Saturday, March 17, 2018

My 10 Favorite Cereals

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…but like many, I skip it. When I don’t, I might have one of these favorite cereals.

What’s for breakfast at your house? I’m posting a list of my favorite cereals that I’d be most likely to start the day with.

I don’t have cereal often but when I do, it’s probably one of these.

1. Raisin Bran

I’m a purist when it comes to this sort of thing, so just the basic version — by Kellogg’s or Post — is fine. I don’t want a third, crunchy ingredient or the addition of cranberries. The original is fine just like it is.

I grew up with this catchy jingle, which will probably be stuck in your head the rest of the day:

2. Wheat Chex

I figure it’s healthier than the rice version, and it doubles as an ingredient in that tasty party mix. (I haven’t had that in forever.)

3. Special K Protein

This is sort of like corn flakes, minus the corn, with wheat and protein.

4. Rice Crispies

Snap. Crackle. Pop! Those little sounds were part of the fun at the breakfast table.

5. Grape-Nuts

If you like to know what’s in your cereal before you buy it, you should know up front that you’ll get no help from the name of this one. It doesn’t contain grapes and it doesn’t contain nuts. But Barley-Wheats (which would have reflected its ingredients) apparently wasn’t an appealing title. The cereal that claimed in the 1960s to “fill you up not out” is best when you give the milk time to soften the nuggets; otherwise, it sounds like you’re crushing rocks between your teeth.

6. Life

In a memorable commercial from the early 1970s, there was a kid named Mikey who apparently was a picky eater. Two other little boys had just been served this “new” cereal, and they were skeptical. They passed a bowl to Mikey, but Mikey surprises them by digging in:

It’s a pretty good cereal, but I can understand kids preferring something a little more “exciting.”

7. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

No, it’s not all that imaginative, but with some fresh blueberries, it’s a bit tastier and healthier, too.

8. Kellogg’s Frostedn Flakes

I know it’s not healthy, but I haven’t touched the stuff in years. It just had a nice flavor.

9. Froot Loops

I haven’t had a bowl of this in at least 30 years, but it was still a good-tasting cereal. Of course, you have to be able to get past the sugar content, which these days is more of a challenge. But if you’re not afraid of the sugar, just follow Toucan Sam’s nose!

10. Cheerios

I haven’t tried the “Honey Nut” variety, but regular Cheerios, while they’re supposed to be heart healthy, can be a bit dull for my tastes. Maybe the Honey Nut Cheerios might be a future purchase.

As a general rule, I rarely cut up fruit into my cereal. Maybe I should get more into the habit of that.

What’s your favorite cereal? Do you add sliced fruit?


  1. Well, we’ll. If I *were* related to the Kellogg family (even if the originator, Dr. Kellogg, was a nutter), I’d be very flattered. And truth be told, I still am. I grew up on those cereals, too, and I’d say more than half of your list is on mine, too. Except Grape Nuts. My grandfather loved them, and in homage and for love of my Pop-pop, I did try them. The simple fact is if I’d left them in milk for three days they *still* wouldn’t be soft enough! I was unwilling to try them again. As far as that goes they ARE rocks!

    But Raisin Bran (I’m a purist, too), Rice Crispies, Special K (the original, please), Cheerios, Corn Flakes and Life (the cinnamon ones) are high-rated. Frosted Flakes, too, but sugar-high cereals are a big no-no for me. But I also loved Kellogg’s Product 19, which hasn’t been on store shelves now for at least three years, and the Chex cereals, pretty much the four common flavours I see. Last choice? Mmmm, so many to choose from! But I have to admit, it’s the Peanut Butter Captain Crunch! Not the norm for me, given the normal and top nine of my list, but still…that is one very cool cereal!

    1. Grape-Nuts really are like tiny boulders. It amazes me that they’re still in production. Every once in a while, I just get a craving. Wish I knew why! HA!

Leave a Response

Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.