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Dec 4, 2010 07:20 PM

Are you a one-box cereal kind of Chowhound, or are you more of a promiscuous pup?

It seems I can never have just ONE box of cereal open at any one time. Just taking a random inventory for the past month or so, I've had at a minimum 3 boxes of cereal open at any one single day.

Same with mustards. I always have a bottle of yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, and at least one flavored mustard open all at the same time. Heck, sometimes I'll have two different bottles of the same type of mustard open at one time -- a squeeze bottle and a capped bottle. One for sandwiches and one for cooking. Go figure.

But with potato chips and pretzels I'm less (how do you say?) promiscuous. I open a bag, and I finish that bag -- no matter how long it takes -- before opening and starting on another bag.

And you?

Are you a one-box kind of 'Hound, or (ahem) a bit more adventurous?

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  1. I definitely have at least two boxes open at once, or none at all. Heh.

    I was down to just Chocolate Cheerios, so I went to the store today and saw a box of generic Cinnamon Toast Crunch-like cereal. Then I saw next to it a generic variation of it, but in blueberry form. Yeah, that's right: Blueberry Crunch. Without hesitation, they went into my basket, and I am now feeling like the equilibrium has been restored to my shelves with all three cereals...

    Don't get me started on condiments/jams and jellies/European-style chocolate spreads or snacks... ::looking around suspiciously::

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    1. re: yfunk3

      2 boxes for sure. Special K and raisin bran, for example. A mix of a little sweet and not sweet. MY all-time favorite was the banana nut but, I think they stopped making it.

      1. re: yfunk3

        Let me guess, Wegmans? Those are delicious.

      2. i'm a mustard slut. like you, i never have fewer than 4 different kinds open in the fridge at once. same goes for hot sauce.

        but getting on topic with the title of your post, back when i ate conventional cold cereals i played the field there as well - probably had a regular stash of 4 or 5 open boxes on hand at any given time. in all fairness they did serve different purposes. some were for eating from a bowl with milk, some for stirring into yogurt, some for snacking dry, straight from the box...sigh. i miss cereal.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          some were for eating from a bowl with milk, some for stirring into yogurt, some for snacking dry, straight from the box...sigh. i miss cereal.

          So true. Although I can't drink milk (at least cow's milk), each of my cereal boxes have their own unique place in my diet and for my palate. Honey Bunches of Oats is great with Diet Coke. Grape Nuts is great mixed in with oatmeal. Etc.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            since you like Grape Nuts with oatmeal, you could also try eating them with oat milk. almond milk is good on pretty much any variety, but i'll bet it's great with Honey Bunches of Oats (one of my old favorites!)...and i imagine hazelnut milk would be delicious on any cocoa-flavored cereal...

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Actually, have you ever tried Chinese soy milk (or 豆漿)? That stuff is great with grape nuts.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                i haven't - my body can only tolerate *really* small amounts of fermented soy products...e.g. the occasional teaspoon of tamari or miso.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  It's not fermented at all. It's basically called "soy drink" and just blended-up soybeans with water and sweetened with cane sugar or honey. Basically soy milk, but none of the vitamins, emulsifiers or whatever added into the western brands.

                  1. re: yfunk3

                    right, i know - i think perhaps i didn't word my response clearly enough. i can *only* have fermented soy, and even then only in very small amounts.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Oh, my apologies then. I read it as you didn't want to drink the Chinese soy drink because of some aversion to the sour taste of fermented soy products, and just didn't want people thinking that the stuff was sour and disgusting. Heh.

                      1. re: yfunk3

                        I like to put rice milk on my cereal, the vanilla flavored one.

                        1. re: yfunk3

                          no worries, i realized i wasn't completely clear.

            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

              i forgot about the vinegar - i have 10 varieties in the cupboard at all wine, white wine, apple cider, sherry, unseasoned rice, everyday balsamic, aged balsamic, white balsamic, champagne, and ume plum. yikes.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I'm the same with mustards and vinegar. I think there's about 4 or 5 mustards open in the fridge and about 6 closed in the pantry. Vinegars- I've got a shelf full of them. I love all things sour, husband not so much, so it takes a while for the vinegars to finish. Husband also claims to hate balsamic vinegar, so the balsamic has the label peeled off! As long as the house doesn't smell like balsamic, he'll eat it without a complaint.

                Cereal- complete opposite. Only one box open at a time- that's the rule. We're not such big cereal eaters, and I hate to see a half finished box go stale. Depending on the sales, there's usually two to four unopened boxes in the pantry. We're pretty picky too- Life, Chex, Raisin Bran is about all we eat.

              2. In keeping with the promiscuous theme, Shredded Wheat is the wife, Bran Flakes the no. 1 mistress, Special K no.2 and Rice Chex the occasional fling. Sometimes they all openly coexist in the cabinet, with no issues that I know of.

                I am very faithful to those four...

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                  1. re: MacTAC

                    I cannot believe you have had a one night stand with Captain Crunch. I guess some just don't go that way.

                    1. Good point, I never thought about it. With mustard, I'm pretty much a one-jar woman. Same with the exact muesli combination (buy from store, add certain items, take out all the raisins) that I like. But with my standard cereal with milk - which by the way is my main comfort food - I have about four types, to suit my mood. I don't even know the names, I just know which I prefer and must have them in the cabinet at all times. A new entry is the Kroger house version of Life cereal - it's sturdier than Life. And when I'm feeling slutty, I'll try a different cereal. If it's good enough, it may be allowed to return.