By Brandon

Irish stereotypes are everywhere at an increasing rate.  The fashion masterminds hidden in a dark tower on Abercrombie Island seem to have decided that a unique way to make drinking t-shirts is to replace the word “drinking” with “Irish”, hence on shelves all over the nation you can find posters and t-shirts with statements such as “Getting my Irish On”. I can not say I agree with this, being of Irish descent and a non-drinker, but there is one Irish Stereotype that I have always been a fan of and that is the Lucky Charms Leprechaun.

The Lucky Charms Leprechaun is probably the first thing everyone in the country thinks of when they visualize an Irish person.  He is over-happy, red-haired, wears green proudly and is willing to fight to protect his belongings.  Few have seen the commercial that was banned from television in which those pesky children push the Leprechaun too far in their obsession with stealing what is rightfully his.

For me Lucky Charms have always been one of the forbidden cereals.  My brother and I were usually only allowed Kix and maybe Frosted Flakes if we were good.  Due to the sugar content, no matter how much we asked the Leprechaun’s Lucky Charms were just a dream for us, only dwarfed by Cookie Crisp.  Even asking our mother for Cookie Chrisp was an instant punishment, which usually ended up being a night of having to watch Dateline with her.

Now that I am older, I am still just as obsessed with cereal, but my sweet tooth has all but disappeared.  Recently at Shop Rite, I came across something that completely blew my mind.  Upon seeing it, my inner child sprung forth and took hold.  It was everything I had ever hoped for in a cereal back in the days of playing Nintendo into the wee hours of 9pm.  It was the combination of two things that had never crossed before.  It was CHOCOLATE LUCKY CHARMS!

The packaging is an interesting choice.  It shows Lucky looking deep into a mirror at himself.  He appears happy, but one can never be sure. I sense he is deeply troubled, why else would he be offering his Lucky Charms to his Mirror-Twin? He has snapped from the years of forced smiles and children chasing after him at a close to constant rate. I finally reached this conclusion when I compared the new box to this album cover.

Clearly the Chocolate is too much on him.

Flavor-wise it is not what you would expect.  It basically tastes like an even more sugary version of Lucky Charms with a slight edition of chocolate.  This is hardly a breakfast cereal.  With my standard coffee at the beginning of the day, this cereal would put me way over the edge.  I see it as more of a dessert cereal.  The Marshmallows are plenty, and I managed to have a marshmallow per bite until the very end. In the end, I would recommend giving them a try.

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