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Old 07-26-2015, 01:26 AM
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Worst Tasting/Least Favorite Breakfast Cereal

I'm assuming worst tasting and least favorite would be the same for most folks, but who knows? Hot or cold...

Some may take issue with this choice, but the worst cereal I ever tried was Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch...40+ years ago and I still remember how bad.
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:38 AM
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Even more than 40 years ago- Chocolate Maypo. Not good at all.
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Even more than 40 years ago- Chocolate Maypo. Not good at all.
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:56 AM
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Grape Nuts. Ugh.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:10 AM
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I had some Special K variant that was like the regular wheat flakes with some chocolate chips in it. The wheat flakes were fine, but the 'chocolate' was really just nasty brown waxy stuff. It didn't dissolve in my mouth as I ate and it would stick to my teeth, so that by the time I had finished a bowl of the cereal I would have a big wad of this waxy fake chocolate in my mouth. There would be some stuck on my spoon, too, and it wouldn't even dissolve under hot running water. Really gross stuff.
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:50 AM
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Roman Meal.

It tastes exactly as it sounds - like the ground-up remains of the Roman Empire.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:56 AM
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When I was a little kid, I thought peanut butter Cap'n Crunch was amazing.

Along the lines of Roman Meal, the worst cereal I can remember having is some muesli my wife bought that was 99% dry oat dust by weight. It was like eating plaster dust.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:58 AM
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Grape Nuts. Ugh.
Agreed. They are neither grape nor nuts. (Discuss.) They are a form of gravel.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:59 AM
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Any and all hot cereals.

Those rancid bits of chalk marshmallow bits.
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:07 PM
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I'm not much of a cereal eater, and I absolutely abhor any that are pre-sweetened or sugar-coated or loaded with marshmallow-like substances. Hmmmm, that pretty much leaves rice krispies and corn flakes, doesn't it?
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:54 PM
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Grape Nuts. Ugh.
I can't eat Grape-Nuts as a cereal, but I do like to mix them into a cup of yogurt.

My least favorite was the full-size shredded wheat. Spoon-size shredded wheat I can handle, but there was something about scrunching up those full-size shredded wheat... cakes? biscuits? I'm not even sure what the "units" were called... into a bowl and adding milk that just made it seem like eating a bowl full of hay.
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:08 PM
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I'm assuming worst tasting and least favorite would be the same for most folks, but who knows? Hot or cold...

Some may take issue with this choice, but the worst cereal I ever tried was Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch...40+ years ago and I still remember how bad.
That's the one I came to post... for being the best!

Worst was some type of bran cereal my roommate used to get. They looked, and tasted, like dog biscuits.

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Old 07-26-2015, 02:15 PM
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I love Rice Chex and Corn Chex, but I can't stand the taste and texture of Wheat Chex. When I make Chex Mix I leave the wheat ones out.
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:26 PM
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I'm sorry for you people who abhor Peanut Butter Capn' Crunch. I would say it is my favorite sugary cereal! (Oddly enough, Grape Nuts is my favorite non-sugary - but only when I add sugar and raisins haha)

I remember tasting Super Golden Crisps (or maybe it was Honey Smacks? Same difference.) once as a kid. Once. Yech!
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:35 PM
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Kellogg's All-Bran. It's like eating wood -- it even looks like sticks.
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:26 PM
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Uncle Sam Cereal, with fully intact flax seeds shaped like small, sharp beetle carapaces.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:31 PM
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Gotta be Grape Nuts!

A close second is Lucky Charms. The white cereal is edible once one picks out the dehydrated pastel marshmallow chunks.

ANY Cap'n Crunch is great! And you can enjoy it all day, stuck to your teeth!
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:46 PM
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I really can't limit it to one, as I mostly detest breakfast cereal (for numerous reasons nobody is probably interested in). But here's a few:

1. Apple Jacks: smells like urine, doesn't taste much better.
2. Froot Loops: annoying fake lemon reminds me of public bathroom air freshener. Somehow I can eat a bowl of Fruity Pebbles once in a blue moon, however.
3. Cap'n Crunch: Y'all know. Shreds your mouth for days.
4. Grape Nuts. Masochists, all of you.

However, I used to really like the Mueslix cereals they had in the 80s with dried fruits and nuts (cranberry/almond, peach/walnut, etc.) Wish they were still around. Special K with strawberries is all right, too.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:59 PM
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I can't eat Grape-Nuts as a cereal, but I do like to mix them into a cup of yogurt.

My least favorite was the full-size shredded wheat. Spoon-size shredded wheat I can handle, but there was something about scrunching up those full-size shredded wheat... cakes? biscuits? I'm not even sure what the "units" were called... into a bowl and adding milk that just made it seem like eating a bowl full of hay.
Did you used to be a horse?

Some kid wrote, "Yoga is how you get from drinking too much yogurt."
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:02 PM
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Grape Nuts. Ugh.

Absolutely. How they sell any of that stuff is beyond me.

They make it out of tumbleweeds don't they?

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Old 07-26-2015, 05:43 PM
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I love Grape Nuts, with sliced green grapes and milk warmed in the microwave.

My nominee is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It does downright evil things to milk.
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:56 PM
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Trader Joe's raisin brain. An unholy mix of cardboard and kitty litter.


I love Grape Nuts, they taste just like wild hickory... okay point taken.
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:11 PM
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Grape Nuts are great, they just need milk, honey, and warming up before you attempt to eat them. Gets them nice and squishy.

I've gotta add to the peanut butter cereal pile-on. Grotesque.
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:13 PM
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Grape Nuts. Ugh.
A memory that is burned in my mind from when I was very young: my mother bought us kids Grape Nuts, and wanted us to eat it because it was healthy. Several days in a row she attempted to cajole us to eat it, telling us how big and strong it would make us, how good it was for us. We wanted no part of it, but she kept trying.

Then, finally, she tasted it herself.

We were never served Grape Nuts again.
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:17 PM
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That's the one I came to post... for being the best!

Worst was some type of bran cereal my roommate used to get. They looked, and tasted, like dog biscuits.
Sounds like Weetabix, which I love.

My personal anti-favorite is probably Fruity Pebbles, which (I recall) tasted like nothing found in nature and became soggy and somewhat slimy almost immediately upon coming into contact with milk.
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:40 PM
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Sounds like Weetabix, which I love.
Not weetabix. Apparently it was Cracklin' Oat Bran. http://drugstore.com/products/pr...la&kpid=260245

I love Grape Nuts (just cold with milk) and Shredded Wheat.

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Sounds like Weetabix, which I love.
Somebody gave me a box of Weetabix once. I can't really recall the circumstances.
Thing is, I thought they were some sort of cracker, like Triscuits. I didn't learn that they were supposed to be served in the manner of Shredded Wheat until much later.
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:41 PM
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Kellogg's All-Bran. It's like eating wood -- it even looks like sticks.
I'm surprised more people haven't mentioned this one. I'm guessing the photo on the cover of the box scared people away from even trying it, but there it is still on the supermarket shelve.
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Grits.








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Tastes like ground up gravestones.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:13 PM
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Kellogg's All-Bran. It's like eating wood -- it even looks like sticks.
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I'm surprised more people haven't mentioned this one. I'm guessing the photo on the cover of the box scared people away from even trying it, but there it is still on the supermarket shelve.
All those people with sticks up their asses?

How do you think they got them?
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:23 PM
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Great posts. But grits are great with cheese (I can't believe I just said that). And I do like a box of Lucky Charms once in a while. After all, they're magically delicious!
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Not weetabix. Apparently it was Cracklin' Oat Bran.

Cracklin Oat Bran is delicious! It may look like dog treats but it tastes like little
Granola bars. Did you ever taste it?
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:12 PM
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Cracklin Oat Bran is delicious! It may look like dog treats but it tastes like little
Granola bars. Did you ever taste it?
Yes. It was not a positive experience.

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Old 07-26-2015, 09:46 PM
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Sounds like Weetabix, which I love.
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Somebody gave me a box of Weetabix once. I can't really recall the circumstances.
Thing is, I thought they were some sort of cracker, like Triscuits. I didn't learn that they were supposed to be served in the manner of Shredded Wheat until much later.
Weetabix has to be my least favorite breakfast cereal. They sell it on some stores where I live so I decided to try it thinking it was going to be the British version of Shredded Wheat. It wasn't. It was like eating soggy cardboard. I only finished the box because I thought maybe the taste would grow on me (it didn't) and I hate wasting food.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:03 PM
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Shredded Wheat. It's Brillo made out of wheat. Not rich flavorful wheat either. It only tastes like wheat enough to make you realize it would be better if it was totally flavorless.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:27 PM
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Grits.
George Carlin said this in a spoof of a TV cooking show:
"...and throw them away, folks! They're no good! You can't eat them damn grits!
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I love my sugary cereals, but Berry Berry Kix tasted foul on the first spoonful. Never again.
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Somebody gave me a box of Weetabix once. I can't really recall the circumstances.
Thing is, I thought they were some sort of cracker, like Triscuits. I didn't learn that they were supposed to be served in the manner of Shredded Wheat until much later.
My Mom(from England) and I eat Weetabix with some margarine on it. Like a cracker. I know it's a cereal, but it does work as a cracker.
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I am a huge cereal fan. Love it covered in sugar, love it without. I love Grape-nuts, those wheatabix biscuits (warm with butter and a sprinkle of spice), any variety of Cheerio.

But I loathe Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They taste fine at first, but after a few bites I taste wood. Sugary, cinnamony wood.

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Cheerios. I know they have been around for a long time, a fact I find unexplainable. Think of life preservers shrunk down to the size that would fit creatures an inch tall. I have never eaten a life preserver, but having eaten Cheerios, I don't need to.
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Chocolate Malt-o-Meal. I did not like it!
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I was going to jump on the anti-Grape Nuts bandwagon, but the idea of them warmed up with honey and milk actually sounds pretty appealing. Gonna have to try that if I ever find a box over here.

Furthermore, I stand proud and unashamed of my love for Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There have been times when the box did not last even 24 hours after coming home from the grocery store. Y'all don't dig it? Perfectly fine, more for me.

I seem to recall disliking Product 19 as a child, but haven't had any in decades so I won't go with that one. Most of the Cap'n Crunch cereals I can't stand because I do like keeping the lining of my mouth intact, but the Peanut Butter Crunch is the exception.

I suppose the one I'd refuse to eat if it were still being manufactured today is blueberry Waffle-Os. Absurdly nasty artificial flavor.
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I hate any cereal that tastes fruity, like fruit loops, fruity pebbles, etc.
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Having dissed Fruity Pebbles upthread, I should point out that they're my least favorite mass market cereal. The absolute worst cereal I ever had was a cocoa-flavored kosher-for-Passover cereal. I don't remember its name (Kosher-O's, maybe?) But it managed to combine the instant slimy/soggy quality of Fruity Pebbles with the once and future staleness of matzah with just a hint of library paste.
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My least favorite was the full-size shredded wheat. Spoon-size shredded wheat I can handle, but there was something about scrunching up those full-size shredded wheat... cakes? biscuits? I'm not even sure what the "units" were called... into a bowl and adding milk that just made it seem like eating a bowl full of hay.
Rolls?

As a kid I loved everything with sugar. Peanut Butter Crunch? Yummy! Froot Loops/Fruity Pebbles? Mmm... Anything with little marshmallow bits? More!
As an adult, I like Grape Nuts just fine, although I will concede that you have to absolutely drown them in milk to make them moist enough.
Re. grits, they're a crapshoot- I've had truly delicious grits and really bad grits. They're best when you can pressure cook them or keep them in a steamer for a really long time. And forget the just-add-water instant grits, they're like instant oatmeal compared to the cooked stuff.

I don't really remember a cereal I truly hated because if I don't like it I never buy it again and forget about it. I'd have to say that malt-o-meal or cream of wheat didn't appeal to me.
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For me, it's either puffed wheat (think Super Sugar Golden Crisp without the benefit of super sugar) or puffed rice. The former would get soggy within seconds of making contact with milk, and the latter just had no real taste.

I can't believe I'm the first to mention these.
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For you Shredded Wheat dislikers:

Might I suggest a preparation my dad taught me -
Put the biscuits (Bales? ) in a bowl. Cover with hot water (Tap is hot enough), soak for about a minute. Drain, and add butter and sugar.

Makes a nice hot cereal.

Now, with a microwave oven, you could use milk as the liquid, if you figure out the right amount
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I've have both plain puffed wheat and Grape-nuts in my cupboard right now. I guess I like bad things, but I'll take them over sweetened cereals any day.
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My paternal grandmother used to have only "puffed rice" in the house for breakfast cereal. Needless to say, we weren't all that fond of sleeping over there. Inedible stuff.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:32 PM
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Cheerios. I know they have been around for a long time, a fact I find unexplainable. Think of life preservers shrunk down to the size that would fit creatures an inch tall. I have never eaten a life preserver, but having eaten Cheerios, I don't need to.
Then you're the direct opposite of my Mom. For something like 20 years now (she's 85) she has regularly eaten Cheerios for breakfast. Never any other cereal. With 2% milk, which I also use-- but no sugar! (I eat a wide variety of cereals, some sweetened, some not. When my cereal has run out, I even eat Cheerios myself; they were popular with us three kids.)
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