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July 8, 2009

I see neither grapes nor nuts. How do Grape Nuts get off calling themselves Grape Nuts?

A few years ago, I broke down and called Post Cereal. After a few minutes on hold, I was told that the original cereal recipe included grape sugar, which gave it a slight grape taste. The cereal’s crunchiness explains the “nuts” in the name, though personally, I think it is reminiscent of nut shells. (Now that I look at the Post website, it is possible that I remember wrong or was told wrong.)

If you’re ever curious about the oddities of your cereal, just call the “Comments or Questions” phone number on the box.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. michellehankins permalink
    July 8, 2009 5:59 am

    When I was twelve or thirteen I wrote (no email back in those days) the company of Minute Rice asking why they called themselves Minute Rice when it took more than a minute to cook. I received a two sentence letter telling me it was because compared to other rices theirs took just minutes to prepare.

    I was thrilled to have heard back from them!

  2. Rachel D. permalink
    July 8, 2009 7:29 am

    At least you didn’t burst your bubble over the grape nuts that aren’t real grape nuts. Did you hear about this lady and the Captain Crunchberries?

    http://www.loweringthebar.net/2009/06/crunchberry-litigation-the-saga-continues.html

  3. Conner permalink
    July 8, 2009 8:44 am

    Wow! The Post website brings up an even bigger question: What does it mean when the grape nuts box says that the grape nuts are pre-digested?

  4. July 8, 2009 11:46 am

    I always thought the cereal was so named because it resembled actual grape “nuts” (seeds)…..?

  5. July 10, 2009 4:17 pm

    hey, i remember this. i was hanging out with your family when we made that call.

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