Froot Loops

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"Fruit Loops" redirects here. For other uses, see Fruit Loops (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with FruityLoops.
Kellogg's Froot Loops
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Nutritional value per 1 cup (30 grams)
Energy 462 kJ (110 kcal)
25 (8%)
Sugars 12 g (41%)
Dietary fiber 3 g (11%)
1 g (2%)
Saturated 0.5 g (2%)
1 g (2%)
Trace metals
Iron
(24%)
3.1 mg
Other constituents
Calories from fat 42 kJ (10 kcal)
Cholesterol 0 mg (0%)

Values may be different outside US market.
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.

Froot Loops is a brand of sweetened, fruit-flavored breakfast cereal produced by Kellogg's and sold in many countries. The cereal pieces are ring-shaped (hence "loops") and come in a variety of bright colors and a blend of fruit flavors (hence "froot"). However, there is no actual fruit in Froot Loops,[1] they are only fruit-flavoured. This has led to different methods of production in certain countries (like the UK). Kellogg's introduced Froot Loops in September 1962. Originally, there were red, orange, and yellow loops, but green, purple, and blue were added during the 1990s. In the UK, Froot Loops are purple, green and orange, due to the lack of natural colourings for yellow, red and blue, and are also larger in shape.[2]

Mascots[edit]

Toucan Sam has been the mascot of Froot Loops since its introduction. Toucan Sam is a blue anthropomorphic toucan; the colors of his bill correspond to the three original froot loop colors. He is portrayed to have the ability to smell out Froot Loops from great distances and invariably locates a concealed bowl of the cereal while intoning, "Follow my nose! For the fruity taste that shows!" or "Follow my nose! It always knows!"

Varieties[edit]

Kelloggs made several varieties of scientific foods, including snack bags called Snack Ums. Snack Ums were similar to the cereal, but larger. Their slogan was "Super-sized bites with deliciously intense natural fruit flavors"..."Flavor Bursting!"[3] Froot Loops branding by Kellogg's was also used with the Froot Loops cereal bar.[4]

Due to controversies over whether or not the individual loops in Froot Loops are actually different flavors, Time.com correspondent Melissa Locker released a 2014 article entitled "Breaking Breakfast News: Froot Loops Are All the Same Flavor," in which Locker cited Kellogg's admission that the individual loops in Froot Loops are actually all the same flavor. "If you fainted into your cereal bowl after reading that," Locker explains, "you’re not alone. We’ve all been misled by those tempting lime green, orange, purple, yellow and red loops into thinking they are lime, orange, grape, lemon and cherry and/or strawberry flavored, when, in fact, they all the same flavor. That flavor? 'Froot,' which according to Wikipedia, stems from 'a blend of fruit flavors.'"

In the Summer of December 2012, Kellogg's introduced Froot Loops to the UK market for a limited time with only the secondary colors (orange, green and purple) included as natural color substitutes for red, yellow and blue could not be found. The recipe was also different from the US version, which Kellogg's said was 'due to European legislation we have been unable to produce Froot Loops to the same specifications as the US product. The formulations are different, including sugar and salt levels and the UK version has been produced with natural food additives and flavourings which will account for the differences in appearance and taste between the two products'. The British Froot Loops are also larger in size compared with their American counterparts, and due to the different method of formulation, are a much coarser cereal. In September 2012 Kellogg's removed Froot Loops from the UK market due to a lack of demand for the cereal; however, by mid-2013, Froot Loops are still being sold across the UK, despite the differences to the American product.

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