There is now a Bob Ross cereal that includes happy little marshmallow trees so your morning gets off on the right foot.
Like all good painters, Bob Ross is more popular in death than he ever was in life. That has a lot to do with his show being PBS broadcast that found its way onto the internet. There, Bob Ross’s dulcet tones and gentle demeanor calmed an entire generation of nerds and generated a string of memes that became its own movement.
Now, Bob Ross is everywhere. His original painting show, The Joy of Painting, now appears on Netflix under either Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere or Chill with Bob Ross (which is a VERY on-the-nose title). There are Bob Ross keychains, Funko Pop! Figures, energy drinks, socks, lunch boxes, t-shirts, blankets, Pez dispensers, and of course, coffee cups with inspirational quotes.
Most of these are sold by FYE, which seems to be a specialty retailer that picked up most of the Bob Ross IP. They also recently and quietly introduced a Bob Ross cereal. Because of course they did.
Called “Bob Ross: The Joy of Cereal”, this Lucky Charms knockoff is mostly toasted oats with a collection of marshmallows vaguely shaped like things that Ross would have painted on his show. There are “happy little accidents”, “almighty mountains”, “guiding stars”, “rainbow hearts”, “charming little cabins”, and “lovely little bushes”.
Some of those look exactly like the Lucky Charms shapes, so there are no points for originality here.
On the back of the box is a collection of Ross quotes so you can set your day off on the right food. Some gems include, "Every painting is going to be different, and that's what makes it great,” as well as, "We just show you how, but you make the decisions. When you have this much power, you have to make big decisions."
And buying The Joy of Cereal is a big decision. It costs $9.99 per box, which is many times the price of a box of Lucky Charms. But then you wouldn’t have the Ross quotes to stare at over your morning bowl of cereal. If that’s worth the extra cash, then we say go for it.
(Source: Food & Wine)