When I was a little girl my grandmother would ask me what kind of cereal I wanted for breakfast. I usually spent the night once a week and she would have one of my favorite cereals for me. I always had to think long and hard about this. Should I choose Fruit Loops, so full of fruity goodness? Or maybe Trix, also full of fruity goodness. Loops or balls? Therein lies the choice and it was the only real difference. Plus, those kids were always tormenting the rabbit.
Why? Why couldn’t he have the cereal? Does cereal kill rabbits? I doubt it. They were just mean.
And now that I think of it, do you realize that Trix actually looks kind of like bunny poop, only more colorful? Mind blown. Maybe that was the rabbit’s revenge.
If I was in the mood for marshmallows though I would have to go with Lucky Charms. Toasted oat cereal with those magically delicious marshmallow charms. If you didn’t like marshmallows there really was no reason to get Lucky Charms. Who honestly bought it for the toasted oat cereal? How many people even enjoyed the toasted oat cereal? No one! The marshmallows were the big draw. You put up with the bland toasted oat cereal for the lure of the delicious marshmallows. If they did enjoy the toasted oat cereal might I recommend Cheerios?
What’s up with the advertisers at General Mills anyway? They come off as a bunch of bullies. With Trix the kids are tormenting the rabbit and refusing to let him have any. With Lucky Charms it was just the opposite. The leprechaun taunted the kids and refused to let them have any. How does that even make marketing sense? Buy this cereal. But watch out for Lucky! He’ll steal it away from you.
Is this because leprechauns are just assholes in general? I’ll admit I didn’t know a whole lot about them when I was younger but having kids of my own I’ve read up on them. Turns out they like to cause a lot of mischief. If that was the thought process behind it then I suppose it makes sense. I still think they come across as bullies though.
Back to my childhood dilemma. What to choose? What to choose? Honestly, I’d go back and forth between all three of them, always knowing that if I chose the fruity flavors of Trix or Fruit Loops I was missing out on the marshmallows, and if I chose Lucky Charms I was eating bland oat cereal just for the marshmallow treats.
Imagine my delight when I discovered several years back that Fruit Loops now comes with marshmallows! This is the holy grail of childhood cereals. It combines the delicious fruit flavored cereal rings that I love with the yummy little marshmallows that I also love. It is probably the most perfect cereal ever made.
Oh sure, I like my Basic 4. I eat it often. But nothing beats the sugary goodness of Fruit Loops with marshmallows. It is perfection in a bowl. Bonus points for the fact that Tuscan Sam has never been an aggravating asshole or taunting bully. Well done, Kellogg’s. Well done!
P.S. I need to amend my statement about no one liking the toasted oat cereal. My son does not like the marshmallows and will eat Lucky Charms for the bland toasted oat cereal. Again I say to him, “Have yourself some Cheerios, my boy!”