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.