You might have been eating your cereal wrong all these years…
We know what you’re thinking – how is that possible?
After all, cereal is one of the easiest meals you can make.
You put 30g (well, 60g realistically) into a bowl, pour on cold milk and the job's a good one.
There are some exchanges and additions allowed, of course, such as using plant milks - we like oat - or adding a teaspoon of sugar.
You can also choose your milk: are you a red, green or blue cap user? Or even the elusive yellow top milk…
Mostly though, it’s a pretty simple dish.
Except, it seems that this is not the only way that people have been making their cereal.
There are other ways.
Many other ways, here are some of them...
Cereal and Ice
Some people add ice cubes to their milk and cereal.
Fans of this method claim that the ice keeps the milk extra cold, meaning that your cereal is far more refreshing.
However, some people find the addition strange.
One person who took a photo of her brothers cereal bowl, including ice, posted on Twitter: “How does someone take cereal with ice?
“My brother is just something else.”
Someone else posted their snap and wrote: “Now that people talked about it, and I tried it, I’m addicted, lol, I love ice in my cereal.”
Well, we tried it and have to say that we agree. Ice cubes with cereal and milk are deliciously cold and improve the overall experience.
Cereal and orange juice
This option is even more strange to us Brits.
People using orange juice instead of milk on their cereal, though, isn’t as usual in other locations around the world.
It’s not just what people do when they run out of milk, in America some people actively choose to use orange juice instead of milk with their cereal.
We suppose it’s a good option for the lactose intolerant or vegan among us.
One Twitter user posted their orange juice and cereal snap and said: “Cereal and orange juice? Why not?”
We wouldn’t advise this one though, as lots of orange juice is from concentrate and full of sugar, so you might crash before you get to lunch.
Cereal and water
This does not sound good to us.
Some people eat their cereal with plain, still water.
Now, unless you’re under budgetary constraints or cutting back on calories we do not understand why you would want to eat your cereal with water.
Would it not become a bland mush?
Apparently not, as one fan of the method wrote on Reddit: “I am a true believer that cereal with water is better.
“The taste of milk conflicts with the taste of the cereal whereas water does not.”
He continued: “While still getting the same texture, water does not ruin the taste of cereal.
“My friends crucified me when I told them this…”
However, he did not find support on the forum as one said: “You disgust me.”
And, another wrote: “As bad as the guy that eats frozen food still frozen.”
Cereal and hot milk
We believe that this pairing may be the least offensive of the group as many of us have enjoyed Weetabix and hot milk before.
One person took to forum The Student Room to express their love for the match.
He said: “Hot milk + Weetabix + buttered toasted bread + [mouthwatering emoji]”.
A reply said: “Nearly EVERYONE in my family does this with Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Coco Pops etc, but personally I can't stand how soggy it gets..”
Another said: “I usually can’t stand ever eating any cereal with cold milk, warm/hot for me definitely.
“I mean cereals like, cornflakes, Weetabix, cheerios - everything.”
So, if you thought that you were eating your cereal the “correct” way… it appears that there are no rules when it comes to grain-based breakfast dishes.
It's absolute cereal anarchy out here.