Wednesday, January 4, 2017

10 Greatest Cereal Mascots of All-time

As a child there were many reasons that I begged my mother for certain kinds of cereals. Some cereals had marshmallows, some were covered in sugar and some were miniature chocolate chip cookies. The number one reason that children wanted a certain cereal though was the mascots. Many of the major cereals had colorful mascots in their commercials that would entice children to beg their parents to buy the products. These are the 10 best cereal mascots of all-time.

10) Franken Berry
Let’s face it, Franken Berry pales in comparison to his Count Chocula mate, just like Frankenstin is no Dracula. Plus, you can’t really take a monster with “Berry” in his name very seriously. Nonetheless, Franken Berry barely makes the list at number ten.


9) Toucan Sam
Toucan Sam is a famous enough cereal mascot that everybody would recognize him but he’s definitely not in the upper echelon of cereal mascots. If there was a cereal mascot Hall of Fame Toucan Sam might get in eventually but definitely not on the first ballot.


8) Count Chocula
Count Chocula ranks higher than Franken Berry but still isn’t one of the all-time greats. Part of the reason is that in many commercials Count Chocula had to share the spotlight with Franken Berry, which only brought him down.


7) Cookie Crook, Officer Crumb and Chip the Dog
The Cookie Crook, his dog Chip and the police officer that chased after him, Officer Crumb, is a personal favorite of mine because Cookie Crisp is my favorite cereal. Unfortunately the classic mascot has now been done away with and has been replaced by a lame coyote.


6) Cap’n Crunch
Cap’n Crunch is a very recognizable cereal mascot but there are two things stopping him from being ranked higher. The first is that he’s just not as popular as the top five. The second problem is that Cap’n Crunch’s cereal is nobody’s favorite. Most people joke about how badly it tears up the inside of the mouth.


5) Sonny (Cocoa Puffs)
If you were to hold up a picture of Sonny then I’m not sure he would be as recognizable as the other cereal mascots. The reason he takes the number five spot is simply because of his catchphrase. They might not recognize his face but everybody will recognize, “I’m cuckoo for cocoa puffs!”


4) Trix Rabbit
The Trix Rabbit is a little more recognizable than the Sonny from Cocoa Puffs but like Sonny he is most well known for the catchphrase “silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”


3) Tony the Tiger
Tony the Tiger has a grrreeeat catchphrase and is recognizable. The commercials are also memorable and most of all Tony the Tiger has alliteration. That is very important for any cartoon character. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, it works. Maybe if the Trix Rabbit was like Ronnie Rabbit then he’d be in the top three.


2) Lucky
Lucky is exactly what this cereal mascot is. Let’s face it, if Lucky Charms was an unpopular cereal then Lucky would drop pretty low on the list. But Lucky Charms was every child’s favorite marshmallowed cereal. Lucky benefitted greatly from simply having a really popular cereal.


1) Snap, Crackle, Pop
There is no question that the Rice Krispies brothers are the number one mascot. There was a good decade of my life (or maybe longer) where a single bowl of Rice Krispies could not be enjoyed without anybody mentioning the fact that the cereal was making sound effects. Nobody ever mentions it anymore so I can finally enjoy my Rice Krispies in silence…sort of.


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