Earlier in the week I was doing some shopping at our local grocery store with The Insane Beast (my younger daughter). While I sort of feel that they're a bit deprived by not having them, I have to admit that I generally avoid exposing my children to the sweet cereals I loved when I was their age. I figure, why start them on a path that is better off being avoided? Anyway, while we were cruising down the cereal aisle I was confronted by a large display that was difficult to miss. It was a case full of a brand new cereal--Gronk Flakes! Not only was this stuff tough to miss, I also found it impossible to resist purchasing a box (despite the steep $3.99 price tag).
|My box of Gronk Flakes|
|Why stop with the cereal when you can get the T-shirt too?|
|Rob Gronkowski spiking the ball after another touchdown|
|Information about the Foundation on the side of the box|
This isn't the first time a sports figure has put their name and image on a cereal (or a multitude of other products) that's meant to help a good cause. While there must be hundreds of examples of this happening, seeing Gronk Flakes brought back a memory of something that was very similar in nature--Flutie Flakes.
|The first style of Flutie Flakes box|
|One of my personal "Second Edition" Flutie Flakes boxes|
from the late 1990s
|I'm not exactly sure what was "New & Improved" about the flakes in this box--they tasted the same to me.|
|No T-shirts here, but you could get a Flutie Flakes hat and/or football!|
And I believe that there were T-shirts available at some point
|Doug Flutie in his Boston College days|
|Flutie in his first stint with the Patriots|
|And finishing up his long career with a second stop in New England|
|Doug and his family--from the side of the Flutie Flakes box|
|Information about Flutie's foundation|
|Taking a first look|
|They look more-or-less like Frosted Flakes|
|And they taste pretty much as expected--good!|
|The hearty flakes--protected by a thick glaze of sugar--stay crispy in milk|
|Gronk Flakes--part of a nutritious breakfast|
...or something like that
Since they seem to be exactly the same thing, the result of the Gronk Flakes vs. Flutie Flakes competition ended up as a tie. If you enjoy extremely sweet breakfast cereals you'll probably like them. If you are diabetic and/or eating a very healthy diet you probably won't like them.
Now if only we could have seen Doug Flutie throwing touchdown passes--and maybe a couple Hail Marys--to Rob Gronkowski...
One final note: I found it interesting that Gronk Flakes are distributed by a company in Pittsburg, PA. Obviously the fact that they're geared mainly toward Patriots fans doesn't mean they have to be made in New England. But I can only imagine the thoughts of hardcore Steelers fans working in the place that sends out these boxes--with the picture of New England's pretty-boy superstar staring at them day after day! Oh well, you gotta earn a living, right?