What’s so cool about 80s cereal? Pac-Man, Donkey Kong & so much more, that’s what!

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Vintage 80s cereal brands and flavors

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You aren’t going to find cereal boxes labeled gluten-free or keto from the eighties, but 80s cereal had its own trendy charms.

You were probably more interested in Rainbow Brite, Smurf Magic Berries and/or Donkey Kong cereal anyway. Pac-Man and ET cereal was even a thing! The 80s wasn’t the last decade that breakfast cereal brands leveraged the gamer market, but it was certainly the first!

This is also the first decade that lower-sugar cereal sweetened with Nutrasweet/aspartame showed up on supermarket shelves (an ingredient that was already popular in diet sodas).

One wouldn’t think there was anything all that special about the cereal aisle at your grocery store, but as this throwback homage to popular 80s cereal shows, cereal packaging and its marketing angles really reflect the era it was sold in. -BB

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80s cereal: Vintage Banana Frosted Flakes

The short-lived Kellogg’s cereal had “natural banana-flavored sugar-frosted flakes of corn with real banana bits.”

Kellogg's vintage Banana Frosted Flakes cereal


1980 cereals: Rainbow Brite fruit-flavored cereal

This cartoon character-branded product was a sweetened cereal with natural fruit flavors, made by Ralston

Retro Rainbow Brite fruit flavor cereal


It’s honeylicious! Ralston’s Honey Bran cereal (1980)
Ralston Honey Bran cereal (1980)

Vintage 80s Ice Cream Cones cereal (1987)

Sweetened cereal scoops with crunchy cones

Vintage 80s Ice Cream Cones cereal (1987)


Cereals from the 80s: Buc-Wheats buckwheat cereal

Buc-Wheats buckwheat cereal from the 80s


Honey Buc-Wheat Crisp cereal (1986)

Honey Buc-Wheat Crisp cereal (1986)


80s cereal: Donkey Kong Junior cereal

Donkey Kong Junior cereal (1980s)

Donkey Kong Jr. cereal commercial from the 80s


Cheerios and Total cereal from the 1980s

Cheerios and Total cereal from the 1980s


80s cereal: Waffelos maple syrup cereal

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Vintage Waffelos cereal (1980s)


80s cereal: Cheerios (1982)

“We did it!”

You bet they did it! Kids everywhere did it. They made Cheerios the number one kids’ cereal because they just love that toasted oat taste.

And parents everywhere love Cheerios because it’s so low in sugar — just one gram per serving.

We make Cheerios low in sugar. Kids made Cheerios Number One.

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Cheerios cereal (1982)


Smurf Magic Berries cereal (1988)

Smurf Magic Berries with marshmallow starts cereal!

The delicious fruity flavored cereal that the Smurfs love to make and eat. Berry shapes in red, orange, and yellow with white marshmallows make breakfast fun for kids.

Vintage Smurf Magic Berries cereal (1988)


Apple Cinnamon Cheerios (1989)

Listen. Listen to the prr-fft of crisp apples being sliced…

Listen to the quiet rrmmp-rrmmp of whole-grain oats being ground…

Listen to the subtle scriitch-scriitch of the fresh cinnamon being grated…

Those are the sounds of the new Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

Bits of real apple, grated cinnamon, and whole-grain oats make up every toasted O. It’s a combination that tastes as great as it sounds.

Apple Cinnamon Cheerios cereal (1989)


80s cereal: Chocolate flavor Donutz cereal (1981)

A crispy, sweetened, 3-grain cereal from General Mills

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Chocolate flavor Donutz cereal (1981)


Crispy Oatmeal and Raisin Chex breakfast cereal (1984)

A delicious new taste! Now you can enjoy the deliciously different taste of new Crispy Oatmeal and Raisin Chex Brand Cereal.

This new taste sensation combines rich, crispy oatmeal with sweet, sun-ripened raisins for a cereal that makes breakfast something special for the whole family.

Crispy Oatmeal and Raisin Chex breakfast cereal (1984)


Quaker Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch cereal (1989)

Quaker Peanut Butter Crunch cereal 1989 (2)


Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch cereal from 1989

Quaker Christmas Crunch cereal 1989 (2)


Crispy Wheats ‘n Raisins cereal from the 80s

Crispy Wheats 'n Raisins cereal from the 1980s


General Mills Oatmeal Raisin Crisp breakfast cereal (1989)

General Mills Oatmeal Raisin Crisp breakfast cereal (1989)


Pac-Man marshmallow cereal from the 80s

Crunchy sweetened corn cereal with marshmallow bits, from General Mills

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General Mills Pac-Man marshmallow cereal from the 1980s


80s cereal: Post Fruit and Fibre in two flavors (1983)

Post Fruit & Fibre. It tastes so good you forget the fiber.

With all the tempting fruit — dates, raisins, and walnuts or apples and cinnamon — it’s easy to forget that Post Fruit & Fibre cereal also gives you the benefits of fiber.

We all know fiber is an important part of today’s healthier lifestyle.

So we make our crispy flakes with extra fiber. And that means you get more goodness in every delicious spoonful of Fruit & Fibre.

So go ahead and enjoy the fruit. But try not to forget the fiber.

Post Fruit and Fibre in two flavors (1984)


Oh’s breakfast cereal in 3 flavors (1989)

Varieties shown: Apple Cinnamon – Honey Graham – Crunchy Nut Oh’s (Only Honey Oh’s are available today)

Oh's breakfast cereal in 3 flavors (1989)


Wheaties cereal, from General Mills (1985)

General Mill's Wheaties cereal (1985)


Teddy Grahams Breakfast Bears graham cereal (1990)

Teddy Grahams Breakfast Bears graham cereal (1990)


Honey Graham Chex cereal (1987)

The whole family will love new Honey Graham Chex!

Real graham crackers and honey baked into every bite!

New Honey Graham Chex is so crunchy and crispy, mouth-watering and light, you’ve never tasted a delicious breakfast cereal like it! Our tasty secret? The real graham crackers and honey found in each and every delightful bite. The whole family will love it!

Honey Graham Chex cereal (1987)


Retro Strawberry Shortcake cereal box (1981)

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Retro Strawberry Shortcake cereal box (1981)

 

 


80s cereal: Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal with mascot Tony the Tiger (1988)

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal with Tony the Tiger mascot (1988)


Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats in regular & apple flavors (1983)

There’s more to Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats than meets the eyes.

It’s easy to see that Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats is a nutritious cereal, because you’re looking at whole-grain, shredded wheat.

Also, it’s easy to see why kids like it, because Mini-Wheats is so crunchy and lightly frosted.

But there are a couple of terrific things you can’t tell just by looking.

First, Mini-Wheats cereal is naturally low in sodium, with no salt added. Second, Mini-Wheats is fortified with ten essential vitamins and minerals. There are lots of great things about Kelloggs Mini-Wheats.

Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats in two flavors (1983)


Kellogg’s Honey and Nut Corn Flakes cereal (1982)

Kellogg's Honey and Nut Corn Flakes cereal (1982)


Kellogg’s Special K cereal (1983)

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Kellogg's Special K cereal (1983)


Nutri-Grain flavor Wheat and Raisins cereal (1982)

More raisins than any other cereal.

Now, serving per serving, Nutri-Grain Wheat & Raisins holds more plump raisins than any other cereal you can buy. Any other! And the special raisins are so juicy and sweet, they needed no sugar added.

More whole-grain goodness. No preservatives and no sugar added.

While most cereals give you just part of the grain, Nutri-Grain provides you with all the benefits of the whole grain. The bran, the germ — everything. You get a taste so naturally rich and satisfying that no sugar was needed.

More crunch.

The reason Nutri-Grain holds up to milk? The reason it stays so crisp? Bits of the whole grain you can see in each and every hearty flake.

What could be more perfect?

Nutri-Grain flavor Wheat and Raisins cereal (1982)


Post Fruit & Fibre cereal in Peach flavor (1980s)

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Post Fruit & Fibre cereal in Peach flavor (1980s)


Post Honeycomb cereal (1992)

Why moms who care say yes to Honeycomb.

Moms who care know they can always say yes to Honeycomb cereal. That’s because Honeycomb has the nutrition moms can feel good about.

  • Fat free.
  • Nutritious corn and whole grain oats.
  • 10 essential vitamins and minerals.
  • No artificial flavorings.

Honeycomb gives kids the one-of-a-kind crunchy shape and great taste they love, too.

So when your kids ask for Honeycomb, give them the answer you both feel good about. “Yes”.

Yes, it tastes great. Yes, it’s nutritious.

Post Honeycomb cereal (1992)

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Post Natural Raisin Bran breakfast cereal (1986)

Singer/actor John Denver helped introduce this lower-sugar spin on raisin bran.

Post Natural Raisin Bran breakfast cereal (1986)


Post Oak Flakes cereal (1988)

Feel your oats.

Try delicious new Post Oat Flakes. The tasty toasted golden flake packed with wholesome oat goodness.

  • Made from wholegrain oats.
  • A good source of oat bran.
  • A good source of fiber.
  • Zero cholesterol, low sodium, and low fat.

It’s one healthful breakfast so tasty you’ll look forward to it every morning. 

Post Oak Flakes cereal (1988)


Post Super Sugar Crisp cereal from the 80s

Post Super Sugar Crisp cereal from the 80s

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80s cereal: Kellogg’s Common Sense Oat Bran cereal (1988)

All the news on oat bran isn’t contained in medical reports.

Recent medical studies suggest that oat bran can be important to your good health, as part of a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.

But what these studies don’t show is that Kelloggs new Common Sense Oat Bran cereal contains more oat bran than any leading ready-to-eat cereal.

Nor do they discuss just how great Common Sense Oat Bran tastes. For that information, we suggest you read the back of our box. And then conduct your own research on what’s inside.

Kellogg's Common Sense Oat Bran cereal (1988)


Hot or not? Quaker 100% Natural Cereal (1984)

Flavors included regular, raisin & date, and apple & cinnamon

Quaker 100% Natural Cereal (1984)


Quaker Corn Bran breakfast cereal (1986)

Quaker Corn Bran breakfast cereal (1986)


80s cereal: Quaker Halfsies cereal, made with aspartame (1983)

“I’m eating less sugar and lovin’ every bite!” He’s eating new Quaker Halfsies.

New Halfsies is one of the sweetest ways we know to get your kid to cut down on sugar. It’s the cereal with only half the sugar of most other sugar-coated cereals — one teaspoon per serving — that’s 50% less!

But even though we cut the sugar we didn’t cut the taste. Halfsies still has a whole lot of sweetness your child’s going to love!

How did we do it? With just a smidgen of NutraSweet, a new nutritive sweetener. Doesn’t touch the taste… or the nutrition.

Halfsies gives your child all the wholesomeness of corn and rice, plus 9 essential vitamins and minerals.

New Quaker Halfsies. You’re going to love half the sugar. And your kid’ll love every bite!

Quaker Halfsies cereal (1983)


Ralston Almond Delight cereal (1980s)

Ralston Almond Delight cereal (1980s)


Ralston Oat Bran Options cereal (1989)

If this is how you feel about oat bran… you need a tastier option.

The last thing you need at breakfast is another boring bowl of oat bran. This one is designed to dazzle!

Oat Bran Options takes luscious raisins, chewy dates, and surrounds them with oven-toasted flakes and crunchy oat nuggets for a combination that talks straight to your tastebuds and to your health.

Ralston Oat Bran Options cereal (1989)


Sun Flakes cereal with Nutrasweet (1985)

Sun Flakes cereal with Nutrasweet - New flakes from 1985


Trix fruit-flavored cereal from the 80s

Great taste. Real fruit flavors.

Natural grape, lemon, and orange fruit flavors! That’s what gives Trix the taste kids love. And absolutely no artificial flavors.

Trix fruit flavored cereal from the 80s


Winn-Dixie cereal aisle back in the 1980s

Cereals shown include Fruit Wheats, Oatmeal Raisin Crisp, Honey Nut Cheerios, Raisin Bran, and more.

Various retro cereals from the 1980s


Nerds candy cereal from 1986

New from Ralston — Nerds brand sweetened cereal.

Two bags in every box, each with its own unique flavor; Orange, Cherry, Grape, and Strawberry.

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Wheat and Raisin Chex breakfast cereal (1981)

Wheat and Raisin Chex breakfast cereal (1981)


ET Cereal from the 80s, from General Mills

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ET Cereal from the 80s


Body Buddies cereal (1980)

Kids like it… Because it tastes good. Sweetened corn puffs in two delicious flavors: brown sugar & honey and natural fruit flavor.

You’ll love it… 16 vitamins & minerals (more than any other cereal) and no artificial flavors. It’s an important part of a nutritious breakfast.

Vintage cereal Body Buddies (1979-1980)


Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal (1983)

Now there’s a bran new way to start feeling your oats!

Hooray! Nothin’ tickles an oat lover’s fantasy like new Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal.

The first and only ready-to-eat bran cereal with the rich taste of oat bran, pure brown sugar, and real coconut.

Splash on the milk! Spoon up that crunchy, high-fiber oat goodness. And start feelin’ your oats! It’s new Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal; and naturally, it’s from Kellogg’s.

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Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal (1983)


Introducing Cabbage Patch Kids Cereal (1985)

Introducing the first kids’ cereal even mothers will love.

New Cabbage Patch Kids brand Cereal is the one cereal both moms and kids can feel good about. Because we took the fun and fantasy of Cabbage Patch, turned it into a delicious taste that kids love, and then made it low in sugar!

How low? Only 3 grams of sugar per serving compared with 10 to 13 grams in most children’s cereals, so you can decide the right amount of sugar your kids eat for breakfast. And what’s more, there are no artificial flavors, either.

New Cabbage Patch Kids Cereals is so delicious, such fun to eat and so low in sugar, you’ll see why it’s the first kids’ cereal even mothers will love.

Introducing Cabbage Patch Kids Cereal 1985


Croonchy Stars cereal

The Swedish Chef from The Muppets was the star of this “cinnamonamony” cinnamon toast cereal from Post.

Vintage Post Croonchy Stars cereal - Muppets


Retro Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (1983)

Vintage 80s Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (1983)

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Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal (1983)

Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal (1983)


The big list: Cereals available as of 1987

Note: Not every cereal variety is listed, but this is what one grocery store in Raleigh, North Carolina offered in January 1987.

40% Bran Flakes
All Bran Fiber
All Bran Fruit/Apple
Almond Delight
Alpha Bits
Apple Jacks
Bran Flakes
Buc Wheats
Captain Crunch
Captain Crunch – Peanut Butter
Cheerios
Cheerios – Honey Nut
Chex Bran
Chex Corn
Chex Rice
Chex Wheat
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Circus Fun
Cocoa Krispies
Cocoa Pebbles
Cookie Crisp Chocolate Chip
Cookie Crunch Peanut Butter Boppers
Corn Flakes
Cracklin’ Bran
Crispy Wheat n Raisins
Fiber One
Frosted Flakes
Frosted Rice
Fruit & Fiber Date/Raisin/Natural
Fruit & Fiber Mountain Trail
Fruit & Fiber Tropical
Fruit Loops
Fruitful Bran
Fruity Marshmallow Krispies
Fruity Pebbles
General Mills Cocoa Puffs
General Mills Golden Grahams
General Mills Lucky Charms
General Mills Trix
Ghostbusters Cereal
Grape Nuts
Grapenut Flake
Heartland Plain
Honey Combs
Honey Smacks
Just Right All Grain
Just Right Raisin/Date/Nut
Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheat
Kellogg’s Raisin Squares
Kellogg’s Snack Pack
King Vitaman
Kix
Kretschmer’s Wheat Germ with Honey
Nabisco 100% Bran
Nerds Grape & Strawberry fruit-flavored cereal
Nutri-Grain Almond & Raisin
Nutri-Grain Corn
Nutri-Grain Wheat
Nutri-Grain Wheat/Raisin
Oh’s Crunchy Nut
Oh’s Honey Graham
Post Raisin Bran (Post)
Post Toasties Corn Flakes
Product 19
Quaker Captain Crunch Cranberry
Quaker Cinnamon Life
Quaker Natural Plus
Quaker Natural with Raisins
Quaker Nut & Raisin Granola Crunch
Raisin Bran (Kellogg’s)
Raisin Nut Bran
Rice Krispies
Rocky Road
Shredded Wheat
Shredded Wheat n Bran
Smores Crunch
Special K
Sugar Frosted Flakes
Sugar Pops
Sun Flakes
Super Sugar Crisp
Team Flakes
Toasted Wheat & Raisins
Total
Total Corn
Wheatena
Wheaties

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