Who Invented Cereal?

Who Invented Cereal?

According to history, it was the American Seventh-day Adventists who were the ones who invented cereal. During their time, they estaliblished a group in the 1860s and it was known as the Western Health Reform Institute. The Adventists continuously manufactured cereal foods, widely promoted the use of these wholesome cereals, and sold these products. The ones they invented were originally the first modern and commercial products of cereals.

The Invention of Corn Flakes

After a few years, around 1894, Will Keith Kellogg searched for a better substitute of bread to be included in the diet of hospital patients. What Kellogg was looking for had to be more digestible and had to include boiling wheat to further improve the patients’ food intake.

So, Kellogg placed some wheat in a pot and left it to boil. But, accidentally, the boiling process took longer than intended. That is why when it was time to roll or soften the wheat and make it dry, what Kellogg found out was that each grain became a thin and large flake that proved to be a very delicious cereal. That was the first invention of corn flakes by Kellogg who later established a foundation in 1906 called as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Kellogg, a Seventh-day Adventist, also founded another company, the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, in the year 1906. And it can be inferred that cereals took a different turn in history ever since, and became more well-known to many.

Other Forms and Flavors of Cereals

In 1929, the Kellogg Company introduced another cereal food – rice krispies.

Because of the popularity of these cereal foods, other people saw the potential of a large market. Hence, Charles William Post, an American manufacturer, was also noted in history because of Post’s development of the breakfast cereal foods.

After a few years, the first ready-to-eat oat cereal formed in crunchy and delicious rings resembling doughnuts, emerged. Most of the stores in America filled their shelves with these delicious cereals that were placed in seven-ounce boxes. These doughnut-like rings were originally called Cheerioats. Thanks to General Mills who invented cereal foods that can be consumed immediately, more and more families were able to enjoy these cereals.

Easy-to-Remember Icons

Breakfast cereals then took different official trademarks: Quaker Oats used the Quaker Oats man as the first breakfast cereal trademark that was registered and used in 1877. Kelloggs cereals became synonymous with its Tony the Tiger cartoon character. Others have been Trix Rabbit, and Sugar Bear of Post.

From the early Seventh-day Adventists who invented cereal, to the more current inventors and contributors that helped make breakfast cereals more well-known, it can be said that the making of cereals can still continue to grow as long as there are consumers like you and manufacturers who make breakfast preparations easier in many households.

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One Response to “Who Invented Cereal?”

  1. Neal says:

    It was Will’s brother John who invented the wheat flake.