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Pettijohn's Breakfast Food


Pettijohn's Breakfast Food From: Independent / Undefined
Introduced in 1889


This product was originally produced by The American Cereal Co. of Chicago, Illinois. The initial packaging was tin with an illustration of a bar on a cliff and the text "manufactured from the best pacific white wheat". The cereal was later sold in a canister similar to oats canisters seen today.

One of the first slogans for the cereal was "all the wheat but the overcoat".

An ad from the early 1900's showed drawing of enlarged wheat flakes and instructed readers to "Note the Bran hidden in luscious flakes". The following copy is from that ad:

Bran aids in good health and good cheer as you know. It should be eaten daily. Then let us help you make it inviting.

Pettijohn's hides the bran in delicious flakes of rolled soft wheat - the most flavory wheat that grows. So it supplies whole wheat nutrition, with its minerals and vitamines [that's how they spelled "vitamins"], plus 25% of bran. Both combined in a favorite morning dainty.

This dish will delight you, as will its results. Try it tomorrow.


In 1893, The Quaker Oats Company acquired Pettijohn's. We believe that Quaker's Pettijohn's Whole Wheat Cereal introduced in the 1920's was a repackaged version of this cereal.


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Comments About This Cereal
What do you think of Pettijohn's Breakfast Food?

Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)

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By Hot Memories

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I always liked Quaker Oats oatmeal; but Pettijohn's was just as good and very nutritious. I never felt hungry mid-morning; it stuck with me until lunchtime.

Comment submitted: 3/29/2014 (#16530)



By G-MAN

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I agree with all the other comments. It was the best hot cereal ever! Zoom was also good.

Comment submitted: 10/1/2013 (#14558)



By Myles

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I fondly remember eating Pettijohn cereal as a young boy whenever I visited my dear aunt Gerri in the 1950's. It was so good. I could never get enough of the stuff. I have looked for it for years and was surprised to discover so many others have the same recollection of this wonderful product. It would be great to be able to enjoy this cereal again.

Comment submitted: 7/1/2013 (#12610)



By Cheryl C.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I ate Pettijohn's a child in the late 1950's. It was a delicious form of oatmeal - but better! Someone please bring it back. Smile! - Cheryl Cole

Comment submitted: 3/22/2013 (#11350)



By Monte

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

It was a delicious and nutritious hot cereal. I wish Quaker would make it again for everyone to enjoy.

Comment submitted: 2/27/2013 (#11056)



By Nicole K.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I have been looking for the Pettijohn's Brand of Rolled Barley cereal for years. I remember my grandma making it for breakfast in the late 60's & early 70's.

Comment submitted: 1/19/2013 (#10446)



By Bob CY

One of my favorite boyhood memories while visiting my grandparents in Sharon springs, NY was savoring delicious Pettijohns each morning. Of course real maple syrup helped! - Carl Yettru

Comment submitted: 12/26/2012 (#10233)



By Cindy

I was looking up "grits" to find out whether it's a singular or plural noun, which got me wondering about Pettijohns. We served it for breakfast at my alma mater, Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Didn't know "Pettijohns" was a brand name until today! Thank goodness for the Web (sometimes...).

Comment submitted: 7/24/2012 (#8583)



By dobber

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I have never found any cereal to compare with Pettijohns. I am 92 years old and my mother served it often when I was a child.

Comment submitted: 4/1/2012 (#7025)



By Jack

We will soon have our website up making our rolled whole wheat cereal available just like the product produced by Pettijohns (no longer available). Production is starting now. You will be able to purchase in 4 package lots costing $19.95 plus mailing. You can contact at www.milldeck@roadrunner.com

Comment submitted: 2/19/2012 (#6557)



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