If you Google American Harvest Cereal, you will not find it. Until, of course, Google indexes this blog I am writing, in which case you will link back to my blog. 🙂
American Harvest Cereal tasted a lot like today’s Multi-Bran Chex, only better. and it was my all-time favorite breakfast cereal back in fifth grade, which is the year I found out that Grand Rapids, Michigan is a test market for new products that may or may not hit the big time.
I may have been one of the first children to ever eat American Harvest Cereal! My grandpa was store manager for the Grandville IGA, and when the salesmen gave out samples, Grandpa tested them on me.
American Harvest Cereal made a big hit with me, so Grandpa ordered it for the IGA, and my parents bought it faithfully, and I ate it every morning for several months.
Furthermore, I saved up box tops and mailed them in to receive some sort of toy they were promoting – I believe you needed 10 or 12 box tops – so that was a lot of cereal for one little girl to eat, and I did it gladly. The toy was of little import, and that’s a good thing, because by the time I had sent in my box tops, they had quit producing the cereal, and that came as quite a jolt, since I liked it so much.
That’s when Grandpa explained to me that G.R. was a test market.
Over the years I’ve fallen in love with other new products, only to have them suddenly disappear from store shelves when it turned out that I, and perhaps 3 other Grand Rapidians, were the only people on earth who bought the new products.
Which brings me to my purpose in blogging here tonight. I need you people to start buying wax paper!
My last few trips to the various grocery stores in town have revealed to me a dearth on the store shelves of wax paper – either brand names or store brands!
Now I realize wax paper is an old, not a new product. But since I still live in Grand Rapids, my fear is that a test is being run to see if Grand Rapidians can survive without wax paper … and if we can get along without it, then all of America will wake up one day soon and wax paper will have gone the way of the dodo bird.
So I’m going to teach you all how to wrap a sandwich in wax paper. And I’m going to explain to you why on earth you would want to wrap a sandwich in anything. And, if need be, I’m going to teach you how to make a sandwich.
And I’m going to teach you how to reheat home-made food in the microwave, using wax paper to cover the dish. And I’m going to explain why it’s better to cover the dish with wax paper than with plastic wrap. And if need be, I’m going to teach you how to cook your own food so that you will have leftovers to reheat in the microwave, covered with wax paper.
But first, the economics. Let’s assume you have already found it useful, once or twice in your life, to wrap a sandwich in something. Or, that you have already found it useful, once or twice in your life, to cover a plate of microwavable leftovers with something.
So here’s the deal, I just bought what I fear may be the last roll of wax paper in America! I paid $1.25 for it, and it will last me about a year. It is biodegradable, and it doesn’t melt and stick to your food when you nuke it.
I need you all to go see if you can find wax paper in a store near you. If you can find it, buy it now! Then report back to me and I will do the follow-up blogs on how to make and wrap sandwiches, and how to cook food and then reheat leftovers.
Oh, and when you go to your local store to buy wax paper, be sure you tell them that Rani Kaye in Grand Rapids sent you! Thanks!