Klondike Pete’s Crunchy Nuggets
Who the heck is Klondike Pete? Well, according to Mr. Breakfast:
Klondike Pete’s Crunchy Nuggets came in both a “wheat cereal” and “rice cereal” variety. The cereal’s mascot, Klondike Pete, was a bearded prospector who searched for gold with a mule named Thorndike.
The cereals began as Ranger Joe Rice Honnies and Ranger Joe Wheat Honnies in 1939. The National Biscuit Company (later known as Nabisco) bought the Ranger Joe cereals in 1954 and changed their names to Rice Honeys and Wheat Honeys.
In the late 1960’s, sales of the Honeys cereals began to sag. In 1971, in an attempt to revive the cereals, the names were changed again, this time to Winnie-The-Pooh Great Honey Crunchers, which came in both rice and wheat varieties. Despite a barrage of marketing centered around the Winnie-The-Pooh character, the cereals’ sales continued to disappoint.
Nabisco give the cereals one last shot. About a year after the Pooh incarnations were introduced, the cereal changed names for the last time, this time to Klondike Pete’s Crunchy Nuggets, rice and wheat.
In 1975, Klondike Pete’s Crunchy Nuggets was discontinued and the cereal that had existed under one name or another for 36 years was finally gone.
There you have it.
Ah, Ralston. The undisputed masters of cheaply-made licensed cereal. Just like Ralston’s later Nintendo brand of cereals, you get two bags in one cereal box. Which side are you gonna eat first? I would say just imagine Trix cereal focusing on two flavors instead of five or six but these are supposed to be… tangy? Um, I don’t know if I want my breakfast cereal to be tangy.
Kellogg’s Fruit Squares
(Early ’80s, Kellogg’s)
Strawberry? Yes. Apple cinnamon? Yes. Raisin? Eww, no. These pretty much seem like the precursor to Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Touch of Fruit line.
Teddy Grahams Breakfast Bears
I don’t think I ever had these as a kid. They look just like the cookies! I’m totally okay with that. These bears on the boxes remind me of Billy Bob from Showbiz Pizza.
Bozo’s Little O’s
(1988, Larry Harmon’s)
Bozo was always such strange show to me when I was little. I remember watching it on TV in the mornings on WGN before school. Not because I necessarily liked it but because nothing else was on, I guess. It should come as no surprise that the clown had his own cereal to market to the kiddies.
The world always wondered when Wonder Bread was going to start up its own line of cereal and in 1991, the answer arrived. This short-lived line of cereals came in three varieties: apple cinnamon corn flakes, crunch graham oat rings and honey nut crispy rice.
I guess this was for kids that were anti-marshmallows and refused to eat Frankenberry? This cereal made a brief comeback in 2003 as Strawberry-Blasted Honeycomb.
Common Sense Oat Bran
Yuck. More adult cereal.