National Cereal Day:
National Cereal Day is annually celebrated on 7th March. This day has a very interesting story of its origin.
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Why National Cereal Day?
Cereals are one of the most popular American breakfasts. Not only is it a popular breakfast, but it can also be enjoyed as a bedtime snack or an evening meal.
During the civil war, Americans frequently faced health issues due to their meat-based diets. They had severe gastrointestinal issues. This was seen as unhealthy and pointed out that this was god’s way of punishing humans for consuming too much beef or pork. This paves the way for some urgent needs of a new diet for Americans, and our hero Ferdinand Schumacher started the cereal revolution!
Before the cereals that we love today came into existence, it was something different entirely. Today, we have cereals available in a wide variety of flavors, colors, shapes, and tastes. It caters to the needs of all types of people of various age groups or people with different taste buds. But once upon a time, cereals tasted bland, and it was hard to swallow! Yes, some of you might find this fact hard to swallow, but this is correct.
We know, usually, all big revolutions start from small unexpected places. Similar was the story of the cereal revolution. Ferdinand Schumacher was a Greek immigrant. He possessed a hand oats grinder in his backroom of a small store in Akron, Ohio. Little did he know then that this device would turn the diet plan of millions of Americans and everyone around the world! Schumacher’s German Mills American Oatmeal Company became the first national commercial oatmeal manufacturer. He also adopted the Quaker symbol in 1877 that became his registered trademark for breakfast cereal.
Next, records of cereals showed granular invention in 1863 in the United States by James Caleb Jackson. He was the Our Home of Hillside. This place was later known as Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, New York. However, to his disappointment, bran nuggets could not gain much popularity among Americans as they had to be soaked overnight before they could be consumed.
Little did the world know then that this was just the beginning of a new revolution. Later as people became more health-conscious, the cereal industry rose dynamically. Granola was experimented on by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. He basically tried to boil some wheat and roll it into thin films. The resultant product was baked in the oven. To his surprise, he was awarded a patent for his invention in 1891. Later, he launched Corn flakes in 1895, which was a milestone in the cereal revolution.
In 1906, William Kellogg, the brother of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, broke away from his brother and took away corn flakes rights. He set up his own Creek Toasted Cornflake Company, and his signature hereby became the trademark of the company. It was used for the insurance and quality verification of the product.
These inventions were followed by the introduction of Grape-nuts by Charles W. Post. Post-Toasties were soon introduced.
Horatio Magellan Crunch is the full name of your favorite cereal Cap’n Crunch. It has a very interesting story. Mr. Crunch was born on Crunch Island in the Sea of Milk. In 2013, a food blogger noticed that Mr. Crunch had only three stripes in his uniform instead of four. So this made him a Commander and not a true Navy Captain. So when Mr. Crunch heard about these rumors, he also posted a tweet that said, of course, he was a Cap’n as it is the Crunch and not the clothes that make a man. This tweet showed his sporty nature and became extremely widespread, and in this way, the name originated!
Cereals not only taste delicious but are also extremely healthy. They are rich in fiber, iron and vitamin B. it is available in a variety of flavors. So almost everyone has his personal favorite, and it will be an extremely hard task to find a person who can resent cereals.
We, humans, have a tendency to change everything by experimenting with new things. Sooner or later, we found a way to ruin this healthy breakfast by adding sugar to it. But trust me, it tastes delicious! In 1939, Ranger Joe Popped Wheat Connie first started appearing in stores. It was a sweetened cereal, but it did not take a lot of time before it became a trend. It mostly appealed to the children. This was also encouraged by television. Most of the cartoon characters started appearing on cereal boxes, or cereals were mentioned on cartoon shows. This specifically captured children’s attention as they wanted to try them when they believed this was the reason behind their favorite characters’ supreme power!
How Can We Observe National Cereal Day?
Here are some interesting ways to celebrate this fun day!
- Have your favorite bowl of cereal in breakfast and celebrate this day. Not only for breakfast, but you can have cereal for all means. There is no harm to eat something healthy and go all fibers for a day! At least this may make your mum happy!
- Try a new cereal that you have not tried earlier. You must have already tasted a lot of flavors already. But what is stopping you from trying a new flavor? Go to a nearby store and grab a pack of new flavors and try them. Maybe you will find your new favorite cereal. Make this day an excuse to try something new!
- Share your delicious personalized recipes of cereals with your loved ones.
- Buy new fun cereal packs and gift them to your neighbors and co-workers. See the smile on their lips when they see this unexpected present!
- Post on social media and show your love for this day. Use hashtags like #NationalCerealDay and #CerealDay
Interesting Facts on National Cereal Day:
Let’s look into some fun facts related to this day!
- The word “cereal” is derived from the Greek word “Ceres.” Cereals in Greek mythology is symbolized as the Goddess of harvest and agriculture.
- Cereals have technically even been to the moon. Astronauts who ate Kellogg’s corn flakes aboard Apollo 11. This was the first spaceship to land on Moon.
- Cereals are almost everywhere as it is the most staple food around the world.
- A book named Funny Jungleland Moving Pictures came out in 1909 after it purchased two packs of cereals.
- Cereals are painfully delicious. It is often said that even the worst cook can’t ruin this!
- There are more than 314 million people in The United States. Out of this, almost fifty percent start their day with a bowl of cereal!
- Almost 2.7 billion cereal boxes are sold every year. This is enough to wrap the whole Earth almost thirteen times!
- Due to Kellogg’s and Post, Michigan, which is the City of Battle Creek, is also known as the Cereal Capital of the World!
History Of National Cereal Day:
Even after knowing so much history about the origin of cereals and having a clearly defined timeline of its development, The Nation Cereal Day’s origin remains a mystery! This mystery lingers, and many enthusiasts are trying to find a reasonable explanation for its origin. Till then, eat your favorite cereal and enjoy this day!