The socially acceptable way to enjoy corn flakes
March 7 is National Cereal Day. According to the holiday site Punchbowl, the first packaged dry cereal was Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, a recipe that was stumbled upon accidentally by the vegetarian Seventh-Day Adventist Kellogg brothers. The patent was filed in 1895. (Other sources dispute the claim that this was the first.)
Fast-forward to the 1960s: In Beverly Hills, Miss Jane Hathaway endeavors to civilize Jethro to teaching him to eat corn flakes from a bowl. “Kellogg’s Corn Flakes are esteemed universally, but there are more socially acceptable ways to enjoy them,” she lectures after Jethro grabs a handful of corn flakes from the box.
Video: Beverly Hillbillies, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes commercial (~1962)