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Freakies
From: Ralston
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:
  • Boss Moss
  • Cowmumble
  • Gargle
  • Goody-Goody
  • Grumble
  • Hamhose
  • Snorkeldorf
As the commercial story line goes, the Freakies searched for the mythical Freakies Tree which provided an endless supply of Freakies cereal. Once, they found the tree, they decided to live there forever.

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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This cereal belongs to the following Mr Breakfast Cereal Families:
  • The Marshmallow Madness Cereal Family


  • Freakies Cereal Theater



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    Freakies Tree Display Stand
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    Freakies Tree Display Stand

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    Freakies Watch Wall Clock
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    Freakies Watch Wall Clock

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    Freakies Reese's Box
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    Freakies Reese's Box

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    Freakies Mystery Prize Box
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    Freakies Mystery Prize Box

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    Freakies Airplane Box - Goody
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    Freakies Airplane Box - Goody

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    Freakies Airplane Box - Grumble
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    Freakies Airplane Box - Grumble

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    Freakies Freakus Magneticus Box
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    Freakies Freakus Magneticus Box

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    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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    Official Member: Team BreakfastBy PlatNuMonk (Team Breakfast Member)

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    My second favorite after Cap'n Crunch. It was amazing!

    Comment submitted: 11/16/2018 (#23702)



    Official Member: Team BreakfastBy SpaceBarron (Team Breakfast Member)

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    Nothing beat the original, 1971-77.

    Comment submitted: 8/17/2018 (#23374)



    By Postman

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    My dad bought a case of Freakies (24 boxes) for all 6 kids to share. I think I ended up eating 18 boxes. A really good cereal.

    Comment submitted: 4/5/2018 (#22891)



    Official Member: Team BreakfastBy erndog (Team Breakfast Member)

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    Loved it. Wish they would bring it back!

    Comment submitted: 3/11/2018 (#22816)



    By J. Kirk

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    These were the best cereal characters ever - bring them back.

    Comment submitted: 3/15/2017 (#21504)



    By BigDaddy

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    My bother and I ate them as kids. We loved them. We also loved the refrigerator magnets, and collected them all. Back in 76. Hope they come back!!!!!

    Comment submitted: 10/12/2016 (#20944)



    By ToolShedd

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    Great characters & ads but the cereal tasted awful!

    Comment submitted: 9/27/2016 (#20882)



    Official Member: Team BreakfastBy jazzfish01 (Team Breakfast Member)

    PLEASE bring Freakies Cereal BACK! I ate the original flavor as long as it was on store shelves! I EVEN have a Freakies T-shirt!

    Comment submitted: 4/11/2015 (#18871)



    Official Member: Team BreakfastBy Remikuku (Team Breakfast Member)

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    Thanks for the commercials! The "theme song" instantly came back! Now my siblings and I are teaching our kids!

    Comment submitted: 4/8/2014 (#16928)



    Official Member: Team BreakfastBy OhGoodyGoody (Team Breakfast Member)

    Cereal Rating (out of 5):

    Bring it back pretty please. The original flavor was the best.

    Comment submitted: 2/14/2014 (#16041)



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