@togle Cinnamon Toast Crunch is by far the strongest argument for knockoff cereals not being as good as the real thing. General Mills must have some crazy proprietary manufacturing process for it or something.
Aldi definitely missed on the cinnamon toast crunch knockoff, but my son still plowed through the box (we usually buy the real thing at Costco, but had picked up the Aldi one in case we didn’t get to Costco for a while)
The only cereals I get are plain Corn Flakes and Raisin Bran. The private brands are a little different in taste than the name brands but the private brands are OK, and better for being half the price of the major brands. I tried a private brand Cheerios and it was OK too but I like flakes type better.
Store brand/knockoff cereal is a mixed bag of delight/disgust. Some are perfectly fine (albeit a bit different), some are trash. Overall I am inclined to buy the store brand since they are a lot cheaper, and I don’t buy or use that much cereal now that I am old enough to qualify for AARP.
I am currently working thru a box of Elf cereal I bought at closeout for $1 at Walmart after Christmas. I keep it at work for those days in the ER when I don’t have time to eat a meal, but can still pour this (dry) into my face from a styro coffee cup… Not a real culinary treat, but it fills a hole.
@chienfou I swear every movie based cereal is the same thing. Shitty Kix like puffs with marshmallows. The Elf cereal is essentially the same as the Baby Yoda cereal with different shaped marshmallows. They really should have thrown in some spaghetti shaped strands for Elf.
i live in new england and shop at market basket. most of the store brand stuff (not just cereal) is as good or better than the name brand. there’s one cereal i get though, it’s called magic stars and it has a wizard on the box. it’s supposed to be their version of lucky charms. i don’t even like lucky charms but i really like this “knockoff” cereal. definitely one of my favorite store brand things.
My boyfriend had this documentary on once about cereal and it said if you open a box a cereal and spread it out your more than likely to find little bugs in it. I’ve never done bc I still wanna eat my cereal.
@Star2236 I don’t recommend google searching FDA food defect limits. The acceptable amounts of insect parts, mouse shit, maggots, rodent hair, and other foreign matter will have you quick-gagging.
/giphy quick gag