Whenever possible my wife and I purchase generic products to save money, and we generally receive a reasonable level of quality from off-brand labels like Millville, the cereal maker for Aldi Foods. Such is the case with the breakfast cereal pictured on your left, Millville's Cocoa Peanut Butter Spheres, which delivers a taste close enough to Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs to keep the kids and me happy.
But oy: What a name!
The word "spheres" conjures up images of geometry and engineering in my mind, rather than an edible products. I know that the Millville product development folks wanted to avoid any copyright problems with General Mills, but I suspect that there might have been rhetorical possibilities with greater aesthetic appeal than "spheres."
Perhaps "Cocoa Peanut Butter Treats" or "Cocoa Peanut Butter Bites" or "Cocoa Peanut Butter Tidbits" might have worked better. "Spheres" sounds more like a technical term, or as if someone for whom English is a second or third language was in charge of naming the cereal, and that person pulled the first word on the memory cards containing the Microsoft Word synonym list.
This reminds me of the 1984 film Repo Man, where products on store shelves had plain white labels and names like "Drink", "Dry Gin", "Food (Meat Flavored)", and "Beer." Sure, these are no-frills products, but why not spend two minutes thinking up a catchier name?
And by the way: what's with the cross-eyed octopus on the cereal box? The character looks more crazily drunk than playful, and if I were a small child, I might run screaming out of the kitchen if I had to stare at that box while munching my Cocoa Peanut Butter Spheres. I'd be afraid that the inebriated Octopoda might swat me with its flailing extremities, or reach out and drag me to the deep dark blue waters of its bathypelagic lair.
I'm just sayin'.