Introduced in 1963
Cap'n Crunch was created in response to early 1960's market research that revealed kids under 10 preferred crunchy foods to soggy foods.
Attempting to create a cereal that would satisfy crunch lovers, Quaker created a corn and oat cereal with a pillow-shape and a butterscotch-tinged sugar coating. The cereal didn't have a name, but it had what the company was looking for... crunch.
To name the cereal, Quaker turned Compton Advertising, a firm that was considered hot at the time, in no small part due to innovative campaigns they'd created for Tide detergent. The company came up with the idea to give the cereal and its mascot the same name... something that would push "crunch"... and Cap'n Crunch was born.
To put a face with the idea, Quaker hired Jay Ward Production, an animation company most famous for creating the characters Rocky and Bullwinkle. To put a voice with their new Cap'n Crunch character, Jay Ward hired Daws Butler, a voice actor who'd also provided the voice for Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound.
In 1963, the first Cap'n Crunch commercial aired nationally. The cereal was an instant hit. Within two years of it's introduction, it'd become the 9th best-selling cereal in America.
Almost 50 year later, the blue-suited captain with a "C" on his hat still appears on boxes of Cap'n Crunch cereal. At least 25 spin-off cereals have been created between 1963 and 2008 - some more successful than other, but everyone featured Cap'n Crunch as a character on the box (except for Mystery Crunch and few boxes during campaigns where kid's were supposed to guess why the Cap'n wasn't on the box).
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Comments About This Cereal
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Overall Average Rating = 4 (out of 5)
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By Yumarama (Team Breakfast Member)
This one goes back to the mid 60's in our house. It was an occasional purchase and I recall my brother insisted he get a box of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch which he had as his own. I liked the flavor of this cereal and the texture was interesting. And it did stay crunchy, even in milk. ("Even"? What else did people pour on it?) I will also admit that once in a very odd blue moon I have been known to binge out on a box over a couple of days. Not the healthiest diet but it happens only every few years. Cap'n Crunch or Froot Loops. There are worse things one could binge on, right?
Comment submitted: 11/3/2014 (#17954)
Have the pieces in Cap'n Crunch gotten smaller?
Comment submitted: 6/27/2014 (#17260)
By j3px1 (Team Breakfast Member)
I might eat this if there's nothing else to eat, or in ice cream... but, sadly that's it.
Comment submitted: 3/5/2014 (#16263)
You would think with as much money as they've racked in over the years that they could at least change the back of the box more often. I'm gettin' tired of lookin' at these same kids holdin' up signs.
Comment submitted: 2/22/2014 (#16135)
For those who find it too sweet, you might try mixing it with bran flakes. Works for me. I love this cereal!
Comment submitted: 6/16/2013 (#12422)
By Mr. Happypants
I actually love mixing my Cap'n Crunch in with ice cream!
Comment submitted: 5/12/2013 (#12009)
By Alexapoda (Team Breakfast Member)
Most sweet cereals are tolerable, but oh GAWD is this one sweet. I can barely eat it. The first bite or so is okay, but after that... The combination of a mouth rubbed raw and the sweetness leaves a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of the day.
Comment submitted: 2/3/2013 (#10626)
Love Cap'n Crunch cereal but who took the peanut butter out of the Peanut Butter Crunch variety. I've been eating these cereal for years. I fell in love with them because of the favor of peanut butter. I still love all the other favors. I personally wish they were still made the old fashion. Anyway keep up the good job.
Comment submitted: 2/1/2013 (#10608)
I've suffered many mouth lacerations as a child and adult as a result of this cereal - but I keep eating it!
Comment submitted: 12/2/2012 (#10075)
I agree. I think the pieces are smaller.
Comment submitted: 9/7/2012 (#9060)
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