March 7, 2021
Cheers to National Cereal Day!
A bowl. A spoon. Some milk (of some sort).
And the pling pling pling of shapes falling into a
This is cereal. And if you’re a cereal lover like us, then
today is our day.
Join us in celebrating National Cereal Day by accepting some
fun cereal knowledge we’ll spoon feed you. (Sorry.)
The good captain’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch, and
he captains the S.S. Guppy. The original voice of Cap’n Crunch was Daws Butler,
who not only voiced such iconic characters as Elroy Jetson and Yogi Bear, but
also taught the next generation of voice actors, including Nancy Cartwright
(the voice of Bart Simpson).
Grape-Nuts contains neither grapes nor nuts and, according
to their website, there are two
different stories for how the cereal got its name. In 1933, Grape-Nuts
sponsored Sir Admiral Byrd’s expedition to Antarctica—renowned for the first
two-way radio communication with someone on the southern continent.
When Frosted Flakes was first introduced in 1952, there were
two mascots: Tony the Tiger and Katy the Kangaroo. Tony was a hit and became
their forever mascot. For over 50 years, Tony was voiced by the talented (and
awesomely named) Thurl Ravenscroft, who also sang the immortal “You’re a Mean
One, Mr. Grinch” in the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
In 1964, after a challenge to develop a new cereal using
existing manufacturing capacity, General Mills product developer John Holahan combined
Cheerios and cut-up Circus Peanuts. An advertising company came up with the
idea to market the new cereal around the popular charm bracelets, and the rest
is magically delicious history.
While this is a new cereal, it still has some historical
roots. H.B. Reese used to work for Hershey, before retiring and starting his
own company. His big success, of course, was his Peanut Butter Cups, which
inspired this poofy cereal. But as comedian Mitch Hedberg pointed out in
regards to the Peanut Butter Cups, there’s an apostrophe in the name. That
means these Puffs belong to Reese. So, if you are ever eating a bowl of Reese’s
Puffs “… and a guy named Reese comes by and says, “Let me have that,” you
better hand it over.”
And a bonus fact for the cereal you’ve probably never heard
No, it’s not the cereal lovechild of granola and Dracula,
but it is the oldest cold breakfast cereal. Invented in 1863 by James
Caleb Jackson, it never really caught on: probably because the cereal was so
hard it had to be soaked overnight in order to be edible. That’s why it had the
nickname “wheat rocks.”