Honey Smacks

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Honey Smacks
Honeymacks brand logo.png
Kellogg's Honey Smacks – Sweetened Puffed Wheat Cereal with milk.jpg
Kellogg's Honey Smacks – Sweetened Puffed Wheat Cereal with milk
Product typeBreakfast cereal
Introduced1953; 70 years ago (1953)

Honey Smacks (formerly known as Sugar Smacks, known simply as Smacks in some international markets) is a sweetened puffed wheat breakfast cereal made by Kellogg's, noted for its high sugar content. It was introduced in the early 1950s.


Introduced in 1953,[citation needed] the cereal has undergone several name changes. It started out as "Sugar Smacks".[1] In the 1980s, it was renamed "Honey Smacks", in order to comply with cereals becoming healthier, even though the sugar content stayed the same. [1] In the early 1990s,[citation needed] the word "Honey" was dropped from the name and the product was then simply called "Smacks". That name is still[when?] used in Germany,[2] Spain,[3] Belgium,[4] the Netherlands,[5] and France.[6] However, in the US the name reverted to "Honey Smacks" in 2004.

In the UK in 1957, a similar product called Sugar Puffs debuted.[7]

In Norway[8] and Finland,[9] it is known as "Honni Korn Smacks".

In Australia, the cereal had been known as Honey Smacks since the 1970s. However, Kellogg's Australia no longer markets the brand.[10]

Sugar content[edit]

Kellogg's Honey Smacks
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy370 kcal (1,500 kJ)
89 g
Sugars56 g
Dietary fiber4 g
2 g
7 g
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA FoodData Central

Presweetened breakfast cereals first appeared in 1939.[1] At the time of its introduction in the early 1950s, Sugar Smacks had the highest sugar content in the US cereal market (55% per weight), surpassing Sugar Crisp (later renamed "Golden Crisp") by competitor Post Cereal which had debuted with what The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets would later call "an astonishing sugar content of 51 percent".[1] (The cereals are both sweetened puffed wheat.)

In a 2008 comparison of the nutritional value of 27 cereals, US magazine Consumer Reports found that both Honey Smacks and the similar Golden Crisp were still the two brands with the highest sugar content, more than 50 percent (by weight), commenting "There is at least as much sugar in a serving of Kellogg's Honey Smacks [...] as there is in a glazed doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts". Consumer Reports recommended parents choose cereal brands with better nutrition ratings for their children.[11]

The product title Honey Smacks is inconsistent, with honey being a minor ingredient in the recipe. The ingredient label implies that sugar and dextrose are at least two-thirds of the sugar ingredients by weight.[12] Conversely, the proportion of honey in the recipe could range from trace amounts to one-third.

2018 recall[edit]

Kellogg's announced a voluntary recall of certain Honey Smacks packages on June 14, 2018, due to the possible presence of salmonella.[13] Although the recall included only packages with a specific range of expiration dates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later advised consumers to avoid eating the cereal entirely.[14][15] The cereal returned to the shelves in November of that year.[16]

Marketing history[edit]

Since the cereal was introduced in 1953, there have been various different mascots.

United States[edit]

Cliffy the Clown

Various clowns served as the advertising mascot from 1953 to 1956,[17] including Cliffy the Clown and Lou Jacobs from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Ads with these clowns were known for showing them doing the "Sugar Smack Swing".

Smaxey the Seal

In 1957, a sailor-suit-wearing seal named Smaxey became the mascot.[citation needed]

Quick Draw McGraw

The Hanna-Barbera cartoon horse sheriff, Quick Draw McGraw, took over in 1961.[citation needed]

The Smackin' Bandit

In 1965, Quick Draw McGraw faced off against The Smackin' Bandit, a llama who traveled in bounding leaps, and would suck the cereal directly out of the box with its floppy lips.[18][better source needed]

The Smackin' Brothers

In 1966, the Smackin' Brothers, two cartoon boys who loved to roughhouse, became the new mascots. These ads usually featured the brothers wanting Sugar Smacks but winding up smacking each other instead. Also during 1966, promotional box designs were briefly introduced featuring characters from Star Trek.[19] Later commercials were similar to most Cheerios commercials as they demonstrated how the cereal was "vitamin-powered". Paul Frees narrated these ads.[citation needed]

Dig'em Frog

In the early 1970s, an Indian Chief appeared briefly, replaced by Dig'em Frog in 1972. He continued as the mascot when the cereal was rechristened Honey Smacks in the early 1980s. In these ads, Dig'em would appear in front of a group of kids, and they would eat some cereal together.[citation needed]

Love Smacks

This character was a heart shaped dog, which was featured in 1982 giving hugs to children.[citation needed]

Wally the Bear

Dig 'em was replaced by an animal more associated with honey, Wally the Bear, in 1986 (1984 in France).[20] These ads featured Wally (not to be confused with the Wally Bear from Wally Bear and the NO! Gang) pestering a kid eating a bowl of Honey Smacks and doing anything to get some, and the kid would always refuse or just ignore Wally completely. Animated by Kurtz & Friends, these commercials performed poorly since they seemed too much like the Trix commercials, and Dig'em Frog was brought back the following year by popular demand.[citation needed]

Dig'em Frog (redux)

During the 1990s, advertising campaigns for the cereal featured Dig'em attempting to have a bowl of Smacks while trying to outsmart his nemesis, Kitty. By 1997, these commercials were discontinued. Dig'em's voice was provided by Len Dresslar and later Frank Welker. While ads for Honey Smacks no longer air in the US, more recent ads in other countries depict[when?] Dig'em as a character who is absolutely jonesing for Smacks.

Similar products[edit]


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  3. ^ "Kellogs Spain".
  4. ^ "Kellogg's Belgium".
  5. ^ "Kellogg's Nederlands".
  6. ^ "Kellogg's France".
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  8. ^ "Norwegian Honni Korn Smacks". Archived from the original on 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  9. ^ "Kellogs Finland packaging". Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  10. ^ "List of Kelloggs Australia cereal products as of 2010".
  11. ^ "Better cereal choices for kids? Some child-focused products are 50 percent sugar." consumerreports.org (Accessed October 2, 2008, archived from the original by the Internet Archive)
  12. ^ "Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal ingredients". Kellog's. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  13. ^ Affairs, Office of Regulatory. "Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts - Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk". www.fda.gov.
  14. ^ "CDC on Twitter".
  15. ^ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (July 12, 2018). "Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections Linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Friedman, Megan; McDowell, Maya. "[UPDATE] Honey Smacks Cereal Is Going Back On Sale After A Salmonella Outbreak". www.delish.com.
  17. ^ "sugar-smacks-cereal.jpg". www.food.pop-cult.com.
  18. ^ Joe_Strike (2020-08-28). "Looking for the "Smackin' Bandit" : lostmedia". Reddit. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  19. ^ "Mr. Spock featuring on a Sugar Smacks box". Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  20. ^ "Kellogg's France site".

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