I Don’t Understand the Hype Over Cereal Milk

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I’m a cereal eater. I also like to eat my cereal with 2% milk, soy milk, and rice milk – chilled or not chilled. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes when I visit my grandmothers in Taiwan, I’ll have a small panic attack because there’s no milk and cereal to be found within a ten-minute radius. When I do have access to my usual glorious boxes of Kashi or Fiber One, I’ll pour my milk until it touches the bottom of my floating flakes, quickly eat my breakfast before it becomes a soggy mess, and then slurp up the leftover milk in a hurry because it is always unsettling to find solid, sugary bits camping out in my bowl. It feels like my milk has been violated.

While I was catching up with a college buddy the other day, my friend was eating a bowl of late night cereal and gushing about his cereal milk. This has happened to me so many times before. Can someone please explain this phenomenon to me? (Though, I must admit, this cereal milk recipe doesn’t look half-bad after you strain all the solid bits out.)

What are your cereal habits? Do you like to eat it dry? Are you a cereal mixer? Do you not eat cereal at all? Hopefully, that’s not the case. That would be too much crazy talk.


  • Cereal milk soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar. It tastes like cornflakes, and it’s amazing. http://www.momofuku.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/JanuaryEVMenuBack.jpg

  • Kirk

    Did I miss the announcement that SideDish has been taken over by chow.com?

  • LJT

    There’s actual “hype” over cereal milk? It’s a bona fide “phenomenon”? If so, I’ll take mine in a hyper-bowl (hyperbole, as I imagine someone who is this revved up about cereal milk would pronounce it)

  • It’s delicious and evocative. And best enjoyed at David Chang’s Milk Bar, where it belongs. http://bit.ly/Drink_yo_Cereal

  • A. B.

    I’ll eat just about any cereal as long as they aren’t flakes. Cold milk required, just enough to come about 1/2 way up to the level of the cereal. Must eat quickly enough to keep the cereal from getting soggy. Cereal milk goes down the drain.

  • @A.B. – I like the way you think.

  • coco1101

    Kashi Cinnamon Harvest; for breakfast with cold milk 1/2 way up the cereal like AB, only if it gets soggy, that’s OK… I eat it all with relish, including all the milk. Some days I bag up my cereal and take it on the road and eat it dry… Delicious cereal, a great way to start the day!

  • sabrigl

    I need my cereal to be nice and crunchy, sturdy enough to withstand the soggifying effects of the milk. I’m with you on the amount of milk desired in relation to the cereal.