There is not a single bad thing about cereal. It's a perfect creation – the simplest yet most satisfying meal. Listen, who among us hasn't crushed an entire box of Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter in one sitting? Was that only me? Sure, it was a dark time in my life but it was worth it.

Cereal is universally delicious. Whether you're going the healthy route and prefer the simplicity of a granola-esque, low sugar cereal, or whether you're in the mood for something more dessert like, there's always an option for everyone. Entire restaurants have been created in honor of cereal! That's how good it is!

Sidenote: never trust a person who only eats one bowl of cereal. Who does that? People with willpower? Psssh, whatever. I cannot resist the power of cereal and I, a grown adult living independently, will gladly eat 2-3 bowls of cereal for dinner. No regrets, Y'all.

So cereal is great and it's been around forever. Read on to take a peek at some old school cereal boxes from back in the day...

Did you know cereal was invented all the way back in 1863?

Yep, cereal goes waaaaaay back. The first cold cereal was called "Granula" and was invented in the United States by a man named James Caleb Jackson.

Thank you, James. Thank you.

Although, his product never became popular. It might've been because you had to soak the bran and graham nuggets overnight. Too much work, right?

But what did become popular was packaged breakfast cereal.

Which, obviously. The convenience of packaged cereal is truly hard to beat.

Battlecreek, Michigan was home to the Seventh-day Adventist Church...and also, ready-to-eat cereal.

Here's an interesting fact: the Seventh-day Adventist Church actually has a lot to do with making cereal popular. Who would've thought?

John Harvey Kellogg, born in 1851, was the son of an Adventist factory owner.

Even if you hate cereal, you know that the name "Kellogg" is pretty much synonymous with it.

Kellogg was a doctor and a nutritionist.

via: Wikapedia

People came to him with their health problems, and he noticed their diet consisted heavily of fried potatoes, ham, eggs, sausages, biscuits and hotcakes for breakfast.

So Kellogg began to experiment with granola.

Then, he started experimenting with wheat. This resulted in a flakier texture.

In 1891, Kellogg knew he had something special.

He got a patent and in 1895 he created the Cornflakes brand. The rest is history.

Cereal is a staple of American culture and breakfast.

We love it. We eat it. It's the best. It's also been around for quite awhile...

Cereal is an OG breakfast food.

Anything that's been around for awhile changes over time. Just look at Mac products...

This computer is from 1993.


I mean, just look at that design. It's so boxy.

OMG never forget these...


So, yeah – everything changes over time. Including cereal boxes.

There are so many old school cereal boxes.

Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?


via: Mr.

The box from the '50s is totally retro. Look at that child's face. He's amazed at his cereal.

Apple Jacks

via: Mr.'s

That apple from 1965 is terrifying. I will have nightmares about that apple.

Cap'n Crunch

via: Quaker Oats

The color scheme is exactly the same, and the captain hasn't changed that much either.


via: General Mills

This 1941 "Cheeri Oats" box is so cool! It's also fun to see how the name has evolved. Cheerios definitely rolls off the tongue better.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

via: General Mills

I'm digging the font from the '80s. Same colors though. I guess they figured why fix something that ain't broke?

Cookie Crisp

via: Mr. Mills/Nestle

You can definitely tell the old Cookie Crisp box is from the '70s. That wizard is really something.

Corn Flakes

via: Kellogg's

That old cereal box is from 1906 and looks every bit as vintage as it is.

Fruit Loops

via: Mr.'s

I am not kidding when I say that the 1963 Fruit Loops box is a big mood. It's so fabulous, I want a giant print of it to hang in my living room.

Frosted Flakes

via: Mr.'s

OMG, did Tony the Tiger grow up from a cub to a full tiger right before our eyes? He was such a cute, tiny baby in the '50s.


via: Mr. Oats

I love how for the majority of these boxes, the colors are pretty much the same – like this Life cereal box from the '60s.

Lucky Charms

via: General Mills

The 1964 vibes are strong with this one. The leprechaun looks a bit different, too.

Raisin Bran

via: Post

Here's a box that went in a different direction with colors. Although the 1940s Raisin Bran vibes are super cool.

Rice Krispies

Snap, Crackle, and Pop were nowhere to be seen back in 1928. Just a nice, beige, straightforward box telling you these babies are "ready to eat."

Shredded Wheat

via: Mr.

Whoah, this cereal box and look has changed drastically since the 1940s.


Silly rabbit? More like scary rabbit. The Trix mascot got a facelift from his 1960 version.

Wheat Chex

via: Mr. Mills

The old school look from the '50s and '60s of Wheat Chex is very chic.


via: General Mills

The 1930s version of the Wheaties box is simple but effective. And they've obviously kept with the sports theme. Share this with your friend who is obsessed with cereal!