They are a cereal box designer marketer person’s DREAM. If the box is entertaining (or better yet, if there’s a PRIZE involved), they want to try it. So basically, if they’re with me in the grocery store – and let’s face it, are they ever NOT with me in the grocery store? – i avoid the cereal aisle like the plague. I have to but cereal in secret.

    And I just realized exactly how LAME my life sounds.

    Headed now to find the coolest hobby ever.

  46. I am not a cereal fan but only because I can’t tolerate that much milk! I love the cereal part but dry cereal is just not as snappy as covered in milk…and yada yada yada.
    I love Captain Crunch Crunch Berries which I know makes me a weirdo but I think it is so yummy. I also like Grape Nuts. Not the Grape Nut flakes but the old hard, teeth breaking ones.

  47. Oh and to add….my kids love Fruity Pebbles which you have to eat at lightning speed or they turn into a big bowl of mushy colored milk.
    Someone mentioned Trix. Oh how I used to love Trix. Do they still sell it? I might have to run to the store for some…

  48. quaker oat squares (cinnamon flavor)

    honey bunches of oats (with peaches)

  49. LOVE LOVE LOVE cereal!!!

    Currently in my stash I have Cocoa Pebbles (malt-o-meal brand because we are cheap), Chocolate Cheerios, Grape-Nuts, Frosted Mini-Wheats (m-o-m) Special K Red Berries and I just finished a box of Life cereal, which is one of my all-time favorites. Let me tell you I will race to Publix as soon as I see it on BOGO and stock up! I’ve also been known to have a box or bag of Golden Grahams (m-o-m)lying around.

    My hubby sticks with Raisin Bran Crunch. Occasionally he will revert to Fruit Loops or Apple Jacks (both m-o-m).

    This is a little sad since there are no kids in the house!

  50. Honey Bunches of Oats (honey roasted) is a staple in our house. The whole family likes it. I tried Banana Nut Cheerios this past weekend for something different and they were pretty good, although sweet. They’d be a good dessert cereal – I so understand that! ;)

  51. when I was in high school and college I couldn’t get enough Grape Nuts (nevermind that Grapes are not nuts and my husband says they package them same place they load gravel). When I tried to eat them as a semi-mature adult however, I discovered it was great for cleaning out the old system (and I don’t mean the septic).

  52. LOVE Cereal
    1. Honey bunches of oats w/almonds
    2. Honey nut cheerios

    obviously I have a honey thing

  53. My favorite is Frosted Flakes. I can just eat them out of the box. My kids liked Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries. One like the Crunch and the other the Berries. Put them in a cake taker lid and divided them. One box=two happy kids. The Berries kid found a whole box of Opps,Just Berries. Was in heaven. I think she was in her 30’s at the time.

  54. Kashi Autumn Harvest– Mmmm!

    Dial soap is my favorite! And the bars make our linen closet smell good, too. Just a little random and fun to the mix. ;0)

  55. Cereal is a happy meal. I do not, however, like cinnamon. At all. Not a big fan of sweet cereals, so the low sugar, no cinnamon requirement narrows down my choices. Quaker Oatmeal Squares is one fo the few I do like(obviously not the cinnamon flavor one). If I’m looking for a snack, I eat them right out of the box like little mini cookies.

  56. Haha!!! My favorite cereals are Lucky Charms and Fruit Loops!!! So I guess that makes me about the age of 2… and not ashamed, ha!! :)

  57. I love the Special K brands – regular, the fruit & yogurt, and the blueberry. The strawberry is ok – but it’s last on the list. I think I tried the chocolate once and that was tasty as well! I am eating my weight in cereal currently because I am pregnant and it always seems to hit the spot!

  58. You can’t go wrong with Cheerios. I like the Apple Cinnamon and yogurt covered ones. I haven’t tried the banana flavored ones, but I’ve heard they are good.

  59. I have been known to subsist entirely on a box of lucky charms for an entire weekend. Breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. With or without milk. I pour it in a cup and just munch as I read a book. Pathetic, I know, but I LOVE LUCKY CHARMS!!!!!!!!

  60. Kashi Go Lean Crunch with fresh berries. I eat it 6 out of 7 mornings. I have a bit of an addiction.

    Also? Days of our Lives.

  61. We aren’t big cereal eaters in out house but lately I’m loving a big bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios with a handful of blueberries on top!

  62. I am on a Special K with strawberries kick, but the trifecta is Frosted Flakes with banana slices and a glass of OJ. I grew up eating Grape Nuts at my grandparents house… but I would add a heaping tablespoon of sugar. Also, has anyone ever noticed something about Sugar Smacks and the restroom? Just saying.

  63. Special K Vanilla Almond is hands down my favorite. Sooo good. Close runner up would have to be frosted mini-wheats. Can you believe I never had them till this past year? We weren’t allowed “sugary” cereal growing up.

    Special K’s Chocolatey Delight makes an awesome dessert cereal as well.

    Have you heard of Cereality? http://www.cereality.com/main.php It’s almost like a froyo place but for cereal. No I’m not kidding. We had one in town for a while.

  64. I am an oatmeal junkie myself. Especially anything with bananas in it. But when it comes to cereal, I LOVE Fruity Pebbles!

  65. This is a hilarious post. We love the Nature’s Path brand – specifically Pumpkin Raisin Flax Crunch, or something like that. I wrote a post on cereals not long ago, and while it’s not my best writing, it goes along with the whole idea of avoiding all the high fructose corn syrup out there.
    http://balmingilead.typepad.com/finding_balm_in_gilead/2009/10/the-wheat-germ-weekly-ed-18.html

    I’m still not sure if I pasted that in there correctly. Anyway, good post and good thoughts Boomama!

  66. You have not overstepped…we definitely eat cereal for dessert here…and any other time we can fit it in. So many favorites…where to start? I too love Golden Grahams since trying them at my grandmother’s as a child. (mom only bought healthy cereal and we weren’t allowed to put sugar on it =( ) Still love them and Frosted Mini Wheats, Capn Crunch, Cracklin Oat Bran, Honey Smacks, Corn Pops and good ole Granola. My girls love Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cocoa Puffs. Disclaimer: I now limit the amount of cereal I keep in the house because it calls to me and I don’t want to explode 2-3 sizes =)

  67. I’ve been stuck in a Honey Bunches of Oats with Almons rut for quite some time now. Although I have tried the Blueberry Muffun Frosted Mini-Wheats and liked them…you can’t buy them at Sam’s. Which is probably a good thing because I’m fairly certain they aren’t NEARLY has healthy as what I tell myself the Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds is. After all…it has Almonds. Almonds are good for you…right? RIGHT!!

    So glad we had this conversation!

    Carry on. :-)

  68. We LOVE cereal too! At all times, there must be a box of Hony nut Cheerios for my husband. Although, he doesn’t eat them everyday, he likes the comfort of knowing they are there! lol
    My 3 yr. old will eat any kind of cereal. A few weeks back he chose the box of corn flakes that was leftover from making p-nut butter chews at Christmas!
    We love strawberry mini wheats, Raisin nut bran, Honey Bunches of Oats, the list goes on and on!!!

  69. I grew up on cereal, we love cereal, my kids think it’s snack food. Our favorite is Quaker Oat Squares, they are yummy dry or with milk! BONUS! and the cinnamon version of this cereal is also a winner, but you cant buy it in bulk at Costco so we rarely have it. I once went on a wine tour (at Madonnas fathers winery, no less) and they had a lady there who paired wine with breakfast cereal it was so fun. Chard and cheerios anyone?

  70. Good gracious!! I just re-read my comment after I posted of course and realized it has enough typos in it to cause Ms. Pederson (my senior English teacher) to go back and fail me 10 years ago.

    SO SORRY!!

  71. I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to drown my cereal in milk–it gets too soggy for me, and I’m a “texture” person; as a result, I eat my cereal mostly dry (as a snack), or pushing a bite of cereal to the side of the bowl and dribbling a teaspoon of milk onto that bite to eat before going on to the next bite. It takes so long for me to eat a bowl of cereal like this that I ALMOST get full on the actual “serving size.” LOL

    Some of my favorites not mentioned already are: Maple & Brown Sugar flavored frosted mini-wheats and the Chocolate extra-mini frosted mini-wheats. Now, THEY are a fun & delicious dessert/snack!

    Also, Trader Joe’s has a cereal–can’t remember the name, but it is a “swirl” of oatmeal and other stuff that tastes EXACTLY like a crunch oatmeal cookie. My 26 year-old son is in heaven when he visits and finds those in the pantry!

  72. My favorite cereal, raisin bran. But if I could eat it, I would eat frankenberries! Do they make that any more. It’s my childhood favorite!

  73. Cereal is its own food group at our house! My husband could live on it, which is a blessing on those nights I don’t want to cook. And as dessert? Of course!

    My most favorite right now is the Frosted Mini Wheats Mini-Bites Chocolate. It actually has pieces of chocolate inside the mini-bites, and I feel like I get a legit chocolate fix eating it!

    My 2 yr old loves the Fruity Cheerios, and I feel a teensy bit better about him eating those than Fruit Loops or something like that. They’re Cheerios, for crying out loud. Surely they’re healthy.

    Oh, and speaking of Cheerios – the new chocolate Cheerios are pretty good. Not as good as the chocolate frosted wheat mini-bites, but still good.

    Husband’s favorite cereal of all time is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. But I saw on some thing on the news where that’s the 4th worst cereal ever made, (and it costs an arm and a leg) so we don’t get it much. Only when I want to get on his good side. Ha!

  74. My oldest son is addicted to Cracklin’ Oat Bran — but it’s such a small box!!! I will only buy on box a week for him (because I’m mean and cheap!).

    I LOVE Frosted Mini Wheats Cinnamon Streusel Flavor. You just saved me a lot of trouble by giving the scoop on the “blueberry” flavoring — I’ve been tempted to buy that so often, but I’m glad you gave me the low down on it.

    We always have cereal in the house, because one of my kids is allergic to eggs. I have eggless pancake & waffle recipes, but we don’t do omelets, etc.

  75. Raisin Bran Crunch has made the top of my list for years! I’ll occasionally be bold and go with the Quaker Oatmeal Squares.

  76. I recently gave up cereals in favor of chocolate rice cakes frosted with Nutella. However, I am commenting just to say that Boomama and I have the EXACT same cereal heritage!!! That could make us like, cousins, or something …

  77. Cinnamon LIfe….We are like cereal junkies with that stuff. The box never lasts one day beyond opening.
    Unfortunately, we live in Hawaii where the average box of cereal costs about $6.00 so we live for SALES. Otherwise, my poor kiddos are stuck with store brand crispy rice cereal. It’s a tough life.

  78. Oh’s…..the BEST!!!! I’ve only been able to find it at Walmart lately! Must try! :)

  79. Cereal is the perfect food. And what a healthy choice for dessert. Hee hee hee! Also wanted to let you know that after a long search of several stores I have purchased the Four Cheese Cheez-Its at at last! If I could have a tall Mt. Dew with crushed ice in a plastic cup with a bendy straw and a big bowl of Four Cheese Cheez-Its I would be just fine. Well, temporarily. :)

  80. Im a granola girl anf I LOVE the kashi coco beach granola. Talk about dessert!!

  81. Once more, you reel me into your comments with a post on, what else, FOOD.

    I am a hardcore Lucky Charms fan. LOVE.THEM. But, I enjoy an occasional bowl or box of some Coco Pebbles (not to be confused with Fruity Pebbles, which make me dry heave).

    And now, my pregnant self is going to rustle up some cereal as a mid-afternoon snack. Thanks for the craving.

  82. I hate cereal. I do not eat it. It has to do with the cereal being soggy. I’m a big texture person! I don’t eat cottage cheese, oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits, yogurt, etc. I even hate the pulp in my OJ.

  83. I mix regular Cheerios with Honey Nut Cheerios-cuts the sweet of the HNC and helps the plain flavor of the regular, while still providing all that cholesterol lowering goodness.

    We are big fans of Quaker Oat Squares (cinnamon flavor) and Fiber One Raisin Bran.

    At our house, if you don’t like cereal you don’t get breakfast!

  84. Totally with you on the dessert cereals thing…my favorite is Reeses Peanut Butter Cup cereal. It’s sooo good.

    But, for real, we are addicts in this house. My boys are only 2, 4 and 7 but we already go through a couple of boxes a week.

    Favorites (and almost always in the pantry) are: the orange box of Quaker Oat Squares (cinnamon flavored), Multi-Bran Chex (slightly sweet and so good, and good for you! and the boys eat this, too!), and Life. If I make it to Trader Joe’s, we also have their version of Frosted Mini Wheats.

    I went through a serious Cinnamon Toast Crunch phase in college when I lived in the dorm. It was bad.

  85. We LOVE LOVE cereal at our house. Chris requests cereal nights once a week!

    My favorite is Speacial K Chocolate Delight… it is not too sweet but has little chunks of chocolate that are heavenly in the morning AND as a dessert cereal.

    We also like Quaker Oat Squares, LIFE, and Raisin Bran Crunch!

  86. Love cinnamon pecan Special K, love maple and brown sugar frosted mini wheats,fruit loops, kix.

  87. I honestly think I could eat any cereal. My husband is the cereal eater in our house now and he usually is the buyer as well. I occasionally will buy some grape nuts because he doesn’t eat them. I enjoy them in yogurt. And the only way I will eat plain cheerios is in ice cream.

    I used to love Froot Loops until my hubby told me I was what I ate. But now I prefer Fruity Cheerios instead. They are not nearly as sweet.

  88. My husband eats a bowl of Life cereal every single day.
    But he also introduced my sons to cereal mixing (“cereal salad” he calls it) which helps on nutritional content (higher), sugar content (lower), and cost (lower). Currently the kids eat Joe’s Os (cheerios but for $1.50/box!) topped with Cinnamon Toast Crunch most mornings. The CTC is an excellent dessert cereal, btw.

  89. I look forward to having cereal for dinner sometimes!

    I love anything from the Cheerio family (and I hear they have chocolate ones now or maybe that was a different cereal – who knows they all run together sometimes!)

    We like Honey Bunches of Oats or anything from that family.

    Special K with fruit or vanilla clusters.

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a huge fav of the youngest daughter (the one you met)

    Hubs isn’t a big cereal eater and he goes healthy when he eats it.

    I grew up eating it whenever (single working mom) so I like it anytime. If you ever need a hand with that cereal, give me a shout!

    (Did you make it to Bake & Cook? They were having a huge sale on the Henckel knives!)

  90. DH loves COB. I like Kashi Heart to Heart, Kashi Cinnamon Harvest (a cinnamon shredded wheat) and when I need a retro thing – I go back to the basics – Corn Flakes or Rice Crispy.

  91. BTW, I used to be able to spell and use that grammar language but that was before grammar/spell check. I apologize for any errors on that last post.

  92. I have not had a bite of cereal since I was pregnant…10 months ago. But prior to my OD on the stuff I was obsessed with Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Reese’s Puffs and Post Blueberry Morning. And clearly I have given my child a predisposition to all things sugary.

  93. My new favorite is Chocolate Cheerios! That’s a GREAT dessert cereal!!! I got on a Raisin Bran Crunch kick not too long ago. Oh and Blueberry Special K. My actual favorite is Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but it’s not been kind to the thighs!

  94. Apple Jacks all the way baby!

    But I do have a soft spot for Cracklin’ Oat Bran because I used to eat that at my Granny’s house.

    We grew up choosing the cereal by the toy in the box though, so I’ve eaten most everything. Now I have a sudden craving for cereal for supper!

  95. Chocolate Cheerios!!!!

  96. Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara

  97. I haven’t had much cereal lately, but I’m so glad you mentioned Cracklin Oat Bran!! I used to love that stuff, but yes, it is a little high in fat and calories for a cereal. Perhaps that’s why I liked it so much. It was a great snacking-right-out-of-the-box cereal, but I could only eat it with milk if I ate it REALLY fast, before it got too soggy.

  98. WE LOVE CEREAL!!! In fact, we have cereal for super about once a week. In fact again, my kids killed a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch night before last. Yes, an entire box in one night.

  99. My husband is a big fan of Kid Cereals… Cap’n Crunch, Trix, Honey Smacks, etc. He’s 36, by the way. And has a very high metabolism. The punk.

    I like to be a grown-up when it comes to cereal. (Besides, I figure if I’m going to eat a bunch of sugar, it better be in the form of chocolate.) So I like, in no particular order: Grape Nuts (that I have to let soak a minute or two so I don’t break my molar teeth), Cracklin’ Oat Bran, Special K Red Berries, and if I’m living on the edge: Honey Nut Cheerios.

  100. This is too funny but I’ve got to comment! My youngest child is a cereal-fed kid. The only other thing that he will eat for breakfast is pancakes, if they’re available. His favorites are Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, and Apple Jacks. I keep them in the cupboard all of the time for him.

    But, I’ve got to ask…..do you remember the cereal called “Puffa Puffa Rice”? It used to be my favorite in the early 70’s when I was in grade school. What a shock that they quite making it! :) You’re probably way too young to remember it. Anyway, fun post. I’ll be ready for your “soap” quiz.