Facts about Cheerios in their 70th year

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Posted: Jun 24, 2011 8:26 AM
Facts about Cheerios in their 70th year

_One in every eight boxes of all cereal sold in the U.S. are Cheerios.

_More than 10 shapes and sizes were considered before the current "o."

_It would take 3,155,524,416 Cheerios to circle the Earth

_General Mills sold 1.8 million cases (each containing 12 boxes) in the first year, 1941.

_Cheerios are made with same "puffing gun" technology used to create Kix cereal in 1937. Balls of dough are heated and shot out of a gun at hundreds of miles an hour to make the "o."

_Four years after their debut, Cheerioats were renamed Cheerios.

_In 1979, Honey Nut Cheerios were introduced, followed by Apple Cinnamon Cheerios in 1988, MultiGrain Cheerios in 1992, Frosted Cheerios in 1995, Berry Burst Cheerios in 2001 and Chocolate Cheerios in 2010.

_Honey Nut Cheerios have outsold the originals since 2009.

Source: General Mills and Cheerios.com