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The year was 1989, and as the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES celebrated their meteoric rise to the top of the Saturday morning cartoon charts and simultaneous infiltration of the action figure aisle, the battle against The Shredder and The Foot Clan wound up finding a new stage: the breakfast table. Produced by Ralston, who at the time were the kings of cool-looking, yet questionably-tasting cereals based on the pop culture icons of the day, the original TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Cereal featured "Crunchy Ninja Nets" (think Chex) and Ninja Marshmallows for "a power-packed crunch!" Like most licensed cereals, it was a limited-time affair, but with the success of Nickelodeon's current animated series and the release of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS into theaters, Mikey, Leo, Raph and Donnie are back in the kitchen in a new cereal, produced in 2016 by General Mills.
It's not even summer yet, and I'm already thinking of the most glorious season of the year... Fall. As an unabashed fan of all things Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice (when done well), I have high hopes for one of 2016's newest offerings, Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. Revealed via Bloomberg, it's a wonder that General Mills has waited this long to bring some pumpkin-y goodness to their famous oats since they already offer a ton of Pumpkin flavors throughout their other brands. While there's no release date announced just yet, I'd bet we'll start seeing Pumpkin Spice Cheerios on shelves (and pallet stacks, endcaps and other gloriously massive displays) right around the same time that the General Mills Monsters crawl out of their crypt... usually August/September.
When it comes to deliciously-demonic munchies and sinfully-sweet snacks, there's no better time of year than Fall to get my supernatural groove on. I'm a huge fan of General Mills' Monster Cereals - so much that I've written about them every Halloween for nearly a decade, with at least six posts appearing right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. When Count Chocula®, Boo Berry® and Franken Berry® emerge from their Crypt, it's cause for celebration - a true throwback to my own childhood growing up in the late 70s/early 80s! The difference is that now I'm enjoying them with a family of my own, and my love of these cereals goes beyond breakfast. They can be used as fun snacks, and sometimes it's totally acceptable to play with your food... or just the box it came in.
Returned, these #CerealWars have. General Mills has once again teamed-up with Disney/Lucasfilm to bring STAR WARS fans and cereal enthusiasts some galactic goodness in the form of six classic STAR WARS posters, reproduced in miniature and packed inside specially-marked boxes of select General Mills cereals, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp and Reese’s Puffs. Fans will recognize the posters as the Original Trilogy "Special Edition" prints from 1997, which were an artistic match for the later Prequel Trilogy. Available now while supplies last, this is just a taste of what's to come, as an all-new STAR WARS CEREAL has just been announced - one that "will stick around and evolve as each additional STAR WARS movie is released." To celebrate, General Mills and THE ROCK FATHER are giving readers a chance to win a prize pack that will include two randomly-chosen boxes of cereal, and an additional STAR WARS mini-poster. Will The Force Be With You?
Since at least 2008, I've been writing about the General Mills Monster Cereals every Fall, and since 2011 or so, I've done so right here on THE ROCK FATHER. Last year, General Mills finally caved in and took my advice, not only issuing COUNT CHOCULA, FRANKEN BERRY and BOO BERRY in Retro boxes exclusive to TARGET stores (I have a set of empty boxes here in my office), but they also brought FRUTE BRUTE and YUMMY MUMMY back from the dead. For 2014, the news comes a bit earlier than usual (this post's been on my "to-do list" since last week), but the General Mills Monsters are back - bringing back the core trio, but sadly the Mummy and the Brute are staying in the Crypt again this year. This year's exciting news is that General Mills has finally dumped the embarrassing CGI depictions of the characters that have been featured on the mass-market boxes for a few years, instead bringing forth new versions crafted by the skilled team at DC Comics. Let's take a look...
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and like the Chicago River this weekend, it's time to break out the "green" for some shamrock-themed fun for the whole family. One oddity this year is that Addie's school is celebrating it as "Clover Day," which is a term I've not heard before. If they're trying to be "PC" by de-Sainting it, that strikes me as weird since Christmas and Hanukkah weren't renamed... even if you don't celebrate it, that doesn't change the name (maybe that's just me). Regardless, here's a few pieces of St. Paddy's Day fun...