A very popular brand of breakfast cereal, Lucky Charms is manufactured by General Mills, in the United States. The secret for their success comes from the main cereal components: multicolor marshmallow pieces and bits of toasted oats cut in a great variety of shapes. It is often the Lucky Charms shape that attracts children’s attention and increases the breakfast appetite. The happy colors and the periodical modification of the marbits composition also have a great influence in keeping a high sales level. Moreover, periodical market surveys tell the company management team how well a certain Lucky Charms shape is received.
The only Lucky Charms shape that was not present in the UK variant of the cereal sold by Nestle is the green clover marshmallow mainly because of the association with Ireland and the conflicts specific to the 90s. Otherwise, the first shapes made by General Mills counted the pink hearts, orange stars, yellow moons and the green clovers mentioned above. Afterwards, the Lucky Charms shape variety greatly increased with the design of the pots of gold and hourglasses, the blue diamonds, the purple horseshoes and the red balloons. In time some shapes get obsolete, which is why the manufacturer keeps re-inventing the Lucky Charms shape periodically.
Thus, the yellow moons and the blue diamonds underwent modifications, as the moons turned blue and the diamonds were eliminated. Most of time, the change of one Lucky Charms shape passes without too much fuss, and only on special occasions it serves for advertising purposes. The present-day form of the cereal include pink, blue and yellow rainbows, orange and white shooting stars, purple horseshoes, pink hearts, green leprechauns complemented by five points stars and whale shapes. The Lucky Charms shape to have resisted in the packages from the very beginning is the pink heart that remains present with the brand even today.
The Lucky Charms shape represents the theme of the song or jingle describing the cereal box content. You will hear the rhymes in TV commercials or even listen it on the radio: children are the main targets as the rhyme is very easy to learn and sing. In recent years more transformations took place with the appearance of the yellow and orange hourglasses in 2008 that reinforced the former 2007 launch of the chocolate and berry variants besides the classic marshmallows. Therefore, the Lucky Charms shape remains a major element in the market promotion strategies, since it is part of the product specificity.