For generations, cereal has been how Americans start the day. In 2020 alone, more than 280 million Americans ate cereal at least once (via Statista). It’s no surprise there are some old cereals on store shelves — at least in terms of when they were created. We’re not talking about stale cereal.
New cereals are frequently hitting the shelves, but some have been around for decades. There’s a good chance that not only did your parents enjoy a few bowls of your favorite cereal, but so did your grandparents — and maybe even your great-grandparents.
Today, we’re looking at 14 of the oldest cereals still produced in the U.S. The first cold breakfast cereal dates to 1863 when James Caleb Jackson created Granula, a predecessor to modern granola (via Smithsonian Magazine). The Dansville Public Library recounts that Granula was originally a treatment for patients at the Dansville Water Cure Sanitarium, and while it’s no longer around there are plenty of other cereals from the 1900s and earlier. We have everything you need to know about these classic cereals along with some interesting, even strange facts. Let’s raise a spoon to the oldest breakfast cereals that have stood the test of time.