Sweetened pieces of oats and I go way back. I can’t remember a time where cereal wasn’t a staple in my household. You can find me with a bowl, spoon, a splash of milk and a beloved box in hand for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack or dinner on the daily.
I can confidently say that one of the very first purchases I made as an independent adult in college was a box of Fruity Pebbles at the local CVS. It acted as a comfort food for me in my 17-foot by 15-foot dorm room. That is when the freshman 15 came rollin’ in.
To hell with avocado toast and acai bowls, let cereal forever reign as America’s favorite breakfast item. I took a poll of 60 college girls, ages 18-20 on their favorite cereals. Cap’n Crunch came in first at a whopping 25 percent, with Reese’s Puffs not far behind, at a little over 21 percent. Here’s my take on six of the most popular cereals.
- Cap’n Crunch (25 percent)
In one spoonful, you get the perfect amount of sweet and crunchy. It’s one of those cereals that is best with milk, because it fills each golden piece and creates an exquisite combination. If you want to add a little something extra to your original Cap’n Crunch, go for the Cap’n Crunch Berries. It is truly an out of this world explosion of flavor and perfect for whatever mood you’re in
“I like the flavor and texture of Cap’n Crunch! It also doesn’t get as soggy as the others.” -Micah Arnold, senior
- Reese’s Puffs (21.67%)
Personally, I am not the biggest fan of Reese’s Puffs, because I feel like it is just an overload of peanut butter and chocolate with milk poured over it, which, to me, is a weird combination. But, according to the poll, many people swear by these Reese’s candies … I mean puffs. If I were to indulge in the puffs, I would probably take them as a snack rather than a breakfast item.
“It’s peanut butter and chocolate with milk poured over it! What more could you ask for?” -AC Wallace, freshman
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch (20%)
It truly is like eating a bite size piece of cinnamon toast with milk. I distinctly remember sitting in front of our TV as a kid with a large bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, watching “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (God bless the Sprouse twins). Those little pieces of “toast” are drenched in sugar and cinnamon — any kid’s dream. The best part is the cinnamon sugar milk you get to drink when the actual cereal is gone.
“All that sugar gives me lots of energy. I love them.”
-Devyn Sunderland, freshman
- Honey Nut Cheerios (16.67%)
Oh the golden circle that was introduced to us at infancy. Need I say more?
“They remind me of my childhood and they are easy to snack on.”
-Ashlyn Teis, freshman
- Froot Loops (8.3%)
Aside from Cheerios, Froot Loops was probably one of my first cereals to enjoy. They are a classic choice on the breakfast aisle because of their simplicity. Yes, there’s a debate that Froot Loops are killing children because, you know, food coloring, preservatives and sugar, but how could you resist the sweet fruitiness and Toucan Sam?
“When I was growing up, I would always eat Froot Loops at our house in Telluride before I went skiing so it brings back the best memories of being the mountains.”
-Kathleen Cisarik, freshman
- Frosted Flakes (8.3%)
“FROSTED FLAKES they’re GR-R-REAT!” I grew up eating Frosted Flakes out of the mini individual boxes from the store. I 100 percent stand by eating Frosted Flakes dry because the milk seems to wash away the sweet coating on top of the grains, and who wants Frosted Flakes with just the flake?
To me, cereal is a timeless household item that I WILL instill in my children one day. The options are endless and appropriate for almost every occasion.
Truly, I’m a pretty cheap date.