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My name is Emily…

… and I’m a cereal-holic. Pictured above are the nine types in my cupboard today.

I grew up in a traditional and strict household. Recently, it dawned on me how hilariously stark the contrast was between the rules we had to follow and just how much free rein we had over one single thing: breakfast. Plainly put, we ate a LOT of crap: Lucky Charms, Count Chocula, Apple Jacks, Alpha-bits… you name it — if it was sugar-coated, we ate it!

A few fond childhood cereal memories:

  • Cap’n Crunch — loved this stuff, but ended up dropping it because it tore up the roof of my mouth everytime I ate it.
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch — got this a couple of times, but it was too sweet even for me. Whew!
  • Mini Wheats — See below…

  • Cheerios — Bohhhh-ring! My sister devised a terrific way to sweeten them up: after pouring them into milk, we’d sprinkle Quik chocolate milk powder over them. (We had to be careful not to inhale the powder as we ate it, or a coughing attack would ensue.) After all the cereal was done? Chocolate milk!!
  • Cocoa Puffs — I loved these dearly… I had to take a break from them at one point after my uncle pointed out that they looked just like rabbit poo. Ew.

I think I make some slightly more responsible cereal choices these days… though I have to admit, the Rice Krispies you see pictured above were bought with the express reason of making squares, heh heh.

Got any cereal favourites, anecdotes or memories?

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  1. Martin
    June 8th, 2009 at 06:25 | #1

    Prostars – the only sugared (does aspartame count/) cereal that I was allowed to eat apart from mining out the sugar cereals from the mini-multipaks at my grandparents. For some reason Mini Wheats never counted as a sugar cereal.
    Wheaties – can’t forget the late 90s Wheaties box featuring frisbee players on the box. It was awesome.

  2. June 8th, 2009 at 08:42 | #2

    I’m a total cereal-holic. Frosted Flakes was my addiction of choice as a child. Then I stopped being able to tolerate milk, so had to stop eating cereal totally for a while.

    I tried Lactaid and rice milk but it wasn’t until I started using soy milk that I really got into cereal again. now it’s an early morning and late evening staple, with the heartier frosted mini wheats for breakfast and rice crispies or honey nut cheerios for snack. At the moment I’m changing it up with some raisin bran.

    I have a method for my mini wheats as well- it involves making sure the frosted side faces down on my tongue so i get all the sweet frosting goodness.

    Did I really just write that much as a comment on cereal? sheesh.

  3. Samantha
    June 8th, 2009 at 09:44 | #3

    you know, i ate so much cereal as a kid, that I stopped eating it all-together when i moved to uni… but now i definitely enjoy it again. and mini wheats are they way to go *for me* and i have the same scouting techniques as you!! :)

  4. June 8th, 2009 at 10:59 | #4

    I just finished a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch! I was never allowed to eat sugar coated cereals growing up. I’m making up for it now.

  5. June 8th, 2009 at 11:44 | #5

    you’re missing some honey bunches of oats and quaker harvest crunch lol

  6. Dirty D
    June 8th, 2009 at 17:02 | #6

    I love cereal. Always have and always will.
    I have never gotten sick of eating cereal. And never will. I find people who don’t like breakfast kinda weird but that’s a whole other topic.

    Next to pizza, cereal is a perfect meal for me. I know I can live off cereal, but I know nutrition-wise, it wouldn’t be the wisest decision. Even though there are some days, that’s all I eat.

    I love cereal so much, I once got punched in the face (twice) at a now-defunct cereal bar in Halifax, NS at 2am on a Wednesday night. I almost got kicked out of said cereal bar – but I begged and pleaded with them and told them after 3 weeks of being away from home and not having proper meals and meal times, all I wanted was a bowl of cereal. Thankfully two girls and another server saw the whole thing go down, and vouched for me and my friend.
    That may have been the best damn and most satisfying cereal bowls of my life.

    favs: Kashi Whole Wheat (like Frost Miniwheats) , Honey Nut Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Life, Honeycombs, corn pops etc
    I like to mix a lot of cereals together in one bowl – every bite is different but delicious.

  7. Danielle
    June 8th, 2009 at 17:28 | #7

    love it! I currently only have 4 cereals plus instant oatmeal in my cupboard but that’s cause i’m moving in July and am trying to finish what I’ve already got. I don’t like the super sweet stuff — golden grahams is as sugary as I get but I love love love cereal. It’s not just for breakie either ;-)

  8. June 9th, 2009 at 08:26 | #8

    I’m a bohhhh-ring cereal type: corn flakes, classic rice crispies, maybe a box of select every so often. I prefer my cereal plain or with dried fruit, may be nuts.

    My better half, Jenn, and her former roommates from Queen’s on the other hand are cereal fanatics. One of them recently came to Ottawa to visit, saw a sale at the local Superstore, and went home with 6 boxes, 4 varieties, including the new sugar coated rice crispies.

    That said, Jenn has “staple” cereal to eat with milk at almost any time of the day: cheerios, corn flakes, special k. she also has “snack” cereal she eats dry: quaker oats, shreddies. Then, she has “candy” cereal: fruit loops, corn pops, alpha bits, cinnamon toast crunch. These, she eats in moderation and treats like regular candy.

    As evidence of the cereal-addition I have to deal with when the girls get together, I present you the cereal bridge, made from dozens of empty cereal boxes: http://www.foodieprints.com/item/32

    The girls were going to build and igloo as their next project, but time just didn’t permit.

  9. June 9th, 2009 at 09:57 | #9

    My mother was a health nut, so sugar + cereal did not exist in our house. Your beloved Frosted Mini Wheats? Yeah, we got Mini Shredded Wheats- no sugar, all wheat. The closest to sugar cereal we ever got was if my mother splurged on Raisin Bran and man, did we tear into that! Those little sugarcoated raisins were like GOLD!

  10. June 9th, 2009 at 16:14 | #10

    Sweet post! Oh my god … cereal? Count me in!!!! Don’t forget Honeycomb, Sugar Crisp (although it has the same side effect as asparagus if you eat too much of it – sorry, too much info there), Golden Grahams, Special K with chocolate milk, Oatmeal Crisp (i think that’s the name – “It’s NOT oatmeal!” … yep, I could go on too … hey, I’ve been known to eat these bfast goodies as all three meals in one day … heh heh

  11. June 12th, 2009 at 14:46 | #11

    Oh my goodness EMILY! I’m Emily, the other Mini Wheat fanatic! I totally agree with how you eat them! Nobody around me seems to understand. I have to make sure they are all frosting side up in the bowl before the milk goes on…and then, as Carrie above does, I make sure that I flip the square over on my spoon before it enters my mouth…preferable intake is frosting side down.

    I had a mild panic attack yesterday when I realized that I only had enough for one bowl in my cupboard…so I sent my FIL to Costco to stock me up!

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