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a square, layered chocolate type of braakfast bar. I remember there were two in a package. The taste was awesome! It had a sort of carob like taste, powdery texture. Wish I had one right now!
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joy - September 16, 2007 - Report this comment
my mom use to pack them every morning. i loved them!! i still crave them. i think there might have been a vanilla, but i loved the chocolate. wish they would bring them back.
Amity - October 16, 2007 - Report this comment
YES!!! I thought no one else remembered these!! Why won't they bring them back?? Would be perfect for breakfast in the mornings.
Chris - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
They were GREAT! My friend at work and I wish they would bring them back too!! We could eat them 'til we puked!!
GG - November 08, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember the orange flavored ones! Ooooooooohhhhh, they were soooooo good!! I just sent Carnation an email, asking them to bring them back. You guys do the same. Maybe if enough people request them, they'll bring them back as a special retro promotion or something! C'mon everyone, let's pull together for Carnation Breakfast Squares!!!
JM - November 16, 2007 - Report this comment
Yay for Carnation Breakfast Squares!! Every once in awhile I get nostalgic and do a google on these to see if by some crazy chance they are being brought back to us sad and wistful consumers...I'm glad to see I'm not alone in my pining. I remember chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon flavors with a slightly grainy texture - and that my cousin Chris was so mad at me for eating the last chocolate pack of two. Sigh.
peace_lis - November 23, 2007 - Report this comment
OMGosh ~~ I was SOOO Hoping other folks would remem this AWESOMELY DEEEELICIOUS Breakfast/Snack ~~ i SOOOO wish that company would bring them back ~~ there are so few REALLY TASTY QUICK breakfast food selections these days. Thanks ya'll for remembering also!!!
TD - November 24, 2007 - Report this comment
I have been looking for the link for these!! I could't find it because I thought they were made by general mills. My mom used to buy the chocolate ones when I was a kid; they were my abosolute favorite. Simply fantastic!! I too wish carnation could bring back these delightful bars!
steve - January 09, 2008 - Report this comment
the cinnamon were the best i loved tho powdery texture dry and crumbly
Nol - January 20, 2008 - Report this comment
Tonight I was eating Keebler's soft and chewy chips deluxe when I thought "This reminds me of breakfast squares." The first time since childhood I had thought of these delicious little treats that my aunt, not my mom, used to buy for breakfast. Bring them back!
Ken - February 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I just e-mail the company, we should start a bring back Carnation Breakfast Squares drive.
Wendy - March 17, 2008 - Report this comment
my favorite were the chocolate ones.maybe we should start a petition !! i loved them, they were powdery yet creamy. they were a mysterious delicious texture. please Carnation bring back the Breakfast square ! :) let's all email Carnation & ask them to bring them back. i'm going to email them right now ! :)
Kim - March 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember them, too. I ate them in the late 70s and early 80s. Chocolate was my favorite! I, too, wish they'd bring them back. I searched and found this page. :)
Larry - March 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought that I was the only one to remember this product. What is up with Carnation for not bringing them back? There is nothing on the market today as good as they were then! Is there anything that I (we) can do to request their return?
Sherri - April 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Dave - April 08, 2008 - Report this comment
These were my favorite during the early 70's. 2 per package were the perfect amount. We would take them camping, so easy to pack and no mess. Carnation are you listening? Please bring them back! Chocolate was my favorite also.
Rebecca - April 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Google CARNATION BREAKFAST BAR PETITION and let's get as many signatures as possible. It's currently at 932. Also, Google on the contact us link and send comments to the company as well.
Anjana - April 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I think the Breakfast Bar is also great, but it's definitely not the same as the Breakfast Square, which predates the Breakfast Bar. Is there a petition to bring back the Square? I love them both and hope if they do bring them back, they don't change the recipe (sometime in the late 80s I think they changed the taste of the breakfast bars and it was not for the better!)
Susanne - April 30, 2008 - Report this comment
My mom gave me breakfast squares (yes, two in a package..mmmmm) and breakfast bars in the morning. That is a taste I have been craving for a very long time. MAN! If I found them again, I think I'd scarf down a box of each flavor within a day!
Denise - May 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh yes! I LOVED these things. I totally forgot about the brown sugar cinnamon-y flavored ones. Mmmm. But chocolate was definitely my favorite. My guess is there's something VERY un-nutritious in them to make them so delicious and that's why Carnation isn't making them today. Man, they were good!
Nivea - May 07, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG... I was search today for Breakfast Squares, I googled(hard to find grocer) hoping to satisfy that taste I continuously long for. I can't believe there are others. I wan these Squares so bad. I remember chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, I don't remember it being any other flavor. I remember eating them when my Mom gave it to me and my 3 sisters and when I use to sneak and eat them. OMG, I LOOOOVVVEEE THEM SOOOO MUUCCCHHHH.
Cole - May 08, 2008 - Report this comment
shut up
Chuck Norris - May 08, 2008 - Report this comment
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Guy Gaduois - May 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Remember, there were Carnation Breakfast Bars and then there were the Breakfast Squares. The Breakfast Bar could have fit right in with today's funky Carb bars as far as looks, but it had a chocolate coat, some type of oaty inside next a crunchy something or other and chocolate chips. The Breakfast Square required quite a bit of milk in order to make it through that 2nd square. Surprising that only the PopTart survived the 70s. Don't know why they quit on the Vanilla Chocolate P-Tart . . .
george - May 18, 2008 - Report this comment
where is my comment?
leigh - May 18, 2008 - Report this comment
carnation, carnation, how could you dare? stop making the scrumptious breakfast square! All I can do is think back in time, and it is quite torture to only taste them in my mind. Then when I do this I start to drool, I'm sure that at this point I look like a fool! If you would just listen to all of us who write - and bring back that recipe and make it just right, everyone would be buying them because they're so good. This is the truth, there would be no doubt, that if you brought these bars back you would have a big fat account! Oh how the money would come rolling in, but only if you would bring back those breakfast squares again
Rebecca - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember the breakfast squares. I was already hard core into health food, and these tasted awful! I have come across protein bars now with that same bizarre mealy texture and taste. Not something I want to relive.
Jeff - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought these tasted okay. But really, how healthy do you actually think they were? You'd be better off just skipping breakfast.
Laura - May 29, 2008 - Report this comment
My Grandma always had them when I came over and she knew when I got there they would be gone. I found an Atkins bar that reminds me of the flavor it's called Atkins Morning "Cinnamon Bun flavor." It's good but not as good as the original breakfast squares.
Babette - June 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Me, too! Those chocolate ones were incredible :) Nothing today can compare. Today's crap is all toooo sweet and refined and pretty much bland and they all taste alike. GIVE ME THE ORIGINAL CARNATION BREAKFAST SQUARES! :D *Space Food Sticks were pretty kewl, too*
KAT - June 06, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG! I loved the chocolate ones. But..anybody remember the carnation slender bars???? They were my absolute favorite! I crave both of these kick-ass treats weekly! They should bring them back forever!
Clarence - June 30, 2008 - Report this comment
A sure fire way to get rich quick would be to re-create/re-animate these '80's breakfast squares. (my be easier said than done) They would stay in constant demand. I would be my number one customer. Now, If only i knew an insider.
Kinderkat - July 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Awesome! I thought I was the only person who actually like these things! They had an almost sweet, salty, powdery quality to them.
Jim - July 24, 2008 - Report this comment
YES! I just googled "breakfast squares" to see if there was anything about them on the web. They were around at least as early as the early 70's when I started eating them. My favorites were cinnamon and butterscotch.
Mike - July 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Petitioning Carnation to make them would be rather ironic since Carnations' breakfast product was and is Instant Breakfast. The earlier poster who said they were General Mills is correct.
Tommy Two Tummies - August 26, 2008 - Report this comment
Man, those were the days! I look back on those with fondness and delight. Bring back the breakfast squares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chris - September 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember staying overnight at my Gram`s and the next morning getting either a Carnation Choc Bar or a Cinnamon Bar with a big, ice cold glass of Tang!! Yummmm... Anybody ever had that combo? I also just recently had a hankering for them, and found this site when I was searching for any store that still had them!
Sara - September 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Carnation Breakfast Squares were TOTALLY DA BOMB!! Man, I am waxing nostalgic just thinking back to the mid-70's when this was my favorite breakfast and favorite snack. I LOVE that cakey, slightly grainy texture, and I have never found anything like it since...
Rick - September 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I was attending CMSU in Warrensburg MO in 1973, and rented a $5 a week room in an elderly ladies upstairs. I'd go home some weekends and my mom would send a "care package" back to school with me. It would always include a box of cinnamon flavored Carnation Breakfast Squares. They tasted kinda weird, but I think I was addicted to them! I still remember the taste and texture.
drake johnson - December 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved those squares!! my mom used to tell us they were her diet food ; so we could not eat them. my brother and i would devour them when she went out. Yummy!!
eydie - December 11, 2008 - Report this comment
i lost 130 lbs eating slender bars or figurines for lunch. they (slender bars) had celluose in them, so they filled you up. i'd love to have them back.
The Squirrel - December 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Breakfast Squares were available in 4 flavors: chocolate, butter pecan (or was that butterscotch?), chocolate malt, and cinnamon. Not sure who made them. Commercial showed each one broken in half. But Carnation Breakfast Bars were different; it was chocolate coated, not unlike many of the protein bars of today. One commercial showed a school coach whose team "used to head for the candy machine" after a workout, but now took "a nutrition break."
linda - January 02, 2009 - Report this comment
i used to walk several blocks to the a&p grocery store just to buy them and take to school for a snack and yes they were goooood i wished they would bring them back i would try to buy a case of them.
linda - January 02, 2009 - Report this comment
yes breakfast bars were my favorite growing up as a kid in the early 80 carnation breakfast bars were great growing up in the 80's i think i lived on them. please carnation bring them back. thank you
snak-a-lot - January 02, 2009 - Report this comment
love breakfast bars!!!! PLEASE bring them back. I will buy every box!!!!
Mark - January 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Okay who made them General Mills or Carnation? I thought it was General Mills... They were the best. I only remember three flavors - chocolate (the best), cinnamon (or spice) and vanilla. All flavors were good but I would devour the chocolate. And they were so good with milk. I looked for them everytime I went to a grocery store for years - maybe until 95 then I finally gave up. They need to be brought back or we need to pool our money and buy the recipe and start up our own company.
Mark - January 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Alright - I made a petition so all please follow the link and sign: Wish us luck!
copy and paste - January 06, 2009 - Report this comment
George - January 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I agree with all of you. They were my favorite too especially the cinnimin and chocolate. PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!
Dinner Munk - January 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Bring back the breakfast squares !!!!
Barb Haines - February 17, 2009 - Report this comment
WOW-I have actually sent a letter to Carnation, and no one there knew what I was talking about. There were Vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon-not sure about the other flavors mentioned. These things were awesome sold in a box of 6 2-packs, whilte wrapper with a foil inside---friggen great. At least I know me and my brother aren't insane-we remembered eating them all the time Bring them back
Ron - February 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have an original empty box from the 70's I guess I'll have to submit a scan of the box for everyone.
Tina - February 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the cinnamon!!! They rocked! Ron - PLEASE submit the scan. It would be so cool!
Renee - March 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Recently I bought a box of Slim Fast optima bars (chewy granola chocolate chip) and had a flashback--these taste like the Carnation Instant breakfast bars I loved as a kid!! Not as good as orininal ones, but since they're not made any more, these are close enough.
cara - March 26, 2009 - Report this comment
i also grew up with these and loved chocolate and do remember vanilla...i wish they were back in the stores...i would buy them a lot!!! great for work/on the go...bring em back!!!
susan - March 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I want to see the scanned pic of the box! These were my favorite and even showed up in my stocking a few years at xmas. I always thought they took them off the market due to some health issue. I've love to know what really happened and I'd certainly buy them if they were back!
gina - April 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved these breakfast squares! I would buy them if they ever brought them back. I also often get a craving for them.
Pamela - April 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Breakfast Squares were the BEST! Could someone tell me what website to write to? I can't find the Carnation Website. Who should we all write to so these awesome treats make a comeback???
earthmother62 - April 22, 2009 - Report this comment
i grew up munching on these as well...i also wish i could buy them again...carnation instant breakfast in the powder is from nestle' maybe email them...these were good for on the go...tasted great!!!
stephen - May 25, 2009 - Report this comment
the breakfast squares are the best. someone start a petition to bring them back!!!!
Jessy Randall - May 27, 2009 - Report this comment
They were definitely from General Mills, in the 1970s. Here's proof. It says I can't put up a link but if you go to flickr and put /photos/29884868@N04/2999975591/ you can see the package.
lisa scoot - June 17, 2009 - Report this comment
what did they eat in the 80's you did not say any thing about that
leona - June 23, 2009 - Report this comment
YESSSSS, I'm not the only one who remembers!! When I was a kid, in the early 70's I would save my allowance to buy a box of 12 in the variety box, chocolate, butterscotch? (I think) cinnamon-spice and vanilla something... I would tell myself I'd only eat one a day, so they'd last, but they never lasted more than a few days, I LOVED THEM, I wish they'd come back!
Clay - July 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I had these one time at a friend's home. I wanted my Mom to buy some, she refused. DAMMIT!!
Clay - July 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Lea - July 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I miss these too. They were my favorite breakfast growing up.
Jerri - August 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I absolutely LOVED these as a kid and get cravings for them every so often. I would love to have them again...cinnamon was my favorite!
Claire - August 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been looking for the breakfast bars. They were great!!! Crunchy, chocolate, and chips inside...perfect recipe to address hunger throughout the day. Loved them. I wish carnation would produce them again!!!
Cari - August 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Awww, I want one now! I was talking to my mom about them, and also Space Food Sticks, and a flavored peanut butter in chocolate, vanilla, etc.
Cari - August 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Was doing a little more googling and found a site that said "buy breakfast squares at Target" and it was a picture of a little square breakfast table! GRRR~!!!
Pam - September 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Add me to this WISH list!! They were GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
ms.greene - September 12, 2009 - Report this comment
all i wish is that carnation bring them back i used to love them for breakfast
AK - November 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I saw an online petition for "breakfast bars." Is it for these?? I believe the ones I loved were breakfast squares (vanilla ,chocolate, or cinnamon maybe...?) I loved chocolate. 2 per serving. cakey/powdery..Yum!
IN - December 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Jeff - January 03, 2010 - Report this comment
It sounds like everyone is talking about two or three different breakfast products. Breakfast Squares were made by General Mills in the 70's. They had an interesting flavor that continues to be missed 30 years later. I'm guessing that this was the first attempt at protein bars. The Flicker link above shows a picture of Breakfast Squares and the flavors in the variety pack. General Mills bought Pillsbury and Burger King. Nestle bought Carnation, which made Breakfast Bars. These are completely different from Breaskfast Squares.
sidell gold - February 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved the General Mills breakfast squares! I wish the company would bring them back!
Jodi - February 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey, do you guys remember the carnation bars that were shaped like big tootsie rolls, chocolate flavor is the one I remember, two in a package? I was just little, and my mom used to give them to us kids. I loved them. What were they called?
Rusty - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
If i remember correctly i think there was a maple flavored one as well ..anyway maybe one day we will see them again ...I hope
MATT - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
prissy - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I dream about these! They specifically remind me of Hurricane Frederic. I too wish they would make these again.
80silguy - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Here is an email I received from Carnation inquiring about the Breakfast bars: Thank you for your inquiry regarding the availability of CARNATION® INSTANT BREAKFAST® Bars. We really appreciate your feedback. At Nestlé, we are dedicated to you and your family throughout every phase of your lives. Your comments are valuable to us, as it helps us to improve our products and services. We receive many requests asking that we bring the bars back and will take all of them into consideration. In the meantime, we will be sending coupons for CARNATION® INSTANT BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ and POWERBAR® PRIA® BAR. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Kristina Korpi - March 19, 2010 - Report this comment
HELLO!!!!!!I thought I was the only one who missed these breakfast squares so much that my life would be complete if I could only taste one ( of each flavor-chocolate,vanilla, and cinnamon) again!!! BRING BACK THE BAR!!!!
Dave Carlisle - March 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow its nice to know that I am not the only one that want's these back!!!! Now how do we get them back??
Nancy Lousie - March 24, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG! I loved the Chocolate chip ones. Use to buy them in Jr. High school in the early 80's. LOVED THEM! I heard they were discontinued due to lack of sales but I find hard to beleive because it seems like a lot of people loved them and would continue eating them now. Come on Carnation, bring them back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kim - March 25, 2010 - Report this comment
This is too funny. Woke up this morning and told my daughter "oh my favorite thing to eat at your age was breakfast squares!" Called my mom to tell her and found this site. Read the comments and laughed with her! They were sooooo good! Chocolate was the only ones I remember! Love them. BRING THEM BACK!
SQUARE CRAZY - March 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh the wonderful memory of the thick like poptart wrapped in the foil pouch (2 squares to a pack) That lightly frosted, sweet, sawdusty square that stuck to the roof of your mouth and made you crave a Big flass of iced cold milk to wash it down with! Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry and Cinnamon...Bring them all back!! Maybe there was something not good for you in it or maybe illegal like cocaine??? That would be the only reason not to put them on the market! Otherwise-NO Excuse! We want them! We miss them! We NEED them!! Let's get the recipe and make our own millions! ;-)
Colin Keenan - April 01, 2010 - Report this comment
The flickr link shows what most of us are craving which is the General Mills Breakfast Squares. I never liked the Carnation products. I'm surprised no one so far has mentioned that they became more moist somewhere along the line. I liked the original dry bars and was very disappointed when they changed the recipe. Soon after they were "moist", they discontinued them. My mother said they were too expensive and that's why people stopped buying them. I wonder how we could get the original recipe? I was also wondering how nutritious they were - are they just frosted cookies with vitamins and powdered milk added?
nancy - April 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm so glad to see others want breakfast squares to come back, I love them and would like to see them available again.
defrinhsa - May 12, 2010 - Report this comment
i remember the slendar carnatio bars and i always got the vanilla or the butterscorch flavor. it is ashame the stores do not carry them and do you also remember figurine bars?
Molly - May 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Can't believe all the comments - I thought I was the only one who missed 'em (I liked the Cinnamon the best, but chocolate and vanilla were good too!) My sisters didn't like them, so I always got the whole box to myself, and my mom bought them every week!!!!!
Rily - June 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Please.... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE..... Bring Them Back! I LOVED Those silly things! I Think I will start a facebook page trying to get them brought back!
LPBC - June 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I thought I was the only person that remembered these!! The Chocolate Chip Slender Bars where THE BOMB!!! They should bring them back!!! Slender Bars and Tuna Twist!!! LOL That stuff was also AWESOME!!!
Brandy - June 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I sent an email to Carnation asking if they have plans to reintroduce the Vanilla, Chocolate and Cinnamon flavored wonderful cakey squares and after a long wait they responded w saying no. Maybe w enough interest, they will reconsider. Lets keep on them.
Tony - July 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I am noticing that a lot on here are confusing the Carnation Breakfast Squares, (early to mid-'70's) with the Carnation Breakfast Bars......the Squares came before the Bars and here is my discription of the Squares.....I couldn't care less about the Bars.... They came 6 packs to a box and each pack had 2 squares. (I am not referring to the "bars" that came after these.) These squares were about 3/4" thick and each was about 3" X 3" square. They came in chocolate, vanilla, maybe cinnamon and butterscotch too. They were layered (about 4 layers consisting of an alternating thicker cake and firm icing), had a dryer consistency than a brownie, and had a semi-hard icing on the top.
Marie Eve Armstrong - August 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Blue pack=vanilla, red pack=cinnamon, brown pack=chocolate. These were THE BEST! I always wish they were still made. Maybe the Vermont Country Store could help us out? I am so glad to know that I am not the only one who still thinks about them...
Jennifer Grier - August 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Seriously, I loved AND still love the Breakfast Squares and wish, wish, wish General Mills would bring them back. My sisters were into Pop Tarts, so that left all the Breakfast Squares for ME!!!! I have been reading these comments, and see that I am not the only one who loved these breakfast treats. I remember when I finally got my own place (early 80's) and looked all up and down the cereal aisle, but could only find lousy Breakfast Bars. And to this day, still no Breakfast Squares. Oh General Mills....please bring them back. The foil pouch, the chocolate shortbread style square!!! Yummy!!!!!!!!
Evan - September 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved both of these. I remember at one point there were two chocolate varieties of the GM Breakfast unique tasting and delicious. I'd once read that the reason they stopped making these was some nonsense about not being able to keep them on the shelves. The original Carnation Breakfast Bars were also great. I loved the peanut butter and chocolate chip the best. I've tried nearly every granola-like product available today in hopes of finding something resembling the Bars (it wasn't really a granola bar), and the very best are only barely mediocre, and in no way even resemble the bars. The corn syrups give them a lousy taste and many have an annoying chewy consistency because of it. I've never seen anyone buying this crap. I threw most of them away before finishing them. I'd also read that Carnation has denied that their Breakfast Bars ever existed! How convenient! It's amazing how little regard for the consumer these companies have today. Then there was the disappearance of the delicious but short-lived Kudos Pan Squares in the mid 90s. They came in peanut butter and strawberry & cream. But the last 'straw' was when Carnation changed the formula of their Instant Breakfasts about a decade or so ago. First time I tried the new formula, I thought I was crazy. Tried it again two years later and was again flabbergasted by how lousy it flavorless watery chalk. The product of the 70s was a 10. The current product is a zero. How can they justify such a big change? I laugh everytime I see 'New Look, Same Great Taste' on the box. Carnation... you've gotta be kidding! To Nestle and General Mills...please restore these original products and rebuild your credibility with consumers!
SHARON - September 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Dana and Andrea - October 11, 2010 - Report this comment
Visiting CA for my sister's 50th, we were, of course reminiscing about cool foods of our childhoods. And OF COURSE Carnation Breakfast Squares are top of the list. CINNAMON!!! I WOULD KILL FOR A CINNAMON BREAKFAST SQUARE!!! And with a side of Pillsbury Space Food Sticks! YAAAAA!! BAGPIPES!!! Please, Carnation. You would sell out the first day if you produced a million boxes. But please don't forget the CINNAMON!!!!!
Teri Shanley - November 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Ken Strite - November 17, 2010 - Report this comment
My first love back then was Caramel Space Food Sticks followed by Chocolate Malt flavor Breakfast Squares... Yummmm! You can get Space Food Sticks now (just do an internet search) I wish someone would reverse engineer these too though.
Sonya - November 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved these also. The closest I have come to tasting anything like it is Grandma's Homestyle Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie. Just something about those reminds me of the chocolate breakfast squares.
KS - December 11, 2010 - Report this comment
The breakfast squares were great! They were about the only thing I would eat that early in the morning before leaving for high school.
Cyndi - December 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I can't believe all of the posts!! YES...the chocolate B reakfast Squares were wonderful, but the cinnamon ones are the ones I have been craving for years!! You think anyone from the Carnation Company reads any of these?? HOPE SO!!!!!
martin - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I concur. they were Carnation, they came in spice, chocolate and vanilla and there was some other flavor too. They were so incredibly good and so dry you could choke on them without milk. Chocolate were the best and the variety pack used to drive me nuts as I wanted all the chocolate and so did my sister. I really wish they would bring them back too.
jason - January 12, 2011 - Report this comment
i CANNOT BELIEVE i found this thread! and that it is still current... i can still taste the powdery dry texture of the carnation breakfast square every now and then as nostalgia whips through me after maybe 30 years since eating one? interesting to see so many people had the same love for them... the bars were OK, but the squares? yes!
Shelley - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
They have got to bring these back!!!!! I would kill for a breakfast square!!! My hubby and I still crave them and can barely get the taste of them! GIVE ME ONE!!!!! If I don't get one, I am not going to be very pleasant to be around! :)
Steve - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Yep . . the chocolate ones came in the red box with red foil wrappers and the vanilla came in the blue box with blue foil wrappers. So great!
shirley - February 13, 2011 - Report this comment
All the descriptions that I am reading on this thread about Breakfast Squares are really taking me back to my childhood. I loved the chocolate ones. I really wish they would bring them back...
John - April 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved these things.I got to eat them at my Grandma and Grandpas only. They had all of those horrible cereals like shredded wheat and bran cereals so I really loved my breakfast squares. I did like the breakfast bars also. I grabbed 1 or 2 and out the door I went. They also quit making my beloved Bucwheats, so I really got ripped. lol
Angie - August 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I've been craving the breakfast squares for over 30 years. I just had a 'treat' that a coworker brought in that his wife made that made me immediately think of the chocolate breakfast squares. I've asked for the recipe and am hoping that I will get it soon. If anyone else is interested in the recipe, let me know and I'll see if she'll let me post it here.
Judy-August 16,2011 - August 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved these so much and have missed them ever since they took them off the market. I can't understand why they took them off when so many people loved them. I hope one day they bring them back.
Teri - August 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved them also, i got hooked on them! i ate one every morning for breakfast before going to work, it was around 1975. Please Carnation..BRING THEM BACK, WHY DID YOU TAKE THEM OFF THE MARKET....A STUPID THING TO DO!!!!!! I'm like the other person, i still crave them to this day, especially the carob coating...ugh so good!!!!!!!
Dudley - September 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I can still remember the taste. loved the chocolate ones. I hope they bring them back.
Tristan - October 06, 2011 - Report this comment
It was the General Mills squares that I have yearned for these thirty plus years (I do also remember the Carnation bars, though). If they bring them back I only hope they will use original 1970's ingredients, no matter how "dangerous" they might be!
Rick - October 09, 2011 - Report this comment
Yes, the breakfast squares were from General mills and not from Carnation. I remember finding these at a Shur Fine store years ago long after other stores stopped carrying these. The bars were described as a light meal, but I took a look at the ingredients and they had 17 grams of fat and almost 400 calories! (Plus a whole bunch of additives and so on) The first ingredient was sugar, followed by vegetable shortening. No wonder these tasted so good.
Marie - October 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved these breakfast squares!! Hope they can make something comparable. I sure have missed thin. I'm 42 now its been at least 30 years since I've eaten thOse squares but still remember that taste and carve it. I cannot believe others were talking about it.
Gia - March 26, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG, I have been craving these since I was a kid. I ate them all the time and they were so DELICIOUS - They still have other crappy snacks from the 70's, why are these gone???? They definitely need to come back. And btw, I remember exactly what they tasted like, even now when I'm in my mid 40's! lol
Chris C - April 12, 2012 - Report this comment
Mmmm! Loved those things as a kid! I wish they would bring them back too! Since I eat "breakfast" in my car at least 3 days a week, usually a Clif bar or something similar, I would buy probably a box a week!
Keith - June 13, 2012 - Report this comment
I too remember Breakfast Squares with their grainy consistency and awesome taste. Wish they would bring 'em back.
Kim - August 08, 2012 - Report this comment
Please bring back the breakfast squares, all the flavors were very good. would love to have one every morning to start my day
ken - August 25, 2012 - Report this comment
how could anything so dry and crumbly be SO perfectly moist and delicious at the same time? there was some kind of spaceage witchcraft in these little squares, which had that ineffable, paradoxical texture that you could never explain to someone who hasn't actually had one. i would do dangerous things for a box of cinnamons, risking my own well being and that of several others, including strangers and children.
Rick - November 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I can't believe other people loved these things as much as me. I remember the texture the most.It's to bad when you love something so much and you can't have it, it makes you want it more. Please help us and bring them back. The chocolate was the BEST!!!
Rob - March 17, 2013 - Report this comment
Wow, people still crave these just like me. I always had my Mom get a box every time she went to the store. Please bring them back!
LARRY the BRAVE - May 20, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember them, loved them, wish they were still around, and yes they had Vanilla ones. I guess the Food Police came and took them away or maybe it was just more cost effective to go with the powder Instant Breakfast.
Dudley - June 11, 2013 - Report this comment
someone start a petition please
Nicole - September 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I just sent an email to Carnation asking them to bring back their Breakfast Squares. These were my favorite breakfast & snack food when I was younger.I loved them. I think if more people went to their website & hit contact us then emailed them asking them to bring them back they would do it. Let's start a rally to get our Squares back! C'MON EVERYONE, EMAIL CARNATION. WE WANT OUR BREAKFAST SQUARES BACK!!! Give us our happy food. Great for on the go, breakfast, snacks, adults, kids, late nite sweet tooth, anything. The more that ask the better our chances. Thanks everyone. Love to all.
Nicole - September 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I just sent another email to Carnation referencing this web page asking them to look at how many ppl want the squares back. Hope they will take it into consideration. Hope they will take a look. Keep your fingers crossed. Maybe we will at least get a test run so watch for them & spread the word. Good Luck everyone.
Nicole - September 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Here is the link to Carnation where you can email them about the Breakfast Squares. Please specify they are the 3"X3" Breakfast Squares about 3/4" thick. Thank you. FROM MOBILE PHONE: FROM COMPUTER:
Christopher LoGiudice - October 25, 2013 - Report this comment
Angela - November 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved these Breakfast Squares. I haven't checked the link yet. I hope it works and that I'll be able to make these, since it appears that Carnation won't bring them back. Though the squares were a little dry and crumbly if you ate them alone, they were so good if drank cold milk along with them. (Another thing I miss, which I think was made by Kraft: Chicken Supreme. I won't give up till I find a recipe for this stuff. I'll never forget helping my mother make this dish--from the boxed kit--and wondering how the cooking sherry tasted. I found out it's horrid if you sip/drink it. But, it made the dish taste so good...along with the rice, crisp green peas, onion, pimiento and the creamy sauce.)
Marc - February 08, 2014 - Report this comment
My sister and I talk about them every now & then...Man, they were Good! It's funny though...Nobody else ever knows what we're talking about. I thought we were the only two who remembered them. I wish I could find them somewhere (if they still make them)...
Vicki - July 24, 2014 - Report this comment
LOVED LOVED LOVED THESE!!!! If they ain't gonna put them back on the market, at the very LEAST, they oughta share the recipe!!!
Sharon - August 06, 2014 - Report this comment
Didn't believe how many people liked these as well as I. So best I can say is if everyone that wished for them to come back would right to carnation and tell along with myself as I have done and keep contacting them maybe we could make it happen. So everyone start righting to them.
veronica - August 10, 2014 - Report this comment
ate only carnation slender bars for years nothing nothing with all the new bars were as good as those with coffee in the am and pm miss them and think of them often deliecious i loved the chocolate and vanilla
Dina - November 11, 2014 - Report this comment
Oh, please, General Mills, bring these back! When I was a kid, I would beg my mom for these at our local Safeway. Chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. So darn good. Never have tasted another thing like it. Man, oh, man -- memories... I want to remember a strawberry, too, but maybe not. I'm might be thinking of Quik.
Breakfast Squares Ineed - November 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Yep - these were AWESOME! Delicious chocolatey, dryish and not overly sweet. Perfect with hot tea or coffee! Ooh, how I loved those
Mark T. S - April 24, 2015 - Report this comment
Those breakfast squares were great to take to school or work when you were in a hurry. It was true, you ate two of those squares from the packet and that would fill before lunch. I enjoyed them with a cup of coffee or tea. I hope like thousands out there who feels the same way I do that they will make a come back. Excellent product.
Angel H. - November 05, 2015 - Report this comment
There are hundreds of us! Hundreds! I can't believe how many people remember and truly loved these things. My grandma bought these all the time. My favorite were the chocolate. And I completely forgot about the butterscotch until I read the comments. Those were a close second. Moist and tasty...hahaha. Tasty, hell yes. Moist, no. Dry and powdery and delicious as everyone here has described. I can still smell and taste these. Please bring these back!
Leslie - February 12, 2016 - Report this comment
I have tried hundreds of protein type bars and I always hope they would taste like the Carbation Breakfast squares I had as a kid. I dream about these and I see a lot of other people feel the same 30+ years later! Hello carnation?!?!? Perhaps you can bring these back adding whey protein which would have the same taste.
Brenda - March 17, 2016 - Report this comment
How do we get these breakfast squares back?
Ben - September 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Brenda asks a very salient question. How do we get these delicious breakfast squares back?
Rick - December 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I really loved Breakfast squares and still hope they will bring them back. I have been looking in Europe hoping that perhaps here they would have them. The timing is so right for them to bring them back. It's a pity that companies never listen to their clientele. Such a pity.
Frisco - March 14, 2017 - Report this comment
Breakfast Squares were heaven for the palate. I have never developed such an affection for a dessert food brand. Such emotional memories and longing for this item. I would buy out the entire shelf if these were available again!
Tammy - June 01, 2017 - Report this comment
I was telling my kids about these. I wish you Carnation would bring these back and don't tweek the receipe. I loved the chocolate ones and ate them for breakfast as well as a nice evening treat. Please, please bring these back
cu - June 28, 2018 - Report this comment
Someone posted on another board that the cocoa-peanuts butter flavor of Nature Valley Soft-baked Filled Squares tastes very similar to the chocolate breakfast squares. Both made my General Mills! I got some and it's true, the flavor is what I remember from my childhood.

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