Guilty Pleasure Brings Back Childhood Memory

My name is Jim Borden, and I like Frosted Mini-Wheats.

There. I said it.

A couple of times per year, for whatever reason, I feel a need to pick up a box of Frosted Mini-Wheats, probably my favorite cereal of all time. And it’s just as good, if not better, with almond milk. I know it’s not the healthiest snack in the world, but I don’t think it’s the worst (pork rinds come to mind).

A box doesn’t last long; a few days. And then I can go a few months before my next binge.

But as I was eating a bowl today, I found myself reading the back of the box and it brought back memories of sitting at my kitchen table as a kid, eating a bowl of cereal, and reding the back of the cereal box, over and over. It didn’t take me long to memorize the entire back of the box, but that didn’t stop me from reading it every day. Looking back, it was a nice, calming way to start my day.

I remember that occasionally there were simple games on the back – targeted at kids like me, probably around 8-12 years old.

Well, the current box of Frosted Mini-Wheats I had also had a game on it, as shown below.

You may be able to read the game as is, but I believe you should be able to click on the image to make it bigger.

I don’t know what age this game was targeted at, but either I’m not as smart as I was as a kid, or kids are smarter today, or the target age group has increased dramatically over the years. I found the game a little challenging, certainly more than I expected.

I’m not so sure if this would have been the type of game I wanted to play as a kid. As I said before, the games I remember on the back of a cereal box were pretty simple, and along with the rest of the content on the back, were a nice easy way to start the day.

But starting the day being challenged by “Mini” ( I don’t think he was around when I was a kid) does not seem like a good way to start your day. Who wants to feel inadequate before they head off to school?

Anyway, I was eventually able to guess all the words without having to look at the answers on the bottom of the box. I will admit I came pretty close to checking, particularly for the last word.

The whole process made me want to buy a few more of my favorites, like Captain Crunch, Alpha-bits, Frosted Flakes, and Cocoa Puffs.

Truly the breakfast of champions, or at least want-to-be champs.

I just hope there are no calculus problems on the back of the boxes…