Back-to-school season in full swing, so it’s time to revamp that breakfast routine. Let’s do it with some old school discontinued cereals.
I have to give Hardy credit for this one; he pitched the idea back in the spring. And now that we’ve moved out of our old studios and home studios and we’re back in the same building again, my memory was jogged. So it’s cereal on the menu for this week’s 12-Inch Poll. And if you’re listening today at around 3:45 p.m., you’ll hear Hardy and I talking about it at the end of my show and the beginning of his. It’s called a “crossover.” Big, fancy radio jargon.
I almost typed “discontinued breakfast cereals,” but let’s face it, cereal isn’t just for breakfast. And when you dig into the list I’ve put together below, you’ll see a lot of cereals that absolutely should not be “part of a complete breakfast.” They’re snack time cereals; they’re junk food. And that’s precisely why we love them and miss them so much.
To make my list, I started with this list from USA Today. It starts here: “Oh, the days when it was socially acceptable to eat pure sugar in ice cold milk for breakfast.” As a kid who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, that line hits hard. Cereal was what was for breakfast every day in my house. And while my mom certainly stocked the pantry with healthier fare like Cheerios and Total, my brother and I would always successfully campaign for a box of Cocoa Puffs or Alpha Bits to be added to the shelf. I’m still a cereal guy to this day, although now I’m all about that healthy, hippie crap, drenched in plant milk.
That’s not what you’ll find here. We’re pouring bowls of sugared grains and drenching ’em in whole milk. Scroll through, choose your favorite, cast your vote, and grab a spoon.