Cereal Milk Ice Cream




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You know that rich, sugary, sickly-looking kaleidoscope of coloured milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl? You may not remember because you last ate Frosted Chocolate-Covered Sugar Bombs when you were 12.; but it's delicious. Some might say this sugary slurry is the best part of the cereal experience, I would agree.

As it happens  this magic milk is pretty tasty outside of that early morning sugar rush. We're going to make scientifically-created, sifted, and strained cereal milk, and then use that milk to make scrumptious ice cream!

Ready to give your taste buds a new experience? Enough talk, let's make some cereal milk!

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Step 1: Supplies

Making cereal milk isn't hard, in fact you're probably made it a bunch of times already! Here's the basics:

  • large bowl
  • spoon
  • strainer
  • funnel
  • refrigerator                     
  • cereal
  • milk

Pretty simple, right? You can make all kinds of tasty desserts with cereal milk, but I chose to make ice cream. To make your own you'll also need an ice cream maker, they are fairly inexpensive

I chose sweet cereals as they impart the most flavour in the milk, for my experiments I used Loopy Fruits, Cocoa Bits, Captain Peanut Butter Crunch, and Toasty Cinnamon Crunch cereals. Any variety, brand or  type of sugary cereal will work. 

Step 2: Method

In a large bowl combine cereal and milk. No exact measurements are required, just add enough milk to make sure your cereal is taking a nice dairy bath. Stir  to ensure all all cereal has been soaked, then allow to sit for a few minutes and stir again.

Try not to eat the entire novelty size bowl of cereal while you're waiting for the cereal to infuse the milk.

After the cereal has turned soggy it's time to strain. Place your milk jug in the since with a funnel, then rest the strainer on top and gently pour the large bowl of cereal and milk into the strainer. You might need to mush the cereal around the strainer to ensure most of the milk has been drained. Put the cereal back in the large bowl and pour more milk over it for a second dunking, I find there's usually plenty of sugary goodness still left in there. Repeat the straining process once again.

Cereal milk, like all milk, needs to be kept in the refrigeration to prevent spoiling. If you're making more than one batch make sure you label your jugs. Now you've made the cereal milk the fun part starts, what to make with it!

Step 3: Ice Cream Recipe

Making cereal milk ice cream is simple, here's the basics:

  • 1 1/2 cups cereal milk
  • 1/4 cup cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • crushed cereal (optional)
In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and mix until the sugar is dissolved, then pour the mix into your chilled (read frozen) ice cream mixing bowl, turn on ice cream maker and let it do it's thing for about 20 minutes. After the ice cream has started to set I crushed some of the cereal and added it back into the ice cream, then placed in the freezer for another hour to firm up.

You can straight-up substitute cereal milk in your favourite ice cream recipe, but I went for a more plain type of ice cream in order to really highlight the particular cereal milk I was using. I limited the sugar because the cereal milk is already quite sweet.

After the ice cream has chilled I crushed more cereal and sprinkled it on top, then served.

Step 4: Your Turn!

So you’ve had a taste of the cereal milk.  You enjoyed it.  I can see the gears turning in that head of yours, asking yourself “But wait!  There has to be more!”  There is! I challenge you, the reader, the connoisseur of cereal milk, to come up with your own cereal milk recipe to share with the world! 

Why limit the wonder of cereal milk to just a tasty beverage?  Every hour can be cereal milk hour when you come up with your own recipes using cereal milk! Be a part of the movement!

Share a link to your own cereal milk Instructable in the comments below and earn yourself a digital patch ​and 3-month Pro Membership to Instructables.com!



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    28 Discussions


    5 years ago

    I would like to officially nominate you as the responsible party for getting "cereal milk" to become an actual product.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This looks so good!! could I use soymilk instead?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    So, you did not address the germy aspects of this. Only the person WHO ATE the cereal should EAT the ice cream!

    2 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You're not supposed to eat the cereal, only infuse it in the milk then strain it. The picture of me eating punch-bowl size cereal is just for fun.

    To answer your other question: All you need to take nice pictures is a white poster board and a desk lamp.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    DOH! I didn't read the whole thing. My bad. ALTHOUGH......someone COULD save up their cereal milk and ....


    5 years ago on Introduction

    How does one take such nice pics? I suppose a light source (lamp) and white background (paper/sheet) are in order.

    so glad I ran across this instructable! What a cool idea, the slurry is the best part of the cereal lol. Nice photos as well, very clear instructions. thanks!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You forgot to say that you got that recipe from Momofuku Milk.

    hahaha, mikeasaurus, this recipe truly is instructables
    something no one would think of turned into a tasty dessert


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I can only imagine how wonderful this would be after using Lucky Charms (or similar) cereals. Also, using the bottom of the bag of cereal, when all the dust of the cereal has settled, would make a super concentrated flavor, I imagine.

    Honey Nut Cheerios flavor. I couldn't be bothered with an ice cream machine, mostly because I don't have one, so I made baggie ice cream. Served with a clear plastic spoon, because I'm classy like that.

    1 reply