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Ranger Joe Wheat Honnies
From: Nabisco
Introduced in 1939

  • Introduced in 1939, Ranger Joe Wheat Honnies was the first widely distributed pre-sweetened cereal. Consumers were encouraged to eat the new sugar-coated cereal as snack right out of the box. Sugar Crisp - introduced ten years later - is often incorrectly sited as the first pre-sweetend cereal.

Originally distributed only on the Northern East Coast of the U.S. in the 1940's, Ranger Joe Popped Wheat Honnies was the the invention of Jim Rex, a heating-equipment salesman from Philadelphia.

According to the book Cerealizing America by Scot Bruce and Bill Crawford, Rex got the idea for the cereal after watching his children douse their puffed wheat cereal with sugar.

Ironically, Popped Wheat Honnies, the first sugar-coated cereal, was created in response to kid's putting too much sugar on un-sweetend cereal.

Jim Rex developed a method of flash-baking cereal with honey and corn syrup which gave the cereal pieces a sort of candy-coating. Within 10 years of this cereal's introduction, the major cereal companies began using variations of Rex's flash-bake process. Sugar Crisp introduced by Post in 1949 was the first sugar-coated cereal from a major cereal producer.

Ranger Joe Popped Wheat Honnies was eventually sold to the National Biscuit Company in 1954 were the cereal finally achieved national distribution under it's new name Wheat Honeys.

In 1971, Wheat Honeys became Winnie-The-Pooh Great Honey Crunchers. One year later, the name was changed again, this time to Klondike Pete's Crunchy Nuggets. That cereal was discontinued in 1975.

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Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)

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By PublicEnemy009

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I was born in 91, but did a little research about hot and cold cereal for no particular reason and found this cereal. I would love to buy this cereal if it were available. Sugar crisps are good, why wouldn't these be good.

Comment submitted: 4/12/2020 (#25058)

By Bdavis

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I remember in the early 1940's it came in a bag instead of a box... we lived out in the country where the gravel roads end and we didn't even have electricity but my Dad brought home a bag of Ranger Joes. We ate it with milk fresh from the cow.

Comment submitted: 8/15/2019 (#24420)

By Major Fan

Ranger Joe's sidekick was Rodger's wife Sally Starr. The Hazel-Atlas Glass Company produced the cereal bowl, ranch mug, a tumbler, and a rare six inch breakfast plate (found on the history site for this company). Blue decoration is considered more desirable than red. Tied in to the foods promotion and shows on TV/Radio, there was a Ranger Joe Day in Philly.

Comment submitted: 6/28/2018 (#23199)

By Prheavy

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I had a Ranger Joe cereal bowl that I used daily in the 1950s. Wish I still had it!

Comment submitted: 1/4/2018 (#22572)

By tombomb

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

One of my favorites when I was a child in the mid 40's.

Comment submitted: 3/8/2017 (#21461)

By Nanny

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

My favorite as a child. Have had the cereal bowl since I was little and a few years ago found the cup. No one but me seems to remember it but I loved it.

Comment submitted: 1/19/2016 (#19866)

By Lyrics?

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Can anybody tell me what the words were to the Ranger Joe song?

Comment submitted: 6/28/2015 (#19170)

By Pennsylvania Pa

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

This was the cereal my father ate for years and was what I first remembered as a kid. We had the mugs and cereal bowls and I have a number of mugs still, plus several cellophane bags. My mother saved them to use as liners in freezer boxes (we were dairy farmers and had to be very self-reliant). American Pickers recently 'picked' a Ranger Joe mug on their show.

Comment submitted: 5/12/2015 (#19001)

By R.J. Mug

I have a Ranger Joe coffee mug... wondering if it's collectable. Anybody know?

Comment submitted: 1/18/2015 (#18391)

By DianedG

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Loved this cereal growing up! It came in a cellophane bag.

Comment submitted: 1/6/2015 (#18317)

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