Friday, March 6, 2009

Ralston/Purina Cereals Pt. II

Even though I was one of those boys who thought Cabbage Patch Kids were strictly girl shit, I kinda liked their cereal namesake. This 1985 cereal was one of those mom-friendly deals with low sugar,kinda like Kix or Crispy Critters, but with bigger pieces, giving it a more Honey Comb like texture. Definitely not a cereal I'd pick on my own, but I wouldn't complain if it was picked for me. With cereals like this, you gotta make sure you eat it while crunchy, cuz hi-sugar sog-muck is way tastier than it's healthier counterpart.

I never got to try Nerds Cereal(I think), which I'm okay with, since the idea of orange flavored cereal never sat well with me. But it's important for it's introduction of the idea of a dual-bagged box with two distinct flavors. Maybe the orange would be more enticing to me if mixed with it's cherry-flavored neighbor. This design would be employed in three short years with the NCS (details to follow). Also, mail in bowl with the "nerds gate" is pretty rad...check the vid.

Dunkin Donuts cereal came in two flavors, "glazed" and "chocolate." I only had the glazed kind, and it was a rather unique taste experience. The glaze was an intense frosting (by that I mean "more intense than usual for sugar cereal") that had a kind of strawberryish flavor. Because it was soooo frosty I liked it, but I always knew it was a little "off." It has been 20 years though, and this cereal memory isn't that strong. Ralston had Dinky Donuts cereal in the early 80s and I can imagine that it was basically the same, but we may never know.

Morning Funnies cereal had the cool concept of a gatefold flap on the box covered in comic strips. Now you'd have something more to look at over the course of a week of breakfasts, besides a crappy maze with Barney trying to get his pebbles or whatever. Unfortunately the comics were mostly of the pre-80s variety, which I hated at the time (now I have books of the stuff) and the cereal tasted mediciny. It was just like the Cabbage Patch Kids faces, but overly sweetened in a way remeniscent of cough medicines trying to taste good. I only dug this stuff in a masochistic way.
(commericial is at the 4:40 mark)

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