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Breakfast Cereal from Your Childhood

What was your fav?

My cereal days--as opposed to my salad days--were about 1972 through 1979. Over that period I'd say my consistent favorite was Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops. Hell, I don't know if they even make 'em anymore.

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  1. In Jr / high school, I probably ate 2-3 bowls of Frosted Flakes most every morning.

      1. re: jpc8015

        One summer, Golden Grahams was offering a t-shirt with a certain number of product codes. I hate to think how many boxes we ate! But...still love that cereal!

      2. Original Cheerios...the best!

        1. I used to work through Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Pebbles just to get to the brown or pink milk at the bottom, but my absolute favorite would be Peanut Butter or regular CAPTAIN CRUNCH cereal.

          1. Cap'n Crunch, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Corn Pops... lots of sugary goodness in my household growing up. I did not, however, like any cereal with marshmallows (e.g. Lucky Charms).

            Now I eat Kashi and similar organic/"healthier" brands. But I still love some Crunch or Frosted Flakes on the very rare occasions I have them. Froot Loops is pretty good too. The strange artificial fruit punch flavor and chewy texture are somehow endearing...

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            1. Post fortified oat flakes, no sugar, whole milk.

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              1. re: Veggo

                I've heard it said, "You are what you eat."... LOL

                1. re: Gio

                  You tease me because my 3 food groups are meat, garlic, and wine....but I still love you, G.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Haha... Good choices all around. Me too you Veg.

                    As for me, my favorite childhood cereal was cream of wheat w milk and sugar. However my mother, not wanting me to be a chubette, rationed it...

                  1. re: Veggo

                    I wish they still made the Post Oat Flakes. I reall loved those. Cherios (there weren't different kinds) were my 2nd favorite. Had to have a spoonful of sugar on it. My mom ALS got Wheaties and Life which I didn't like as much. Thank goodness wexdidn't have to eat the GrapeNuts she liked for herself. Honey Combs were my favorite special occasion cereal. Both sets of grandparents would get the single serve sugar cereal variety packs when my brother and I visited. Awesome!

                  2. Life or Oat Flakes, or Shredded Wheat (the big ones). I don't know what colorful cereals they had back in the 60's, but they weren't at our house!
                    Now I get to eat all the sugary, fruit flavored, rainbow colored cereal I want. And I do.

                    1. 1955-1965
                      Sugar Crisps
                      Sugar Smacks
                      Frosted Flakes
                      Post Toasties

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                      1. re: bagelman01

                        Sugar Smacks--was that the cereal with Die 'Em the Frog going around giving everybody five? If so, that was a good cereal.

                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                          The frog came along after I was a grown up, but yes that was the cereal............

                          1. Grape Nuts, Shredded Wheat, and Alphabits. Oh, and Chex.

                            1. Golden Grahams
                              Honey Combs
                              Sugar Pops (as opposed to the renamed Corn Pops - showing my age!)
                              Sugar Smacks (later renamed Honey Smacks)

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                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                Honey Combs was a brawling, rugged and nasty cereal. After going 15 rounds with those massive, flinty-sharp cereal shards my mouth would be a bloody mess. But I'm a better man because of it.

                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                  Thanks, pal. Now the Honeycomb jingle is again bouncing around in my head after all those years.

                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                    Need to let them get nice and soggy in the milk first!

                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                      There was a "no soggy" rule in my house. Hence, we never touched Frosted Flakes or the Pebbles, Fruity and Cocoa.

                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                        Nothing better than soggy Frosted Flakes! Soggy Life is right up there too!!!

                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                          I thought Soggy Life was the condition of living in Seattle. ;)

                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                            And I forgot about another soggy favoite...soggy Frosted Mini Wheats.

                                  2. All the cereals I ate as a kid I still eat today. Just in greater quantities.

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                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          A prosecutor who is both healthy and honest is a refreshing combination...:)

                                    1. My favorite was Count Chocula.

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                                      1. My all-time favorite cereal when I was a kid was Basic 4, but dang that stuff is expensive! So it was usually Honeynut Cheerios and Grape-nuts

                                        ETA: late 80s, early 90s

                                        1. Apple Jacks and Honeycomb. Rarely got them at home but my Aunt and my Grandma always had sugar-bomb cereal. Grandpa was strictly a Wheaties man. At home it was usually Post Toasties. I liked the taste of Grape Nuts but it was too loud for me to eat in the morning--Grape Nuts Flakes are a wonderful innovation!

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                                          1. The 90s:

                                            HBO with almonds
                                            Rice Krispies
                                            Cocoa Krispies
                                            Frosted Flakes
                                            Cinnamon Toast Crunch
                                            Apple Jacks

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                                            1. re: gator28

                                              Forgot about Apple Jacks! Man, I loved that stuff!

                                            2. We had a no marshmallows, no chocolate, no toys rule for cereal in my house in the mid 1980's. My favorites were Cap'n Crunch and Honey Nut Cheerios.

                                              My grandmother always bought Frosted Flakes when I was visiting. My step-grandmother used to let each kid pick out their own box of cereal when we were visiting every summer. I always picked Cookie Crisp.

                                              Now, I'm a sucker for Fruity Pebbles.

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                                              1. re: mpjmph

                                                I imposed a no colors, no marshmallows rule on my son in the 90s.

                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                  My mom was the same way! It worked out -- I don't crave the stuff now! For me - mid 80s-early 90s was: Quaker O's, Honey Nut Cheerios, Kix and for a special treat (once every 4 months or so) -- Golden Grahams and my favorite - Cinnamon Toast Crunch! :o)

                                                2. re: mpjmph

                                                  We didn't really have a no sugar cereal rule (I remember there often being Lucky Charms or Fruity/Cocoa Pebbles in the house) but my mom would rarely buy Cookie Crisp which was my pick. I'm wondering if it was more expensive at the time? But I always got my grandmother to buy it when I was visiting her :) Now I live in Canada, where we can't get Cookie Crisp. I wonder if I picked up a box in the states if I would think it as good as when I was little? But I'm usually filling up my cart with other 'not available in Canada' cereals.

                                                  1. re: 16crab

                                                    If caught smuggling Cookie Crisp into Canada, you'll be forced to appear before the Canadian Human Rights Commisssion.

                                                3. It looks like Kelloggs "Corn Pops" continue on the market, without the dreaded word, "sugar." I don't know if there has been any actual change in their formula, but there seemed to be a trend to take out words like "sugar" or "fried," etc., from food titles in the 1980s, 1990s. My cultural memories hearken back to early 1960s, to a wonderful Sugar Pops character called "Sugar Pops Pete," a gun-slinging beaver kind of cartoon with a big cowboy hat. I am trying to remember if he shot sugar onto the sugar pops or something. They were one of my favorites. In the late 1950s, General Mills had "Jets" which were the single-most delicious cereal ever created, and lo these 50+ years later, I have no idea how they could discontinue something so tasty. I think in earlier 1950s packaging/ merchandizing, Jets started out as "Sugar Jets," too.

                                                  When Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Corn Chex et al, were made by Ralston Purina, they had a mock newspaper on the back of the box called the Chex Press. And they created many many editions of this Press, so there was always something new to read- jokes, stories... I enjoyed "The Chex Press" as much as I enjoyed the cereals. I tried to contact the current makers of the Chex cereals (General Mills), and they had no idea about earlier packaging.

                                                  Re: The original Cheerios: in our hometown, we thought we knew a famous movies star, as a woman in town was the voice of "The Cheerios Kid." That made eating Cheerios a little more special.

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                                                    1. re: Florida Hound

                                                      Sugar Pops and Super Sugar Crisp - two more favorites.

                                                      Not sure if oatmeal is part of this discussion, but back in the 50's, we'd have oatmeal during the winter where we liked to add a small amount of Hersey's cocoa powder / mix. Then one day we were approached to be part of a test market for a "new" product - chocolate flavored oatmeal. Hmm - we had been enjoying that for years....

                                                      1. re: Florida Hound

                                                        I suspect you're right about the disappearance of the words "sugar" and "fried." This could account for the rebranding of Kentucky Fried Chicken as KFC. I imagine kids today don't know what that acronym stands for. And I'm certain they don't care. Mission accomplished.

                                                        1. re: Florida Hound

                                                          Most of the cereal producers removed the word" sugar" after the FCC hearings re: banning ads on children's television programming. I think it was in the early 80s. Suit was brought by a Boston group called Action for Children's Television and fought tooth and nail by all the cereal companies, sugar manufacturers.

                                                          1. re: ola

                                                            Yes, I vaguely remember the broo ha ha re: Action for Childrens Television. But you know, my perspective on how "impressionable" I may have been at 4 years old is a bit different through the lens of these years and years on the planet, and reinforced by so much of the commentary on this thread- 40 or 50 yrs later, several of the cereals of our youth can stand alone in our memories for their taste, but others are forever intertwined in memory with their advertising, and both the tastes (via some distortion of nostalgia) and the ads are as vivid as ever. Suger Pops= Sugar Pops Pete. Nabisco Rice Honeys= Buffalo Bee. Sugar Smacks= Smaxie the Seal, OKs= that big brawny guy in a kilt. Capt. Crunch cereal= Capt. Crunch, the character. Count Chocula (after my prime)....etc. etc. Maybe we were robbed by Action for Childrens Televsion or maybe they were on to something with the truism, 'grab those little kids at age 4, and they'll be eating out of your hand for the rest of their lives.' Many applications here beyond cereal, but its got me thinking. Not a bad thing.

                                                            Side note, I do remember the "Sugar Pops are tops" jingle, but I don't remember it with Andy Devine .

                                                          2. re: Florida Hound

                                                            " In the late 1950s, General Mills had "Jets" which were the single-most delicious cereal ever created, and lo these 50+ years later, I have no idea how they could discontinue something so tasty. I think in earlier 1950s packaging/ merchandizing, Jets started out as "Sugar Jets," too. "

                                                            I agree 100%

                                                            1. re: laliz

                                                              Jets were also my favorite cereal in my youth. And I, too, have long been puzzled as to why they were discontinued when they were. If I'm correct, Jets were General Mills' first pre-sweetened cereal, first coming out in late 1953 or early 1954.

                                                            2. re: Florida Hound

                                                              Do you remember "Sugar Pops are tops" sung by Andy Devine on the Wild Bill Hickok show back in the 50's?

                                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                                  That's great, bm. Thanks. I didn't remember the actual commercial it shows; just the jingle.

                                                            3. When I was a kid, we mostly got corn flakes or puffed wheat. Nothing really special. But from time to time my mother would by Life cereal, which I really loved the nut-like oat taste of.

                                                              1. We were only allowed sugared cereal as a "treat" but of those - my fav was Sugar corn pops.

                                                                I loved cocoa pebbles, kix, honey comb, count chocula, even Quisp, but if I had to pick just one? Sugar Corn pops (now known as just "Corn Pops").

                                                                So here's a great story - in the early 90's I worked as a secretary in advertising, with a wonderful company based in Boston but I was at the LA branch. As a snack, I kept a box of the sugar corn pops in my upper filing cabinet. One of our visiting executives, who could buy and sell us all he had so much money but was still a very nice man, learned of my secret stash and when he was in town, would wander by and ask for a handful. He loved it. And it made me laugh - he could have the best food in town, there was plenty of food for him right there in the company - but he was still so happy to have just a tiny bit of sugar corn puffs.

                                                                Ah, the power of the cereal is strong : )

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                                                                1. re: happybaker

                                                                  FORTY replies before the holy word "Quisp" was uttered??! And Mom was a half & half freak so I'd drench it in that! My poor pre-teen arteries...!

                                                                  That said, I loved Post Fortified Oat Flakes, too. I liked the plain version, but am I confusing them with another Post cereal, or did they have versions with "freeze dried" blueberries or strawberries...?

                                                                  1. Growing up our family was equally divided by hot & cold cereal lovers. The girls loved hot cereal the boys cold. Corn Pops, Fruit Loops and buckets of Frosted Flakes were consumed by my brothers and bowls of Maypo and Cream of Wheat by me and my sister.

                                                                    Maypo remains my favorite bowl of hot cereal to this day.

                                                                    1. 1950's and '60's:
                                                                      At home-
                                                                      Capn Crunch - when it first appeared, we loved it!
                                                                      Alphabets - my little brother taught us a novel way to eat them. Hot buttered white toast, cut in
                                                                      half. Sprinkle each half with Alphabets, fold toast over. We couldn't get enough of
                                                                      Ken-Mai Rice Bran - why did they stop making it?
                                                                      Special K, just the plain one was available back then.
                                                                      Life Cereal

                                                                      At Camp-
                                                                      Frosted Flakes
                                                                      Frosted Flakes
                                                                      Frosted Flakes
                                                                      8 weeks of a sugar high!!

                                                                      1. I have never been a cereal eater. My mom always kept Crispex and Cheerios around. I liked the Crispex on occasion.

                                                                        My husband's favorite was King Vitamin. Sadly it was discontinued or just unavailable here. However, oddly enough, Milk Bar's corn cookies (recipe) taste just like it. He loves them.

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                                                                        1. re: Becca Porter

                                                                          I haven't purchased King Vitamin in a few years, but it was definitely still available as of 2010 or so. I usually found it a lower-end grocery stores. It's still listed on the Quaker website, and is available for purchase online...

                                                                        2. My parents didn't allow sugar cereals for breakfast, but my mom would let us get it on occasion as a dessert/non-breakfast treat. My favorites were Lucky Charms & Cocoa Puffs.

                                                                          As for standard fare, we had Cream of Wheat, Wheatena, Cheerios, & Post Shredded Wheat in the house.

                                                                          1. I loved Cream of Wheat and oatmeal, especially the next day when my mother would reheat the leftovers in milk in a pan on the stove, and there would be lumps of the cereal in the warm milk.

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                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                              Lumpy Cream of Wheat with milk, raisins and brown sugar...the best! Oatmeal with butter and brown sugar is right up there too.

                                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                Man, I eat oatmeal every morning M thru F in an attempt to boost the fiber in my diet and I must say, it's a slogg. This is one of my few health concessions.

                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                  Try adding unsweetened cocoa powder with some sugar/sweetener AND/OR 1tbsp. nut butter.. tastes like REESE'S OATMEAL

                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                    That might just make it bearable. :)

                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                      If you just stick with the unsweetened cocoa powder (w/sweetener), then that actually has a tiny bit of fiber too :)
                                                                                      Also if you add a sprinkle of flax seeds on, then the crunch breaks up the texture of oatmeal.

                                                                                    2. re: GraceW

                                                                                      Ok, now I definitely have to try that. I'm a Reeses Puffs gal.

                                                                                      1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                        I have plain or that Reese's version everyday...
                                                                                        For weekends..
                                                                                        --Cinnabun--cinnamon, Torani's french-vanilla syrup, brown-sugar, raisins, and dallop of greek yogurt as "frosting"
                                                                                        -- Almond Joy--Almond butter, almond bits, & shredded coconut
                                                                                        --Apple pie--applesauce OR pie filling, cinnamon, Torani's french-vanilla syrup, and some uncooked oats on top

                                                                                        Hope that makes oatmeal less boring!

                                                                              2. I was a sprout in the 50's/60's, & my favorites were CocoPuffs, Coco-Krispies, Grapenuts, Cheerios, & Alphabits/Lucky Charms, if I remember correctly. For the most part, my parents would bring home a box of something healthy (like Cheerios &/or Grapenuts, AllBran, etc., etc.) that they'd dress up with fresh fruit, & then a box of something sweet as a sort of breakfast treat for us. Worked out well for everyone. :)

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                                                                                1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                  I forgot about good old "Shredded Wheat" - the original in the big "bars", not the current "mini's". Loved that too!

                                                                                2. I think I've run the gamut when it comes to breakfast cereals, but as I'm reading the replies upthread, it's surprising to see how many of you were NOT allowed any sugar cereals in your home. We were allowed sugar cereals, but we were also encouraged and expected to eat the savory offerings as well. Cream of Wheat, oatmeal, polenta, and even wheat germ were all in the rotation. Corn Flakes and Cheerios were there too, and they were usually accompanied by berries or some other fresh fruit. The question that begs to be asked is, "Do any of you who were denied sugar cereals as children, now eat them as adults?".

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                                                                                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                    My 4 siblings were welcome to all the sweet crap - I always preferred sugarless. I'm amazed at how what must have been a lot of wild-eyed, sugar crazed, bouncing off the wall kids became responsible citizens posting here...

                                                                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                      I didn't/don't & we don't have them in the house for our small kids, either.

                                                                                      That said, I'm not militant about sugar, etc. It's just that if I'm going to have sugar or even junk food at times, for myself or my kids, it's from other categories. :)

                                                                                      1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                        My dad never had sugared cereal as a kid. First - not that many available at the time he was a kid! And second - his mom felt sugar was unhealthy, not many baked goods happening at their house, and he tended to prefer savory items anyway.

                                                                                        That said, as a senior, one of his favorite treats turned out to be a bowl of sugar frosted flakes with milk. He had them more as an evening snack than a meal, but he loved them!

                                                                                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                          We had all the sugared cereals we could stand--and we stood a lot--as kiddos, but now I don't much cotton to the stuff. The Khantessa recently brought home a box of Frosted Mini Wheat and I gave 'em a shot. Too dam' sweet. If I'm gonna eat cereal these days it'll probably one of the Chex and I don't mean Vaclav Havel.

                                                                                        2. Shreddies. And Frosted Flakes out of the box for snacks. Alpha-bits.

                                                                                          1. Here's a posting that made my heart pitter pat - Serious Eats did an article on Gramercy Tavern's cereal bar.

                                                                                            Oh good heavens - it looks awesome!


                                                                                            1. Am I the only one here that liked Kellogg's Pep? I sometimes think they still make it under the Special K" name.

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                                                                                              1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                My father ate PEP everyday of the week. We kids had to eat it when there was nothing else in the cupboard. Talk about a boring cereal. My father switched to Frosted Flakes when we could no longer find PEP.

                                                                                                1. re: wadejay26

                                                                                                  My memories of eating Pep usually included banana, sugar and cream along with the milk. I seem to remember liking it.

                                                                                              2. Ralston cream of wheat for hot and Sun Flakes for cold.

                                                                                                I don't even know if they make these anymore.

                                                                                                1. We always had raisin bran and some form of cheerios.

                                                                                                  On occasion it would be:
                                                                                                  Corn Pops
                                                                                                  Honey Puffs
                                                                                                  Fruit Loops
                                                                                                  Golden Grams
                                                                                                  Captian Crunch
                                                                                                  Strawberry Shortcake cereal - <3
                                                                                                  Frosted Miniwheats
                                                                                                  Fruit Filled Miniwheats - <3

                                                                                                  1. I wasn't thinking much about hot cereals, but do remember "Maypo"; the commercials had a cartoon little kid in a big floppy cowboy hat.

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                                                                                                    1. Surprised to find only one mention of my childhood fav, Raisin Bran.

                                                                                                      Backups were Fortified Oats, Rice Krispies, and Grapenuts. Every once in a blue moon, I'd get Apple Jacks. Yum.

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                                                                                                      1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                        My sons love Raisin Bran, the Post version. My brothers would have considered RB too healthy, more for adults. Funny how times can change things. Grapenuts was like eating pebbles and we all worried we'd break a tooth on it. Rice Krispies were for making bars with marshmallow and butter.

                                                                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                          Loved Grapenuts cereal too.

                                                                                                          I'd like to try making this pudding --> http://www.mygourmetconnection.com/re...

                                                                                                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                            Mmmm -- it's a great recipe. I made it for my Grapenuts-loving Dad -- he loved it. Try it! Grapenuts pudding is a huge New England thing. Here's the recipe I used - it's a little more pudding-like. Great with a dollop of whipped cream.

                                                                                                            GRAPENUT PUDDING

                                                                                                            1 quart milk, scalded
                                                                                                            1 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
                                                                                                            4 large eggs
                                                                                                            scant 1/2 cup sugar
                                                                                                            1 tablespoon vanilla
                                                                                                            Pinch of salt
                                                                                                            1 tablespoon unsalted butter (approx.)
                                                                                                            Whole nutmeg
                                                                                                            Heat oven to 350°. In a medium-size bowl, pour scalded milk over Grape-Nuts and let sit 5 minutes. In a second medium-size bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add egg mixture to milk and Grape-Nuts and stir well. Pour into a buttered 2-quart casserole dish. Generously grate nutmeg over the top. Place the casserole into a deep roasting pan. Place in the oven and pour water into the roasting pan, enough to reach halfway up the side of the casserole. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, until almost set in the center (very slight jiggle).

                                                                                                            1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                              Other than the listing of butter and no cinnamon it's the identical recipe Sra. S.

                                                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                I was just going by the photo of the 1st recipe - it looks a bit stiffer.

                                                                                                              2. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                                This is probably DELICIOUS !! Would love to try it.

                                                                                                              3. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                That custard recipe just might make me change my mind about Grape Nuts!

                                                                                                            2. We weren't allowed sugar cereals... except on vacation we were allowed to have those little boxes that come with multiple kinds of cereals. Unfortunately for us (I was one of several kids..) there was only one Cocoa-Krispies...

                                                                                                              1. Raisin Bran
                                                                                                                Raisin Bran Crunch
                                                                                                                Complete Bran Flakes
                                                                                                                Apple Jacks
                                                                                                                Honey Nut Cheerios
                                                                                                                Corn Pops
                                                                                                                Cap'n Crunch
                                                                                                                ...didn't really like any of them with milk... if i had to, i would take the milk in a side cup and spoon it on a little at a time, or take a bite of cereal and sip of milk... but really dry was so much better. still is.

                                                                                                                1. Weetabix.

                                                                                                                  Had it just about every day as a child, through my teens and a little beyond.

                                                                                                                  I can recall, with absolute certainty, the last time I had it. 12 August 1972 - the day I got married and left home.

                                                                                                                  Vile, horrible stuff.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                    LOL!!! Great post!! I am sure it could be the makings of its own thread, and it could be labeled, "Vile, horrible stuff." Gotta love it. Thanks, Harters.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                                                                      I presume the epithet doesn't refer to his wife.

                                                                                                                  2. My fave was definitely Puffed Wheat.
                                                                                                                    In those days it came in a ginormous bag that lasted forever.
                                                                                                                    The best parts were the last few bowlfuls that had a lot of bran and salt settlings from the entire bag.

                                                                                                                    1. Kaboom nott my favorite but the colors really made an impression

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                                                                                                                      1. Does anyone remember Double Nut Crunch, not sure who made it but it looked like chex cereal, kind of octagon shaped...had the best taste and crunch! Like Frosted Flakes it made the milk taste yummo!

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                                                                                                                            1. re: mpjmph

                                                                                                                              Thats it! I totally don't remember it being called that but the description is right. This cereal should make a comeback!

                                                                                                                          1. Applejacks
                                                                                                                            Capn Crunch with Crunch Berries
                                                                                                                            Team Flakes

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                                                                                                                            1. re: sharonlouk

                                                                                                                              I liked Team Flakes, too. I don't see them anymore. Damned shame. They stayed crunchy.

                                                                                                                            2. peanut butter captain crunch has always been a consistent favorite from childhood and only sugary cereal i was allowed as a kid. High school i discovered monster Cereal, Chocoula>Frankenberry>booberry. I unshamelessly come Halloween at least buy a box of each.

                                                                                                                              College was mainly cinnamon toast crunch and reese peanut butter puffs
                                                                                                                              btw, cereal+milk+scoop of ice cream= great dessert.

                                                                                                                              1. Jim Leff (the founder of Chowhound for you newbies) is a huge Quisp fan. In the great Quisp vs. Quake vote I came down heavily on the side of Quake, mostly because his mail-in prize was far better (a beanie with a propeller vs. a helmet with an actual working flashlight).

                                                                                                                                1. I'm dating myself here, but I loved Kaboom. After that I could live on Frosted Flakes followed by Sugar Smacks and Sugar Pops. Yep, loved me some sugar.

                                                                                                                                  1. Captain Crunch or Honeycombs served up with a tall glass of Tang. My parents let us eat a lot of sugar and never saw fresh orange juice in the house. Could not do this today!(Circa 1967)

                                                                                                                                    1. Corn pops were also a fav of mine, I think my mom didn't realize how sugary they were. I also loved grape nuts but we usually had them with tablespoons of sugar and heavy cream. That is basically how everyone around me in New England ate. No one was fat. Anyhoo, I give my daughter stone ground oatmeal with a natural type Nutella - I wonder how sales of those cereals are doing now that people realize heavily processed grains aren't good for you.

                                                                                                                                      1. LIFE Cereal--recently had it again and it is still awesome!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                          Yep...LIFE is still amazing! Love it!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                            Yes, LIFE has a very good "protein" flavor which makes it really satisfying if you are only having cereal (without eggs or bacon) for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                        2. LIFE cereal! Captain Crunch, Quisp, Quake, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Raisin Bran, Grape-Nuts. Hot Quaker Oats Oatmeal, with butter, milk, raisins and honey. That's even better than Life cereal.

                                                                                                                                          The standard in our home was Kellogg's Corn Flakes.

                                                                                                                                          Life was my favorite cold cereal -- esp. when you let it get really soft! ;)

                                                                                                                                          When I slept over at a friend's house who had the Lucky Charms, I'd eat out the marshmallows first. I also liked my friend's Cocoa Puffs, but my mom never bought either one of these.

                                                                                                                                          Never liked Fruit Loops.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                            My two fav hot cereals are lumpy Cream of Wheat with raisins, brown sugar, some cold milk on top and oatmeal with butter and brown sugar.

                                                                                                                                            Totally agree about Life needing to be really soft. I actually mash mine up once it's soft.

                                                                                                                                            For me, the Lucky Charms marshmallows always came last.

                                                                                                                                            Now...fessing up here on Cocoa Puffs... I never had them as a kid, but MY kids love them. My sons actually convinced me to stick them I the blender and make CP crumbs and serve them with a little milk on top. Kind of makes a thin-ish CP paste. Sounds kind of gross to me, but in a way, I guess it's not all that different from my smashed up, soft, LIFE!

                                                                                                                                          2. Dating myself-suprised no one has mentioned oatmeal, winter cereals were cream of wheat, cream of rice, and maypo Summer was oatmeal, raisin bran (I picked out the raisins:) cheerios, and wheat chex.

                                                                                                                                            1. 1950s till college, I was Koo Koo for Cocoa Puffs.

                                                                                                                                              1. My mom bought whatever my dad wanted--usually Shredded Wheat or Raisin Bran. But he tended to have these as a light supper in the summer when he worked 3-11P.

                                                                                                                                                My favorite were any of the illicit sugary ones that we'd get the variety packs of little boxes that went on sale sometimes. Fruit Loops were big!

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                                                  The Product 19 and the Frosted Flakes were a favorite of mine. I never knew until now that the boxes had *abbreviations* on top indicating what flavors they were !! FF = Frosted Flakes, K = Special K, CF = Corn Flakes, etc.

                                                                                                                                                  Variety pack --> http://www.flickr.com/photos/60585948...

                                                                                                                                                2. Growing up, my parent's for the most part only kept "healthy" cereals in the house. I remember feeling so deprived back then, lol. Anyways, for the most part it was Rice Crispies, Crispex, Corn Flakes. I think the most sugary cereal that was regularly allowed in the house were Honey Nut Cheerios. There was no budging with Dad, as this was really his rule that Mom just enforced, but I could talk Mom into allowing some of those "banned" cereals into the house every once in awhile. I loved Fruit Loops, Captain Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, pretty much all of them. Sleepovers at friend's houses were fun, too, as they always had the good cereal. I'm sure they hated sleeping over at my house, though. :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. Boo-Berry's, Raisin Bran, Lucky Charm's.

                                                                                                                                                    1. We weren't allowed sugary cereal unless we were camping. Usually we had Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Special K, rice or corn chex, crispix, or kix.

                                                                                                                                                      In college I used to eat corn bran or puffins original because they were supposedly healthier.

                                                                                                                                                      My favorites at other people's houses were cocoa Krispies, cookie crisp, pops, and apple jacks.

                                                                                                                                                      Blueberry morning by post is another one I like. If it has more than 4 grams if sugar per serving I won't buy it now.

                                                                                                                                                      I detest the texture of shredded wheat.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. Crispix.
                                                                                                                                                        Golden Crisp paired WITH (that's right - together) Grape Nuts.
                                                                                                                                                        Blueberry Morning
                                                                                                                                                        Banana Nut Crunch.
                                                                                                                                                        Honey Bunches of Oats
                                                                                                                                                        Waffle Crisp that would tear up your mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pretzal

                                                                                                                                                          There was once a cereal called Hackberry Dusk. Didn't last very long. So brief was its existence, in fact, that I doubt any of you remember it.

                                                                                                                                                        2. I gag at just the thought of the cereal I used to eat!
                                                                                                                                                          Lucky Charms
                                                                                                                                                          Count Chocula
                                                                                                                                                          Captain Crunch
                                                                                                                                                          Frosted Flakes


                                                                                                                                                          1. We weren't allowed to have the sugary cereal every day, actually we could have it every day until it was gone, Mom just wouldn't buy it all the time.

                                                                                                                                                            I liked most of the sugar cereals about the same with the exception of Sugar Smacks and Frosted Flakes, for some reason they didn't do it for me. (1970s)

                                                                                                                                                            My favorites of the non-sugar variety were Raisin Bran (which actually has a lot of sugar in the raisins), Grape Nuts, Corn Flakes, and Rice Crispies.

                                                                                                                                                            The level of sugar in these cereals today are less than half they were back in the day.

                                                                                                                                                            I used to like Alphabets cereal when I was a kid, they had a lot of sugar. They took them off the market about 10 years ago and then reintroduced them without sugar. They are now basically Cheerios in alphabet form, if they are still produced.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                              Yes! I remember old Alphabets with a white-type sugar dust on them; I suppose they were the only sweet cereal we had when we were in elementary school.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                I believe the cereal was Alphabits.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, Alphabits, and I cans still see them floating around in milk!

                                                                                                                                                            2. I did and still do love Life cereal, and agree with above commenters that it needs to be allowed to soften in milk.

                                                                                                                                                              Come to think of it, I still love all my faves:
                                                                                                                                                              Spoon Size Shredded Wheat
                                                                                                                                                              Sugar Crisp (it's still called Sugar Crisp in Canada; not Golden Crisp)
                                                                                                                                                              Corn Flakes--yes I loved them then and now.

                                                                                                                                                              My brother's faves were decidedly more sweet and I didn't touch his cereal (Froot Loops, Honeycomb, Cinnamon Toast Crunch). I also remember he loved Pro Stars; Wayne Gretzky was on the box.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Cheerios, Sugar Smacks, Sugar Pops

                                                                                                                                                                1. -Froot Loops (only red orange and yellow, no green and purple!)
                                                                                                                                                                  -Honey-Nut Corn Flakes (RIP)

                                                                                                                                                                  Were always standard breakfast fare growing up along with white toast with margarine and Cheez Whiz. My brother liked Lucky Charms but I couldn't deal with the squeaky marshmallows against my teeth. So once in awhile we had the Alpha-bits (essentially Lucky Charms in letter shapes without the 'mallows, or Honeycombs, their larger cousin. Both widely available here in Canada). The Capt'n made his occasional appearance at the table (and likely contributed to my later need for multiple gum grafts). I also used to like the Rice Krispies Treats cereal in the light blue box, sort of like little clusters of crumbled up Rice Krispies Treats squares.

                                                                                                                                                                  There were probably others, I should read all of this thread. :)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. My mom being a bit of a granola gal, her idea of anything outside of puffed wheat was KIX. Which I loved and still love. My grandparents (her folks), however, would bring out the Cocoa Pebbles and Boo Berry: crack for kids.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Sugar pops were on my list also (remember "sugar pops are tops"?) as well as Wheaties, raisin bran and Kelloggs Pep which, sadly, hasn't been made in years.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. It looks like I didn't contribute to this thread the first go round.

                                                                                                                                                                        Any Maypo lovers out there? Maypo and Farina were and remain my favorite childhood cereal. Rice Krispies came much, much later.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                          Mom made Farina a lot. We ate it with milk poured in, and brown sugar on top.
                                                                                                                                                                          Looking back, I ate a LOT of sugary breakfasts! Waffles were doused in margarin and powdered sugar. Pancakes with lots of syrup. Toast with cinnamon sugar. Cereals that I'd find cloying now.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                            Although I had much more of a sweet tooth when I was a kid, hot cereal only rec'd a tsp of sugar, maybe a dash of salt back then. Today, we load it with sliced fresh bananas or mango slices.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                              Today, I prefer my Farina, grits and even oatmeal savory. I'll put gravy and cheese on before maple syrup ;-)
                                                                                                                                                                              BTW, Farina also makes great dumplings!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                No kidding. I've never made dumplings out of Farina.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, it's great. I don't use an exact recipe, but it's about equal parts Farina and Parm/Pec, and an egg or two. It should be thick but flow-able.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Spoon a teaspoon-full into boldly simmering, salted water, and when they float, they're done.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I've also used my spaetzle maker!
                                                                                                                                                                                  Add to soup.
                                                                                                                                                                                  This is our family's traditional Christmas soup- chicken stock, shredded rotisserie chicken, carrot and Farina dumplings. Fresh parsley to garnish.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, I'm going to give this a try over the colder months. I really like the idea.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes on the Maypo but didn't like farina or cream of wheat. Oatmeal with a puddle of melted butter on top is still a favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                              Oh I forgot about Cream of Wheat, enjoy that one too!
                                                                                                                                                                              Hot cereal really is satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. Life Cereal, oatmeal, and some kind of chocolate Cream of Wheat. Must have been "Coco-something." Does anyone remember this?

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: DebinIndiana

                                                                                                                                                                              I believe they still make chocolate flavored Cream of Wheat. My brother used to mix Hershey's Syrup into his Ralston.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. I haven't had time to read through all of the responses but has anyone mentioned Kellogg's Concentrate? It consisted of tiny uniform flakes in a smaller than normal cereal box with a pull out metal spout.

                                                                                                                                                                              I miss those and Dannon Prune and Apricot yogurt (2 separate flavors). My sister and I still pine for those.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I loved Sugar Corn Pops. "Sugar Pops Are Tops!" But only straight out of the box. Never in a bowl with milk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                                                                                  In my mind, they're still "Sugar Pops" - before the name became healthified into "Corn Pops."

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Progressing from the early fifties when I was sent to Venancio's Grocery to buy Cheerios, I have loved original Cheerios, shredded wheat, Captain Crunch (my late teens to early twenties), and for special occasions, various Chex. I also love Grape Nuts with cream and fresh blueberries. I am about to have Shredded Wheat and Bran with a ripe banana and two percent. At the dislike end of my spectrum are anything chocolate or fruit. We tossed some Fruit Loops out in the yard, and the deer wouldn't eat them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tim irvine

                                                                                                                                                                                    Old thread I know, but in to say....


                                                                                                                                                                                    I see it's been mentioned a couple of times. But back in the day Quake was my brother's favorite and Quisp was mine, and we'd battle about them.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Of course it was discontinued long ago, so I hadn't had Quisp since I was a young kid in the early 70's. But I always remembered it's flavor, and even told my kids about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Then one day a few years back when vacationing in the states (I'm in Canada) we are in a grocery store and I see a special stand devoted to Quisp! It was like discovering a Yeti, or a dead relative was still alive. I grabbed a box, brought it back to the hotel room, had a bowl and...I was a kid again. It tasted EXACTLY as I remembered and it was just as addictively good. Sort of like a smoother tasting Captain Crunch flavor (I always found CC a little over the top for me).

                                                                                                                                                                                    That was how I discovered that Quisp had been brought back to life, in limited quantities. I've been able to order it over the internet, shipped to me, a couple of times. I gave a box to my brother (now 49 yrs old) for Christmas and it blew him away. He said he savored it for over a month.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Some times you can go back...

                                                                                                                                                                                    Other favorite cereals from my youth were:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sugar Crisp (God I still love that cereal, probably the most sugar-heavy/nutrient-free cereal on the market)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sugar Corn Pops
                                                                                                                                                                                    Honey Comb