WAYSNACK MACHINE: Kellogg’s Banana Frosted Flakes Cereal

1982 Banana Frosted Flakes

Waysnack Machine is a series that looks back at discontinued products.

Kellogg’s Banana Frosted Flakes was one of the cereals I ate in the 1980s while solving mysteries before Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo did.

They weren’t just Frosted Flakes with banana flavoring, they had actual banana bits on every flake. The box above says “natural banana-flavored sugar frosted flakes of corn,” but other boxes have said “frosted flakes of corn with banana.”

I don’t know which one I ate while determining the villain was the creepy old man wearing a mask, but I remember the cereal being gr-r-reater than regular Frosted Flakes. I think I loved this cereal more than actual bananas. It had a strong fruity flavor and the banana bits were crunchy. I think they were bits of banana chips and not freeze-dried, because partially hydrogenated coconut oil is listed as one of the ingredients.

The cereal was introduced in 1981 and discontinued in 1984. But while it was on shelves, it was a regular addition to the shopping cart because it was my favorite cereal. And I think I might’ve cried when I couldn’t find them anymore. I also remember being the only person in the house who ate it. So lucky 8-year-old me!

Banana Frosted Flakes is the number one breakfast cereal I’d like to bring back from Cereal Heaven. Sorry, Post Oreo O’s. I’ll get to you when Banana Frosted Flakes is part of my complete breakfast once again. But, to be honest, I don’t think that’ll happen. What made the cereal so great was the banana, but fried banana chips aren’t wholesome enough for today’s Frosted Flakes.

Do you remember Banana Frosted Flakes Cereal?

Image used with permission from Jason Liebig at Collecting Candy.

6 thoughts on “WAYSNACK MACHINE: Kellogg’s Banana Frosted Flakes Cereal

  1. As much as I love all things banana, I am hard pressed in remembering these. But now that I see them I really want them! Though like you I fear we may never get that shot. I think if it was gonna happen, it would have happened last year during the Minions banana wave. But we can always hope. The Minions strawberry banana cereal last year wasn’t bad and Post Great Grains banana nut cereal is decent, although I prefer my banana without the walnuts lol. Honey bunches of O’s had a serviceable raspberry banana cereal a few years ago as well. Hopefully there will be more for us banana lovers!

  2. This is the second time this week I have seen this cereal! It was one of the product placements on the Americans this week. Now I really want it. I was so hopeful it meant it would come back, but alas it doesn’t appear to be the case :(.

    1. I saw it on the Americans too, the same day I read this and wondered if you had written it due to seeing it on the show or if it was just a coincidence. I do remember Marvo mentioning it on an old episode of the Nosh Show. I particularly like the 10 cents off coupon on the box.

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