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Why Is Honey Nut Cheerios America’s Best-Selling Cereal? | Infographic


For an impressive 8 (picture two Cheerios stacked on top of each other) years now, Honey Nut Cheerios has been named the best-selling cereal in America.

I would call this unbelievable, but after growing up with a father who exported enough empty Honey Nut Cheerios boxes from our household to build a cardboard replica of the entire Bee Movie set, I’ve experienced first-hand the zealous loyalty this hive-minded cereal can inspire.

But just why does this cereal keep breakfast lovers buzzing nearly 40 years after its introduction? After all, there are other cereals that are sweeter, healthier, or more chocolate chip cookie-shaped. I’ve always wanted to mix some investigative journalism into this blog’s normal stew of reviews and news, so I did some research, flexed my puny graphical muscles, and made an infographic. Click to see it in its full glory:

Why Honey Nut Cheerios is America's Best-Selling Cereal

Are you a true Honey Nut Cheerios bee-liever too? Let me know below just what attracts you to these irresistibly golden-glazed rings. Maybe you and my dad can start a fan club.

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Chex Quest HD: New Gameplay Teaser and an Interview with Art Director Charles Jacobi

 

If you’re a regular reader—or if you’ve ever just encountered me at a party after one too many Yoo-hoos or Crystal Pepsis—you know I love Chex Quest. I’ve written a tribute to it before, an original CD copy is among my prized possessions, and I’ve often half-jokingly considered getting Lord Snotfolus tattooed across my shoulder blades.

And now the game is being given new life with Chex Quest HD—an Unreal Engine 4 remake currently in development—and I’m giddier than an 8-year old with 50 free hours of America Online and a whole Saturday afternoon to spend them on. Pour yourself a bowl of Chex (or just some Muddy Buddies and milk: we won’t tell) and check out the world premiere of the game in motion above. Continue reading

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Spooned & Spotted (Israel): Nestlé CRUNCH Cereal

When Aaron Carter covered “I Want Candy” back in 2000, I wonder how serious he really was about craving Milky Ways, Snickers, and Three Musketeers for three meals a day. Serious enough to book an intercontinental flight just to crunch CRUNCH bars for breakfast?

If so, Mr. Carter better renew that passport, because believe it or not, a breakfast cereal based on Nestlé’s famous chocolate-coated crisp rice bar does exist—but not in America. This cereal does justice to its namesake candy bar by clustering puffed cocoa rice into clusters and flavoring it with cocoa liquor (a.k.a. cocoa mass, which sounds like the best religious ceremony ever), but it only does so in Europe and the Middle East—including Israel, where our Instagram friend Munchiebunchie got the above box.

My apologies to any non-American readers who are shaking their heads at me six time zones away who see CRUNCH Cereal as a commonplace breakfast option; here in the U.S., we’re starving for a fresh candy cereal, between the Lion Cereal we’ll never get and the Jolly Rancher Pop-Tarts we’re not sure we even want.

Maybe Krackel will throw us a bone on this one.

So if you have eaten Nestlé CRUNCH Cereal, please tell me how it is below so I can live vicariously. I hope it tastes as much chocolate corn-off-the-cob as it looks. And if you have a cool foreign or domestic cereal photo of your own (big thanks to Munchiebunchie!), spoon it over to cerealously.net@gmail.com for a chance to see it on the site.

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Spooned & Spotted: Double Chocolate Krave with More Chocolate

Kellogg's Now More Chocolate Double Chocolate Krave Cereal

I usually hate the Internet’s tendency to call any thing within a thing “thing-ception.” I love DiCaprio as much as the next guy, but this is pretty much my generation’s equivalent of unnecessarily affixing “-gate” to even the mildest snafu or ill-timed social media post from a pizza company.

That said, I think I’m perfectly justified in calling Kellogg’s new More Chocolate Double Chocolate Krave “Chocolate-ception.” After all, Double Chocolate Krave was initially released as a more chocolaty version of original Krave. So a more chocolaty version of an already more chocolaty cereal seems so deliciously redundant that Xzibit is probably out there somewhere crying a single tear of joy without even knowing why.

Of course, that’s not going to stop me from plowing through boxes of this stuff—with added chocolate milk and Hershey’s syrup and sprinkles and a crumbled up cookie because why not? Even though I made fun of original More Chocolate Krave’s concept in my review, that stuff has completely ruined “regular chocolate” Krave for me. It just tastes so bland now without a plumper biscuit shell and roughly 20% more creamy chocolate filling.

So even though I look forward to losing myself in More Chocolate Double Chocolate Krave’s deepest limbo level, my heart still goes out to Krave S’Mores. See, Krave S’Mores isn’t mentioned on any of the new “More Chocolate” packaging, leading me to assume that it’s either being discontinued, or it’s just never getting this Doritos-esque x-treme chocolate infusion.

Or who knows, maybe Kellogg’s is still perfecting the technology for a “More Marshmallowy Krave S’Mores” cereal that stuffs a full Jet-Puffed mini ‘mallow into each piece.

Do you have a cool cereal photo to share (I spotted these at Meijer)? Feel free to pass it along on our submissions page, or just email us at cerealously.net@gmail.com. There’s a good chance your picture could be featured on the site.

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Happy National Cereal Day 2017: Dan’s Top 5 Obscure Cereal Mascots

National Cereal Day Shirt

Finally: now that all those Hallo-Thanks-‘mas-New-Valen-hog things are over, we can celebrate the real most wonderful time of the year.

That’s right, it’s March 7th: National Cereal Day! Today’s our day, breakfast lovers. A day when we can run a shoe buffer over our favorite shiny spoon, eat Cocoa Puffs for every meal plus dessert (which we were going to do anyway), and make fun of health-conscious cereal haters—because you don’t see kale smoothies getting their own national holiday, do you?

As usual, the Lucky Charming, Cinnamon Toasting folks at General Mills gifted me an awesome, retro-themed National Cereal Day care package. With a sturdy cereal bowl and t-shirt celebrating this holiday’s “OGs,” a suite of cereal boxes, an actual Rubik’s Cube, and more holographic plastic squiggles than their are permutations of a Rubik’s Cube, this care package is as wholesome as it is bowl-some.

Last year I celebrated National Cereal Day by counting down my favorite cereals of all time. As March 7th approached and my calendar’s ink started running under the worried grip of my sweaty mitts, I wasn’t sure how to follow this for Cerealously’s second year on the world wide web. But after looking at General Mills’s included “fun fact” sheet, it dawned on me: Continue reading

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Spooned & Spotted (Canada): Nature Valley Crunchy Bar Granola

Nature Valley Canadian Crunchy Bar Granola in Cinnamon and Oats & Honey

Ready your spoons, steady your milk-pouring hands, and put those Teddy Grahams aside, because last year’s best U.S. granola is coming to Canada.

See, as part of their 2016 new product blitz, Nature Valley introduced Granola Crunch to the United States. The stuff comes in Cinnamon and Maple Brown Sugar flavors and it tastes like syrup-slathered Teddy Graham gravel and I love it and it didn’t get nearly as much recognition as it deserves and it makes me use too many conjunctions and did I mention I love it?

And now thanks to our Instagram friend Nicole, we know this delightful line is migrating northward to enchant even more taste buds. The name is different—and Crunchy Bar Granola sounds way cooler than Granola Crunch—but for all intents and purposes, the stuff looks the same: crumbly chunks of real Nature Valley granola bars in vastly varying sizes.

What’s different is the flavors. Cinnamon has been granted dual citizenship, but for some reason Maple Brown Sugar didn’t make it into maple leaf country. I’m a Michigander who lives near the Canadian border who also loves this stuff, so the only logical explanation is that I unknowingly seized all the Maple Brown Sugar Granola Crunch in my sleep.

It sure explains the crumbs on my pillow.

Instead of Maple Brown Sugar, Canada gets an Oats & Honey Crunchy Bar Granola, which, though a little redundant, sounds delightful. If it doesn’t taste exactly like compact nuggets of Honey Nut Cheerios and mashed-up Oatmeal Creme Pies, I’ll be sorely disappointed in Nature Valley—I’ve come to expect a lot from them.

Here’s hoping Oats & Honey will find its way southward to American shelves, and vice-versa for Maple Brown Sugar. And hopefully they’ll sell well enough to inspire a peanut butter flavor.

*hint hint, Nature Valley*

Thanks again to Nicole for the photo. Do you have a cool cereal photo to share? Feel free to pass it along on our submissions page, or just email us at cerealously.net@gmail.com. There’s a good chance your picture could be featured on the site.

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Spooned & Spotted: Reese’s Puffs Spring Edition Bunnies Cereal

Reese's Puffs Bunnies Cereal

Everyone knows that the best Reese’s candies are the ones that aren’t shaped like cups. With their increased peanut butter to chocolate ratio, Reese’s Eggs, Pumpkins, and even their lumpishly deformed Trees are tastier than their ridged, circular ancestors.

I’m hoping the same principle of shapely tastiness applies to General Mills’s upcoming Reese’s Puffs Bunnies, an adorably rabbit-shaped variant of their classic peanut butter and chocolate corn puffs. Reese’s Puffs Bunnies are releasing just in time to celebrate the dawn of spring and the melting of gross slush all over my driveway.

Of course, I’m probably just being optimistic by thinking these will taste any different than normal Reese’s Puffs. Those keeping tabs on General Mills know that these bunny shapes are just recycled from their Annie’s cereals, so it isn’t the most original idea, either. Regardless, I’m going to take this rare Easter cereal as an excuse to celebrate…

…by lopping the ears off a hollow chocolate rabbit, filling it with Reese’s Puffs Bunnies and milk, and using it as an edible cereal bowl.

Though the cereal only appeared online in the past couple days, I’ve already spotted it in the wild at Meijer. Happy hunting—whether it’s the Easter egg or limited edition cereal kind!

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Spooned & Spotted: General Mills DC Comic Superhero Boxes!

General Mills Batman Honey Nut Cheerios Box

Sweet, syrupy honey, Batman! I didn’t know you could actually fly! But where’d your fifth finger go—and how’d you fit your spandex over that stinger?

That’s right: Bruce Wayne meets whole grain on General Mills’s latest limited edition Honey Nut Cheerios box. The box features Buzz the Bee as Batman, and it includes one of four collectible DC comic books inside. I was going to make a “Bee-tman” pun, but I’m betting Beetman is already the mascot of some obscure organic dehydrated beet chips brand.

Unfortunately*, the Honey Nut Cheerios inside are unchanged. Sorry if I got your hopes up for Chocolate Strawberry Cheerios, for a second. But despite this box’s flavor consistency, I still think it’s a neat collector’s piece. This isn’t the first time General Mills has teamed up with comic book artists to make special boxes, as they did the same thing for 2014’s Monster Cereals.

Here’s hoping they do a line of Alan Moore-themed boxes next. I’d love to see the Trix Rabbit as Rorschach and and Sonny the Cuckoo in a Guy Fawkes mask.

But speaking of other mascots, Buzz wasn’t the only cereal mascot to get a DC Comic makeover. Our friend Jason at Collecting Candy found Lucky channeling his inner Green Lantern:

Apparently the miniature comic books come in boxes of Trix, Cocoa Puffs, and Multi-Grain Cheerios, too, so we might get to see our favorite zoological mascots play dress up after all. Though I’m not sure what mascot-less Multi-Grain Cheerios would dress up as.

Think they can Photoshop Aquaman into a bowl of Cheerio-filled milk?

If you spot the other boxes in this series, or if you’ve just got a heroic cereal photo of your own to share (I found the Cheerios at Meijer), feel free to pass it along on our submissions page, or just email us at cerealously.net@gmail.com. There’s a good chance your picture could be featured on the site.

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