March 7th is National Cereal Day. Shawn, Nancy, and KSFY Morning News Producer Erin Heinert tasted a few of their favorites.
The invention of one of the most famous brands of cereal was an accident. In 1877, two brothers named John Harvey Kellogg and Keith Kellogg were experimenting with food made with boiled wheat. They left a batch out overnight and returned to find it stale. Instead of throwing it away, they rolled it out and discovered that each wheat berry formed its own flake. They tried the same process with corn, and created the first dry breakfast cereal, which we now know as Kellogg's Corn Flakes.
Of the more than 294 million people in the us, 49% start their day with a bowl of cereal.
The average American eats 160 bowls of cereal each year.
One bushel of wheat will make 53 boxes of cereal.
Breakfast cereal is the 3rd most popular item sold in grocery stores, after carbonated beverages and milk.