Sunday, February 01, 2015

Nostalgia Theater: Ghostbusters Cereal -- Whatcha Gonna Eat?

In another of those licensed cereals that came and went during the 1990s, we have Ralston's Ghostbusters, which combined generic puffs of sugar with marshmallows, and then passed it off as being part of a balanced breakfast. I remember eating this stuff with a lot of excitement, and I also remember it tasting pretty terrible.

When I went back and did some research, I was shocked to learn that it actually lasted five years, from 1985 to 1990. That's about five times longer than most licensed cereals without the word "Pebbles" in their name have managed, and I have to think that says more about the resilience of the brand than the relative quality of the breakfast crap. Here's a commercial for Ghostbusters cereal that first aired during '85-'86:

And while we're talking about inexplicably long-lived licensed Ghostbusters food products, check out this spot for Hi-C Ecto Cooler, which was launched to tie in with The Real Ghostbusters cartoon show in 1987:

I never actually drank any of this, but I do remember seeing it on the shelves, and was AGAIN shocked to learn that it managed to stay in production until 2001. That's a full ten years after the cartoon went off the air! It's almost like they just forgot they were still making it and then got accidentally reminded. I also see that you can pick up an unopened juice box for a cool 44 bucks. I can only imagine what fermented ectoplasm tastes like.

One Year Ago in Nostalgia Theater: Thinkin' 'bout Thundarr

Two Years Ago in Nostalgia Theater: Oh Brother, Simon & Simon

Three Years Ago in Nostalgia Theater: The G.I. Joe Comic Commercials

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