MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why is it called “Grape Nut” cereal?

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MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why is it called “Grape Nut” cereal?

Ah yes, the horrible Grape-Nut cereal shortage of 2021! You may have heard the buzz lately about how you can’t find Grape-Nut cereal anywhere. The company says the product won’t be back on shelves until March 2021.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never actually had Grape-Nuts. I have seen the box sitting next to all the other cereals I buy and it doesn’t look like grapes or nuts. So what exactly is a Grape-Nut? and why is it called that?

I went right to the source on at their website and got this answer:

Grape-Nuts actually contains neither grapes nor nuts. It’s made from wheat and barley. So, why is it called Grape-Nuts? As with many great emblems in history, there are two versions of the story. One says that Mr. Post believed glucose, which he called “grape sugar,” formed during the baking process. This, combined with the nutty flavor of the cereal, is said to have inspired its name. Another explanation claims that the cereal got its name from its resemblance to grape seeds, or grape “nuts.”

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