The Cereal Report: Kellogg’s Pumpkin Spice Special K

The Cereal Report is a column in which PCFG conducts various cereal reviews, of new or limited products, as well as providing brief backgrounds on the cereal. Cereal is delicious and fairly cheap as far as meals go. Everyone should eat cereal!

Hot on the heels of one of the first pumpkin-spice themed cereals we’ve run into, Kellogg’s has their own Fall variant as well, in the form of perennial old-person breakfast: Special K. Considering the deluge of limited edition pumpkin-flavored foods doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, so we may as well get used to it at this point…



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Cheat Code: Pizza Dough Pretzels

Pretzels of all kinds are a great snack.  Hard pretzels are yummy, and easy to take on the go, but I think we can all agree that soft pretzels are the superior variety.  If you don’t, then you might want to stop reading this post now, since, spoilers – this post is about soft pretzels.  The main downfall to soft pretzels is that you generally have to put on pants and leave the house to get one, unlike hard pretzels which are usually already there.  You can always make your own those times that you’re craving a soft pretzel but also don’t want to go to the mall or other pretzel selling location, but as we discovered when we made the Pretzel Pizza, making pretzels from scratch is kind of a pain in the ass.  It’s kind of actually less work to just go buy one.

However!  We have come up with a method for making pretzels at home that is not a total pain or a ton of work.  It does require putting pants on temporarily to go get the initial base ingredient, but once that part’s done you can totally have a no-pants pretzel party.


You know this guy’s ready for a no-pants party.

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The Snack Report: Choco-Chip Oreos

For some reason, limited edition and wacky flavor varieties of foods have become huge in the past few years. I assume it has something to do with the rise of social media since in the past, it was hard to reach any sort of significant audience and national attention simply by releasing a frigging soda-themed breakfast pastry, but alas, welcome to 2016. Hashtags dictate what every idiot does with their day and anything with more than six total fans can go viral in an instant.

One of the brands on the frontlines of this LE bombardment is the venerable Oreo. Nabisco sees fit to release them in every possible iteration you can imagine. While some of them are actually really good, some are overwhelmingly “meh”. The real crime isn’t necessarily trying out new flavor ideas, but really is releasing good new flavors, then taking them off shelves so they can think up new abominations like Swedish Fish Oreos or Limeade Oreos or who the hell knows, maybe Chicken Parmesan Oreos could be on the way.

Today, let’s take a look at their latest cookie mashup, Choco-Chip Oreos.


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Pizza Lab #45: Savory Maple Apple Pizza

September is kind of a weird month.  Half of it is still summer, then the other half is fall.  One day you’re still enjoying hot dogs and corn on the cob, and then the next pumpkin has taken over the world.  Since we made this pizza in the latter half of the month we decided to go with a slightly more fall-themed pizza.  An obvious choice was pumpkin, but we’ve already done two pumpkin themed pizzas, both sweet and savory, so we weren’t quite ready to revisit that yet.  Apple was the next main fall flavor to come to mind.  We’ve used apple on pizzas before as well, but not on a savory pizza, so that seemed like a good place to start.


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Smoothie Sunday: Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

It’s now officially fall which means it’s seasonally appropriate to start eating pumpkin again!  It also means that Smoothie Sunday is coming to a close for the year.  But they’ll be back again next year!  But for now we’re winding down with a yummy fall themed smoothie.  I’ve made a couple of smoothies that use overnight oatmeal before, and that makes up the base of this smoothie as well.  It does require a bit of advanced planning (I myself actually almost forgot to get the oatmeal ready last night) but it’s worth it.  This smoothie is super creamy and really filling.  It’s a nice hearty smoothie to get you through those early fall mornings.



(Most of) What you’ll need.

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The Cereal Report: Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

The Cereal Report is a column in which PCFG conducts various cereal reviews, of new or limited products, as well as providing brief backgrounds on the cereal. Cereal is delicious and fairly cheap as far as meals go. Everyone should eat cereal!

Fall is on the way, everyone! And with every Autumnal equinox comes a plethora of limited edition pumpkin spice variants of foods. We’ve seen cookies, coffee, drinks, etc… but someone new is taking a crack at the annual craze. This year, we saw the arrival of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, which if I recall correctly is the first time a cereal brand has harnessed the power of pumpkin pie spice. As always, I’m always a little skeptical of almost all pumpkin spice editions of foods and drinks because it’s such a quick and dirty cash-in, and frequently isn’t even that good.

That said, let’s give Cheerios the benefit of the doubt. Afterall, they’re a venerable cereal that puts on a persona of wholesomeness and doesn’t typically use wacky gimmicks to rope people into buying it.



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Smoothie Sunday: Guavacado Smoothie

Full disclosure – this is not the most attractive looking smoothie I’ve ever made.  In fact it’s probably one of the least attractive ones.  Like, I was actively disappointed in how not good it looked.  But fortunately looks aren’t everything.  Taste is important too, and luckily it tastes good.  While I’d had guava juice in stuff before, I’d never actually eaten just guava fruit before, but I found them when I was at the store picking up an avocado and thus this smoothie was born.  The fact that the words “guava” and “avocado” blend together so well is merely coincidence.


What you’ll need.

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