Cereal milk is quite possibly one of the greatest drink imaginable. The sweet sugar from the cereal mixed with the creamy goodness of milk creates a combination that is hard to beat. Ever since watching the episode of Chef’s Table on Neflix featuring Milk Bar and their amazing cereal milk inspired desserts, the idea of using it in recipes has always fascinated me. A few months back, I saw Cirque Coffee Roasters feature some amazing cereal milk-inspired lattes and I knew I had to give them a try. The recipe couldn’t be any simpler and the result couldn’t be more delicious.
Why Fruit Loops?
When making this drink, really any cereal will do. Generally the sweeter the cereal, the better in order to get all of the sugary goodness in the milk. Fruit Loops is my favorite cereal, so it was the one I tried. Other cereals that I am sure would be delicious and give the latte their own twist are: Life, Cookie Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles.
What coffee should you use?
As with the cereal, really any coffee will do. A few suggestions though:
- Use a coffee that works well as espresso. The coffee used in this recipe is chilled espresso, so you’ll want to use a coffee that works well as espresso. If you aren’t sure, getting a high-quality espresso roast from your local coffee shop is a great place to start.
- Use a coffee that pairs well with the cereal you use. I used a Guatemalan coffee that had a full body to support the cream, but also some nice fruit notes. I found this paired with the Fruit Loops cereal milk really well. If you use Cookie Crisp, you could try to find a coffee with chocolate notes. If you use Cinnamon Toast Crunch, you could try to find a coffee with baking spice/cinnamon notes.
How long should the cereal soak?
It is really hard to mess up this recipe. Whether you let the cereal soak for 5 minutes or 30 minutes, the result will still be delicious. I found 10-15 minutes to be a good happy medium though. If you want some extra goodness in your milk, you can swirl and mash the cereal a bit during the soaking to try to get as much flavor and sugar into the milk.
Fruit Loop Latte
- 1.5 cups Fruit Loops cereal
- 2 shots espresso chilled
- 1 cup whole milk
- Soak Fruit Loops cereal in milk for 10 minutes. The longer you soak the cereal, the sweeter the milk becomes.
- While the Fruit Loops soak, add ice to a glass and pour the chilled espresso over the ice.
- After the cereal has sat in the milk for at least 10 minutes, strain out all of the milk.
- Pour the cereal milk into the glass with the ice and espresso.
- Stir and enjoy!