Five Great Cereals of the Past

Cast your mind back--10, 20, 30 years (if you're old enough). Those were the days when you could get away with eating pure sugar for breakfast--or feeding it to your kids.

We may laugh at these late, great bowls of fluff, but were they really that much worse than what's on the shelf today? (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, anyone?) Surely it's only a matter of time before we see a cupcake cereal. And--limited editions such as Homer's Cinnamon Donut cereal aside--why are there no groovy TV tie-ins any more? After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Mr. T
I pity the fool who ate this creation. Fortified with B-vitamins and iron it may have been, but that did little to disguise the fact that it was pure junk. On the other hand, at least you got some free Mr. T stickers to gawp at while you had your fix.

Five Great Cereals of the Past

Dunkin' Donuts Cereal
What possible way could you convince yourself that this was a viable thing to set you up for the day? They haven't even bothered to change the name. Why not just have the real thing instead?

Five Great Cereals of the Past

Quisp and Quake
Famously, these arch rivals (both manufactured by Quaker Oats) duked it out to see who was the most popular with the American public. My husband voted for Quake. Naturally, Quisp won. Apparently, nostalgia freaks can still buy it online.

Pink Panther Flakes
The box says it all: Pink Frosted Corn Flakes. I have it on good authority that these were just as disgusting as they look.

Five Great Cereals of the Past

Sir Grapefellow
Really? Grape as a cereal flavor? With "sweet grape starbits" (marshmallows) for extra grape-iness? And whose idea was it to have the mascot as a British World War I pilot? Yeah, the kids are really gonna relate to that.

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