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    Posted: 22 Jul 2012 at 11:50pm
You know, when they released like 4-5 brightly-designed new cereals every other week, and it wasn't a crime to advertise sugary cereals to children?

I can't remember when that stopped, it must've been somewhere in the 90's.
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Here's a webpage comparing the cereal mascots "now" to the same mascots "then".  Note how the mascots seem to have gotten wackier and now all have their eyes bugged out and their mouths wide open.
 
Also, note how, on none of the "now" cereal boxes, do you see the word "sugar".  I think that started happening in the 70s.
 
 
 
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WOW I prefer the 1960's boxes over the frantic and IN YOUR FACE boxes of the modern era. 
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I dunno why they dropped the use of the word "sugar" over the years.  Possibly, it's because sugar has so many negative connotations to it---diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, hyperactivity in kids, for example.
 
But possibly, it's due to the use of HFCS instead of actual sugar.  The US in the mid 70s was in some sort of sugar "shortage", and after that, you started seeing "sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup" in the list of ingredients on many products.  I don't know all the legalities, but I'm pretty sure a product can't advertise something that it doesn't contain.  If it doesn't contain sugar, then maybe they were no longer allowed to call them "Sugar Pops".
 
 
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I think the biggest change I remember was the evolution of Cookie Crisp.  Well, "evolution" is the wrong word...I personally think Cookie Crisp got worse.  Not in taste, but in advertising.  I was a child when they had Cookie Crook and Officer Crumb (though I know before they appeared, there was Cookie Jarvis, although I wasn't alive when he was around).  And then I was, I guess, 5 or 6 or so when Chip came about.  Then of course, I endured that stupid wolf.  
*sigh*  There are a few new incarnations I like (Sonny, and the Trix Rabbit), but I miss the others in their older forms.  Especially Sugar Bear.  I loved his "Can't get enough of that Golden Crisp.  It's got the crunch with punch" jingle.  Luckily, he's still around on boxes...but I just miss those commercials!
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It was fun up to the point where they quit putting the 'prizes' in them.  (I think the 70's & early 80's were the Golden Age of cereal box prizes.)  Nowadays it's "Visit our website and play our crappy activity games!" (actually a cover for marketing/data mining.)  Still not worth $4 a box....
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Originally posted by MrTim MrTim wrote:

It was fun up to the point where they quit putting the 'prizes' in them.  (I think the 70's & early 80's were the Golden Age of cereal box prizes.)  Nowadays it's "Visit our website and play our crappy activity games!" (actually a cover for marketing/data mining.)  Still not worth $4 box.... 
 
Hence the rising popularity of the bagged offbrand cereals like "Malt-O-Meal", etc.
 
Much cheaper & just as good.
 
You're just not paying for all the expensive advertising & marketing.
 
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by MrTim MrTim wrote:

It was fun up to the point where they quit putting the 'prizes' in them.  (I think the 70's & early 80's were the Golden Age of cereal box prizes.)  Nowadays it's "Visit our website and play our crappy activity games!" (actually a cover for marketing/data mining.)  Still not worth $4 box.... 
 
Hence the rising popularity of the bagged offbrand cereals like "Malt-O-Meal", etc.
 
Much cheaper & just as good.
 
You're just not paying for all the expensive advertising & marketing.
 
 
Right now, my supermarket has Malt-O-Meal cereal on sale.  I got 2 big fat 27oz boxes of the "Frosted Mini-Spooners" (same as Mini-Wheats) for $1.78 per box.  That's nearly 3 and 1/2 lbs of the off-brand for probably about the same price as 1 lb of the Kellogg's.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I stick with the cheap crispy rice or corn flakes anymore & just drizzle a little honey on it.  I've seen Rice Krispies going for $5 a box and think "Why...?"
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Right now, my supermarket has Malt-O-Meal cereal on sale.  I got 2 big fat 27oz boxes of the "Frosted Mini-Spooners" (same as Mini-Wheats) for $1.78 per box.  That's 3 and 1/2 lbs of the off-brand for probably about the same price as less than 1 lb of the Kellogg's.
 
I thought you had given up cereal for good!!!! LOL
 
Anyway, you shoulda got this stuff....
 
 
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Right now, my supermarket has Malt-O-Meal cereal on sale.  I got 2 big fat 27oz boxes of the "Frosted Mini-Spooners" (same as Mini-Wheats) for $1.78 per box.  That's 3 and 1/2 lbs of the off-brand for probably about the same price as less than 1 lb of the Kellogg's.
 
I thought you had given up cereal for good!!!! LOL
 
 
 
I thought I explained why I relapsed after having been clean for 3 years.  Anyway, it was my sis-in-law's fault.  When she and my bro visited in 2010, she left behind nearly a full box of Cocoa Krispies.  I couldn't just throw it away.  Anyway, Cocoa Krispies led to Fruity Pebbles and before ya know, I'm hooked again.
 
But for me, it's all about the sweetened milk.  I'll pour a cup and a half of milk (ice cold) over a half cup of cereal.  I go through at least a gallon and a half of milk per week this way.
 
 
 
 
 
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I like to pour the cereal into my mouth dry, then swig some milk.
 
You get just the right amount of milk & cereal each time.
 
And of course, the cereal is always crunchy.
 
 
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I was just thinking about this yesterday. Whatever happened to the cool toy prizes that used to come in cereal? I remember during my youth (the 1980s) my sisters, brother and I used to dig through the cereal box to get to the toy first.

Nowadays, the "prizes" are really lame, if they even include one at all.
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Heart Corn pops!
I like some fruity kids' cereals, but others, while still having a great flavor, used to shred my mouth. I favor the honey cereals and even some fruity cereals like Pebbles. I've always found chocolate cereals disgusting, though, and I'm a huge fan of chocolate.
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Originally posted by PrincessOfTheAncient PrincessOfTheAncient wrote:

Heart Corn pops!
I like some fruity kids' cereals, but others, while still having a great flavor, used to shred my mouth. I favor the honey cereals and even some fruity cereals like Pebbles. I've always found chocolate cereals disgusting, though, and I'm a huge fan of chocolate.
 
And Corn Pops didn't shred your mouth?  I recall Corn Pops (Sugar Pops in my day) were the worst as far as scraping up the roof of my mouth.  Didn't stop me from eating 'em, though.  I loved 'em!
 
One thing I never understood, though---the foil bag.  As far as I know, it's the only cereal that's packaged like that.  Maybe it has something to do with that sugar glaze.  I know they used to get really sticky and really stale pretty quickly if I left the bag open.
 
 
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What the hell happened to  Count Chocula's box?  It looks like the movie poster for a Tim Burton flick or some sh*t.


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Cap'n Crunch tore the bejesus out of the roof of my mouth but it was worth it. LOVED it. On the very very rare ocasions we even got sweetened cereal. Nope, for us, it was those HUGE bags of puffed rice and puffed wheat. May as well have eaten cardboard
 
I do remember the record that caame on the back of the Honeycomb box. Anyone else remember that? I think it was "Sugar Sugar'  by the Archies!
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I usually ate life cereal when I was in my late teens, as that was just about all my mom bought.
Great tasting stuff, too. Has a kind of natural sweetness. Gave me gas like crazy after I got a little oplder, though.
 
And I can't forget Special K. Great tasting cereal!!! But that was later on, too.
 
Occasionally, when I was younger, my mom would get me Cap'n Crunch. I also remember Rice Krispies on occasion. Oh, & Lucky Charms.
 
We had Wheaties fairly often, too.
 
I think we probably tried just about every cereal at least once, but stuff like Coco Puffs & whatnot were a rarity around our house.
 
 
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Originally posted by Madawee Madawee wrote:

 
I do remember the record that caame on the back of the Honeycomb box. Anyone else remember that? I think it was "Sugar Sugar'  by the Archies!
 
If it wasn't, it certainly should've been Sugar, Sugar.  The Archies need to do an update, however---High Fructose Corn Sweetener, High Fructose Corn Sweetener.
 
Could it have been this song, Mad?
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Originally posted by Madawee Madawee wrote:

I do remember the record that caame on the back of the Honeycomb box. Anyone else remember that? I think it was "Sugar Sugar'  by the Archies!
If it wasn't, it certainly should've been Sugar, Sugar.  The Archies need to do an update, however---High Fructose Corn Sweetener, High Fructose Corn Sweetener.
 
Too many syllables.
 
They'd have to shorten it to HFCS to make it fit into the melody.
 
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HFCS, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you've got me wanting you.
Honey, ah HFCS
You are my candy girls
And you got me wanting you

I just can't believe the lovliness of loving you,
(I just can't believe it's true)
I just can't believe the one to love this feeling to
(I just can't believe it's true)

HFCS, ah honey hiney
you are my candy girl
and you got me wanting you
honey, ah HFCS
you are my candy girl
and you got me wanting you

When i kissed you girl I knew how sweet a kiss could be
(I know how sweet a kiss could be)
Like the summer sunshine pour you sweetness over me
(Pour your sweetness over me)

Pour a little HFCS on it honey
Pour a little HFCS on it Baby
I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah
pour a little HFCS on it yeah
pour a little HFCS on it honey
pour a little HFCS on it baby
I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah
pour a little HFCS on it honey

Ah HFCS, ah honey honey
you are my candy girl
and you got me wanting you
Oh honey honey, HFCS..............
You are my candy girl                                 
 
We could experiment with some Def Leppard lyrics too, if you'd like:
 
"Pour some HFCS on me!!!!!" Tongue
 
And don't even get me started on Sheena Easton's "HFCS Walls"!!!! LOL
 
 
 
 
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What the hell happened to  Count Chocula's box?  It looks like the movie poster for a Tim Burton flick or some sh*t.



Oh, Count Disapprove  You look deformed!  I know they wanted to make you look badass, but you just look like your mother drank when she was pregnant with you.  I want my old, 2D, hand-drawn Count back :(
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Here's another pretty cool website for old cereal boxes:
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

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Heart Corn pops!
I like some fruity kids' cereals, but others, while still having a great flavor, used to shred my mouth. I favor the honey cereals and even some fruity cereals like Pebbles. I've always found chocolate cereals disgusting, though, and I'm a huge fan of chocolate.
 
And Corn Pops didn't shred your mouth?  I recall Corn Pops (Sugar Pops in my day) were the worst as far as scraping up the roof of my mouth.  Didn't stop me from eating 'em, though.  I loved 'em!
 
One thing I never understood, though---the foil bag.  As far as I know, it's the only cereal that's packaged like that.  Maybe it has something to do with that sugar glaze.  I know they used to get really sticky and really stale pretty quickly if I left the bag open.
 
 
 
Come to think of it, it pretty much did but it was worth it.
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Here's another pretty cool website for old cereal boxes:
 
 
I'd like to have tried that one called "Sir Grapefellow".  'Cept I never liked those marshmallow things.  As I said here before---they're not marshmallow!  They're more like candy a la Valentine's Day hearts.
 
 
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I actually LIKED Sir Grapefellow! Big smile Then it was discontinued, Ouch and it was back to Captain Crunch and Fruit Loops for me.
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