If you’ve ever read much of what I’ve written, you should know by now that food is one of the more nostalgic things in my life. I can tie so many great memories to different foods, meals, and restaurants that I could probably do this whole blog focusing just on food. So in keeping with that tradition, I want to talk just a minute about one of the great loves of my life…cereal!
Unlike so many girls who broke my heart in my teenage years, cereal rarely ever let me down. Sure, there were the ones I picked on looks alone just to find out there was no substance inside, but we’ve all made that mistake a time or two. But for the most part, cereal was always there when we needed them. Well, until they were pulled from the market for various reasons. But enough about that. Let’s get on to a cereal I was in love with at one point in time.
Morning Funnies Cereal was produced by Ralston Cereals in 1988 & 1989. It was a super sweet cereal, bright in color and shaped like smiley faces. The taste and shape wasn’t the hook for this cereal though…..the box was. I know what you’re thinking. How could a box be better than what was inside? Well, because the box featured comic strips on the front and back panels! In addition, the back of the box featured a full-size flap that opened up and featured even more comics on the inside! It was nirvana for comic strip lovers. The company actually won an award in 1988 for “innovative packaging” for the fifth-panel design.
The comics featured were Dennis the Menace, Beetle Bailey, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Family Circus, Luann, Marvin, Funky Winkerbean, and What A Guy!. Not a bad lineup, but still it left something to be desired when Garfield, Peanuts, and The Far Side were all the rage at the point this cereal was on the market.