How to Make Cereal Milk

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Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi teaches you how to make this cereal-infused milk to remind you of childhood.

Toast the cornflakes

Lightly toast your cereal to give it a little more depth of flavor if you’re using corn-based or nuttier cereals, Tosi says. "The deeper the color, the deeper the flavor," Tosi says. But if you’re working with fruitier cereals like Fruity Pebbles, skip this step.

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Transfer your cereal to a gigantic bowl

Pour 2 ¾ cups of toasted cornflakes into a large mixing bowl.

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Add the milk

Pour in 3 ¾ cup of milk (Tosi prefers whole milk, which soaks in the flavor better). "It’s basically a big bowl of cereal," Tosi says.

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Soak the cereal

Let the cereal sit in the milk for 15 to 20 minutes, just long enough for the milk to get all the flavor. If you leave it in for too long, however, "the cornflakes will kind of turn on the milk," absorbing the milk and leaving a pile of mush, Tosi says.

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Strain the cereal out

Use a fine-mesh sieve to catch the cereal. If you’re using a denser cereal, you may be able to leave the cereal in for a little longer.

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Timing is everything

While the cereal milk might retain some sediment, Tosi assures us it’s completely normal. "As long as it’s not cereal purée," she says, which is what happens when you leave the cereal in the milk for too long.

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Squeeze out the last drops of milk

Press down with the back of a ladle to squeeze out all of the milk. "The most flavorful milk is the stuff that the cereal is trying to soak in," Tosi says.

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Season

Tosi seasons her cornflake cereal milk with a little brown sugar and salt, but she recommends pairing seasonings with cereal. Fruity Pebbles works with granulated sugar, while a granola-type of cereal could use some maple syrup.

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Whisk in brown sugar, salt

For this cornflake milk batch, whisk in 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar, followed by ¼ teaspoon of salt. Tosi recommends under-seasoning first, and then adding more to taste.

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Jug it

Or, just drink it immediately.

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The completed cereal milk

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Here, Tosi shows us how to make perfect cereal milk, a classic technique that can be applied to any of your favorite cereals. Cocoa Puffs? Go for it. Reese's Puffs cereal? A solid winner in our book. So mix up a batch and put it in your coffee, dunk your cookies in it, or drink it straight-up. It'll take you back to the daily sugar-laden bowls of cereal from your childhood. You're just missing the cartoons.

How to Make Cereal Milk

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