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January 8, 2009 8:54 AM   Subscribe

DIY cereal.

I know you could do this yourself at your local health food store, but I thought the interface was clever.
posted by CunningLinguist (46 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Website, I find your lack of marbits disturbing.
posted by cortex at 8:56 AM on January 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


samurai wheat : there is something special about the way these little cubes of shredded wheat trap milk the inside their spongy walls and explode with each bite like an orgiastic feast for the mouth.

I propose renaming it "Caligula wheat".
posted by Joe Beese at 8:59 AM on January 8, 2009 [3 favorites]


I thought this was going to be recipes to make my own cornflakes or stuff. Boo hoo.
posted by shothotbot at 8:59 AM on January 8, 2009 [3 favorites]


No neon colors? No marshmallows? No crunchberries? You call that cereal?

That's Purina Hippie Chow.
posted by jonmc at 9:01 AM on January 8, 2009 [19 favorites]


Cortex, there's a suggestion box! (Thanks for teaching me today's new word. At first I thought you meant something digital)
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:01 AM on January 8, 2009


I had to google that marbits as well. I think this will be my new nickname for the girlfriend.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:04 AM on January 8, 2009


$18 to ship to Canada. I shouldn't even be considering this but choco-peanut-coconut granola commands it!
posted by WinnipegDragon at 9:04 AM on January 8, 2009


Well thank god for this... I was finding Whole Foods just too, I dunno, affordable.
posted by boo_radley at 9:09 AM on January 8, 2009 [8 favorites]


A few months ago this might have excited me .... since then however, I moved to Germany, and on day 1 I discovered Master Crumble banana-chocolate-yoghurt cereal. Who needs heaven anyways.
posted by mannequito at 9:09 AM on January 8, 2009


I notice he's got cacao nibs, which are awesome in cereal.

I didn't see steel-cut oats or protein powder. I make my own barely edible high protein super colon blow hot cereal out of oats, wheat bran, protein powder, dried fruit, and a tiny bit of milk and fresh grated nutmeg. Its got the consistency of wet cement or wallpaper paste, but it keeps me full for what seems like half a day afterwards from a small bowl.
posted by BrotherCaine at 9:09 AM on January 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


What the hell? What do you mean I can't mix my cereal bases? What kind of fascist cereal hell is this? Ah, an expensive one! Thirteen bucks for a 21 ounce "capsule" shipped from Walden knows where!? This is why they have bulk food bins at good food stores.

Oh well. Worst case scenario I have yet another clear and easy indicator to run like hell if I discover this actually being consumed by an acquaintance, along with things like Fiji brand bottled water, AOL broadband, excessive accumulation of Ikea furniture and Dr. Phil books.
posted by loquacious at 9:10 AM on January 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


It only let me have six ingredients, then it kept trying to take me to the checkout.

I see breakfast as an opportunity to eat all the grains I wont be eating in any other meal of the day, i.e. everything apart from wheat. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, along with lunch and dinner and elevenses and afternoon tea and brunch and supper.

Also, cornflakes stored with other breakfast cereals tend to become small and less appealing, which is why I add them last, straight into the bowl.
posted by asok at 9:14 AM on January 8, 2009


Then there's this.
posted by Pants! at 9:15 AM on January 8, 2009 [3 favorites]


I already make my own muesli. Interestingly enough, I'm not a hippie.
posted by ob at 9:19 AM on January 8, 2009


Pants that looks awesome but I'm skeptical that can really make rice krispies that way. Has anyone tried it?
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:23 AM on January 8, 2009


I'm kind of surprised the cruel hand of the recession hasn't axed this place yet. This is like the SUV of cereals.
posted by zennoshinjou at 9:23 AM on January 8, 2009


th;dr
posted by mandal at 9:26 AM on January 8, 2009


I already make my own muesli. Interestingly enough, I'm not a hippie.
posted by ob

That's just what all the hippies say.
posted by shothotbot at 9:26 AM on January 8, 2009


If anyone's interested (obviously I was interested enough) a brief history of Muesli.
posted by ob at 9:27 AM on January 8, 2009


That's just what all the hippies say.

Don't bring me down, square!
posted by ob at 9:29 AM on January 8, 2009


Um, guys, the rice krispie recipe calls for 2 cups ginger ale. WTF?
posted by shothotbot at 9:31 AM on January 8, 2009


I also read this and thought it was about making your own cereal.
posted by hanoixan at 9:34 AM on January 8, 2009


General Mills tested an online custom cereal creation site back around 2001. Their generator included many components of existing cereals, so you could get Cocoa Puff puffs with Lucky Charms marshmallows, Cheerios and Kix if you wanted.

It was meant to allow you to create nutritious mixes, of course, but I did what I think almost everybody else did, and picked all the chocolaty sugary marshmallowy components and had 'em mixed in one bag.

I remember not being able to name the resulting mess "Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs" but got away with a similar moniker. It was insane. According to my notes at the time, the cereal I made "didn't just turn the milk chocolate, it orchestrated a chocolate coup upon the denizens of Milkville."

Even one bowl a day turned out to be too much for my mid-20s metabolism and I only placed one order.

It's no surprise that the venture soon went under, what with the dot com bust and the fact that the stuff cost $8.00 for seven servings (and each "serving" was well under the typical amount I'd pour into a bowl.) But now I am realizing to appreciate the failed venture for what it was: an idea whose time just hadn't quite come yet.
posted by Spatch at 9:44 AM on January 8, 2009 [9 favorites]


Anyone ever go to JUJU cereal bar in California? I think it's sort of the same concept.
posted by cazoo at 9:55 AM on January 8, 2009


Spatch, you beat me to it. I, too, was in that beta, and they folded before I could order even once! And man, did I have a killer combination of cranberries, almonds, sweet stuff, and other fiber-rich goodness in mind. *sigh*

For some reason I was thinking about this not too long ago. But I think it was a long time before 2001 -- I was still a web drone when it came along, and that place eventually laid me off in 1999.
posted by wenestvedt at 9:55 AM on January 8, 2009


DIY energy bars
posted by nitsuj at 10:01 AM on January 8, 2009


Wow, that link to the make your own rice krispies was the most fakity fake bit of fakeness I have seen all day.
posted by JonnyRotten at 10:11 AM on January 8, 2009


Similarly, the Cereal Bowl.
posted by lysdexic at 10:12 AM on January 8, 2009


cortex, your prayers have been answered.
posted by range at 10:15 AM on January 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you eat several bowls of Crunchberries and nothing else, your poop will acquire a blue-green iridescent sheen.

Fact.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:19 AM on January 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


Hearts, stars and horseshoes!
Clovers and blue moons!
Pots of gold and rainbows!
And me red balloons!


You just try and get my marbits. I'll fight you like a rabid badger.
posted by Bageena at 10:19 AM on January 8, 2009


I counter your hippy bullshit with DIY Pruno.

And that's how you start your day.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 10:20 AM on January 8, 2009


If you eat several bowls of Crunchberries and nothing else, your poop will acquire a blue-green iridescent sheen.

Two Shamrock Shakes will have a similar effect.
posted by jonmc at 10:22 AM on January 8, 2009


Mix it with bran for Incessant Iridescent.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:26 AM on January 8, 2009 [4 favorites]


I've always wanted to cook with a cannon.
posted by lysdexic at 10:36 AM on January 8, 2009


Oh hell yes, range. Now I just have to explain that to my wife.
posted by cortex at 10:37 AM on January 8, 2009


Wouldn't DIY cereal imply that you Do It Yourself? This is pay someone else to do it and ship it to you (PSETDOASITY) cereal.
posted by diogenes at 10:58 AM on January 8, 2009


choco-peanut-coconut granola

That's exactly what I made! Yum.
posted by Stewriffic at 11:03 AM on January 8, 2009


When I make my own muesli, I throw in chunks of freeze-dried fruit. Raspberries and apricots work well. They reconstitute in milk and no extra sugar. Plus, when dry, they have a marbits-like texture.
posted by CunningLinguist at 11:12 AM on January 8, 2009


Two Shamrock Shakes will have a similar effect.

As will a single "Route 44" sized Ocean Water beverage from Sonic Drive-In. In this case, it's the blue food coloring in the coconut-flavored syrup they use.
posted by owtytrof at 12:25 PM on January 8, 2009


Now I just have to explain that to my wife.

I think your best argument is that, given your options, ordering 24oz is entirely reasonable (I'd start with the 400oz size and bargain down from there). I want to use them to wreck otherwise healthy cereal. Shredded wheat with all the marshmallows of the rainbow, here we come.
posted by range at 1:17 PM on January 8, 2009


I can't find the bacon to add to my cacao nibs, sesame, granola, coconut surprise. Cry.
posted by xorry at 7:18 PM on January 8, 2009


I, too, remember the General Mills make your own cereal. I remember you had to wait to get invited to try the web site so I waited and was very excited up until the time I got to the check out. It was insanely expensive. Better just to buy the cereal with the bits you liked and then mix and match and toss the stuff you don't like.

Speaking of marbits, I have always wondered why they were never offered as a packaged candy. I loved the texture of Lucky Charms marshmellows and I've often wondered if I could recreate them. I have a dehydrator and mini puffs. Anybody ever try this?

And did you know that Lucky Charms added a new charm? My husband and don't buy cold cereal but the box caught his eye and he pointed it out to me last week. The new charm is an hour glass. Not too magical but better than a magic egg or a magic button, I suppose. Why not a unicorn? Or a fairy? Or a wizard?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:18 PM on January 8, 2009


Why not a unicorn? Or a fairy? Or a wizard?

They're basically sugar lozenges. It's a pretty low-resolution medium.
posted by eritain at 8:57 PM on January 8, 2009


Also: DIY energy bars that are actually DIY.
posted by eritain at 8:59 PM on January 8, 2009


My problem is, really good toast makes cereal so damned unappealing anymore. And you can put a fried egg on it, even, in the time it takes to toast. Otherwise, I'm all about the more processed cereals EXPECHIALLY the cap'n.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:55 PM on January 8, 2009


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