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Mixing Cold Cereals -- Yea or Nay?

I stumbled upon this thread

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639799

and a few of the responses raised a good question for a mid-summer poll: Do you mix cereals?

I am a strict non-mixer. Too many bad things can happen once you pour in the milk.

If God intended us to mix cereals, ... 8>D

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  1. I mix every day! I find most cereals to be too sweet and/or too expensive. So I cut them 1:1 with store brand corn flakes. The corn flakes are bland enough that they don't alter the flavor of the other cereal. But since they're not sweetened they cut down the glycemic index, so I'm not getting that sugar rush and then fall. I find I don't get as hungry so soon after breakfast that way. Just my personal experience. YMMV

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    1. re: AmyH

      Amy - are you sure your store brand corn flakes aren't sweetened? Most commercial brands have HFCS in them (just posted on the other thread about Product 19 and Kellogg's Cornflakes having them, so I've switched to Kashi and TJ's Organic Raisin Bran Clusters.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        You know, Linda, I never looked at the ingredients on my cornflakes. So I did tonight. You're right, they do have HFCS, but it's the very last ingredient. And they only have 2g of sugar per serving, compared to the 8g in the other cereals in my cupboard. So they're definitely not sweet. They just give a good balance to the sweet ones.

        1. re: AmyH

          That's definitely low on the amount of sugar per serving. Fair enough.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Linda, have you tried Nature's Path cereals? they're all HFCS-free, and they have a huge variety. i can't eat most of them because of the gluten, but another CHer (lgss, maybe?) turned me on to their Mesa Sunrise cereal, which i love. it reminds me of cornflakes, but better. TJ's carries it if you ever have the desire to try something new. (my mom also loves TJ's Organic Morning LIte, but i've never had it).

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I haven't but did see the Nature's Path at TJs last weekend, I think. Thanks for the rec, ghg!

    2. Yea.

      I do that every time I have less than one bowl of one sorts; but I don't have colored cereals, so, the milk pretty much stay the same color.

      1. NO to mixing - it's disgusting (to me) and makes me very angry. My dad is the biggest mixer of cereals in the world. I don't know how he manages to eat the mess.

        1. I believe strongly in integration and miscegenation. I would not want to defend cereal segregationists; their days are over.

          1. I am a strict non-mixer, but I don't eat cereal that often. My husband, on the other hand, mixes Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Shredded Mini-Wheats. And he eats this combination every day. We go through these 2 cereals by the carload.

            1. NEVER! i don't like having clashing flavors. My little brother mixes froot loops, lucky charms, honey nut cheerios and cinnamon toast crunch and it's just one big sugary mess. I'm perfectly content with my all-bran flakes, thank you very much.

              1. I'm a mixer. Started with the kids as I only allowed sweet cereals if they mixed them 1:1 with a non-sweet cereal. I still prefer the mix.

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                1. re: ola

                  Gotta mix- I go with 2 healthy blah blah cereals like bran flakes and plain shredded wheat- topped off with a few frosted mini-wheats for the sugar rush!!!!

                2. Applejacks and I swear wait for it,wait for it bacon bits and maple syrup and milk .....stop it don't judge

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                  1. re: pikiliz

                    oh. my. god pikiliz. that sounds AWESOME!

                  2. Lot of folks seem to think that mixing cxereals means clashing flavors. CLashing flavors only happens if you mix the cereals haphazardly. It's just like cooking - don't mix seared tuna with gobs of sugar - it's common sense. I mix all the time - froot loops don't go with cinnamony cereals. Fruity pebbles and cocoa puffs - prolly not a good idea. Do ppl not get this? APple jacks and quaker 100% natural - prolly a good match, but too sweet.
                    Quaker 100% natural and grape nuts - probably a match made in heaven.
                    Frosted flakes are pretty nuetral outside of the sugar amount, they'd match up with any non-sweetened cereal, I'd bet.

                    Cinnamoin toast crunch - high on cinnamon and sugar - probably work well with a plain nuetral cereal - corn flakes, rice crispies, chex, etc.

                    Normally, I'll match flavor combos and then look into texture contrasts tot match a crunchy with a not so crunchy.

                    Not sure how two matching cereals are "bad" just because they are eaten from the same bowl.

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                    1. re: gordeaux

                      gordeaux, I appreciate the thought you have obviously put into your cereal combos. I think the problem I have with mixing is the dissonant sog factors among various cereals.

                      For example, I love me some Grape-Nuts, but by the time I get to the bottom of the bowl (which usually contains about three of their alleged "servings"), you've got a big clump o mush. No matter what the flavor profile is of any other cereal, texture-wise it's just not going to work.

                      1. re: Bob W

                        The solution is to eat the servings individually. Sometimes, I do different mixes with each serving.

                        I am a person who can eat cereal for breakfast, lunch or supper. It's one of my basic food groups. I just can't stand overtly sweet cereal.

                        1. re: Karl S

                          I'm with you on the overly sweet cereals. Even as a kid I didn't like Cap'n Crunch, Frosted Flakes, Sugar Pops, etc. So my issue is not mixing cereals of varying sweetness. The sweetest cereal I eat regularly is probably Life.

                          But if I was eating the remnants of three boxes of say Corn, Wheat, and Rice Chex, I'd eat them one at a time.

                          I'm also with you on the cereal as a basic food group. My wife likes to cook, but I'd be happy to come home and eat a bowl of cereal, a bowl of cottage cheese, and some nuts.

                        2. re: Bob W

                          I like to have texture contrasts, so it works out fine for me. As long as it's not mush. If I was mixing Grape nuts though, I'd use them as almost a sprinkling for texture contrasts - not as a main component of the bowl. I wouldn't go with half grape nuts and half apple jacks, I'd probably do 7 parts apple jacks, one part grape nuts.

                          1. re: Bob W

                            "For example, I love me some Grape-Nuts, but by the time I get to the bottom of the bowl (which usually contains about three of their alleged "servings"), you've got a big clump o mush." I on the other hand prepare my Grape-Nuts by pouring on the milk (preferably sneaking a little cream in there too) about twenty minutes before I eat them...

                            I do mix some cereals that seem to want it. I find all the pre-sweetened ones much too sweet, even when I like them otherwise, so I routinely mix in a compatible nonsweetened one - like GoLean and Go-Lean Crunch.

                            1. re: Will Owen

                              Will, have you ever tried Grape-Nuts on yogurt? solves the "clump o mush" problem because they stay suspended throughout. just fold in and let sit for 10-15 minutes to soften before eating. it also help with portion control because the yogurt is more substantial, and that small serving size doesn't seem so sad when it's scattered as opposed to piled at the bottom of a big bowl.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                There are some things I love with yogurt, and some things I love with Grape-Nuts, but - alas - they are not the same things. The cool, tangy bite of yogurt is not what I'm looking for in a bowl of Grape-Nuts, but a rich, roasty-toasty warm creaminess that comes only from the combination of well-toasted grains and butterfat. I was being cagey back there; now I will come right out and say I like to sprinkle sugar on my Grape-Nuts, and then pour half-and-half on my Grape-nuts, and then go feed the dog and the cat and fetch in the paper while all of these things soak into each other.

                                Clear enough?

                        3. This thread made me think of Gilmore Girls.
                          Rory and Paris at the Yale cafeteria...

                          RORY: Why do they have so much Wheat Chex? It doesn't go with anything.

                          PARIS: Wheat Chex are sort of the pumpernickel bread of the cereal world.

                          RORY: Well put. So what combo are you thinking today?

                          PARIS: Cap'n Crunch over a foundation of Rice Krispies, with a perimeter of Shredded Wheat.

                          My combo is whatever high fiber thing I'm trying to get through mixed with good ol' reliable Grape Nuts Flakes. 1:1 Kashi Go Lean and Grape Nuts Flakes taste really good together and helps me overlook the 'twigs.' Growing up my friend had a 'tame' squirrel and when eating twigs I often think how I'd love to have a squirrel just to feed it the fiber-y bits I don't much care for. But by the time I've daydreamed my little woodlands at home scenario the bowl has been et and I am happily full and dare I say it again, fiber-y.

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                          1. re: MplsM ary

                            The “Chex” cereals are the only ones I’ve ever mixed. They seem to go together.

                          2. I used to mix cereal as a kid, but haven't mixed in a long time. This thread has me considering a cheerios/cap'n crunch combo. The cheerios would cut the sweetness of the cap'n and maybe reduce the damage to the roof of my mouth. For those with sogginess concern - I use a larger than necessary bowl and tilt it towards myself slightly while pushing the cereal back with the spoon. Then I can pull a little cereal at a time into the milk and the rest stays relatively sogg-free.

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                            1. re: mpjmph

                              My mother enjoys half-and-half (known aptly as "cereal cream" in some parts of the English-speaking world) on her cereal but uses a slotted spoon to eat it so she only ingests a portion of the fat. I've never understood skim milk on cereal, but de gustibus non est disputandum.

                              1. re: Karl S

                                karl, does she then dump the remaining half-n-half left in the bowl? my depression-era mom would flip out at that!

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  My mom is 85; very Depression-era. It depends on whether the liquid is "going" or taking up space in the frig. (This is when she will more typically do this. Like after having family stay who've bought it and used up most of it, but not quite all of it.) While frugality is very dear to her, consolidating things so as to free up space in the frig so she doesn't knock things around is a more vital logistical priority.

                                  1. re: Karl S

                                    i see. my mom always drinks her cereal milk after the cereal is gone in the bowl. me too, when i eat cereal.

                                    1. re: alkapal

                                      Likewise here, but when it's half-and-half, it's a little different for her. It's an interesting approach, since I do think that cereal tastes much better with a creamier milk.

                                      1. re: Karl S

                                        i like whole milk, preferably organic <save your gasps, folks, we've already been through this ;-)>, but my mom grew up on a farm and now, at 87, prefers 1-2%!

                                        1. re: alkapal

                                          I recently (courtesy of Chowhound) found a reasonably local (until gas prices go back up again in another year) source for creamline/creamline/nonhomogenized whole milk. I prefer that.

                            2. Some of the cereals that taste the best also COST the most... so to make them more practical I mix them with plain cheerios or plain rice bubbles or plain cornflakes (all store-brand and the cheapest I can get). And some cereals are just toooooooo sweet, so the plain cereal cuts the sugar content.

                              Fiber One and cheerios is a nice combination. So are cheerios and Kashi honey pillows. Almost any cereal can be blended except shredded wheat - that's not a breakfast, it's a punishment.

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                              1. re: Kajikit

                                I was shown The Way to have shredded wheat one very badly hungover morning in Louisville. Our hostess was feeding her daughters, each one of whom had a bowl with a shredded wheat biscuit in it. Denise brought a pan of milk to a simmer, stirred in a pat of butter, and poured some into each bowl. My badly depleted body awoke as if the Lord had spoken unto it down in its tomb, and I croaked, "Denise, can I have some of that?" She kindly assented. It did not cure me instantly, but it helped a lot. It also got the taste of those 4 AM White Castles out of my mouth...

                                1. re: Will Owen

                                  My mom would put one shredded wheat biscuit in each bowl, pour boiling water over them and quickly drain. Then we had it with cold milk or half-and-half. I thought that's how everybody did it.

                              2. Yea!! As a college student, I often am faced in the dining halls with either extremely sugary or extremely bland cereal choices. I have come to enjoy regular cheerios with lucky charms, or wheaties with a bit of granola. At home, I mix all-natural, unsweetened kamut puffs with all sorts of things to "bulk it up".

                                Although, being a peanut butter lover, I have to say "Nay" to mixing reese's puffs with ANYTHING!! :)

                                1. do they still make "life" cereal? i'd like to mix that with kashi go lean crunch with honey, flax and almonds.

                                  mix it up? YEAH!

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                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    of course they do! Original, Cinnamon (my personal fave) and they even have a Maple & Brown Sugar variety now...it is a Quaker Oats product, after all ;)

                                    i can still remember what Cinnamon Life tasted like, that stuff was SO good. if it was GF i'd probably still treat myself to the occasional bowl. it contains a lot of sugar, but at least they haven't switched to HFCS!

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      growing up, i'd let it get soft! mmmm. life mush! ;-D

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        Ai! That’s the one thing about Life cereal I _didn’t_ like! When it comes to cereal I much prefer crispy, crunchy over mushy. That’s why I’ve never liked All-Bran. I do like Life, but I have to eat it fast! :-)

                                        1. re: cuccubear

                                          if you really were my cuccu--BRO, you couldv'e passed the mushy life over to me at the kitchen table, "give it to alka, she'll eat anything." ;-).

                                  2. I LOVE mixing cereals! I can't believe that people would actually be against it???
                                    I do realize that some cereals hold up better/longer in milk than others, so my mix-in combos are tried and tested. I LOVE Nature's Path Cereals, and the fact that they come in Ecopacks make them slightly more affordable. I love the Flax Plus line of this brand, and they all hold up the same when milk is added to your cereal bowl, so go ahead and mix any of these together. Also, Nature's Path's Gluten Free/Wheat Free cereals are crunchier in general, so my favourite mix is usually: 1/3 cup Gluten Free Whole O's, 1/3 cup Heritage O's, 1/3 cup Millet Rice Flakes - Fruit Juice Sweetened (sometimes I add 1/3 cup of Gluten Free Corn Flakes - Fruit Juice sweetened to this as well, but these do gety soggy quick, so I do a search for them in my cereal bowl and eat em up while the rest are still "soaking").

                                    My main reason for mixing is to get the best combination of healthy fats, good carbs, various grains (from the above mix of mine, you get Oats, Corn, Brown Rice, Millet, Buckwheat, Amaranth and Barley) and a good mix of various Proteins and Sugars. I don't think I can EVER go back to having just one type of cereal in my bowl - so blah!! Lol

                                    1. I have a confession. My son is a mixer. 8<(

                                      1. There's a box of All- Bran I use occasionally as a mixer.
                                        I know when I need it.

                                        1. I typically mix Mini Wheats (either Aldi or Kelloggs) with a Post shredded wheat biscuit. I find Mini Wheats alone are way too sweet, but simply adding sugar to unsweetened biscuits isn't quite the same. A further advantage is I can add a few Mini wheat biscuits for any remaining milk.

                                          1. Always. I'll mix an unsweetened cereal like Wheaties with a slightly sweetened honey-nut cereal.