After the 100+ comments prompted by my little “Pat Robertson is a tool” post a few days ago, I’m moving 0n to stir even greater controversy and religious fervor.
Today, let’s talk about cereal.
Here at Castle Frostbite, we have various tastes when it comes to cereal. The lord of the manor likes plain Corn Flakes, while the lady of the house prefers Cheerios. (Her guilty pleasure is an occasional bowl of Lucky Charms.) The younglings, being kids, like anything that’s sweet, but we try to not feed them Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs, so they get Cheerios, Corn Flakes with bananas, and every once in a while some Lucky Charms or Froot Loops.
Today, I picked up a box of the new Chocolate Cheerios, and I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised. They’re not coated with chocolate, just flavored with cocoa, and the chocolate flavor is pretty subtle. The nutritional numbers are the same as for Honey Nut Cheerios, which on the whole tend more toward the “wholesome” end of the cereal spectrum, not the “sugar apocalypse/candy-in-a-bowl” end. I’ll have to do some more extensive taste-testing, but so far it looks good, and the new variety may just become a permanent addition to the Castle Frostbite cereal line-up. Robin doesn’t like chocolate-flavored stuff in general, so those will probably remain Daddy’s stash, unless the kids develop a taste for them, and how likely is that?
While I was browsing the cereals, however, I was once again amazed at the number of cereals that are basically just a bunch of colored sugar with no pretensions of nutritional value. I mean, Cookie Crisp? Really? A bowl of chocolate chip cookies for breakfast? You want a few spoonfuls of sugar on top of that, too? There’s no way in hell I’d fill my kids’ bowls with that stuff first thing in the morning. I mean, yeah, Lucky Charms have the marshmallow bits, which are nothing but colored sugar, but at least there are the oat bits, too, as a nutritional alibi, and I use those sparingly. (I also cease serving them to the kids for a while once they focus on picking out just the marshmallow bits.) But Cookie Crisp? What the hell? That’s just like throwing two packs of Chips Ahoy into the playroom in the morning. What’s next, Little Breakfast Snickers Bars?