Kix (cereal)

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Kix
Kix (cereal) Logo.jpg
General Mills – Kix cereal – Crispy Corn Puffs, with milk.jpg
General Mills – Kix cereal – Crispy Corn Puffs, with milk
OwnerGeneral Mills
Introduced1937; 85 years ago (1937)
Websitewww.kixcereal.com

Kix (stylized as KiX) is an American brand of breakfast cereal introduced in 1937 by the General Mills company of Golden Valley, Minnesota.[1] The product is an extruded, expanded puffed-grain cereal made with cornmeal.

Products[edit]

Honey Kix closeup to show texture

General Mills introduced Berry Berry Kix in 1992 and Honey Kix in 2009. In Original Kix, total sugars are about 10% by weight, which is about 3 grams of sugar per serving. Honey Kix has 6 grams, Berry Berry Kix has 7 grams.[2]

Production[edit]

The (original) Kix cereal box, 2010

The grain is processed and expanded: water is added and the corn is pulverized. Kix are cooked in the extruder, when the dough is formed into the desired shape by extrusion through a die. It was the first cereal to be manufactured using this process.[3]

Experimentation with the Kix puffing process led to popular brands like Cheerios (1941).[4][5]

Promotions[edit]

In 1947, Kix offered a Lone Ranger atomic bomb ring in exchange for a box top and 15 cents.[6] The ring contained a spinthariscope, so that when the red base (which served as a "secret message compartment") was taken off, and after a period of time for dark adaptation, you could look through a small plastic lens at scintillations caused by polonium alpha particles striking a zinc sulfide screen.[7]

Advertising[edit]

The slogan "Kid Tested. Mother Approved." was introduced in 1978. During the 1980s, television commercials included the jingle "Kids love Kix for what Kix has got. Moms love Kix for what Kix has not," the latter a reference to its claims of no added food coloring or flavors.[8]

In 2018, the slogan was updated to "Kid-tested. Parent-approved" in order to avoid imposing traditional parenting roles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brands: Cereals: Kix". General Mills. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Kix: Products". Kix official website. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ Grayson, Amanda. "Invention blasts off our cereal division". generalmills.com. General Mills.
  4. ^ Tom Forsythe, et al. General Mills: 75 Years of Innovation, Invention, Food & Fun (2003)
  5. ^ James Gray, Business Without Boundary: The Story of General Mills (1954)
  6. ^ Reif, Rita. ARTS/ARTIFACTS; Trivia Long Ago, Serious Treasures Now. The New York Times. 11 June 1995.
  7. ^ "Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring". orau.org. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  8. ^ "20 Most Memorable Cereal Slogans - MrBreakfast.com". mrbreakfast.com.

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