Monday, March 7, 2011

The Best to you Each Morning

Cereal.  What does this word conjure for you?  Does it mean something different now that you're older, or do you eat the same cereal as when you were a kid?

If you grew up in the U.S. or Canada, I'm going to bet that breakfast cereal was a staple in your house.  I've got fantastic memories of cereal and it's one of the earliest foods I can recall.  I must be a target market right now, and maybe you've noticed it too - brands like Cap'n Crunch and Raisin Bran are going retro for a limited time!

I grew up in the kid's cereal heyday - we got toy surprises in ours!  The earliest prize I can remember in cereal was actually ON a box of Honeycomb - it was a 45 of the Archies singing "Sugar Sugar".  I guess the equivalent today would be to hide a code for a free MP3 song somewhere in or on the box?  Sorry, that doesn't have the same appeal as impatiently finishing the box of cereal and then having your mom cut out the "record" on the back and hearing the 45 magically play on your "Close n' Play" phonograph.

As you can see I do have a couple of fun boxes that I've saved (or in the case of one, my former husby saved for me - check out the Hebrew "Monday" box!).  Otherwise, most of the ephemera that I have for kids' cereal comes in the form of vintage ads in my Life magazines.  It's funny how some of the cereals have stood the test of time, while others have gone about the wayside (and there's a whole subset of ephemera folks who collect all types of cereal artefacts!).

How about you?  What is your favorite cereal memory?  I'll bet you have one - let's hear it!  :D

I don't have much art that deals with cereal, but I do have this one ATC I made with a baby eating some My-T-Fine cereal:


  1. Growing up in Canada our cereal boxes were the only way I learned French (seriously) :) J

  2. I LOVE Canadian packaging for that very reason, Jewels! I remember thinking as a kid(for the first time of a zillion) that I SO wanted to live in Canada for the bilingual packaging! :D