Since 1941, Cheerios has been feeding our world as a popular breakfast cereal. The brand is known for a lot of things like helping lower your cholesterol or being a well-balanced meal. But there are a few other random facts to know about this morning-muncher.
If you'd like to know more about your eating and the name behind it, then this read is for you!
10 Random Facts About Cheerios
From marketing firsts to industry revolutions, this brand has come a long way. Not only is it a staple in most family pantries, but it stands as one of the great cornerstones for all things morning cereal. Ready for some spoonfuls of Cheerios facts?
1. Let's Start With The Name
Have you ever heard of the "Puffing-Gun Machine"?
If not, don't worry we hadn't either.
This machine is what created Cheerios by puffing oats into a small "O" shape.
A physicist at General Mills, Lester Borchardt, was experimenting with the machine when he and his team created the first rendition of the food we know today.
The original name for Cheerios then was called Cheerioats -- as a way to compliment their oaty-ness.
But as it turned out, that name faced a lot of copyright infringements so General Mills came up with Cheerios instead.
And to be honest, we're pretty happy about that. Cheerios is way catchier than Cheerioats.
2. Honey Nut Wasn't First
When you say, "I have Cheerios" people will often follow up with, "Honey Nut?"
It's like the two are interchangeable, and often you might have thought Honey Nut Cheerios was the first flavor to come to Cheerios...but it was actually Cinnamon Nut Cheerios.
The brand had its first flavor option after 30 years of a trusted classic. And we don't know what your favorite taste is, but we're glad there are other options than JUST the original.
In 1973 Cinnamon Nut Cheerios hit the market and people loved them. It was a changeup to their everyday breakfast crunch!
It was so popular that within three years the world got to taste another new Cheerios flavor: the infamous Honey Nut Cheerios
3. The Thirteen
You might be wondering what other Cheerios flavors there were and what General Mills experimented with.
Well, we've got some answers.
Currently, there are thirteen cheerios flavors, all listed below. But in the past, there were even options like Berry Burst and Dulce de Leche.
It turned out that sales for those flavors weren't as favorable as our current roster:
- Maple Cheerios
- Oat Crunch Cheerios
- Peach Cheerios
- Honey Nut Cheerios
- Multi-Grain Cheerios
- Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
- Chocolate Cheerios
- Fruity Cheerios
- Frosted Cheerios
- Banana Nut Cheerios
- Cheerios + Ancient Grains
- Cheerios Protein Cinnamon Almond
- Cheerios Protein Oats and Honey
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios
- Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch
- Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
- Very Berry Cheerios
- And of course, Original Cheerios
Which one is your favorite? Which one do you want to try? Feel free to reach out to us on social media if you want to share!
4. No Bees Flying Around Here
Did you know that the first mascot to the Cheerios brand wasn't actually Buzzbee?
The first animated characters people got from the General Mills cereal was Cheerios Kid. This kid, with his friend Sue, would eat Cheerios and take down commercial antagonists.
In one rendition we see him having to beat up a snake after he tried to charm it. The snake is about to eat him and his friend, but after eating Cheerios he's able to overcome the snake.
For being an old school commercial, it's pretty clever and has some funny and memorable moments!
5. A Moose?
Fast forward to the 1960s and we meet another Cheerios ambassador...or two.
Rocky and Bullwinkle.
For a while, the famous duo appeared in comics eating Cheerios and promoting the brand. They became mascot like and even ended up staring in some television commercials!
6. Busy Bee
And the superstar we've all been waiting for: Buzzbee.
This legendary cereal icon first appeared around the launch of the famous Honey Nut Cheerios (seems fitting) but what went unnoticed was that he didn't have a name.
For nearly 20 years, that famous bee we see today was just...there.
Eventually, in order to end this long-running name issue, General Mills hosted a naming contest and the winning name is what we have today: Buzzbee or Buzz for short.
7. New Way of Advertising
General Mills was one of the first companies to capitalize on cross-market advertising.
In a deal with Disney, the big G and D teamed up to create comics, action figures, and more things for people to own.
And where did those comics and toys go?
Maybe your memory is jogging back to the days of finding toys in your cereal boxes. If so, now you know where it started!
8. Unapproved "Drug"
Today we applaud Cheerios as being good for your cholesterol.
But is it really?
In 2009 the FDA warned General Mills that their boxes were miss-leading in saying that the cereal WILL lower cholesterol in six weeks.
The FDA called the cereal a "Drug" as a way to both warn people and the company of this misleading information.
Today, General Mills has changed the labeling on its boxes to say that it CAN help lower the risk of cholesterol and heart disease, not that it will.
For being around for so many years, it's a no wonder that people love the brand.
There is even current General Mills and Cheerios fan-wear that you can pick up to support the cereal while looking good.
This is something pretty unique to General Mills, as it stands as one of the most versatile and wearable brands, while also being wildly in style.
10. GMO and Gluten-Free
In 2014 the company pushed its leading brand, Cheerios, to be completely GMO and gluten-free.
Yay for healthier food!
It's nice to see a titan like Cheerios be on the approved list for people trying to eat healthier and avoid things like gluten, and we're hoping more cereal brands follow suit.
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