Did you know that on this day, in 1852, John Harvey Kellog was born?
John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. born on February 26, 1852, in Tyrone, Michigan was an American medical doctor, nutritionist, inventor, health activist, and businessman. He also invented the world famous breakfast cereal, Corn flakes.
The idea for corn flakes began by accident when Kellogg and his younger brother, left some cooked wheat to sit while they attended to some pressing matters at the sanitarium. When they returned, they found that the wheat had gone stale, but being on a strict budget, they decided to continue to process it by forcing it through rollers, hoping to obtain long sheets of the dough. To their surprise, what they found instead were flakes, which they toasted and served to their patients.
The story of corn flakes goes back to the late 19th century, when a team of Seventh-day Adventists began to develop new foods to adhere to the vegetarian diet recommended by the church. Kellogg continued to experiment and various ingredients were added and different grains were used. In 1928, he started to manufacture Rice Krispies, another successful breakfast cereal.
This event occurred on August 8, 1894, and a patent for “Flaked Cereals and Process of Preparing Same” was filed on May 31, 1895, and issued on April 14, 1896.