As far back as I can remember, I have been a lover of breakfast cereal. Growing up, we never were allowed to have sugar cereals*, but that didn't stop me from falling in love with cereal. In recent years, I haven't been eating as much cereal, and months might go by with no cereal in the cabinets. At VidaVeganCon, one of the sponsors was Erewhon/Attune Foods. I hadn't ever heard of them, or tried their cereals, but there was a full-sized box of Buckwheat Hemp cereal in every swag bag. I liked that cereal a lot... but I wouldn't say it was love at first sight.
tiny boxes of sugar cereal at camp
*the one exception to the Sugar Cereal Rule was when we went to Family Camp every summer in the foothills of the Sierras. The camp served those little mini boxes of Kellogg's cereals, and it was a big thrill. My brother's favorite was the fruit loops, and my favorite was Corn Pops. :)
These are not the actual boxes that were sent to me, which are long gone.
Those boxes have been replaced, many times over, with new boxes of cereal love
About a month after VidaVeganCon, I got an email from Attune Foods asking if I'd like to try their new cornflakes - with just two ingredients: Organic corn and salt. To be honest, even after a no-sugar-cereal childhood, I wasn't sure if I would love such a simple recipe - but my love of breakfast cereal was strong enough that I was curious to find out. Attune also asked if there were any other flavors I was curious about, so I checked the website and asked to try the Strawberry Crisp.
corn flakes = yummy heart bubbles
Well, guess what? I am IN LOVE with those cornflakes! They are just magically delicious, and are perfectly, naturally sweet all on their own. They've got a great texture, with just the right amount of crunch... and they never get too soggy. They really are so delicious and great.
And, as for that Strawberry Crisp cereal? I love it too!! There used to be something like this made by Special K (or something like that), and Mr VE&T and I really loved it. I'm so happy to find a new version with fewer and more-wholesome ingredients. The flakes have a nice crispy crunch to them, and have a touch of sweetness. On mornings when I want something a little sweeter, this cereal satisfies my inner kiddo, without going overboard. Also, I must say, there are SO MANY dried strawberries inside! At first, there were so many that I was afraid I was somehow getting all the berries in the whole box in my first bowl of cereal... but upon inspection, the entire box was chock full of little ruby-colored bits. That is so awesome that they haven't skimped on the berries!
The only bummer about these cereals is their price tag. They aren't cheap - probably because of having so many organic ingredients. One local store sells them for $6.50 per box! Whoa. That said, with some careful snooping, I'm often able to find them on sale and stock up. They are definitely my two new favorite cereal flavors - and the cupboards are that much less likely to be cereal-free than they were before.