The 90s were a decade defined by its music, its fashion, its tv-shows, the rise of the internet, and its breakfast cereals.
If you grew up during the 1990s you probably grew up having a dizzying variety of sugary cereals for breakfast; all fortified with vitamins and minerals that only a mom would care about.
So, join me today as we go on a trip down memory lane and highlight some of the ‘90 breakfast cereals that made our Saturday mornings magic. Here are
The Best Cereals From The 90s
Bigg Mixx Cereal by Kellogg’s
I was 6 when Bigg Mixx was released in early 1990, but I will never forget the wacky Bigg Mixx mascot, with the comb of a rooster, a moose’s antlers, the snout of a hog, and the body of a furry wolf. I thought he was the coolest thing to walk the earth!
Bigg Mixx was, like its mascot, a hodgepodge of different things. The joke at the time was that Bigg Mixx was “swept together” off of the factory floor.
Its mix of rolled oats, puffed rice, whole grain wheat, and traditional corn flakes made it an interesting proposition. Bigg Mixx also had an alternative variety with raisins (I didn’t like that one).
Slimer And The Real Ghostbusters Cereal
Based on the 1980s cartoon of the same name, Slimer And The Real Ghostbusters Cereal was another favorite of 6-year-old me.
Released by the now-defunct Ralston brand, this cereal contained a mix of wheat, corn, oats, and ghost-shaped marshmallows.
I used to love getting Slimer And The Real Ghostbusters Cereal because each box had a chance to win Ghostbuster toys, and there was a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship.
While I don’t think anybody ever actually won the scholarship, I did get a “Slime Your Light Switch” cut-out once.
Breakfast On The Run Cereal
Breakfast On The Run was another awesome Ralston product that left a lasting impression on my young brain, despite the fact that it was short-lived and disappeared from shelves after a relatively short period.
What made Breakfast On The Run Cereal stand out from the dozens of other breakfast cereals advertised that year? Well, Breakfast On The Run Cereal came packed in single-serving, self-contained boxes that included everything you needed to eat a sweetly delicious breakfast.
Each Breakfast On The Run box came with a fully disposable bowl filled with 1.25 ounces of cereal, a half-pint of milk, a spoon, and even a small paper napkin. There were several cereal flavors to choose from, including raisin bran, and my favorite, frosted flakes.
Addams Family Cereal
The Addams Family Cereal came out just in time to ride the Addams Family movie craze that took the world by storm in 1991.
This creepy, kooky, crunchy cereal was themed after the macabre theme of the Addams Family franchise, with individual pieces shaped like skulls, headless dolls, and dismembered hands.
I loved the funny shapes, and my mom loved that it wasn’t super sweet like other breakfast cereal options. I would describe its flavors as a subtle mixture of Kix and traditional Cheerios.
All boxes came with an Addams Family movie-themed portrait/frame, while some had small flashlights resembling some of the movie’s characters shrink-wrapped to the front of the box.
Family Matters was one of the most successful and popular sitcoms of the decade, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that a box of breakfast cereal was released based on the iconic character, good ol’ dorky, Urkel.
Urkel-O’s were a strawberry and banana flavored loopy cereal, very similar to Cheerios or Froot Loops. Looking back, the cereal itself was nothing special and to be frank, tasted a little bit funny.
I remember that my mother hated the way it tasted. But I loved Urkel and the boxes were very colorful and full of Urkel pictures, so I would beg my mom to buy it with every trip to the grocery aisle.
This was another movie tie-in product, released to get kids hyped for the Jetsons: The Movie in 1990.
I distinctly remember its moon, star, and rocket ship multi-grain cereal pieces. Flavor-wise, it had an apple and cinnamon taste, touted to contain real bits of apple. Though, to be fair, I couldn’t tell you if that was actually true.
The cereal itself wasn’t my favorite, but I did absolutely love the glow-in-the-dark stickers, galaxy gliders, and lunar launchers that came inside each box.
Christmas Cookie Crisp Cereal
Christmas time was always a time to try new and exciting holiday-themed breakfast cereals. One of the most memorable of these Christmassy treats was Christmas Cookie-Crisp.
The cereal was meant to resemble traditional Christmas cookies, so its pieces were cookie-shaped and colored red or green, with multi-colored sprinkles thrown on top.
The back of the box had cut-outs that were shaped like stars, bells, and wreaths, so kids could decorate their trees with them.
New Kids On The Block Cereal
Few bands personify the 1990s better than New Kids On The Block, and this cereal themed after the popular band is a product of that decade through and through.
I have to confess that I never tried this particular product. In fact, not many people did as it was never officially mass-produced. However, a list of 1990s cereal could not be complete without this particular product that never was.
My sister would have gone ape-sh*t over this thing.
WWF Superstars Cereal
Like most kids in the 90s, I was a huge fan of Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, etc. So when my young and impressionable eyes saw a WWF-themed cereal on the shelves, there was no question that I would pester my mom until she bought it.
The WWF Superstar Cereal was honestly another run-of-the-mill vanilla-flavored multigrain breakfast cereal, but I didn’t care and neither did any of my friends.
We had our parents buy these by the boxful because we loved wrestling and everything adjacent to the great sport, and because each box had a chance to award a highly coveted trip to WrestleMania VIII!
Berry Berry Kix
In 1992 General Mills released one of the best-tasting breakfast cereals ever when they released Berry Berry Kix.
This sweetened corn cereal featured tiny fruit-shaped clusters flavored with natural fruit flavors. The cereal was sweet without ever being so cloying.
Berry Berry Kix is one of the few cereals on this list that I would gladly munch on as a grown adult. This is a kid-tested, mother-approved product if I’ve ever seen one.
Tiny Toon Adventures Cereal
Tiny Toon Adventures Cereal was a commercial tie-in to the Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures cartoon which ran for 5 years between 1990 and 1995.
Released by Quaker (of Quaker Oats fame), Tiny Toon Adventures cereal was made out of corn, oats, and rice, and was shaped into all of the letters needed to spell “Tiny Toon”. I know because I spent hours spelling out different words with those few letters, but I’ve always sucked at Scrabble, so I didn’t get very far.
Frosted Double Dip Crunch
If you liked Crispix, you most likely loved Kellogg’s Frosted Double Dip Crunch when it was released in 1992. Touted as an overall improvement of the original double dip cereal formula from the 1980s.
Each crunchy bit was double-dipped into a delicious frosting that gave the already solid cereal a boost to new heights.
Batman Returns Cereal
Batman Returns was, without a doubt, one of the greatest cinematic spectacles of the decade. The trifecta of Batman, Catwoman, and Penguin made for a fantastically entertaining romp at the hands of Tim Burton.
The Batman Returns Cereal was a surefire hit with millions of kids and a no-brainer from Ralston.
The crunchy, chocolaty cereal was rife with bat-themed marshmallows. The box also came packed with a super cool double-vision collectible imager.
Deep Sea Crunch Cap’n Crunch
Shaped like sea creatures such as turtles, sharks, and starfish, the Deep Sea Crunch Cap’n Crunch breakfast cereal was a hit with the younger kids.
I had just turned 7 when it was first released, so I can tell you from hands-on experience that it was very popular in my household.
Cap’n Crunch has been one of the better-tasting cereals in the breakfast cereal market for many, many years, and the Deep Sea Crunch variant did not disappoint with its subtle fruity flavor and delicious crunchy multigrain bits.
Ripple Crisp Cereal
Ripple Crisp Cereal, released in 1993, was made out of traditional toasted corn flakes with the added pizzaz of horizontal ripples.
The genius marketing bit that accompanied Ripple Crisp Cereal was convincing consumers that the little, tiny ridges would keep milk “out of” the cereal pieces and extend their crunchiness.
The thing is Ripple Crisp tasted really, really good. So the reality, at least in my household, was that I didn’t give the cereal the chance to get soggy anyways.
Pop Tarts Crunch Cereal
Pop Tarts Crunch Cereal came in two varieties, Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Frosted Strawberry, and both were delicious.
What made this cereal so special? The ads did a fantastic job describing the ingenious idea behind the product: this cereal was made out of tiny pop-tarts you didn’t have to toast.
I have very fond memories of sitting at the breakfast table reading the back of the box with its funny cartoons about the origins of frosting and “crunchiness”.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are one of the single greatest inventions of man. There is no convincing me otherwise. So, you can expect to feel a certain way about the fact that General Mills released Reeses’s Peanut Butter Puffs cereal.
The crunchy goodness of milk and cereal is elevated to new heights when you add the delicious flavor of Reese’s peanut butter goodness.
Froot Loops With Ghosts
Froot Loops with Ghosts did not hang around for long, but while it was available on store shelves I never missed the chance to pester my mom into buying it.
This cereal was the result of a partnership between Kellogg’s and Universal Pictures to promote 1995’s live-action Casper the Friendly Ghost movie.
Froot Loops With Ghosts is just Froot Loops with marshmallow ghosts. But please don’t get me wrong, I’m not being dismissive of the cereal; both regular Froot Loops and marshmallows are delicious, so why not put them together?
Jurassic Park Crunch
Another movie tie-in, Jurassic Park Crunch aimed to ride on the coattails of the highly successful Jurassic Park movie.
This means, of course, that the crunchy cereal pieces were shaped like dinosaur footprints and the marshmallows came in the shape of various dinosaurs such as Velociraptors, Triceratops, and the mighty T-Rex.
Oops, All Berries Cap’n Crunch
What if there was a factory error at the Quaker plant that makes Cap’n Crunch, and the factory workers forgot to include half of the cereal bits? What if they made a box full of berry-flavored pieces?
That’s what Oops All Berries Cap’n Crunch was about. All berries, all the time. It was glorious.
Tropical Forest Froot Loops
This one had marshmallows in the shape of butterflies and trees. It was as delicious as any variety of Froot Loops, but it made an effort to raise awareness about the environment and save the rainforest.
Cocoa Frosted Flakes
Frosted Flakes is one of the classic breakfast cereals. A near-perfect product. How would you improve near perfection? Well, how about adding some cocoa flavoring and letting the product sell itself?
Bedrock Blizzard Fruity Pebbles
This limited edition 90s breakfast cereal from Post featured plenty of holiday cheer thanks to its delicious red and green frosted pebbles.
Nestle Nesquik Cereal
This Chocolate-flavored puffed cereal tasted exactly like Nestle’s Nesquik drink. When I was very young (I’ll still do it if you ask me twice) I would add Nesquik drink instead of milk to the cereal for a double dose of chocolaty goodness.
The 90s ending was a monumental event. Y2K was in everyone’s mouth and reaching the year 2000 seemed like a magical turning point. Millennium-themed products were all over the place, and General Mills figured, why not?
Millenios was a 2000-themed Cheerios, with crunchy little number 2s thrown in amidst the traditional Os. It was fun for a little while.