Long-Lost Breakfast Favorites: 17 Cereals That Need to Come Back

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We miss them and want them back because we still think of them! We're talking, of course, about those delectable cereals from our childhood that have since vanished from the shelves. In the memory of the exciting crunchy deliciousness that we’ve had over the years, there are many cereals we always remember. Although they’ve been discontinued, they stay tucked in our taste buds! These are the cereals we miss dearly, as compiled on a popular online forum. 

1. Strawberry Shortcake

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The lovable titular character of this branded cereal is still on the shelves of toy aisles today. However, her cereal didn’t quite have the same longevity. Discontinued in 1985, Strawberry Shortcake cereal was made from strawberry-flavored frosted corn, almost like a strawberry version of Corn Pops.

2. Crispy Critters

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It may not have the most appealing name, but Post Cereals’ Crispy Critters was a delicious concoction of sweet animal-shaped oats. The cereal looked and tasted similar to classic animal crackers. Despite becoming so popular that its mascot, Linus the Lionhead, received a spinoff Saturday-morning cartoon, the cereal was eventually discontinued. A revival was attempted in 1987, but by then, the cereal didn’t resonate with consumers.

3. Ice Cream Cones

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The name already tells you what this cereal is about! The cereal included small waffle cones with little scoops of ice cream that you could place on top. It was fun, tasty, and packed with sugar—all the things a growing child needs

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cereal

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Today, we associate this name with one of our favorite Nickelodeon series. But did you know that General Mills released a cereal that paid homage to the Ninja Turtles? Yes, this show will keep you hooked with its on-screen action and its cereal at the same. In a box that features our beloved animated crime fighters, it is a Lucky-Charm-style sugary cereal we wish was still around. While new iterations featuring the modernized TMNT exist, nothing will beat that classic cereal. 

5. Pop-Tarts Crunch

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This cereal was one of Kellogg’s most fantastic inventions! We loved it because it had one ingredient that every child wanted in their cereals—an unholy amount of sugar. A bit of milk made the Pop-Tarts bite-sized and sent you straight to Sugarland. We’d give anything for one more bite!

6. Berry Berry Kix

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Kix doesn't pack a lot of flavor on its own but with some “fruit clusters,” you’d make a cereal that tastes like blueberry. The flavor was just right and never overbearing. This cereal gave comfort on those hard-to-manage mornings when another 15 minutes in bed was absolutely needed. 

7. Sprinkle Spangles

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Although it's been 17 years since General Mills discontinued this cereal, the sweetened corn puffs are hard to get out of our minds. Even harder to forget is the purple Genie mascot voiced by Dom DeLuise.

8. Waffle Crisp

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Oh, Waffle Crisp, we miss thee. In the late 1990s, this cereal was always in our cupboards. Its discontinuation was one of the saddest things in the world of food. On an internet site, a user wrote, “There have been many imitations of this cereal, but none ever tastes like the real thing.” Bring Waffle Crisp back!

9. Dino Pebbles

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Dino Pebbles came with one thing Fruity Pebbles lacked—marshmallows, and we love our “marshes!” Eggo Cereal tries to imitate Dino Pebbles but will never come close to its crispness and crunchiness.

10. Cap’n Crunch’s Choco Donuts

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We want this cereal back on our shelves! When an individual said, “loved it as a kid!” all my childhood memories came flooding back because most things in my household revolved around Cap’n Crunch’s Choco Donuts. Whether it was breakfast with my parents or time with my siblings, you name it, Cap'n Crunch was there with his chocolatey morsels! We can't forget the little games in the back of the box that made it a delight.

11. Oreo O’s

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Who doesn't love a good box of Oreo cookies? They are one of the few snacks I’ll never pass up on. I'd give every excuse to eat it for breakfast and then sneak some for the daily munchies. Oreo did a wonderful thing in the early 2000s when they introduced the world to the Oreo O's cereal. But sadly, it looks like not too many parents enjoyed the breakfast idea.

12. Rice Krispie Treats

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Rice Krispies are a bit bland on their own. But when you throw in some marshmallows and pop the mixture in the oven for a few minutes, you create a cereal that kids and adults will enjoy. No wonder we wish Rice Krispie Treats were still around! It's the one cereal that everyone wants.

13. Mr. T's Cereal

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Anyone who loved Cap’ n Crunch also enjoyed Mr. T's cereal. It came in boxes that featured our favorite actor, and the cereal was a unique way to show support for Laurence Tureaud and his role as Clubber Lang in Rocky III. The cereal disappeared from our shelves in 1983. It was a little too soon for everyone who enjoyed it.

14. Cinnamon Mini Buns

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Today, there's a trend where people make tiny cinnamon rolls and turn them into cereal because they miss Cinnamon Mini Buns. We're sad that Kellogg’s stopped making these, as they were everything you’d want in a plate.

15. Hidden Treasures

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A bowl of Hidden Treasures was a fantastic treasure hunt of sorts. This cereal came with a mix of fruity and plain sweetened corn squares. The idea may have been genius and appealed to kids, but Hidden Treasures wasn't long for this world and was pulled from shelves in 1995.

16. Crazy Cow

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Just like Cocoa Puffs, this cereal magically turned your milk chocolate. Even better is the fact that the boxes often carried promotional items like Star Wars trading cards. 

17. Mini Trix

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This cereal came and went too quickly. Released in 2010, it featured mini versions of Trix's fruit-flavored pellets. There was nothing more satisfying than mixing them up in milk and gobbling them before they turned into milky mush.

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