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National Cereal Day

February 21, 2023 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm EST

March 7th is National Cereal Day!

National Cereal Day is an annual observance that takes place on March 7th. It is a day dedicated to celebrating one of the most popular breakfast foods in the world – cereal. Cereal has been a staple of breakfast tables for over a century, with a wide variety of flavors and types available for all tastes and preferences.

Cereal has a long and fascinating history that dates back to the late 1800s. The first cereal was invented by a man named James Caleb Jackson in 1863. His creation was a blend of oats, wheat, and cornmeal that he called “Granula.” However, Jackson’s cereal was not an instant success, as it required soaking overnight before it could be eaten. The first truly successful cereal was created by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg in the late 1800s. Kellogg’s cereal was made from cornmeal, and it quickly became a popular breakfast food.

Over the years, cereal has evolved to include a wide range of flavors, from the simple and classic like corn flakes and oatmeal, to more complex and exotic options like fruity loops and chocolatey goodness. Cereal has become a staple not only for breakfast but also for snacks, desserts, and even as a convenient meal on the go.

National Cereal Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the versatility and popularity of this beloved breakfast food. It is a day to indulge in your favorite cereal, try out a new flavor or brand, and share your love of cereal with others.

To celebrate National Cereal Day, there are many fun and creative ways to incorporate cereal into your day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Create a cereal bar: Set up a buffet-style cereal bar with a variety of cereals, milk, and toppings like fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips. Let everyone mix and match their favorite combinations.
  2. Make cereal treats: Use your favorite cereal to create a fun and delicious treat like Rice Krispie treats, cereal bars, or even cereal milkshakes.
  3. Have a cereal taste test: Challenge your friends and family to a blind taste test of different cereals to see if they can guess which one is which.
  4. Host a cereal party: Invite your friends over for a cereal party, complete with games, activities, and of course, plenty of cereal.
  5. Share your favorite cereal recipes: Whether it’s a classic bowl of cereal or a more elaborate dish, share your favorite cereal recipes with others and spread the love of this breakfast staple.

National Cereal Day is also a great opportunity to learn more about the history and evolution of cereal. There are many fascinating facts and stories about this beloved breakfast food, such as:

  • Kellogg’s was the first company to use a prize in the box of cereal to increase sales. In 1941, they introduced the “Kellogg’s Pep Pin-Up Girl,” which became so popular that it increased cereal sales by 50%.
  • The famous cereal characters like Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, and Lucky the Leprechaun were created in the 1950s as a way to market cereal to children.
  • The first cereal to feature a character on the box was Wheaties, which featured baseball legend Lou Gehrig in 1934.
  • In the early 1900s, it was believed that a healthy breakfast should consist of meat, eggs, and potatoes. Cereal was initially marketed as a health food and a more convenient option for busy mornings.

National Cereal Day is a fun and lighthearted observance that celebrates the popularity and versatility of this beloved breakfast food. It is a day to indulge in your favorite cereal, experiment with new flavors and recipes, and share your love of cereal with others

Happy National Cereal Day!