NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- Although most people probably think of St. Patrick’s Day when they think of mid-March holidays, they are overlooking a day that is almost as important -- National Cereal Day.
My favorite food has its own day? Just learned it's National Cereal Day. Have a favorite? pic.twitter.com/6nECS4geXZ— Chris Miller (@ChrisMillerWBT) March 7, 2014
So how did this holiday come to be? The National Cereal Day website has the answer:
“Strange that the invention of breakfast cereal was founded on the fact that the American diet of the mid 1800s was a poor one packed with protein, booze and caffeine. Or maybe it’s not so strange. After all, cereal was considered a remedy -- a sort of 19th-century health or wonder food for the ailing masses. So if you’re raising a milk-sopped spoonful of oats or bran or wheat today, give a little nod to National Cereal Day, which honors this classic morning meal and midnight snack on March 7.”
Here are a few fun facts about cereal:
-- Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch and he’s a captain even though his uniform only has three stripes which would indicate that he’s simply a Navy Commander.
-- 49 percent of the more than 314 million people in the U.S. wake up and eat cereal.
-- There are 2.7 billion boxes of cereal sold every year.
[National Cereal Day]