Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hey, Whippersnappers!

Did any of you grow up eating this stuff?

13 comments:

David Jack Bell said...

The good old days when I didn't read nutrition labels. Memories.

Jerry House said...

It's official that I am not a whippersnapper -- haven't tried a single one.

There was an "urban legend" cereal popular among seventh grade boys: Prostitooties. They didn't snap, crackle and pop; they'd just lay there and bang.

Also, Snap, Crackle and Pop were brutally murdered. Police are looking for a cereal killer.

Gotta stop commenting before my morning coffee...

norby said...

Some of those were out when I was a kid but I never ate any of them.

Can't say I'm disappointed.

Randy Johnson said...

I guess I'm not a whippersnapper, either. Never even heard of any these. The closest was regular old Captain Crunch.

Anonymous said...

The only one I might have eaten as All-Stars. I don't remember the cereal, but I do remember the Nautilus submarine premium. You stuck a dollop of baking soda in the top and it was supposed to submerge and resurface. Never got it to work satisfactorily.

Art Scott

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

There's a couple over there I'm not familiar with but I was pretty chummy with all the rest. Don't recall sampling any, however; my mother was a Kellogg's devotee and so we usually ate the popular stuff: Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, Apple Jacks, etc.

Technically, you really didn't have to eat any of these to be familiar with 'em: I had most of the commercials memorized as a budding whippersnapper ("Quisp--that qwazy energy cereal!")

Ben Rehder said...

Looks like many of these came out after I'd reached adulthood...so that hurts.

You gotta love it when a cereal features the Purina logo, as a couple of these did.

Bill Crider said...

I remember the commercials from my kids' growing up days.

Purina Kid Chow! Now there's an idea. Too late now, though.

Todd Mason said...

Well, Bill, I'd wager that almost all of these were impossible to grow up on, since aside from Quisp, i doubt any were on the shelves for more than about three years if that...and Quisp off and on. Kellogg OKs and that last sugar bomb cereal with Betty Crocker's endorsement have the look of something one might've bought at about the time Cele Goldsmith was coming in at Ziff-Davis, so not so gol-darned whippersnapperish there...you just might've eaten a box the way I just maybe had some Post Pink Panther cereal (I'm thinking maybe one). Haven't thought of Red Baron cereal since about 1971, though, and am pretty sure I never indulged...

Toby said...

I wonder if Baron von Redberry and Sir Grapefellow were connected in some way with those powdered drinks like Goofy Grape?

I wouldn't be surprised if the marketing campaign (if there was one) pitted the two characters against each other in much the same way Quisp and Quake were always at odds.....

Benjie said...

We used to get Quisp and Quake and fought over which one should win the "vote-off".

I've tasted a few, knew some of the others (really liked the commercials for Grins and Smiles and Giggles and Laughs.

Others I've never heard of (including some of the ones with movie tie-ins).

Brent McKee said...

I don't know how many of these made it into the Canadian market, because the only ones I've ever recall seeing were Quisp and Quake and I can't remember if that was because I saw them on the store shelves or because I saw the commercials on Mark Evanier's blog some time.

You haven't get Chex brand cereals in my part of Canada at least for over 40 years either.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran, and Corn Flakes. We never had candylike cereals when I was a kid.

The submarine Art mentions had a counterpart--the frogman. Put baking soda in his bell-like rignt foot and he was supposed to rise and sink in the water. Mine never did.