Friday, August 11, 2006
Mmmm... Crunchy Marshmallows
Ok, I'm not a big fan of crunchy marshmallows and I don't like my milk to turn funny colors while I am eating my cereal. But, I do love the artwork on kids cereal boxes. I started collecting cereal boxes almost 20 years ago, and at the height of my cereal box collecting, I was adding up to 20 new boxes a month to my collection. I was even a subscriber of Flake Magazine, a print fanzine dedicated to cereal box collecting. You could always count on General Mills and Kellogg's to produce limited edition cereals featuring current hit movies, TV shows, etc. A trip to the cereal isle in any grocery store would always produce a plethora of new, "limited time only" treasures. As a collector, I like to keep the boxes which have the great artwork. The cereal however is a different story. I can't stand most of the stuff inside these boxes - as I said, hard crunchy marshmallows are not something I look forward to at breakfast time. Since I don't eat the cereal, I started opening the boxes as carefully as possible and removing the unopened bags of cereal and then giving them to my mom to drop off at the local food bank. It must be a little strange for some kid who is used to getting food from the food bank and getting nothing but generic corn flakes and Cheerios, to receive a package of mystery cereal with tiny marshmallows or cereal that changes the milk to green sludge!
I have hundreds of great boxes in my collection, and am always on the lookout for something new on the grocery store shelves. The two most recent additions to my collection are the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean cereal, and Pixar Cars cereal.
A few of the kids cereals that I have enjoyed eating over the years are; Strawberry Shortcake, Sugar Crisp, Cap'n Crunch peanut Butter Crunch, and Cookie Crisp.
Pictured above are two General Mills cereals; Count Chocula & Franken Berry, and below are the two newest additions to my collection.