Taste-test: 22-year-old Batman cereal


63 Responses to “Taste-test: 22-year-old Batman cereal”

  1. satn says:

    Wonder if eating that cereal for 22 years = same dose of plastic chemicals, just not high enough to taste it.

  2. unaboomer says:

    I remember that stuff.  It tasted like that 22 years ago. Not even kidding.  Like an airy plastic version of capn crunch.  Dissolved in minutes too.  Sounds like it held up perfectly. 
    Wow. I bet after remembering that, I will soon likely have a pile of topics to bring up with my therapist.  Oh nostalgia!

    • bkad says:

       Apparently they make store brands, so if it tastes like a cost-cut version of captain crunch, that’s probably accurate. They make stop-n-shops store brands, which aren’t very good. I wonder who makes Wegmans’ store brands? Those are pretty good. It’d be funny it is the same company and my brain is just faulty.

  3. SedanChair says:

    Bro, that’s not recommended. 

  4. planettom says:

    It might move you over to the Marvel side of things, because you might get superpowers from eating the stuff.

  5. millie fink says:

    Ugh. Same for “cereal” in general, actually. 

    It sucks, for people’s health in general, that nutrition-free, processed grains and syrup poured into plastic and cardboard is so damn popular. And then people put another animal’s baby food on top of it. Straaaaaange cultural practices going on there.

    • bkad says:

       Well, it is convenient. And by now, generations of people have grown up eating it, so it is what breakfast is. We never had hot breakfasts going up, except oatmeal occasionally. We certainly didn’t have danishes or bagels, which is what hotels seem to call ‘breakfast’. It was cereal from a box, with milk, every day. Though, it wasn’t the sweet stuff; my mother wouldn’t let us have that. And the milk was non-fat.

      I still do eat a lot of breakfast cereal, two or three bowls every morning, and sometimes if I’m lazy I’ll eat it for one of the other meals too. It’s a great “don’t feel like cooking” meal. But I’m talking about chex, grapenuts, and shreaded wheat, not lucky charms and captain crunch. :)

      • Symbiote says:

        I had milk and cereal every day for about 18 years.  Not the child-only ones though, but things like corn flakes, shredded wheat, etc.  That lasted until I left home for university.

        There, I realised it was expensive, processed crap.  I bought muesli instead.

        Then, about a year ago, I got bored of muesli and started eating buttered toast instead.  But that got boring, so I put cheese on top.  My current concern is that four slices of bread contains two grams of salt, and another four slices (for lunch) takes me up to four grams.  That’s possibly too much.

        My flatmate eats porridge.  I’m going to try that, once I’ve used up what’s left of the cheese.

      • OoerictoO says:


    • Ambiguity says:

       Honestly, I think all cultures are strange. It’s just that you notice some more than others, depending upon your personal biases.

  6. jayson says:

    This really kills my dream of finding an unopened box of Waffelos cereal to eat one day.

  7. liquidstar says:

    heh heh the box illustration is too funny;  it looks like batguy’s food junk is in the cap’n crunch rip offs – and ”
    “suckling on the end of a caulking gun”

    O  O

    • Preston Sturges says:

      I still chuckle when I think of the Crank Yankers episode where Niles Standish calls the hardware store for bathroom caulk.


      How big is your caulk?
      What does your caulk taste like?
      How long does it take for your caulk to get hard?
      What if your caulk squirts in my eye? 

      But what makes it great is that the hardware store guys takes it all in stride.  The man definitely knew a lot about caulk.

  8. spejic says:

    So much for eating my 200-year old boxes of Sugar Bombs. But that’s ok. I know a guy that will give me 15 caps for each box. Don’t know what he does with them and don’t care.

  9. gorfulator says:

    Ralston? I bet it tasted just like Freakies!! 

    • I saw it and thought, “Ralston? Like Ralston-Purina? The cat food people?” Blech. 

      • bkad says:

        Apparently not the same people, or at least not since 1994, when Ralcorp split from Ralson-Purina (wikipedia). According to the Ralcorp website, they’re the leading manufacturer of store-brand breakfast cereal. cereals.  http://www.ralstonfoods.com/

        • chaopoiesis says:

          Kitty litter too.

          “The Darwinian Concept of biological survival applied to business is not new.”

          Source: http://www.nestlepurina.com/History.aspx

        • mobobo says:

          never mind the cereal – that ralstonfoods website is a time capsule I tells ya – cunningly transporting the user to a web of the early 90′s with vomit worthy buttons and table based layouts…mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

          • Preston Sturges says:

            Well someone recently praised my extremely primitive web design as being good for mobile devices, and my bounce rate for smart phones is quite low, so what’s old is new. 

      • OoerictoO says:

        this surprises you?  Perhaps you should look into more “mainstream” brands, like Kraft and Procter & Gamble.  We all need more information on what we put in our bodies

  10. sockdoll says:

    Sounds like a possible case of plastic outgassing.


  11. halfpress says:

    Why is he standing in a pool of milk and cereal? And where are his legs? Not too keen on his bat junk in my bat cereal, honestly.

  12. Stefan Jones says:

    I have a box of “Milleniumos,” or Millenium Cheerios or whatever they were called, way in the back of my pantry. Like frosted Cheerios, but with pieces shaped like the “2″ digit.

    I have no plans for it, other than to keep it a really long time.

  13. Peter says:

    Any sane human being, after detecting nothing but the taste of plastic and chemicals, would not then go on and add milk to it and eat more of it.
    There is only one logical explanation:
    The cereal is in fact AWESOME, an elixir of the gods with magical properties, perhaps restoring youth or granting super-powers, and the blog author is doing everything in their power to discourage others from discovering the secret (and drive down the auction price) before he can buy up every last box still in existence.

  14. Terry Border says:

    Long ago, on an internet far away, Steve from the Sneeze tried Urkel-O’s after many years on the shelf. Hilarity ensued.

  15. jeligula says:

    Remind us what is bad about tropical oils that they had to warn us?  The bag is more edible than the contents.

    • OoerictoO says:

      i noticed that label too and had forgotten about it.  so i googlededed it.
      turns out it was a PR campaign for the American Soybean growers, trying to convince consumers that palm and coconut oil is bad for you (they are not, in general, unlike partially hydrogenated soybean oil)


  16. Pea Hicks says:

    I tried these sealed peanuts from the 60s: http://youtu.be/nfOUWaFQSsA

  17. deejayqueue says:

    Maybe I never noticed before (I’m not much of a breakfast eater), but isn’t it even a little bit odd to anyone else that this cereal was made by Ralston, as in Ralston Purina, the people who make Dog Food?  eek!

  18. jujube says:

    if I could only get my hands on a box of C-3PO’s. I bet they would taste as good as I remember. Maybe even better.

  19. Roy Trumbull says:

    On radio Superman was sponsored by PEP which was something like all-bran. Without too much trouble I think we could come up with a list of vanished cereals. 

  20. Jason's Robot says:

    How does the reviewer know the cereal didn’t always taste like plastic..?  I wouldn’t necessarily assume a cheap, novelty cereal didn’t taste all chemical-y if eaten ‘fresh’ 22yrs ago..?

  21. awjt says:

    “Natural Honey Nut Flavor.”  LOL, as he’s submerged from the waist down.

  22. jere7my says:

    I would pay good money for a box of Cröonchy Stars, plastic taste or no.

  23. pjcamp says:

    Ralston? You sure that’s not Batman dog food?

  24. John Maple says:

    I’m beginning to think that keeping an archive of some foods might be a wise investment, for example, how much would a 40-year old bottle of Dr. Pepper be worth now?
    I know the taste of it has changed too.

  25. Peter Gilson says:

    Dont end up eating 22 year old  cereal with Charlie Sheen…

  26. Now I’m worried.  I have a vintage bottle of Orbitz soda, it hasn’t been touched since around 1999 and none of those little yellow blobs has settled in thirteen years…


  27. Robert Holmen says:

    I have a 17 year old box of “Richard Simmons Slimmons” that I’ve been saving for a special occasion.

  28. Preston Sturges says:

    There used to be a diet candy that were like low sugar caramels called AYDS.  They were real popular until the early 80′s, when they were crushed by AIDS. 


  29. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    Well he is assumably pants-less and the flavor is Natural honey-nut, yet they managed to keep it Tropical Oil Free…YUMM. Eat up kids.

  30. robuluz says:

    Dear God. I read the title and thought it would be Adam West era batman. But its not 1984 any more, is it. Damn you endless march of time, damn you to hell!

  31. Preston Sturges says:

    Kids come running for the great taste of estrogenic pthalates.

  32. Preston Sturges says:

    MST3K – the motorcycle gang themed “Wild Rebels Cereal”

    It’s like getting hit in the back of the head with a surfboard of flavor!


  33. mwm8180 says:

    i still have that batman bank… 

  34. titus says:

    The Flavor must be from the pesticides when I was kid old cereal used to hatch bow Weevils………always a shock.

  35. Warren says:

    ‘It sort of felt like suckling on the end of a caulking gun.’

    …what’s wrong with sucking caulk?

  36. foodjunk says:

    I couldn’t be more psyched that my silly blog made Boing Boing!  Thanks for all the comments everyone.

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