10 Bizarre Breakfast Cereals You Won’t Believe Ever Existed (Slideshow)
There was once a time when there were multiple grape-flavored cereals on the market for some reason, and this one differentiated itself by naming itself after a fictional knighted gentleman who enjoyed flying airplanes with no hands. The most intriguing part of the whole thing is this supposed “air car.”
How eating what’s basically a bowl of Cheerios with some “K”s added to it amounts to a super-jacked Scottish man (possibly named Big Otis?) is beyond us. Either way, we have a feeling that this cereal was just OK.
We’re wondering how much they paid this guy to don a crown of spoons and smile at the camera. Whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying.
Hey kids, Mr. Wonderfull has a surprise for you! And he’s wearing a polka dot jacket and a periscope on his head! Thanks, but we'll pass.
We’re not sure if freeze-drying bananas makes them “instant,” but either way we’d much rather just slice up a banana and add it to our cereal. Also, why is the banana's nose made out of the top of his head?
Mmmm, doesn’t a nice crunchy “logg” sound appetizing? We’ll save these for the beavers.
“It takes funny people to make funny cereal,” was the tagline for this oddball cereal that debuted in 1975. The storyline was about four characters (named Grins, Smiles, Giggles and Laughs) who had to make a robot laugh before it could pop out a box of cereal. Weird.
Yes, 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner, had its very own promotional tie-in cereal. Shaped (more or less) like arrows, this vaguely fruit-flavored cereal has gone down in history as one of the most bizarre, and pointless, ever sold.
For some reason in the early 90s, the Family Matters character Steve Urkel ruled the airwaves and Ralston Foods decided to give him his own cereal. Basically just yellow and red Froot Loops, they didn’t even make an effort to have anything to do with Urkel himself.
In 1998, the people at Ralston (also behind Prince of Thieves and Urkel O’s) decided that what America needed was a cereal with fruit-flavored dinosaurs. For the box, they decided to turn four of the dinosaurs into diner employees, and one dinosaur into the diner itself. That’s stretching it a little.
As an aside, the brand Ralston was founded in 1902, named after a minor social movement at the time called Ralstonism. The motto was "Regime, Activity, Light, Strength, Temperation, Oxygen and Nature," whose first letters combined to spell RALSTON. It advocated a very strict diet, attention to personal hygiene, and, oddly enough, castration of all non-Caucasian males. Best known for introducing Chex and Cookie Crisp, the brand was sold to General Mills in 1994.