if you have been reading my blog for longer than, oh, i don’t know, three days, then you know i have a slight obsession with cereal.
friends, i am a cereal killer.
not to be confused with a serial killer.
like holly, i grew up eating bowl after bowl of cereal. our pantry was always full of at least 7 kinds of cereal. in junior high, i purchased the individual servings of cinnamon toast crunch from the a la carte line for lunch. when i lived in london, the hostel i lived in had complimentary rice krispies and corn flakes every morning.. i ate cereal for breakfast every day the whole time i lived there.
even today, at 27 years old, i eat cereal for multiple meals each day. in fact, i had two bowls of cereal yesterday. for my after work snack and for dessert last night. aren’t you glad i didn’t blog about all of my meals yesterday?
i often claim my favorite food is ice cream, but if i had the choice to eat only one thing for the rest of my life.. the answer would definitely be cereal. hands down. i am addicted.
when i was offered the chance to review three sisters cereal, you know i jumped at the opportunity. when the box of cereals arrived, i didn’t want to tell marshall what was inside. i am greedy. i wanted all of the glorious cereal all to myself.
first off, let’s talk about the brand.
three sisters cereal is sold exclusively at whole foods. they have a variety of cereals that will remind you of your childhood AND current favorites. but the difference between the cereals you are familiar with and three sisters cereal is that the three sisters cereal is all natural. that’s right—no phony flavors. their packaging even says so!
another cool thing about the company is that they use less packaging. just bags—no boxes. it reminds me of the malt-o-meal packaging.. only the cereal it contains is much better for you
three sisters cereal is powered by renewable wind energy.
now.. onto the good stuff.. the cereal.
if you are thinking “cinnamon toast crunch”, you are right. three sisters cinnamon sweets taste identical to cinnamon toast crunch.
how do i know? well, we happen to have some cinnamon toast crunch in my house right now, and i did a side-by-side taste test. i promise, buy the cinnamon sweets and you won’t miss any un-natural ingredients that you’d find in chef wendell’s cereal.
the fine print:
these are like lucky charms.. but way, way, way better. i will be honest: i don’t love lucky charms. it’s the marshmallows. they are just weird. crunchy, dry, and then once they hit the milk they are slimy and too sugary. when my only option was lucky charms, i would just pick out the marshmallows and eat the cereal bits. to my satisfaction, the three sisters marshmallow oaties has much more oaties than marshmallows.
it wasn’t as hard to dodge the marshmallows! marshall has been eating these every day (yes, he got his hands on my precious shipment of cereal) and his review is: “these are way better than lucky charms! they got taste better. and healthier. and better. they are really good.” haha—thanks for the thorough review, marsh.
the fine print:
side note: any cereal that has the serving size as “1 cup” makes me smile. a serving size for me is actually around 2 cups (seriously.) so when i see serving sizes as “1/2 cup” or “2/3 cup” i just shake my head in disapproval. one cup is substantial.. unless you are a cereal killer, like me, then you gotta double it
next up: sweet wheat.
this is probably my favorite of the three cereals i received. the reason for this is that i prefer cereals that have just a hint of sweetness. sure, i am not picky, i will eat frosted flakes, fruity pebbles and cocoa puffs until i explode.. but if i have a choice, i gravitate towards the plainer cereals: bran flakes, original cheerios and—yes—frosted mini wheats. so naturally, i was excited to see the three sisters sweet wheat cereal on my doorstep.
a nice, fiber-filled nugget with just a sweep of sweetness on top.
the fine print:
only three ingredients. i like that.
you may have noticed that both the sweet wheat and the marshmallow oaties contained gelatin. i knew that the marshmallow oaties would (because of the marshmallows) but i have to say i was surprised to see that the frosting on the sweet wheat cereal was made from gelatin. this was news to me. i checked out the label on the frosted mini wheats box at the grocery store and it, too, contained gelatin (along with high fructose corn syrup..not necessary). i am not vegan nor vegetarian, so i am okay with eating gelatin.. but i just wish something else could be used it its place. i am sure those of you who ARE vegetarian check your labels religiously.. but just giving a heads up that these two are not vegetarian. the gelatin is derived from pork, as noted on the three sisters FAQ page.
that sums up the details on the three kinds of cereal i received for review.
while i could have poured each cereal back into the respective bag after photographing each one for this post.. that would have just been too much work. right?
i am not only a cereal killer, i also like killing multiple cereals at once. a serial cereal killer, if you will. i am a compulsive cereal mixer. why have only one kind when you can have three?!
some cereal purist have looked down on me for my mixing ways.. but i promise, once you try it, you will never eat a single cereal by itself again.
what can i say? i killed it.
guilty as charged.
1. what was your favorite childhood cereal? what is your favorite cereal now?
2. are you a cereal purist or do you mix your cereals? do you top your cereals with anything aside from milk? speaking of milk, what kind do you like in your cereal?
clearly i could talk cereal all day.
xo. janetha g.
disclaimer: i received three sisters cereals free of charge for review on meals & moves. all opinions stated were my own and i was not compensated for my review in any way. for more information on three sisters cereal, check out their facebook page.