The Cereal Mixologist

In one way or another – I think that we all crave variety in our lives.  Subtle changes to a standard routine can often change mundane moments into something extraordinary.  When I stop to think about it, there are several things that I unconsciously do to mix up my daily routine.  I frequently take an alternate route on my walks to the subway or the kids’ schools to admire the architecture or simply add change to familiar daily steps.  Like many mothers I know, I’m always looking for ways to bring change to our meals – and on school mornings quick and effortless options are a necessity.  I’m excited to share the below Tip For a Great Start With Team Kellogg’s because I happened to marry into a family of serious cereal mixologists.

Children crave variety as well and mixing cereals gets Lucia and Adrian pretty excited.  Perhaps it’s the idea of  having several cereals instead of one that appeals to children?  I’m not exactly sure, but it’s a quick way to keep school mornings interesting.  And we happen to have an applied methodology of cereal mixing and consumption in our home:

The Marino’s Basic Mechanics Of Cereal Mixing:

  • The Blending Method: This method is used when a minimum of two cereals are mixed and eaten as a total combination.
  • The Layering Method: This method is used when multiple cereals are layered like a sedimentary rock.

Applied Cereal Consumption Strategies:

  • Top Down: This strategy is used when cereals are layered.  For example, my husband always puts Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries in first – so the bottom of the bowl saves his favorite component for last.
  •  Bottom Up: This consumption method preserves crispiness and prevents sog-factor.
  • Total Combination:  This method leaves your options open with a bit of everything in each bite.

For the true cereal lover, each component of the mixture brings something important – and the applied methodology of both mixing and eating becomes second nature.  Our current favorite mix (pictured below using the blending method) contains Kellogg’s Special K for flavor, Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats for crunch-factor, and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes to complete the tasteful trio.


If you happen to cereal freestyle in you own home, please share what your favorite bowl looks like!

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  1. It’s funny you wrote a post about cereal because I just did too (except mine was about making your own, of course!).

  2. I’m a serious cereal mixologist as well!! 🙂

    I cannot eat just one, that’s just boring. I love Kelloggs Special K Red berries and Cocoa Puffs. The children in my class think it’s the yummiest thing ever, where as the teachers think it’s gross. Maybe, I’m a kid trapped in an adults body after all. 🙂

  3. I love cereal, I eat it all the time, sometimes I am just in the mood for it.

  4. I totally get it! There is a science behind my family’s cereal mixing too! as you say it’s totally second nature! I’m like your husband. I put the best stuff on the bottom and save it for last. I like Special K vanilla for the bottom. Funny post! But so true and so so good for us cereal die hards!

  5. I totally do not mix my breakfast cereal in the morning but I think I need to try!

  6. I don’t mind mixing foods at all, but can’t believe I’ve never thought to mix my cereals…. gonna try that tomorrow morning. 🙂

  7. I’m giggling! This is my husband!!!

  8. Haha, cute! I like the blending method 🙂 Why not mix favorites?! My 4yo son, however, would have a hard attack if any separate foods touched each other lol.

  9. I’m not sure the layers wouldn’t get messed up with my technique, but in my case I’d like it all jumbly!

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