by Ben Miller
Shortly after starting my job I realized that I could get an extra half hour of sleep if I just ate breakfast at work. Since then I’ve been bringing milk and cereal into the office.
I have a few general rules when selecting cereal. First, I only buy whatever is on sale that week. Cereal very well might be the most marked up item in a grocery store (nearly $5 for a box of Cheerios?! Please). Second, I don’t get anything overly sugary like Corn Pops, Lucky Charms, etc.
These restrictions limit my options, but I’ve developed a solid core of choices that rotates based upon the prices that week: Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Honey bunches of Oats (with almonds or regular), and Corn Flakes serving as the option of last resort.
This rotation worked well until two weeks ago. The only cereal option on sale and in stock was Honey Bunches of Oats with Cinnamon Clusters. I grabbed two boxes (about what I go through in a week and a half) figuring that it would be OK.
Boy was I wrong. I would rather eat cardboard. The makers went way overboard on the cinnamon to the point that it overwhelms any other flavor. Even worse, it doesn’t even taste like real cinnamon, but an overly sweet concoction that is mixed in with way too much sugar. It also somehow screws up the texture. The cinnamon clusters, which can be a good half inch across, are rough and sand-like, even after thorough soaking in milk.
I made it through one box before giving up. Luckily Cheerios were only $1.88 at Safeway this week. Order has been restored to the breakfast world.