|Vintage Advertisement, as in really OLD|
by Gayle Lynds
Want to help a writer? Name your favorite cereal! I know that sounds silly, but cereal is one of the “telling details” we writers use to give our readers a vivid feeling of character.
For instance, if I create a scene in which two grown men are sitting across a café table and one orders Cocoa Puffs and the other orders oatmeal, the reader quickly forms a picture in his or her mind about who those characters are.
On the other hand, what if we reverse eating tastes, and the oatmeal lover is a little boy, and the Cocoa Puffs chomper is his grandpa? That’d be interesting, unusual, and likely you’d be curious about what such different characters were up to.
We writers are always collecting details like cereal choices. Today, I eat organic groats (don’t start, they’re delicious!), but in childhood my favorite was Rice Krispies. I still remember “my first time.” I was at the breakfast table, and Mom put a bowl in front of me, poured in the cereal, added milk, and sang the advertising ditty (everyone was singing it in those long-ago TV days): “Snap, Crackle, Pop … Rice Krispies!”
I leaned my head down over the bowl and listened closely. Yes, there it was … snap, crackle, pop! Wow! (You can watch one of the old TV ads on YouTube, too – it’s cute.)
|1940s ad with the Snap, Crackle, & Pop elves|
As I was thinking about all of this, I wondered
what my husband’s childhood cereal fave was. He didn’t disappoint me: Rice Krispies! ♥
Now of course I’m wondering about yours. I’d love to hear. To help you along, here’s CNN’s list of the most sugary cereals. I’m proud that Rice Krispies is less sugar-saturated than Cocoa Puffs!
CNN’s ranking of cereals by least sugar:
2. Rice Krispies
3. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
4. tied: Froot Loops, Reese’s Puffs, Trix
5. tied: Apple Jacks, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Fruity Pebbles
6. Frosted Flakes
7. Lucky Charms
8. Cap’n Crunch
Did you know there was a Cookie Crisp cereal? I didn’t, and I’m sorta unhealthily attracted to the sound of it. Crisp. Yum. Also, I’m besotted by the idea of Reese’s Puffs since I’ve always been a fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Hmm. I’m not so big on Frosted Flakes though. I think I’d rather just eat spoonsful of sugar and not be distracted by the cardboard “flakes.” I don’t mean to be cruel, but gosh … Lucky Charms has more sugar apparently, but it also has a more enticing name. Who doesn’t need a bit of luck sometimes?
Dear Reader, what are your thoughts? Did any of your childhood or adulthood cereal choices make the list? Please tell!