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12 Forgotten Cereal Mascots

For every Tony the Tiger, there's a Poppy the Porcupine.

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1. Waldo the Wizard (Lucky Charms)

Via titleofmagazine.com

In the mid-'70s, Waldo was supposed to replace Lucky, but the leprechaun ultimately proved to be more popular. What business does a wizard have with four-leaf clovers, anyway?

2. Poppy the Porcupine (Sugar Corn Pops)

Via cerealbits.com

I don't know what a porcupine has to do with anything, but this little lady is precious and I'd buy whatever cereal she's selling. (Corn Pops, from 1980 to 1986.)

3. Big Yella (Sugar Corn Pops)

This fan favorite cowboy isn't quite as adorable as Poppy, but he does have a fan club (the "Big Yella Society") campaigning to get him back on cereal boxes. Big Yella appeared in the late '70s, which means he predates Poppy.

5. Mrs. Tony (Frosted Flakes)

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Yes, Tony the Tiger is married. Sure, she looks an awful lot like Tony in drag, but let's go ahead and assume they're two different characters. Mrs. Tony debuted in 1971.

6. Fruit Brute

Via powip.com

There was only room for so many Monster Cereals. While Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Frankenberry live on, Fruit Brute has found a second life making cameos in Quentin Tarantino movies. The cereal stopped being made in 1983.

7. Paul Jung (Sugar Smacks)

Via clownalley.blogspot.com

This terrifying abomination was the Sugar Smacks mascot in the '50s, along with the equally horrifying Cliffy the Clown. Eventually they were replaced by an animated seal, but they live on in our nightmares.

8. The Genie (Sprinkle Spangles)

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Um, I don't want to accuse anyone of copyright infringement, but gee, Disney, Aladdin's genie looks an awful lot like this early '90s cereal mascot.

11. Chockle the Blob (Choco Crunch Cereal)

Via flickriver.com

If I had a shape-shifting ball of cookie dough, I would force him to shape-shift into bigger and bigger versions of himself. Then I would eat him — starting with his mouth, to silence his cereal mascot screams.

12. So-Hi (Rice Krinkles)

Via consumerist.com

Well, this is awkward. At some point (read: the 1960s) it was OK for Rice Krinkles to use this offensive stereotype, named "So-Hi" because he was only "so high." (It's a height thing, not a drug reference.)

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