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From: Malt-O-Meal
Introduced in 1919

While The Cereal Project Database is dedicated to ready-to-eat breakfast cereal, we've decided to include this hot cereal for two reasons: 1) It is often mistakenly included on other lists of ready-to-eat cereals; and 2) Its creation led to a company which went on to produce over 35 ready-to-eat breakfast cereals that are part of The Cereal Project.

Malt-O-Meal hot wheat cereal was developed in 1919 by John S. Campbell in Owatonna, MN. The company claims it was the first hot wheat cereal ever produced commercially. In 1961, Malt-O-Meal introduced a chocolate version of the cereal. In 1965, the Malt-O-Meal company introduced its first ready to eat cereals, Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat.

In the years that followed, Malt-O-Meal went on to specialize in value imitation cereals - cereals that tasted remarkably similar to other name brand cereals but which retailed at a significantly lower price.

As of June 2010, Malt-O-Meal hot cereal was still being sold in grocery stores.

Company Description: The Malt-O-Meal Company dates back to 1919 when John S. Campbell developed a hot wheat breakfast cereal he called Malt-O-Meal. The company officially adopted the name The Malt-O-Meal Company in 1953. By 1965, the company had entered the ready-to-eat non-hot breakfast sector with the introduction of Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat cereals.... Read on and see all cereals from Malt-O-Meal

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Malt-O-Meal With Spaceships
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Malt-O-Meal With Spaceships

Submitter: ChuckCheese
Uploaded: 6/2/2010

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Vintage Malt-O-Meal
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Vintage Malt-O-Meal

Submitter: ChuckCheese
Uploaded: 6/2/2010

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Comments About This Cereal
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Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)

By Sherri B

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I've been eating this type of hot cereal since I was a kid and continue to do so as an adult. And it's not the same as 'cream of wheat'.

Comment submitted: 3/24/2020 (#25005)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy JimmyT (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Can't find Malt-0-Meal in my area. What the heck!

Comment submitted: 2/16/2020 (#24897)

By l.k.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I love Malt-O-Meal. Am I right?!

Comment submitted: 1/21/2020 (#24821)

By Donna49

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I love me some Malt-O-Meal Cereal. So satisfying.

Comment submitted: 7/7/2019 (#24299)

By GaryMI

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Hard to find in stores these days.

Comment submitted: 6/20/2019 (#24257)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy tams40 (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Do they ever offer coupons for this cereal. It's so expensive.

Comment submitted: 1/2/2019 (#23800)

By Lionhearted

The song in the original early 1960's animated ad was: "winners... warm up with MALT-O MEAL... WINNERS... WARM UP WITH MALT-O-MEAL".

Comment submitted: 6/9/2012 (#7962)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy Dmifgr (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I have been looking for a long time for an image (or to actually acquire) a Malt-O-Meal box from the late 1950s or early 1960s. This box had (as I remembered, from being a small boy at the time,) on the back of the box, a drawing of an owl standing next to a blank, yellow notebook page labeled "to do list"

As I recall, the back of the box was just that... You would fill in the lines on the "To-Do-List" with your days activities. As a boy, I always referred to this cereal as "birdie-cereal" because of that back.

Does anyone have an image of this box, or even better, on that they'd wish to sell?

Dave (dmichels@execpc.com)

Comment submitted: 12/28/2010 (#3483)

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