Flashback Friday: Nintendo Cereal

Double Jump Kris MiiWe’re doing things a little differently for this month’s Flashback Friday. In honor of the Super Mario cereal, I did a bit of research on some older cereal that had been made in honor of Nintendo and their work.

I wasn’t disappointed at what I found!

Did you know that there’s a Cereal Graveyard Wiki?

Aside from being fascinated by the dedication some people have to discontinued cereals, I found it interesting how there have been other Nintendo-branded cereals to grace supermarket shelves before the Super Mario cereal (not that the Super Mario cereal is being sold near us — darn it, Kellog’s, where’s our marshmallow one-ups and hidden blocks?).

donkykongThe first cereal I had found was simply called Donkey Kong. There really isn’t much information on it, other than the cereal pieces were barrel-shaped to correspond with the original Donkey Kong arcade game. This particular cereal was introduced in 1982, after Donkey Kong became more popular than Pac-Man (which, in turn, led to Pac-Man cereal in 1983), and was discontinued in 1989.

During the Donkey Kong cereal’s lifetime, there was another cereal called the Nintendo Cereal System. It had two cereals in the one box, one that represented the Super Mario series and the other representing the Legend of Zelda franchise. The cereal lasted from only from 1986 to 1989.

These cereal boxes have since become memorabilia for collectors, with them being sold on eBay for a couple of hundred dollars each. In 2010, the Nintendo Cereal System box was sold for $200!

Pretty sure my favorite thing about finding out these cereals were some of the commercials that I found for them on YouTube. Below is the commercial for Donkey Kong Jr. Cereal that came out in 1983:

Anyone remember these cereals? Any other Nintendo or video game related snacks that you remember?

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Nerdy Nummies

Double Jump Kris MiiWhen we were younger, Rachel and I always found cartoon or video game food to look so yummy. In fact, I think it was due to Bugs Bunny that I had willingly tried raw carrots to eat them like he did. The carrots were awful, but I found that cheetos looked similar enough!

This post is about someone who actually creates geek-inspired food!

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Rosanna Pansino is the YouTuber behind Nerdy Nummies. On her channel, she mostly posts videos with all sorts of tasty recipes from drinks to cookies to cake to pizza and beyond. All of these recipes tend to tie back to some geeky topic, like Batman, Power Rangers, and Pokemon.

Rachel and I have been watching her channel for a few years, and we’ve always enjoyed seeing her creations (and usually getting hungry while doing so). She also tends to do collab videos with other YouTubers, bringing them in to help with recipes or to do a food-related challenge. Her challenges usually involve her trying a variety of flavors of some food (like doughnuts, pop-tarts, and chocolate) while blindfolded, but there have been plenty of other kinds of challenges as well (like pictionary!).

Ro is adorably petite, and she’s always so cheerful in her videos. At times she’s a little silly, and it’s totally relaxing to watch some of her videos after a long day at work. Rachel and I have tried her Butterbeer milkshake recipe, a homage to the Harry Potter universe. It was simple to follow and create, and it was a wicked sweet treat!

Do you watch Rosanna Pansino? Have you ever tried any of her recipes?

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