Cream of Wheat, a hot breakfast cereal, was invented in 1893 by wheat millers in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The cereal is currently manufactured and sold by B&G Foods. Until 2007, it was the Nabisco brand made by Kraft Foods. It is similar in texture to grits, but made with farina (ground wheat) instead of ground corn. The product made its debut at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
Cream of Wheat is prepared by boiling water and slowly pouring in the farina while stirring. As it's stirred, the farina starts to thicken and mix with the water, creating a mixture that thickens depending on the ratio of liquid to farina. Some choose to use milk instead of, or in addition to, water, to give the resulting food a creamier taste.
Currently there are three available original mixes, the difference being in the time it takes to prepare — 2 ½-minute or 1-minute. Cream of Wheat is also sold in single-serve instant packets. These are prepared by mixing with hot water and allowing to set in a bowl (about two minutes). It is common to customize the hot cereal with the addition of sugar, fruit or nuts. Several flavours are sold of the instant variety - Available in a variety pack: Original, Apples 'N' Cinnamon, Maple Brown Sugar, Strawberries 'N' Cream and Cinnamon Swirl.
Cream of Wheat was reintroduced in Jamaica by Chas. E. Ramson Ltd. in 2007.