In many places, mainly in the West, cereal is a well-loved breakfast item. It is enjoyed by many kids, and even adults, because of the many flavors it comes in. The cereal has many other secrets up its sleeves and we’re just barely scratching the surface of their surprisingly colorful history.
Many Colors, One Taste
On the matter of color, it’s probably a good time to tell you that the Froot Loops you love eating? Is just one flavor.
Turns out, for all the color that Froot Loops brings to both your bowl and your life, Time hates to break it to you but it’s all just one color. In their article, where they feature the discovery of a user on Reddit about this phenomena, a Today I Learned post “recently unearthed a 1999 article from the Straight Dope” which confirms that Kellogg’s themselves said that “all those delectable loops are flavored the same.”
Corn Flakes Against Masturbation? More Likely Than You Think
How about a cereal with a moral compass history? According to Mashable, a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company, it was Michigan-based physician Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s bright idea to offer bland cereal to try and discourage his “patients at the Black Creek Sanitarium” from eating spicy foods, which are considered to be aphrodisiacs, any food and drink that stimulates sexual desire.
Red Poop That’s Not From Blood
Ever heard of the cereal “Franken Berry”? Well, pediatricians from the 70s sure have, especially since they’d collectively scratched their heads when 70s children started pooping red and pink from, apparently, eating too much Franken Berry. According to Mashable, it was quite a scandal that it even made it to a 1972 paper from Pediatrics and was called “The Franken Berry Stool.” List Verse, a website showcasing various lists made by random people all over the world, added that General Mills, the company that made the cereal, had to clear up that the dye was just nondigestible and that it was otherwise safe.
Good thing, too, paranoid parents are a different kind of force to be reckoned with.
Not Entirely Vegan
The nature of the cereal may make you think that it’s the absolute perfect food for those of us who prefer not to gorge ourselves on meat, but you’d only be half right. Unfortunately, a lot of cereal brands still “use animal-based ingredients.” These being Vitamin D3 derived from the lanolin of sheep, gelatin that came from bones, cartilage, tendons, and skin of pigs.
Duped by Crunch Berries
If you find yourself laughing at odd lawsuits suing for almost everything, ten years ago, there was one especially odd lawsuit that a California woman, Janina Sugawara, filed against PepsiCo. This class-action lawsuit caught the attention of many after Sugawara made the claim that Crunch Berries, which PepsiCo owned through Quaker, had wrongfully advertised to her and that, as a result, she was mislead to think that Crunch Berries was a real fruit.
Of course, it was dismissed, with Sacramento judge Morrison England saying: “As far as this court has been made aware, there is no such fruit (Crunch Berries) growing in the wild or occurring naturally in any part of the world.”
What Maketh Man?
Full name Horatio Magellan Crunch had always been known as the beloved Cap’n Crunch, whose white-bearded smile and striking blue eyes are recognizable to almost all children, but what recent online users have recently found is that the Cap’n is indeed only a Commander at best.
That’s right. In 2013, a food blogger “noticed a scandalous disparity on Cap’n’s uniform. His sleeves only sported three yellow stripes instead of four, making technically a Commander in the Navy.” This hilarious little spot led to the official Twitter account of the brand to equally hilariously defend the Captain by having him say, “Of course I’m a Cap’n! It’s the Crunch -- not the clothes -- that make a man.”