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MarkG Feb 8, 2007 06:02 AM

it is straw like and gets mushy real fast in milk. but i love it!! FELLOW SHREDDED WHEAT LOVERS: what's your take on its appeal??

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    jackrugby Feb 15, 2007 09:51 AM

    As a little kid I liked the full size shredded wheat. Some times I would put the whole biscuit in the bowl, add milk and sugar then using my spoon break it apart and eat it one piece at a time. Other times I would break the biscuit apart by hand and then add the milk and sugar.

    Now as an adult I get the mini-wheats either frosted or honey nut, still love them after all these years.

    1. clim212 Feb 15, 2007 08:06 AM

      mmmm my favorite shredded wheat is the Honey Nut one. Yummers! it's so good and the added bonus of healthy fiber!

      P.S. I like it mushy as well! It's better when it's mushy!

      1. spinach Feb 9, 2007 09:53 PM

        i love the new cinnamon shredded wheat...either post or kashi...not overly sweet, you can still taste the wheat. i cannot stomach the frosted ones, regardless of the flavor, they make my teeth ache (figuratively) the alleged frosting is like hardened fruit flavored plaster but then again i dislike the frosted varieties of pop tarts as well...so maybe it's just me.

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          MarkG Feb 15, 2007 05:47 AM

          maybe it is because it is so old fashioned-- at least the original plain variety. right up there with original quaker oats and cream of wheat.

        2. goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 09:29 PM

          has anyone tried the new strawberry frosted shredded wheat? it looked good on the commercial...wondering if i should buy a box.

          1. othervoice Feb 9, 2007 12:41 PM

            Makes me think back 40+ years to when I was a kid. We used to heat water and soak the hayrolls until soggy and then drain and add milk and sugar. Next to heaven on a cold New England morning.

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              OneJayneDoe Feb 9, 2007 03:26 PM

              Wow - I thought I was the only one to eat Shredded Wheat this way! It's delicious. Thanks for the memory of the cold winter mornings in upstate NY. I actually had Shredded Wheat prepared this way for breakfast this morning. Had to do it seeing the snow at 8 feet in my old neck of the woods- from cloudy southern California.

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                MarkG Feb 9, 2007 04:14 PM

                i like to eat it dry by hand right out of a dish as a snack. and for dieters, it will fill you up quickly and in a healthy way with no sugar or fat.

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                  othervoice Feb 15, 2007 09:21 AM

                  Cloudy S CA sounds great right now!!

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                SachButt Feb 9, 2007 02:53 AM

                In the winter, I love to add the milk and heat it up in the microwave!!! It makes a great hot cereal!

                1. Rabbit Feb 8, 2007 07:50 PM

                  My sister says that mushy foods are good for sad people. Even when I'm not actually sad, I love mushy, brown-sugar-y shredded wheat with hot water and milk. Comfort.
                  (although I too would take w-bix over sw).

                  1. janetofreno Feb 8, 2007 07:46 PM

                    Plain shredded wheat is great in soup instead of croutons.

                    1. omotosando Feb 8, 2007 07:44 PM

                      Anyone remember the ones with raisins inside? I cannot seem to find them anywhere anymore.

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                        lvecch Feb 9, 2007 12:06 PM

                        Kellogg's Raisin Squares! Those were excellent!

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                          omotosando Feb 15, 2007 08:30 AM

                          Anyone know when and why Kellogg's Raisin Squares disappeared? I used to love them for breakfast. Then they disappeared from my local supermarket. I didn't know if it was a local thing or they stopped manufacturing them. I just went to the Kellogg's website and they do not appear under cereal varieties.

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                            piccola Feb 15, 2007 09:08 AM

                            I think you can order them on Amazon.com

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                              omotosando Feb 15, 2007 09:24 AM

                              No, only Frosted Mini-Wheats and Shredded Wheat Minatures. Tragic as it is, I think they stopped making the raisin wheat squares. They were so good - I don't think they had any added sugar - just the natural sweetness of the raisins.

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                          pescatarian Feb 9, 2007 12:31 PM

                          I liked the ones with strawberry "jam" in the middle. Also can't buy those for fear of eating too many.

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                          swissgirl Feb 8, 2007 04:12 PM

                          I always crush up a few squares to get some shards mixed in. And I love the bottom of the bag where all the shards collect - I always make sure to get every last bit of those into the bowl.

                          I just bought my first box of plain shredded wheat and may try it tonight. I usually go for the flavored varieties, the frosted being my favorite and the vanilla creme my least fave.

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                            lvecch Feb 9, 2007 12:07 PM

                            I hate the new flavored varieties that have come out in the last year or so - vanilla creme, maple, and so on. All are artificial, and all taste like chemicals.

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                              swissgirl Feb 9, 2007 03:51 PM

                              Ooh yeah, I forgot about the maple. I did not like that at all and you're right - it and the vanilla creme have a weird chemical tast.

                              The honey graham version however isn't frosted- the flavor is "baked in" and it did not have that off taste. I really liked those.

                              I'll probably cross my fingers and try the Strawberry mini-wheats I recently noticed on the store shelf. Maybe with a coupon......

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                                Humbucker Feb 9, 2007 09:35 PM

                                You have strawberry mini-wheats near you! Those are IMPOSSIBLE to find! Same with the raisin filled mini-wheats. Consider yourself lucky! I wish you could buy me a few boxes.

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                                  lvecch Feb 14, 2007 08:04 AM

                                  If you're thinking of the old Strawberry Squares - wheat biscuits filled with strawberry goo - I don't think these are the same thing. (I had the same initial, overjoyed reaction; I used to love Strawberry Squares.) I'm pretty sure they're biscuits with strawberry frosting. I suspect they are as horridly chemical tasting as the vanilla and maple flavors, although I haven't tried them.

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                              pescatarian Feb 9, 2007 12:31 PM

                              I can't buy mini wheats because I'll eat the whole box.

                            3. bolivianita Feb 8, 2007 03:56 PM

                              Shredded wheat is one of my favs along with all bran. Its just cereal. Theres no puffs or clusters, marshmellow or cookie bits. Plus it makes the best stuffing for turkey that I have ever eaten.

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                                mikeM1 Feb 8, 2007 04:08 PM

                                Sometimes i buy the PARADE brand of Bite Size Shredded Wheat. It's available here in NYC in some supermarkets, and is about $1.50 cheaper than the POST brand.

                              2. Tartinet Feb 8, 2007 01:22 PM

                                I'm a shredded-wheat aficionado too, but for me, there's a short window of perfect texture, between too spiky and too soggy. The optimal time is about a minute after the milk hits the cereal, I think. Then it's a bit soft, a bit chewy, a bit crisp. Mmmm.... Part of its appeal is its purity, too--just wheat.

                                And now, seeing this thread on Chowhound makes me think that shredded wheat might have some potential as an innovative ingredient...

                                Dipped... wrapped... fried... baked... deconstructed... might be worth some experiments. Anyone looking for a project?

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                                  normalheightsfoodie Feb 8, 2007 02:18 PM

                                  I do not like milk in my cereal, my wife calls me crazy, but I like to use OJ, and I have it with Shredded Wheat and it is very good.

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                                    MarkG Feb 8, 2007 02:38 PM

                                    i believe that TRISCUIT is a cracker version of shredded wheat.

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                                      ElsieDee Feb 9, 2007 12:50 AM

                                      Pretty sure I've seen a couple of recipes that called for crushed Shredded Wheat as part of a coating for oven "fried" foods.

                                      I also remember a recipe that involved a single-layer of Shredded Wheat in a 9X13 pan - sweetened condensed milk - maybe chocolate chips? I've no idea if it was baked or chilled or what, but the end result was some sort of a dessert bar.

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                                      normalheightsfoodie Feb 8, 2007 09:30 AM

                                      I remember eating shredded wheat when I was young with my grandfather, that is nearly 40 years ago. I still think of him when I see it.

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                                        lvecch Feb 8, 2007 09:27 AM

                                        I ate all the various frosted varieties for years, but now I love plain ol' Post Shredded Wheat the best. I prefer its texture to that of Kellogg's, which is coarse, and the toasty taste is excellent.

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                                          allegro805 Feb 8, 2007 09:20 AM

                                          It has a wonderful crunch, but even when it softens it's still a little chewy. I guess you could say the taste is "bland" but very simple and wheaty.

                                          Favorite story is about a great-aunt who always ate hers with hot milk and salt!

                                          1. pescatarian Feb 8, 2007 09:07 AM

                                            I think for all the reasons the others have mentioned, however, I prefer the mini shredded wheats because they are harder - I also love Wheetabix. Especially with a little honey drizzled over top.

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                                              orangewasabi Feb 8, 2007 12:17 PM

                                              I almost mentioned Wheetabix too, since they are in the same category for me. Wheetabix is good dry with salted butter though and Shredded Wheat, not so much with the butter

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                                              Fuser Feb 8, 2007 08:48 AM

                                              It's so completely natural. No matter how "Natural" other cereals are, they always have tons of sugar and other crap -- in fact it's almost impossible to buy dry cereal without added sugar. Shredded wheat is just pure wheat goodness and is my favorite next to seven-grain puffed Kashi cereal. Plus the really fun thing to do with shredded wheat, especially the big wafers is to get a bunch of milk and try to balance your wafers wiith the milk so it comes out right -- add more milk, add another wafer, add more milk, etc.

                                              1. orangewasabi Feb 8, 2007 08:35 AM

                                                it has a natural sweetness and nuttiness, great mouth feel, and it's fun to suck the milk out of the 'straw' matting.

                                                remember when they used to make the haybale/roll shape? do they still?

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                                                  barefootpris Feb 8, 2007 09:32 AM

                                                  Oh my gosh. That exacty what I love about the little shredded wheat....It's like little pillows of sweet milk...mmmm:)

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                                                    MarkG Feb 8, 2007 01:12 PM

                                                    i am inclined to believe that they still make and market the full size shredded wheat pieces though the bite size pieces seem to be more prevalent on store shelves.

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                                                      bolivianita Feb 9, 2007 12:12 PM

                                                      They do make them. I have found that all the Good For You cereals are always up above eye level. and all the sweet and gooey ones are right where my kids can see them!

                                                    2. JungMann Feb 8, 2007 06:07 AM

                                                      It's not too sweet and it has a really unique texture as far as breakfast cereals go. And even when it's mushy, I kind of like its thick gloopiness towards the end. Sounds gross, but actually very fun to eat when you're 10. Frosted mini-wheats have been a favorite for a long time.

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