The Texture Of Things

Advances in Food Texture: Cereal Straws

July 11th, 2007

Um, I’m not really sure what the hell these things are, but the tot will eat them now, so that’s something.


HOO-fricking-RAY! I think.

Yes, they really work as straws. They’re kind of short, though, so you don’t want to start munching on them until you’re done using it to drink your milk*. If you do, it’ll be too short, you’ll be out of a straw, and the purpose (assuming it’s actually drinking the milk and not acting-like-you-want-milk-so-you-can-eat-the-straw) would be utterly defeated.

*Milk not included.

The tot does not use them to drink milk yet, and that doesn’t seem close on the horizon. (That’s fine. She can use a regular straw.) However, she will blow through them and look through them, and that kind of food play counts in the success/progression column.

As for texture/food group, I guess they are, well, I think they’re, I don’t know – mixed texture, for sure. They have a strong Frooot Looop smell, but they all have the same blended Frooot-Looop flavor. The straw is made up of flaky Frooot-Looop-flavored cereal stuff. It is lined with some kind of pressed powdered sugar that keeps the straw from getting soggy in your milk. When you bite into one, you get the immediate sensation of “hard food,” followed by “flaky bits breaking,” followed by “crunchy bits mixing with softer stuff inside.”

It’s a strange food.

It took her seeing and playing with an entire box’s worth plus two before the tot asked me if she could have the one I was eating. When she hit that last texture sensation, I could see the distress rising in her eyes, so I said, “Crunchy! Crunchy! You have to crunch it!” She resumed chewing and has been fine with them ever since.

Probably if you are not an all-things-Frooot-Looop-addict, you don’t need to buy them. If you are on the fence about them at all, don’t be talked into getting them. They aren’t that great and as far as junk food goes, there are so many better ones out there.


  1. KLee says

    We saw these at the store last week, and Offspring just *had* to have the chocolate variety. (I think the chocolate ones are Cocoa Pebbles, or Cocoa Krispies. Something Cocoa.) She enjoyed them, but I could see where these might present a challenge to the tot. It’s a strange concept, to be sure. I’m glad that she was adventurous, and decided to step outside her norm. She’s getting braver, and that counts a lot.

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  2. H.G. says

    I was there for the “Crunchy! Crunchy! You have to crunch it!”

    It was a good save. Those tiny moments are the things that determine whether or not she will forever accept or reject a food. I’ve had that exact same moment with her with M&Ms (plain) and Cashews.

    And I’ve had the opposite, too. I remember when she began rejecting my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. For seemingly ever, she had shared them with me, as long as I held it and gave her an easy bite. Then that one day… she saw the excess jelly oozing out at her when she approached for a bite… she’s never had one since…

    I’m just glad we can rotate a food *in* once in a while, for every food we rotate *out*…

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  3. Phantom Scribbler says

    Mine won’t do most sweet stuff. Now if they made those straws in pretzel-flavor, maybe…

    July 16th, 2007 | #

  4. admin says

    PS – At first I thought that pretzel straws have got to be around the snack food corner, but then I remembered that the cereal ones are intended for drinking (milk, I suppose), and pretzels aren’t going to work there. Well, maybe with Diet Pepsi, now that I think about it.

    I can’t say that the tot is a sweet-food junkie, but she does like some sweet stuff. Generally I buy the lower sugar cereals, like regular Cheerios, and she prefers them to their sweeter counterparts, like Fruity Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios (too sticky). But her biggest rule is that it must be crunchy. Crunchy!

    July 17th, 2007 | #

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