National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
annually on November 15th
Raisin bran cereal is the focus of this holiday. The cereal was created and first sold by the Skinner Manufacturing Company, in 1926. As other brands tried to enter into the market with the cereal in the early 1940's, a United States Court of Appeals ruled that they could also use the name "Raisin Bran," as the name simply referred to two of the main ingredients of the cereal. Thus, since this time, brands such as Kellogg's Raisin Bran, General Mills' Total Raisin Bran, and Post Cereals' Post Raisin Bran have made up a large share of the market. What are the two ingredients that are in the cereal that give it its name? Bran is the outer covering of the wheat kernel; it is commonly used in cereals. Raisins are sweet, dried grapes, that became popular after a heat wave dried up a large portion of the grape harvest in California in September of 1873. A San Francisco grocer started selling them and marketing them as "Peruvian Delicacies." California is still important to raisins, as it produces more of them than any other place in the world. Raisin bran is often seen as being healthy because it is high in fiber, but it also may have a decent amount of added sugar which can make it unhealthy.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by eating raisin bran cereal! See how many brands of it you can find at the store. Eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or for all three meals. Eat it plain or with milk. There are also recipes you can make using raisin bran, such as raisin bran muffins.