Before getting into this article, we suggest that you go get yourself a bowl of cereal - Fruit Loops, preferably. Or at least something with as much sugar as you can handle. This one is going to bring back some very fond memories. We guarantee it.
Ahh, breakfast cereal. The sheer joy of a tiny, plastic piece of junk splashing into your cereal bowl. Unless you were one of those ragamuffins who had to dig into the family cereal box and get the toy yourself (we were one of those kids, so we don’t blame you). Fun fact: The first cereal box toy came in a box of Cornflakes and the prize was a book. Thank you, W.K. Kellogg: you were a brilliant man.
Sadly, due to safety and marketing concerns, cereal box toys are a thing of the past. Indeed, there is a darker side to the cereal box prize, which we are about to show you. The number of times your parents almost accidentally killed you by allowing you access to that box of cereal is astoundingly high. You are lucky to be alive. Okay, we digress...
15 Metal Fragments - Wheaties
What kid wouldn’t love being able to pick up their breakfast cereal with a magnet? If you don’t believe that Wheaties can be picked up by magnets, just google it - the Internet is full of people trying this little trick out for themselves. Or better yet, just try it yourself - it should be relatively safe to try out at home. In retrospect, General Mills could have hit a jackpot if with a little advertising. They could have marketed the breakfast cereal as a science experiment and both parents and children would have loved the cereal.
14 Degenerate Singing Mouse
13 Tiny Pokemon Toys - Pokemon Cereal
Do you remember this classic breakfast cereal toy? It was just a limited time offer, but back in the 90s, Kellogg came out with a Pokemon-themed cereal that had a small, plastic Pokemon toy in each box. Luckily, no one ever had to go hunt for a Pokemon in a small child’s body but these toys were small enough and more than a little risky for children under three years of age. The choking risk was definitely there, which is why it is kind of unbelievable that no one was ever injured - especially with Kellogg’s less than stellar track record.
12 Glowing Dinosaurs - Fruity Pebbles
11 Slap Bracelets
10 Iron-On Patches - Honey-Combs
9 Spidey Wristwatches - Frosted Flakes
8 Insane Amount Of Sugar - Honey Smacks
7 Nascar Hot Wheels - Fruit Loops
6 Easy-Bake Ovens
5 Slip 'N Slides
4 The Cool Flute - Corn Pops
3 Poke Balls - Burger King Kids Meal
2 Kinder Surprise Egg
We don’t know of any cereals that ever came with a Kinder Egg, but that it would certainly be a (Kinder) surprise! These toys are part of every Canadians’ fondest memories, so it is hard to believe that they are so dangerous. Your parent may have even put one of these surprises in your stocking every year. Three UK children died after choking on one of the small parts needed to assemble the toy that comes in the center of the chocolate egg.
1 Popper Toys - Cap'n Crunch
Children really are amazing creatures. Who could possibly ever be entertained by a piece of colourful rubber for hours on end? Indeed, we don’t give children enough credit for their tenacity. These eye poppers seem harmless like some of the others on this list, but a total of 36 children actually suffered eye injuries via Quaker Oat’s “popper” toys back in 1993. Hopefully, you weren’t one of them. At least they had a cool story to tell? This toy caused some of the most injuries on this list, with 36 people suffering bruised and bloodshot eyes after suctioning the toy to their face. Indeed, the toy was not intended to be used that way, but you can’t trust children with anything, ever. Quaker advised the public to discard the toy immediately.
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