Hello everyone. Today I will be writing my favorite memories of eating certain breakfast cereals in the 1970s. I was in grade school when I recalled seeing those cereal boxes that were colorful and unforgettable. I will write about mostly the ones discontinued, revived, altered, and again, ceased to exist. Breakfast cereals have been around for over 100 years. Their popularity grew as radio and television started advertising them. It generated a tremendous impact on children and adults for years.
My first memory of eating cereal was Corn Flakes. It is still good, and I do eat it sometimes. The one that stood out was a cereal called Kaboom. When we lived in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago, my mother purchased it at the A&P Grocery Store. I remembered the box being yellow with a clown holding the cereal bowl. I asked my mother to buy it because I remembered watching the commercial on television. It looked pretty and did taste good. I wouldn’t eat today because it’s too sweet. Some people claim that the product is still around, but I haven’t seen it yet.
Over the years, I have watched a lot of television shows that featured commercials of breakfast cereals. They showed an animated character that was associated with a particular brand. There are so many to mention. Whenever I had breakfast as a child, the cereal consistently had a prize inside the box. Every day I waited for the toy prize from the cereal box to land into my bowl. I would get excited when I receive it. It would be plastic toys, collectible cards wrapped in plastics, and the vinyl records that were on the back of the boxes.
The other brands of cereals that I remembered that are no longer around are Pink Panther Flakes, Puffa Puffa Rice, Frosted Rice, Product 19, Freakies, Vanilly Crunch, Punch Crunch, Buc-Wheats, Crazy Cow, King Vitaman, Moonstones, Baron Von Redberry, Sir Grapefellow, Clackers, Country Corn Flakes, Twinkles, Jets, OK’s, Sugar Orange Crisps, Cocoa Hoots, Magic Puffs, Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs, Graham Crackos, Frosty O’s, Mr. T, Triple Snack, Rice Krinkles, Concentrate, Quake, Quangaroos, Krumbles, Post Toasties, Crispy Critters, Waffelos, Kream Krunch, Corn Soya, Wheat Honeys, Rice Honeys, Puffed Corn Flakes, All Stars, Cracklin’ Oat Bran, Corneroos, Crispy Wheats & Raisins, Corn Flakes with Instant Bananas, Kombos, Pep, Sugar Stars, C-3PO’s, Cinnamon Crunch, Circus Fun, Banana Frosted Flakes, Halfsies, Sugar Smacks, Kellogg’s Most, Bigg Mixx, Body Buddies, Chocolate Donutz, Cinnamon Raisin Bran, Corny-Snaps, Country Crisp, Country Morning, Cracklin’ Bran, Crunchy Loggs, Donkey Kong, E.T., Nut & Honey Crunch, Pac-Man, Rocky Road, Raisin Squares, Rally, Sugar Sparkled Flakes, Corn Bursts, Team Flakes, Top 3 Cereal, Triples, Wheat Stax, Smurf Magic Berries, Riceroos, Count Off, Corn Crackos, Heart of Oats, Sugar Cones, Buttercups, Bran Wisps and Waffle Crisp.
They were two cereal commercials from the 1970s that I remembered fondly. The first one was Franken-Berry and Count Chocula. The other characters that were featured later on were Boo-Berry, Fruit Brute, and Yummy Mummy. Presently those cereals are on sale during the Halloween season. The second one was Grape-Nuts, which is still around. There was a man named Euell Gibbons and was the spokesman for the product. He was an outdoorsman and a health food advocate. He died in 1975.
I still eat breakfast cereal today. I only eat Honey Nut Cheerios. Once in a while, I would eat something sweeter, like Frosted Flakes. I have to be cautious these days. Please comment on your favorite cereal when you were a child or wished it would make a comeback on my blog. I will post this on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and you can type your comments there as well.
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Quisp, Alphabits, Apple Jacks, was one of my favorites as a kid. I definitely ate way too much cereal as a child. Frankenberry USED to taste awesome … but unfortunately like so many other cereals they have changed the original recipe and added crap and now they taste icky, & are not the same size, texture, or taste. I was too happy when recently I found golden grahams in the original recipe. 😁