One day in my late 20s or early 30s, I can’t remember when exactly, I suddenly had a hankering for some Count Chocula cereal. On my next trip to the supermarket I scanned the cereal aisle looking for the sugary treat I needed to satisfy my craving. No luck. A store manager walked by just as I was about to give up on my search.
“Excuse me, do you have any Count Chocula?” I asked, stopping the gentlemen in the blue vest and name tag.
He looked at me sideways. I had no kids in tow, didn’t look visibly pregnant, and it was around the turn of the 21st century in a month that was not October. “No, that only comes out at Halloween time…” he started to answer. But as a customer service expert, he continued with, “I can special order it for you, if you like.”
I thought for a second, but decided that special ordering cereal was too dramatic, even for me.
When I recounted this story to a friend, they were baffled. “Did you actually eat that as a child?!” Wait, everyone didn’t have sugary cereals as kids? I had no idea. I grew up on Fruity Pebbles and Cookie Crisp (when there was actual cereal around). I didn’t know that some kids had to eat Grape Nuts or Cheerios without the honey. Without the honey!! I thought that was just for adults.
My eating habits are much better now as a more mature adult, and sugary cereals usually come in the form of granola with some redeeming ingredients like flax or something fiber-y. But every once in awhile the idea of a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch sounds really good.
Why was I thinking about this anyway? Fast forward to last night when I read the headline below! I may have to treat myself this time around, maybe even get a box of Boo-Berry while I’m at it.
Did you eat sugary cereals as a kid or were you forced to eat something like Raisin Bran?