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Pancake Puffs and Cereal Straws: Does it Work?
By: Lauren Keith

It's a 2-for1 breakfast combo for you this week on Does it Work Wednesday.  First, will the new Pancake Puffs actually puff up your pancake mix almost like a muffin and put a little pizazz into your meal?  Then, will Kellogg's Cereal Straws entice your kids to drink more milk?  That's the claim of each.  We'll take it all to the Sikeston 7th and 8th Grade Center and have members of the Media Club help me.

"I think it might taste pretty good!" says one student.

Tyler Best shakes up our instant pancake mix and pours it into the provided pan from the Pancake Puffs.

"Uh oh, that's going to be a big one," I say as one students pours a little too much batter into one of the wells.

Learn from our mistake...you really need to fill each well only 3/4 full and go heavy on the butter. We didn't coat our first batch well enough. We ended up with a crumbly mess. So, not the "perfect puff" everytime as promised, but that's partially our fault.

"I think it's going to work now," says teacher Tess Seiler.

We'll wait another seven minutes or so for the puffs to....well, puff up. Now it's time for some milk-sippin' fun as the box reads on the Kellogg's Cereal Straws.

Betsy Borgsmiller, a student, says she really likes the Froot Loops straws.

"Even if you don't like milk, you can eat it as a snack, too!" she says.

And that's a good thing because the top layer of each Cereal Straw has some broken pieces...I guess these will go into the cereal bowl.  The idea behind Cereal Straws is to entice your kids to drink more milk.

These cereal-tasting tubes have a lot of sugar among other ingredients, but the kids say they're cocoa for Cocoa Krispie straws.

"Tastes like milk most of the time, and you don't taste the cereal until you crunch down on the straw!" points out one student.

Cereal Straws cost about $2.50 a box, and my "straw poll" and huge show of hands means Kellogg's Cereal straws ace the Does it Work test with an A.

Meantime, note the recipe for success with the pancake puffs.

"Extra butter, less batter and cook it warmer than you think," says teacher Tess Seiler.

While the kids like the mini pancake puffs, the media club sponsors aren't too sure they're flipping over the small pan, total cooking time and $20 price tag.

"For $20 it's not worth the mess and the pan is so small so you can't make a lot for a family," says teacher Leslie Sutton.

Still, everyone agrees this product pretty much lived up to its claim. So, the Pancake Puffs bubble over with a B plus on this Does it Work test.  I bought it at Target in Cape Girardeau. 

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