Why Are Mini Cereal Boxes Perforated?


When I was a kid, mini-cereal boxes were a treat, reserved for special occasions. In particular, they were considered vacation food in our house. Mom and dad would wake us up early in the morning to get a head start on a summer trip. If the trip was camping, the mini cereal boxes became one of the planned breakfasts. Those were good memories!

What’s missing on today’s mini cereal boxes (at least the Kellogg’s brand that I picked up) are the perforated lines in the back. If you happened to come across one of them today and are scratching your head what they are for, I’ll be happy to tell you.

The perforated lines on mini cereal boxes are in an “I” shape that allows the user to open the box on the larger back face and use as a makeshift cereal bowl. The inside of the box has a wax coating that makes the box moisture-proof.

There would still be a plastic bag that the cereal is sealed up in. I recall it being slightly a hassle to cut through the package or rip it to get to the cereal. Then one would simply pour the milk over the cereal and proceed to eat it with a spoon.

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Assorted mini-cereal boxes.

To any kid, mini cereals were COOL. Eating it right out of the box in a special way took it to a whole new level. Not all of us kids were patient enough to open the flaps for the full experience. 

Whoever thought of eating out of a minibox must have thought it a brilliant idea. Somewhere along the line, the idea was dropped, but mini cereal boxes are still popular.

Why eat out of cereal boxes?

Eating out of cereal boxes is a convenience factor. There are more reasons than you think of to eat out of mini cereal boxes:

  • breakfast on the run
  • camping
  • novelty
  • road trips
  • snacks in the car
  • breakfast buffets at hotels
  • easy way for kids to feed themselves

Where to buy mini cereal boxes?

I found the Kellogg’s “Fun Pak” in the grocery store aisle at Walmart on a bottom shelf under the popular individually-packaged plastic cereal cups. All of Walmart’s “specialty” cereals, meaning granola, individual sizes, special diets, etc. are located near the end of the cereal aisle.

It’s not a mistake the brightly-colored boxes are found on the bottom shelf. The grocer is positioning the product to be where little kids can easily find them (or in the case of Walmart, the manufacturer is probably paying for shelf space and picking the spot intentionally).

Some people prefer boxes over the cups because they can pack better. You can get mini cereal boxes on Amazon along with mini cereal cups if you can’t buy them locally. There is also more opportunity to find more of your kids’ favorite cereal brands.

It’s easy to see why the plastic cup containers have gained in popularity. They have a more “bowl-like” feel to them and they are designed to fit in the cup holders of family cars – brilliant!

mini cereal box containers

Mini cereal cup containers in grocery store.

Ounces in small cereal boxes

For meal planning, the individual boxes range in weight. In the Kellogg’s Fun Pak:

  • Cocoa Krispies 1.38 oz
  • Fruit Loops .95 oz
  • Apple Jacks .95 oz
  • Corn Pops .95 oz
  • Frosted Flakes .95 oz

The Cocoa Krispies leads the pack with the most weight. Each cereal is packaged in a bright box filled with sugary cereal. They are definitely targeted to kids!

These mini breakfast cereals are great for toddlers and kids in elementary. Older kids and teens are going to feel pretty darn hungry – I doubt one box will suffice. They need a more balanced breakfast anyway – one that has more fiber and less sugar to fill them up and get them ready for the day.

If the idea of mini cereal boxes intrigues you, check out the other cereal packs online. I spotted other popular mini cereal boxes such as Frosted Mini Wheats and Raisin Bran. Have fun and feel like a kid yourself!

About the author 

Renee Matt

Renee is a former kitchen designer, home remodeling enthusiast (having lived through several DIY projects), and an Iowa farmwife. Renee is passionate about preparedness, garden skills, and knowing where her food comes from. Years of being a stay-at-home mom and supporting the family farm with hearty meals has been key to Renee's pantry readiness. She uses her professional IT background and expertise to bring the Everything Pantry website to life.

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