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When did we start putting milk in cereal ?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (15301points) 1 week ago

Also what was the first cereal to do so, and what was the first brand name cereal on the market?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

How about porridge?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

I was trying to figure out “top”. Porridge is usually a cereal grain, but not always. Remember “peas porridge hot”?

rebbel's avatar

Ah, thát cereal and milk…

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

When Cap’n Crunch caused too many injuries.

LadyMarissa's avatar

My understanding is that as far back as the 15th century, long before we had processed cereal, that the settlers boiled various grains when they were really hungry. Raw milk has just enough butter fat in it to help stave off hunger. I imagine that some mother who had several hungry children & NO good food boiled up some grains & then added a little bit of raw milk in hopes that their babies would be satisfied until she could cook them a healthier meal.

filmfann's avatar

Keep in mind Corn Flakes was first used in enemas.

stanleybmanly's avatar

REALLY? I wonder why

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@stanleybmanly -Because they’re GRRRREEEEAAAAAT!

stanleybmanly's avatar

Nope. Frosted Flakes came into being in the mid 50s. I have vague recollections of their introduction, and remember them being a staple by 55.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The reason I am so sure about Frosted Flakes was that for a period when I was 10–11 the cereal ran a promotion in which each box of flakes contained a divisional shoulder patch from a US army or army air force unit operational in WWII. I went crazy collecting the things and trading the duplicates. I had a wonderful poplin jacket that I covered front and back with those patches which I stitched onto that jacket myself. To this day, I can still name the units belonging to those patches, and when the promotion ended, I would visit the army surplus stores to further enhance the collection. My favorite to this day is the Combined Operations Patch of the CBI (China Burma India) theater. The thing is big. It’s brilliant gold on a royal blue field depicting twin minarets with a thompson submachine gun spanning the 2 towers and an eagle with outstreched wings stretching the width of the patch perched on the gun. Absolutely gorgeous!

Darth_Algar's avatar

Wheat, rice, barley, maize, people have been putting milk with cereal grains forever, since milk fat is a good source of caloric energy.

janbb's avatar

Probably in the mid-19th century when dry cereals were introduced by Sylvester Graham and Kellogg as health foods.

kritiper's avatar

Many things were put on porridge years ago. Jam, honey, gravy; anything like that. And porridge is made from wheat, rice, flour. Anything that is stirred into boiling water and thus cooked.

ucme's avatar

I just poured milk on my weetabix & am happily munching away as I read this question.
I must admit however that I am oblivious as to how the trend began, just know it tastes divine.

SEKA's avatar

Have you ever tried eating cereal in water or orange juice? Not very good

Patty_Melt's avatar

About 7:30 AM here.

Pinguidchance's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 “When did we start putting milk in cereal?”

When the first mammal squirted some into a bowl of wheat.

AshlynM's avatar

Some guy named James Caleb invented granola in the 1860s. It needed to be soaked in milk overnight so it would become tender enough to eat.

mazingerz88's avatar

Once upon a time a farmer milking his cow set down his cereal bowl instead of a pail….and the rest is history.

kritiper's avatar

I think the first cereals here in the US were Kellog’s Corn Flakes and Quaker Oats.

raum's avatar

Why were so many types of cereals invented in sanitariums?

James Caleb invented granola in a sanitarium in 1863. John Harvey Kellogg invented corn flakes in a sanitarium in 1894.

Considering that corn flakes were invented to curb masturbation, maybe milk is a replacement for other milky fluids. Har.

janbb's avatar

Sanitariums in those days were largely for people recovering from or exposed to TB so there was a health factor to the diet. See or read “The Road to Wellville” by T. Coraghesan Boyle.

raum's avatar

Oh that’s right! I forget that sanatoriums weren’t just asylums.

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