It’s been a long time since my last bowl of Grape Nuts!

Each Sunday evening, there’s a Question of the Week posted on The Mighty Rib’s FB page. This week’s was: “Growing up, was there a particular breakfast item you usually ate before school?”

Answers started rolling in.

After a few minutes, I decided to chime in: “I was sometimes encouraged to eat Grape Nuts. The.worst.”

That was a big mistake. Out came the Grape Nuts supporters.

From Erin R.: “I LOVE grape nuts. Always have them in house.”
From Erika G.: “I like Grape Nuts too, Erin. Don’t listen to his Velveeta-loving opinions.”
From Sarah C.: “Erin rocks because Grape Nuts are the BEST! Especially with SUPER cold milk. Mmmmmmmm.”
From Lisa C.: “PS Grape-Nuts are amazing.”
And even this from Lindsey W.: “Try the Grape Nuts flakes. They aren’t too bad.”

Right then and there, I knew exactly what I had to do … a self-imposed Grape Nuts Challenge. Bring it!

I headed to my nearest Kroger and purchased a box of Original Grape Nuts and Grape Nuts Flakes. Mind you, I hadn’t eaten a Grape Nuts of any kind in 25 years (give or take a few years) and up until this week, had no idea they even still existed. When I was a kid, I remember my Grandma Ronnie always had a box, as did my mother from time to time. Every now and then I’d grab a handful of the gravel-like cereal, pop it in my mouth, and immediately spit out.

With all that being said … first up: the flakes! Surprisingly, they were tasty. The simple, petite flakes possessed a subtle sweetness—characteristics which are very appealing to a mid-30-year-old. And looking at the box, they may even be a tad healthier in certain areas over the Original. The cereal was very solid, but certainly tasted like many others I’ve had in the past. Grade: B+

I had a date with the gravel the following morning … but with a little added assistance. A reader (I think it was Erika G.) suggested I add some raisins and a little brown sugar to the Grape Nuts. Freaking genius! The chewy raisins and the sweet brown sugar proved to be the perfect combination with the cereal.

I’ve now eaten the Original Grape Nuts three straight mornings. They fill me up … and dare I say it … I actually crave them. No joke, I now truly love Grape Nuts. Grade: A+

I’m officially old.

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Lisa Coulter October 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I had some for dinner tonight! So glad we could help steer you back to this wonderful treat!

Christie October 11, 2013 at 6:07 am

Woo hoo! Welcome to the fold. Now, try them hot!

Melissa October 14, 2013 at 8:10 am

Welcome to the dark side.

EY October 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

When it gets cooler in the morning (or any time really), put milk in and heat them up. They get a lot less gravel-y but have more texture than say, cream of wheat.

Sam @ The Second Lunch October 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

Welcome to the party! I usually go for – cold, with several spoonfuls of packed brown sugar and half and half. (This is not health food.)

Other good options – churning them into ice cream, or making grapenut custard.

    The Mighty Rib October 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Sam!!! Hope you’re doing well.

    PS…have already dumped the Grape Nuts into vanilla ice cream. Awesome.

Terri Ann October 18, 2013 at 9:42 am

Try them heated! I put the cereal and milk in the bowl, add some brown sugar and cinnamon and then zap the whole thing for a minute or so. The cereal gets a little soft and the whole thing is like breakfast dessert!

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