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Jan 17, 2007 04:15 PM

When Chocolate Cereal goes too far

So I picked up a bag of "familia Choc'X + bits" muesli. So far from cereal, so close to pure dessert. It was only 99 cents at BJ club for about 1 1/2 pounds. I don't know if it was on closeout or that's a normal price, but it seemed cheap.

It's got "chocolate cream filled pillows", chocolate shavings, chocolate crunchies, cocoa powder that turns the milk chocolate, and probably a few other chocolate crisps and things. It probably has some actual muesli in it but that's not the point.

It's just OK as a cereal, but pretty good for late night snacking


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  1. Along those lines: while a child living in Israel I was shoocked to see the local kids eating frosted flakes with a spoon of sugar added to the milk, a slice of toast with chocolate spread and glass of milk also with sugar added. Its a wonder they still have any teeth. Then they looked at me funny when I aksed if there were any plain corn flakes. When there were none, I stuck to hard boiled eggs and toast.

    1. I'm not a big fan of sweetened cereal, but when I do eat some slightly sweeter ones, I usually mix them with plain ones for balance (ie, Puffins with Shredded Wheat).

      But my dad mixes sweet and sweet! Like, Life cereal with Kashi GoLean Crunch. Talk about overkill.

      Cocoa Puffs are good dry, as a snack. But not for breakfast.

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      1. re: piccola

        I usually prefer the less sweet cereals (corn flakes, rice krispies), but there's just something about cinnamon toast crunch that I can't resist.

        1. re: zfalcon

          I agree. To me, cinnamon toast crunch is addicting...but only as a late night snack.

        2. re: piccola

          You think mixing Life w/ Kashi is sweet with sweet? That sounds like sticks with rocks to me. Cinnamon Toast Crunch on Dreyer's Double Vanilla Ice Cream- Breakfast of Champions. :)

          1. re: Oh Robin

            I agree with piccola. They're both sweet, but by far not the sweetest out there. I think cereals have jacked our perception of sweetness. Even the "healthy" ones are like cookies.

            1. re: amkirkland

              since i grew up eating shredded wheat and cheerios, i'm really sensitive to sweet cereal. shreddies and quaker corn bran are as sweet as i go - and even then, mixed with something plain.

              i have the same issue with salt. whenever i try packaged foods - or even street foods like pretzels - my mouth aches from the salt.

        3. Whatever happened to Count Chocula?

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          1. re: revsharkie

            Count Chocula is still around where I live - but why can't they bring back Frankenberry?

            1. re: froddard

              Oh, yeah! I used to eat all the Monster cereals growing up--frankenberry, boo-berry, count chocula. Haven't seen them in stores in years.

              1. re: revsharkie

                In the Boston area, most super markets regularly carry Count Chocula and some also bring back Boo-Berry and FrankenBerry around Halloween each year.

            2. re: revsharkie

              I haven't had it in years, but I discovered it in college and was a huge fan.

              1. re: revsharkie

                I had never heard of Count Chocula until I moved to Morocco last year -- it's everywhere here! Along with the other monster friends.

              2. There's a new kind of Special K with chocolate bits in it too. I am a huge dessert person, but I stopped wanting chocolate in my cereal after elementary school.

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                1. re: Pia

                  Yeah, I bought a box of it. Meh. Not so great. If I want a chocolate fix, I get Count Chocula, Cocoa Puffs or Cocoa Krispies. If I want Special K, I get a box of that. The Chocolate Special K was nothing special.

                2. I went back to BJ's today, and that cereal was now priced at 59 cents! That's for 22 ounces. It must be selling poorly, and they had 2 or 3 large pallets of the stuff.