Fruity Pebbles (History, Flavors, Pictures & Commercials)

Fruity Pebbles is a colorful, crispy rice cereal originally marketed with fruit flavors including orange, lemon and tangerine. The Post cereal company introduced Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles at the same, and they were the first cereals to be created based on a television series. The show that inspired these popular cereals was none other than “The Flintstones.” 

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The flavors and colors of “Fruity Pebbles” have been tweaked over the years. The first change was to replace tangerine with cherry fruit flavoring. Post added purple in 1985 and green debuted in 1987, “Berry Blue” came along in 1994, and “Incrediberry Purple” joined the cereal box after that. “Bedrock Berry Pink” was added in 2005. 

Along with changes to the color/flavor mix, Fruity Pebbles have also seen some new varieties. Those include”Half Sugar Fruity Pebbles,” “Dino Pebbles” (early 1990s), “Marshmallow Mania Pebbles,” and “Bamm-Bamm Pebbles.” 

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Characters

“The Flintstones” connection to Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles started before the cereals were created. The Post cereal company set out to develop a product based on the characters in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, specifically Fred Flintstone and his best friend Barney Rubble. Fruity Pebbles got a limited West Coast release in 1969. Much to the surprise of some doubters at the Post company, the cereal was a success in the market, and by 1971 it was being sold nationwide. Fruity Pebbles remains a top-seller in the Post cereal lineup.

Naming the cereal

When the cereal was in development, the plan was to create a texture similar to an existing product called Sugar Rice Krinkles, a breakfast cereal with a mediocre performance. Executives knew they wanted a direct tie to “The Flintstones,” but they didn’t hit on Pebbles right away. The first working names for Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles were Flint Chips and Rubble Stones. “Flint” was for Fred Flintstone, and “Rubble” was named for Barney. Before the cereals were released, Post’s creative team came up with Pebbles, a connection to “The Flintstone’s” via Fred and Wilma’s daughter Pebbles. 

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While associating Fruity Pebbles with “The Flintstones” was a big marketing change from the existing Sugar Rice Krinkles cereal, the process for creating the product was similar. Post used the same expander process and the same factories to make the new cereals. The flavor and color profiles were the big difference. For Fruity Pebbles, the bright colors and citrus and berry flavors set the cereal apart. Cocoa Pebbles were created at the same time with a simpler approach: All chocolate all the time. 

With both varieties of Pebbles, the goal was to develop flavors that would be appealing to fans of the famous prehistoric cartoon that graced all of the marketing and advertising materials. Once those flavors were tested, tried and set, Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles were released, and two iconic brands were born. 

Television advertising

Fans of “The Flintstones” certainly found commercials for Fruity Pebbles familiar. They even seemed like little cartoon shows of their own, though in the beginning, the animated Fred and Barney interacted with live children, most often around a kitchen table. In the 1970s, the advertising approach changed to be more like the TV show, with animated Fred and Barney playing out a familiar theme. 

Fred would be happily enjoying a bowl of Fruity Pebbles, while Barney stood by, wishing he had a bowl of the cereal, too. In an attempt to get his hands on Fred’s cereal, Barney would come up with elaborate diversions, often donning disguises, to distract Fred. Barney’s plots usually worked – for a minute or two. Barney could not contain his enthusiasm, and would blow his own cover, prompting Fred to chase after Barney to get his cereal back. These commercials included Fred’s famous line, “Barney, my Pebbles!” Barney would often quip something like, “Hate to eat and run” as he took off with the bowl. They almost always ended with one classic line: “They’re Yabba-Dabba-Delicious!”

The fully animated commercials were often set in familiar locations from “The Flintstones’ show, including Bedrock. Starting in 2009, stop-motion animation replaced the classic cartoon look, and  commercials for Fruity Pebbles began to incorporate other characters, namely Wilma Flintstone and daughter Pebbles and Betty Rubble and son Bamm-Bamm 

Eventually, a cereal centered around Bamm-Bamm Rubble was created. Commercials for Bamm-Bamm Berry Pebbles put a spin on the famous Fred-Barney battles for bowls of breakfast cereal. When Fred exclaimed, “Barney, my Pebbles,” Barney corrected him: “My Bamm-Bamm Pebbles!”

More shifts in advertising

Like many cereal companies, Post made the decision to shift marketing efforts from focusing primarily on children to developing marketing that would appeal to adults. Post did this by creating a bit of competition between Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles, suggesting that consumers decide if they were Team Fruity Pebbles or Team Cocoa Pebbles. Commercials featured actors and athletes as team leaders rather than the Flintstones characters. The cereals did not lose their connection to their original characters, though. The Flintstones were still the primary focus on Fruity Pebbles packaging.  

Voices of Fruity Pebbles

The Flintstones characters were voiced by Alan Reed and Mel Blanc, the same actors who voiced the characters in the popular television series. Reed was the voice of Fred Flintstone, and Mel Blanc voiced Barney Rubble.

Alan Reed was born Herbert Theodore “Teddy” Bergman, and he was credited by both names during his career. Generally speaking, he went by Reed for comedic roles and by Bergman for dramatic parts. He was Alan Reed for the Flintstones role, and he played Fred Flintstone for the entire six-year run of the series. In addition to being a voice actor, Reed/Bergman acted in films including, “Days of Glory,” “The Tarnished Angels,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Viva Zapata.” He was also featured in radio and theater productions.

“The man of a thousand voices,” aka Mel Blanc, was an icon in the voice acting industry. He was the first voice actor to get screen credit for his work, and this paved the way for voice actors from that point on. Today, voice actors generally receive the same credit their live-action counterparts receive.

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Flavors of Fruity Pebbles

Pebbles have been made in all sorts of flavors, and Fruity Pebbles have been produced in a rainbow of colors. Some varieties that have been on the market in recent years include:

  • Cocoa Pebbles
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Marshmallow Fruity Pebbles
  • Magic Fruity Pebbles
  • Birthday Cake Pebbles, a special-edition cereal released for the 50th birthday of Pebbles.

Discontinued flavors 

Some varieties of the Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles were limited-edition, experimental or just for fun. Below is a list that have been on the market in the past and have since been discontinued

  • Dino Pebbles (1991-1993)
  • Bedrock Blizzard (1998–2002)
  • Cinna-Crunch Pebbles (1998–2001)
  • Winter Fruity Pebbles (2002–2005)
  • Marshmallow Mania Pebbles (2005–2007)
  • Half Sugar Fruity Pebbles (2005–2007)
  • IceBerry Pebbles (2006)
  • Ice Cream Pebbles (2015)
  • Bamm-Bamm Berry Pebbles (2007–2009)
  • Dino S’mores Pebbles (2008–2009)
  • Cupcake Pebbles (2010–2011)
  • Marshmallow Pebbles (2010–2014)
  • Fruity Pebbles Extreme (2013–2014)
  • Sugar Cookies Pebbles (2013, 2014)
  • Summer Berry Pebbles (2014)
  • Candy Corn Pebbles (2014)
  • Poppin’ Pebbles (2014–2016)
  • Cinnamon Pebbles (2016–2018)
  • Peanut Butter and Cocoa Pebbles (2018–2020)

Fruity Pebbles Ingredients

  • Rice
  • Sugar
  • Hydrogenated vegetable oil (coconut and palm kernel oils)
  • Salt
  • Contains less than 0.5% of natural and artificial flavor, Red 40, Yellow 6, Turmeric oleoresin (color), Blue 1, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Bha (to help protect flavor)

Fruity Pebbles Nutrition

Serving Size: 17 pieces (28g) % Daily Value*
Amount Per Serving
Calories140
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 5g
Includes Added Sugars 5g 10%
Protein 1g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 13mg 0%
  • The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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Fun facts about Fruity Pebbles

  • Fruity Pebbles begin as grains of white rice, which are then colored, flattened into flakes, and puffed into the light, airy, crunchy Pebbles.
  • Whether the Pebbles are pink, green, blue or purple, they all taste the same: Fruity.
  • In Canada, Fruity Pebbles had a different name and texture. “Pebbles Fruities” were just as colorful as Fruity Pebbles, but they were corn puffs rather crispy rice flakes. 
  • Post ad campaigns for Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles have always been ground-breaking, starting from the association with “The Flintstones” and continuing with ties to other pop culture trends. When courtroom shows became all the rage on television, Post introduced “Cocoa Court” commercials spoofing that style of show. Another Pebbles campaign hopped on the MC Hammer rap trend by turning Barney into “The Master Rapper.”
  • Post has branched into other product lines, in addition to the cereal market. Consumers can by Fruity Pebbles merchandise via clothing partnerships and through collaborations with other food lines, they an find Fruity Pebbles flavored protein power, candy bars, ice cream and cereal bars. 
  • Believe it or not, Pebbles has been the center of a lawsuit – with a world-famous wrestler. Hulk Hogan filed a lawsuit against Post in 2010 over a commercial for Cocoa Pebbles that showed Fred and Barney taking to the mat against “Hulk Boulder.” In the end, they beat Hulk Boulder, and baby Bamm-Bamm smashes the pro wrestler. Hulk Hogan contended that the animated wrestler was based on his likeness and that the commercial damaged his image. The lawsuit was settled, and Post quit airing the commercial.
  • Fruity Pebbles are used in recipes for cookies, cakes, cupcakes, candy and other desserts. 
  • Fruity Pebbles can be found in traditional cereal boxes and in easy-to-store bags. The packaging look is the same for both boxes and bags.

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