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Sugar Cereals

Misc | By The Top 13 on May 18, 2010

There's no question that there are healthier breakfast options available than sugar cereals, but for our money there may not be anything that tastes better. Plus, good sugar cereals also make for great snacks to eat dry throughout the day. But with so many choices clogging your local supermarket cereal aisle, tough choices need to be made. Luckily, we at the Top 13 are big fans of sugar cereal and have tried most - if not all - of the well-known brands. Accordingly, based on a lifetime of sugar cereal intake, we present the Top 13 Sugar Cereals.

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Lucky Charms

1

Lucky Charms

1964-Present

Known for the cereal's leprechaun mascot, Lucky Charms really are magically delicious. With three parts toasted oat-based pieces and one part multi-colored marshmallows (in various shapes including pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers), this General Mills offering easily ranks first on this Top 13. As legend has it, this cereal was created when a product developer decided to mix Cheerios with little bits of Brach's Circus Peanuts.

Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries

2

Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries

1967-Present

Introduced just four years after the original Cap'n Crunch, this was a serious improvement to the already tasty sweetened, yellow, square-shaped corn and oat pieces of the classic version. And while subsequent additions such as Peanut Butter Crunch and Choco Crunch are also appetizing twists on the original, Crunch Berries still stands above the rest, as Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett explains in this song.

Count Chocula

3

Count Chocula

1971-Present

The second entrant from General Mills on this Top 13, Count Chocula is actually one of the manufacturer's three current monster-themed cereals; Franken Berry and Boo Berry are the others. The cereal's mascot is a cartoon vampire who impersonates Bela Lugosi when reciting Count Chocula's slogan: "I want to eat your cereal!" We want to eat Count Chocula's frosted chocolate-flavored corn puffs and marshmallows, too.

Fruity Pebbles

4

Fruity Pebbles

1969-Present

The first of four cereals from Post to make this Top 13, Fruity Pebbles (along with its sister brand, Cocoa Pebbles) is the longest lasting cereal brand based on television or film characters. The favorite cereal of the Flintstones is also among our preferred brands for its flavorful crispy rice cereal bits and the terrific taste it leaves in the milk that remains when the cereal is all gone.

Frosted Flakes

5

Frosted Flakes

1952-Present

One of two brands from Michigan's Kellogg Company on this Top 13, this cereal is a simple classic. Initially called "Sugar Frosted Flakes," Kellogg's changed the brand's name in the 1980s when the media began focusing on the health risks associated with sugary products. Still, the original name perfectly describes this cereal, which consists of corn flakes frosted with sugar.

Cookie Crisp

6

Cookie Crisp

1977-Present

There's no better combo than cookies and milk, so it's hardly surprising that a breakfast cereal that's merely little chocolate chip cookies that you eat with a bowl of milk would be irresistibly good. Indeed, for years, this cereal's slogan was: "If you like cookies, you'll love Cookie Crisp!" Cookie Crisp is yet another of the six brands from the dominant manufacturer on this list, General Mills.

Apple Jacks

7

Apple Jacks

1965-Present

Another tasty classic from Kellogg's on this Top 13 (the company also makes Frosted Flakes), this cereal was sold as "Apple O's" for its first six years on the market. Kellogg's changed the name at the behest of advertisers, who correctly predicted that a better name would make this crunchy, sweetened multi-grain apple and cinnamon cereal a breakfast staple for kids.

Golden Crisp

8

Golden Crisp

1949-Present

The first of the cereals on this Top 13 to appear on supermarket shelves, Golden Crisp also contains more sugar than any other brand on this list. Indeed, a 2008 Consumer Reports study found that it contains more than 50 percent sugar (by weight). But Golden Crisp's sweetened puffed wheat sure tastes good. Despite consistent sales, Post has repeatedly changed this brand's name - from Sugar Crisp to Super Sugar Crisp to Super Golden Crisp to its current name.

Ice Cream Cones

9

Ice Cream Cones

1987

Sadly, General Mills discontinued Ice Cream Cones after less than a year in stores when it failed to gain significant market share. That's really too bad because the vanilla, chocolate and sugar cone flavored puffs tasted great and in a market flooded with similar products, Ice Cream Cones were unique. General Mills reintroduced a chocolate chip version of the brand briefly in 2003 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ice cream cone.

Waffle Crisp

10

Waffle Crisp

1996-Present

The only cereal introduced in the past twenty years to make this Top 13, Waffle Crisp not only tastes great, but it also goes as well with milk as just about any cereal. The fourth Post brand on this list, Waffle Crisp consists of maple-syrup flavored mini-waffles made of a mixture of sweetened wheat, corn, and oats. Not only does it stay relatively crunchy in milk, but its syrup and cinnamon coating also form delicious swirls in the leftover milk.

Alpha-Bits

11

Alpha-Bits

1958-Present

Post actually took these delectable frosted alphabet-shaped corn cereal bits off the market in 2006, and tried to reintroduce them as a sugar-free limited edition breakfast option in early 2008. But demand for the original thankfully led the company to reintroduce the classic, sugary version later that year. An equally tasty version with marshmallows is also available.

Trix

12

Trix

1954-Present

Among the older cereals on this list, Trix has gone through several incarnations. Originally released as multi-colored, fruit-flavored round puffs, General Mills relaunched the cereal in 1992 as fruit-shaped pieces, though the company never tinkered with its terrific taste or memorable slogan, "silly rabbit, Trix are for kids." In 2007, General Mills switched the cereal back to its original spherical shape.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

13

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

1984-Present

These little wheat and rice squares are deliciously covered in cinnamon and sugar, and really do taste like cinnamon toast. Like the more healthy and blander Rice Krispies, the rice content in Cinnamon Toast Crunch creates a snapping sound when immersed in milk. Over the years, General Mills has released two other versions of this cereal - French Toast Crunch and Peanut Butter Toast Crunch - but neither were as good or successful as the original.

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Comments Leave a comment

ajay ★★

This list reminds me of a scene in The Hurt Locker. That said, Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are the best.

9:29 AM   May 18, 2010

oshoney 

yeah, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms are the best. no question.

10:51 AM   May 18, 2010

jason ★★

Count Chocula FTW. I can't believe my parents let me eat this junk.

12:25 PM   May 18, 2010

PulpAffliction ★★

I'm going to blow your mind: I've only eaten two of these. Ever. (Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Frosted Flakes.)

I was never allowed to eat sugary cereals as a kid (Grape Nuts, Honey Nut Cheerios and Rice Krispies are where it's at) and now I have no desire.

2:31 PM   May 18, 2010

PulpAffliction ★★

(Cinnamon Toast Crunch is fucking delicious, though.)

2:33 PM   May 18, 2010

stillathreat ★★

You were deprived. Lucky Charms (and so many others on this list) are amazing. Lucky Charms are rightfully number one.

3:19 PM   May 18, 2010

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