Millennials Should Be Able to Match These Mascots to Their Brands. Can You?

Lauren Lubas

Ho Ho Ho! Eat your veggies! What brand did this guy represent?

The Jolly Green Giant represented Green Giant vegetables. He even had a little friend named the Little Green Sprout.

His actual name is Poppin' Fresh, but you might know him as the dough boy for what product?

When you poked his belly, he giggled. He was all over Saturday Morning Cartoons.

He represented something great. What product did this flyer represent?

The Red Baron seduced ladies in ads, but when your mom brought the box home from the grocery store, you knew you were going to have a great dinner!

These guys dressed up like fruit for some hilarious commercials ... for what products?

Fruit of the Loom needed to find a way to make an impact in marketing, so they went the funny route with these guys.

What product was this yellow dinosaur a mascot for?

Cheesasaurus Rex was named in a contest in 2000. Millennials will recognize him as the Kraft Mac and Cheese dino.

You might want to give him a high five, but what was he trying to sell you?

The Hamburger Helper Helping Hand originated in the 70's, but Millennials will recognize him for the work he did in the 90's.

What were these guys trying to sell you with their Motown songs?

The California Raisins were all the rage when it came to entertaining commercials. Eating the raisins, on the other hand, not so much.

The product this mascot represented came in a package shaped like her. What product is it?

The Mrs. Butterworth's commercials of the 80's and 90's were a little creepy. But her syrup was heavenly.

What did this mascot steal from the kid who asked him a question?

He straight up stole that kid's Tootsie Pop. Mr. Owl was a savage. It only takes three licks though.

These guys had kids looking in trees for what?

The Keebler Elves have been around for quite some time. They were so popular that many generations can recognize them.

He doesn't think it's easy being cheesy, but what was he trying to sell you?

Chester Cheetah was kind of a rebel. He was all about getting into trouble and having fun. Maybe because that's what Cheetos are all about?

It was so cool when this guy smashed through walls. What did he deliver the kids in his commercials?

The Kool-Aid Man was so intense, but so awesome. When kids were bored, he'd bust in, break stuff, and give them pure liquid sugar.

That "C" stands for something. Can you remember what it is?

Captain Crunch always fought off the Soggies in his commercials. It was a very successful campaign to get kids to buy a box of hard-edged cereal!

He liked to follow his nose. What was he trying to sell?

Toucan Sam was all about following your nose. Using the intense aroma of the cereal as a springboard, the marketing team on this one hit the nail on the head with this bird.

Some remember him with a Q on his chest, others remember him with an N on his chest. What product did he represent?

The Nesquik Bunny was once known as the Quik Bunny, but in 2003, the company rebranded, and so its mascot went with them.

His first name is Julius, his last name is the product he sells. What is his last name?

The Pringles guy actually has a name: Julius Pringles. He's on the side of every canister, and made some interesting appearances in commercials.

He's silly, and rarely gets what he's looking for. What is he looking for?

The poor Trix Rabbit. Why didn't anyone share with him? He tried everything just to get a bowl of that cereal.

These three guys were all about making sure you got everything you needed. What did they try to sell you?

Snap, Crackle, and Pop were lovable characters trying to sell you breakfast cereal. It was part of a complete breakfast, after all.

Everyone thinks he has a monocle, but he never had one. What game did he represent?

His real name is Rich Uncle Pennybags, and he debuted in 1936. Most people know him as Mr. Monopoly or The Monopoly Guy.

His cane and monocle can be seen from a mile away. What brand does Mr. Peanut work for?

Debuting in 1916, Mr. Peanut's design hasn't changed much over the last 100+ years. His formal dress is a little much for a nut, wouldn't you say?

What did this guy say was "Grrrrrreat!"?

Tony the Tiger has been the Kellog's Frosted Flakes mascot since 1951. Millennials will know him as the guy who was always in the game.

His shiny bald head mirrored the sparkle he made on floors. His name is his brand. Who is he?

Mr. Clean has been a brand name since 1958. Not much has changed in his design or style.

They were dubbed the spokescandies of the millennium. What brand did they represent?

The M&M's spokescandies that first arrived on the scene were red and yellow. They were "blatantly exploiting the millennium."

His signature tie and soul patch can be seen from a mile away. He's the colonel. Of what, though?

Colonel Sanders was the founder of KFC. He was meticulous and diligent in his standards. It's no wonder he was the mascot.

At the turn of the century, this little guy stole our hearts, and made us want to get lizards. What brand does this gecko represent?

The little lizard that stole our hearts with his Australian accent and informative statements debuted in 2000.

No... he wasn't named the guy who plays batman. What brand does this duck represent?

If you were injured, you may have seen this little guy roaming around, giving you financial solutions.

He was pretty violent, but it was all in good PUN. What brand did Punchy represent?

Punchy like to ask people if they wanted a nice Hawaiian Punch before he socked them. No wonder he's not around anymore.

These guys were all about jamming out while you brushed your teeth. What brand did they represent?

The Crest Sparkles loved singing rock songs while teaching kids how to brush their teeth. They always use way too much toothpaste in the commercials.

He's kind of creepy, but he's been around so long, we all know his name. What brand does he represent?

Ronald McDonald and all of his friends were so popular that they ended up in Happy Meals.

What brand did the Berry Bears try to sell you?

The Berry Bears were just afraid of children as the children were of them. Their sister product was Shark Bites

What cereal did the bakers love to eat?

The three chefs from cinnamon toast crunch would always focus on the cereal more than their own cooking. It could be a disaster sometimes.

He's the Cookie Crook. What was he trying to sell?

The Cookie Crook was always called out by his pet who loved to howl "Cowooooo" kie crisp. And he always got caught.

This guy was taken off of his box to promote pollinator awareness. What does he represent?

BuzzBee evolved a little over the years. However, he didn't have a name until 2000.

What can Sugar Bear never get enough of?

Sugar Bear could find Golden Crisp cereal anywhere at any time. Granny Good Witch couldn't keep him away.

Their names included Kid Vid, I/Q, Lingo, Jaws, Snaps, and Wheels. What club did they belong to?

The Burger King Kids Club was all about inclusion. Little did they know their names were a bit insensitive.

Sonny was all about getting crazy for what product?

Sonny, was all about getting crazy over chocolate. He was coo coo for Cocoa Puffs.

This one is a little deep. His name is Sir Chomps-A-Lot. What was he chomping?

He didn't last too long, but the brand needed a cartoon to attract more children.

His name was Zack, and he was a maniac for what brand?

Zack the Lego Maniac was all about building the most intricate Lego constructions. Sadly, when you bought Legos, the maniac was not included.

This cartoon ring represented a brand that looked just like it. What was that brand?

Mr. O tried to help children when they were bored. Because SpaghettiOs are all about fun ... and heartburn.

One of the scariest mascots ever, what brand did he represent?

The Burger King was incredibly frightening. However, he embraced his terrifying nature, and the commercials were pretty self-aware, so it became pretty funny.

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About This Quiz

No matter how old you are, you can probably think of at least one or two brand mascots that you saw on TV when you were a kid. The Pillsbury Dough Boy. The Noid. Mr. Clean. 

If you're a Millennial, you know that brands created mascots, and those mascots joined us for Saturday Morning Cartoons, ended up in our cereal boxes, and became our Happy Meal toys. Why was having a mascot so popular in the 80's and 90's? That's simple. A mascot is an excellent marketing tool that keeps an image (and even a slogan or song) in a child's head. 

Seeing the mascot on a box or a grocery store display was an exceptional marketing ploy that attracted children from all walks of life. The marketing was done so well that even twenty or thirty years later Millennials can spot them from a mile away. If we couldn't name them off the top of our heads, we can identify them and say, "Oh yeah! That guy!" then sing that mascot's slogan. 

If you think you know brand mascots, it's time to test your skills. Here are 40 mascots every millennial will know.  Can you tell us what brand they're attached to?

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