Introduction: Cereal Tea

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Yeah that's right

Step 1: The Best Comes Last

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Have you caught yourself pounding down a bowl of cereal when all you really want is that sweet, delicious milk at the end? Why not have exactly what you want, and hot too!

Step 2: Grow Up

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As you may have surmised, we will be making hot, cereal tea, thus eliminating superfluous food consumption and capturing the imagination of youngsters worldwide. Now, any two-bit hack can flavor some milk with cereal and then ditch the cereal. That is not our style. We are refining that process: lending an air of dignity to an otherwise childish act. In proper, tea-bag-in-tea-cup format, our tasty cereal beverage is as appropriate around the office as it is around the house.

Above are a few things you will need. If we are alike, you are grateful for the excuse to purchase a mini stapler. Diminutive tools are like normal tools, but cuter and more portable — Ben Cowden can tell you all about it. Additionally, a coffee grinder or blender is useful but not necessary.

Step 3: Disassemble the Tea Bag

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Prior to settling on Lipton, I searched around for empty, DIY tea bags. I bought some for cheap in Chinatown, and the saleswoman promoted them as "dye and chemical free". Not for long, I thought. But, since they were difficult to locate and lack the classic aesthetic we require, I decided against them.

It's time to grab those pliers (or your fingernails will probably do just fine) and unseal the bag. In doing this, pay attention to how the bag is folded and how the string is anchored by the staples. It's not rocket science, but I didn't pay attention my first time around and had to open another bag for hints. Empty the tea, ditch the staples, ditch the paper handle, and save the string.

Step 4: Pulverize the Goods and Fill the Tea Bag

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As I mentioned, crushing the cereal by hand should be just fine. You can get a pretty satisfying crush with just your mitts if you leave the cereal in its bag, but be sure to poke an air hole in the bag first. (I'll explain how I learned that over a couple drinks.) I borrowed this fancy grinder/blender thing from my lady. She uses it to make hippy-dippy smoothies in the morning, so I'm happy to be exposing it to a different facet of the human experience.

I made a paper funnel to help getting the cereal powder into the tea bag. Your instincts will find you packing that bag to the brim with sugary goodness. Don't do it. Cereal is full of crazy processed flours and who-knows-whats. These things will expand as they soak up milk. If you fill the bag too much, it will become stretched drum tight around a compacted wad of gluten-bound carcinogens, and prevent milk from accessing the flavored diabetes we desire.

Step 5: Reassembly

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Now you can staple up your cereal tea bag and cut out a new handle to finish the job. In the meantime, start simmering some milk. (Don't forget to stir). If you use the microwave, I won't judge. I simmered a cup for the photo and then microwaved my next cup. In truth, the microwave felt like a more appropriate instrument for this project, though I can't imagine why.

Step 6: Rebranding Complete

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At some point along the way, I realized the logical last step in commodification is the mini cereal box tea bag dispenser. (So cute! Why didn't I pose it next to the mini stapler?)

Step 7: Hot Damn!

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It's time for you to take a moment and enjoy that pipin' hot and delicious cup of milk!


cupcakepopcorn234 (author)2016-05-24

i might try… if i gan get my hands on my favourite cereal. might want to do it with a little help

Nailuj Winterson (author)2016-03-13

Best. Idea. Ever.

Lilybugcrafter (author)2015-11-02

It sounds amazing! I am definetaly trying this!!,

Shrimp24 (author)2015-07-07

You sir. Are HILARIOUS! Love the idea too. I will take you up on your drink offer maybe over a cup of cereal tea.

karei (author)2014-09-21

This is pretty much the most whimsically hilarious thing. <3

onefraydragons (author)2014-07-19

Ur brilliant! Ppl will think I'm crazy if I ask them if they want fruit loops or coco pebble tea! I love it!

gr8nesisme (author)2014-07-12

Best idea ever

CrystalB01 (author)2014-05-03

I love the milk at the end of my cereal its like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow

coke_poker (author)2014-04-25

Pure Genius

evacooper (author)2014-02-23

i love your writing style! personally i'm not a fan of the sweetened milk, but my husband likes to add it to his coffee!

sbrewster1 (author)2014-02-11

Makin a little cereal milk makin a little cereal milk

Cyborg_Playa (author)2014-02-09


ElizaRose11Rain (author)2014-02-04

Although it's not something I would ever do, as the only sweetened cereal I like is Hershey's which I eat ONLY with vanilla almond milk & a large dollop of frozen Cool Hwip, but I digress....
I thought it looked interesting anyway so I looked. You are SUCH a good "describer" & funny to boot!!! Let's just say I've had Instructables on my phone for 3 months now, and this is the FIRST time I've favorited one!!!!!

Pinkly (author)ElizaRose11Rain2014-02-06

Was "Hwip" a typo or a Family Guy reference? LOL

ElizaRose11Rain (author)Pinkly2014-02-08

Oooooh- so glad you noticed! I sometimes drop references to see who ELSE is cool......lmfao
That was one of my favorite FG "bits", along with Stewie-to-Brian's
" know...that NOVEL you've been workin on?" LOL

CurtR (author)2014-02-08

Good instructable. You didn't say what you do with the tea you remove from the bag, hopefully you use it to make some real tea. Another possibility is to make a tea bag from a coffee filter. They are a little less porous but should work equally as well.

Ezara (author)2014-02-08

Very cute.

psavas (author)2014-02-07

Why just stop with cereal? I think you could do this with candy canes, or mints, or other hard candy, or...well, use your imagination!

bmoore38 (author)2014-02-07

You, sir, are a genius. That is all!

etywoniak (author)2014-02-07

Well, too bad I'm 'only' making a tea machine out of scratch! This instructable is so well written it makes me want to print it and dunk it in milk.

Ricardo Furioso (author)2014-02-07

Silly and wonderful.

Thank you.

Do more.

chammondart (author)2014-02-07

This cracks me up. But seems so perfect.

KWDragon (author)2014-02-07

Brilliant! I know what goes in the next care box to my hubby!

sneakyparasol (author)2014-02-07

I didn't know how badly I wanted this until I saw it. Also as other people have mentioned, great writing! I wish I knew you!

kilofeenix (author)2014-02-06

but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...

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amandat0913 (author)2014-02-06

Love this!! Must make some for my friends. Kudos for excellent writing as well!

Helder4u (author)2014-02-06

Very nice and fun, great follow thru.

Although I recommend care with what staples You use for this - They may contain unhealthy skin treatment against rust and that may be poisonous in combination with warm drinks.

jooly4 (author)2014-02-06

Fun 'structable!

supereric (author)2014-02-06

Love the box turned into a tea dispenser!

BeSublime (author)2014-02-06

Well this is just flippin' fantastic.

lime3D (author)2014-02-06

Why not just cut the bags from paper coffee filters?

BrenBren (author)2014-02-06

Awesome idea. If anyone is looking to streamline the process, David's Tea sells compostable ones for a reasonable price: ~$10/100 filters. Not quite as sneaky as the way you did it here...

Pattymouth (author)2014-02-06

Oh my gosh. You are my new best friend. I'm sharing on facebook!

Pinkly (author)2014-02-06

This is hilarious. I like the idea, just not the "hot". Not a fan of hot beverages, but I still think this is clever and funny.

vladivastok (author)2014-02-06


Ignacio_korosu (author)2014-02-06

OH!!! that's Look delicious, I'm gonna try to do THAT!!! , Thanks, ou have changed my life Too!

slickniner (author)2014-02-06

Dear sir,

the excellence of this project is surpassed only by the excellence of the instructable you have created in order to allow others to bask in its glory. Good show sir, good show.

DM5k (author)2014-02-05


NetWt4Lbs (author)2014-02-05

ElizaRose11Rain....great reference lol.

This is FANTASTIC!! I must try this someday soon!

Cyberscann54 (author)2014-02-05

order empty teabags on-line they are very cheep

ReneediCherri (author)2014-02-05

oh my god you have changed my life

bellavina22 (author)2014-02-04

This will taste SOOO good

danceforever5678 (author)2014-02-04

On shark tank they had something like this! Called cereal milk

Madame Blue (author)2014-02-04

I agree with an earlier commenter: your descriptions are vivid, and funny. This looks so yummy and fun, and it comes to us in the wake of a Shark Tank episode that included a product called Cereal Milk! I can't wait to try it.

tylerjbolin13 (author)2014-02-04

Hey I have got to try this, it looks really good but how many tea bags will one of the small boxes fill?

AngryRedhead (author)2014-02-04

Love, love, love it!

rhunt4 (author)2014-02-04

amazing! I've got to try this!

FattzosBbq70 (author)2014-02-04

You are a God!!!

vdikis (author)2014-02-04

Love your guide! Your writing skill is also really good! =D

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