Classic Breakfast Cereal Timeline
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Posted on 12 Apr 2016 22:56

Those of us who grew up in the 1960's or '70's think of many iconic breakfast cereal brands as being a part of our childhood. What we sometimes don't realize is that many of the most time-tested cereals had been around even in our parents or grandparents time. You may be surprised at how old some of them are when you check out the popular cereal brand timeline below.

Many favorite cereals from your youth disappeared, only to reemerge, sometimes on a limited basis, such as seasonally. In addition to the fondly remembered Quisp cereal, below, you can still purchase some of your favorites, such as, perhaps, General Mills French Toast Crunch, or their Monster Cereals, Count Chocula, Frankberry, and Booberry.

  • 1894
    • Corn Flakes
  • 1897
  • 1898
    • Corn Flakes (Kellog's) Originally called Sanitas Toasted Corn Flakes.
  • 1912
    • Kellog's Shredded Wheat
  • 1916
    • All-Bran (Kellog's)
  • 1921
    • Wheaties (Washburn Crosby Company/General Mills)
  • 1922
    • Pep Cereal (Kellog's)
  • 1928
    • Rice Krispies (Kellog's)
  • 1928
    • Nabisco Shredded Wheat (Nabisco bought the original Shredded Wheat Company began by Henry Perky. Shredded Wheat originated in 1892.
  • 1932
    • Grape-Nuts Flakes (Post)
  • 1935
  • 1937
    • Kix (General Mills)
  • 1941
    • Cheerios (General Mills) originally Cheerioats but changed to Cheerios in 1946.
  • 1942
    • Post Raisin Bran (Skinner's Raisin Bran was the first, in 1928)
    • Kellog's Raisin Bran
  • 1949
    • Super Sugar Crisp (Post) Originally called Happy Jax (1948) and changed to Sugar Crisp in 1949, to Super Sugar Crisp late '60's, to Super Golden Crisp in 1985, then to Golden Crisp around 1986.
  • 1950
    • Corn Pops (Kellog's) Originally called Sugar Pops and changed to Sugar Corn Pops in 1978 then to just Corn Pops in 1984.
  • 1952
    • Frosted Flakes (Kellog's)
  • 1953
    • Honey Smacks (Kellog's) Originally called Sugar Smacks, changed to Honey Smacks in 1980's, to just Smacks in early '90s, and back to Honey Smacks in 2004.
    • Jets (General Mills) Began as Sugar Smiles, a mix of sugar-coated Kix-like cereal and wheat flakes, changed to Sugar Jets after the wheat flakes were removed, and then finally to Jets.
  • 1954
    • Trix (General Mills)
  • 1955
    • Special K (Kellog's)
  • 1958
    • Cocoa Puffs (General Mills)
    • Alpha Bits (Post)
    • Cocoa Krispies (Kellog's)
  • 1961
    • Life Cereal (Quaker Oats)
    • Total (General Mills)
  • 1963
    • Cap'n Crunch (Quaker Oats)
    • Team Flakes (Nabisco)
  • 1964
    • Lucky Charms (General Mills)
  • 1965
    • Apple Jacks (Kellog's) First introduced as Appl O's and changed to Apple Jacks in 1971.
    • Honeycomb Cereal (Post)
    • Quake Cereal (Quaker Oats) Partner to Quisp cereal, below.
  • 1966
    • Product 19 (Kellog's)
  • 1967
  • 1968
    • Weetabix (Weetabix Ltd.)
  • 1969
    • Frosted Mini-Wheats (Kellog's)
    • Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch (Quaker Oats)
    • Fruity Pebbles (Post) A Flinstone Cereal, originally called just Pebbles
  • 1970
    • Cocoa Pebbles (Post) A Flinstone Cereal
  • 1971
    • Count Chocula (General Mills)
    • Franken Berry (General Mills)
  • 1973
    • Boo-Berry (General Mills)
  • 1975
    • Golden Grahams (General Mills)
  • 1977
    • Crazy Cow Strawberry (General Mills) Turned you milk strawberry-flavored!
    • Crazy Cow Chocolate (General Mills) Turned your milk chocolate-flavored!
    • Cookie Crisp (Ralston/General Mills)
    • Cracklin' Oat Bran (Kellog's) Originally called Cracklin' Bran



  • 1978
    • Cinnamon Life (Quaker Oats)
  • 1979
    • Honey Nut Cheerios (General Mills)
    • Crispy Wheats 'n Raisins (General Mills)
  • 1987
    • Oatmeal Raisin Crisp (General Mills)
    • Raisin Nut Bran (General Mills)
  • 1989
    • Apple Cinnamon Cheerios (General Mills)
    • Total Raisin Bran (General Mills)

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