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Cinnamon Toast Crunch

The importance of Cinnamon Toast Crunch has been a topic of debate and interest for a long time. Cinnamon Toast Crunch has become a focal point for experts and enthusiasts alike, as its influence spans a wide range of areas. From its impact on society to its relevance in popular culture, Cinnamon Toast Crunch has proven to be a topic worthy of exploration. In this article, we will dive into the different facets of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, examining its importance and influence in the modern world. From its origins to its role in the future, Cinnamon Toast Crunch continues to play a vital role in our daily lives.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Cinnamon Toast Crunch breakfast cereal. "Crispy, Sweetened Whole Wheat & Rice Cereal"
Product typeBreakfast cereal
OwnerGeneral Mills
IntroducedMarch 5, 1984 (1984-03-05)
Tagline"Crave Those Crazy Squares", "Unlock the Cinnaverse", "Blasted With Cinna-Dust"

Cinnamon Toast Crunch (CTC), known as Croque-Cannelle in French Canada and Curiously Cinnamon in the UK (previously Cinnamon Grahams), and as a variant called Cini Minis in other European and Latin American countries, is a brand of breakfast cereal produced by General Mills and Nestlé. First produced in 1984, the cereal aims to provide the taste of cinnamon toast in a crunch cereal format. The cereal consists of small squares or rectangles of wheat and rice covered with cinnamon and sugar. The cereal is puffed and when immersed in milk, it makes a "snap" noise, similar to Rice Krispies.[citation needed] In most European countries and North America, the product is sold in boxes, but in Poland, Slovakia and Russia the cereal is sold in bags.[citation needed] The product was originally marketed outside Europe with the mascot of a jolly baker named Wendell. Wendell was replaced as a mascot by the "Crazy Squares", sentient Cinnamon Toast Crunch squares that often eat each other in commercials.[citation needed]


Originally, the cereal was plain squares but currently features cinnamon-colored swirling on each piece. It was invented by scientist John Mendesh and General Mills assistant product manager Elisabeth Trach after receiving the idea from an unnamed child in a "give us your best idea for a cereal" radio contest held by General Mills. The child received a set of Hot Wheels toys as a grand prize. Starting in 1985 there were three animated bakers as the mascots, one of which is named Wendell. The other two bakers, known as Bob and Quello, were considerably more youthful in appearance than Wendell. In 1991, the younger bakers were dropped, leaving Wendell as the sole mascot for several years.

United Kingdom

The product was first introduced to the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1998 by Cereal Partners, as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, the same name as the popular North American cereal brand. The name was later[when?] changed to Cinnamon Grahams, similar to Golden Grahams, another Nestlé product. The name was once again changed to its current name of Curiously Cinnamon, produced by Cereal Partners under the Nestlé brand.


Close-up of Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Cinnamon Toast Crunch consists of whole grain wheat and rice squares, which are then coated with a blend of cinnamon and sugar, and fortified with various vitamins and minerals.

One serving of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, equal to ¾ cup (177 mL) or 31 g, has 130 calories (544 kJ), or 170 calories (711 kJ) with ½ cup (118 mL) of skim milk. A single serving has 3 g of total fat, no cholesterol, 220 mg of sodium, and 45 mg of potassium. One serving has 25 g of total carbohydrates with 2 g of dietary fiber and 9 g of sugars with 14 g of other carbohydrates. A single serving also contains 1 g of protein. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was reformulated in an industry-led sugar reduction effort in 2012. The original formulation contained 10 grams per 3/4 cup serving, while the 2012 reformulation (still current as of 2021) contains 9 grams sugar per 3/4 cup serving.


Originally, the three bakers were the mascots and the cereal did not have a slogan. Starting in 1995, it was given the slogan, "The taste you can see." In 2007, Cinnamon Toast Crunch experimented with a new slogan, "It's That Intense", but switched back after poor reception.[citation needed] In 2009, the slogan became "Crave those crazy squares".

In 1997, appealing to adult-oriented programming, a campaign featured the slogan "The adult thing to do", mostly centering on "adult" things reverting to children's, including cereal (for instance, a fictional "adult" cereal named "Health Pellets" is replaced with Cinnamon Toast Crunch). This was changed in 2004 to "Breakfast on a whole other level", which was replaced with "Crave those crazy squares" in 2009.[citation needed]


There have been at least five offshoots of the cereal:

French Toast Crunch is shaped like many little French toast slices, reminiscent of the style of Cookie Crisp. It was discontinued in 2006, but made a return in 2015 due to its cult popularity among its fans. Peanut Butter Toast Crunch was a cereal consisting of flakes similar but darker to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Frosted Toast Crunch resembles Cinnamon Toast Crunch with vanilla coating. This cereal was discontinued by 2006.[citation needed] As another offshoot, Monopoly Cereal was a limited edition product created in April 2003 by General Mills. The cereal was like Cinnamon Toast Crunch but with the addition of marshmallows based on the pieces in the Monopoly game, such as houses and hotels. Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch was like Cinnamon Toast Crunch except with a sugar cookie taste.

A bowl of Cini Minis Churros

In Germany, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Israel, and Poland where a variant of the cereal is known as Cini Minis, a strawberry flavoured variant named Erdbeer Minis/Strawberry Minis exists.[citation needed] In Germany and Austria it replaced a previously existing apple flavoured variant called Äpple Minis.[citation needed] This strawberry flavoured variant was later released in the UK as Curiously Strawberry.[citation needed]

In 2018, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros were introduced. The cereal has the same cinnamon sugar flavor as the original but is shaped like a mini churro. A chocolate version soon followed, and was introduced in 2021 to the UK as Curiously Cinnamon Churros.

Shrimp tail contamination incident

On March 22, 2021, American writer, rapper and podcaster Jensen Karp found what appeared to be discarded shrimp tails in his Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal; his tweets about the incident went viral. Additionally, Karp found a piece of string, "small black pieces" embedded into some pieces of the cereal, and an object which looked like a pea. General Mills then issued a statement on Twitter claiming the tails were "an accumulation of the cinnamon sugar that sometimes can occur when ingredients aren't thoroughly blended". As of March 2021, General Mills claim they are investigating the case, but that contamination "did not occur at facility".

The incident was covered internationally by multiple major news outlets, who were critical of the company's response.

See also


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  16. ^ Karp, Jensen (22 March 2021). "Ummmm @CTCSquares - why are there shrimp tails in my cereal? (This is not a bit)". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2021-03-22.
  17. ^ Karp, Jensen (22 March 2021). "I was convinced to go back through the bag, since when I first noticed the shrimp tails, I freaked out and closed the box. Here's all my findings, which also now includes a weird little string?". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2021-03-22.
  18. ^ Karp, Jensen (22 March 2021). "For real - someone tell me they aren't like maggots or bugs. Is it shrimp adjacent? (also just found this weird cinnamon covered pea thing?) I wish this was a joke". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2021-03-22.
  19. ^ Marcus, Ezra (23 March 2021). "The Curious Case of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Box". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Cinnamon Toast Crunch Statement". Twitter. 23 March 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-03-23.
  21. ^ Singh, Namita (24 March 2021). "Man finds shrimp tails in Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal that company tries to pass off as sugar". The Independent.
  22. ^ Cantor, Matthew (24 March 2021). "Man claims to find sugar-coated shrimp tails in his box of cereal". The Guardian.
  23. ^ CNN (24 March 2021). "See what man says he found in his cereal". CNN Business. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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