Waffling back and forth

Many cereals are vying to take over the throne abdicated by Waffle Crisp (1996 to 2018)

As another Great Fast quickly approaches, I will take this opportunity to make a public statement: I will give up my favorite cereal, Waffle Crisp, for the next 40 days. Well…let me pump the brakes for a second. I’m not being 100 percent honest. My decision to give up Waffle Crisp was not up to me.

It was taken completely out of my hands by the fine folks at Post Consumer Brands LLC when the company decided to discontinue its production last fall. The decision has certainly thrown the proverbial wrench into my weekends.

One of my favorite times of the week is Saturday morning — usually around 11:45 a.m. — when I sit down for a bowl of cereal and listen to Bob Pompeani’s sports talk show on KDKA-FM. But, with Waffle Crisp discontinued, I have been all sorts of flummoxed and out-of-sorts.

Now, I realize this may not be a life-or-death struggle, but still: How will I ever replace that maple syrupy waffle taste on Saturday mornings?

Well, I decided to hold “auditions” during the months of December and January to determine which cereal box I will grab from this point forward on Saturday mornings. (Well, at least until that cereal is discontinued.)

First, I tried Honeycomb Cereal. I thought it may have the texture and taste most resembling Waffle Crisp, along with staying crunchy in milk. The following week, I tried the new Chips Ahoy! cereal, but it didn’t really ignite my taste buds.

I also tried the new Maple Cheerios (too “oatey”-tasting), Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch (too crunchy) and an old favorite, Golden Grahams (there may be some possibility here). Much like Goldilocks’ search for a chair, I continued to search in vain for a Saturday morning cereal that’s just right.

Finally, I tried French Toast Crunch and it may fit the bill, although I have to admit it is only a carbon copy of Waffle Crisp. In the meantime, I will have to find something else to give up for Lent.

I can only wish Waffle Crisp was still around so I couldn’t eat it.