This is a list of the best food cartoon characters, the colorful mascots that keep us munching on junk food (and the occasional healthier item). From the cartoon characters of cereal boxes to seafood and even dried fruit mascots, see if your favorite food cartoon characters have made this list of the best:
Trix Rabbit – Despite the fact that this white rabbit exhibits signs of being a serious cereal addict, we can’t help but feel sorry for him for never getting a spoonful of his favorite treats: balls of sugar (or now high fructose corn syrup) and artificial food coloring. And it’s his persistence that makes him one of the best food cartoon characters of all time.
Count Chocula – Another of the best cereal mascots on this list, Count Chocula is one of the favorite food cartoon characters of future goth teens and horror movie fans. He was one of the best food mascots for those that prefer their milk dark, and the combination of chocolate cereal and marshmallows was an epic win for one of General Mills many monster mascots (Sorry, Franken Berry; the fact that your cereal used to turn kids’ faces pink makes you just a bit too creepy for this list).
Cookie Crook, Officer Crumb, and Chip the Dog – I know this list of the best food cartoon characters is a little bit cereal-heavy, but there are just way too many great cereal mascots out there beckoning kids to partake in their sugary goodness. Sadly, the Cookie Crook and Officer Crumb have now disappeared from the Cookie Crisp ads, leaving a new generation of kids growing up with just Chip the Dog and his call of “Coo-oooooooooookie Crisp!” selling them the cereal in a more law-abiding way.
Jolly Green Giant – The Jolly Green Giant is one of the food cartoon characters on this list that freaks me out a little bit, because he’s one of the many mascots here that appear to be made out of the food they are selling (I always imagine him as being green bean flavored).
Mr. Peanut – With his monocle and top hat, Mr. Peanut is one of the coolest food mascots you’ll ever see, and it’s just sadistic that we break open his brethren to eat their bowels and brains.
The Green M&M – She’s perhaps the sexiest of the food mascots on this list, and, oddly enough, one of the only female ones. As one of the most alluring food cartoon characters on this list, this shiny-shelled seductress knows that it’s not easy being green (and so darn tasty).
The California Raisins – I really miss these soulful, wrinkly food mascots that once made dried fruit cool with their smooth rendition of ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, and it’s a real shame that ‘A Claymation Christmas’, in which these groovy food cartoon characters starred, hasn’t become a classic Christmas special.
The Vlasic Stork – I guess it’s fitting that pickles, a staple for pregnant women, are peddled by a stork. But I think the Vlasic stork’s Groucho Marx impersonation (which includes replacing his signature cigar with a cucumber) might be lost on this generation.
Chester Cheetah – Here’s one of the coolest junk food mascots you’ll ever see, a smooth-talking, sunglasses-wearing, slick and sly, Cheetos-loving cheetah whose recent commercials have him encouraging those that crunch on Cheetos to do diabolical things (like stick Cheetos up the nose of a snoring man). So will one of the food cartoon characters that’s been around since the 80’s continue to sell his addicting cheese powder? As long as Britney Spears is around, I don’t think Chester has to worry about losing his job.
The Keebler Elves – This was an idea that I loved as a kid: little elves made the cookie sandwiches that I so adored. I never quite understood why these cartoon characters made the cookies shaped like themselves, and got really confused around Christmas time (if Santa has elves, can’t they make him all the cookies he can eat?), but these little guys’ cookie-making ability and their whimsical tree kitchen definitely make them some of the best junk food mascots of all time.
The Pillsbury Doughboy (or Poppin’ Fresh) – One of the most sickeningly adorable food mascots of all time, this ticklish biscuit boy better watch his back; after all, he is made out of the same dough that those cookies and crescent rolls are composed of (maybe he should try a low carb diet).
Tony the Tiger – This tough tiger has been convincing us that Corn Flakes are grrrrrreat for decades, despite their amazing ability to get soggy faster than any other cereal. Still, he’s one of the best food cartoon characters of all time, because we much prefer tigers that munch on cereal to those that would make us breakfast.
The Noid – Why was the Noid so hell-bent on ruining Domino’s pizza? Who knows? But it’s his mystique that makes this kooky character one of the best food mascots of all time. Add to that an 80’s computer game based on avoiding the extremely annoying Noid (or, actually, multiple Noids) and the fact that a mentally-ill guy with the last name Noid that thought the ads were a personal attack on him once held a couple of Domino’s employees hostage, demanding that they make him a pizza and give him a copy of ‘The Widow’s Son’, and you’ve got one of the most unforgettable junk food cartoon characters of all time.
The Kool-Aid Man – Oh yeah! As one of the most refreshing food mascots of all time, the Kool-Aid man turns kids into zombies by bursting through their kitchen walls and giving them a craving to drink his brains.
Lucky the Lucky Charms Leprechaun – Lucky is one messed up leprechaun, because with all the time he’s wasted trying to steal kids’ bowls of Lucky Charms cereal, he could have found hundreds of pots of gold. But cereal will make you do crazy things, and he’s one of the cereal mascots here that could definitely use a stint in a breakfast rehab facility.
The Chicken of the Sea Mermaid – Jessica Simpson may have helped make Chicken of the Sea one of the most-talked about canned seafood products ever, but I loved the stuff ever since I was a little girl simply because there was a mermaid slapped on the side of it. (Maybe if there’s ever a movie made about the mermaid cartoon character, Simpson can play the role? I wouldn’t put anything past Hollywood.)
Cap’n Crunch – Despite the fact that his cereal was like eating Christmas ornaments when it came to the destruction it caused to the roof of my mouth, I absolutely loved this cereal of the sea. Plus you’ve got to love that the Cap “crunch-a-tizes” his cereal to keep the soggies away.
Snap, Crackle, and Pop – Sometimes they can be some of the most annoying cereal mascots, but I like to imagine that these three elves once worked as Keebler cooks, but couldn’t hack it, so they used their elfin magic to create a mutant, tasteless cereal that talks. And so my imaginary back story makes them some of the best food cartoon characters of all time (to me).
Sugar Bear – There just aren’t enough food mascots out there shaped like a bear. Sugar Bear was one of the coolest cereal mascots ever, always beating Granny Goodwitch at her attempts to procure a box of Sugar Crisp cereal. And with his turtleneck, sly eyes, and amazing singing voice (as well as the Popeye-like effect the cereal sometimes had on him), Sugar Bear was definitely one of the best cereal pushers of all time.
Cool Spot – I absolutely adored the cute 7 Up spot that leaped to life from the 7 Up can with his little sunglasses and sneakers, and spent way too much time in junior high drawing my own Cool Spot comics during class. Plus he was one of the only food mascots to ever have a successful video game based on him, proving that Cool Spot is indeed one of the best food cartoon characters of all time.
So from cartoon characters that managed to cross over into other media to cereal addicts and claymation masterpieces, food mascots like those on this list have helped to make the junk food they sell seem just as irresistible to us as it is to many of them.