From: Independent / Undefined
Introduced in 1951

At the height of its popularity, Maypo Oat Cereal was produced by Heublein Inc., a company which also sold A-1 Steak Sauce, Grey-Poupon Mustard and distilled liquors. In the mid-1950's, Heublein acquired a small Vermont company called Maltex and, along with it, a maple-syrup-flavored hot cereal they called Maypo (originally Maypl Oats).

The cereal's famous mascot, Marky Maypo, was created in 1956 by an artist named John Hubley who based the character on his four-year-old son Mark. The first television commercial featuring Marky Maypo was wildly successful and the character's catchphrase, "I want my Maypo" became an instant part America's pop culture lexicon.

The Maypo product line has changed hands several times over the year. It is currently produced by Homestat Farm, Ltd.

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Marky Maypo
Marky Maypo

Always dressed as a little cowboy, Marky Maypo was a finicky kid who hated oatmeal until his cartoon father persuaded him to try Maypo.

It's widely suspected that Marky Maypo's signature line "I want my Maypo" was the inspiration for MTV's signature slogan "I want my MTV!"

Comments About This Cereal
What do you think of Maypo?

Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)

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By Fawn

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Bring it back to the stores!!!

Comment submitted: 11/20/2015 (#19685)

By C.I.N.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Love me some Maypo and I've never been a big breakfast person all my life. Wish they'd bring it back to the stores though.

Comment submitted: 9/29/2015 (#19502)

By K.D.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I still get cravings for my Maypo. Some major cereal company should bring the original Maypo back! It's far better than what's currently on the market.

Comment submitted: 9/26/2015 (#19482)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy loyaltubist (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

If you find Maypo now, don't bother buying it. It's not the same. The original Maypo had a strong maple flavoring and it wasn't overly sweet. The stuff they have now has a maple fragrance and tastes like plain oatmeal, which I like, but you need to add maple syrup, butter, and sugar (besides the cream or milk) to make it taste right. Just buy Quaker Oatmeal and do what I said.

Comment submitted: 3/26/2015 (#18808)

By Ohana Mgmt

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Ok, I am 60 years old in 2015 and I want my Maypo back.

Comment submitted: 2/23/2015 (#18594)

By WintersComing

The instant stuff is terrible. Bring back the original. It's getting cold here and I would like it for the winter.

Comment submitted: 11/10/2014 (#18000)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy Herald (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I want my Maypo! I grew up on it and gave it to my sons when they were little, but I can't find it in the Annapolis, MD area. I have checked Foodlion, Giant, Safeway, Shoppers and Christophers stores. Please tell me where I can get it, please!

Comment submitted: 10/26/2014 (#17910)

By skybi

Please... bring back my Maypo. I'm in Orlando, Florida.

Comment submitted: 10/9/2014 (#17808)

By Christian

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Can't find it here in Texas and it's a wonderful cereal. PLEASE bring back Maypo!

Comment submitted: 7/1/2014 (#17274)

By CoffeeKid

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Love this cereal. Now I can only get the instant which is still good but the original is better. (I've learned how to cook it to create the "lumps"!) I just sent 3 packages to my grandson in Texas as they can't find it there. It cost me $12.00 to ship!! I told him to enjoy it because I'm not doing that again! At least here in PA I can still find the instant on some shelves but not many.

Comment submitted: 6/5/2014 (#17142)

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