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September 7th, 2001

Favorite Cereals

As a kid, my mom wouldn’t let us have any cereal with preservatives, so we were limited to Cheerios (and Honey Nut Cheerios for those special occasions). Naturally, when I was awarded the freedoms of college life, I rebelled and packed so many preservatives in my body that when I die, my body will look the same for four decades. During this time, I determined that my favorite cereals were Lucky Charms and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

Nowadays, I avoid the “junk cereals” in all but rare circumstances. I generally eat the oh-so-exciting Healthy Valley Organic Golden Flax Seed Cereal, usually plain but sometimes with blueberries. But every so often I’ll revert and have a bowl of preserved, sugary goodness.

Now it’s your turn to share your favorite cereals, and see how they do over at the Empty Bowl cereal review site. -ram

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 9:05:03AM
I am shocked Matt has had nothing to say yet.

I like most any cereal of the "honey-n-nut" variety. And good raisin brans; none of that Kellogg's crap.

DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 9:09:42AM
My mom would let us have just about any cereal we wanted. Except for anything with chocolate in it. That was the one exception. So no Cookie Crisp for us. I love Frosted Mini-Wheats. Also Corn Chex. Several different raisin brans. Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Golden Grahams. Fruity Pebbles. Crunch Berries. I was never a really big fan of Fruit Loops. I don't eat breakfast too often these days, though.

FROM: Scott
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 9:17:54AM
I also generally steer clear of most of the preservative filled crap that one finds in the cereal
isle at the local grocery store, and usually stick to any one of a number of granola varieties.
However the other night I would have killed for a bowl of Boo Berry, Frankenberry, or Count Chockula.
I of course would have had some, if not for the gelatin in the marshmallows. Though the craving was there,
I successfully avoided eating animal by-products.
The joys of being Vegan. Gelatin comes from ground up cattle hoofs and bones for those of you who don't know.
Does anyone know of a cereal similar to those mentioned above that is vegan?

FROM: Scott
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 9:27:32AM
Please forgive my typos. I meant:

aisle (though the image of the Cereal Aisle being an island is a funny one)


FROM: Vinny
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 9:48:33AM
My parents were the same way. It was shredded wheat (ain't no sugar on that) or Cheerios. But, after 18 years of that, I never had the urge to eat sugary cereals. On occasion I'll eat Peanut Butter Crunch or Frosted Mini-Wheats. Or, there's a really good cereal I get at Trader Joe's here in San Francisco that is a mix of granola and hemp seeds. It makes me feel gooooood...

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 10:53:25AM
Scott -- Good job. I would have had to report you to the vegan authorities otherwise. :)

One cereal I forgot that I like on occasion: Raisin Nut Bran. I love those nut-covered raisins...

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 12:27:32PM
I think Matt is planning on retiring to the Cereal Isle.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 12:34:54PM
Does anyone remember Waffle-o's?

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 12:42:16PM
Greg--Yup, and they sucked. Syrup flavor and milk don't mix well, except in my tummy.

FROM: Scott
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 1:11:33PM
Ryan, I am glad that you did not have to report me. I think the Vegan Police have been watching me anyway--along with the Richmond Police, the C.I.A., the F.B.I., and the U.N. They are all OUT TO GET ME!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 1:16:47PM
My long-standing favorite has been Reese's Puffs - now THAT'S a cereal.

However, Cinnamon Puffins (all natural, mostly wheat) are darned tasty and come highly recommended. No sugary stuff, either.

FROM: brant
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 2:24:30PM
scott, i also being a vegan, know the perils o wanting a marshmallow cereal.

i have heard that vegan marshmallows can be made but have yet to see them in cereal. but i'll bet somewhere on the internet one exists.

as for my fav cereal, when i was a kid it was "Os" or Fruit Loops. Now I'd say Peanut Butter Crunch.

FROM: Rob M.
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 3:06:22PM
My cereal staples are Meusli, Grape Nuts, and Giant brand granola. If I'm feeling naughty, I'll eat Life. Mmmmm...I love the taste of soymilk steeped with the taste of Life cereal.

FROM: Scott
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 3:43:09PM
Brant, I have heard about Vegan Marshmallows but have never tried to locate them. I trust soy as a substitute for many things but I am not sure that "marshmallows" are possible without animal products. I could be wrong of course. Maybe Rob M. knows something on the subjest as I know he is vegan as well. Rob M. probably does not realize that we know one another. Rob, here's a hint as to my identity-- you know me by a different name, an unfortunate nick-name I acquired early in my college career, and we went to college together. Oh and by the way, I thought you looked good sweating like a pig in the pictures on Corey's blog.

DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 4:08:46PM
Mmmmm... totally forgot about Grape Nuts. Those things are amazing. I love the way they suck up milk and still taste yummilicious.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 4:33:10PM
Wow -- this topic brought the vegans out of the woodwork.

FYI -- there was a company that made vegan marshmallows (Emes), but they have discontinued the line. Here's a recipe for vegan marshmallows, should you feel adventurous.

FROM: Scott
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 4:44:04PM
Ryan, Thanks for the recipe. I will give it a try. Perhaps they can be dried and added to cereal for some Pseudo-Frankenberry goodness. At least the recipe doesn't involve tofu. Some vegan recipes are scary i.e. tofu jerky.

FROM: John
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 10:13:25PM
Frosted Flakes have been a favorite since I was a kid, but Fruit Loops were the choice for the 12 bowl challenge.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday September 8, 2001 -- 1:01:46AM
Sorry about my absence today from this ping, this is my forte since I am know as a Cereal Historian.
My favorite cereal of alltime is Frosted Rice Krispies. The cereal was discontinued in 1990, but returned to store shelves around march this year. I think my emails 4 years ago to kellogs may have influenced this decision. It may only be a cereal with sugar on it, but it has the best possible balance of sugar for a perfect tasts.
Oh's is probably the other cereal that has one of the most incredible tastes out there.
Any granola will do, and in turn make you doo.
Right now in the cereal cabinet I believe we have about 20 different cereals including: Frosted Mini Wheats, 3 types of Raisin Bran, Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Frankenberry, Nesquik, Basic 4, Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies Treats, Golden Grahams, 3 forms of Grape Nuts, Christmas Crunch and many more.
Watch for me to take over some cereal company or else.

FROM: Eric
DATE: Tuesday December 11, 2001 -- 11:52:50PM
What's scarey about tofu jerky? The things one can make from soybeans are amazing. Ford made many of the parts for his cars with soy.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday December 12, 2001 -- 1:18:34AM
Eric -- Did he really? Wow... cars with phytoestrogens. Cool!

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Wednesday December 12, 2001 -- 2:11:51PM
I'm pretty sure that Reese's Puffs are vegan, if you can believe that. If you shop at a larger health food store (Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Trader Joes) you can often find vaguely healthy yet still delicious cereals, such as Peanut Butter Bumpers, which sustained me on a car ride from Minnesota to Colorado last spring.

DATE: Tuesday March 19, 2002 -- 1:45:07 pm
I have once tried a snack with frosted mini wheat (or shredded wheat) with chocolate filling and frosting on top...i have tried in vain in many years to find that receipe....can anyone help me here? thanks.

FROM: Mike B.
DATE: Thursday July 4, 2002 -- 11:57:45 am
When I was a kid I made my mother buy Lucky Charms and pick out the marshmallows. I would only eat the marshmallows--not the cereal. A whole box was good for about three small bowls.

FROM: Marques Browne
DATE: Sunday July 28, 2002 -- 5:36:51 pm
Thank You! I have been wondering if anyone remembered that cereal(Waffle-O's)...I was a Blueberry fan. I just saw the name of the cowboy...Waffle-O-Bill.

FROM: Anti-Scott
DATE: Sunday December 8, 2002 -- 2:22:00 pm homosexual.

FROM: Andy
DATE: Wednesday January 15, 2003 -- 10:08:08 pm
Ok just for you.. Having been born and raised in Cereal City USA aka Battle Creek here are a few tips.
Grapenuts, Fruitloops and pebbles, and for those that do actually remember waffle-o's go G-R-E-A-T on ice cream. Having worked at on of the factories in that town there is nothing to compare to still hot off the line cereal at 3:30 in the morning on your break :)

Have a Safe 2003

FROM: Cynthia
DATE: Thursday January 16, 2003 -- 9:46:50 pm
My fav. is LIFE. But I do like those chocolate krispies. Frosted cheereos is very good too. I like that without the milk.

DATE: Sunday March 16, 2003 -- 2:10:00 pm
Oh's are the best! Do they still make them? Because I've been having a huge craving and I want some now!

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Tuesday March 25, 2003 -- 6:11:54 pm
Junky cereal doesnt get any better than Golden Grahams.

For healthy, I love 'Cracklin' Oat Bran and the old school fav 'Corn Bran'. Corn Bran is so hard to find nowadays, but when I was living in Virginia, the local Kroger sold it for under **$2** for a huge box. You gotta love that. :)

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Tuesday March 25, 2003 -- 6:12:52 pm
BTW Kim, they do make Oh's. I same them today at the supermarket..still as yummy as ever.

FROM: Seto
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 3:25:32 pm
Reese Puffs are very nice. I also love Golden Grahams and Frosted Flakes. Vector has also been part of my diet.

DATE: Thursday June 12, 2003 -- 2:56:39 am

DATE: Thursday June 12, 2003 -- 10:18:46 am
I loved blueberry waffle o's. It seems like they quit making everything I get hooked on.

FROM: To Hell With Anti-Scott
DATE: Thursday June 26, 2003 -- 11:20:05 am
You judgemental piece of shit. Go kill yourself.

FROM: allison
DATE: Saturday October 25, 2003 -- 11:29:12 am
I LOVE ALL CEREAL. Silly corn and marshmallow mateys are current favorites. As is Hunny B's with rice krispies. Team Cheerios, cookie crisp, trix, froot loops, honey comb, crispix, wheaties, cornflakes. Too many favorites. I also love cinnamon toast crunch but I don't eat it because it is too fattening.

DATE: Wednesday January 28, 2004 -- 11:40:39 pm
Hey, this site has sent me wandering down memory lane. Does anyone remeber such classics as circus fun, dunkin donuts or that "ice cream" cereal. Those were some of my favz. Now I am mainly a cheerios girl (minus the milk- I do not care for it). I would also like to address something, I thought this was a cereal site, not a rude name calling site. If you are reading ANTISCOTT if you have nothing to say about cereal move on.

DATE: Wednesday January 28, 2004 -- 11:43:21 pm
Hey, this site has sent me wandering down memory lane. Does anyone remeber such classics as circus fun, dunkin donuts or that "ice cream" cereal. Those were some of my favz. Now I am mainly a cheerios girl (minus the milk- I do not care for it). I would also like to address something, I thought this was a cereal site, not a rude name calling site. If you are reading ANTISCOTT if you have nothing to say about cereal move on.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday January 29, 2004 -- 9:05:23 am
I would also like to address something, I thought this was a cereal site, not a rude name calling site. If you are reading ANTISCOTT if you have nothing to say about cereal move on.

I thought this wasn't a cereal site at all. But then, what do I know?

DATE: Sunday February 15, 2004 -- 1:00:32 am
Wow, I totally forgot about the Ice Cream cereal ! ! ! !
I still can't find Frosted Rice Krispies anywhere. :o(

FROM: Lori
DATE: Sunday February 22, 2004 -- 10:59:46 am
Does anyone remember a cereal called Krispy Kritters? It was supposed to be "indubitably delicious" and we thought it was awful. I always like Fruity Pebbles and Super Golden Crisp.

FROM: Jason Baron
DATE: Monday January 10, 2005 -- 3:40:02 am
Greg, don't listen to Robert! Waffle-o's were tasty. I was sorry when they stopped making them. I recall Waffle-o's had a cartoon cowboy guy on it, and the box was made to look like an old west town that could be cut into a toy.

FROM: amber
DATE: Thursday January 27, 2005 -- 7:00:31 pm
I used to LOVE waffle-o's! My husband still doesn't believe that they ever existed, so I've been trying to find pictures or evidence of any kind to prove to him that I'm not making it up. Thank you!!!

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday January 27, 2005 -- 10:48:23 pm
Wow, I am always a bit taken back when I see things that happened just prior to 9/11.

When I was at PSU, my cereal-obsessed friend Audra kept an up-to-the-minute guide of which dining halls offered Cocoa Puffs. (There were at least 8 dining halls on campus with varying menus.)

I reminded her of this when I spoke to her last fall because I literally think of her whenever I see Cocoa Puffs. The poor girl is terribly ill with Lupus and does not remember this, but I convinced her it was true :o).

In addition to this lovely story, I stand by my claim that I am personally responsible for cereal being available at every meal at PSU. There were times when my friends and I had no cash to go eat in town, yet everything on the menu was gross, so I joined an organization called the Residence Hall Advidory Board and suggested that cereal be served at every meal, morning noon and night. And it worked.

Now if I only had a degree that was actually USEFUL.

FROM: Sydney Schwartz
DATE: Tuesday July 5, 2005 -- 2:26:08 pm

I'm writing an article about cereal trends for the South Bend Tribune and I was wondering whether any of you would be willing to share your cereal experiences. If so, please e-mail me at

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday July 5, 2005 -- 3:58:08 pm
My favorite is Golden Grahams with chocolate milk a la Dave Walls, (Wednesday March 30, 2005 -- 8:46:27 pm) and I haven't even tried it yet. It just sounds so good. I just have to remember to get two extra things next time I go grocery shopping.

But from actual experience, my all time favorite cereal by a mile was Cap'N Crunch with Crunchberries, followed by Peanut Butter Crunch.

I also remember liking Freakies quite a bit. Corn Chex were, and still are, a big fave.

FROM: snaily
DATE: Thursday July 7, 2005 -- 1:55:50 pm
I'm not a big breakfast eater, and thank god for that. my mom wont let me have any cereal with sugar and preservatives in it. always those bland cheerios. but i secretly tasted frosted flakes on our family vacation and became addicted. i usually end up sneaking some into the cart at publix... yummy

FROM: lisa crockett
DATE: Saturday December 3, 2005 -- 12:09:08 am
I sell BooBerry, Frankenberry and count chocula.. Email me if you would like to buy some. I SELL IT VERY CHEAP. JUST WANT TO SHARE SOMETHING I KNOW LOTS OF OTHERS ENJOY. BUT CANT PURCHASE IN THEIR AREA!!!!!

FROM: name here
DATE: Monday August 21, 2006 -- 9:54:04 pm
i like fruit loops alot YUM YUM YUM!!!!

FROM: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
DATE: Monday August 21, 2006 -- 9:55:39 pm
now i know my abc wont u come and say them with me

FROM: Sandy
DATE: Tuesday August 22, 2006 -- 12:08:53 am
All time greats......Quisp, Krispy Kritters, Cap'n Crunch Vanilla Crunch, Lucky Charms and Nature Valley Granola!! By the way what were they thinking in the 70's to have a grape flavored cereal?!?!?......Sir Grapefellow....YUCH!

John September 16, 2007, 5:24 am

Blueberry Waffle O’s were the greatest cereal EVER!! I mis them Ohhh so much!! I also miss Yummy Mummy/Fruit Brute, that was a very good member of the monster cereal group. Cookie Crisp used to be good.. they changed it somehow.. it doesnt taste the same. Fruity Pebbles is always reliable & i would have to say it is my fav, ever since they took my Waffle O’s from me…… (sigh)


vegans are funny October 10, 2007, 12:23 am

this website is about CEREAL
i have never seen a death threat on a cereal forum

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