From: General Mills
Introduced in 1971
According to cereal boxes from the 1970's, Buc Wheats cereal was a "high nutrition cereal (with) 100% minimum daily requirements (for) vitamins and iron... with stoneground buckwheat... (and) a snap of maple flavor".
Using achieved grocery store circulars, MrBreakfast.com has been able to prove this cereal was in existence as early as 1971 and as late as 1982.
Those who remember the cereal have said the following:
"Buc-Wheats cereal was pretty much corn flakes mixed with the dark buckwheat. Essentially, they looked like bran flakes as far as color, but they were lighter more like corn flakes. Here was the kicker, instead of being covered with powdered sugar as like Frosted Flakes, they were coated with a Maple Syrup glaze, which really enhanced the flavor of the flake."
"Kinda like dark colored Frosted Flakes, but they were glazed with sugar, instead of covered in powdered sugar. They were more wheat flavored, and quite yummy."
"When they had enough glaze that sometimes they'd stick together in a huge lump in the box."
There are conflicting reports that the cereal may have been originally produced by the Ralston Purina Company. Most of these accounts infer that the the cereal traded hands when General Mills purchased Ralston's cereal line. Since this event took place in 1994 long after Buc Wheats had disappeared from grocery store shelves, it is unlikely that Ralston originally produced the cereal.
In 1974, New York composer Steve Karmen penned a jingle for the cereal titled "Feelin' Like A Million Bucks". There is an unverified account that another jingle with the lyrics "pass the buck, pass the buck, pass the Buc Wheats" also existed.
It's known that television commercials with the following plot lines were produced for the cereal:
- water mill grinds grains, then man eat product
- man in Vermont cabin says product has maple syrup flavor
- wife serves product to her husband
- man getting maple syrup from trees eats cereal
Late in the production of the cereal, General Mills replaced the maple glaze with a honey coating. Fans of the original version were united in feeling that Buc Wheats had lost its magic. The new version was said to taste like a sweet and sticky bowl of Wheaties.
In a 1984 episode (#1529) of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Mr. Rogers takes a trip down the cereal aisle where you can see Buc Wheats Cereal along with other discontinued favorites like Pac-Man Cereal and Donkey Kong Cereal.
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Comments About This Cereal
What do you think of Buc Wheats?
Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
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I'm brokenhearted that I can't get this anymore! I want it back!
Comment submitted: 2/24/2014 (#16150)
By AMichels (Team Breakfast Member)
My father and I loved this cereal. Bring it back!
Comment submitted: 2/16/2014 (#16064)
My mother used to buy this cereal for us when we were kids. It was my favorite!
Comment submitted: 2/4/2014 (#15934)
Breakfast sucks without those Bucs. Bring back Buc-Wheats.
Comment submitted: 1/25/2014 (#15824)
Best Cereal ever - please bring it back with the original Maple flavor :)
Comment submitted: 1/23/2014 (#15810)
Please bring them back! I LOVE Buc Wheats!
Comment submitted: 1/15/2014 (#15740)
I loved these as a kid and I would love to see them come back!!!
Comment submitted: 1/3/2014 (#15630)
By rhoyt1 (Team Breakfast Member)
Considering the problems with Diabetes (and the increased number of type 2 diabetes being diagnosed every year) and the possible medicinal benefits of Buc Wheats in helping with diabetes (not to mention the great taste) this might be a good time to bring it back for a trial period.
Comment submitted: 12/20/2013 (#15550)
My favorite cereal! All of my family loved it too. Please bring it back:)
Comment submitted: 12/8/2013 (#15484)
I remember this as a teen. This was my favorite. Bring It Back!
Comment submitted: 11/14/2013 (#15318)
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