Plenty of cereal to go ’round! Grab a bowl and some ice cold milk!
Urkel-Os (Ralston, 1991)
I was so excited when these came out. Urkelmania had gripped the nation, Family Matters was a TGIF powerhouse and Kroger’s had stocked up on Urkel-Os like a fat, greasy, greedy comic book shop owner ordering for variants. So the cereal itself was strawberry & banana flavored “loops”. Or “Os”, if you prefer, as I’m sure Kellogg’s, the makers of Froot Loops, did. It wasn’t really good. I was really disappointed that a product featuring Urkel on the front in full dance mode could not contain high quality. Strawberry & banana actually sounds like a REALLY good idea (General Mills should mix Strawberry Yogurt Burst Cheerios with their Banana Nut Cheerios), but when it’s the sugary, sweet artificial flavoring, it just doesn’t work. The cereal didn’t last long, I’d be surprised if it made it into ’92, but then longevity was never really the point. Can you imagine still having Urkel-Os around in 2009? Frosted Urkel-Os, Marshmallow Urkel-Os, Fiber Urkel-Os, Raisin Urkel-Os, Chocolate Urkel-Os… the possibilities are endless!
Strawberry Shortcake (General Mills, 1982)
I’m not sure when this cereal was discontinued, but it had to be the mid-80s, because I remember this box being in the house. Maybe..? No..? I don’t know. Anyway, what a super idea– General Mills saw fit to combine Frankenberry and Kix! Sounds like a winner to me. Hmm… Does Strawberry Shortcake have some type of anniversary coming up? We need a limited edition re-issue!
Rocky Road (General Mills, 1986)
Much like S’mores Crunch and Ice Cream Cones, Rocky Road is a cereal that sounds too good to NOT still be in production: “sweetened corn cereal with marshmallows covered with a chocolate-flavored coating and nuts”. Can’t go wrong there. What I remember most about this cereal is the mascots: Choco, Van and Marsha.
Marshmallow Krispies (Kellogg’s, 1982)
Mmm… Rice Krispies and marshmallows. A match made in Heaven! This one actually made it into the ’90s before being canceled. I don’t remember eating this one a lot though, not sure why since I love Rice Krispies and I love cereal marshmallows.
Ice Cream Cones – Chocolate Chip (General Mills, 1987)
Nothing much to say about this one, as I covered Ice Cream Cones previously, it’s just that I didn’t realize/remember there was a chocolate chip flavor as well. Enjoy the commercial.
Powdered Donutz (General Mills, 1980)
Powdered donut flavored 3-grain (wheat, corn and oat) cereal. I don’t know why, but this cereal sounds incredibly delicious by the name alone. “Powdered Donutz Cereal”, c’mon, you know you want some! There are actually names for the four Donutz on the box: Axelrod, Hot Rod, Ichabod and Bruiser. A chocolate flavor was introduced in ’81, but wasn’t very successful.
Is this Charlie Brown’s voice in the commercial?
Dunkin’ Donuts (Ralston, 1988)
More donuts! Came in two styles: glazed and chocolate. The glazed style looks to basically be a repackaged Dinky Donuts.
Smurf-Berry Crunch (Post, 1983)
Basically, this cereal is nothing by Crunch Berries… and that’s a good thing! Spawned a “sequel” cereal by Post a few years later called Smurf Magic Berries (the main difference being the addition of marshmallows).
Transformers (Ralston, 1986)
I always knew G.I. Joe had their own cereal, but I didn’t realize the Transformers did as well. Good to know, isn’t it? Doesn’t really appear to be anything special, Ralston decided to rip-off Cocoa Puffs this time, though they had a little fun with the marketing: the milk “transforms” into chocolate flavored milk.
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