It’s Saturday morning. Turn the TV on, find a cartoon and grab a spoon, we’re digging in again!
Bigg Mixx (Kellogg’s, 1990)
A cereal that featured a weird mascot who was named “Bigg Mixx”, he was a combination of a number of animals. I never touched the stuff (neither the cereal nor the creature), but I definitely remember the box art and this crazy moose-pig-chicken-wolf thing.
The cereal itself was nothing more than scraps from the rest of Kellogg’s cereals they were producing at the time (honest!), though you could buy Bigg Mixx with or without raisins. Gee, no wonder it didn’t sell. What if Pepsi had left over soda and bottled the various flavors into one 2 liter and tried to sell it? No one wants a pick ‘n’ mix box of cereal. Save that for the Brach’s candy displays at the grocery store.
Breakfast With Barbie (Ralston, 1989)
Who wouldn’t want to have Breakfast with Barbie? Look at that tight tummy of hers! Of course, I stuck to my G.I. Joe Action Stars, but my sister had to have Breakfast With Barbie. Generic Trix in the shape of cars, stars and hearts (besides kitties, these are the only things girls have on their brain) but what did you expect?
Prince of Thieves (Ralston, 1991)
One of the best movies of 1991 was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and you just knew Ralston would somehow get the license to make a cereal based on it. Pretty generic looking box though… Sure, everyone knows who the “Prince of Thieves” is, but I still think it’s just a bit strange for the box to not actually say “Robin Hood” considering it was tying into the movie. Our only consolation is a rendering of Robin Hood in what looks like the cover to one of those cheaply produced hardcover adaptation of the “classics” (in this instance, Robin Hood) that you might end up seeing at Sam’s Club or a dollar store.
Fruity Yummy Mummy (General Mills, 1987)
The “lost” Monster Cereal, which itself was a replacement for another “lost” Monster Cereal called Fruit Brute. Everything is the same as that 1970s cereal (“fruit”-flavored cereal with vanilla marshmallows), but the mascot and name have changed. At some point, the cereal was known as only Yummy Mummy as well, I think that was later on though.
Who else thinks Fruit Brute & Yummy Mummy should become the arch-enemies of Count Chocula, Franken Berry and Boo Berry?
C-3PO’s (Kellogg’s, 1984)
Decent cereal that tasted like Honey Comb, if I remember correctly. Or if you’re hip, IIRC. For some strange reason, I’ve always had one memory and one memory only of eating this cereal– it was a Saturday morning down the street at my friends’ house and we all sat out on their screened in patio and chomped down on C-3PO’s. Funny how the really simple, wholesome stuff will stick in your head your whole life, huh? Perhaps we were getting ready for a long day of exploration down by the creek or getting our energy up for Showbiz Pizza (yes, I’m going to link back to that post everytime I mention Showbiz Pizza) or for one of the frequent neighborhood yard sales.
Donkey Kong (Ralston, 1985)
Sure, why not? Pac-Man had a cereal, so should Donkey Kong. Nice touch with the crunchy “barrels”. Looks like the cereal was based on Ralston’s “go to” cereal to ripoff: Cap’n Crunch.
Waffelos (Ralston, late 1970s)
Though Waffelos lasted into the mid 80s, I never had’em. With the maple flavor, they sound like they were probably similar to those nasty Waffle Crisps that Post made in the 90s. Still, I bet this cowboy and his horse had tons of entertaining adventures!
S’mores Crunch (General Mills, 1982)
This wonderful cereal never made it past the late 80s and I believe in later years it was called S’mores Grahams. It’s the #1 cereal on my list that we need to bring back… but we’ll never get it. I actually went to www.generalmills.com and emailed customer service. Usually when I do things like this, I’m ignored. But they actually emailed me back within 1 business day! Now THAT’S customer service. Anyway, here’s their depressing stock reply to anyone who asks them to bring discontinued products back:
Thank you for contacting General Mills. We are sorry you encountered so much difficulty in attempting to find the product you were looking for.
Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued and is no longer available. While many of our consumers did enjoy this product, it wasn′t as successful as we had anticipated. Once a product is discontinued, very seldom does it get brought back to the market.
We regret any inconvenience this caused and hope you continue to enjoy the many other products we offer.
Kellogg’s produces a similar cereal called S’morz these days, but we all know it’s not the same.