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You may all think this is crzy, but I've always been amazed by cereal. First, there are so many ways that simple grains can be manipulated, and then, there are things like rice krispies, which are completely different from puffed rice, and I have no clue what the difference is. Then, you have shredded wheat. How the heck to they get wheat into that shape??? I could go on and on... What about Krispix, which is one color on one side, and darker on the other--each side a convex grid.

I've always wated to take a tour of a cereal factory. Has anyone done this?
 

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No but when my 18 year old was in 2nd grade he wanted to know how to make butterfingers...NOTHING was easy with this child....we explored but never had a satisfactory response.
 

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What I wonder about cereal is why are they so expensive???

My favourites these days Corn Puffs. Don't know why. I really like Cranberry Almonds too. And oatmeal, cold and uncook.
 

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When I was a kid, my parents didn't allow sweet cereal and soda, except for Chrsitmas Easter and on our birthday. It was always a treat when we had Corn Pops or Capitaine Crunch. As for soda none of the kids, three of us, ever got a taste for it. We all prefered milk, and still do.
 

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I like mixing cereals...raisin bran, chex, kix, total mix...floaters,bran, things that stay crispy....
Hot malt o meal, grits (counts) cheese grits count more, Kashi, Oatmeal (coarse grind) with cranberries, walnuts, brown sugar or sourghum.....yummmmm what a way to start a cold AM
 

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Honey Nut Cheerios, Applejacks, Crispy Wheat N raisin, Corn Bran, and Granola with milk. As for hot cerals Cream of Wheat and Oatmeal. Anyone eat Cream of Rice?
 

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We're not into cold cereal here. Sometimes I cook rolled oats, grits, semolina, or cornmeal thick, and serve it with melted cheese. Or I cook it in milk and skip the cheese.

Another thing we like is raw brown rice or whole oat groats, toasted until golden in a heavy pan, soaked overnight and boiled in the morning. It makes a nice fluffy breakfast pilaf.

Hot cereal really warms you up on a cold morning!
 

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Re: touring cereal factory

Tougher than you might think. Here in Buffalo they have a General Mills plant that makes somethingm like 25 percent of the world's supply of Cheerios and Cocoa Puffs.

Fascinating: how do you turn freighters full of grain into those little nodules.

I tried to get in for a tour, for weeks. Couldn't do it. Corporate headquarters were called. Trade secrets were cited.

When the comforting toasty chocolatey smell of Cocoa Puffs wafts over the Buffalo waterfront I sometimes stare at the walls of the GM plant and feel a little like Charlie staring at Willy Wonka's mysterious plant...
 

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I hate my kid to go off in the morning on just cold cereal. I also hate how much they cost. The only cereal I like is Life. We have a rule that she has to pick a cereal with 10 grams or less of sugar, except for rare occasion.

She will eat Cream of Wheat if I make it, but won't do it herself. She says she does not like Oatmeal, but tried the instant somewhere and liked it. I think the sugar content is too high, but I would like to try to make something more palatable at home. I hate oatmeal myself, so it's hard to push it. Someone told me that they had Oatmeal Creme Brulee, the second time I have heard that lately. Kinda with a custard sauce and run under the broiler. Anyone heard of that?
 
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