Kix
From: General Mills
Introduced in 1937

  • The slogan for Kix Cereal, "Kid Tested... Mother Approved", is explained on the back of cereal boxes: "Kids like the crisp corn crunch... moms like that Kix has 3 grams of sugar, with no added colors or flavors."

Kix cereal is comprised of small, pale-yellow, porous, round pieces. The first ingredient in the cereal is cornmeal and the cereal has an authentic corn-flavor.

It was General Mills' second breakfast cereal and the first ready-to-eat puffed corn cereal.

Kix was created using a technology often referred to as a "puffing gun". Before Kix, this high-pressure cooking method was used almost exclusively to flash-cook, or "explode", grains of wheat and rice to create Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice.

Kix took puffing to a new level as pellets of dough were shot through puffing guns to create a new kind of cereal piece.

The dough for Kix cereal was vitamin-fortified. Once the cereal was puffed, the pieces were then sprayed with more vitamins. The novelty of the cereal along promotional claims that Kix were more nutritious than corn flakes and other cereals of the day made Kix an instant hit.

In the mid-50's on the General Mills sponsored "Captain Midnight" television serial, Kix were referred to as "the crispy corn cereal that's 83% energy food".

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In their 1995 book Cerealizing America, authors Scott Bruce and Bill Crawford offer a great account of Kix's development:

The year 1929 presented a tremendous opportunity to those in search of a nonsoggy cereal, as the patents on the puffing process, developed and owed by Quaker, expired... The scientists (at General Mills) mixed corn meal, malted barely, vegetable oil, salt and sugar into a dough, and added vitamin B, vitamin D, phosphorus, and calcium. The dough was extruded through a die that shaped it into pellets. These pellets were dried on a belt blown by hot air until the desired moisture level was achieved. Then the pellets were blasted out of a puffing gun - the same sort of puffing gun used to make Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice. The finished product landed in a large bin, which was then sprayed with more vitamins.


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Comments About This Cereal
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Overall Average Rating = 2 (out of 5)

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By Postman

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I bought a box of Kix this past weekend. GM has changed something about it. The color is different so I guess some of the dyes were taken out. However it tastes different. Not bad but different. I liked the original better.

Comment submitted: 9/19/2018 (#23489)



By James Chicago

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I will eat just about any cereal that's on sale, but I wouldn't eat this if you gave it to me free. How it has stuck around for nearly 80 years is beyond me.

Comment submitted: 5/19/2016 (#20328)



By IDOLiberty

Does anyone have an image of the Kix box with "America's Regions". I'd be interested in obtaining an image. Private message me at info at indefenseofliberty.tv

Comment submitted: 9/4/2015 (#19419)



By Y.U.C.K.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

The worst cereal ever! How can anyone eat this? The comment about cardboard in water nails it.

Comment submitted: 1/29/2015 (#18450)



By Lionhearted

There was a short lived character on the KIX box in 1969 named Rick O'Kickme. The box was green in the background.

Comment submitted: 10/23/2014 (#17894)



By Babyhulk

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

KIX made it into the top 100? Really? Totally tasteless (literally) cereal. Soak some cardboard in milk...

Comment submitted: 11/16/2012 (#9918)



Official Member: Team BreakfastBy MyEmptyCanvas (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

#1 cereal I just can not eat! This cereal is so nasty. (myemptycanvasreviews.blogspot.com)

Comment submitted: 6/21/2012 (#8140)



Official Member: Team BreakfastBy freetoyinside (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I never insisted mom buy me KIX very often as a kid, cause my grandmother always had it on hand. I liked JETS better, which according to Grandmother had way too much sugar, besides I had that at home. I actually was attracted to the colors of the box. My grandparents thought,however it in poor taste having product packaging on the dinning table. Crushed it makes an excellent coating for chicken, chops or fish. It is after all basically corn meal.

Comment submitted: 4/16/2011 (#4681)



By mjoven

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

ZZZZ, one of the most boring cereals ever! My mother used to buy this for me when I "misbehaved." I snuck into my Dad's sugar jar just to make the cereal edible.

Comment submitted: 1/21/2011 (#3670)



By foodlover

What about Berry Berry Kix?? That was the best cereal ever! Apparently they still make it, but I haven''t been able to find it anywhere. It definitely needs to be added to the cereal index though.

Note from Mr Breakfast: Hi Foodlover - Here's the page for Berry Berry Kix. Just click here.

Comment submitted: 6/20/2010 (#2317)



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