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Champion of Breakfast: Which cereal reigns supreme?

Apple Jacks by Ryan Signorino
Mornings are a tough time to make decisions. And they also happen to be when one of the toughest choices of the day is made: what cereal to have for breakfast? Whenever I have a craving for cereal, my immediate thought turns to Apple Jacks. Whatever the food, the combination of apple and cinnamon is irresistible. This is especially true early in the morning. The crunchy green and orange O’s soak up just the right amount of milk to have a crunch but also to be a little soggy and chewy, just the way cereal should be. Apple Jacks also has arguably the two greatest mascots in cereal history behind Tony the Tiger, Bad Apple and CinnaMon, who dominated the television commercial market back in the day. Although they aren’t as big now, they still feature them on the Apple Jacks box. Even those who are not fans of apple, or, somehow, not big on cinnamon, will undoubtedly agree that the mixture of the two flavors that Apple Jacks possesses is absolutely delicious and is far better any other breakfast cereal. So if hunger strikes or you crave some cereal, reach for some Apple Jacks, and you will definitely not be disappointed.

Cap’n Crunch by Dan Basheer
Cap’n Crunch was invented in 1963 and manufactured by Quaker Oats company. It is a combination of brown sugar, butter, and rice. It was one of the first cereals that required an oil costing to support the taste of the cereal. When it first started to be advertised on TV, the slogan futures was “It’s got corn for crunch, oats for punch, and it stays crunchy, even in milk.” The company even gave the mascot a full name, which was Horatio Magellan Crunch. It has many flavor varieties that include peanut butter, berries, cinnamon crunch, choco crunch and a Christmas crunch. It is a very tasty, and original, cereal that can full full your morning breakfast needs.

Cheerios by Conrad Weiser
Cheerios. One of the most basic staple cereals out there. What makes this little treat special and stand above the rest? Let’s take a look at nutrition. These plain little circles, despite not having much taste to them, lack the large quantities of artificial flavoring that others put in them for taste. Whole grain is also an important part about Cheerios. Having fans ranging from infants to the elderly, most everyone can enjoy this cereal now and then. Its uses are also very broad. Take this example for instance. You are sitting in church with your child, and he or she starts crying. What do you do? Merely reach over, grab your trusty bag of Cheerios, and pop it into his or her mouth. What do you have as the outcome? Successful parenting. Give Cheerios a try. Despite being a staple, it sure is very healthy for you.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch by Pat McCormick
Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a brand of whole grain cereal created in 1984 by General Mills and Nestle. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is small squares of wheat and rice that are covered in cinnamon and sugar, and they have an artificial cinnamon swirl on every piece, inspiring the catchphrase, “The taste you can see!” Due to the additional B vitamins added to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, it provides 25 percent of one’s recommended daily dose of Iron, B6 and B12, and Zinc. One serving of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (3/4 cup or 31 grams) has 130 calories. A single serving has 1g of protein, 3g of total fat, 25 g of total carbohydrates (with 2g of dietary fiber) 40g of sugars with 1,455g of other carbohydrates, 220 mg of sodium, 45mg of potassium, a half gram of saturated fats and no grams of trans fat. “Crave Those Crazy Squares!”

Frosted Flakes by Joe Sala
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s always good to choose the right food to start. Frosted Flakes is the dominant cereal, hands down. The box is the first thing that lures buyers in. Whether you look at the tiger mascot saying “They’reeeeee great!” or the vibrant blue and orange color scheme, you are bound to catch a glimpse. The idea is simple, frosted corn flakes. The combination of sweet and crunchy is hard to beat, especially in a bowl with cold milk. It helps give you the perfect jolt of energy in the morning to get through a long school day. They come in different flavors like original, chocolate, or reduced sugar.

Frosted Mini Wheats by Eli Chase
If you want a delicious, easy, healthy breakfast, then you better pour yourself a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats. Each serving contains 170 calories, but only 5 calories from fat, meaning the remaining 165 calories will go straight to your body’s energy and get you ready for the day. You also get a solid 5 grams of protein, which are the building blocks of your body. Frosted Mini Wheats clearly have the health factor conquered, but opposed to many other “healthy” cereals, they are very tasty as well.  Each mini wheat is frosted with powdered sugar. The sugar, milk, and wheat combination is exceptional. Frosted Mini Wheats are simply the epitome of breakfast cereals.

Fruity Pebbles by Chris Muldrew
Many people know the cereal Fruity Peebles. I asked some students around Cathedral Prep and their opinion was that Fruity Peebles are good and that they should be in more stores. They also miss the Fruity Peebles and the Flintstones commercial that used to come on. Fruity Pebbles were a lot of students favorite cereal growing up as kids, and once they got older they just forgot about them. I did a survey on three cereals: Fruity Pebbles, Rice Krispies, and Captain Crunch, I asked about 20 to 40 students in Cathedral Prep which cereal they liked better and would want to eat right now, and Fruity Pebbles was the one most of them picked. After I reminded them of Fruity Pebbles, some students said they are going to try to find some in the stores.

Golden Grahams by Sean Reed
Golden Grahams contain 11 grams of whole grain per serving. A whole grain food is made by using all three parts of the grain. All General Mills Big G cereals contain more whole grain than any other single ingredient. Golden Grahams are golden squares topped with cinnamon and sugar in every bite. They are the best cereal because they taste exactly like graham crackers, which I love, and also help to provide me with a balanced breakfast. The best way to have a bowl of Golden Grahams is by adding milk and letting the Golden Grahams soak it all up. Remember to think GOLDEN next time you wake up and have breakfast!

HoneyComb by Jack Kloecker
HoneyComb is a cereal made by Post Foods that were created in 1965. This honeycomb shaped crunch is made of honey flavored corn. Post Foods have been looking to please their customers several times with the HoneyComb after trying to change the formula of these cereal bits twice. This did not stop people from buying them though because it is still one of the top leading cereals that people buy. Personally, HoneyCombs is one of my favorite cereals. I am a person that works in cycles when it comes to breakfast. When I am in my HoneyComb stage, this is when I consume the most cereal. I’ll eat at least two bowls at a time and often twice a day. So, if you’re stuck on what you should eat for breakfast in the morning, try HoneyCombs, and I’ll assure you that you’ll be making several trips to get more.

LIFE by Oliver Wiesner
Life’s good. LIFE makes life good. I don’t think I need to further my case for the most normal cereal ever created, and I say that with utmost respect. Never have I enjoyed a breakfast food as much as I have LIFE. The wheat-infused four centimeter squares go perfectly with a cold bowl of milk and a tall glass of OJ. Mix that in with the Sunday comics and the view of the sun breaking the tree line and you’ve got one of the GOATiest experiences one could possibly live out before ten in the morning. There’s a reason LIFE cereal is called LIFE: it makes eating breakfast healthy, delicious, and most of all, memorable. So go out and do something new, eat some LIFE cereal!

Lucky Charms by Joey Hickin
When considering cereals in the morning little stands out besides Lucky Charms. Lucky Charms is a cereal filled with marshmallows and sugar coated grain. The cereal easily stands out as my favorite not only for the cereal but the mascot, Lucky, is an awesome character. Lucky is a leprechaun but unlike your normal boring leprechaun, Lucky has some fun qualities. First, he doesn’t have your regular old boring pot of gold. Instead he has an awesome cauldron full of Lucky Charms, and you can only eat this awesome cereal by catching him like the kids. But in the end you’ll always run out and have to go and get more cereal, starting the cycle again. Lucky Charms remains the best cereal because of its mascot and the cereal itself.

Reese’s Puffs by Edward Ruff III
Reese’s Puffs could be the most innovative cereal to ever grace the shelves of supermarkets across the globe. They are a mix of the world’s most popular candy and a crunchy goodness that is unparalleled by any other example of a cereal. For those who are not familiar with the actual taste of Reese’s Puffs, it is like a dive into heaven. It has the perfect combination of a crunch that everyone likes in their cereal with an introduction to just the right amount of peanut butter to compliment the crunch. In addition, it also adds a mouthful of chocolate, just the ingredient every child wants before they head off to school. All in all, Reese’s Puff cereal is the “cream of the crop” when it comes to cereal.

Rice Krispies by Daniel Bauman
Let’s be reasonable. There are a lot of delicious and nutritious cereals. It is unfair to name the best, but a fair argument can be made for any cereal. It’s hard to dispute the simple yet amazingness of Rice Krispies. A bowl of it is a great way to start off your morning or even end your day with a snack before bed. Rice Krispies has been creating the same great product for 80 years. Not many cereals have the same rich tradition. In addition to a bowl of cereal, you create a scrumptious snack. Everyone loves Rice Krispies Treats. You can have a fun baking experience with friends and/or family and have a delicious snack in return. Don’t forget Cocoa Krispies, the chocolate version of the beast cereal. My personal favorite and a great choice whenever you are looking for a tasty bowl of cereal. Everyone knows you cannot resist the “Snap, Crackle, Pop” sensation of Rice Krispies.

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