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Favorite Cereals (No Mix-Ins)


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Favorite Cereals (No Mix-Ins)

Jim Leff | | Aug 17, 2009 03:49 AM

I'd like to discuss some favorite cereals. Please pitch in with reviews of your own. But while I'm a devoted mixer, and would love to talk mix-ins with fellow travelers, let's keep this particular thread, if possible, on the topic of specific brand recommendations, rather than mixing strategies, which are a whole other thing.

1. Kashi Autumn Wheat
There are, I have intuitively grokked, two product managers at Kashi. One is a stern, ascetic, pucker-mouthed wraith who designs their rabbit-food-like items ("Heart to Heart", anyone?). The other is the benevolent genius who concocted Autumn Wheat, which the ignorant describe as a Shredded Wheat clone. It may look like Shredded Wheat, but it's so much more. The only cereal I know that can truly be described as beautiful.

There are two variants: Cinnamon Harvest and Island Vanilla. Both pleasant for a box or so, but too specific for a long term breakfast relationship.

2. Trader Joe's Triple Nut & Flakes Reduced Sugar Cereal
Extremely comforting hangover relief....if you can find a box where the nuts aren't going rancid, joy is possible. Thing is, we're all so accustomed to rancidity that to many of us it no longer is deemed an "off" smell/taste. It's important to learn to recognize rancidity. I've now used the word "rancid" three times, so this paragraph is shot and I'll just move on.

3. Crunchy Corn Bran
From Quaker, a big-time brand, yet virtually unfindable. Amazon has it in bulk <>, so if you're in their "Prime" club, with fast free shipping, you're in luck. Also, Pathmark often stocks it. If you've been watching all the foodie alarmist movies, you're probably feeling anti-corn, but make an exception for this.

4. Jordan's Crunchy
British granola-esque gem, with all the goodness of palm oil. Found all over europe, but good luck finding it here.

5. Jordan's Sweet Crisp: Strawberries
Just as Britain's malt balls puts ours to shame, they do freeze-dried strawberry cereals so much better. You can find it in Canada.

6. Joe's O's
Trader Joe's knock-off is seriously better than Cheerios. Do NOT get their organic O's, though. Horrible.

7. Trader Joe's Twigs, Flakes & Clusters
I know, I know. Sounds like sawdusty rabbit food. But while I mostly use this for mix-ins, this stuff's even toothsome (though austere) by itself. And so healthy. Woops, I just mentioned mix-ins.

8. Parade Brand Corn Flakes
Kellogs Corn Flakes are pretty damn good, too, but I think this knock-off is better. Corn Flakes are among the most delicious foods human beings have ever devised, but we all have this weird corn flake amnesia: once free of the mid-bowl reverie, we forget how great they are. I discussed this on Public Radio last week, and several kindred spirits subsequently wrote in to corroborate me on this.

Bonus Tip
Nature's Path Organic Heritage Flakes Cereal
Really dull, ploddish-looking product from a company even more musty and ascetic-seeming than Kashi. But I hear they're the cat's meow. I just ordered in bulk from Amazon, getting a further discount by signing up for their Cereal Subscription service....which means they deliver every six months (and I can cancel anytime


Avoid: Quisp. Should be called "Neo-Quisp". They've tinkered with the recipe; less brown sugar, less vivid corn flavor. Those bastards.

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