They come in crispy, crunchy and frosted varieties and are a Saturday morning necessity for kids nationwide. Form Golden Grahams to Fruity Pebbles, cold cereal is one of the most popular breakfast foods for American households.
In fact, 50 percent of Americans start their days with cereal. And depending on the type you choose, the right brand can supply your body with a healthy amount of nutrients to kick off your day. But how much do you know about the iconic food? In celebration of National Cereal Day, we’ve gathered 15 fun facts about cereal.
1. 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, Fun Trivia reports.
2. Cheerios -- a cereal staple -- were first introduced in 1941.
3. Battle Creek, Mich., is nicknamed the "Cereal City" because it's the world headquarters of Kellogg Company.
4. Cheerios were originally called “Cheerioats.” The name was changed in 1945.
5. Corn Flakes have been around since 1906.
6. Corn Pops are one of the top 15 best-selling cereals worldwide.
7. Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch
8. Oh, and he was born on Crunch Island in the Sea of Milk.
9. The first breakfast cereal, originally named “Granula,” was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson.
10. The first puffed cereal went on the market in the 1937s, with the introduction of Kix.
11. Kix were created using a “puffing gun” that expanded doe pellets into different shapes.
12. According to the book "Cerealizing America," the cereal industry uses 816 million pounds of sugar per year.
13. The books also says that Americans consume 101 pounds or 160 bowls of cereal per person every year.
14. Trix, which were created in 1954, still stand as one of Genreal Mills’ most popular cereals.
15. 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.”
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