Classic Cereal Commercials

This edition of Retro Ramblings is kind of a combined post. A combination of a classic commercials posts mixed with a forgotten foods post. It’s two great tastes that taste great together! Let’s watch some old cereal commercials and let our mouths water and our memory glands tingle.

Honey Nut Cheerios starring Hulk Hogan (1985)

My earliest memories of eating cereal center around eating Cheerios. I guess my Mom wanted me to eat a healthier cereal like that instead of the really sugary kinds. That was until I saw this commercial. Being the huge wrestling fan that I was, I wasn’t hearing anything about not switching my Cheerios to Honey Nut Cheerios because Hulk Hogan liked them. It wasn’t long until the switch was made, and then once the sugary cereal barrier was broken, there was no turning back.

Mr. T Cereal (1980 something)

Of course, I was on the A-Team bandwagon from the beginning, and yes, B.A.Baracus was my favorite character. Then the Mister T cartoon hit, and I was all in on that too. So when Mr. T cereal dropped, I was down. I can’t even remember what it tasted like, but the commercial mentions brown sugar, so it was a sweetie. And since I had already popped my sweet cereal cherry, this was a logical step. But the song in this commercial. I ain’t gonna lie, that’s just a bad jingle. But with the excitement and the urgency in the vocalist’s voice, you knew you just had to get to the store and get a box of this.

Smurf Berry Crunch Cereal (1983)

Back in the early to mid-’80s, what kid worth their salt didn’t like the Smurfs? It was hard NOT to like them because the little blue bastards were everywhere. They had the hit cartoon, toys, pajamas, clocks, socks, velvet posters, and so much other crap, you really couldn’t get away from them. And then came the cereal! And if you were already a fan of the cartoon, this commercial was just like an extension of that. It made it feel like buying a box of this stuff was your duty as a fan. I bought in hook, line, and sinker. But of all the cereals on this list, this may have been my favorite. It was pretty much like Cap’n Crunch Berries cereal, but with a more fun theme. In the future, we’ll have to cover the sequel cereal, Smurf Magic Berries. That stuff was the shit too!

Kellogg’s Nut & Honey Crunch (1987)

This cereal was so good. Since in theory, it would seem healthier than the other cereals already mentioned, I guess my Mom was more than ok with buying this for me. And of the cereals on this list, this by far had the best hook to the commercial with everyone saying the name of the cereal, but whoever is around takes it the wrong way. It was a simple gag that they could do a lot with, and they did. Like the spoof at the end with the cowboys. I imagine calling one of those tough sumbitches “honey” would have resulted in a beatdown of the first order. It was a different time. But the cereal was damn tasty.

Kellogg’s Big Mixx Cereal (1990)

What in the hell is that mascot supposed to be? If you listen to the people in the commercial, they’re just as confused as I am. While it may come across as hokey, it’s still a pretty cool visual mixing up the different animals to emphasize the mix of the cereal. The moose head is the best part, and that’s not up for debate. I don’t ever remember having this cereal, but these days, it seems like I would embrace it like a warm blanket on a cold night. This is one that needs to come back to store shelves. And bring back the commercial too. It’s one I wouldn’t mind sitting through while streaming an old episode of Buck Rogers or something equally as awesome.

    Weekend Reading 3/19/21

    Here’s this week’s collection of nostalgia-themed articles and stories from around the web for you to relax with this weekend. Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, put your feet up, and enjoy these trips down memory lane.

    In the News…

    Taco Bell is Bringing Back Fiesta Potatoes
    But not the damn Mexican Pizza…

    Tubi Has Added New Retro Content
    I’ll be binging Buck Rogers for sure, and probably be giving Problem Child another watch.

    Branded in the ’80s is…done.
    It saddens me to share that for selfish reasons, as I’ve always been a big fan of Shawn and his site. But at the same time, I’m happy for him making the choices that make him happy.

    Leisure Reading

    Celebrating His Mad Fold-Ins on Al Jaffee’s 100th Birthday (via CBR)

    Sniffing Around the History of McDonald’s ‘Cocaine Spoon’ (via Mental Floss)

    Henry Winkler Says He Never Actually Rode a Motorcycle on Happy Days (via Do You Remember)

    Snack Memories (via The Retro Network)

    How Much Did a ColecoVision Cost in 1983? (via Retroist)

    Photographs of Cheap Motels in 1970’s America (via Flashbak)

    Remembering the Fat Boys (via Retro Dad)

    Tony Shiavone Reveals the Behind-the-Scenes History of the Crockett Cup Trophy (via Mid-Atlantic Gateway)

    10 Interesting Facts About Bill & Ted (via 20 Years Before 2000)

    1986 Matchbox Cars Collector’s Catalog

    I’ve been reminiscing a lot lately about all the cool old cars I used to have growing up. So much so that just a few weeks ago I detailed Five of My Favorite Hot Wheels Toys. But my love for toy cars spanned multiple brands, and right behind Hot Wheels came Matchbox. I probably had as many Matchbox cars as I did Hot Wheels.

    When I came across this old Matchbox catalog recently, I knew right away that I needed to share it with all of you, so we could all remember together. I’m not going to hold you up from browsing through its pages any longer and let you get to the good stuff. But when you’re done with this, you might enjoy checking out the feature I did for The Retro Network, Five Fun Facts About Hotwheels.

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