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The Empty Bowl

The Empty Bowl

By Justin McElroy
A meditative podcast about cereal from cereal eater Justin McElroy and Cerealously creator Dan Goubert.
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Seventy-Three
This is the seventy-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which our milk turns green, pink, and...bean flavored?
41:51
August 04, 2022
Seventy-Two
This is the seventy-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Superman misses an opportunity, Cheerios misses the point, and we ponder a world where there's only one cereal company. 
30:32
June 23, 2022
Seventy-One
This is the seventy-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Malt-O-Meal gets creative, H-E-B gets chocolatey, and Pop-Tarts get...less dry? Or at least, we think they do?
31:18
May 26, 2022
Seventy
This is the seventieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Tony goes to the dark side, formative snack memories resurface, and Justin gulps big. Real big.
38:31
May 12, 2022
Sixty-Nine
This is the sixty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which OJ overthrows milk, Sonic gets corny, and Froot Loops straws finally resurface.
34:22
April 29, 2022
Sixty-Eight
This is the sixty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we doodle snickers, crave rubble, and plan a full day of cereal meals.
35:38
April 07, 2022
Sixty-Seven
This is the sixty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Dan feels old, Lucky turns out to be young, and we share which timeless cereals are actually gluten free.
36:33
March 24, 2022
Sixty-Six
This is the sixty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which LeBron dunks on Fred, Pop-Tarts get custardy, and we ideate the ideal American cereal sampler.
32:03
March 03, 2022
Sixty-Five
This is the sixty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Magic Spoon appeals to our tastes, nut milk gets extra creamy, and Dan shares his pick for Cereal's Defining Box.
34:55
February 18, 2022
Sixty-Four
This is the sixty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which frogs are misidentified, Wendy's & SpongeBob swap sides, and the boundaries of what defines Trix are tested.
36:45
January 27, 2022
Sixty-Three
This is the sixty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Cinnadust rules everything around us, Plentifull wins Dan's heart, and 2021's best & worst cereals get their due scrutiny. 
50:02
January 13, 2022
Sixty-Two
This is the sixty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Mrs. Butterworth bottles her lifeblood, Justin explains PJ Masks lore, and [REDACTED] sweeps our Cereal Emperor Election.
36:31
December 16, 2021
Sixty-One
This is the sixty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Cereal Time's Gabe Fonseca subs in for Justin!
46:11
December 03, 2021
Sixty
This is the sixtieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which it's up to you to decide whether Justin or Dan deserves to be cereal's God Emperor.
42:02
November 04, 2021
Fifty-Nine
This is the fifty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Krispy Kreme puts swirls on swirls, we ideate the ideal "apple pie toast," and deeply personal sogginess preferences come to light.
35:01
October 14, 2021
Fifty-Eight
This is the fifty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we praise Chexian geometry, identify ivory entertainment paste, and test Justin's cereal trivia expertise.
33:01
September 24, 2021
Fifty-Seven
This is the fifty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Peppa meets Pop, Dan guzzles a candle, and Justin transcends dairy.
33:31
September 09, 2021
Fifty-Six
This is the fifty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Pebbles are beautiful, Bowl Buddies are bountiful, and Dan relives a classroom cereal catastrophe.
33:01
August 19, 2021
Fifty-Five
This is the fifty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we greet Halloween's Five Horsemen, get jealous of a Mexico-exclusive cereal, and answer your most outlandish breakfast inquiries.
34:01
August 06, 2021
Fifty-Four
This is the fifty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which the Addams Family switches teams, Fingos forgoes milk, and purple is the color of our nostalgic cereal energy.
36:49
July 15, 2021
Fifty-Three
This is the fifty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which the Monster Cereals meet Scooby-Doo, Cap'n Crunch respects his chests, and Justin tries an impossibly pink cereal.
35:37
July 01, 2021
Fifty-Two
This is the fifty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which a half-forgotten candy bar materializes, Heroes Embrace Breakfast, and we show John Oliver the meaning of cereal innovation.
37:15
June 10, 2021
Fifty-One
This is the fifty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Cap'n Crunch crosses the border, we evaluate two potential cereals of the year, and back-of-the-box fun is had by all.
39:24
May 21, 2021
Fifty
This is the fiftieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Justin scrutinizes the cereal aisle's treat-ification fixation, Dan goes down a Crunchies rabbit hole, and we both share our favorite namesake breakfast vessels.
33:06
April 29, 2021
Forty-Nine
This is the forty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which a rightfully discontinued cereal makes a baffling return, Kroger makes a super surprising power play, and we learn one weird trick for making better Chex Mix. 
42:23
April 15, 2021
Forty-Eight
This is the forty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we welcome a marshmallow messiah, peruse pouched cereals, and throwback to Pop-Tarts' greatest goof.
36:41
March 25, 2021
Forty-Seven
This is the forty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which basketballs get crispy, buttery sheens abound, and Dan visits a new cereal cafe.
31:12
March 11, 2021
Forty-Six
This is the forty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which an obscure Pop-Tart resurfaces, Dunkaroos flunks out, and we investigate the mystery of a certain lasagna-loving cat's long-lost '80s cereal.
34:05
February 12, 2021
Forty-Five
This is the forty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we are, all of us, made of stardust and Fruity Pebbles.
30:07
January 27, 2021
Forty-Four
This is the forty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we toast 2020's best cereals—and roast its worst.
37:18
January 02, 2021
Forty-Three
This is the forty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we anticipate a quintuple monster creature feature, reunite with Waffle Crisp, and kick off a divisive new segment.
36:46
December 15, 2020
Forty-Two
This is the forty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we celebrate Pebbles-giving, explore two cereal trinities, and share what we're thankful for in the breakfast aisle.
26:04
November 27, 2020
Forty-One
This is the forty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which endmilk gets bottled, beignets get dusted, and Cap'n Crunch's sweater gets ugly.
38:57
November 07, 2020
Forty
This is the fortieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which elves are shelved & syruped, Cocoa Puffs deflate, and Monster Cereals get scary. Real scary.
30:50
October 16, 2020
Thirty-Nine
This is the thirty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we air our OCP OMGs, go back in time with Golden Grahams, and challenge you to further document a cereal cryptid that still haunts Dan and Dan alone.
34:41
September 30, 2020
Thirty-Eight
This is the thirty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we put cinnamon on cinnamon, dig into two surprisingly good new releases, and give you a heads up on autumn's reigning cereal champs.
32:10
September 03, 2020
Thirty-Seven
This is the thirty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we run a granulated gauntlet of chocolate, coffee, and cheese.
36:58
August 18, 2020
Thirty-Six
This is the thirty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we mind our kindness, unseal Chaka's menacing magic, and entertain your least-hinged cereal imaginings. 
36:54
July 29, 2020
Thirty-Five
This is the thirty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which a trilogy of great news saves us from Worse Froot Loops, brings us a Toast Crunch crusher, and regales us with a 16-year-strong tale of savory cereal democracy.
31:08
July 08, 2020
Thirty-Four
This is the thirty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we lament the loss of both a cartoon kangaroo and a heap of oat flour, before following Mr. Rogers down the cereal aisle.
29:06
June 18, 2020
Thirty-Three
This is the thirty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we learn too much about Minions cologne, drink hot cereal bean juice, and scrutinize Toucan Sam's reanimated anatomy.
36:49
May 28, 2020
Thirty-Two
This is the thirty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we investigate inconsistent cereal ownership, elaborate on cinnamon intricacies, and strain the outer limits of a Pop-Tarts pouch.
35:51
May 14, 2020
Thirty-One
This is the thirty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Golden Grahams get toasted, Sea Berry Pop-Tarts are unmasked, and your help is sought to locate an elusive maple cereal.
36:52
April 30, 2020
Thirty
This is the thirtieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Tony's weak point is exposed, Chex Quest baffles the world, and we host the banana cereal debate to end all banana cereal debates.
39:55
April 15, 2020
Twenty-Nine
This is the twenty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which a dearly departed friend is spotted south of the border, Dan reveals what cereal has grown on him, and Kellogg's bizarrely toasted history reheats itself.
37:21
April 02, 2020
Twenty-Eight
This is the twenty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which IHOP pops off, Japanese donuts go nuts, and we ideate the best cereal mixes for prolonged indoor munching.
32:10
March 20, 2020
Twenty-Seven
This is the twenty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we stockpile gummy burgers in high volume, explore the surface of Neptune, and not-so-subtly pine for Sprinkle Spangles.
36:35
February 27, 2020
Twenty-Six
This is the twenty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we defuse risky cereal situations, critique Cinnamon Toast Crunch in varying viscosities, and balance the perfect breakfast.
35:45
February 12, 2020
Twenty-Five
This is the twenty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Dan seizes a 1 in 100 chance, Justin "Toops" McElroy shares the scoop, and we ask you about your secret cereal.
36:18
January 30, 2020
Twenty-Four
This is the twenty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we assess a smörgåsbord of 2020 releases, recap 2019's best, and perform a live smell test of the new decade's most potently aromatic cereal.
45:40
January 08, 2020
Twenty-Three
This is the twenty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we discuss a surreally named fast food development, Dan's biggest 2019 disappointment, and the ideal Scooby-Doo cereal.
31:37
December 04, 2019
Twenty-Two
This is the twenty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we cover a rapid-fire barrage of doughnutty news and flapjackular reviews.
25:51
November 20, 2019
Twenty-One
This is the twenty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we ocularly evaluate Twinkies Cereal and explore the potion-colored history of Spooky Froot Loops.
31:02
October 23, 2019
Twenty
This is the twentieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we say many things about blueberries and consider eating cereal in the monastic tradition.
34:37
October 09, 2019
Nineteen
This is the nineteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we drool over Golden Grahams Bites and review a cereal that really bites.
28:60
September 11, 2019
Eighteen
This is the eighteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we call Eggo's bluff and make sacrifices to the strangest cereal mascot ever sculpted.
33:48
August 28, 2019
Seventeen
This is the seventeenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Lucky saves Rice Krispies Treats and secret cereal recipes are released from the archives. 
34:19
August 14, 2019
Sixteen
This is the sixteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we eat snickerdoodles out of season and make a possible contribution to cereal history.
34:33
July 24, 2019
Fifteen
This is the fifteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we lambast Spider-Man's ridiculous request and see which Mermaid Cereal is the better half.
35:27
July 03, 2019
Fourteen
This is the fourteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Dan gets duped by an avocado cereal and we weep for the worst thing to happen to cereal in recent memory.
36:36
June 19, 2019
Thirteen
This is the thirteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we spotlight our favorite cereal media memories and discuss pillows. So. Many. Pillows.
32:16
June 05, 2019
Twelve
This is the twelfth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we demystify Magic Spoon Cereal and compliment Pac-Man's gym shorts.
36:14
May 22, 2019
Eleven
This is the eleventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Bob Ross comes to breakfast and an underrated gem flies north for the summer.
23:31
April 10, 2019
Ten
This is the tenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we reveal the newest Cheerios flavor and conquer King Vitaman's Court of Riddles.
28:18
March 20, 2019
Nine
This is the ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we discuss cereals both meaty and cryptozoological.
26:39
February 20, 2019
Eight
This is the eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we announce an early cereal of the year contender and try to track down a mythical '80s cereal, too.
29:51
February 06, 2019
Seven
This is the seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which things quickly turn sour and we get to the bottom of the whole "bottom of the bag" issue.
22:55
January 09, 2019
Six
This is the sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we tailor our Yuletide offerings to Mr. Clause and yawn over the year's potentially most boring cereal.
24:15
December 19, 2018
Five
This is the fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we taste test redundant Cocoa Puffs and contemplate the ethics of caffeinated cereal.
29:24
November 21, 2018
Four
This is the fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we consider Pop-Tart peripherals and try some of South Africa's strangest cereal flavors.
25:55
November 07, 2018
Three
This is the third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Justin reveals his hottest Trix take and milk alternatives hit the main stage.
27:17
October 22, 2018
Two
This is the second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which pastries return to the breakfast bowl and Dan draws too much attention at Buffalo Wild Wings.
25:18
October 03, 2018
One
This is the first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we introduce the world to a meditative podcast about cereal.
23:41
September 12, 2018