In My Pantry: Waffle Crisp
I’m a pretty opinionated individual when it comes to breakfast cereal. Notwithstanding the fact that I grew up on a steady diet of Honey Nut Cheerios and Smart Start, I make sure I begin each day with at least a serving of cold cereal. Eaten cold. With my fingers. Preferably from a box with a cartoon character and a game on the back of the box.
Recently, however, I had a bit of a cereal epiphany. Opening my cupboard to several of the usual options (Crunch Berries, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Golden Grahams, among several others) it suddenly struck me that I wasn’t as interested in their nutritionally insignificant yet simplistically nostalgic tastes. Those Lucky Charms, for instance. Call me paranoid, but I swear they’ve not only stopped adding sugar to the non-marshmallow pieces, but in fact taken a number of the marshmallows out. And Cinnamon Toast Crunch? It’s still good, but something in the less-sweet-than-I-recall base tastes oddly wholesome and, dare I say, much too healthy for a plump little french baker to have concocted.
In my pantry though, there is a solution for my cereal blues: Waffle Crisp.
This, my friends, is a cereal that stubbornly refuses to update itself amidst calls for integration of more whole grains, elimination of additives, and decrease in sugar. If anything, Waffle Crisp remains the ultimate survivor kids cereal, and despite its hard to find status, is still being produced and sold. I’m fortunate enough to have a hookup at a local thrift store, and can thus enjoy opening a new box of the pancake syrup-smelling waffle pieces each week.
I must recommend eating Waffle Crisp cold like a snack. It smells heavily of maple syrup and has that characteristic Post cereal mouthfeel (hint, check the fifth ingredient), while having the great distinction of over-the-top sweetness with a background caramel taste and hint of salt. There are no off flavors, and the crunch remains remarkably strong. In fact, the cereal resistance to sogginess - even in a completely exposed and open bag – is what makes it a real winner.
Yes, there are probably better choices for breakfast, but considering none of them come with a smiling waffle man, I’m thankful this is one cereal that hasn’t changed.