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Why Rice Krispies Go Snap, Crackle, Pop!

(Edit November 11, 2006. It appears that part of this article has disappeared into the nethers. Sorry about that. )
Suggestions that explain this noisy cereal.

Well, why not? I have five visiting youngins’ today, one wanted oatmeal, but dry cereal won out. I pulled out the boxes, and, with great consideration, these breakfast cereal affectionados made their gourmet choices. Alas, not a box of Rice Krispies on the place, although there were other crunchy morsels upon which they chomped.

Lunch will be better. Still a nip in the air, but it’s bright and sunny, besides, lots of community jackets, caps, mittens and boots reside year round here at Granny’s. When the youngsters come, they, with particular discernment, pick what they need. Works great. In addition, we have planned ourselves a picnic. Just inside the woods at the end of our street will be our dining spot. We’re hauling everything in by wooden wagon, its sides outfitted with red sideboards.

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

4 replies on “Why Rice Krispies Go Snap, Crackle, Pop!”

Rice Crispies…reminds me of when most of our family were here last year for our son’s wedding. My preacher brother-in-law…shared with my husband’s grand niece and grand nephew (ages almost five and almost four) the noise of Rice Crispies. The pictures are priceless. They had never heard Rice Crispies before…


…I think it is because when the rice goes through the puffing process (kinda like popcorn) it is done in a heated environment. The puffed rice seals a pocket of this hot air inside. When the puffed rice grain cools to room temp so does the air trapped inside. —> The Answer: Due to the air being sealed at higher temp., when it cools it shrinks or loses some volume thus creating a small pressure difference inside. When milk is poured on it dissolves the “shell” and the pressure is equalized giving off a small popping sound. or think of a bowl full of mini balloons getting popped. ….or it is something totally different and I am completly wrong.


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