Introduced in 1973
This cereal began as an idea for a sugar-coated flake cereal in 1972 which was to be called Freakie Flakes. Ralston dropped the flake cereal in favor of a new puffed cereal which they called Freakies.
The cereal pieces were Cheerios-esque loops with a flavor reminiscent of Quaker's Quisp cereal.
The cereal was an instant success when it launched. This was due mainly to the bump-covered monsters called the Freakies who appeared on every box.
In alphabetical order, the Freakies characters were:
The first time the Freakies were seen on a cereal box, they had already found the tree. Subsequent commercials backtracked to tell the legend of the Freakies Tree.
Fun Fact: All the Freakies characters were based on actual people who worked with the copywriter who created them, Jackie End of the ad firm Wells, Rich, Greene.
A chocolate version of the Freakies called Cocoa Freakies was introduced in 1973. A fruit version called Fruity Freakies hit stores around 1975.
All of the Freakies cereals disappeared from shelves around 1977.
In 1987, Ralston tried to bring back Freakies cereal. The new incarnation was described as "crunchy honey-tasting spaceships with marshmallow Freakies". The Freakies character, who had become more glossy and 80's looking, were all shown riding cereal-piece surf boards in space. The new space Freakies didn't fly with consumers. The cereal was discontinued the following year.
There's a website dedicated to Freakies called freakies.com. Another site (found here) has put together a collection nearly every Freakies box ever produced.
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Title: Freakies Tree Display Stand
Title: Freakies Watch Wall Clock
Title: Freakies Reese's Box
Title: Freakies Mystery Prize Box
Title: Freakies Airplane Box - Goody
Title: Freakies Airplane Box - Grumble
Title: Freakies Freakus Magneticus Box
Title: Freakies Comic Book Box
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Comments About This Cereal
What do you think of Freakies?
Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
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By freakiesrulz74 (Team Breakfast Member)
I am 50 but the Freakies commercial on this site brought back childhood memories! Would like this cereal to make a comeback. Once had the magnets & plastic figures - got a few doubles but finally collected em all!
Comment submitted: 11/27/2013 (#15408)
It sells on eBay all the time... I too am going to get a Boss Moss magnet for memories... Make it again and I will be digging through to find my magnet!
Comment submitted: 10/6/2013 (#14656)
By Lynxx (Team Breakfast Member)
This is yet another cereal from my childhood that simply must return to stores! Today's children would love it!
Comment submitted: 10/6/2013 (#14649)
The song used in the commercial comes from the popular 1950s song "The Book of Love", in which the singer asked the question, "I wonder-wonder who, who-oo-oo... who wrote the Book of Love?". In the television commercial, the lyrics were changed to: "I wonder-wonder who, who-oo-oo... Who made the Freakies' Trees?"
Comment submitted: 7/28/2013 (#12969)
Loved Freakies as a kid! I would totally buy it today!
Comment submitted: 6/21/2013 (#12485)
By seabird (Team Breakfast Member)
This cereal brings back childhood memories like no other! It was not even the cereal itself that made it, it was the characters and their story that carried such an impact. I loved their story, their search for what was true and basic about "humanity". I have all characters and wish someone would bring back the cereal complete with "plastic toy Freakies inside each specially marked packages".
Comment submitted: 4/22/2013 (#11808)
By TOPIUSBOX (Team Breakfast Member)
Where are the Freakies 'bad guys' (crumbbum, laughs, cecil the robot)? I'm sure they were part of the Freakies gang but then again that was a few years ago.
Comment submitted: 4/14/2013 (#11629)
Freakies was so good. I liked it without the marshmallows. Someone bring it back.
Comment submitted: 1/10/2013 (#10344)
Loved FREAKIES when I was in grade school, and while I lost the magnets years ago, I'd buy it again.
Comment submitted: 11/16/2012 (#9920)
A childhood favorite! Those Freakies magnets are in this house somewhere still.
Comment submitted: 6/7/2012 (#7943)
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