On November 15 every year, raisin bran cereal lovers in the U.S. can raise a bowl and celebrate National Raisin Bran Cereal Day. The delicious and nutritious cereal, which has existed for decades, certainly deserves its own holiday. Raisin bran is a breakfast cereal containing — you guessed it — raisin and bran flakes. The delicious cereal can be popped straight into the mouth as a midday snack, spooned down with milk as cereal, or remade into a new meal using a raisin bran recipe. Since its first appearance in 1926, the cereal has been a staple in many American households thanks to its high fiber content and nutritional value.
History of National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
While the history of National Raisin Bran Cereal Day is not yet known, we can certainly regale you with tales of how the high fiber cereal came to be.
In 1925, Skinner Manufacturing Company, the largest producer of macaroni in the U.S. at the time, introduced the first raisin bran brand to hit the market, “Skinner’s Raisin-BRAN.” Before then, bran flakes had existed, having been introduced in 1915. However, Skinner was the first company to attempt adding raisins to the bran mix, thereby creating the wonderful cereal we’ve all come to love today. They had also trademarked the name ‘Raisin-BRAN’ a year after they introduced the cereal into the market
For 17 years, the Omaha-based company held the sole ownership of the name “Raisin-BRAN” until 1942 when Kellogg’s and Post started to sell their own versions of the cereals.
Naturally, Skinner fought for their invention. The company filed a cease-and-desist against their competitors so they could keep their monopoly on the raisin bran product. Skinner claimed trademark infringement and unfair competition from the other two cereal masters.
However, in 1944, they lost their right to the name after the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a name that described the ingredients of an item could not be appropriated as a trademark. The court claimed that there was nothing revolutionary about the mixture of raisins and cereal flakes, although we would gladly debate them on that claim
That is why today, any brand can create their own raisin bran version and name it just that.
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day timeline
62 years before raisin bran, James Caleb Jackson invents the first cold cereal, Granula.
Post Consumer Brands, introduce bran flakes, a cereal made of flakes, wheat, or oat bran.
Skinner Manufacturing Company introduces the nutritious raisin bran cereal to the U.S.
In 1944, a U.S. court dissolves Skinner Manufacturing Company’s trademark on the cereal name “Raisin-BRAN” because the name is descriptive of ingredients.
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day FAQs
Is raisin bran good for high blood pressure?
Fiber is a major component of raisin bran and fiber supplementation can help lower blood pressure. However, the effect is moderate. On the other hand, raisins offer one way of significantly lowering blood pressure, especially compared to other common snacks
Does raisin bran help you lose weight?
Raisin bran is high in fiber, low in fat, and it contains about 190 calories in a 1,25 cup serving. You can add raisin bran as part of any healthy diet for sustained weight loss. Eating raisin bran can help with weight loss since it’s a dose of dietary fiber and lipid fat.
Does raisin bran help you poop?
It promotes bowel regularity and allows for a healthy intestinal bacteria balance. This is why eating raisin bran in moderation is great for regulating your digestive health system.
How to Celebrate National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
Down a bowl of raisin bran cereal
It goes without saying that there is no better way to celebrate National Raisin Bran Cereal Day than by whipping up a nice big bowl of your favorite raisin bran cereal in the morning, afternoon, or night. Who says cereals have to be for breakfast, right?
Buy a box of raisin bran cereal for someone you love
How do you show someone you love them? Introduce them to your favorite meals. Buy a box of raisin bran cereal for someone you love and regale them with all the wonderful benefits of the cereal.
Throw a raisin bran party
Everyone knows the most fun parties are those that remind us of our childhood. On this day, throw a cereal-themed party so you can celebrate. You can throw on some pajamas and enjoy raisin bran cereal or any of the many recipes you can make from the cereal. Include pillow fights, build forts, and reminisce about your childhood.
5 Surprising Facts About Raisin Bran
It’s a popular name
It is made by big cereal companies (Kellogg’s, Post Holdings, General Mills, and Quaker Foods).
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran mascot was out of the world
In 1966, they created an animated Sunny with the “No, you’re the sun” catchphrase.
Everyone loves it, even dictators
Sadam Hussein, who was incarcerated in the U.S., chose Raisin Bran Cereal as a breakfast option.
You can make other meals from it
There are raisin bran cereal recipes for muffins, bread, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and cookies.
Some people call it Sultana Bran
Aussies and the U.K. know Raisin Bran as Sultana Bran since they’re from the sultana grape.
Why We Love National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
We love raisin bran
Clear and simple, we’re nuts about the raisin bran cereal. It strikes the balance between sweet and healthy. We’ll be raising a bowl to this versatile cereal on this day.
Raisin bran is healthy
It’s low in fat and cholesterol, reduces your risk of heart disease. The breakfast cereal is an excellent source of fiber and a great source of vitamins and minerals.
It’s a happy meal
Whether eaten as a plain snack, with milk as cereal, or remade into any of the raisin bran cereal meals, raisin bran makes us happy.
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