facts about the invention of
Wheaties Cereal by George
Cormack in 1921.
is a genuine American icon. The familiar orange box and the slogan "The Breakfast
of Champions" have become more than just advertising symbols. They have become a
metaphor for sports greatness and success. Many athletes, at the pinnacle of their
success, have shared their childhood dreams about someday joining the legends who have had
their picture on a Wheaties box. And, indeed, Wheaties is a delicious,
healthy product that has helped fuel and inspire many a champion. But the legend and
lore of this famous orange box - and the many champions it has featured over the years -
is a story in itself.
||Like many great inventions, Wheaties was discovered by accident. In 1921, a health
clinician in Minneapolis was mixing a batch of bran gruel for his patients when he spilled
some of the mix on a hot stove. The gruel crackled and sizzled into a crisp flake. Tasting
the very first Wheaties prototype, he decided this delicious accident had
promise. He took the crisped gruel to the people at the Washburn Crosby Company.
|The head miller, George Cormack, took
on the task of trying to strengthen the flakes to keep them from turning to dust inside a
cereal box. Cormack tested 36 varieties of wheat before he developed the perfect flake. A
company wide contest was held to name the new cereal. The winner was Jane Bausman, the
wife of the export manager. Wheaties was chosen over numerous other entries,
including Nutties and Gold Medal Wheat Flakes.
Wheaties'association with sports began in 1933, nine years after the cereal was
introduced, with the sponsorship of baseball broadcasts. One of the most popular
slogans in advertising history was penned later that same year. General Mills' contract
for sponsorship of the broadcasts of Minneapolis Millers games on WCCO radio included a
large advertising signboard at the ball park.
Reeves, an advertising executive for Wheaties' Minneapolis-based agency, was asked
what should be printed on the sign. He took out a pad and pencil, sketched a Wheaties
box, thought for a moment, and then printed "Wheaties - The Breakfast of
TO LEARN MORE
History of Snacks and
from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Happen: 50 Inventions Discovered by Mistake
by Charlotte Foltz Jones, John O'Brien (Illustrator) / Hardcover - 86 pages
(1996) / Delacorte
Fifty inventions discovered by mistake receive entertaining cartoon embellishment but are
actually serious subjects which will delight and entertain kids.
Why Didn't I Think of That?:
Bizarre Origins of Ingenious Inventions We
Couldn't Live Without
by Allyn Freeman, Bob Golden / Paperback - 260 pages / John Wiley & Sons;
Filled with wacky and fascinating facts, awe-inspiring success statistics,
and rags-to-riches stories, Chronicles the odd origins behind 50 famous
inventions and reveals the business side of each product's actual
production, marketing, and distribution.
Beyond the Bowl:
The Cereal Lover's Ultimate Cookbook
Debby Maugans / Paperback - 240 pages / NTC/Contemporary Publishing - 1997
From corn flakes to shredded wheat to Cap'n Crunch, Beyond the Breakfast Bowl features
more than 200 fast and fun recipes using everyone's favorite food--cereal!
Krazy Kid's Food!
by Dan Goodsell (Editor), Steve Roden (Editor) / Paperback: 192 pages
/ Taschen (December, 2002)
In 1935, Post
cereals licensed the rights to a popular new movie character, Mickey
Mouse, and thus the marketing of kid's food changed forever.
Why Didn't I
Think of That ( This
title is out of print. )
by Webb Garrison / Hardcover - 120 pages (1977) / Prentice Hall / ISBN: 0139586032
ON THE WEB:
Official Wheaties Web Site
Over the past 75 years, Wheaties has honored champion athletes on its cereal
packages. This web site gives you the opportunity to see 75 of these packages. You can
also find out how to vote for your favorite Wheaties Champion of all time.
The idea was brought to George Cormack, head miller at the Washburn Crosby Company,
predecessor of General Mills, Inc. Cormack was asked to develop the product, which
ultimately was deemed to have considerable merit and appeal.
Welcome to WHEATIES Collectibles! Collecting special edition WHEATIES cereal boxes as well
as other related cereal boxes has become very popular among collectors.
In Science History
George Cormack, Born 17 June 1870; died Sep 1953. Lots of COOKIES
and POP-UP ADS here.
the Breakfast of Champions
Over the years, Wheaties has recognized the
outstanding athletic achievements and personal championships of several
hundred amateur and professional athletes on "The Breakfast of
DID YOU KNOW:
- Wheaties baseball broadcasts were immensely popular throughout
the 1930s. One of those stations was WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, where a young broadcaster
named Ronald "Dutch" Reagan entered and won a contest for Wheaties broadcasters.
His prize was a trip to Hollywood, all expenses paid, courtesy of Wheaties. He never
- Some of the stars endorsing Wheaties
through the years include: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie
Robinson, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Yogi
Berra, Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench. Jack Dempsey, Sonja Henie
and Johnny Weissmuller.
- Americans buy 2.7 billion packages of cereal each year. If
laid end to end, the empty cereal boxes from one yearıs consumption would stretch to the
moon and back.
- The name "wheaties" was selected as the result of a company contest won
by Jane Bausman, the wife of one of the company's executives.
Sources in BOLD Type
page revised February, 2005.
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