Monday, March 7, 2011

Review and Giveaway: General Mills Retro Cereal #1 -` Cheerios

I'm excited to announce that I have another giveaway for you all this week.  Well, actually, it's five giveaways -  one each day this week!  A Big G Cereal Retro gift pack will be awarded to each of five winners, one for each day.  Be sure to enter every day (but  you can only win once)!
Again this year for a limited time, Target stores are carrying the Retro editions of five favorite General Mills Big G cereals, complete with authentic "retro" package designs and cartoons from the '50s, '60s, and '70s.  These special edition boxes are only available until mid-March!

This year, the packaging was chosen based on a national survey conducted by General Mills, which asked consumers to pick their favorite Retro package designs. The top packages chosen include Cheerios® (1956), Trix® (1968), Honey Nut Cheerios® (1984), Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (1984) and Lucky Charms® (1989). Consumers were also asked to share thoughts and opinions about their childhood memories of breakfast cereals, including favorite characters, promotions, prizes, cartoon characters and shows.

All the boxes have authentic Retro designs, as well as games and activities on the boxes.  For even more fun, you can go to GrocerySavvy.com to watch authentic retro cartoons, such as Underdog, King Leonardo, and Dennis the Menace.  You can also print coupons for General Mills products!
 
Today I'm highlighting the Special Edition Cheerios box - from 1956!  I like the slogan on it: "The Oat Cereal Ready to Eat"!  What else can you say about Cheerios, except, like my husband said, it's the old standby!  My older daughter prefers plain Cheerios to any sugary or gimmicky kid cereal any day.

The Retro packaging has a neat Bird Hunt game on the back that you can cut out and play.

Remember, you can buy all the Retro cereals at Target stores, but you also have a chance to win some for free!  Thanks to General Mills, I am giving away a Big G Retro cereal gift pack, which includes one each of the five special edition cereals, plus a $10 Target gift card!

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about or memory of Cheerios. You must answer this question to enter.  Please include your email in your comment if it is not available in your profile. For extra entries, you may do any or all of the following, for a maximum of 4 entries in total (please leave a separate comment for each):

1) Follow Frugally Blonde by rss feed.
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3) Follow Frugally Blonde on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. (Leave a link to your tweet.) This may only be done once; no daily tweets.

This contest runs for only one week and ends on next Monday, March  14, at midnight. The contest is open to residents of the US only, and the winner must provide a valid mailing address (no PO boxes).  I will choose the winner randomly and notify him or her by email, and he or she will have 72 hours to respond.  Good luck!

I received a retro cereal gift pack from General Mills, who is also supplying the giveaway prizes..  I received no other compensation for this post, and the opinions are my own.

166 comments:

  1. My favorite memory of Cheerios is each morning my dad would have a bowl of original(plain) Cheerios sprinkled with liquid Sweet 'n Low...does anyone remember the liquid pink stuff?
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  2. My favorite memory of Cheerios is me and my sisters had Cheerios for snacks while watching cartoons.
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  6. Honey Nut Cheerios are my husband's comfort food. When he's cranky, lost his appetite or not feeling well I can usually convince him to at least have a small bowl, and they almost always help at least a little bit.

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  10. I love the fact that little kids love them. That is the number one finger food for small kids.. gty46 at hotmail dot com

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  11. My favorite memory of cheerios is a picture of my nephew as a baby holding a box with a huge grin on his face - it's so cute!!

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  13. My favorite thing about Cheerios is that it was the first finger food for all 3 of my children. I love that it's so easy for a baby to eat.

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  15. I rememember my grandma gave me a banana in my cheerios and I loved it.
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  18. I've always found the dry original cheerios to be a great snack for all ages!

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  19. I fondly remember using orange juice on my cheerios when we had run out of milk. It was pretty good that way.

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  20. only memory I have of Cheerios as a kid is putting lots and lots of sugar on them...defeats the purpose I know!

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  23. My favorite memory of Cheerios is eating them for breakfast with my Dad when I was young.

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  26. My mom has pictures of me dumping a whole box of Cheerios on the floor and then playing in the mess!

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  27. I remember cheerios being my now 16 yo twins first office snack marking their transition to toddler hood
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  29. One of my first memories of Cheerios is back in the 80's they would put large Care Bear stickers in the boxes as the prize... I loved those!

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  33. I'm not a huge Cheerios fan, but my kids love it! I love that it's a decent snack for them and that they think it's a treat. :)

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  34. I remember being able to add honey to our cheerios...was a special treat! :-)

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  37. My favorite thing about Cheerios is that they're heart healthy :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  38. I use to put some cheerios in ziplock bags for school snacktime

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  42. my fond memory of cheerios is back in the 70s when the baby next door - Michelle - started talking. She kept saying, "Cheerios" really loud, over and over.

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  43. My favorite thing about Cheerios is that they are a quick healthy breakfast.
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  44. I remember making edible necklaces!

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  45. Cheerios always remind me of staying up late at college and studying. I always found them super portable and easy to eat!

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  46. I like that they are good for snacking.

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  47. My favorite memory of Cheerios is when I was a child. I use to love to come downstairs on my summer vacation and have a bowl of cheerios and milk on the backporch swing!

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  48. As a child, I would have a bowl of cheerios with sliced bananas in it almost every morning. I would also bring a bag of Cheerios with me as a snack to school!
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  49. My favorite thing about Cheerios is eating them with greek yogurt, honey and fresh fruit!
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  50. I remember that my Mom would make us snack bags with Cheerios and raisens in them, that we would take with us on trips or to the drive in movie. Cheerios and these snack bags bring back happy memories for me.
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  54. I love Cheerios, they are great for snacking.

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  55. I love cheerios because they are a simple but tasty way to start the day.

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  59. My favorite memory of Cheerios is making arts and crafts with them in kindergarten.
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  63. About the only cereal we had as kids.

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  64. My favorite thing about Cheerios is that they are heart healthy.
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  65. My mom used to put cheerios in baggies for me for a snack when we went on long car rides

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  68. My mom never allowed us "sugary" cereal, so my memories of cheerios are eating them practically every day. I still enjoy with with sliced bananas. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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  70. I always loved slicing a banana over them and eating them with my Sat. cartoons

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  72. cheerios + Sat morning cartoons=happy childhood

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  76. My favorite memory of cheerios- I'm always going to remember how much both of my girls loved eating them in their high chairs.
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  77. My favorite thing about Cheerios is the memories of eating them on Saturday morning with my cousins while we watched cartoons.

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  78. My favorite thing about Cheerios is that they're a healthy breakfast food.
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  81. I like Honey Nut Cheerios. They make a perfect snack to take along as they taste great, even without milk.

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  82. I remember loving to eat Honey Nut Cheerios for dinner during college.

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  83. I love Cheerios because I am not a fan of sweetened cereals; I also like the fact that it is healthy.

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  85. My favorite thing about Cheerios is that my children love them and they are healthy too! calvad at aol dot com

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  86. I always gave Cheerios to my daughter as a snack when she was little.
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  87. I remember the first time I ate it as a snack instead of at breakfast - back in jr. high at a friend's house.

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  88. My favorite memory of Cheerios is giving them to my daughter when she was little and watching her play with and eat them!

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  89. My favorite memory is getting up early to watch saturday morning cartoons and eating honey nut cheerios.

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  93. My favorite memory of cheerios is eating them for lunch during summer vacation
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  96. My favorite memory of Cheerios is watching my half-sisters pour sugar on top and grimacing. Gross!! Why would anyone do that?
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  99. I love that it has fiber and so many flavors to choose from. Thanks.
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  100. My favorite thing is that they're economical and healthy.
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  102. I love Cheerios because it's healthy and makes a great snack!

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  105. I loved it when my parents taught my brother how to "aim" in the toilet with Cheerios.
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  106. I love eating them with bananas
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  107. I remember giving Cheerios to my kids as a first finger food when they were babies.

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  108. I like the fact that cheerios is well balanced for a healthy heart.

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  112. Cheerios are great because they are the perfect snack food...small and they don't leave a mess.

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  113. I remember my dad eating Cheerios for breakfast in the morning. As a kid I never cared for Cheerios. I liked the sugary stuff. Then along came Honey Nut Cheerios and everything changed. Thank you for the fun give-away.

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  114. I remember Lucky Charms being a VERY special treat we got only once in a very long while when we were little.

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  115. My favorite memory is walking into the kitchen after leaving my twin 1 year olds for one minute. They had the kitchen floor covered in cheerios banging on the empty box with a moutful of cheerios.
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  116. Cheerios are just awesome. First finger foods for babies, helped with potty training, and now a well loved breakfast. Who can ask for more?

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  117. I remember all 4 of us kids eating Cheerios when we stayed overnight at my Grandmother's house when my mom and dad went on vacation
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  118. my favorite memory of eating cheerios is watching my mom slice a banana into the cereal.

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  120. I remeber eating them Saturday morning while watching cartoons

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  121. My mom wouldn't buy sugary cereals. Cheerios was one of maybe 3 cereals she would buy. So a lot of my cereal memories as a kid involve around cheerios. Like, I remember putting a banana in my cheerios and watching cartoons before school.

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  124. Cheerios had a special offer for a bowl when you sent in box tops. It was easy to get things because we went through so many boxes of our favorite cereal, Cheerios.

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  126. My favorite memory is about Honey Nut Cheerios, not just Cheerios. I love the bee.

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  127. Cheerios were the first finger foods I gave to each of my children.
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  128. I love that they are healthy for you and I love that they have chocolate cheerios now!

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  129. We never got Cheerios at home, but Grandma had them, so they remind me of breakfast at her house on weekends. Great memories!
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  130. my daughter adores Cheerios and I like to eat it occasionally with a banana sliced into it

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  131. I love that cheerios are good for my kids.They have all grow up snacking on them.Thanks!
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  132. My favorite memory of Cheerios is that it was the only time ever my mom would let me get a spoonful of sugar out of the sugar dish to put on my cereal. I always felt so grown up doing that.

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  134. eating it with my grandparents when i would spend the night
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  136. I love cheerios because they're healthy and taste good. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  137. Whenever I see Cheerios, I smile, because I remember my son's chubby little fingers struggling to pick them up and stuff them in his mouth when he was learning to feed himself. The generic brands were no good - when he hit his high chair tray, they were so light that they flew off onto the floor. Only the real Cheerios were any good.

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  140. I remember just grabbing handfuls right out of the Cheerio bag and gulping them down like candy.
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  142. I remember taking Cheerios whith us when we went to the park.

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  144. We love the Banana Nut Cheerios, which tastes just like Grandma's Banana Nut Bread!

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  145. My favorite Cheerios memory is sleeping over my grandparent's house when I was a child and eating Cheerios for breakfast with my Poppa Marty. He told me, I would be strong like Popeye the Saylor man, if i ate them everyday! I'm 54 today and my grandfather died in 1973'
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  146. I remember eating Cheerios growing up and cutting up bananas and sprinkling the cereal with sugar before eating. YUMMY!

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  148. I love that cheerios are healthy and also taste good too. A perfect combination!

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  149. I remember my dad cutting up banana to put into my Cheerios as a kid, I still like them with bananas!

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  150. My memory of Cheerios is eating it while watching Saturday morning cartoons

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  151. My favorite thing about Cheerios are that they are good plain or with fruit/sugar added!

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  154. I remember sneaking cheerios out of the box when my parents weren't looking, lol!

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