30 Discontinued Cereals You Loved as a Kid

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Nothing brings you back in time quite like discontinued cereal. Even though the cereals you loved as a kid are long gone, they live on in your memories (and in this blog post).

Oreo O’s

A box of Oreo Os in a bowl of Oreos, posted on Instagram by @cereallife

Oreo O’s are an interesting case. At the time of this writing, this cereal isn’t discontinued, though they do have quite the rocky history.

They’re shaped like Cheerios and taste like cookies — the perfect combo. Unsurprisingly, they ruled the cereal scene in the late 90s and early 2000s.

They got discontinued in 2007 (though they were still sold in South Korea). 10 years later, they were re-released, and have been going strong ever since (per Thrillist).

French Toast Crunch

French Toast Crunch cereal. Photo by General Mills cereal

If you were a fan of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, you probably gave French Toast Crunch a spin. True to its name, the cereal was shaped like French toast.

The taste was meant to be a lot more syrupy than Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with a thicker consistency. Thankfully, this is no longer a discontinued cereal!

Like Oreo O’s, French Toast Crunch made its triumphant return in the 2010s. It’s still not as popular as its cinnamon-y counterpart, but it’s available.

Dunkin’ Donuts Cereal

Two boxes of Dunkin' Donuts cereal. Posted on Instagram by @snackgator

Okay, so maybe you didn’t eat this discontinued cereal as a kid (unless you’re a toddler). But you definitely miss it. Dunkin’ Donuts cereal was, unfortunately, limited-time-only.

Dunkin’ teamed up with Post in 2020 to make the magic happen. The cereal puffs were made to mimic the flavor of different espresso drinks.

Sadly, the cereal didn’t last. If the CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts is reading this, we have one request for you: bring back the cereal!

Cinnamon Mini Buns

Cinnamon Mini Buns Cereal box and bowl. From old 1992 commercial posted on YouTube by webbox100

This is a discontinued cereal that you probably did eat as a kid. Cinnamon Mini Buns were first released in the early 90s.

Obviously, cinnamon buns are a classic. This cereal promised all the sugary goodness of cinnamon buns, with artificial flavors removed and extra nutrition added.

They debuted in the early 90s before slowly fading out of existence, which is predictable. Nobody eats cinnamon buns for for their nutritional value.

Hidden Treasures Cereal

Box and bowl of Hidden Treasures cereal, from 1994 commercial. Posted on YouTube by GrowinupinSincity81

Only true 90s kids will remember this one. Hidden Treasures cereal was only around for two years in the mid-90s before vanishing from the face of the Earth.

It was made up of square-shaped corn puffs, some of which had fruit-flavored filling. The ones with the filling were the cereal’s so-called “hidden treasures.”

There were three flavors: cherry, orange, and grape (per MrBreakfast). It’s not a bad idea. We don’t know why it was so short-lived. Maybe it just tasted bad.

Sprinkle Spangles

Cartoon image of Sprinkle Spangles cereal and bowl. From 1994 commercial, posted on. YouTube by wtcvidman

Sprinkle Spangles was released by General Mills, the same company that manufactured Hidden Treasures. Unfortunately, this discontinued cereal, released around the same time, was another failure.

True to its name, Sprinkle Spangles were covered with rainbow-colored sprinkles. While it sounds good, people seemed to think that it was too much.

The star-shaped cereal was way too sweet. Nihla Lake told Deseret News that even her kid, who had a big sweet tooth, hated it.

Pop-Tarts Crunch

Piece of Pop-Tart cereal in spoon, with "Pop-Tarts For You" written around them. From a 1990s commercial, posted on YouTube by rsvrdg2

Now that we’re on the topic of sugary cereal, does anyone remember Pop-Tarts Crunch? This cereal was made up of mini Pop-Tarts and was released in the 90s.

It came in two flavors: frosted strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon. Aside from their size, the miniature Pop-Tarts were just like the original ones.

Like lots of nostalgic foods, the cereal returned for a limited time. In 2019, Pop-Tarts Crunch was rebranded as Pop-Tarts Cereal. However, it didn’t last long (per Delish).

Sir Grapefellow

Image of a box of Sir Grapefellow discontinued cereal. From 1972 commercial, posted on YouTube by MemoryMuseum

Unlike most of the previously mentioned cereals, Sir Grapefellow wasn’t released in the 90s or early 2000s. It was launched way back in the 1970s.

The cereal is purple and grape-flavored, with marshmallows mixed in. However, the star of the show isn’t the cereal’s flavor or color or nutritional value.

Each box came with a special toy — a plane held afloat by a small balloon. Sir Grapefellow’s “nemesis” was Baron von Redberry, a raspberry-flavored cereal’s mascot.

S’mores Crunch

S'mores Crunch cereal box with bowl. From 1980s commercial, posted on YouTube by Cereal Time TV

Remember the discontinued cereal that brought the campfire right to your breakfast table? S’mores Crunch wasn’t just a cereal. It was a morning ritual.

If you’re yearning for a taste of nostalgia, S’mores Crunch was the go-to. This discontinued cereal made early risers out of us all.

Its legacy lives on. Fans still reminisce about the unique experience it offered, proving that some flavors, though no longer available, leave a lasting impression.

Marshmallow Blasted Froot Loops

Box and bowl of Froot Loops Marshmallow cereal. From 2001 commercial, posted on YouTube by 1217Bubby

The only thing differentiating this from regular Froot Loops was, predictably, the marshmallows. Colorful marshmallows were intermixed with Froot Loops, making for a sweet cereal.

While this definitely sounds delicious, it just wasn’t original enough to last. Some people remember it fondly, but most barely even remember this discontinued cereal.

This special edition of Froot Loops debuted in the 90s and lasted until the early 2000s. It’s been rereleased under a different name, though it’s not widely sold.

Mr. T Cereal

Box of Mr. T cereal, from 1980s commercial. Part of YouTube video posted by Cereal Time TV

This one’s for the 80s kids. Mr. T cereal was one of many pop-culture themed breakfasts, with popular 80s actor, Mr. T, on the box.

Mr. T cereal was sold in the 90s, too, but really took off in the 80s. Nowadays, you’d be hard-pressed to find Mr. T cereal anywhere.

The cereal itself was shaped like a “T” (you can guess why). A big draw wasn’t necessarily the taste, but the high nutritional content.

Urkel-Os

Box and bowl of Urkel-Os cereal, from 1990s commercial. Posted on YouTube by CatraDhtem

This discontinued cereal didn’t just win over hearts with its fruity flavor. It brought a piece of TV’s beloved nerd, Steve Urkel, to the kitchen table.

Remember those catchy commercials that made Urkel-Os irresistible? They were as much a part of the ’90s breakfast scene as Saturday morning cartoons.

While Urkel-Os may have joined the ranks of discontinued cereal, its legacy lives on. It’s a testament to just how much our favorite shows can influence.

Cruncheroos

Two boxes of Cruncheroos cereal. From early 1990s commercial, posted on YouTube by maxwell joseph

Cruncheroos were mostly a Canadian thing. This 90s cereal was pretty similar to Cheerios, down to the shape, size, and flavor. There were a few flavors.

According to Mr. Breakfast, their mascot was Crunchosaurus Rex. This delicious cereal may not have lasted forever but is missed heavily.

The two flavors it came in were Honey & Almonds and Apple & Cinnamon. Both were excellent options pairing nicely with cold milk.

Crazy Cow

Image of astronaut and animated cow with Crazy Cow cereal. From 1970s commercial. Posted to YouTube by Cereal Time TV.

In the 1970’s, this cereal took the aisles for a run. General Mills created a hit of a cereal, where either a strawberry or chocolate flavored ball would make this cereal.

The cereal would dissolve very quickly into the milk, making it a fan favorite. That is to many the best part of cereal.

That being said, these didn’t last long. If you ask around though, children in the 70’s were crazy for Crazy Cow cereal.

Nerds Cereal

Two boxes of different flavors of Nerds cereal next to each other. From 1986 commercial, posted to YouTube by Jason Harder

Who could forget the splash of color and tangy taste that Nerds cereal brought to the breakfast table? It was a feast for the eyes and the palate.

Gone but not forgotten, Nerds cereal was an 80s hallmark. Each box was a dual-chambered delight, allowing eaters to mix and match flavors to their heart’s content.

Even though they’re gone, at least Nerds candy seems here to stay. You could pour them in a bowl with some milk if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic.

Barbie Cereal

Box of Barbie cereal

Remember the magic of sitting down to a bowl of Barbie cereal? Barbie Fairytopia Cereal despite not lasting long provided that. 

What made Barbie cereal stand out wasn’t just its vibrant colors or the shapes that danced in your milk. It just was a fun bowl of cereal.

Despite it being gone in 2005, there is no reason we still shouldn’t demand its return! especially with the new Barbie movie!

Reptar Crunch

Bowl of Reptar Crunch cereal

This discontinued cereal was a childhood staple for many, transforming breakfast into a journey back into the dinosaur age and Rugrats!

Reptar Crunch didn’t just capture the essence of our beloved Rugrats character; it brought a piece of the cartoon into our homes. It was briefly available but you can still hunt for boxes today!

The cereal while no longer available is to many considered their “favorite” cereal. That could have a lot to do with Rugrats, but also could just be how good they were.

Ice Cream Cones Cereal

Image from 1980s Ice Cream Cones cereal commercial, posted on YouTube by 80scommercialsforever

Ice Cream Cones cereal was like having dessert for breakfast, sans guilt. It made all our mornings a bit sweeter. Seriously, what’s not to love?

This cereal first debuted in the early 2000s. Fans of this discontinued cereal still reminisce about its delightful crunch and dreamy flavor. Come on, when’s the comeback?

Finding a box of this discontinued cereal today might be a challenge, but the nostalgia it evokes is priceless. It’s a definite trip down memory lane.

Donkey Kong Cereal

Box of Donkey Kong cereal, from commercial circa 1980s. Posted on YouTube by Japancommercials4U2

OK, so in 1981, while Donkey Kong is the hottest video game, a new creation is emerging. A year later, Donkey Kong Cereal is introduced.

The cereal supposedly had an outstanding crunch to it, and according to mr.breakfast.com, the words on the commercial said it all.

“The sweet, crunchy, corn taste will drive you ape”. This was said in a low voice, almost Darth-Vader like. However, this cereal only lasted 3 years.

Kaboom

Box of Kaboom cereal, from 1969. Posted to YouTube by Commercial Collections

Kaboom was released in 1969 by General Mills. It was an oat cereal with marshmallow stars. The box mentions it offered iron in 1 ounce.

It was discontinued in 2010, so if you think about it, Kaboom had quite a long shelf life. Kaboom was also referenced in the famous show “Futurama”.

Kaboom’s most famous commercial came in 1969. It included a clown and a ringmaster attempting to lift an elephant…an interesting commercial for sure but for a great cereal.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Cereal

Box of Bill & Ted's Excellent Cereal, from 1990s commercial. Posted to YouTube by Linda Kay

Remember Bill & Ted’s Excellent Cereal? This discontinued cereal was a tubular trip back to the ’90s, featuring a bodacious blend of cinnamon and marshmallow pieces.

Its unique flavor combination was ahead of its time, setting a trend for adventurous cereal mixes. Why did such an excellent cereal disappear from our breakfast tables?

Like many good things from the ’90s, it became a victim of market demands. However, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Cereal lives on in our hearts.

King Vitaman

Box of King Vitaman cereal, from old commercial. Posted to YouTube Commercial Collections

Introduced in 1970, this cereal was a good option for those looking for low fat or cholesterol, at least according to Quaker Oats themselves.

Apparently this cereal was also an incredible source of 8 vitamins and is also a great source of iron. That was the goal of the cereal, to be nutritional.

In 2000, Quaker did a haul on the king itself. This is as you can guess a popular cereal, and full of everything you need for a full day of activity.

Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs Cereal

Box and bowl of Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs cereal, from 1970s commercial. Posted to YouTube by Cereal Time TV

This cereal is so missed by so many people. That is for a variety of different reasons. First off, the animations on this cereal were great.

Second off, the cereal was absolutely delicious. The cereal was filled with smiley face shaped pieces as well.

Grins & Smiles & Giggles & Laughs was a bit bizarre with its commercials, but its iconic ‘Cecil’ the talking machine was too funny.

Pac-Man Cereal

Box of Pac-Man cereal, from old commercial, posted to YouTube by Commercial Collections

Remember the thrill of gobbling up ghosts in the arcade? Pac-Man cereal brought that same excitement to the breakfast table, turning a mundane morning routine into an adventure.

With marshmallow power-ups amidst crunchy corn puffs, this discontinued cereal was a game-changer. This discontinued cereal captured gamers’ hearts, making each bowl a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

The combination of tasty flavors and playful design made breakfast more than just a meal — it was a moment of joy. It may be gone, but we remember.

Rocky Road Cereal

Box and bowl of Rocky Road cereal, from 1986 commercial. Posted to YouTube by RW-TV: RetroWinnipeg

This cereal’s flavor was marshmallow and chocolates with nuts. The TV commercial however is what makes this legendary cereal.

The cereal included three characters, Marsha, Van, and Choco. The commercial was bizarre but always entertaining.

This is many people’s favorite cereal, and for good reason. Rocky road is a fantastic mixture and just is so tasty.

Fruity Yummy Mummy

three boxes of cereal (Franken Berry, Fruity Yummy Mummy, Count Chocula), with three bowls in front of them. From 1989 commercial, posted to YouTube by Mark Krugman

Remember Fruity Yummy Mummy? Yeah, we’re having a hard time jogging our memories, too. The Fruity Yummy Mummy is basically Count Chocula’s weird cousin.

Its time on the shelves was short-lived. Still, Fruity Yummy Mummy remains a cult favorite among those who cherish the nostalgia of ’80s and ’90s breakfasts.

The mascot was friendly, fruit-loving mummy, and was as much a draw as the cereal. It’s a sweet reminder of simpler times and sugary breakfasts.

Sugar Jets Cereal

Boxes of Sugar Jets cereal on shelves, one being put in a cart. From old commercial, posted to YouTube by compukatz

According to mr.breakfast.com, Jet’s cereal came out a while ago, but even then was a classic cereal paying homage to a TV classic.

The cereal tasted almost like a mix of Wheaties and Kix covered in sugar. It was certainly a very bizarre mix but had many people eating it.

The cereal was made by General Mills, one of the most legendary cereal creators. Its important to pay homage to their work!

Quisp

Box of Quisp cereal, from 1966 commercial, posted to YouTube by j peoplemover

Quisp you can in fact order online now, but it deserves honorable mention in here because in the 1970’s Quaker Oats discontinued it.

Quaker Oats must have decided this cereal was not worth making in volume, but thankfully it still is produced so there is access!

Quisp was a truly perfect breakfast. That in a cold bowl of milk with a glass of OJ was the perfect way to get ready for school.

Waffelos

Box of Waffelos cereal, from 1982 commercial, posted on YouTube by 1980s Commercials

Waffelos was more than just a discontinued cereal. Each bite was like diving into Sunday morning breakfast, complete with maple syrup’s comforting aroma.

Waffelos attempted to capture the essence of homemade waffles in a crunchier, more convenient form. For many, it was the go-to choice for a quick (yet hearty) breakfast.

The legacy of this discontinued cereal lives on in its enthusiasts’ hearts. Its unique flavor profile and texture set a pretty high bar for breakfast cereals.

Crispy Critters

Box and bowl of Crispy Critters cereal, from 1987 commercial, posted to YouTube FM1156

This one’s a real throwback. It was popular during the 1960s, though that popularity slowly declined until its eventual discontinuation. There’s no way it’ll come back.

This whimsical cereal was a hit for its variety of animal shapes, making each morning an adventure. It aimed to teach kids about animals while they munched away.

What made Crispy Critters so memorable wasn’t just the shapes but the taste. This discontinued cereal had a unique flavor that many still crave.

Which Discontinued Cereal Is Your Fave?

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There you have it: a trip down memory lane with 30 of the most missed discontinued cereals of the last decade. With flavors that taste like weekend cartoons, these cereals hold a special place in our hearts (and stomachs).

It’s a bittersweet farewell to these breakfast legends, but who knows? Maybe one day, we’ll see them on the shelves again. You never know.

Until then, we’ll keep our spoons ready and our milk cold, just in case. Want to go on more nostalgic walks down memory lane? Check out our blog!

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