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Sunday, September 27, 2009

sugar smacks and boner

Tonight Ian, Brandon, and I were staying up too late talking, just blatantly ignoring the fact that we had two shows today, survived the mayhem of Beale street afterward, and have another two shows tomorrow.


But sandwiched somewhere between discussions of bacon flavored ice cream (I know, it horrified me as well), family members (don't worry, they don't horrify me), how my brother almost accidentally killed my pop with a tractor (we're grateful it didn't happen, too), and whether or not an article of clothing I was wearing was magenta or pink (it was pink, I was so right), the topic of cereal came up.

Remember Cookie Crunch? one of us said. And the soggies? another chimed in.

Then we just started naming them, one by one, the cereals that made our sleepovers, our birthdays, our Saturday mornings.

Cap'N Crunch! Oh no, Peanut Butter Crunch! Fruity Pebbles! At that one we all paused and said Mmmmmmmm...Coco Puffs! We all agreed that was especially tasty because of the added bonus of it turning your milk to chocolate milk.

And then Brandon asked, What about the one with the frog?

I have to admit we were stumped for a few moments. But just a few, cause then we very quickly remembered Sugar Smacks.

And then we all looked at each other, because, no that just can't be right.

I mean, think about it.

A cereal, the way by which a parent is supposed to start off his beloved kid's day right, begins the title with the word SUGAR?

Cavity-producing, addictive, bouncing off the walls, gives you a high only to drop you right down again, sugar?!?!

Risky.

But that's not even the worst. Not by a long shot.

Let's evaluate the word smack, shall we? Because it's a euphemism for drugs. And not just pot, either. Hard drugs. Devastating drugs.

And when I did a quick google search, this is what I saw:
smack - 25 definitions - [Heroin]. Most frequently used in the 60s.

It's a term from the 60s, folks; meaning, you can't even say that the word wasn't used in that way yet.

Because it was, it was!

So I gotta wonder what, exactly, good old Kellog's was thinking with this one.

Sugar Smacks. Really.

And now that I am on the subject of weird names from back in the day, why, oh why was that one kid's name Boner on Growing Pains?

And did Boner ever enjoy some Sugar Smacks, I wonder?

These are the things we ponder late at night, you guys.

Don't judge. That's not nice.

14 comments:

beingawesome said...

There was also Super Sugar Crisp.. which I preferred. How these things passed as something nutritional floors me. It also created my addiction to "awful-for-me-cereal".

Late night conversations after you've reached that point between sleepy and wired are some of the greatest moments in life I think.

Mom said...

Since I never stay up super late, I never get into these fascinating conversations! Maybe it's worth it.....

Emily said...

Alas, we never had those sugary cereals in the house, so the staples of my childhood breakfasts are now the staples of my children's breakfasts. Cheerios, Chex, Rice Crispies, and Kix. How I envied those kids who ate Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops, and Cap'n Crunch!!!!! For a meal! It was beyond my wildest dreams, really!

Jessica Latshaw said...

Rob--Super Sugar Crisp?!? Never had the pleasure, I must say...Is it a Southern thing? And yes, those late night conversations are the stuff of friendships, I think:)

Mom--you should totally give it a try; I'd love to hear what you and pop come up with!

Emily--I don't think we were allowed to have sugar cereal in the house all the time, but we definitely had it sometimes! But it's funny, I still LOVE cereal, but my favorite hands down is Raisin Bran Crunch, not a sugar cereal at all.

christine said...

Jess I remember very clearly that you guys always had those delicious "sugar" cerals, as we called them at my house : ) You know how excited I was to be able to eat them at your house since we only had them on Saturdays at mine : ) Your pantry was like heaven...always good cereal and good pretzels...what more could a kid ask for?

Michele said...

Boner, hahahaha. Really! That's it, that's my comment :)

jason said...

Christine –

WHAT?? We never had that good cereal! Never!

Jessica Latshaw said...

Michele--I know, hard to believe, right?!

And as for the sugar cereal in our house...I do remember having some. Cap'n Crunch, for instance. But I also remember getting very excited to spend the night at a friend's house (Jamie!!!) and getting to eat Fruity Pebbles in the morning. And her mom's amazing pancakes, too. So that makes me think that we weren't allowed to have stuff like Fruity Pebbles...Mom? You wanna help? Did we have sugar cereal, or didn't we?!

kathiek said...

We did have some sugary cereals in the house...my favorite of all was Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch, closely followed by...Cap'n Crunch! We also had Sugar Pops (which have a different name now, but I forget what) and Sugar Smacks. Sugary cereals weren't the only breakfast cereals, though, we also had Rice Krispies, Cheerios, Shredded Wheat. However, even when there were no sugar cereals in the house I made my own. I perfected the sugar crust: sugar, then milk, then sugar again in just the right amounts. It formed a crunchy cavity-causing crust on top of my cereal. I always managed to find a way to turn the most virtuous cereal into something decadent.

Mom said...

Well, both you and Jase are right depending on the time period. We did go through our "no sugar era." During that hard year, there were no junk food in our pantry. But we also went through our Junk Food times also---and during those times, our pantry was full of cereal all kids dreamed of.....

Karenkool said...

I can remember my mom bringing in the groceries and us all fighting over the sugary cereals and them being GONE! COMPLETELY GONE! within the first day of arriving to our home. OHH, my mom would be fuming! That and wrecking the box digging for the free prize inside... that always made everyone mad too.

I was a Cheerios girl on a regular basis, after the Cap'n Crunch was eaten. I also loaded the sugar on by the spoonfuls, as no one was looking. You just had to have a nice scrapeful of sugar with each bite or it wasn't right.

The Husband said...

It was Honey Smacks. Not Sugar Smacks. Just so you know. :)

Jessica Latshaw said...

Actually, and I quote, "It started out as Sugar Smacks in the 1980's."

So...Yeah.

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