I like cereal. In general, I will eat cereal any time of the day. It’s often an after-work snack to eat alongside a cup of tea, or a late-night nosh if I’m not in the mood for a proper dinner.
In the past, I used to have a love/hate relationship with Cinnamon Toast Crunch in middle and high school; I’d love it until I happened to find a dead bug in my box (it happened twice). When I was a young child, I remember getting Lucky Charms and picking the marshmallows out of it while watching cartoons, so when it was time for my parents to pour cereal for me in the mornings, nothing would be left but the icky oat-like stuff my 5 year-old palette disdained. I also used to pour sugar in my Cheerio’s and Rice Krispies.
Fruity Pebbles was a favourite until it got soggy, then it was kind of gross.
There was some interesting cereal in the 80s. From my own memory, I can recall the Nintendo cereal, even the commercial: “Nin-ten-do! It’s a cereal… WOW!” If you don’t recall the commercial, here it is.
The cereal was unnecessarily split into two different (but, ingredient-wise, similar) cereals: Super Mario Bros cereal on one side, and The Legend of Zelda on the other. Somehow, that made it cooler, even though the amount of cereal was probably much less in the two little bags than what would be in a regular bag.
Recently, during a discussion of Mr T, it was revealed that in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Pee-Wee is eating Mr T cereal, which I hadn’t remembered from my own breakfast table, but yes, Mr T had a cereal.
Does anyone remember Urkel-O’s? Yes, Steve Urkel from the television show Family Matters had his own cereal. Reminiscent of Fruit Loops, Urkel-O’s had the mildly faux-fruity flavour going on, and pictured Steve on the box, in the midst of some sort of soft shoe. The cereal didn’t last long–probably about as long as Urkel was popular, which was, what, six months or so? Maybe the manufacturers ought to have taken Urkel-O’s and split the box up and had Stefan-O’s as a more suave cereal alternative.
Lately, my cereal has been the frosted wheats from Whole Food’s 365 label. They’re gelatin-free, and easier to find than the presumably-discontinued Organic Frosted Mini-Wheats.
Any cereal memories you’d like to share?