7 Kiddie Breakfasts We Still Scarf When Nobody's Looking

As a kid you grow up thinking you're going to eat ice cream for breakfast every day when you're an adult, because mom ain't around to tell you otherwise! Then you wake up one day and realize your pantry is stocked with Fiber One and Kashi, and you eat more yogurt than ice cream. When that feeling strikes, we like to hit the supermarket and indulge in some good old-fashioned kiddie b-fast nostalgia.

7. Donut Holes
We used to wake up bright and early every Saturday morning, plop our bitsy butts down in front of the TV to watch cartoons for hours and snarf donut holes by the handful. Every other commercial break was packed with motor-mouth micromachines and sugary breakfast cereal. While the Saturday Morning cartoon block has gone the way of the dinosaur (thanks a lot 24-7 Cartoon Network!), we still weasel in some donut holes when the mood hits.

6. Eggo Minis
Leggo my Eggo! We used to make mini Eggo sammiches filled with peanut butter or nutella. And if we got up before mom did, sometimes we snuck a little bit of ice cream to stick in the middle for Eggo mini ice cream sandwiches. Now that we're adults we can eat ice cream for breakfast whenever we want. Being grown-up rules!

5. Bagel Bites

You remember the jingle, "When pizza's on a bagel, you can eat pizza any time!" At least that's what we argued with mom to first get her to buy these pizza-topped mini bagels, then to let us gobble them like greedy dogs for breakfast. Decades later, we still agree that when pizza's on a bagel, it makes an awesome b-fast. Well played, Bagel Bites marketeers.

4. Strawberry Nesquik

Mainlining sugar for breakfast is pretty much the reason Nesquik is still around after all these years. That damn rabbit sold us on bright pink milk as a kiddo, and every once and a while we get a wild hare up our ass (har har), we spike our milk with strawberry powder. It looks shockingly fake and it tastes like sweet, sweet chemicals, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

1. Cookie Crisp (and other sugar coma cereals)

When we were kids, Cookie Crisp was the ultimate breakfast sin. But even though today we mostly eat boring cereal like our fiber-packed Kashi, we've been known to get down with a bowl of Cookie Crisp -- or Fruity Pebbles, Honeycomb, Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, Sugar Smacks, Captain Crunch, Corn Pops, Reeses Puffs, Oh's, Frosted Flakes, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Apple Jacks, or Honey Smacks.

What kiddie breakfasts do you still toss in the grocery cart?

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