Today is National Cereal Day! The invention of breakfast cereal was founded on the fact that the American diet of the mid 1800’s was a poor one packed with protein, booze and caffeine. Cereal was considered a remedy – a sort of 19th-century health or wonder food for the ailing masses. Here are some fun facts about cereal:
Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch. He was born on Crunch Island in the Sea of Milk.
Kix cereal issued its atomic-energy inspired Lone Ranger ring in 1947. The ring actually contained trace amounts of radioactive polonium which glowed. Sadly, the material inside the rings had a short shelf life and none in existence work today.
Of the more than 314 million people in the U.S., 49% start their day with a bowl of cereal.
Astronauts from Apollo 11 boosted their brain power while in space with a cereal breakfast. The cereal was mixed with fruit and pressed into cubes since the lack of gravity kept the astronauts from pouring it into a bowl with milk.
There are 2.7 billion boxes – enough to wrap around the earth thirteen times – of cereal sold every year.
Lucky Charms were invented in 1963 by General Mills. And the pink heart is the only marshmallow that hasn’t been changed in either shape or color during the history of the cereal.
Cheerios were first introduced in 1941.
Battle Creek, Michigan, is nicknamed the “Cereal City” because it’s the world headquarters of Kellogg Company.
Cheerios were originally called “Cheerioats.” The name was changed in 1945.
Corn Flakes have been around since 1906.
Corn Pops are one of the top 15 best-selling cereals worldwide.
The first breakfast cereal, originally named “Granula,” was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson.
The first puffed cereal went on the market in the 1937s, with the introduction of Kix.
Kix were created using a “puffing gun” that expanded doe pellets into different shapes.
According to the book “Cerealizing America,” the cereal industry uses 816 million pounds of sugar per year. The book also says that Americans consume 101 pounds or 160 bowls of cereal per person every year.
Thurl Ravenscroft, the man who voiced the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes mascot, Tony the Tiger, was the same man who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” in Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”