The Boxtop - Cereal Netletter
Volume 5, Number 2 Mid-Summer 2003

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Mid-Summer 2003 Index

Character Profile: Quisp
New Product: "Cap'n Crunch Action Figures"
Reintroduced: Maypo and Wheatena are Back!
New Book: "Scenes For Actors and Voices" by Daws Butler
Cereal Review - General Mills Ice Cream Cones Cereal
What's New in Cereal?
  • 200 Free Kellogg's American Airline Miles
  • "Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide" Update
  • Tony Performs at a Country Fair Near You
  • Color Me Kellogg's
  • Solve "The Great Trix Train Robbery"
  • General Mills Introduces "Monopoly" Cereal
  • "The League of Extraordinary Breakfast Cereals"
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Character Profile: Quisp
by Topher
QuispBorn in 1966, Quisp is one of the most popular animated cereal characters of all time. He is a pink-skinned propeller-driven alien who wears a green jumpsuit. His eyes are permanently crossed. Quisp and Quake fought over whose cereal was better, and who could "save the day" in a series of commercials. "Vitamin powered sugary cereal Quisp for Quazy energy." Quisp was produced by the Jay Ward Studios and voiced by Daws Butler. A complete Quisp profile can be found at, and believe-it-or-not, you can still buy Quisp cereal via mail order from Quaker Oats.

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New Product: "Cap'n Crunch Action Figures"
by Topher
Hey Everyone! Be the first on your block to engage in High Seas Adventures with Cap'n Crunch!
Cap'n CrunchTake a look at these just released "1st Edition Collector's Series" action figures of Cap'n Crunch and Jean LaFoote! These are just two of what may be a large set of related toys, including Sea Dog, Deep Sea Cap'n Crunch, a cool Mini-Sub, several sea creatures, and an awesome large scale model of the S.S. Guppy.

The action figures stand a good 5 inches tall and are nicely detailed. Cap'n Crunch comes complete with a telescope (a.k.a. crunch-a-scope), map, and a Captain's treasure chest. Jean LaFoote (the Barefoot Pirate) includes a pirate flag, pirate treasure chest, and a cute parrot named Squawky. Both chests have a small sheet of stickers inside, and they can also hold real treasures --- like a spoonful of Cap'n Crunch cereal!
Jean LaFoote
My small images don't do these fellas justice. Click on these images to view larger pictures and ordering information. FunHouse Company has the exclusive license from Quaker Oats to produce these fun action figures. You can join "The FunHouse Club" which qualifies you for special discounts, birthday prizes, and updates on the latest FunHouse news. You saw it here first!

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Reintroduced: Maypo and Wheatena are Back!
by Topher
MaypoHomestat Farm has recently acquired Maypo, Wheatena, and Maltex from ConAgra. They are also on the lookout for other "retired" cereals if the price is right. Although these three cereals have only been released in limited markets, Homestat Farm is currently in the process of expanding distribution and placing this product in more grocery stores throughout the country.
If you cannot find these hot cereals at your local grocery store, Homestat Farm says you can place an order with their distributor "MyBrands" at 888-281-6400. Homestat Farm also has a Maypo/Wheatena Club you can join on their website.

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New Book: "Scenes For Actors and Voices" by Daws Butler
by Topher
Daws Butler is the voice behind cereal characters: Cap'n Crunch, Alfie, Quisp, The Blue Barron ("King Vitamin" commercials), Professor Goody (waffle commercials), Snap (of Snap, Crackle, and Pop Rice Krispies), and The Sun (on the Raisin Bran commercials), as well as dozens of cartoon characters (including Yogi Bear).

"Scenes For Actors and Voices" was edited by Ben Ohmart and Joe Bevilacqua. This is Daws's book of scenes, exercises and advice for voice actors, written for those who are now tops in the profession. Among his many successful students are Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson) and Corey Burton (Disney's Treasure Planet).

You can find more details about this book and order a copy at The Official Web Pages of Daws Butler.

"A Tribute to Daws Butler" featuring June Foray, Corey Burton, and Nancy Cartwright, will be hosted by Joe Bevilacqua on Thursday, July 31, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. in the Glendale Public Library Auditorium in Glendale, California. For more information, visit ASIFA-Hollywood.

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Cereal Review
by Barbara Ellis

General Mills Ice Cream Cones Cereal

Ice Cream ConesGeneral Mills Ice Cream Cones Cereal has been reintroduced this summer to celebrate the 100th birthday of the ice cream cone. This cereal was last seen in 1987 featuring spokescharacter Ice Cream Jones. This time around, Jones is nowhere to be found --- unless he's making a cameo appearance as the prematurely graying fella in the Nestle Ice Cream booth at the water park on the back of the box.
The most obviously thing that strikes me when I sample the crunchy puffed corn meal chocolate-chip ice cream balls is that they don't taste like ice cream and they don't have any chocolate flavor (despite the trace amounts of cocoa on the ingredients panel). However, the crunchy multi-grain sugar cones most definitely taste like waffle cones. Milk doesn't help the ice cream puffs taste any more lactic, but it does give the cones a more authentic flavor. The ice cream puffs and the cones stayed crunchy to the bottom of the bowl --- which is a misnomer since they really floated on top of my milk. The cereal imparts very little flavor into the milk, leaving the milk drinkable.

My favorite part of the cereal is the cones. I would eagerly buy a box of "General Mills - Oops! All Cones" if they manufactured such a delight, and rate them 10 boxtops. (Said cereal would also be good poured over real ice cream). Despite the lack of any discernable ice cream flavor in the puffs, I found the size, texture and crunch make these balls quite appealing. Overall, I rate this cereal 9 Boxtops (A Classic! Belongs On Every Breakfast Table.)

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What's New In Cereal?
by Topher

200 Free Kellogg's American Airline Miles
Specially marked packages of participating Kellogg's cereals feature 100-mile American Airlines AAdvantage mile certificates. You must redeem at least 5 certificates at a time. Caution: the certificates are dated and must be redeemed before expiration. Here is a 200-mile Starter Certificate from American Airlines which expires January 31, 2004. Now, you simply need 3 additional 100-mile certificates from Kellogg's cereals in order to redeem this certificate. You can also bid on mileage certificates on Ebay. They have been going for $2.00 to $3.00 per 100 miles in lots of 1,000 to 2,000 miles. Beware the expiration dates.
cereal character guide"Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide" Update
Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide now features information and images on almost 800 of your favorite animated characters from cereal boxes and other breakfast foods, plus history, marketing information, contact information, links, publications, reprints of the "Breakfast Cereal Hall of Fame" and "PrizeNSide" websites, two big index pages for quickly locating your favorite cereals and characters, cereal humor, a "cereal name creator" with over 300,000 possible names for a new cereal, and a few more ingredients!
Tony Performs at a Country Fair Near You
Kellogg's has launched a live production show for kids entitled "Tony the Tiger and Friends" featuring music and audience participation. The traveling show stars Tony the Tiger, Dig'Em, Toucan Sam, and Snap! Crackle! Pop!. It is currently touring fairs across america.
Color Me Kellogg's
Capitalizing on their stable of cereal characters, Kellogg's has introduced a series of coloring and activity books featuring Kellogg's most popular characters.
Solve "The Great Trix Train Robbery"
General Mills is currently featuring five different characters on boxes of Trix cereal: Willy Gettum, Bunny O'Hare, F. Rudy Flavors, "Wild" Barry Blue, and Sally Rabbit ("Trix are for kids"). All the Trix cereal and yogurt disappeared on a train. One of these characters is responsible. Clues can be found in the box. Can you solve "The Great Trix Train Robbery"?
MonopolyGeneral Mills Introduces "Monopoly" Cereal
The cereal is comprised of sweetened wheat and rice squares (similar to Cinnnamon Toast Crunch) imprinted with token pieces, plus marbits shaped like Monopoly deeds, houses and hotels.
"The League of Extraordinary Breakfast Cereals", a Live Action Role Play (LARP) game set in the "Breakfast" universe is currently scheduled for Intercon-D in Chelmsford, MA on March 14, 2004.
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