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The top 3 breakfast cereals of all time. What is your favorite?

Hint: It's not Raisin Bran.

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From after-school reruns to Saturday morning cartoons, so many of our TV memories were made with a cold bowl of crisp cereal before us. Tony the Tiger, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, Snap, Crackle and Pop — their cartoon mascots were as famous as Hanna-Barbera characters. It's no wonder we're pretty obsessed with breakfast cereals. Nothing stokes our nostalgia quite like a heap of Froot Loops and some Brady Bunch on a Sunday morning.

If your parents did not allow you to consume these sugary cereals, bowls of marshmallow-riddled delights were guilty pleasures when you spent the night at a friend's house. As an adult, fortunately, now you can eat whatever you want.

Some cereals come and go. Others have stuck around for decades. After much debate, here are our top three. Vote below for your favorite and have your say in the comments. And if you say Grape Nuts, you are disqualified.

1) Quisp

Quisp proves the marketing power of nostalgia. Introduced in 1965, the Quaker product was a favorite of children in the 1960s and '70s. Part of that had to do with Quisp himself, the pink alien with helicopter head who teamed with his best buddy Quake. (Quake was pretty great, too!) They even had cartoon commercials animated by Jay Ward, the creator of Rocky, Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right. The brand faded by 1980. Thanks to the internet, it slowly came back in the new millennium. By 2012, it had gone mass-market again on supermarket shelves. We have this poll from aficionados to back us up here. Also, Quisp is just fun to say. Quisp!

2) Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Cinnamon Toast Crunch was born the same year as the Macintosh computer, in 1984. Likewise, it quickly became a beloved brand thanks to science. The stuff never seemed to get soggy. Plus, the remaining milk was just as much a treat. Slurping up the leftover liquid was like a homemade horchata. It's no wonder it is the inspiration behind so much artisanal ice cream.

3) Cap'n Crunch

Sure, the golden nuggets might not have been kind to the roof of your mouth, but what are ye, Matey, a landlubber? Cap'n Crunch built an entire world. The noble Cap'n Horatio Magellan Crunch sailed the milk seas aboard the Good Ship Guppy. He even had a nemesis in the pirate Jean LaFoote. This led to an array of spin-off flavors such as Crunch Berries, Peanut Butter Crunch and Punch Crunch. Even LaFoote had his own flavor in Cinnamon Crunch.

What was your favorite childhood cereal?

  1. What is the best sugary breakfast cereal of all time?
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      Quisp
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      Cinnamon Toast Crunch
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      Cap'n Crunch
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      Lucky Charms
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      Frosted Flakes
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      Count Chocula
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      Golden Grahams
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      Trix
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      Honey Nut Cheerios
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      Fruity Pebbles

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