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Best Breakfast Cereals

Updated on May 26, 2012

*This is not by any means a list of healthy cereals, if you wanted to read about healthy cereals you may want to look elsewhere. By best cereals I mean best tasting cereals. By best tasting cereals I mean cereals that kids would enjoy.

Okay, now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business. Growing up in the 80's, I had endless breakfast options to choose from. Some of these cereals are better (or worse) than candy. I remember the commercials advertising: "Look Moms, it even turns the milk chocolate!" Sold, I want that.

I was a scrawny child, I hated dinner, didn't care too much for lunch, but I could eat a box of Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles like it was my job. (I did once and that didn't turn out too great for me)

As an adult, I still eat cereal for breakfast. My compromise is Honey Nut Cheerios. They're somewhat healthy yet still enjoyable. As a rule, any cereal that says multi grain, fiber or wheat is not going to make the cut here. Below are some of my all time favorites:

Crunch Berries - Captain Crunch is a great cereal on its own. With Crunch Berries they raised the bar. I remember eating Crunch Berries and just eating the crunch until I had all berries. Why not just buy the Captain Crunch All berries you ask? Good question, I guess they taste better when you had to work for them. *According to Wikipedia, in a 2009 report by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale, this cereal received worst nutritional score of any cereal on the market.

Apple Jacks - I still buy these once and a while and they're still delicious. Actually I don't think Apple Jacks are nearly as bad as some of the others on the list. Either way, they have stood the test of time.

Lucky Charms- Maybe it's the Leprechaun in the commercials, but Lucky Charms were always a treat when I was a kid. What's not to like about dried up sugared marshmallows for breakfast? Magically delicious indeed.

Honey Smacks - Pound for pound, this may be the sugariest cereal on the list. If I had Honey Smacks for breakfast you'd better hope you're shipping me off to school for the day!

Frosted Flakes- Theyyyyy'rre Grrreeat! - Yes they are. The only drawback with frosted flakes was that they would get so soggy so quick. Maybe they just needed more arificial preservatives, But the frosted sugar coating is delicious.

Trix - I picked Trix over Fruit Loops. Might have been that crazy rabbit, but a bowl of fruit shaped sweetened ground corn is a great way to get your sugar rush, I mean, day started.

Cookie Crisps - This one could not be left off the lists. Basically cookies that you dunk in milk and advertise as breakfast food. Yes Please.

Peanut Butter Crunch - Old Captain Crunch is at it again, this time it's a peanut butter cereal. I used to eat two bowls of this and be full for the day, it was like having a brick in your stomach. Take that Wheaties.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch - Sugar and Cinnamon squares sitting in a bowl of milk. Always a treat, I still buy this once in a while when I give in to the cravings. When it comes to food, I always give in to cravings.

Fruity Pebbles- According to the Post website, Fruity Pebbles is a wholesome part of a complete breakfast. I'm not sure about the wholesome part, but this in itself was my complete breakfast. Since 1971 Post's Fruity Pebbles is perhaps the most enjoyable cereal in the world. Wait, scratch that...

Cocoa Pebbles- My all time favorite, this is the cereal that started a life long love affair. Opening a box of Cocoa Pebbles I am like an addict finally getting his fix. As I pour the milk over the dyed brown flakes I am overcome with joy. I don't even sit down, I leave the milk out and the box open, there's no reason to fight it. Towards the bottom of the bowl, you are treated to a delicious, thick chocolaty flavored milk.

There are many I've left off the list, just looking online for some of these cereals, I ran across Kellogg's Mini Swirlz Fudge Ripple. Are you kidding me? This cereal has been discontinued and I never even tried it. There are other healthier kids' cereals like Kix and Honeycomb that taste good, but they're not going to make my lists. This list is strictly cartoons and sugar, just like the good old days. Now where's my toy?


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    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      My kids loved them too. As a matter of fact, I used to send boxes of Peanut Butter Captain Crunch to kids in Ireland! Great read. Voted up.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I will never outgrow these! Thanks for reading and commenting guys!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      If I ever stay at your place I will have no problem finding a suitable breakfast cereal. Voted up. Way up!

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      O, you must have read my list of sinfully delectable guilty treats...often my supper is a bowl of cereal...and you have some of my favorites here...peanut butter, honey smacks, frosted flakes, and lucky charms......ummmmm...and my grandboy, now almost 17 months, says 'uummmm' when he sees me get one of those boxes of cereal down. O, my I may have started something. This was a fun read..but..I may have to go to the store as my cereal cupboard is empty. :)

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Great point carcro, I didn't even think about the prizes, probably too busy devouring the contents! Thanks for reading!

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      Paul Cronin 

      6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Loved all those cereals, especially growing up as a kid. Of course we also had the best prizes inside the boxes when we were little. That's right, you didn't have to mail away for anything, every box of cereal had a toy or prize, it was great. Now everything needs four UPS codes and a cheque on top of it.

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      6 years ago from United States

      weestro, LOL I did know they still made Honey Smacks - I guess I will treat myself...I have got the craving now thanks to you! :)

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Treat yourself Marlo!

    • MarloByDesign profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      LOL, are promoting all of this sugar? I LOVE Honey Smacks - and you just reminded me that cereal is out there...I may have to grab me a box.

      (And brush my teeth afterwards!)


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