Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tricked by Trix

Something has been bugging me for a while now, and since I don’t have much to blog about these days, I’m going to blog about my cereal frustrations.

I don’t usually eat breakfast. Well, at least I didn’t for a long time. But when I didn’t eat breakfast, I would get hungry for lunch at about 11:00 in the morning, scarf down my food, and then be hungry again for dinner by 5:00 (but never actually ate it until after 6:00). Somewhere between 8-9:00, my sweet “teeth” (as Clark says) would start begging for dessert and, inevitably, I’d stuff myself full of sugary goodness until I didn’t feel good.

My solution? Breakfast cereal. If I chow down on some cereal before leaving for work, I don’t get hungry for lunch until after noon, and everything gets shifted back to a much more reasonable dining time. I’m never as hungry during the day, and so I never plow my husband over as I run to the pantry for snacks after dinner.

I enjoy many cereals. I started my breakfast routine with Special K Red Berries, because it is yummy, healthy, and low-calorie. Then I realized that Apple Jacks has almost identical nutritional value, and I like it a lot more because it’s covered in sugar and it consists of colorful, fun shapes. Yum. The way food looks to me has a lot to do with how much I like it. For example, I like Froot Loops more than Cheerios because it’s more colorful, and I like Froot Loops with Marshmallows more than normal Froot Loops because it has more fun shapes. There are of course exceptions, like delicious Rice Krispies or Frosted Mini-Wheats - both really boring but really tasty.

I used to really like Trix when I was a kid, with all the fun fruit shapes and all. There were bunches of grapes and raspberries, oranges, watermelons, lemons, and blue raspberries. When my last box of Apple Jacks ran out, I went in search of a childhood favorite. I saw the bright red box with that silly rabbit on the cover, and I swooped it up into my cart with much joy and suspense for my first bowl of Trix in years.

The next morning, I got ready a few minutes faster so that I would have just a little more time with my favorite fruity rabbit delight. I broke the seal on the cardboard box. I eased open its plastic innerds. I allowed my nosehairs to be tickled with rainbow cereal dust.

…And then I poured the cereal into the bowl.

To my horror, I did not see my treasured fruit shapes, but instead, only multi-colored spheres of cereal shame! NO! Tell me it isn’t so!! They have replaced their once glorious shapes with mere balls! It was disappointing indeed. I felt jipped. Cheated. Betrayed.

I shouted to Clark upstairs to tell him of the tragedy. He told me that’s how Trix looked when he was a kid. Now, Clark is not that much older than I am, and I never remember Trix being anything other than fruit shapes. He said they were like fruit-flavored Kix. Get it? Kix + artificial flavors and coloring agents = Trix. Pitiful.

Needless to say, after that devastating cereal experience, Trix and I are no longer a couple. I went out to the store and bought myself a nice, crisp, new box of Apple Jacks, because they’ve never failed me. Sure, I’ll still finish my box of Trix so as not to be wasteful. But that box? It was absolutely my last.

5 comments:

Lauren said...

maybe it's a southern thing? maybe only the Trix up north have the fun shapes? That certainly would be strange, but I might just take a look the next time I'm at the store...

Jess said...

I never thought about that! Oh my, that would shatter my world, I think. Definitely check for me, I really want to know!

Nick and Kaley said...

Oh my gosh, I never got that about Kix and that rabbit really was tricking children!

Lauren said...

Unfortunately, the crazy "Kix Trix" seem to be up here too (I checked in Target the other day), so I guess it's not just a southern thing. Hmm...why would they change something as fun as fruit shapes? I just don't know...

Jess said...

I guess I'm a little relieved that I didn't just get ripped off for moving south. I feel sad for kids today...they'll never know the Trix that I used to love. Thanks for checking, Lauren, I miss you!