Cereal: Reimagining the cereal bowl for National Cereal Day


Growing up, many people enjoyed a bowl of cereal for breakfast. For National Cereal Day, let’s reimagine that traditional cereal bowl.

Another day brings another food holiday. In honor of National Cereal Day, the traditional cereal bowl is getting a modern twist. From updated flavor combinations to new cereal uses, the old school cereal and milk is boring. Today, foodies want more. From flavor mash-ups to creative cereal uses, these cereals aren’t your mom’s cereal bowls.

One of the trendsetters in the cereal flavor mash-ups is Kellogg’s. The iconic cereal brand has been pushing the flavor twist envelope for a while. Previously during food festivals, like Taste Talks, the brand invited celebrated chefs to create inventive twists on the traditional cereal flavors. From adding corn infused milk to combining savory ingredients, these food festivals enticed foodies with bolder, innovative cereal combinations.

At the Kellogg’s NYC Café, the brand continues the cereal conversation. From creative flavor mash-ups to even ditching the cereal bowl completely, this restaurant has people seeing cereal in a different light. With the National Cereal Day celebration, the food holiday gave the company a platform to push the cereal conversation.

While the Kellogg’s NYC Café is the epicenter of the National Cereal Day celebration, cereal fans and foodies at home aren’t left out of the fun. Using #NationalCerealDay, everyone can share their cereal flavor mash-ups. With so many people thinking beyond the cereal bowl, the food story should be an entertaining one.

Kellogg’s® celebrates National Cereal Day with fans around the world with several unique cereal-inspired recipes. (PRNewsfoto/Kellogg Company)

Since desserts using cereals are a more common occurrence, FoodSided wanted to explore some savory applications of cereal in recipes. Who remembers mom using Corn Flakes as a breading to chicken? The crunchy texture made that boring chicken breast taste so much better. What about Planet Hollywood’s Captain Crunch chicken fingers? Who didn’t give that appetizer a try at least once?

Looking at many of today’s recipes, cereal’s savory application has been pushed to the side. It is time to bring it back to the kitchen. Luckily, Kellogg’s NYC Café suggested some savory applications of its popular cereals.

Here are a few of Kellogg’s reimagined cereal creations.

"• Ham and Kellogg’s® Apple Jacks® Croquettes: Kellogg’s Apple Jacks®, Milk, Parmesan Cheese, Ham, Eggs, Shallots• Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® Shrimp: Kellogg’s Rice Krispies®, Shrimp, Sweet Chili Sauce for dipping• Falafel Sliders: Kellogg’s Special K®, Chickpeas, Fava Beans, English Peas, Mushrooms, Mint, Parsley, Onion, Greek Yogurt, English Cucumber, Slider Buns• Kellogg’s Corn Pops® Corn Dog Classic Hot Dog, Corn Pops® Coating, Deli Mustard"

All of these reimagined cereal dishes are relatively straightforward. While Kellogg’s didn’t provide exact recipes, the ingredients list should give any cook a starting point. Any of these reimagined cereal ideas should spark a conversation about re-thinking traditional ingredients and flavors.

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The Rice Krispies shrimp is probably the easiest idea for the home cook to create. The cereal coating should be fairly easy to create. Also, the home cook could just use a favorite dipping sauce or purchase a sweet chili sauce.

While the word croquette sounds impressive, it is basically a bread-crumbed fried food. Instead of bread crumbs, cereal is the substitute. Again, this food mash-up makes logical sense.

In all, these ideas are meant for everyone to see cereal differently. Just like other pantry ingredients, cereal doesn’t just have to be served in a cereal bowl. There are a multitude of uses for cereal.

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Are you ready to try a cereal flavor mash-up? What would you make with cereal? It doesn’t mean that you have to ditch the cereal bowl. Instead, just don’t make that bowl the only use for your favorite cereal.