Friday, April 9, 2010

Funky Food Friday: Sugary cereals of the 1980s

Holy crap, why didn't our moms just sit us down at the breakfast table with the sugar bowl and a couple of tubes of food coloring? We probably would have ended up with the same ingredients in our bellies as we did consuming the sugary cereals of our youth.

This YouTube medley features Rainbow Brite cereal (why did RB wear epaulets? was she in the British Navy?), Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter cereal (yeah, it's part of a balanced breakfast if the rest of your breakfast is broccoli), Cookie Crisp (with the Cookie Crook!), Crispy Critters (this looks like animal crackers to me), a hellishly screechy cereal for a Cocoa Pebbles variant called Dino Pebbles, Marshmallow Krispies, Sugar Smacks (back when it was OK to use "Sugar" in a cereal name), and "Breakfast Bears," which appears to be just Teddy Grahams in a bowl.

What cavity-causing cereal did you eat as a kid? My mom bought Kaboom (remember the clown?) and I think she thought King Vitaman was some kind of compromise between sugary cereal and bran, so she bought a lot of that.


thatothrgirl said...

I loved me some Vanilla Wafer Cookie Crisp cereal - it was in a blue box. Don't know why they got rid of it and kept the nasty Chocolate Chip Cookie Crisp. But I'm not still bitter 25 years later. Nope, not at all.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper said...

I had no idea there was VANILLA WAFER COOKIE CRISP! Now I even found a photo:

Any cereal that gave away Wacky Packs is right up my alley.

However, real vanilla wafer cookies are so small, you could almost just pour them into a bowl and add milk. Um, not that I said that.

Cath said...

Loving the idea of broccoli negating the effect of sugar-coated ADHD-O's. Well done you xx

Anonymous said...

OMG, Marshmallow Krispies were awesome! Do they still make them? They weren't invented when I was a kid and my Cheerio-buying mom would never have bought them for us anyhow, but I totally ate the hell out of those things in college. That, and the peanut butter Cap'n Crunch, in fact. Right out of the box. Whoever thought that a salty breakfast cereal could be so very awesome?

I distinctly remember being about 5 (so this was like 30 years ago, just to illustrate the strength of this memory) and being at a babysitter's house, and my eyes widening at her pantry full of Lucky Charms and Boo Berry. I was gravely disappointed. Those chalky little marshmallows! It's my first memory of disappointment, in fact. I sound like Proust, but it's true. Magically delicious, my ass!

Mommy T said...

I have no memory of actually eating the Critters cereal, but my husband has been known to call something "indubitably delicious" on occasion - finally know where he got that! I do miss that PB Cap'N Crunch though!

K said...

We had Morning Funnies, which was nothing but sugar coated colored smiley faces, but there were COMICS PRINTED ON THE BOX. Totally cool and I wish they still made them!