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Scary Cereal Challenge: BooBerry vs FrankenBerry

Gentle Reader, the Practical Cook does not back down from a challenge, even when she would very much like to do so. Though I felt my childhood was shortchanged by a lack of sugary cereal, my annual quest for BooBerry and FrankenBerry cereals ended years ago. TPC’s Mom would simply never purchase them for me.

BooBerry and FrankenBerry Taste Challenge: Scary Cereals

BooBerry and FrankenBerry Taste Challenge: Scary Cereals

I hadn’t thought of them, and had never eaten them, until this week. Challenged by The Dealer, lured by the wonderfully retro art and the clever food marketing, I bought a box of each. Let’s roll the tape, shall we?

My very favorite line from the Eldest Practical Cook Junior: ” I can read whole grains first, then sugar, and I can’t read anything after that.” Well said. The Juniors noted that the cereal “smelled” (and not in the good way) when the box was opened. Here’s what was left after the test:

Remains of the scary cereal challenge: not very appealing.

Remains of the scary cereal challenge: not very appealing.

Not one of us wanted to finish it. Perhaps I will try again someday. Until then, I’ll stick to Lucky Charms and Life cereal for a sweet hit. What’s your go-to dessert cereal? Do you remember the spooky cereals with fondness? Post a comment below or Tweet #cereal at me!

Look inside the hearts of darkness.

Look inside the hearts of darkness.

Oh, and for The Dealer: the leftovers are yours, but we’re keeping the box tops. :)

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How to Cook Cereal: This Time It’s Sugary

Gentle readers, who knew that the humble box of cereal would generate so much passionate discussion? Building on the pantheon of cereal posts (see the Helpful How to Cook Cereal video and One Ingredient, Three Ways: Cereal Edition), and based on reader requests, we shall address sugary cereal.

A Pyramid of Sugar Cereals

A Pyramid of Sugar Cereals

If you found counting to 29 too labor intensive, or if you disdain the Autumn Promise as a breakfast of champions, here’s a video for you (eyes on you Virtual Cook and Kilted Vegan). How to Cook Cereal: Sugar Edition.

There is a variety of cereal choice here in the Practical Cook kitchen, but there is a trend toward healthy. Santa Claus brings the small boxes of the sugar bombs every year as a treat. And yes, fellow shoppers smirk at me when my kids shout out, “look Mommy, those are Santa cereals.”

For me, I just can’t function on sugar fuel in my old age, I have to have balance in the force in the form of protein. Do I miss the feeling of my mouth being ripped up by Apple Jacks, or the delightfully faux chocolate milk that Cocoa Krispies leave in the bowl? Sure. But I’ve shifted those to dessert options.

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