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Shredded Ralston
From: Ralston
Introduced in 1936


A fictional working father described the cereal as follows in a 1940 advertisement:

Give me a Shredded Ralston Breakfast - I've got a job to do!

Energy... that's what I need... and that's what I get in Shredded Ralston. Whole wheat energy, and that good Shredded Ralston flavor. Doesn't matter what shift I work - Shredded Ralston is ready-to-eat when I'm ready. And man! does it give me life! No wonder Uncle Sam says - eat foods like this every day.

Get your whole wheat every day - the easy Shredded Ralston way"


Company Description: Ralston was originally part of The Ralston-Purina Company which was formed in 1902. The name Ralston stems from a minor social movement in the late 19th Century called Ralstonism - created by Webster Edgerly. Followers of the movement (about 800,000) followed the motto "Regime, Activity, Light, Strength, Temperation, Oxygen and Nature" - the first letters of which spelled out "Ralston"... Read on and see all cereals from Ralston


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1949 Shredded Ralston Box - Little Women
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1949 Shredded Ralston Box - Little Women

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Uploaded: 8/6/2010

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1950 Shredded Ralston Box - Elizabeth Taylor
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1950 Shredded Ralston Box - Elizabeth Taylor

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Uploaded: 8/6/2010

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Shredded Ralston Cereal Ad
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Shredded Ralston Cereal Ad

Submitter: Ally123456789
Uploaded: 1/6/2009

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1940 Shredded Ralston Ad
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1940 Shredded Ralston Ad

Submitter: pancakegirl
Uploaded: 10/15/2008

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1941 Shredded Ralston Ad
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1941 Shredded Ralston Ad

Submitter: Anita
Uploaded: 3/22/2008

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Comments About This Cereal
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Overall Average Rating = 90 (out of 5)

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By G.P.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

My husband who is 82 keeps referring to Chex mix as Shredded Ralston and I didn't realize that Ralston had been taken over by General Mill so now I can tell him he is correct. Thank you for the info.

Comment submitted: 12/4/2017 (#22487)



By Jebby

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I am now 80 years old and I remember the jingle 'take a tip from Tom go and tell your mom Shredded Ralston can't be beat'. Then I thought 'what is Shredded Ralston'???? - a breakfast cereal but corn, oats, wheat, what???? Ohhh, Wheat Chex. Thanks.

Comment submitted: 12/14/2016 (#21133)



By BEAR

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I grew up with Shredded Ralston, Wheaties, Rice Krispies, and other cereals of the '40's. Shredded Ralston was a favorite and I'm sorry to see it gone. Wheat Chex is all right, though.

Comment submitted: 9/28/2016 (#20887)



Official Member: Team BreakfastBy loyaltubist (Team Breakfast Member)

Shredded Ralston was reformulated and renamed Wheat Chex sometime between the end of the Tom Mix radio show and before Space Patrol premiered.

Comment submitted: 1/22/2016 (#19879)



By Joe-7

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

It was not all that good but I would rather have it than ZO.

Comment submitted: 12/5/2015 (#19721)



By kokoze dad

I loved the ads: 'It's delicious and nutritious made with real western wheat. Take a tip from Tom go and tell your mom, shredded Ralston can't be beat.'

Comment submitted: 7/14/2015 (#19224)



By OldTimer

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Wish they still made it!

Comment submitted: 7/29/2014 (#17429)



By Andy F.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

After Ralston sold the Chex cereals to General Mills, they took over Post's from Kraft.

Comment submitted: 1/4/2013 (#10290)



By morgram

I was watching "The Brinks Job" and Peter Falk was talking to Peter Boyle who was washing his car one frigid winter day in Boston circa 1949 and there was a billboard for Shredded Ralston in the shot... now I know.

Comment submitted: 5/20/2012 (#7712)



Official Member: Team BreakfastBy Fishface (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I was in an orphanage during in the 40's and we had Ralston. I seem to remember a hot Ralston too. While we had supper, we would listen to the Tom Mix show and the Green Hornet show. Don't know if they were good times or bad but I left there with lots of memories!

Comment submitted: 3/20/2012 (#6904)



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