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May 08, 2007


Didn't Lucky Charms also have blue diamonds? I had an audio flashback as I read your words, and I wanted to add another shape.

Oh I loved this posting. I remember that commercial like it was yesterday. I even remember voting to allow the rabbit to get some Trix cereal.
I ate lots of this stuff, but for reasons I don't understand Mom couldn't bear to watch us eat Capt. Crunch. We only bought it the one time. . .

That's great photo of you and your sister. I have been obsessively scanning my family's photos from the 1940s-1980s, and one of these days, maybe I will actually start posting them in my poor, neglected blog.

My mom didn't let us eat "sugar cereal," though it's not like the kinds we were allowed to eat were sugar-free. I was always partial to Cinnamon Life, myself, but I harbored a deep, dark desire for Cocoa Puffs because it turned the milk into "chocolate milk."

Mindy, you're a youngster! Those blue diamonds weren't introduced until 1975, long after my cereal heyday. Julie, I remember that vote to get the rabbit some Trix, I'm sure I voted too. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there was a higher turnout for the Trix campaign than for the Nixon-McGovern presidential race.

I love that photo.

I worked at a Baker's of Paris in San Francisco in the eighties, and it took me a long time to wean myself off of almond filled croissants.

No sugary cereals at our house growing up, though I desperately loved Sugar-Frosted Flakes.

I've continued the family tradition and tortured my children with plain Cheerios, wheat chex, and oatmeal sweetened with honey. When we stay at hotels that have a cheap continental breakfast, they eat Froot Loops like there's no tomorrow. For them, that's a five-star establishment!

God,you've made me hungry. Whether it's oat meal, bagels, croissants, yogurt, pancakes, French toast, eggs cooked in any way (most especially egg in a hole), or yes, Lucky Charms or maybe Sugar Pops (notice how they're now called Pops, I think it is, as if the new name disguises the fact they're loaded with sugar) or (an even better idea) a pigfest incorporating many of these items, breakfast has always been my favorite meal. It's the wonderful meal in which you can eat as your main course what at dinner would be called dessert and get away with it.

They disguise all the names now. Sugar Frosted Flakes are now Frosted Flakes of Corn. The only ones I can tolerate now are plain Cheerios--although Honey Nut Cheerios is pretty good--and plain Corn Flakes.

We were big on Cream of Wheat for breakfast, with salt and butter. Yum. The only sugery cereals I remember eating were Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms. I loved squishing the charms between my fingers when they got a little wet. Yes, I still play with my food.

Sometimes we were treated to the sugary cereals -- Froot Loops, Honeycomb, Lucky Charms, Cap'n Crunch, Frosted Flakes -- but when we filled our bowls, we HAD to mix sweet cereal with regular cereal like Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies.

I must've resented having to do it back then and not just have exclusively sweet cereal in my bowl, but...these days I tell my kids the same thing -- to mix the sweet with the regular cereal. As if that will cut out lots of sugar!

Yes, the powers that be have changed the names of cereals and many of the mascots. Sugar Crisp lost Sugar Bear. Sugar Pops became Corn Pops. While Sugar Frosted Flakes lost sugar they managed to hang on to Tony the Tiger. Fortunately, none of the sugar from inside the box has been lost. Also, I would like to add two other cereals to the list.

In the late sixties and early seventies, I ate a truly noxiously multicolored concotion called, I think, KaBoom! I think that it was taken off the market in that red dye #5 thing. Then, in the seventies, I switched to Freakies cereal which had a catchy theme song sung by cartoon monsters that had their own show on weekends. This allowed for the sublime pleasure of eating Freakies cereal even as the Freakies cavorted on television. I still remeber the theme song, "We are the Freakies. (2x) And this is our Freaky tree. We never miss a meal because we eat our cereal. We are the Freakies..."

I am happy to say, I somehow missed all those poisoness sugary cereals....LOL! It was always Wheatena or Oarmeal or Eggs...!

LOL...OATMEAL! Sorry...And I LOVE that picture of you and your sister!

Random question: were your kitchen chairs red with diamond cutouts in the backs? I can't tell for sure, but I think I can make out those cutouts. If so, they are the same chairs in my kitchen right now.
Just wondering. :)

Dear fellow citizens of america we hearby will no longer buy the trix cereal because of the new shapes. It will be to our concern that you help us in making the new puff shapes of the Trix to be turned back into the fun loving original shapes.

None of those cereals are good for you, they have far too many high-glycemic carbohydrates, even the Whole Food cereals you refer to. The only thing your children should be eating for breakfast is one or two eggs and perhaps a slice of ham or a lovely ground beef patty with a low-carb hot cocoa or filtered water to drink. When sugars aren't present, tumors recede, heart function improves, and the body burns fat as energy instead of sugar. The slightest amount of carbs and the body stores all the other fat and protein you ate as FAT until the carbs are burned. Don't do it, to yourself or your kids. Shun all carbs.

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