Greenwich food scientist behind Alpha-Bits turns 100

Amanda Gerla

GREENWICH — In his lighter moments, Al Clausi likes to think of himself as the Leonardo da Vinci of breakfast food.

Millions of kids around the world can sample his artistry at the breakfast table, the place where Clausi, a pioneering food scientist from Greenwich, made childhood more palatable and fun for generations. His masterpieces in the food industry include his invention of Jell-O Instant Pudding, Alpha-Bits and Honeycomb cereal. The honey-flavored cereal is one Clausi enjoys eating to this day, decades after he invented it, with some creative input from his pasta-making Italian mother.

This past weekend, as dozens of family members, friends and well-wishers came to honor him on his 100th birthday, Clausi looked back on his nearly 50-year career in food science and development with satisfaction and pride.

“Every day was enjoyable, I can honestly say that,” he said, as family members loaded up ice bags and food bowls for a big party Saturday at the family home along the banks of the Mianus River.

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