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Quisp Cereal

quispboxes01I don't know when I first became aware of Quisp Cereal.   I was only 3 years old when it was introduced, but I recall it being my first (and last?) favorite cereal.  I had an older brother who liked Quake, the "rival" cereal.  Quake was a big strong coal miner(at least to start with).  It may have been because he like one, I had to like the other.  But I'm guessing that the early me, saw a cute spaceman in a flying saucer and that was the attraction.  It also helped that the Quisp & Quake characters were created by Jay Ward, the creator of cartoon characters such as Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, and many others that I liked.  Of course I didn't know that at the time.  The TV ads for both cereals were even voiced by the same actors from the Rocky and Bullwinkle series, including Daws Butler as the voice of Quisp.  Daws Butler was probably the most heard cartoon voice second only to Mel Blanc.  Daws voiced dozens of well know characters including Yogi Bear, Barney Rubble, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw & Elroy Jetson.

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So, I plowed through my youth eating Quisp cereal whenever I could.  I remember the neat Quisp whistle ring that I got in one of the boxes.  It was made of real metal and when you blew on it, it made this whirling siren sound.  Meanwhile, my brother was having to deal with a Quake identity crisis.  At some point, with no real explanation Quake dropped 100 lbs, traded in his miners hat for a cowboy hat and started talking with an Australian accent.  A few years after that, they had a contest for which cereal to keep and Quisp won.  Sorry mate, and goodbye Quake.

At some point Cheerios started showing up in the kitchen cupboard.  About the same time my younger brother got his say in what cereal was bought.  I never was a fan of Cheerios, as half an hour after you finished eating them, you got the "Cheerio burps".  If you've had them, you know what I'm talking about, the ones with the earthy/oaty taste.  To me, Quisp tasted almost like Cap'n Crunch (also a Jay Ward creation).  But unlike Cap'n Crunch, you didn't scrape up the roof of your mouth when eating Quisp.