My Rebellious Teen Years

My son and hubby went shopping while I was away in Arizona and my son picked out Apple Jacks.  We’ve never bought Apple Jacks before.  I have decided they are simply Fruit Loops with a different name.

I have fond memories of Fruit Loops.  I didn’t taste my first Fruit Loop until I was 16 years old.  I had to travel all the way to Mazatlan, Mexico to buy myself a box of this sugary goodness.  When I was a child, Fruits Loops were the forbidden fruit in our house.  We were only allowed to eat the healthy cereal like Cheerios (those are Fruit Loops minus the sugar or the pretty colors), Shredded Wheat (aka known as the Brillo Pad cereal), and Wheaties (The Breakfast of Champions)

Anyways, each time I’ve poured my son a bowl of Apple Jacks this week, I’ve thought about my high school Spanish Club trip down to Mexico.  I think about going into that convenient store across the street from our hotel.  I think about seeing the box of Fruit Loops on the shelf.

I was somewhat amused by how they spelled it… Fruitus Loopis.  Luckily, my parents sent me on my trip with a little souvenir money.  I came home from Mexico with a box of Fruit Loops.  Well, actually, I came home with an empty box of Fruit Loops.  I kept the empty box in my bedroom for years.

The forbidden fruit…teenage rebellion at its best…take that Mom & Dad! 😉




10 thoughts on “My Rebellious Teen Years

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    For me to eat Fruit Loops or Apple Jacks would be rebellious for me…to my system! I thought AJ had cinnamon on them? Gag! I prefer Krave, or Chocolate Cherrios, or Chocolate Chex. Notice a trend? 🙂 You rebel you…

    1. Eileen Post author

      haha! I do see a pattern, Bill! You know, I think it’s ironic. I LOVE chocolate…but not in my cereal. 🙂

  2. Anne

    Cheerios, Wheaties, Rice Krispies and Shredded Wheat (the BIG ones not the spoon-sized). That’s what we had in our cupboard, too. I always stuck my spoon in the sugar bowl and more than made up for the missing sweeteners in the cereal!

    1. Eileen Post author

      Yes! We had the BIG Shredded wheat too. Anne, now your parents are going to know why there was always a thumb print in the sugar bowl! 🙂

  3. Allison

    I don’t really remember what kind of cereal we ate as kids (OK- so I have a really BAD memory)! We usually had grits with cheese and jelly (grape, of course) in them…or grilled cheese.
    However, I feed my kids Malt-O-Meal Magic Stars (Lucky Charms the cheap way…which are WAY better than the original $4.00 kind) and I don’t feel a bit bad about it 🙂 Maybe they’ll rebel with Cheerio’s or Shredded Wheat as teenagers!


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