Like oatmeal, my family didn't do cream of wheat either. We basically didn't do hot cereal for breakfast.
We did Cap'n Crunch.
When I was a summer camp counselor at Summit Lake Camp I would see kids eat cream of wheat. I think that was probably the first time I ever saw cream of wheat. They would put butter and salt in it, or sometimes sugar and/or pancake syrup, but regardless of what they did, it never looked like anything I would want to try. And I didn't.
Growing up in the south I ate grits, and so now I understand what people who have never encountered grits are thinking when they watch me eat grits. They are wondering, "What is a grit? And what's the attraction?" Even with butter and salt and pepper--folks, this is good eating, let me tell you--they aren't finding any compelling reason to eat or even try grits.
So a few years ago I wondered what the deal was with cream of wheat, so I bought some. It was a variety pack of flavors--strawberries and cream (yum), apples and cinnamon (yum), maple brown sugar (not quite as yum, but still yum), and plain.
I put butter, salt and pepper in the plain, and it wasn't bad. Kinda like grits, but made of wheat rather than corn.
So today I made cream of wheat. Plain. No butter, salt, brown sugar. Nothing.
Not yum. No where near yum. So far from yum it would take a week for a postcard from yum to get here.
Plainly speaking, plain cream of wheat sucks.
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