Cap’n Crunch Costume

As part of our moving process, over the past two weeks I’ve had to make several tough decisions on whether I was going to keep, or part with, certain items. Partly because it doesn’t fit and partly because Halloween is right around the corner, this is one of the things I decided to part with: my Cap’n Crunch costume.

capn-crunch-costume

I ran across this item several years ago at a garage sale. The costume came in a trunk, and inside the trunk was a hand receipt from the company that made it. I contacted the company years ago and, after working my way through a few people, discovered that it was one of about 20 Cap’n Crunch costumes made for General Mills. Unfortunately the company didn’t have any more information for me than that.

Inside the costume there’s a battery pack belt, which I assume originally powered fans to keep the wearer cool. The costume is very heavy duty and I can see how someone wearing it, especially outside, might overheat quickly.

Unfortunately for me, the costume doesn’t fit. At 6′ tall, I had the twist my head just to get inside the thing. I’m guessing it was made for someone just a few inches shorter than myself. It was probably also made for someone who hasn’t enjoyed as many bowls of delicious Cap’n Crunch cereal over the years …

I’ve never had the costume on display, so for almost a decade the poor captain has been folded up in trunk in my garage. Hopefully the Cap’n’s new owner will put him to use and have him sailing the crunchy seas again.

Ice Cream Cones Cereal

Ice Cream Cones Cereal was made by General Mills and released in 1987. It consisted of puffs, sweetened with chocolate or vanilla ice cream flavor, as well as sugar cone-shaped pieces sweetened for the sugar cone flavor The cereal’s spokesperson was an animated character called Ice Cream Jones, who delivered the cereal on an old-fashioned pedal bike.

The cereal was discontinued the same year it was introduced (no idea why). It was shortly reintroduced in 2003 in a chocolate chip flavor to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ice cream cone, but sadly they dropped Ice Cream Jones as their spokesman.

You have to admire a cereal that drops all the pretense and gets to the core of what it is, a big bowl of sugar in milk. That is why I will always love Ice Cream Cones Cereal.