October 5, 2004

In Need of a More "Manly" Cereal

POST #    1328

I'm not sure why, but apparently Special K is targeted towards women. It's a shame because it's my favorite cereal. It's not that I'll stop eating it because of the marketing towards women, but maybe they could tone down the feminine colors just a little? I can accept the offer for a pedometer or even for the promise pen or pin...but the huge image of Courtney Thorne-Smith and the pink on the box have got to go.

I'm sure there is some sort of market research coming out of Battle Creek that tells them that women like their cereal more or that having a woman's cause would increase sales. (Sick to think that a marketing person might think like that, but I'm sure it crossed their minds - cancer = sales!)

Oh well, what can I do, I love Special K and it's ricey goodness. It's like Rice Krispies for adults. I'm just asking for a little less pink. Anything. I mean, I might even accept purple over pink.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:23 AM



It's marketed to women because it was one of the first mass-marketed "dieter" cereals...I think that the bran-type cereals are usually geared more to men. Colon Blow!

It's funny how Special K evokes feminine associations to you...for me, I think of mid 1990's clubbing :P

Posted by: corie at October 5, 2004 8:16 AM

dude, now you have a "promise pen" tho. and that must count for something.

does special k taste that good? ive never tried. i always went for the healthiness of total raisin bran (even tho it tasted like cardboard), tho now im rockin' the multi-grain cheerios...which is good for you AND tastes good.

Posted by: halo | veritech pilot at October 5, 2004 8:30 AM

Here's my manly breakfast - I've dispensed with cereal altogether. I now buy cannisters of pure psyllium husk in kilogram quantities, and every morning, I put three tablespoons in a glass of water, stir it into a glop and choke it down - times three glasses. Ahhhh ...

And, every time I go to the store to buy more, I buy it all, and I always make a joke about cleaning them out - and they never get it - or they never laugh anyway.

We die of colon cancer in my family, so I was distressed to learn that fiber doesn't actually reduce the risk. But that's okay, it's brought my cholesterol down to almost nothing.

Anyway, no pink boxes for me - so to speak.

Posted by: Oscar at October 5, 2004 8:41 AM

corie, they actually have low carb special k now. and i too was thinking of the drugs, but the cereal comes first for me since i like it so much.

halo, the taste...think rice krispies but easier to manage because of the size.

oscar, i think the psyllium husk sounds like a painful way of clearing your colon.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 5, 2004 8:46 AM

low carb special k? in other words, puffed air? i like the special K with strawberries. yum.

Posted by: corie at October 5, 2004 8:58 AM

the low-carb special k is made of wheat, soy, and rice flakes.

oh, and i have to mail in to get the pen and donate $5! what a rip!!

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 5, 2004 9:19 AM

Tien, luckily the husks are almost microscopic. But, your phrase "painful way of clearing your colon" brings so many images to mind that I hesitate to speak any of them. Let's just say that going to work every day feels like the same thing ...

Posted by: Oscar at October 5, 2004 9:36 AM

You should go with wheaties. I hear it's the breakfast of champions. Very manly.

Posted by: christina at October 5, 2004 9:48 AM

For a real manly breakfast you should just go with the lumberjack everyday.

3 Eggs, 3 Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon, Hash Browns, Toast, Coffee, and Juice. It's like 4 meals in 1!

Actually, I just eat a bowl of Total Raisin Bran everymorning. If I happen to buy sweeter cereal, something with marshmallows perhaps, I supplement my lack of fiber by tossing a spoonful of Citrucel in my OJ. Barely know it is there once you mix it up.

Posted by: Joe at October 5, 2004 10:51 AM

dude - I'm guilty too. except I'm even *more* gay in that I like the one with the strawberries!

yeah I admit it.

... anyways ... now it's time to go chop wood and go hunting for elk. barehanded.

Posted by: joel at October 5, 2004 10:52 AM

i've tried the strawberry one, but i didn't love it. maybe i'll give it a second shot.

the vanilla almond looked kind of tasty though.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 5, 2004 11:17 AM

At first glance, I thought that "promise" pen was a tampon!

What a thoughtful box of cereal... supplying me with a tampon and all. The Cap'n doesn't even return my calls!

Posted by: matt at October 5, 2004 12:02 PM

Special K w/Red Berries is where it's at...unless you'recutting those carbs. But who can resist freeze dried strawberries?

Posted by: FlatGreg at October 5, 2004 2:12 PM

I've always had a similar problem. I'm all about the flaky-sugary goodness of Frosted Flakes, but, I'm like a grown-up and stuff, so I always felt kinda like an ass staring at a cartoon tiger over breakfast. I felt like Kellogg's didn't want me to eat their cereal - they wanted some kid on a skateboard to eat it.

So, as a solution, I throw out the box. After I buy the cereal, I pull the bag out of the box and stick it in my cupboard. No cartoons. No 3rd grade flashbacks. Still tastes grrrrrrrrr-eat!

Posted by: Maine at October 5, 2004 2:22 PM

A $5 pink pen is a pretty expensive way for one to prove their feminine side.

Posted by: Sam at October 5, 2004 8:19 PM

Cap'n Crunch!

But not Crunch Berries -- that's GAY!

Posted by: Danny Howard at October 6, 2004 9:37 AM

Get the vanilla almond Special K, no pink or Thorne Smith on the box.


Posted by: Kevin Walsh at October 9, 2004 12:34 AM

Tien, how about a 16 oz. can of bud and a couple of pulls of a fatty a real good way of starting a 12 hour work day.

Posted by: andrew at October 10, 2004 6:04 AM

yes special k is very womanish. but i love it. i like to eat it at work in the mornings but getting the box of special k to work presents a problem because i take public transportation. i remedied this by removing the bag o' special k from the box and putting it in a brown paper bag.

the brown paper bag might have been a bit much since it is the box, not the cereal, that is feminine. but this happened to be special k with red berries and i felt that needed to be concealed.

Posted by: chris at October 31, 2007 1:29 PM

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