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N Cereal AA: The Finals

Submitted by on August 3, 2009 – 9:30 AM52 Comments

cheerios_01Edited 8/3/09 to add: It's still a dead heat. The current plan is to close the poll the morning of 8/4/09, but in the meantime, please Facebook, tweet, or otherwise share this entry to bring in some new voting blood, before this turns into that game from that W.P. Kinsella book that lasted two thousand innings and had a piece of cemetery statuary playing the outfield.

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Honey Nut Cheerios vs. Frosted Flakes.

Tara Ariano: The final match-up! But man, now I have to try to predict what you guys are going to pick as the ultimate cereal victor now that there are no other contests you can use to hedge your bets. And look, we all love Tony the Tiger and the product that bears his image and personal stamp of approval. And while I have kept in mind, throughout this contest, the disappointment that General Mills has changed its formula, the fact that Honey Nut Cheerios has lasted this long suggests that this is not such an issue after all. Honey Nut Cheerios will triumph.

Sarah D. Bunting: Once again, it comes down to how many of you vote these pairings based on what qualifies as part of a nutritious breakfast, versus snackability and sheer delicious taste.Honey Nut Cheerios is serviceably tasty if your priority is meeting a fiber quota — but it isn't the better-tasting cereal, because it isn't frosted.If I could only take one of these to a desert island, I'd take Frosted Flakes, and I think you guys would too.Flakes: champions.

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  • Margaret in CO says:

    C'mon Flakes!!!!

  • Karen says:

    "it isn't the better-tasting cereal, because it isn't frosted"
    Oh ho! This explains why all my choices were run out of the contest early. To me, it IS the better tasting cereal because it isn't frosted.

  • Kristina says:

    How are Frosted Flakes winning? I do not understand this phenomenon. I'm going to the zoo right now to punch a tiger in its stupid nose.

  • attica says:

    I eat HNCO more often than FF; sometimes I don't really want that A.M. sugar blast. But I'm okay with either as victor here.

  • lex says:

    Honey Nut Cheerios, all the way! If you eat Frosted Flakes for breakfast an hour later you'll be hungry again. Honey Nut Cheerios have all the awesomeness of sugar cereal and keep you going until lunch time. Also, they are and awesome snack when eaten dry.

  • cayenne says:


    Remember the drooly oat stanke – it doesn't stop just because the crap that causes it is covered in "flavour". And it doesn't only affect babies – think what it's doing to your breath. Vote Flakes – with fingers & spoons – and the world will thank you.

  • tulip says:

    @Kristina, will you take a camera crew to that because I think viral YouTube video is calling your name! Also? Flakes FTW! Don't punch me!

  • Laura says:

    Agh, now I have to pick the one that I hate marginally less, I guess. Ick.

  • Jeanne says:

    HNC for the win! FF gives me wicked bad heartburn if ingested in the morning, and the sogginess factor is just too annoying.

  • Tracey says:

    I haven't eaten either of these cereals in years, but I'm voting Flakes because of Thurl Ravenscroft of blessed memory. Besides, the Flakes were around when I was a kid, and HNC weren't.

    Yeah, there's logical decision-making, right there.

  • ferretrick says:

    Both of these cereals are just a'right dawg, to me, so I think I will vote on the basis of mascot. And, no contest there. Bee gets one sting in and dies, assuming Tony doesn't just swallow it whole.

  • Yubi Shines says:

    Even though I've probably eaten more HNCs in my lifetime… got to go with flakes. With cheerios there's a higher chance of going into mindless infinite snacking mode. I'm better at controlling that with flakes since they're more obviously sugary.

  • Alyce says:

    This is like asking to pick my favorite child. (erm, I don't have any children, favorite or otherwise)

    I voted flakes. I wonder if the FF hate is because they require constant vigilance. Ignore them and wallpaper paste they will become.

    Bowl. Huge spoon. Tiny amount of flakes and substantial milk. Eat. Repeat.

    I promise not to rend my garments if HNC wins.

  • Emerson says:

    I was surprised to find myself voting for Honey Nut Cheerios with no hesitation. They have more…dimension.

  • Emerson says:

    Also, I am really looking forward to trash-talking the oatmeal cookie. Please bring it.

  • Liz C says:

    I don't feel strongly either way about the final candidates,. I decided to vote the party ticket. I couldn't live without Multigrain Cheerios, regular Cheerios, Yogurt covered Cheerios, whereas I am overall "meh" about the flake category. So Honey Nut Cheerios it is–the John Kerry of cereals.

  • Kida says:

    @Kristina: Can we carpool?

  • Tarn says:

    Wow! Practically a dead heat.

    I'm voting HNC for nostalgia and for the no-sog. But I wouldn't choose it unless I HAD to.

  • Jen K says:

    Wow, dead heat. Come on, Tony, you're grrrrrreat!

  • Nilda A says:

    I would rather it be between Corn Flakes and regular Cheerios.

    I am much more interested in this Cookie Tournament. I cannot wait to taste test for this. Hello Figgy Newtons and Oreos!

  • JerseyGirl says:

    I voted HNC with no hesitation, they are one of the only cereals that I actually like(well, besides Rice Krispies for treat making) I've never been a fan of any of the flake cereals, I like my O's to mix in my yogurt.

    It will be interesting to see how close this one is.

  • Bo says:

    I don't like nuts in my breakfast cereal. Frosted Flakes all the way.

  • DuchessKitty says:

    Damn, c'mon Tony let's DO this!

  • Judi says:

    I like both cereals, prefer HNC a little more, and either way am happy to vote against Kellogg's after the Michael Phelps thing.

  • Marge says:

    @Judi, even Michael Phelps prefers Honey Nut Cheerios. That was the only thing that he had when Anderson Cooper went snooping through his cupboards during his 60 Minutes interview.

  • Margaret in CO says:

    Flakes at 51% of the vote with 933 votes counted.

  • Judi says:

    Haha Marge — really?????

    Okay then — let's do it for Phelps! :)

    Though I feel like a traitor since FF is my boyfriend's FAVORITE cereal. He has a bowl every night.

  • Margaret in CO says:

    So Judi, is he a tiger in bed after that bowl of flakes? GRRRRREAT?
    Maybe you need to vote the flakes, then, hmmmm? ;-)

  • Grainger says:

    HNC are RINGS

    You know what else is a RING?

    That's right–YOUR BUTTHOLE!

    Do you really want to EAT BUTTHOLES?!

    Vote Frosted Flakes, the not-butthole choice for breakfast!

  • Cyntada says:

    Flakes flakes flakes flakes….

    My hatred for honey nut anything is legendary, so it has to be flakes. And I will rend my clothes if that other cereal wins!!!

  • Emerson says:


  • shanchan says:

    I love Frosted Flakes so much that, after breaking a crown eating breakfast on Saturday, I *still* finished the bowl!

  • Rachel says:

    Ugh. I have a 3-year-old. Therefore, anything to do with Cheerios makes me want to kill myself. There is nothing on this earth that squicks me out more than Cheerio breath. NOTHING.


  • Vardaman Bundren says:

    I am fascinated by the fact that this contest is generally breaking down along blue state (HNC) and red state (FF) lines in the "How is your state voting?" thingy! I'm from Michigan, and I'm a solid HNC vote. Eat 'em twice a day!

  • Cyntada says:

    6:25 am PDT and it's a dead heat….


  • Patricia says:

    @ Rachel, OMG, ME TOO!! Seriously, before I had small kids around, it might have been a tougher choice, as I liked the Cheerio ouevre. Now? The kids are the ONLY reason that cereal ever comes into my house.

    I always liked FF, though.

    Flakes flakes flakes flakes…FLAKES!

  • Emerson says:

    Vardaman Bundren, I love your name. I'm from the South originally, and I ended up going to the Honey Nut Side. But I live in the Northeast now. Your mother is a fish.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    The Tomato Nation Comments: Where rants about butthole cereals and Faulkner references peacefully co-exist.


  • Judi says:

    Margaret — haha good point! Hmmmm… ;)

  • Vardaman Bundren says:

    Emerson – welcome to the cold side. Maybe it's Cheerios FTW in the Blue states because we need the substantiality to keep us warm.

    "My mother is a fish." Among the ten best lines ever penned in American literature.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    Still a dead heat. Huh.

  • Jen K says:

    619 for Flakes, 614 for HNC. Mmmmm, Frosted Flakes.

  • Tisha_ says:

    7/30/09 @ 2:16pm Central Time

    Frosted Flakes: 659

    HNC: 638

    Go Tony!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sandman says:

    How anyone can resist anything even remotely associated with the awesomeness that is Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft, I can barely imagine. @Tracey: Logical decision-making is all very well, if you go in for that sort of thing, but it turns soggy in milk faster than anything else. (Does anyone else think that the name "Thurl Ravenscroft" sounds like something made up by a 13-year-old boy for a Dungeons & Dragons character? Er, not that I'd know anything about that. At all.)

    Go Tony!

  • DuchessKitty says:

    I can't believe it's still tied! C'mon FLAKES!!!!!!

  • Lily says:

    Holy moly…

    Frosted Flakes 753
    Honey Nut Cheerios 752

    this is SO INTENSE.

  • patricia says:

    C'mon now- Flakes have had the (slight) lead for days, and NOW they're losing to HNC 780-782? I refuse to believe they will go down this way. Must get other people to vote. Yeah, I'll stuff that ballot box for Flakes.

    Flakes FTW!

  • Jeanne says:

    HNC 785, FF 782

    Go HNC!!!!

  • Emerson says:

    According to Wikipedia,
    -the HNC bee is voiced by the same guy who voices Dr. Zoidberg on Futurama.
    -there was a Baskin-Robbins flavor that somehow involved HNC (mmm!)
    and finally, HNC
    "has participated in much the same promotional advertising as the original brand, while collaborating with the field of NASCAR and especially driver Bill Lester, in promoting healthy diets."

    This is a cereal you can feel good voting for, is what I'm saying.

  • Margaret in CO says:

    @Emerson…yeah, but Frosted Flakes is donating money to rebuild 30 playing fields across America because "every kid should have a place to be active and play hard so they can be thier very best"

    Vote for the children…vote for baseball & football & soccer…vote for America!

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