RememBear This: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Hello everyone.  Ryan has asked me if I’d like to write a little for GrubGrade.  How can I pass up an offer like that?  Two of my favorite things, food and writing! In all honesty I don’t eat out much so I’m not sure that I’ll be doing any current food reviews.  I thought I might concentrate more on nostalgic brands, at least at first, and we’ll call it RememBear This. Ryan has also asked me to try and concentrate on regional items as the West coast correspondent, so I’ll try to work those in as well.  For the first item in RememBear This, Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  Man alive, this was like getting to eat cake before school.  It was that good and that sugary.

It’s got “swirls of cinnamon and sugar on every bite!”

cinnamon toast crunch

You know why I like these guys?  At least they admit to it being a straight up sugar laden product for kids.  They’re not hiding behind any veils nor are they touting any added benefits of the government mandated “enriching” they must all do because their products are lacking any nutrition or sustenance without. They’ve got a chubby baker as their pitchman, like a jolly Billy Mays but much less annoying. I think there should be more companies going this route with their marketing. Being honest and open, or I guess the buzz word for it now is “transparent.” Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s is a good example of this in recent advertising.  I digress, getting back to the sweet siren song of CTC…not only do you get a bowl full of delicious, bounce off the wall, run amok like Billy from Family Circus (dotted line trail and all), coma inducing sugar shot but almost as if you’re getting rewarded for finishing your meal, you receive some of the most scrumptious “end-milk” ever to smack a kid’s lips.

Answer me this GrubGraders…what cereal produces your favorite end-milk?

Remember those TV commercials where they had the snobby adult who thought they knew why kids loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch but were always wrong?  Classic.  Oh nosy Mrs. Babbots, tsk, tsk.  Have a look at Susan Boyle before she hit the big time and before she took on that lame excuse of a Scottish accent apparently (now Sean Connery’s is Scottish).

38 comments on “RememBear This: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

  1. Marvo says:

    I think the cereal that produced my favorite end milk was Count Chocula. I know they still make it, but it’s hard to find in stores.

  2. Marianne says:

    A bit of a kook here, but I eat cereal dry. Lucky Charms ….

  3. Adam says:

    This stuff wrecked my metabolism in middle school. I blame it for low test results and lethargy by 9:30 AM.


  4. I loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch when I was a kid.

    I can’t really answer the question because I am lactose intolerant and actually never eat cereal with milk. (I eat it dry like Marianne)

  5. I use to love Cinn Toast Crunch! I think I have to agree with Marvo with Count Chocula or Coco Puffs, I was all about getting chocolate milk lol.

  6. Adam says:

    Me either. I’m not lactose intoleran but I’ve never eaten cereal with milk. It distorts the artificial taste of HFCS, which I love.

  7. rob says:

    I have always been and will always be faithful to Captain Crunch.

  8. nighthawk says:

    that cereal had the shortest life span in milk….zero to wet papertowels in 8 seconds….

    but those first 7 seconds were bliss…..

  9. Pasquinel says:

    Big cereal lover here! Hopefully, you folks will offer more such reviews since cereal seems to be rather unappreciated in the review community.

    Count me as one of the oddballs who eats cereal dry as well. Not that I’m lactose intolerant or anything, though I do detest most dairy products especially cheese which I can’t tolerate the smell of, but because I just generally prefer eating dry foods. I do keep a glass of vanilla soy milk to the side to wash things down though.

    Never had Cinnamon Toast Crunch before but I’m not ashamed to admit that I still eat a bunch of other sugary kid cereals. Being highly unperishable means I can snack on these sugar-laden excuses for food products in the office all the time and eating them dry insures 100% retention of sweetness even though I’m aware the sheer crunch factor will wreak havoc on my enamels as well as contribute to the irritation of fellow co-workers.

    Some of my favorites:
    Berry Berry Kix
    Cap’n Crunch
    Cookie Crisp
    Corn Pops
    Froot Loops
    Frosted Flakes
    Frosted Mini-Wheats Strawberry Delight

  10. Kristin says:

    Best end milk ever…Cocoa Pebbles. Yum!

  11. Evan says:

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch made milk taste like crap. Frosted mini wheats had the best post-cereal milk.

  12. @Marvo – Yeah, I know you can find it easily around Halloween of course…not sure if you’d be able to at other times of the year on the island.

    @Marianne – Nothing wrong with a fistful of me Lucky Charms 😛

    @Adam – Yeah the sugar high and subsequent low can be a bitch.

    @Gregory Ng: The Frozen Food Master – I don’t drink milk either (not really lactose intolerant but don’t care for it much). My favorite thing in the world is Almond Milk Unsweetened, you can find it at Trader Joe’s (40 calories a serving!)

    @Erin Brooks – I know right, cereal and chocolate milk! Yoo-Hoo should make a cereal!

    @rob – Whew, that’s tough to eat on a daily basis, you must have a mouth made of steel. Not much good end-milk there though.

    @nighthawk – Haha, so true. Sounds similar to some people’s love lives…I won’t mention names publicly, they know who they are 😛

    @Pasquinel – Oh be sure I will fill the void. I am a ‘uge cereal fan…to the extent of having Greg send me cereal boxes 🙂
    Wait….you call yourself a fan and then continue to admit never tasting the sweet nectar that is Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Wtf?

    ….and there is nothing to be ashamed of in enjoying the sweet sugary crunchiness of cereal at the office. All good cereal choices by the way…and please try some CTC, oh and Golden Grahams, yes, Golden Grahams!

    @Kristin – Short and sweet 😛

    @Evan – Crap may be a bit harsh wouldn’t you say good sir 🙂

  13. Ian says:

    end-milk… hahaha. I kinda like ’em all.

  14. Adam says:

    Cookie Crisp with the Double Chocolate is amazing. Oh yea and I actually like Frosted Flakes “Gold” better than regular Frosted Flakes.

  15. John says:

    Damn, we both had cereal on our minds today. I just did a cereal post too.

  16. Nice job Bear on your first post! Count Chocula is my favorite, I am with Marvo. I actually have a pair of Count Chocula boxers. When I moved in with my wife, she found them in my drawer and said… are you fn’g serious!?

  17. Ryan says:

    I’m going to have to go with Apple Jacks…yeah it doesn’t really turn the milk into apple juice but it’s a subtle apple-y sweetness to the milk that I like. Some cereal is better soggy than crunchy…that should be up for debate at some point too.

    @ WIBIA … hysterical.

  18. Ryan says:

    Oh also…I haven’t had Cinnamon Toast Crunch in like 10yrs or something…but lately I’ve been getting something similar in taste and name… simply Cinnamon Crunch by Total Cereals. It’s awesome…and has a bunch of nutritious stuff says the box/name.

  19. Raiders757 says:

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch didn’t come out until I was nearing my teens. It was the greatest cereal of all time as far I was concerned. I say “was”, because like all great things, some dork near the time thought it would be a great idea to change them a little. Bad idea! Although they’re still great, their not nearly as good as they used to be.

    CTC also gets awards from the Stoners of America. Many a bowl wa sconsumed after consumption of the “whacky lettuce”. Those were the good ol’ days indeed. Oh, and I ate them in milk as well as dry. It’s good either way.

    The makers of Cinnamon Toast Crunch almost topped themselves when they created French Toast Crunch. Has anyone ever had that? Damn, that was some good eats!! Sadly I can’t find it anywhere anymore.

  20. Lancer says:

    lol that was great! i remember watching that exact commercial. my fav end milk is probablyyy honey nut cheerios!

  21. Bear Silber says:

    @Ian – Like all? Horrible “easy” answer. You must enjoy some more than another….I mean you can’t say Weetabix end-milk is just as fantastic as Reese’s Puff Cereals.

    @Adam – You know what….that’s just wrong…the cereal gods frown on you today. There is no way anyone likes the Gold version of FF more than the original.

    @John – Great minds think alike…..what a cliched saying, damn me.

    @wouldibuyitagain – Thanks bud. Haha, glad the Mrs. is sticking with you… ’cause don’t know if anyone else would 😛

    @Ryan – But isn’t that their whole thing? …that they don’t taste anything like apples? ….or jacks? Which cereals do you enjoy soggy? I love the crunch. GrapeNuts are one of my all time favs!

    @Raiders757 – GCOAT? That’s quite a label. For me it may have to be Cinnamon Life, and totally contrasting, the aforementioned GrapeNuts.

    I don’t know about FTC…it’s like Eli Manning…he’s damn good but he’ll never be Payton 😛

    Sadly as of this year General Mills has discontinued French Toast Crunch 🙁

  22. Hey Bear. You’re the man. I’ve been following you for a while since I’ve seen you in comments around TIB. It’s awesome you got your own column here on the double G. No one else calls GrubGrade that. I don’t even call it that.

    Anyway, awesome.

  23. Bear Silber says:

    @Zac – Thanks man, I really appreciate everyone’s feedback. It’s a lot of fun writing with these guys (and gals).

  24. Raiders757 says:

    @ Bear

    Cinnamon Life. That’s one cereal I never got to try. My parents wouldn’t buy “snack food cereal” until I got past ten years old. For me, Life Cereal was the normal brand, dumped in a bowl with sugar and milk. I still loved it though. If I wanted Captain Crunch, I had to go next door to my friend’s house.

    Grape Nuts? LOL. Believe it or not, I’m with you on that one. I payed a visit to my folks house the other day and had a bowl. My father still loves it. I liked it as a kid, and still do now. When I was younger, I would mix them with other cereals, such as Life, Corn Flakes, and Special K.

    Thanks for the article as well. Even something as simple as cereal, can bring back a lot of memories.

  25. Bear Silber says:

    @Raiders757 – Oh man, please, please give Cinnamon Life a taste and tell me what you think! Seriously.

    I love mixing the different tastes and textures. My bowl looks like Chex Mix on steroids (well I thought they were just HGHs).

    The simple things are the things that bring back the best memories 🙂

  26. Ryan says:

    @ Bear and Raiders757 … I could never handle Grapenuts…kinda gross…but Grapenuts Trailmix Crunch is awesome.

  27. Bear Silber says:

    @Ryan – You know I’ve never tried the GrapeNuts Trailmix Crunch, I didn’t want to taint my already perfect opinion. GrapeNuts are fantastic….they’re even good hot through the micro!!!

  28. Ryan says:

    @ Bear … The Trailmix Crunch is worth trying…From the box…It’s the original GrapeNuts nuggets with the addition naturally sweet raisins, tasty oat clusters, almonds, fiber sticks, and a touch of honey for just the right amount of sweetness.

  29. Adam Bomb says:

    I like the end-milk that results from Cocoa Puffs, but the more recent Chocolate Lucky Charms makes a good chocolate milk, too. Great first post on the site, too 🙂

  30. @Ryan – I’ll have to give ’em a try…but you’ve got to try the cement-paste-esque that is microwaved GrapeNuts… good!

    @Adam Bomb – Wahhhhh! Chocolate Lucky Charms, how did I not know about this?

    Thanks man!

  31. Heather says:

    @Adam Bomb-Chocolate Lucky Charms are the best.

    I agree that Count Chocula, Cocoa Puffs and Cocoa Pebbles leave great end milk. Most of the chocolaty cereals do. I can’t decide which leaves the best though.

    I stay away from the sugary cereals now and go with some of the healthier options. One of the best cereals out there is Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch. Also, Sunbelt has Banana Nut Granola Cereal w/bananas and almonds and a Fruit and Nut Granola Cereal with raisins, dates and almonds-both are really good.

  32. Ryan says:

    Fruity Pebbles left some crazy sweet end-milk…and always left my stomach turning so I never went back after 5 or 6 trial runs as a kid.

    @ Heather … Agree, Agree, Agree, Agree, Agree with everything….especially the Sunbelt.

  33. Bear Silber says:

    @Heather – I’ve never tried the Raisin Branch Crunch but they have the funniest commercials:

    I agree, I actually really like the healthy such…FiberOne is one o’ my favorites.

    @Ryan – FP E-M is sooooo good.

    P.S. Only thing is half the comments are mine 😛 So really 16 then

  34. OldSchoolMike says:

    My favorite end-milk cereal: Boo Berry! It was the only cereal I knew of that turned the milk blue.

  35. Bear Silber says:

    @OldSchoolMike – Hahaha, so true. Fruity Pebbles make for a nice colorful end-milk too!

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