Barbara's Bakery Peanut Butter Puffins
I go through phases when it comes to cereal, but right now, my go-to cereal is Barbara's Bakery Peanut Butter Puffins. The cereal nuggets are perfectly sized for snacking anytime, anywhere. If you find yourself standing on a subway platform waiting for 20 minutes and you're starving, you'll be glad you packed a baggie of Puffins with you. In milk, they get even better—let them soak for a minute or so and they actually taste even MORE peanut butter-y. They're magical. The only problem is I seem to get just about four servings per box.... — Christine Tsai
Yes, I knew it was full of caloric time bombs, nuts, dried fruit, oil, sugar, and rolled oats, but I convinced myself that hey, it's granola, how bad can it be calorically?
I'm sure most of you know the answer to that question. Granola is very, very, very, dangerous. It's Trouble with a capital T. But I still love it, and when it's around, can't resist a handful (or three). —Ed Levine
But for my pick, I'm gonna take the really broad definition of cereal and go with tamago gohan: cooked rice with a raw egg, a bit of soy sauce, and a dash of MSG powder stirred into it (at least, that's how my grandmother made it). It was my favorite breakfast/snack as a kid, and it's still one of my favorite, easiest-to-prepare treats. You don't really need a recipe: stir a raw egg into hot cooked rice, add soy sauce (and MSG if you want) to taste, then stir the heck out of it until it becomes light and bubbly. Top with whatever you'd like. —Kenji Lopez-Alt