Babble Talk: The Sugary Cereal Thing

cereal selections for kidsWhen I grew up the craziest the cereal selection got was those mini cereal boxes that only resided at my grandmother’s house. The joy of finding Corn Pops, Sugar Smacks, and Froot Loops a half dozen times a year was immeasurable.

My mom and dad pretty much kept us on a diet of Shreddies, and Cheerios. To see anything more cartoony than the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee sent my brother, sister and I into fits of anticipation.

We’d do groceries and see Frankenberry, Count Chocula, and Trix in the aisle and beg for our mom to at least toss some Apple Jacks into the cart every now and again, but it would never happen.

That breakfast discipline has followed me to my parenting years as the wildest option my boys get is Chocolate Cheerios every now and again.

I had a theory that sugary cereals were mostly targeted at college kids just out from under mom and dad’s thumb and free to splurge on crap they weren’t allowed at home until …

I saw a friend tossing some Froot Loops at her son on the weekend. It got me thinking…

Do you buy the sugary stuff on a regular basis? Do you have a box on hand just for treats? Would hell have to freeze over and the devil make you pick a favorite child before you bought a box of that sugary stuff?

Do me a favor? Go to the kitchen, click here to comment and tell me what’s in your pantry. The 10 sugariest cereals on store shelves are after the jump.

  • 1. Honey Smacks 1 of 10
    1. Honey Smacks
    55.6% sugar by weight
  • 2. Golden Crisp 2 of 10
    2. Golden Crisp
    51.9% sugar by weight.
    There's a reason this used to be called "Sugar Crisp"
  • Froot Loops Marshmallows 3 of 10
    Froot Loops Marshmallows
    48.3% sugar by weight.
  • Capn Crunchs OOPS! All Berries 4 of 10
    Capn Crunchs OOPS! All Berries
    46.9% sugar by weight
  • Original Cap’n Crunch 5 of 10
    Original Cap'n Crunch
    44.4% sugar by weight.
  • Honey Graham Oh!s 6 of 10
    Honey Graham Oh!s
    44.4% sugar by weight.
  • Smorz 7 of 10
    43.3% sugar by weight.
    Hint: if they don't spell the words correctly, it's probably full of sugar. See: Cap'n Crunch and Froot Loops.
  • Apple Jacks 8 of 10
    Apple Jacks
    42.9% sugar by weight.
  • Capn Crunch Berries 9 of 10
    Capn Crunch Berries
    42.3% sugar by weight.
  • Froot Loops 10 of 10
    Froot Loops
    41.4% sugar by weight.

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