The term "Grain Gods" was coined by Scott Bruce and Bill Crawford in their book "Cerealing America: The Unsweetened Story of American Breakfast Cereal". Here it is meant to showcase those cereal characters that have been so popular that they achieved a certain immortality that transcends their life on the cereal isle --- they have been elevated to the status of "Grain God". Click on the image to get more details on the character.|
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QuispQuaker Oats' Quisp is one of the most popular animated cereal characters of all time. 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."
Original QuakeQuaker Oats' Quake provided "earthquake power!" to those who ate it. Quake was a giant of a man in a hard hat, flexed biceps, and sported a "Q" on his big, muscular chest. He originally wore a miner's helmet. In 1969 he trimmed down and put on an Aussie cowboy hat.
Cap'n CrunchCap'n Horatio Crunch is a fun-loving sea captain piloting the S.S. Guppy, which he sails with his first mate, Seadog and his crew of four kids. Their mission is to keep the cargo hold of Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch cereal from falling into the hands of Jean La Foote the Barefoot Pirate, The Soggies, or any number of other baddies.
FreakiesThe Freakies were a group of mutated critters who lived under the abundant Freakies tree and enjoyed eating their cereal. "We are the Freakies... Oh we are the Freakies... And this is our Freakies tree... We never miss a meal... 'Cause we love our ce-re-el".
MarkyMarky, a four-year-old brat decked out in a cowboy outfit, couldn't get enough Maltex Maypo maple-flavored oatmeal. "I want my Maypo!"
RastusRastus, the ever popular Nabisco Cream of Wheat Chef.
Snap! Crackle! and Pop!
These three little gnomes were the first and longest-lasting characters to represent a Kellogg's product. They were also the first animated characters to ever appear in a cereal commercial. "Snap! Crackle! and Pop! Rice Krispies".
Toucan SamThe colorful Toucan Sam promotes Kellogg's fruit-flavored Froot Loops cereal. He has undergone a number of image changes as he has matured (but haven't we all?). "Follow your nose, it always knows..."
Tony the Tiger"They're Gr-r-reat!" Tony the Tiger represented Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Flakes when the cereal was first introduced. Now of course, they're just "Frosted Flakes".
Sugar BearThe cool, wisecracking Sugar Bear will go to great trouble to get his cereal, Post Super Sugar Crisp a.k.a. Post Golden Crisp, while Granny Goodwitch does her best to keep it from him. "Can't get enough of that Sugar Crisp... Sugar Crisp... Sugar Crisp... Can't get enough of that Sugar Crisp... It keeps me going strong".
The Trix RabbitThis large white rabbit races around trying to get some raspberry red, lemon yellow, and orange orange General Mills Trix corn-puffed cereal to eat. Two kids, a boy and a girl, always catch him before he can eat the Trix. "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids".
L.C. "Lucky" LeprechaunLucky touts his General Mills Lucky Charms cereal as being "Magically Delicious." He magically changes ordinary, shapeless white marbits into shapes with bright colors.
King VitamanThe original Quaker Oats' King Vitaman was a straight man to his supporting characters. When he mentioned his name, the others didn't know whether he meant himself or the cereal. For example, he would command someone to pour milk on King Vitaman and they'd spill it on him to which he'd yell "Not me! The cereal!"
The Monster CerealsThe five original monster cereals were Frankenberry, Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Fruit Brute, and Yummy Mummy. In the late 1980's Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Boo Berry were transformed into "less scary" creatures while Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy were discontinued altogether.
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