Pamela Low

Pamela Low (March 16, 1928 in Manchester, New Hampshire – June 1, 2007 in New London, New Hampshire[1]) was an American flavorist, best known for developing and creating the flavor coating for Cap'n Crunch breakfast cereal.[2]


Pamela Low was the daughter of Kneeland West and Pauline (Smith) Low. She graduated from the Pinkerton Academy in 1946 and studied microbiology at the University of New Hampshire where graduated in 1951. She went on to work as a flavorist for the Arthur D. Little consulting firm in the Boston metropolitan area.[1][3]

She was reportedly asked to develop a flavor for the new Cap'n Crunch cereal in the early 1960s. Her inspiration for the flavor coating was a recipe flavored with butter and brown sugar that her grandmother, Luella Low, used to serve her when she was younger in Derry. Cap'n Crunch was officially unveiled in 1963 and the original recipe has been unchanged since its launch. She is often referred to as the "Grandmother" of Cap'n Crunch. She also worked on the flavors for Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars while at Arthur D. Little, where she worked for 34 years.[2][3]

Pamela Low lived in New London, New Hampshire since 1973. She was President of the Baptist Women's Fellowship from 1987 to 1988, and of the New London Hospital Auxiliary in 1992. In 1996, she established a scholarship at the University of New Hampshire for students in clinical microbiology. She was also the President of the Women's Golf League of the country club of New Hampshire[1]

Pamela Low died at the New London Hospital in New London, New Hampshire on June 1, 2007 at the age of 79. Her body lies at the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire. Low never married.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pamela Low Obituary". Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Pamela Low, 79, Developed Sugar Coat for Cap'n Crunch". The Associated Press. The New York Sun. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Allen Lessels (1 March 2003). "Meet the Mother of Cap'n Crunch". Retrieved 20 May 2020.

External linksEdit

Boston Globe: Pamela Low; kin's treat inspired creation of Cap'n Crunch flavor