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By Accident or Design

Rochel Burstyn

Have you ever wondered how your favorite foods were invented? Let’s peek into history and check out the origins of some famous delicious recipes and food combinations.…

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cut and Dried

Once upon a time there were two brothers: The younger, Will Keith (W.K.) was a high school student. His older brother, John Harvey, was a doctor who set up a hospital called the Battle Creek Sanitarium inBattle Creek,Michigan. Eventually, John Harvey hired W.K, paying him $6 a week to do undesirable jobs like shine his older brother’s shoes!

In 1894, the brothers were experimenting with finding healthy foods for their patients. One day, some boiled wheat was left unattended, and became stale and dried out. They put the stale stuff through rollers anyhow, hoping it would turn into sheets of dough. But it turned into hard little flakes instead. John Harvey wasn’t too interested, but W.K was.

John set up his own factory, replaced the wheat with corn, added sugar … and the rest of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes is history!

 

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