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Rarely Remembered Cereals

It's time to shine a light on some long-forgotten cereals. Cereals forgotten by many... but not by us.

 

Big Mixx (1990-1992)

As a kid, I always thought cereals should sell mixed-together boxes of cereals. We did it ourselves at home anyway. I'd think to myself, "General Mills owns both Lucky Charms and Trix... why not sell them all mixed together in the same bag?" I should note that now this HAS been done commercially with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms. Anyway, in the '90s this was only a dream, and Big Mixx scratched that itch. This cereal felt like random components of other cereals were chosen and plopped into this mix of flakes, raisins, nuts, puffs, and whatever else was in here. The star of the show, however, was undoubtedly the chicken-wolf-moose-pig mascot. This felt like a cereal that actually could have passed for a "healthy" adult cereal if not branded by that crazy mascot. No marshmallows. No chocolate. No fruity-whatevers. Moose-chicken man and the idea of the rules being broken was enough to make this mixed-up cereal a classic for kids back in the day.


Mascot: (The Chicken-Wolf-Moose-Pig Guy) 9
Taste: 7
Fun Factor: 8

 


Hidden Treasures (1993-1995)


Here's a cereal gimmick that I've only seen here. Unknown contents in each cereal piece. Some have fruity frosting inside. Some orange, some grape, and some cherry. Other cereal pieces have... NOTHING!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! A great idea which kids loved, even though taking a spoonful of these babies really tells you... not much. Of course, you could (and did) break apart individual pieces to investigate. That was simply a breakfast activity that no other cereal could provide.


Mascot: (HT the Robot) 7
Taste: 6
Fun Factor: 10



Sprinkle Spangles (1993-1998)

Actual sprinkles on a breakfast cereal? I'm in. What's a spangle exactly? Doesn't matter.
The box is great. It had an excellent font choice. Super fun-looking letters. Honestly, for me, the main x-factor here is the loud neon teal color of the majority of the box. This baby stands out in the cereal aisle and in your pantry.
Now... the sprinkles. They were the real deal. Tiny crunchy rainbow spheres, just like you might get on ice cream. Marshmallows in cereal always felt like we weren't getting the real thing. I wanted real, soft, pillowy marshmallows. With sprinkle Spangles, I got the real thing. Sprinkles make would make any cereal delicious.


Mascot: (The Sprinkle Genie) 7
Taste: 9
Fun Factor: 8



Do you remember these 3 gems? If I could bring back just one for a return run in supermarkets... it's a close call, but I think I'd go with Sprinkle Spangles. General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening, when you read this as you undoubtedly will... now is the time for action.


 

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SteveUrkel Posted on Jul 27, 2022 at 02:36 PM

Vaporman yup.... all they do now is mix one sugar cereal with another. Frosted flakes with marshmallows. Lucky Charms with chocolate pieces. Ugh.

onipar Posted on Jul 24, 2022 at 03:25 PM

I remember Sprinkle Spangles, but never had any of these. They all seem like fun cereals though.

Mr Magic Posted on Jun 16, 2022 at 07:54 PM

Hidden Treasures and Sprinkle Spangles sound and taste very familiar.

pikachulover Posted on Jun 16, 2022 at 04:25 PM

I only remember Hidden Treasures and Sprinkle Spangles. I begged my parents to buy me a box of Hidden Treasures and they tasted awful! You could always find the grape pieces because they were purple inside. I remember Sprinkle Spangles because they sent me a free sample. They were ok, but not good enough to buy a full size box.

Vaporman87 Posted on Jun 15, 2022 at 04:55 PM

Now you're speaking my language! I remember NONE of these cereals. Then again, I was in college for majority of the runs these cereals enjoyed. I love how crazy the gimmicks became as the '80s progressed and we headed into the '90s. Anything was fair game. Unlike nowadays, where we get next to no fun gimmicks, mascots, or funky flavors.

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