How Corn Flakes Were Invented

Corn flakes are a breakfast cereal made by toasting flakes of cereal, like maize or corn. The cereal was created by John Harvey Kellogg in 1894 as a food that he thought would be healthy for the patients of the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan where he was superintendent.

The cornflakes breakfast cereal proved popular among the patients.The Kellogg Company was set up to produce corn flakes for the wider public. A patent for the process was granted in 1896.

As the corn flakes becoming popular in the community, a previous patient at the sanitarium, C. W. Post, started to make rival products. Kellogg continued to experiment on it and the various ingredients were added and different grains were used.

There are many brands of corn flakes produced by various manufacturers. As well as being used as a breakfast cereal, the crushed flakes can be a substitute for bread crumbs in recipes and can be incorporated into many cooked dishes.