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Most Disgusting Cereal, Ever.

steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 07:36 AM

I just bought the most disgusting cereal ever: Trader Joe's "Cherry Almond Clusters." Now it seemed like a good idea, crunchy granola mixed with dried cherries and almonds, and the photo on the pachage looked appetizing... but no! What's inside the box looks like what birds sometimes leave on my car: deep cherry colored granola (!) mixed with large corn flakes (to lighten up the appearance I suspect) plus genuinely good cherries and probably also almonds (I haven't noticed them thanks to the distracting red granola clusters). It's also actually too sweet for my taste.

I can't remember ever having a disgusting cereal before, are there others out there?

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    Daniel RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 08:32 AM

    Wheatabix. Not bad dry but turns to wet newspaper mush once the milk hits it.

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      Kagey RE: Daniel Jun 21, 2008 08:45 AM

      So true. That stuff is awful.

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: Kagey Jun 21, 2008 01:43 PM

        the trick to weetabix is to eat it with yogurt or kefir instead of milk - enough moisture to soften it a bit without making it disintegrate.

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          nosey RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 04:56 PM

          My brother -in-law, an Aussie, eats his wheatabix religiously every morning. even when my sister went into labor at 3 in the morning, he first had to have a "bowl o' me wheatabix" first!

      2. re: Daniel
        livetocook RE: Daniel Jun 21, 2008 02:44 PM

        Are you talking about Muffets? I freakin' love those things. I break them up, put the milk on and walk away for about 5 minutes.

        Well, I wouldn't say it's the best tasting stuff but, I find it refreshing and filling. It just gives me that kick start for the day.

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          ola RE: Daniel Jun 21, 2008 04:26 PM

          My roommates in Vancouver BC brown the Weetabix topped with butter and brown sugar for about ten minutes in a 350 oven. Pour milk over the top and eat before it turns mushy. Lovely on a cold wet morning.

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            vvvindaloo RE: Daniel Jun 22, 2008 08:23 PM

            I adore weetabix cakes. but they do rake some dedication to fully appreciate. my mom calls them cowpies.

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              Blush RE: Daniel Jun 23, 2008 01:16 PM

              I love Wheatabix. And Muffets. And Shredded Wheat...But I intentionally make them soggy and add brown sugar. Yum.

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                serah RE: Blush Nov 14, 2011 03:51 AM

                I loooooove weetabix. However if my day job doesn't work out, I'm going to patent a glue made of dried up Weetabix. If you don't rinse your bowl out straight away once you're done, that stuff sets like CONCRETE!

            2. tatamagouche RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 09:25 AM

              Check out the Cheap-Ass Cereals Hall of Fame on The Sneeze, which sadly appears to be suspending operations. (We miss you, Steve, come back.)


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                steinpilz RE: tatamagouche Jun 21, 2008 11:15 AM

                Those are some terrible looking cereals!

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                spellweaver16 RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 10:15 AM

                Puffed rice. My mom used to feed me that junk. Blech.

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                  im_nomad RE: spellweaver16 Jun 21, 2008 03:24 PM

                  ditto...oh how I hated that montrous bag of what looked like mini-packing peanuts to me...and pretty much tasted the same to boot.

                2. mrbozo RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 12:14 PM

                  Any of those sugar bombs that had little, dehydrated, multicoloured marshmallow bits.

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                    EWSflash RE: mrbozo Oct 29, 2011 09:52 AM

                    Ooooh- my favorites.

                  2. goodhealthgourmet RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 01:54 PM

                    i was a cereal freak for most of my life, until i had to give it up following a gluten-intolerance diagnosis. over the years i think i tried pretty much every cereal in existence, and few were truly gag-worthy. the only ones that still make me shudder at the mere thought of eating them are the ones with artificial berry flavoring of any kind, e.g. franken berry, boo berry, cap'n crunch crunch berries, kix berry [you get the idea]. for some reason the cloyingly sweet artificial berry flavoring is particularly vile to me...which actually makes me think i'd probably hate the TJ's cereal as much as the OP did.

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                      beelzebozo RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 01:59 PM

                      yeah, i dislike all the ones you mention here as well. artificial berry and yogurt flavors are not to my liking.

                      conversely, i don't think i've ever met a chocolatey cereal i didn't like (coco puffs, coco krispies, coco pebbles, and reese cup cereal are all fantastic). peanut butter crunch is lovely.

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                        goodhealthgourmet RE: beelzebozo Jun 21, 2008 02:28 PM

                        i'm *so* with you on the chocolate & PB...don't forget count chocula ;)

                        i had to give up cereal before i ever tried the chocolate varieties of chex & special k, but i've heard both are pretty nasty. however, if i could still eat the stuff, i'd be all over a box of chocolate lucky charms...

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                          gyozagirl RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 06:29 PM

                          I really like most varieties of the Special K brand, and I reasonably assumed that I'd like the chocolate one as well- I tried it once, and never again. You'd think it would be at least halfway decent, considering I already like plain Special K... I think my personal issue is the waxy texture of the "chocolate" bits - something just doesn't seem right, haha.

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                            Will Owen RE: gyozagirl Jun 23, 2008 04:02 PM

                            Interesting...I was reading through this thread to see if anyone besides me thought that Coco-Wheats was the most disgusting cereal of all time. Dad kept getting it for us because he thought that of COURSE we'd like it. We suffered a long time over that, since it was a given in our house that one ate what was set before one without any adverse comments.

                            I always liked puffed rice, probably the least nutritious cereal ever invented...

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                              sasha1 RE: gyozagirl Jun 24, 2008 12:49 PM

                              You beat me to the punch. Special K chocolate was awful. I threw it away. It's not chocolate- it's brown wax. Little scrapings of chocolate flavored candles.

                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                          steinpilz RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 02:40 PM

                          I'm pretty sure those cherry colored granola chunks had artificial cherry flavor, ugh. The dried cherries were actually sort of good though, I might try separately adding dried cherries to some more appealing granola.

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                            lgss RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 02:50 PM

                            There are gf (gluten-free) cereals. I eat Mesa Sunrise and corn flakes from Nature's Path, available at WFM and TJ's.

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                              lgss RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 02:57 PM

                              There's also Nature's Path Envirokidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs. We haven't tried the Koala Crisp (chocolate). http://www.naturespath.com/products/e...

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                                goodhealthgourmet RE: lgss Jun 21, 2008 03:20 PM

                                thanks, i know. the problem is that i'm also soy-intolerant, and a lot of the GF cereals contain soy. the few that i can eat these days have too much sugar in them anyway...so i just make my own granola with GF oats. tastes a heck of a lot better than anything i've ever bought, and it's much healthier to boot.

                                i'll have to try the mesa sunrise one of these days, but i'm skipping the panda puffs because they may be made with soybean oil. it's a bummer too, because i love PB-flavored cereal!

                                btw, while we're on the subject, have you tried the Bakery On Main GF Granola [or the one from TJ's, which is the same product]?

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                                  Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 09:54 PM

                                  hey ghg, hope nyc is treating you well!

                                  i've had the apple cinnamon granola - i had to pick out the walnuts where possible.

                                  if you like banana and coconut flavors, you should try the rainforest flavor.

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                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: Emme Jun 22, 2008 06:52 AM

                                    emme! i miss seeing your name in the boards...hope all is well in LA.

                                    the reason i asked is that i personally hated the stuff. i tried a sampling of each flavor at WFM. they were all to sweet, the corn flavor was overpowering, and i thought the fruit flavors [e.g. "apple"] tasted artificial, even though there's real fruit in there - i think they try to "boost" it with addeds...or maybe it was the cinnamon? anyway, i also have a major issue with the fact that it's NOT granola! it's corn cereal with some dried fruits, seeds & nuts tossed in. no oats to be found anywhere in the stuff. very misleading, and semantically incorrect...which, as everyone knows, bothers the heck out of me :)

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                                      Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 22, 2008 09:24 AM

                                      interesting, i don't buy any of them regularly - to me they're not worth the caloric investment, but then again cereal or granola isn't a daily *indulgence* for me, more of a desserty type thing. i like cinnamon so i remember thinking that one wasn't bad. i haven't tried any of the others, but my friend liked the rainforest one, if only for the tropical dried flavors in it. i know that misleading info is a pet peeve of yours, so i totally respect that. i'm so over gluten free products to replace inherently gluten based products-i'd rather avoid than struggle with the synthetic process. except for my favorite cereal (which i know you can't have due to the soy :( )

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                                    lgss RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2008 03:36 AM

                                    We're also vegan and I think the TJs GF Granola contains honey.

                                    We had a coupon for Envirokidz so we picked up a bag of the Koala Crisp (chocolate) this weekend but haven't tried it yet. It appears not to contain soy. Organic brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa, natural chocolate flavor, sea salt, organic molasses and organic rice bran extract, but is made in a facility that processes soy, so depends how sensitive you are...
                                    You've right about the Envirokidz, I commented to my husband that they're GF but they're also nutrient-free.

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                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: lgss Jun 23, 2008 05:34 AM

                                      "they're GF but they're also nutrient-free."
                                      that's been my biggest issue with most GF products from day one. it's the reason i decided to get into the business myself - to give people options that taste as good as traditional products *and* are actually nutritious.

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                                        lgss RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2008 03:19 PM

                                        Millet, quinoa, brown rice, and buckwheat for hot cereal.

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                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: lgss Jun 23, 2008 07:00 PM

                                          yeah, i've done all sorts of combos. but i'm still a huge fan of oats & oat bran, so the certified GF oat products have made me a verrry happy woman. if only i could find a suitable GF substitute for wheat germ. flax meal comes close, but i miss that toasted wheat flavor.

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                                            Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2008 10:39 PM


                                            try taking your certified GF oat products, grind them into a finer powder, then toast/broil til browned and nuttier in the oven... it replicates some of that wheat germ toasty flavor.

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                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: Emme Jun 24, 2008 07:02 AM

                                              thanks emme. i actually did try that with the oat bran a few times! it's close, but not quiiite there...

                                  3. re: lgss
                                    maplesugar RE: lgss Jun 21, 2008 05:52 PM

                                    Personally I find the Envirokidz line waaay too sweet....too much like count chocula and friends to me. Thankfully the kids are good with Barbara's Bakery cereals, particularly Puffins plain/cinnamon.

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                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: maplesugar Jun 21, 2008 06:20 PM

                                      i wish puffins didn't contain oat flour...

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                                        maplesugar RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 07:02 PM

                                        I love that their cereals are kid-friendly and only lightly sweetened...the kids would prefer there was friendly cartoon animals on the boxes like Envirokidz but they still ask for Shredded Spoonfuls just about every morning(I checked the label, ufortunately it's not GF either).

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                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: maplesugar Jun 21, 2008 08:10 PM

                                          thanks, i know - i've looked at all the labels countless times.

                                          it may not be a cartoon character, but don't the kids like that cute little puffin on the box? i saw real ones at sea world when i lived in san diego. very cool creatures.

                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                          allieinbklyn RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2008 06:11 AM

                                          honey rice puffins are actually GF, i think.

                                          totally agreed on envirokidz. they are just too sweet!

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                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: allieinbklyn Jun 23, 2008 01:16 PM

                                            i just looked at the web site, and they are GF! thanks allie...i could hug you right now :)

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                                              allieinbklyn RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2008 08:28 PM

                                              unfort they are not nearly as good as the other flavors... :( (to me at least - you should obviously try!) :)

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                                              ojaku RE: allieinbklyn Jul 9, 2014 10:54 AM

                                              Unfortunately Puffins Honey Rice tastes awful. Just awful... Like stale coconut slivers. yuck.

                                    2. Candy RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 02:33 PM

                                      i can't remember the name, but the one marketed by Kellog's that is supposed to be so healthy for women. It was teeth achingly sweet. One taste and the whole thing went into the trash. Ick, phooy, nasty.

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                                        vvvindaloo RE: Candy Jun 22, 2008 08:27 PM

                                        i think you mean smart start. even i couldn't eat it, and i consider count chocula the holy grail of breakfasts!

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                                        lgss RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 02:47 PM

                                        Do you mean besides oatmeal and cream of wheat?

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                                          steinpilz RE: lgss Jun 21, 2008 02:59 PM

                                          I actually like oatmeal but only have it, made with cream and honey, as a small celebration of days when there's been a snow storm.

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                                            im_nomad RE: lgss Jun 21, 2008 03:25 PM

                                            i am a fan of oatmeal (especially Irish) and cream of wheat...but i'm a freak and like my cream of wheat lumpy and a bit on the salty side. Haven't had it in years.

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                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: im_nomad Jun 21, 2008 03:31 PM

                                              you're not a freak. back when i used to eat cream of wheat, i had to have it lumpy too.

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                                                kkak97 RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2008 06:59 PM

                                                I third the lumpy cream of wheat. I still enjoy it from time to time.

                                                When I was a kid we often had Cream of the West....it was a brown grainy version of cream of wheat. I'd gag every singel time I ate it. I'm sure it was a much healthier version, but I didn't care about that as a kid.

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                                                  stricken RE: kkak97 Jun 23, 2008 10:31 PM

                                                  lumpy cream of wheat is AWESOME...w/crumbled sausage and plenty of salt and sugar to balance it out.

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                                                    sasha1 RE: stricken Jun 24, 2008 12:54 PM

                                                    I like it lumpy, and I love the skin that forms on top :)

                                              2. re: im_nomad
                                                mrbozo RE: im_nomad Jun 21, 2008 03:32 PM

                                                Flip side of this thread really, but the only cereals I've liked for decades have been oatmeal, cream of wheat, kasha, bulghur, polenta and shredded wheat. Served savory.

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                                                  im_nomad RE: mrbozo Jun 21, 2008 03:41 PM

                                                  I found something online called Frumenty which i'm curious about, but have not yet tried. I'm not a fan of sweet things in general at breakfast, and I can honestly say I have not had a bowl of cereal in at least a year, if not much longer.

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                                                    Querencia RE: im_nomad Jun 24, 2008 08:02 PM

                                                    To im nomad re Frumenty---I have an oddball English cookbook with unusual old recipes, one of which is frumenty, so please post a note here if you want the recipe.

                                            2. im_nomad RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 03:27 PM

                                              Aside from some hot cereals....the only ones I can stomach (keep in mind i'm not a big milk fan), are Kashi Go Lean (and Go Lean Crunch), and maybe Cheerios.

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                                                steinpilz RE: im_nomad Jun 21, 2008 03:33 PM

                                                Go Lean is good, I'm actually mixing it in to get through the horrid "Cherry Almond Clusters". I really like Just Right but haven't been able to find this in stores here for a year or more, still trying to find a great replacement.

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                                                  Pollo RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 03:50 PM

                                                  Any cereal made with rolled oats....where oil is used as a "processing aid" to prevent oats from sticking to rollers which means you need to add additives to prevent the oil from becoming rancid (oxidizing)....best oats are the type that are "steel cut"...a process that is much harder to do...more expensive equipment is needed but you get superior product and no need for the oil....best cereals that I found (so far) are made by a Swiss company called "familia"...Whole Foods has two varieties...2 lb box runs ~$6-$7 per box...great price and product...

                                                  1. re: Pollo
                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: Pollo Jun 21, 2008 03:57 PM

                                                    agree with pollo...familia is the only muesli worth buying in the U.S.

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                                                      sebetti RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2008 12:00 PM

                                                      Try Dorset Berries & Cherries. It's a U.K. brand. Sadly, I've only found it at Whole Foods here in the U.S.

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                                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: sebetti Jun 23, 2008 01:16 PM

                                                        oh, i can't eat oats anymore, but thanks. i see the dorset cereals at WFM all the time.

                                                    2. re: Pollo
                                                      steinpilz RE: Pollo Jun 21, 2008 04:15 PM

                                                      Yup, I only use McCann's steel cut oatmeal. I'll look for those familia cereals in WF.

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                                                        The Professor RE: steinpilz Oct 25, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                        McCann's steel cut oats are good, but there are plenty of other brands of steel cut available in the US that are just as good and in some cases better.
                                                        I've gotten great steel cut oats for half the cost of McCann's.

                                                  2. re: im_nomad
                                                    lgss RE: im_nomad Jun 23, 2008 03:40 AM

                                                    Have you tried Pacific brand lowfat vanilla almond mylk (cold) or hemp mylk?

                                                  3. Passadumkeg RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 10:20 PM

                                                    Classic schlock of the 70"s: Count Chocula and Frankenberry. So sweet, makes my fillings vibrate.

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                                                      Bob W RE: Passadumkeg Jun 22, 2008 07:43 PM

                                                      Whatever happened to Booberry, the third member of that illustrious triumverate?

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                                                        tatamagouche RE: Bob W Jun 23, 2008 06:47 AM

                                                        Even when I was a kid in the 70s, it was always almost impossible to find, unlike CC and Fberry. Never understood why.

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                                                          Bob W RE: tatamagouche Jun 23, 2008 12:46 PM

                                                          Score one for the Midwest. And has anyone ever had Fruit Brute or Yummy Mummy?


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                                                            tatamagouche RE: Bob W Jun 23, 2008 05:42 PM

                                                            Oh, I wish!

                                                            Does anyone remember Freakies, circa 1973?

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                                                      beth1 RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 11:30 PM

                                                      So many bad cereals, so little time. So here are the highlights (depending on how you look at it). Kaboom was really, really bad. My mom says Wheaties smell like a wet dog (not sure where she gets that, but it's the mental image). I've never been a fan of Shredded Wheat, of any variety.

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                                                        Bob W RE: beth1 Jun 23, 2008 12:48 PM

                                                        My mother was not a fan of Shredded Wheat and I can't really say I like it all that much either. There are so many better cereals out there for my cereal $$.

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                                                          Veggo RE: Bob W Jun 23, 2008 01:09 PM

                                                          In the midst of a frozen New England winter, our mother would sometimes jazz up shredded wheat (the big ones; not the bite size) with butter and sugar and bake them a while, and then served up a pair in a soup bowl, with warmed milk. At its time and place, that was fine dining.

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                                                        SweetLisa RE: steinpilz Jun 21, 2008 11:44 PM

                                                        Ugh! How about the chocolate Special K? Gag. I was a sucker for buying that one. the "chocolate" tasted like brown wax.

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                                                          im_nomad RE: SweetLisa Jun 22, 2008 08:02 AM

                                                          i hate even the concept for that one, it's that way because it's geared towards women, and we all know women can't go five minute without chocolate in some form. Breakfast cereal to PMS by. It's probably not even real chocolate.

                                                        2. mrsbuffer RE: steinpilz Jun 22, 2008 05:39 PM

                                                          Grape Nuts. Without question. It reminds me of dried guppy droppings.

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                                                            Will Owen RE: mrsbuffer Jun 23, 2008 04:07 PM

                                                            2 each his own...sheer cereal luxury, to me, is a bowl of Grape-Nuts with half-and-half poured over, and allowed to sit until it's all absorbed. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

                                                            Guppy droppings - that's cute.

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                                                              beelzebozo RE: Will Owen Jun 23, 2008 05:06 PM

                                                              indeed. i knew i was getting old when i realized i had just enjoyed my first bowl of grape nuts.

                                                          2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: steinpilz Jun 22, 2008 06:27 PM

                                                            I cannot believe that Cookie Crisp is still in production. Or are those the same boxes from the late '70s and they just haven't moved yet?

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                                                              beelzebozo RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 22, 2008 06:42 PM

                                                              my little brother and his girlfriend eat it every day. it's all too real.

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                                                                vvvindaloo RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 22, 2008 08:29 PM

                                                                cookie crisp is alive and well, thank you!

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                                                                  danionavenue RE: vvvindaloo Oct 25, 2011 06:30 AM

                                                                  lol. I came on here to see all my favorites,

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                                                                RGC1982 RE: steinpilz Jun 22, 2008 07:00 PM

                                                                Kellog's Smart Start used to be extruded tubular shapes, not flakes. When they were giving out the samples before it was launched, it reminded me of fish food. Unless I am really confused here, they reformulated it into flake form -- much more palatable.

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                                                                  anzu RE: steinpilz Jun 22, 2008 07:58 PM

                                                                  Kellogs apple jacks! I used to love that thing when I was in kindergarten, to the point that I brought it in as my "morning snack". In fact, I remember that when I brought in cereal as my snack food, half of the class for some reason would want to trade snacks with me, even though they had things like chocolate chip cookies!! 5 year olds are so strange!

                                                                  Anyway, at some point, my mom got a bit stricter about cereals we were allowed to eat, so apple jacks became banned. Of course, then it becomes like forbidden fruit, and you inflate memories of how good it tasted. Well, in college some 13 or so years later, I forgot the context, but I had the chance to try a handful of apple jacks and was very excited.

                                                                  Omg, it was the most disgusting cereal!!!! I couldn't believe I used to eat that stuff! Interestingly enough, in college, I was going through an apple cherrios phase. Now, more than ten years later, I can't stand apple cherrios, either. (Though I like the multi-grained ones)

                                                                  I now like those kashi multi-grain flakes, that I'm sure most people think tastes like cardboard!

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                                                                    Catskillgirl RE: anzu Jun 23, 2008 12:55 PM

                                                                    Me too. I can remember LOVING Apple Jacks when I was a kid. Sugary cereals weren't allowed in our house, but my best friend's mother was much more relaxed and as a consequence, I wound up staying over there as much as possible. As you said, forbidden fruit. A couple of months ago I saw a friend with a toddler, who was grasping a baggie full of apple jacks. Of course I stole some, and oh lord, they were dreadful. Yuck. But as I said, I do remember really loving them as a child.

                                                                  2. Veggo RE: steinpilz Jun 22, 2008 08:10 PM

                                                                    This goes back a few years, but I always thought that the project team that conceived and marketed "Fruit Loops" as a nutritious breakfast for our children, should all have been executed at dawn.

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                                                                      vvvindaloo RE: Veggo Jun 22, 2008 08:35 PM

                                                                      Fruit Loops may be the only sugary kids' cereal that I don't like. It's just too boring, and the different colors aren't different or fruity enough in flavor :)
                                                                      That said, fruit loops remain an important part of a nutritious breakfast. (Cue pan shot of a large bowl of neon rings suspended in about two cups of milk, with buttered white toast and a large glass of orange juice on the side.
                                                                      It's a wonder that there weren't mass fainting spells from blood sugar crashes in schools across the country.

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                                                                        Veggo RE: vvvindaloo Jun 22, 2008 08:54 PM

                                                                        I'm out of touch, you mean they still make Fruit Loops after all these years? Wouldn't that qualify as an ongoing criminal enterprise, subject to federal prosecution under the RECO statutes?

                                                                      2. re: Veggo
                                                                        maplesugar RE: Veggo Jun 22, 2008 10:09 PM

                                                                        "Froot Loops" I think they have to refer to it as "Froot" because there's no real fruit in there. As for the "part of a nutritious breakfast" it's the diabetic coma inducing part of an otherwise ok breakfast... if the bread were whole grain and there was something more nutritious than butter slathered on top.

                                                                        It makes me sick thinking there are parents buying in to the marketing machine's message. I was at a field trip for DD's class friday and some parents brought those Lunchables for themselves and their kids. I mean they could have bought a loaf of bread and some decent deli meat and cheese for the same price (and less processing).

                                                                        I think there needs to be stonger regulations regarding marketing and labelling of these products so parents understand they're not getting "nutrition" they're getting salt, starch and filler.

                                                                        1. re: maplesugar
                                                                          lgss RE: maplesugar Jun 23, 2008 03:43 AM

                                                                          They add in all those "nutrients" which is like selling a car with the wheels, transmission, steering wheel, and gas tank in the back seat and saying it's all there.

                                                                          1. re: lgss
                                                                            Catskillgirl RE: lgss Jun 23, 2008 12:59 PM

                                                                            Same old story. Remember when Wonder Bread was huge, and heavily marketed? Say early 60's? Builds strong bodies 12 ways. I remember wishing my old-fashioned mother would buy this newest miracle product. And then I vividly remember her explaining to me WHY they had to add all of the vitamins & minerals - it's because they had taken them all out of the grain during processing! A tiny lightbulb went on in my brain that day. And a lot of paranoia about advertising was born!

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                                                                              mrbozo RE: Catskillgirl Jun 24, 2008 07:15 AM

                                                                              Mmmm, a slice of processed orange-dyed petroleum-based imitation cheese between two slabs of formaldehyde soaked white sponge. Now that's some mighty fine eatin'.

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                                                                                EWSflash RE: mrbozo Oct 29, 2011 09:55 AM

                                                                                Plus you'll keep better.

                                                                      3. Lindseyup67 RE: steinpilz Jun 23, 2008 03:04 AM

                                                                        IMO...the cereals of our yesteryears....i.e. apple jacks, fruit loops, etc.....do NOT taste like I remember them. They most certainly have switched the "recipe", much to my dismay, as I do enjoy a bowl of sugary cereal once in while......................

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                                                                          dolores RE: Lindseyup67 Jun 23, 2008 04:08 AM

                                                                          Now that's a good point, Lindseyup67. I bet they've cheapened up and flavored down the cereals we used to like.

                                                                          One of my favorites was Cocoa Krispies with Reddi Whip -- and I'm sure neither taste like I remember them.

                                                                          As to disgusting, I can't really come up with a cereal I hate. Although, I tried Barbara's Puffin peanut butter thingys, based on recommendations here, and found them incredibly boring. Even the dog wouldn't eat them, and he'd jump out of a plane for peanut butter.

                                                                          Hubby ate them, since he puts coffee in his cereal milk, and doesn't notice the taste of bland cereals.

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                                                                            vvvindaloo RE: Lindseyup67 Jun 23, 2008 06:01 PM


                                                                          2. Bob W RE: steinpilz Jun 23, 2008 01:28 PM

                                                                            I am pleased to report that the W Twins, who turn 4 next month, have rejected Corn Pops (FKA Sugar Pops). I never liked that crap either.

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                                                                              vvvindaloo RE: Bob W Jun 23, 2008 06:02 PM

                                                                              give them about 4 years, bob :)

                                                                            2. Veggo RE: steinpilz Jun 23, 2008 08:31 PM

                                                                              My younger brother in Vermont, a man of fine taste, volunteered that "Lucky Charms" should make the Kasey Kasem's top "whatever" list, for worthless breakfast fare. Is Kasey still alive, or did he succumb to breakfast cereal or spinning disks? Inquiring minds need to know....

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                                                                                vvvindaloo RE: Veggo Jun 23, 2008 08:54 PM

                                                                                Casey Kasem is still alive. And Lucky Charms still rock!

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                                                                                currymouth RE: steinpilz Jun 24, 2008 08:09 AM

                                                                                Captain Crunch. The only ceral to deposit a rancid oil slick on the milk surface and still taste akin to sugered cat litter.

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                                                                                  Bob W RE: currymouth Jun 24, 2008 08:49 AM

                                                                                  I'll second that emotion (if not the imagery). I never liked the Captain. The Crunchberry spinoff was ok, but the Captain should have walked the plank. That stuff is just too sweet.

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                                                                                    vvvindaloo RE: Bob W Jun 24, 2008 01:37 PM

                                                                                    I find a bowl of Captain Crunchberries immensely satisfying (or, rather, the 8-year-old in me does). The berries add just the right amount of artificial tartness to an otherwise monotonously sweet cereal :)
                                                                                    Unfortunately, it's also the cereal voted most likely to shred the inner lining of your mouth to bits so that whatever else you eat that day has a cotton-y mouthfeel and is accompanied by a burning sensation.

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                                                                                      allieinbklyn RE: vvvindaloo Jun 25, 2008 08:34 PM

                                                                                      I thought that was just me!!! All captain crunch does that to my mouth...

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                                                                                        spellweaver16 RE: vvvindaloo Jun 25, 2008 10:29 PM

                                                                                        Ever try King Vitamin? It's very similar to Cap'n Crunch in texture and taste, but with a really odd bitter aftertaste. Ugh.

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                                                                                    littlebites RE: steinpilz Jun 24, 2008 08:41 PM

                                                                                    TJ strawberry O's. Its a disaster of a cereal. Every single element of it is soooo wrong

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                                                                                      Humbucker RE: littlebites Jun 25, 2008 07:45 AM

                                                                                      I really like strawberry Os. What was wrong about them to you?

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                                                                                        steinpilz RE: littlebites Jun 25, 2008 07:48 AM

                                                                                        Another TJs entry, hurrah!

                                                                                      2. Chew on That RE: steinpilz Jun 25, 2008 10:57 AM

                                                                                        Here's my bad cereal experience:

                                                                                        Kashi Summer Berry granola. I like to eat granola for cereal, but this stuff is TOO sweet. I love Kashi's Go Lean Crunch so I thought I'd like this....granola with summer berries sounds good, right?

                                                                                        But no. I can't make a dent in the box.

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                                                                                          grayelf RE: Chew on That Jun 26, 2008 12:39 AM

                                                                                          Any cold cereal with milk -- it's a squidgy texture thing (but oatmeal with milk = yum).

                                                                                          Former favourite snack: Cap'n Crunch straight out of the box, but not for breakfast.

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                                                                                            EWSflash RE: grayelf Oct 29, 2011 10:03 AM

                                                                                            Right after smoking a joint, I recall from the 1970s.

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                                                                                            spellweaver16 RE: Chew on That Jun 26, 2008 08:59 PM

                                                                                            Try mixing it in with some plain yogurt, maybe?

                                                                                          3. Bob W RE: steinpilz Jun 26, 2008 06:31 AM

                                                                                            Does anyone remember a cereal back in the 60s that had freeze-dried blueberries? Great idea, but it was ahead of its time. As I recall, the blueberries resembled rabbit you know whats.

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                                                                                              Veggo RE: Bob W Jun 26, 2008 10:22 AM

                                                                                              I remember it because it turned the milk blue, and the only other blue food I was familiar with was some 5 month old chicken livers, way back on the bottom shelf.

                                                                                            2. beelzebozo RE: steinpilz Jun 26, 2008 11:08 AM

                                                                                              for anyone looking for a DELICIOUS and not disgusting cereal, i highly recommend cascadian farms' new maple brown sugar granola. it's the best in their line. photo attached so when you see it in the natural food section of your grocer you'll be subconsciously drawn to it

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                                                                                                BronzeLioness RE: steinpilz Oct 25, 2011 02:04 AM

                                                                                                There are so many gross cereals! Weetbix is very nasty and tastes like cardboard, I was made to eat it as a child. I used to like Coco Pops, Froot Loops and Rice Bubbles...now consider them pretty disgusting. The worst were Frosties! I think they were just cornflakes coated in sugar..

                                                                                                1. alliegator RE: steinpilz Oct 25, 2011 06:23 AM

                                                                                                  This is probably an odd one to pick on, but I detest Cinnamon Toast Crunch! It's just so friggin sweet, I can barely get it down for some reason. I love cinnamon, but sort of as a warming accent flavor, not crusted with sugar on already sweet little "toasts". Yuck.

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                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: alliegator Oct 25, 2011 06:37 AM

                                                                                                    Cinnamon Toast Crunch always *seemed* like a good idea, but a few bites in the sweetness would become really overwhelming. i much preferred Golden Grahams...and you could just add cinnamon if you wanted that flavor.

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                                                                                                      rohirette RE: alliegator Oct 25, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                                                                      This is my sugar cereal guilty pleasure. I hate Trix, Lucky Charms, Captain Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, etc... but I can eat the hell out of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The feeling of biting through the tiny sodden pieces is so pleasureable, I can't explain it.

                                                                                                    2. arktos RE: steinpilz Oct 25, 2011 10:47 AM

                                                                                                      Shredded wheat.

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                                                                                                        Bob W RE: arktos Oct 25, 2011 11:37 AM

                                                                                                        My mother would have agreed with you. It was the one cereal she truly hated.

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                                                                                                          mattstolz RE: arktos Oct 25, 2011 12:25 PM

                                                                                                          for some reason i always loved the texture of these. ate them straight outta the box though, never with milk. the honey frosted ones are the best

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                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: mattstolz Oct 25, 2011 02:46 PM

                                                                                                            my first job out of college before i went corporate was as a nanny to an unbelievably spoiled and bratty toddler...that girl used to throw EPIC tantrums. i have a very distinct memory of one day finally just giving up trying to calm her down, and sitting next to her on the kitchen floor eating either honey or brown sugar Frosted Mini-Wheats straight from the box while she screamed her head off...unfortunately that's now the one thing that comes to mind whenever someone mentions them.

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                                                                                                            Dinermite RE: arktos Oct 25, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                                                                            Who's bright idea was it to put a thick layer of sugar on this garbage?? It went from gross to inedible!!!

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                                                                                                            noodlepoodle RE: steinpilz Oct 28, 2011 07:25 PM

                                                                                                            The length of the cereal aisle in the grocery store never ceases to amaze me. Ninety percent of those products is a waste of money.

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                                                                                                              guilty RE: steinpilz Oct 28, 2011 09:59 PM

                                                                                                              OK, I haven't tried the TJ cherry granola clusters, but almost everything else mentioned here, I loved. When I still ate gluten.
                                                                                                              Wheetabix: yum.
                                                                                                              Puffed rice: I would eat it by the handful by the bag. I am so not joking. I could eat a bag of this a day. I should probably not wonder if my local stores carry it.
                                                                                                              Cinnamon Toast Crunch: The crack of breakfast cereal.
                                                                                                              Oatmeal: wholesomeness in a bowl. One of the few ways I liked raisins. And brown sugar.
                                                                                                              Cream of Wheat: grits for northerners. Mandatory breakfast when I was sick.
                                                                                                              Shredded wheat: same category as Wheetabix. Like eating a hay bale, only delicious. No, really.
                                                                                                              Froot Loops: The edible form of Saturday morning cartoons. And Sunday comics. In one bowl.
                                                                                                              Grape Nuts: The King of all cereals. Great cold with milk, hot with milk and butter and salt and sugar, sprinkled over ice cream . . . seriously, that's the one thing that I still sincerely miss and have been unable to replace after being gluten-free for well over a decade. Just as well. Sometimes the memories can be more precious than the thing itself . . .

                                                                                                              I have no disgusting cereals. I don't know that I've ever not finished a box of cereal--unless there were an insect invasion or someone didn't close the bag and it went stale.

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                                                                                                                mateo21 RE: guilty Oct 29, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                Oh Grape Nuts.... my mother tried to pass this off to my unknowing 6 year-old self years ago... I'm still scarred to this day. I have a tag line for Grape Nuts: it's the only cereal that multiplies as you eat it, because I could never finish a bowl of Grape Nuts.

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                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: mateo21 Oct 29, 2011 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                  it's also the only non-sugary cereal likely to earn you a trip to the dentist.

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                                                                                                                    magiesmom RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 29, 2011 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                    I love grape nuts, soaked a long time or microwaved with milk.

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                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: magiesmom Oct 29, 2011 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                      i used to let them sit in yogurt for a few hours. i don't know how anyone can eat them without soaking or nuking - it's like chewing gravel!

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                                                                                                                hetook RE: steinpilz Oct 28, 2011 10:43 PM

                                                                                                                I don't think Frosted Mini-Wheats were mentioned,yuck.

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                                                                                                                  sebetti RE: hetook Oct 29, 2011 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                  Now with the multiple flavors, they're even more disgusting.

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                                                                                                                    mlou72 RE: sebetti Oct 30, 2011 03:04 AM

                                                                                                                    I've always loved Frosted Mini Wheats. What a thrill when they came out with flavors! You'd think after throwing away my second box I'd have stopped trying the vile variations, but noooo, I just had to go and try the vanilla flavor. Why they thought the flavor of used kitty litter would make a good cereal....

                                                                                                                2. EWSflash RE: steinpilz Oct 29, 2011 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                  Anything that remotely resembles big clods of granola. It looks like something that was dredged out of a cat box. Will. Not. Touch.

                                                                                                                  My taste in cereal is like that of a kid's, but then I usually eat it as a dessert, out of hand, no milk. Except for grape nuts, I like those. And I like shredded wheat as an out-of-hand snack, too.

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                                                                                                                    hetook RE: EWSflash Oct 29, 2011 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                    sounds dry...but ok.

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                                                                                                                    Harters RE: steinpilz Oct 30, 2011 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                    Recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the medical folk suggested that I need to review having muesli for breakfast and switch to either Shredded Wheat or Weetabix. And not to add any sugar. I have tried this. They are both equally vile. Taste & texture are of damp cardboard.

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                                                                                                                      calliope_nh RE: steinpilz Oct 30, 2011 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                      Add me to the Grapenuts camp. I don't like them, well, really can't stand them. Crunchy or soggy. Grapenut pudding? (shudder) My mom loves them as cereal or as a topping on yougurt.

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                                                                                                                        akt22 RE: steinpilz Nov 13, 2011 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                        Plain Cheerios! So bad, although honey nut is alright. I remember hating froot loops and similar cereals as well. Homemade granola is where it's at!

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                                                                                                                          hetook RE: steinpilz Nov 14, 2011 12:51 AM

                                                                                                                          ok, ok..most cereals are pretty disgusting...the ones that aren't totally make up for it.

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