What are Fruity Pebbles?
Fruity Pebbles and its sister cereal Cocoa Pebbles are brands of breakfast cereals that are produced by the Post Foods company and were first introduced in the year 1971. The cereals feature characters from the animated series The Flintstones — serving as the spookstoons.
Cocoa Pebbles contain chocolate-flavored crisp rice cereals bits, whereas Fruity pebbles contain crisp rice cereal bits that come in a variety of fruit-based flavors. Each 9-gram serving Plant-Based Nutrition sugar content for Fruity Pebbles and 10-gram servings for Cocoa Pebbles. They are the oldest cereal brand based on characters from a TV series or movie that’s still on shelves today.
Can vegans eat Fruity Pebbles / Are Fruity Pebbles Vegan?
Some elements in the production process of Fruity Pebbles includes the utilization of animal parts. That said, the end product itself doesn’t seem to have any animal products in it based on the ingredients list.
If you base your measurement off the ingredients of Fruity Pebbles itself, you could call this cereal vegan. That said, even if you aren’t ingesting any animal products when you eat Fruity Pebbles, animals are still impacted during the production process of the cereal.
By definition, the vegan lifestyle aims to eliminate the use of any animal in the process of food production. Clearly, this is a complex issue that you’ll need to conduct thorough research on if you hope to truly grasp the whole picture.
If you are completely against the idea of using animal products to produce food, clothes, or anything else, you most likely wouldn’t wanna eat Fruity Pebbles. If you’re just trying to avoid ingesting animal products, by all means, go eat Fruity Pebbles.
Fruity Pebbles Throughout the Years
Whereas Cocoa Pebbles has mostly stayed the same over the past four decades, Fruity Pebbles has gone through countless formula changes, variants, and additions.
The cereal originally only had three colors — yellow, red, and orange. The cereal used to contain natural flavors of tangerine, lemon, and orange, but later switched to natural orange flavor and artificial cherry and lemon flavor.
Over time, new colors have been added to Fruity Pebbles. Purple was the first addition, in production since 1985, green followed two years later in 1987, “Berry Blue” was released in 1994, “Incredible Purple” in 1995, and the latest addition, “Bedrock Berry Pink” which was released in 2005. There have been many variants of Fruity Pebbles over the years. These include:
- Half Sugar Fruity Pebbles
- Dino Pebbles
- Marshmallow Mania Pebbles
- Bamm-Bamm Pebbles
The Bamm-Bamm Berry Pebbles variant was first released in 2007 and only contained berry flavors. The formula for both Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles saw a big addition in the yar 2006- polydextrose. On 2012, however, polydextrose was no longer listed as an ingredient in any of the Pebbles varieties.
When Post Foods was acquired by MOM Brands in 2015, both the Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles were offered for the first time in large bagged packaging akin to the Malt O Meal line of bagged cereals — though traditional box sizes are still sold in most stores.