Last Call: Which two cereals taste best together?

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I was not given many sugary cereals as a child, which has caused some major FOMO in my adult life. When everyone was going gaga over cereal milk and Fruity Pebble–covered “unicorn poop” doughnuts, I was left out in the cold, praying that the zeitgeist would turn its gaze to more sensible things like cornflakes and Grape-Nuts. I mean, cornflakes are a perfect cereal! Why does anyone feel the need to “improve” them with massive amounts of sugar? Then you can’t taste the cornflake!

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This week The Takeout read a press release for Kellogg’s MASHUPS Cereal, which is a box of Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops packaged together in the same bag. I cannot muster any enthusiasm for this, as Frosted Flakes taste terrible to me, and I have never once tried a Froot Loop because they can’t spell “fruit” right and I’ve got a strong suspicion that toucans are total dicks in real life. But we’re all allowed to enjoy different things, so if sugary cereal is your jam, you no longer have to choose between buying Frosted Flakes or Froot Loops. What a time to be alive!

Though I am not excited for the cereal, I am very excited about this “two cereals, one box” thing that Kellogg’s has put forth. Maybe now is the time for me to sell everyone on my CornGrapes idea! What about you cereal connoisseurs out there? What flavor combinations should the rest of us purchase two different boxes to try for ourselves?

Allison Robicelli is The Takeout staff writer, a former professional chef, author of three books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Questions about recipes/need cooking advice? Tweet @Robicellis.

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I’ve only mixed cereal in one application and those are for Crispie treats. Cap’n Crunch Crunchberries + Rice Crispies + a certain type of butter makes for a WONDERFUL evening (or day or whatever)! I’ve never mixed any cereals for their original purpose, which I would have thought I would’ve done by now!? Not really sure if I have any desire to mix anything either. I rarely eat cereal any more, but now that I am an older fuck I have strangely developed the desire for rocks and gravel, so I sometimes mow down a bowl of Grape-Nuts...and I DESPISED them as a kid!?

And funny you talked about toucans. I am actually a Patreon of a YouTube guy named Brock who runs a channel called 2CAN TV www.youtube.com/c/2CANTV/videos .

He has a couple of rescued toucans. His old and super sweet gentleman named Toupac, his newer birb named Maeve, and a new rescue named Beatrix aka The Kraken! Toupac can’t fly or move much from all of the neglect he suffered, but he is so appreciative of being well taken care of by Brock and any attention he’s shown makes him do his guttural/Jurassic Park-ish dino clicks of happiness! He was in ROUGH shape when Broke got him, but he’s a happy, shiny birb now! Maeve is a rambunctious tween, filled with high energy, but very nice too. Beatrix is a rescue that was kept in bad conditions previously and has some very severe psychological damage and is often very hard to deal with only because of her poor treatment, but she is slowly coming around. Both Maeve and especially Toupac are very well socialized and even like their cuddles, but Beatrix can be tough to manage! Beatrix will come around, but it will just take her a bit to chill and figure out that she’s loved and being well taken care of. The Kraken has lots of beak fencing encounters with Maeve, but Toupac doesn’t put up with her crap and is much larger so that pecking order is well established.

Toucans are one of the worst pets to own though. Even if they are well socialized, they require a super specific type of food that like only one place in the US sells. Any other bird food will eventually kill them because of the accumulation of iron and other issues. While they can be fed things like blueberries for treats and training, too much of that will hurt them too. They also require constant attention and very large cages with the freedom to fly outside of their cages so that they can hop, explore, and take frequent wet dumps on the floor or furniture. And if you don’t care for them well, their big beaks are serrated and will cut the eff out of you! Trust me, you do NOT want to own a toucan! 

Luckily, Brock’s the perfect person handle them and is now regarded as a toucan expert. He’s trying to build a toucan rescue and do educational stuff with the birbs, but between COVID and some health problems he has it’s been slow to get there. I became a fan because I started as a bird owner from a rescued and injured baby Inca dove that I found and raised. Now I have 1 Inca dove and about 14 Diamond dove companions.

I know no one asked for all this info, but I watch 2Can Tv all the time and appreciate his efforts. I’ve learned a lot about toucans in the process too. I highly encourage anyone curious to show his channel some love and clicks. it was just a random YouTube algo that got me there, but now I am a fan and a Patreon! I’m PabloDuganheim on YT too, so say howdy if you see me there on his channel.