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Cereal, Nostalgic Foods From the Past

Updated on October 9, 2015

Cereals I remember enjoying as a kid

The 70's were full of sweet cereals and I had my favorites. Some like Lucky Charms are still around, only with additional marshmallow charms. I remember the exciting news when they added Blue Diamonds in 1975 (which now don't exist anymore). The original charms were pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. Now they have swirled colored charms & we happen to have a box. It looks like moons, shooting stars, rainbows, magic hats, some yellow thing- maybe a pot of gold, hearts, and horseshoes. They don't list the names on the box anymore & the shapes are hard to recognize.

Anyway I also enjoyed Honeycomb, Super Sugar Crisp (which I last bought about 5 years ago.... they make a good ant trap if you leave a box opened... just saying), and many more. Some featured on this site below are rare or cannot be bought anymore.

So let this bring back some 70's, 80's and 90's memories of some rare or obsolete cereals

Freakies Cereal

This was one of my favorites as a preschooler- first grader. I loved the commercials and the cereal boxes were always interesting.

Jackie End of the New York based ad firm Wells, Rich, Greene came up with the Freakies idea. She now owns the website

Click Here to go to the site. Click on the "For Parents" to read things you might not know about Freakies.

The Freakies characters included:

Boss Moss

Goody Goody






Freakie collectables from the past include plastic cars, T-shirts, hats, wall clocks, and fridge magnets, and rubber figurines of the seven Freakies.

Freakies 1974 Commercial theme song

Freakies Commercials All in one video

Includes the discovery of the Freakies Tree and The Fruity and Cocoa Freakies. I remember thinking the Fruity Freakies were gross

Interview with Jackie End, creator of the Freakies


Quisp cereal was a fun sugary cereal that some think tasted like Captain Crunch.

Quick Time Liine

1965- Introduced

1975ish- removed from shelves

mid 80's- came back to stores briefly

mid 90's- cereal was available on the internet

2000's- sold at Dollar Store and other places for a limited run

2010- sold at Super Target

still sold online at

The Quaker Oats website

Quisp 1970's commercial

Crazy Cow Cereal

Who remembers this commercial for Crazy Cow Cereal?

Body Buddies Cereal

If a kid had a sudden burst of energy, we'd say "They must have had their Body Buddies today"

I don't remember getting the paper calculators though

Donutz Cereal

Powdered was the original (1980)

Chocolate came out later (1981)

Below are the commercials.

The Donutz actually have names: Axelrod (the lead singer), Hot Rod, Ichabod, and Bruiser

Chocolate Donutz Cereal commercial

Graham Cracko's Cereal

A 1978 Graham Cracko's Box

First introduced in 1978. Check out the old commercial

C3PO's Cereal

This kind of reminds me of the Graham Cracko's Cereal above. In shape that is.

These were from the early 80's.

Pac Man Cereal

I had to add this just for the catchy commercial. Everybody sing. You can do it, you can do the Pac Man!

Smurf Berry Crunch Cereal

These were very tasty if I recall.

They should bring them back since the ,ovies have been a hit

The Monsters Cereal- Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Fruit Brute, Yummy Mummy

You can still buy these. But I remember loving these as a kid.

Check out the links and photos below to see how the images have changed throughout the years.

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Fruit Brute was produced from 1975 to 1983
Fruit Brute was produced from 1975 to 1983
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Monster Cereals Commercial 1983

Do you have a favorite cereal from the past?

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      cinstress 3 years ago

      Could it have been Quisp?

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      ken lundberg 3 years ago

      My sister and I were going bananas trying to remember a favorite cereal I believe from the 70s ... spheres like Kix, very sweet, vanilla...maybe a whale or a ship involved in the graphics? stumped.

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      cinstress 3 years ago

      @veganhoneyoc: I never heard of them. Maybe it was a store brand name. Like how you can buy the store's brand of Fruit Rings instead of Kellogg's Fruit Loops.

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      veganhoneyoc 3 years ago

      Have you ever heard of SoBigs? I have a picture of me from 1970 holding a box but I can't seem to find any info on them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My favorite was and still is Cheerios.

      What a walk down memory lanes. :)

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      Louidam1 LM 5 years ago

      Wow these cereals are before my time! I love watching those retro yourtube videos! Great lens!

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      I really loved your Lens. I had forgotten about these cereals and had a great time watching your videos --- Thanks

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      hmmm ... A lot of the ones you talke about here were introduced after I was a kid. But we sure loved our snap crackle pop rice krispies

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      cinstress 5 years ago


      check this article out. It shows a picture of the box

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a favorite cereal in the the mid 1970s. Get ready, this is a very rare one, I believe. It was part of the Cap'n Crunch family of cereals. It was vanilla flavored and the Capt'n Crunch character that represented it was a big white whale. I probably had 2 boxes before my parents couldn't find it anymore at the stores. Any clues out there as to what this delicious cereal was called ? Anybody ?

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I really liked Frankenberry and Boo-Berry. My sister and brother were partial to Count Chocula.

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      NickyT LM 6 years ago

      I absolutely loved the cereal Count Chocula!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      One of my absolute favorites was "Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs". But like Maree says, there are so many good ones to choose from.

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Lucky Charms, Life, or Rice Krispies maybe? So many good ones to choose from!

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      daphnedangerlov1 6 years ago

      I cannot believe you featured C-3PO cereal! My brother and I LOVED that when we were kdis. He is going to crack up when he sees that commercial!

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      khellogs 6 years ago

      Wow I love cereals..