Playing off the success of Pop Rocks, “Space Dust” candy was released in 1976, and it was basically a powdery version, ground-up version of the candy. But, there was one problem: many parents were concerned about the powdery nature of “Space Dust,” and their name was too similar to other illicit substances.
The candy was renamed as Cosmic Candy, and, in an open letter to parents, the candy’s inventor assured parents the candy is safe. Despite the new name, the candy eventually fizzled out.
Pink Panther Flakes
Saturday morning cartoons, along with a sugary bowl of cereal, just go together. This is where Pink Panther Flakes come in. The best thing about Pink Panther's cereal is that it made the milk turn pink, and sweet as well. The commercial for the sugar-covered pink flakes fused with the Pink Panther theme song.
The cereal chimed: "Pink Panther flakes are… pink." It's not the most original sound, but it is true! Some of the boxes even came with their own little spy kits, how quaint.
McDonald's foods sure make a few appearances on our list. Ancient relics reveal that McDonald'sused to serve Onion Nuggets in the 1970s. These nuggets look like a golden fried onion ring, but, as we could have guessed, they came in the shape of a chicken nugget. Onion nuggets were first introduced in the 1970s; they were clumps of diced onions that were breaded and fried.
Even though these actually sound pretty tasty, they didn't make the cut, and their successor — the Chicken McNugget — went national in 1983.
Cröonchy Stars only lasted one year on the market before falling off the shelves and into oblivion. While the box cover was amusing, with The Muppet Show's Swedish Chef proudly holding his bowl of Cröonchy Stars, the cereal itself seemed to just have fallen short among other cinnamon-flavored cereals.
Cröonchy Stars' biggest competitor was likely Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which had already been snatching the hearts -- or tastebuds of many cereal lovers.
Smurf Berry Crunch and Smurf Magic Berries
A breakfast classic, Post's Smurf Berry Crunch was a fruity red and blue cereal that came out in 1983. With the Smurfs being painfully cute, blue creatures, they had their own animated T.V. series from 1981 to 1989 and first appeared in a Belgian comic strip in 1958.
As they rose in popularity, they eventually got their own fruit-flavored cereal, with colored bright red and purple, and the box featured Papa Smurf about to eat a spoonful. Smurf Magic Berries made their appearance with mini marshmallows a few years later.