I was recently in a discussion with some friends, debating the merits of different foods. It occurred to me that there is no gastronomic group…

I was recently in a discussion with some friends, debating the merits of different foods. It occurred to me that there is no gastronomic group superior to that of cereal. First off, there’s the sheer variety. Where else do you find marshmallows, fruity flavorings, chocolate, peanut butter, oats and nuts than in the cereal aisle? Don’t get me started on shapes. You want loops? Spheres? Squares? Rectangular prisms? Seriously, you can even get the alphabet. More than variety, though, I love cereal’s portability. Bag it and go. It works as a surreptitious snack in class, though the crunch may call you out. When I was in Guatemala, I thought it was pretty funny that they had the same kinds there but with Spanish names, like “Zucaritas” for Frosted Flakes. Personally, I’m quite enamored with honey nut cheerios, but I understand that to each his own. I reject claims that cereal is merely a breakfast food. Cereal is pretty much a universal language. – Will