Verdict: 3 out of 5 spoons
April 10, 2020 7:58 AM   Subscribe

New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie has a side gig reviewing "oddball" cereals for Serious Eats -- "the odder the better". This month's review is for Jolly Rancher Cereal. Previous reviews include Peeps Cereal and Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll Fillows.
posted by Cash4Lead (17 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
My people.
posted by Melismata at 8:10 AM on April 10 [2 favorites]


But that was before I soaked them with milk for 10 minutes

I question their methodology.
posted by zamboni at 8:50 AM on April 10 [6 favorites]


I'm a sucker for novelty cereals, so I really like the idea of this occasional column, but I find the use of oat milk as the vehicle to be an odd choice.

Bouie has tweeted about vegetarianism and being, in his word, "a little bit" lactose intolerant, so let's set aside dairy milk. Even then, oat milk isn't even close to the most popular non-dairy milk, with about 3% of the non-dairy market. It's also one of the more expensive options.

Bouie considers oat milk to be "vastly superior to all other alternative milks", and I agree that on its own it's very tasty, but I find oat milk to have a very sweet, distinctively grain-y taste that would be overpowering when combined with these already very sweet, grain-based foods. To each their own, and I'm definitely overthinking a bowl of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs here, but I would have gone with soy or almond milk.
posted by jedicus at 8:55 AM on April 10 [7 favorites]


Justin McElroy also has a cereal podcast if, y'know, you aren't saturated in cereal and/or McElroy content
posted by dismas at 8:57 AM on April 10 [2 favorites]


I never expected to say, “I could listen to that guy review cereal all day.”
posted by sjswitzer at 9:08 AM on April 10 [4 favorites]


but I find the use of oat milk as the vehicle to be an odd choice

for Jolly Rancher Cereal, the manufacturer recommends vodka
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:50 AM on April 10 [13 favorites]


I love cereal. It's one of my top food groups by caloric intake.

If you want my opinion, the two best new on the scene novelty cereals on the market right now are Pop Tarts (strawberry flavor) and Hostess Donettes. They're the only two I've tried this year I've gone back and repurchased.

If you can only choose one, go with the Donettes.
posted by phunniemee at 11:13 AM on April 10


At least slightly more serious cereal journalism may be found, as one might expect, at cerealously.net.
posted by howfar at 12:21 PM on April 10


To each their own, and I'm definitely overthinking a bowl of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs here, but I would have gone with soy or almond milk.

I've found that oat milk has a wide spectrum of quality based on the brand, the Oatly and Califa "barista" versions I find super tasty and creamy and the Oatly Extra Creamy or whatever they call it I find preferable to anything else out there. On the other hand, Quaker had a "Oat Beverage" that I think was discontinued due to poor sales, and I could see why, I took one sip of that and it was disgusting, I only finished it due to guilt.

Personally, I get a bizarre thrill from adding oat milk to my oatmeal, I call the multiple levels of oatness "Oatception".
posted by jeremias at 1:55 PM on April 10 [9 favorites]


Justin McElroy also has a cereal podcast

I read that as "James Ellroy" and I was excited for a minute
posted by thelonius at 3:47 PM on April 10 [2 favorites]


More great authors should have cereal podcasts.

Salman Rushdie could call his "Salman On Cereal."
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model at 8:08 PM on April 10 [1 favorite]


If you're looking for a healthier dairy milk, for cereal or anything else, I cannot recommend Fairlife enough.
posted by Beholder at 3:58 AM on April 11


> More great authors should have cereal podcasts.

Joyce Carol Oatmilk Reviews
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:55 AM on April 12 [4 favorites]


Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Cheerios.
posted by cgc373 at 10:46 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]


Walt Whitman's O Cap'n, My Cap'n: Peanut Butter vs Crunch Berries
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:49 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


Shirley Jackson's Raisin Demons Bran.
posted by cgc373 at 4:09 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


If you're looking for a healthier dairy milk, for cereal or anything else, I cannot recommend Fairlife enough.
I know a lot of folks are very fond of Fairlife, but I suggest you try a small container if you've not had it before, it's got an unusual mouth-feel that not everyone likes.
posted by wintermind at 3:17 PM on April 17


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