UPDATE: Are There Really People Out Here Pouring The Milk Before The Cereal?

February 18, 2016  |  



So, I poured the milk first today, and I will say that it definitely helps you save on the liquid left over after you eat your cereal. It was just the right amount of milk for my Honey Nut Cheerios, which is good because I need to start doing smaller portions, and it’s not good to be wasteful (a.k.a., pouring out excessive bowls of milk).


Still, pouring the cereal first is still my jam. But that doesn’t mean I won’t occasionally try to think outside of the box. No warming up my milk, though…



You’ve probably heard this debate at some point in your life and just brushed it off as #shenanigans. Or, in the case of my co-worker, labeled possible #teammilk folks as “sickos.” But I couldn’t help but to think about it after encountering such a discussion while actually scarfing down a bowl of cereal this morning. Honey Nut Cheerios to be precise. (I’m actually a Kix and Rice Krispies lover, but I’m trying to eat better and all that crap…)

According to a post from last May on the site Viral Ted, titled “17 Ways You’re Eating Breakfast,” we’ve all been going about this cereal consumption thing the wrong way:

Viral Ted

Viral Ted

“You pour cereal before milk. This makes it hard to see how much milk you’re pouring, so you almost always end up with a pool of it at the bottom of the bowl. For a better cereal-to-milk ratio, pour the milk first (start with half a cup) and top with a scoop of cereal (see above).”

Now, if you’re concerned about the size of your daily intake of cereal, then the idea of focusing on a “cereal-to-milk ratio” doesn’t seem that crazy. But if you’re trying to go HAM on a giant bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch like the rest of us (or, like a brave few, go as far as to eat cereal out of a mixing bowl), then this all sounds preposterous. And in a post on Reddit about the matter, a majority of people felt that way:

“If you put milk in first your sh-t floats on top of it and the proportion of cereal to milk is ruined for the whole meal.”

And some people were even a little faux offended at the idea of pouring milk first:

“What are you, some kind of serial killer? The fact that this question might legitimately exist in someone’s mind makes me sick, and you should feel bad for it. OF COURSE the cereal goes first.”

But, some people admit to pouring the milk first, including one individual who said, “I like to see ‘Cereal Island’ disappear into the ocean of milk.” Plus, another co-worker shared with me that her mother and aunts (from Guyana, if it matters), like to pour the milk first–because they like to warm it up in the microwave before adding the cereal…

The more you know.

Who ever thought a small breakfast meal could be eaten in so many ways? I personally go the cereal first, then milk route because I usually want to pour just enough milk in the bowl to ensure that my cereal of choice has been moisturized–and to retain the crunch. But considering that 41 percent of people out of 321 who voted in this Quibblo poll said they do milk first, who knows? It might be time to try something different. You know, just to see what all the hype is about.

But, in all lighthearted fun, how do you eat your cereal and why?  And better yet, are you one of those people who bypasses the milk altogether?


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