The cereal aisle is an unintentional time capsule, reflecting the movies, characters and toys of the day. And as our tastes change, so does the combination of marshmallows, corn-based shapes and box art.
Urlesque has assembled a lineup of 54 discontinued cereals, and it's shocking how quickly I've forgotten about the sheer number of breakfast items that were based on the flavor of ice-cream cones. But for every Urkelo's, there is a cereal of yesteryear that deserves another shot at the grocery-store shelves.
Now among the ill-fated cereal brands was OJ's, orange-flavored pebbles that were rich in Vitamin C, and Mr. T Cereal, which featured a "crispy corn taste with a touch of brown sugar" and a jazzy song that would make you want to "team up with Mr. T."
It takes a lot to impress this old grizzled cereal veteran you're reading -- nobody has bothered to test my review bowl since Wheaties Fuel arrived at The Pitch offices last January. But I'm also a bit less susceptible to movie tie-ins and a lot more conscious of ingredients than I was in middle school.
Still, I'll admit I long for Ninja Turtle Cereal, which tasted like sweetened Rice Chex with marshmallows. And I will always associate Cookie Crisp with the secret joy of being fed cookies for breakfast. Honey Combs is still on the shelves today but it isn't the same. In 2007, Post introduced a new formula for Honey Combs and in the process destroyed something I didn't know I loved.
How about you, Fat City readers? What ill-fated cereal concept do you miss shaking into your cereal bowl every morning?
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