Saturday, February 26, 2005

Does anyone remember Crazy Cow cereal?

Talking about cereal reminded me of a short-lived chocolate cereal from the mid-seventies called Crazy Cow. Yes, they really called a cereal that, and if it hadn't disappeared from supermarkets before 1980, the mad cow scare would certainly have done it in. It was designed to turn the milk chocolate, and it did that. I had it once, the morning we were supposed to go to Cedar Point, which was the end-all be-all to amusement parks in my childhood world, a three-hour drive past Cleveland to Sandusky, Ohio.

Soon after I finished my first bowl ever of the stuff, I threw up and my head started pounding. It was unusual for me to have such immediate reactions to food as a kid, but one bowl of this stuff did me right in. We didn't go to Cedar Point, and it was all the Crazy Cow's fault.

That's probably my worst cereal-related experience ever. As a kid, I always liked Grape Nuts, and even then I didn't understand the appeal. I still like 'em. I wanted to have some this morning, but my milk, which had an expiration date of just yesterday, was genuinely spoiled. So all I had was coffee and a chunk of mozzarella. Maybe there's some truth to that old saw about bachelor chefs.

If you want to see evidence that Crazy Cow existed, click here. The link leads to an E-bay auction for some promotional magnets for the stuff dating back to 1977 or so. The auction closes March 2, so you collectors of cultural detritus had better hurry!

13 Comments:

At Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 12:07:00 PM EST, Blogger Gadget said...

Missing Cedar Point must have been traumatic. I knew of families that spent entire summer vacations at Cedar Point. Not our "cup of tea", but certainly worth a day trip.

Mother never let me indulge in the sugary cereals, and ones that made your milk turn grayish-purple were strictly off limits.

Now mother and dad get to stay at our house when visiting relatives. She looks in our pantry, only to find Frosted Flakes, Cherios, Fruit Loops and Honey Smacks. Funny thing is, she doesn't have any comments! The next time they come over for a visit, I think I'll suggest Banana Splits for dinner. We'll see how that goes over. Stay tuned.

No, I don't recall Crazy Cow. A favorite of mine is missing in action, that is: Fortified Oat Flakes. Let them sit in the milk for 10 minutes before eating. What you get is the opposite of those cement like Grape Nuts.

 
At Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at 9:41:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Crazy Cow cereal! The strawberry flavored variety was the best! I actually grew up in Sandusky, Ohio, and stopped going to Cedar Point after junior high school. Only out-of-towners go there, for the most part. But, strawberry Crazy Cow was the bomb! I had to have it every morning! Sorry about your experience, though, with the chocolate.

 
At Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 7:15:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Ronna said...

Well my goodness...
I have been asking people *for the longest times* if they remembered Crazy Cow cereal and I swear, I felt like NO ONE in the world remembered but me. Came online to do a search and find PROOF that I'm NOT crazy and this cereal really did exist. I LOOOOVED the chocolate flavor and the fact that my milk turned chocolaty...LOL! I never had the strawberry flavor but I'm not a big strawberry fan...
Does anyone know why this cereal was taken off the shelves... I could sure a BIG bowl full right now :o)

 
At Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 8:30:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crazy Cow was my favorite cereal as a kid. It didn't last long, but I recall the Chocolate flavor was always in my house. I'm 30 now, and always thought Cocoa Puffs was the new name for Crazy Cow, but I later found out they were different.

Was the cereal sold all over the U.S.? I lived (and still live) in Dallas, TX during the late 70's when I remember going to grocery stores with my parents to pick it up.

 
At Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 4:29:00 AM EDT, Blogger Kurt Kaletka said...

I don't know for sure whether it was sold all around the country, but if you knew it in Texas and I knew it in western Pennsylvania, then I'd guess it probably was.

It boggles the mind how many products existed in the late 1970s that don't exist anymore. I've seen something that looks like Space Food Sticks selling in stores in Pennsylvania, but I've never bought them to make sure. Space Food Sticks, it seems, sold in chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch—though there might have been other flavors I never encountered or that I just don't remember. I could go for a butterscotch Space Food Stick right now...

 
At Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 2:24:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I just got on-line and typed in Crazy Cow cereal. I came to this site, "Does anyone remember Crazy Cow Cereal?" Well no one I ever asked did. Was I looney? Well today I was in the grocery store and the General Mills cereal guy was there. I asked him if he remembered Crazy Cow cereal, and he did!
My experience with Crazy Cow cereal was not a good one either. I had the strawberry variety and did I ever get sick. I was vomiting and my head was spinning and I had a splitting headache!
Needless to say, I still to this day can not stand and type of artificial strawberry flavored anything! When I was in school we had pink straws that we drank our milk out of. I could not drink out of that pink straw because it reminded me of that Crazy Cow cereal.
I have always wondered if something was in that cereal that made me so sick?

 
At Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 9:12:00 AM EST, Blogger MsDee said...

glad to know that their are people that remember the cereal crazy cow. If it was the name of the cereal that made them stop making it, why not just change the name. Is there anything else out that compare with crazy cow?

 
At Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 8:48:00 PM EST, Anonymous jbgroup1 said...

I remember going to the store and buying this cereal every Saturday sometimes I would get both flavours. It was one of my best cereals ever. Now I like Reese's cereal.

 
At Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 2:11:00 PM EDT, Blogger MsDDSharp said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! LOL!!! I knew there had to be others on this earth (other than my brothers) that knows about Crazy Cow Cereal. I used to love both flavors as a kid. Every time I ask someone around my age about Crazy Cow, they look at me like I'm crazy! They swear I'm making it up. It's good to know I'm not alone. Folks had me ready to start second guessing myself. I love the song from the commercial. I only remember the line 'crazy cow makes chocolate milk.' LOL
Sorry you guys got sick when you had crazy cow, maybe it was a coincedence and not really the cereal.
This one time when I had gotten sick, maybe 9 yrs old. My aunt gave me hot tea with lemon flavor. Man, right after I drank the tea I immediately began to vomit. I thought I'd never stop. My head felt like it was about to explode. Til this day I refuse to drink tea with lemon flavor. I associate it with that horrible experience. However, I do drink sweet tea, hot or cold, just nooooooooooo lemon flavor. I also love an ice cold glass of lemonade.

 
At Monday, March 7, 2011 at 12:00:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is and will always be the best!!!

 
At Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:15:00 AM EDT, Blogger Iva Lent said...

That is amazing! I had the same exact experience! I was violently ill, couldn't drink my milk out of the pink straws in school and absolutely will not have anything to do with artificial strawberry! Just the smell gives me a headache!

 
At Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:15:00 AM EDT, Blogger Iva Lent said...

That is amazing! I had the same exact experience! I was violently ill, couldn't drink my milk out of the pink straws in school and absolutely will not have anything to do with artificial strawberry! Just the smell gives me a headache!

 
At Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 5:41:00 PM EDT, Blogger Irka Java said...

The song that goes with the commercial is "My best friend is the cow, how now Crazy Cow, makes chocolate milk 'Wow' how now crazy cow." My best friend used to sing it, but she'd replace "the cow" with my name Nikele. It was so cute of her.

 

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