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yabob
03-24-2015, 09:30 AM
For most cereals, you can buy a "store brand" version rather than the branded cereal. For instance, if you like "Rice Krispies", you can buy a non-Kellogg knockoff, rather than the real thing endorsed by "Snap, Crackle and Pop". It will probably taste about the same, and cost about half the price.

Where are the knock off Grape Nuts? The stores I frequent don't seem to have any. You have to pay Post's price for them.

Suggestions that I go to Home Depot and buy a bag of fine gravel will be ignored.

"It's not grown, it's mined." ...

kunilou
03-24-2015, 09:49 AM
There are a lot of "niche market" cereals that don't have store-brand equivalents, simply because the manufacturers and managers don't believe it's worth removing one line of cereal to replace it with what they think will be a less profitable variety.

Of the four main supermarket chains around here, only one of them ever carries the store brand of Wheaties, although I can buy generic corn flakes anywhere.

Sitnam
03-24-2015, 10:04 AM
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Cartoonacy
03-24-2015, 10:27 AM
I've gotten store-brand Grape-Nuts before, but I can't remember where. Probably either Stop & Shop or Shop-Rite. Didn't like them quite as much as Post's, though. They seemed to get soggy too fast.

Telemark
03-24-2015, 10:30 AM
Nutty Nuggets (http://www.caloriecount.com/calories-kroger-nutty-nuggets-i244716)

I've found them at most supermarkets.

SpoilerVirgin
03-24-2015, 10:30 AM
The Washington Post just posted an article on the most popular breakfast cereals in America (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/18/the-most-popular-breakfast-cereals-in-america-today/) (Cheerios is #1, with more than double the sales of the next most popular brand). They list the top 21, and Grape Nuts didn't make the cut. No one wants to make a knockoff of something that isn't popular to begin with.

Omar Little
03-24-2015, 10:31 AM
Kroger brand: Nutty Nuggets

ZipperJJ
03-24-2015, 10:34 AM
Wal Mart has a brand. It's like $1 less per box. Tastes the same to me, except maybe a tiny less dense than Post.

PurpleClogs
03-24-2015, 11:06 AM
HEB used to have some. Not sure if they still do (carbs are evil so I don't go down that isle).

Kimballkid
03-24-2015, 11:23 AM
Seems like most of the store brands call them Nutty Nuggets. Affiliated has one also (http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=product&id=9C30E94E-0CE9-11E0-BF92-FEFD45A4D471).

ZipperJJ
03-24-2015, 11:38 AM
Wal-Mart's/Great Value's is called "Crunchy Nuggets." I was inspired to get off my duff and go eat a bowl full.

JKilez
03-24-2015, 11:58 AM
Wal Mart has a brand. It's like $1 less per box. Tastes the same to me, except maybe a tiny less dense than Post.
So, it is more andesite than peridotite? ;)

I also get "Crunchy Nuggets" from Wal Mart. I never seem to encounter "Nutty Nuggets" any more, and even the standard (non-flake or flavored) "Grape Nuts" is becoming hard to find in stock.

John DiFool
03-24-2015, 01:30 PM
I thought Grape-Nuts were their own faux knockoff.

Son of a Rich
03-24-2015, 01:38 PM
The Washington Post just posted an article on the most popular breakfast cereals in America (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/18/the-most-popular-breakfast-cereals-in-america-today/) (Cheerios is #1, with more than double the sales of the next most popular brand). They list the top 21, and Grape Nuts didn't make the cut. No one wants to make a knockoff of something that isn't popular to begin with.

I'm surprised Raisin Bran did so poorly. And Coco Puffs didn't even make it on the list :dubious:

yabob
03-24-2015, 01:56 PM
Well, OK, there are some. Just not ones that have a presence in my area, as of yet. To get to a WalMart, I'd have to go out of my way. This is Target territory. Safeway / Lucky are the large chain supermarkets. Trader Joe's, which knocks off most cereals without selling the originals, doesn't have a Grape Nuts knock off (and it would probably disappear on a whim if they did - TJ is known for aggressively discontinuing anything which doesn't sell well enough, on a store-by-store basis).

Senegoid
03-24-2015, 02:01 PM
Suggestions that I go to Home Depot and buy a bag of fine gravel will be ignored.

I wonder how much damage it might do to the enamel of my teeth to eat Grape Nuts. They always tell us that chewing on ice cubes is bad, right? Soaking Grape Nuts in milk for any finite length of time makes only a minimal difference.

HOWEVER, Grape Nuts make excellent cooked cereal. My recipe: 1 c Grape Nuts + 2 c 2% milk. Nuke in μwave oven for several minutes, stirring frequently, watching closely to prevent boil-over. (I've never tried it with fine gravel. Maybe this recipe works for that too.)

Several others above have mentioned that generic no-name brands of various cereals get soggier faster. I've noticed that too with several kinds of no-name cereal, and likewise with the bulk-food varieties that you scoop out of a big bin.

Telemark
03-24-2015, 02:10 PM
Safeway apparently has a version - http://www.woothey.com/blog/products/227378-safeway-vons-cereal-nutty-reviews-ratings

Your local store may not carry it - check with the manager.

Chronos
03-24-2015, 04:30 PM
Another one it's hard to find a generic for is Life. I found one once, but only once, and it wasn't as good.

yabob
03-24-2015, 06:07 PM
Safeway apparently has a version - http://www.woothey.com/blog/products/227378-safeway-vons-cereal-nutty-reviews-ratings

Your local store may not carry it - check with the manager.
Thanks.

C. Montgomery Burns
03-24-2015, 07:02 PM
I've tried Grape Nuts several times, and can't get past the fact that it looks exactly like something we used to make at the feed mill I used to work at. However, I recommend Grape Nuts Flakes- those are quite tasty.

saje
03-24-2015, 07:05 PM
Publix has a version too, pretty tasty with a lot of milk and nuked for a couple of minutes, then topped with fruit or a titch of maple syrup. Or both :)

dtilque
03-24-2015, 07:29 PM
Minor hijack here:

My favorite cereal is from Trader Joe's and is called Toasted Oatmeal Flakes. It seems to be quite popular at my local store. But I've long wondered what it's a knock-off of. Surely TJ's didn't come up with a new cereal on their own. Anyone know?

Colibri
03-24-2015, 08:36 PM
Since this is about food, let's move it to IMHO.

Colibri
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melondeca
03-24-2015, 08:49 PM
Another one it's hard to find a generic for is Life. I found one once, but only once, and it wasn't as good.

I was going to ask if anyone had ever seen a generic version of Life. That is one I've never seen.

Left Hand of Dorkness
03-24-2015, 08:51 PM
IMHO, it's in Cafe Society :).

I eat faux Grape Nuts pretty often, when regular ones aren't on sale. They're a pretty good late-night snack. But regular Grape Nuts are much tastier. For some reason, brand cereal always seems to have better flavor than store brand; this doesn't seem to be true with most other things.

rowrrbazzle
03-24-2015, 11:27 PM
But regular Grape Nuts are much tastier. For some reason, brand cereal always seems to have better flavor than store brand; this doesn't seem to be true with most other things.

Yes! Grape Nuts seems sweet to me--at times, almost cloyingly so. I've tried the store brands, and they don't have this taste.

HOWEVER, Grape Nuts make excellent cooked cereal. My recipe: 1 c Grape Nuts + 2 c 2% milk. Nuke in μwave oven for several minutes, stirring frequently, watching closely to prevent boil-over.I once tried warming a cup. That sweet taste I mentioned above? Totally absent. Since it didn't get nearly hot enough to produce a chemical change, there must be some kind of personal sensory thing going on.

trapezoidal jellyfish
03-24-2015, 11:32 PM
I was going to ask if anyone had ever seen a generic version of Life. That is one I've never seen.

I think this (http://www.target.com/p/market-pantry-cinnamon-oat-bites-cereal-15-oz/-/A-14769265#prodSlot=medium_1_7) one from Target is pretty close.

Channing Idaho Banks
03-24-2015, 11:41 PM
Little chunks of cardboard. Not much different than cardboard flakes or cardboard toruses.

handsomeharry
03-26-2015, 04:21 PM
Wal Mart has a brand. It's like $1 less per box. Tastes the same to me, except maybe a tiny less dense than Post.

This. IIRC, they're called "Crunchy Nuggets".

Left Hand of Dorkness
03-26-2015, 04:37 PM
Yes! Grape Nuts seems sweet to me--at times, almost cloyingly so. I've tried the store brands, and they don't have this taste.

The overwhelming flavor I get from Grape Nuts is malted, which makes sense, since malted barley flour is the second ingredient. Malting grains tends to bring out their natural sweetness, and malt is a flavor often associated with milk shakes and Whoppers. I love that flavor. Off-brand grape nuts that I've had don't have that same flavor.

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