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Favorite sugar cereal? :)

I bought a box of Cap'n Crunch today. It's a taste I've never quite outgrown. I picked it up specifically to use in a recipe, but admit I broke open into the box on the way home from the supermarket just to eat a couple of handfuls.

I'm also a big Quisp fan (see a trend?), though I haven't seen it lately.

In real life, I try to eat sensible breakfasts more often than not, but every so often, it's fun to indulge. How about youuuuuuu--what's your sugar cereal pleasure?

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  1. For me, it's a tie between Lucky Charms (always eat the oat-y bits first, so I wind up w/ a bowl'o marshmallow at the end....) Cocoa Puffs (I'm cuckoo!!!....) and sugar Pops (which are now called "corn pops" to appeal to the healthy crowd (!)). BTW, who won the battle between Quisp and Quake? Haven't seen either one in decades!! adam

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    1. re: adamshoe

      I think they re-released Quisp about 10 years ago because I found it and ate it then. So I'd say Quisp won the battle after all. HA HA!

      No toys in my box of the Cap'n, tho', dammit! ;) I could go for a spacequaft!

      1. re: adamshoe

        Another Lucky Charms fan here -- I can't resist that attractive mauve milk.

        Trader Joe's makes some pretty spectacular sugar cereals -- there's one that tastes like little cookies filled with Nutella.


            1. re: Amuse Bouches

              OOPS, there goes a major missed marketing opportunity there. How much sexier did "little cookies filled with Nutella" sound than "Whole Grain Filled Cereal Bites!" ;)

              1. re: kattyeyes

                I know, right? I also tried the strawberry flavor. They do advertise them as being for snacking and not just breakfast.


                1. re: Amuse Bouches

                  Ooh, I had skipped the chocolate ones, thinking they would be yucky, but Nutella? Now I'll try them.. The strawberry ones are great for snacks, haven't had them for breakfast.

          1. re: Amuse Bouches

            Oh, that on from Trader Joe's is my favorite. It's addictive. Also comes in strawberry, but it's not as good as the chocolate.

          2. re: adamshoe

            Similarly have you noticed that Sugar Smacks are now called Honey Smacks?! Love Cocoa Puffs, but my favorite is still good old Frosted Flakes. I always did have a sweet spot (no pun intended) for Tony the Tiger.

            1. re: adamshoe

              Of the not-too-sweets:
              1. Lucky Charms (with as many marshmallow bits as possible)
              2. Banana Nut Cheerios

              Of the sweets:
              1. Fruity Pebbles* (never Cap'n Crunch)
              2. Count Chocula (never Cocoa Puffs)

              Dishonorable Mentions:
              1. Cookie Crisp (glycemic index must exceed 100)
              2. Cap'n Crunch (never liked it, neither did the roof of my mouth)

              *If you live in a place with a Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop nearby, try these toppings together on a medium-sized plain Pinkberry: strawberries, mochi, Fruity Pebbles. It's a whole new lease on life for the cereal - so incredibly good in that combo, just made for it.

            2. Oh, those Golden Grahams!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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              1. Chocolate lucky charms are delicious. I can mindlessly munch on those like no tomorrow. Resse Peanut Butter cereal are amazing as well. And Oatmeal Crisp is delicious! Oh, there are so many delicious sugar-loaded cereals that I could consume day in and day out. Cereal isn't just for breakfast for me.

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                1. re: shdiep

                  Cereal: the meal that eats like a snack. ;)

                2. Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It's like eating handfuls of those fried cinnamon things they have at Taco Bell.

                  1. Haven't had any since somewhat after the Dalai Lama hiked out of what is now supposed to be a part of China.

                    1. Quisp is still around, but in very limited distribution. Amazon's got it:

                      Quaker Quisp 6pk
                      Price: $29.99
                      In Stock.
                      Ships from and sold by Hometown Favorites.

                      1. oh gosh back when i could eat it...
                        captain crunch
                        cinnamon toast crunch
                        frosted flakes
                        cracklin' all bran
                        NEVER with milk, ALWAYS dry... mmmm.

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                        1. re: Emme

                          Emme - Me too! Always Dry!

                          My favs are:
                          Cap'n Crunch/Crunchberrr/peanutbutter/crunch
                          Cinnamon toast Crunch
                          Cocoa Krispies
                          Life/Cinnamon Life
                          Sugar/Corn Pops
                          Goldan Grahams!

                          Wow - I didn't realise how much I loved cereal!!
                          Sadly, these days I'm a Fiber One or Special K girl!! :(

                          1. re: Emme

                            I'm with you on all counts....except for the milk - I like it soggy : )

                            1. re: Melanie

                              Sometimes the flavoured milk is the best part! (Which is why I sometimes eat two bowls in one sitting- pour more cereal into the milk you used before and the milk becomes even sweeter and delicious!)

                          2. Cocoa Pebbles and Cap't Crunch are the two cereals that don't last long with me.

                            1. Cinnamon Life
                              Cinnamon Toast Crunch
                              Golden Grahams

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                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Cinnamon Life is it! I don't eat many sugared cereals but this one is da bomb.

                                The W twins love Apple-Cinnamon Cheerios, Froot Loops, Honeycombs, and Cocoa Puffs. They went through a Lucky Charms phase but we phased that one out when they started eating just the marshmellows.

                                1. re: Bob W

                                  Not to mention, I think Cinnamon Life is the only cereal I know of whose texture gets better as it gets soggy. Soggy Life is my favorite food texture ever.

                                  1. re: spellweaver16

                                    I think this is true with Kellog's Frosted Mini Wheat as well.

                                    1. re: spellweaver16

                                      Exactly! Even before the days of Cinnamon Life, my brother and I used to pour milk on our Life well before we wanted to eat it.

                                2. Corn Pops
                                  Apple Jacks
                                  Sugar Crisp

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                                  1. re: mogo

                                    forgot Apple Jacks! especially the ones where the "frosting" drapes across the middle eliminating the whole from sight :)

                                  2. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
                                    Honey Combs
                                    Capt Crunch
                                    Honey Nut Cherrios
                                    Lucky Charms

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                                    1. re: Jacey

                                      wait there is more...i haven't had these types of cereal for years!

                                      corn pops
                                      cinnamon life
                                      frosted shredded wheat
                                      golden grahams

                                    2. Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Apple Jacks for me.

                                      1. My mom always bought Kellog's cereals. I love Frosted Flakes. My sister always loved Sugar Pops (I guess in the 70's it was ok to have the word "sugar" in there!).

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                                        1. re: valerie

                                          Yes, plus don't forget there was a bowl of sugar always on the table!

                                            1. re: rememberme

                                              So funny, I forgot about that. My father would eat a HUGE bowl (and I mean serving bowl) of Frosted Flakes with strawberries and bananas, with sugar sprinkled on top! And he was (and still is) always thin.

                                              1. re: valerie

                                                No one said life was gonna be fair! ;) Yet, good for him! Go, Dad! I hope you inherited those good genes!

                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                  Unfortunately not...I walk down the cereal aisle and gain weight!

                                          1. Steel cut oats with brown sugar . . . I always loved oatmeal growing up but suffered through my brother's favorite-of-the-week boxed sugar.

                                            1. Fruity Pebbles only last a day in this house.
                                              Frosted Flakes are tried and true. Not spectacular, but always good. Blue Chip, if you will.
                                              Honey Nut Chex is a newcomer to the scene, and it's spectacular. It just does NOT get soggy.

                                              My VERY favorite sugar laden cereal might be out of place here, but, I can eat Quaker 100% Natural all day long. Sure, it has an oat or two in it, but when it comes right down to it, it's full of sugar just like the rest.

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                                              1. re: gordeaux

                                                Finally! I was wondering when Fruity Pebbles would get their props! Even to this day I can eat a box without even blinking an eye.

                                              2. Honey Nut Cheerios and, when I'm feeling super-self-indulgent, I'll pick up one of those single serving cups of Corn Pops and eat them straight out of the cup - no milk.

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                                                1. re: Deenso

                                                  You can have corn pops with milk?
                                                  There is definitely a reason the only cereal in the pantry is Cheerios. Somehow the idea of cereal beats out making the steel cut oats I have waiting in there too.

                                                2. I haven't had any of these in years, but remember them fondly:
                                                  Frosted Flakes
                                                  Corn Pops
                                                  Froot Loops

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                                                  1. re: KayceeK

                                                    Ditto on the Frosted Flakes. But you have to pur the milk in the bowl, along with sliced bananas, then right before you sit down, you pour in the cerial. You have to eat it fast, because it gets so soggy!! I quite enjoy a bowl of Raison Bran with a spoonful of sugar on top, too.

                                                  2. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
                                                    Cap'n Crunch (esp pb flavor)
                                                    Golden Grahams
                                                    Had a brief fling w/Count Chocula too.

                                                    1. OK, I only get cereal as a late-night snack, but I currently have on hand:
                                                      Store-brand cheerios (but I love the apple ones)
                                                      generic cocoa puffs

                                                      I'd love to snack on Cap'n Crunch again...hmmmm, I wonder if I can sneak some into the house?

                                                      1. Frosted mini-wheats, with milk. The oddly firm sugar coating (like a thin layer of very hard royal icing) is fun.

                                                        1. COUNT CHOCULA gets the #1 spot. But there are so many that I love... Lucky Charms and Captain Crunch Berries should also get an honorable mention.

                                                            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                              Oh dear god. Please don't tempt me like that...sugar cereal with half and half...I just don't know if it could get any better.

                                                              1. re: Melanie

                                                                Truly naughty AND nice, I'm sure!!!

                                                            2. I LOVE Frosted Mini Wheats, but it must be with milk, AND it must be before they get too soggy. I usually put only 8 in the milk at a time. It's very specific :)

                                                              Also, does anyone remember the Rice Krispies Treats cereal, not to be confused with regular Rice Krispies cereal? It was so delicious!

                                                              And last but not least, the Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal, although full of healthy grains, is quite sugary and addictive.

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                                                              1. re: jhfinxy

                                                                That Rice Krispies treats cereal was addictive! I use to sift through the box and would eat the big clusters before my brothers got to them.

                                                                I'm a sugar cereal addict:
                                                                Lucky Charms
                                                                Cinnamon Toast Crunch
                                                                Cocoa Pufs
                                                                Cocoa Krispies
                                                                Cookie Crisp
                                                                Apple Jacks
                                                                Count Chocula
                                                                Golden Grahams

                                                                I can't keep it in the house b/c i will eat the whole box.
                                                                My go-to cereals now are Post Shredded Wheat and Kashi Go Lean Crunch. I get my sugar fix with some health benefits.

                                                              2. Isn't the question something of an oxymoron on Chowhound?

                                                                Not that indulging your sweet tooth is intrinsically un-chowish, but........ sugar cereal????????????

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                                                                1. re: Midlife

                                                                  wow midlife, that is pretty elitist of you to put down sugar cereal. ANYTHING about food can be deemed chow-worthy. if the food is a part of a person's life, especially one's childhood (like sugar cereal) , then it is worth talking about the nostalgia and memories attached to that food. sugar cereal is something that most everyone can relate to eating as a kid, and there's nothing wrong with having fun talking about it.

                                                                  1. re: jhfinxy

                                                                    Gotta take a position on SOME things, jhfinxy.

                                                                2. captain crunch
                                                                  Apple jacks
                                                                  Cookie Crisp
                                                                  Count Dracula - made your mild turn to chocolate

                                                                  1. cookie crisp
                                                                    corn pops
                                                                    frosted flakes

                                                                    but i did love eating the quaker oat squares but only in a savory way.

                                                                    1. Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins.

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                                                                      1. re: MyNextMeal

                                                                        I get a store brand version that is peanut butter AND chocolate. My kids refuse to eat it so there's more for me!

                                                                      2. The Cap'n is the king, but I remember Saturday morning breakfasts (when Mom & Dad were still in bed) of a chocolate cereal (honestly - Pebbles, Puffs, Chocula - can't remember) with chocolate milk. Sometimes I think I did it just to shock Mom....

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                                                                        1. re: KevinB

                                                                          The Cap'n may be king, but he'll sure slice up the inside of your mouth!

                                                                          1. re: rememberme

                                                                            This is true. Apparently, I like my breakfast cereal rough. HA HA! ;)

                                                                        2. I'm actually not a huge "sweet" cereal fan... but I do like Apple Cinnamon Cheerios!

                                                                          1. Booberry (am I the only one?)
                                                                            Cap'n Crunch
                                                                            Peanut Butter Crunch
                                                                            Honey Nut Cheerios

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                                                                            1. re: gmm

                                                                              You're not - we weren't allowed sugar cereal growing up - EXCEPT on our birthdays, when my brother always requested Booberry (I preferred Count Chocula). These days it's Frosted Flakes - with ice cold milk - eaten as quickly as possible before it gets soggy. But I hardly ever allow myself the indulgence!

                                                                              I stopped eating Lucky Charms when I thought the pots of gold were lightbulbs. Obviously, I have gotten too old for them. :)

                                                                            2. A tie between Apple Jacks and Golden Grahams

                                                                              1. I love Captain Crunch, and Frosted Flakes. I also like Golden Grahams and Frosted Mini Wheats. I travel a lot for business, and love to see Frosted Flakes on the breakfast buffet!

                                                                                1. Life - into the bowl with milk and allowed to get as soggy as possible before eating
                                                                                  Frosted Mini Wheats - into the bowl with milk and kind of smushed up before eating
                                                                                  Honey Combs
                                                                                  Golden Grahams
                                                                                  Frosted Flakes

                                                                                  Doesn't count as a sugar cereal, but oatmeal with butter and brown sugar sure is good too!

                                                                                  1. lately ive been craving and eating frosted corn flakes. breakfast lunch & dinner: i can eat these things 24/7

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                                                                                    1. re: furryabdul

                                                                                      Clearly, they put something addictive in sugar cereals--I know exactly what you mean. When the Cap'n was in the house, it was so easy just to pour a bowl for snack or dessert--nevermind just breakfast. ;) Maybe that's why "Sugar Smacks" are thusly named. HA HA!

                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                        A bowl of Frosted Flakes with milk after bath in PJs even made a school night tolerable.

                                                                                    2. Silly Rabbit - Trix are for kids! Can't believe nobody has mentioned Trix. Somebody didn mention pastel milk though, and that was my favorite part of Trix.

                                                                                      1. I can't think of a sweet cereal I don't like. The only flavor I wouldn't try is banana flavored cereals because I abhor bananas.

                                                                                        I LOVE trying brand extensions of existing sweet cereals:

                                                                                        French Toast Crunch
                                                                                        Cinnamon Chex
                                                                                        Maple Life Cereal
                                                                                        Chocolate Trix
                                                                                        Grape Nuts Trail Mix Vanilla and Cranberry
                                                                                        the list goes on and on and on.....

                                                                                        1. I was around 11 yrs. old when the first "honey" cereals debuted (that would be 81-83). I've tried everything from Nut n' Honey to Honey Cheerio's and can't find the cereal I remember first having. It was either O's or flakes but it had bit's of nuts glued to it with the honey glaze. Maybe it is still around but has long since been reformulated without the nuts. Anyone?

                                                                                          I don't buy them often but I eventually always get a jones for any of these:

                                                                                          Original Life
                                                                                          Golden Graham's
                                                                                          Capt n' crunch and Crunch berries
                                                                                          Cinnamon toast crunch

                                                                                          I should note that my parent's were health food hippies and we were poor, so I only had these delectible's at friends houses or as they came out while I was a newly independant adult. Now that I'm a nearing 40 adult, I still cave and buy them sometimes. Usually interspersed with what I more often buy, "corn bran" if I can find it (still sweet but came out when I was about 9), shredded wheat, Wheaties, raisen bran or plain cheerio's. I can also appreciate any plain chex, puffed wheat or puffed rice..

                                                                                          1. With out a doubt, I'm "cuccu" for Cocoa Puffs

                                                                                              1. re: spazita

                                                                                                Hey, I remember those! and that was my favorite cereal as a boy. I haven't seen them for years and don't even know if they sell them around here.

                                                                                                1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                  They're Canadian, aren't they? That's where I had them. Good, too.

                                                                                              2. Cap'n Crunch -- addictive, even just grabbing a handful dry as a snack.
                                                                                                Post 40% Bran Flakes -- I don't know what it is about these, but they have a sweet/savory thing going. Like a deeply caramelized malty wheaty thing.

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                                                                                                1. re: sbp

                                                                                                  I love Crunchberries-I implode them on the roof of my mouth, so by the time I'm done with my bowl, my tongue feels furry.

                                                                                                2. Years ago, my mom went to the states and came back with these things called "krumbles". They weren't sweetened per se, but when you added milk, they came out sort of malty-tasting, like a malted milk! Anyone heard of these?

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                                                                                                  1. I am a sugar cereal junkie. My favorite breakfast ever... in fact I can live off cereal if need be. My favorites are incredibly long but here goes....

                                                                                                    Frosted Flakes, Corn pops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Captain Crunch with Berries/Peanut Butter, Lucky Charms/Chocolate, Honey nut Cheerios/Apple Cinnamon/Frosted, Apple Jacks, Golden Grahams, Honey Bunches of Oats, Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Krispies, Trix, Fruit Loops, Kix, Honeycomb

                                                                                                    1. Once every 5 years or so, I have to have a big bowl of Frosted Flakes (formerly, Sugar Frosted Flakes).

                                                                                                      1. Booberry! It's the only one. I indulge in a box every October.