So I consider myself an aficionado when it comes to the qualities that make a good cereal experience. One element that remains key to thoroughly enjoying a bowl of cereal is minimizing the splash. That moment after you've chosen your bowl and spoon, poured the right amount of cereal to just match the three-serving picture on the box, and gotten out the milk. Suddenly a feeling of trepidation; is the milk going to splash out of the bowl?
Here's a quick ranking of cereals from greatest splash factor to least:
Corn Flakes (or any flake cereals), Frosted Mini Wheats (or Life), Raisin Bran, Cookie Crisp, Honeycomb, Lucky Charms (I swear it's because of the marshmallows), Kix, Cheerios, Rice Crispies (or , Grape Nuts), and finally Chex (surprisingly).
My research (and the frequent presence of near-empty boxes of cereal) led me to blending my cereal mixes. During commercial breaks on Saturday morning I would race to the kitchen. Generally I would blend various cereals for their texture (making sure not to put floating cereals like Cheerios or Kix at the bottom of the bowl--of course) layer upon layer, and finish with a non-splashing cereal like Kix or Chex. (NOTE: Rice Crispies at the top tended to get everywhere, and meant I couldn't fit as large a quantity of cereal.)
Here are a few of the most intriguing cereal combinations:
TOP: Corn Chex
MIDDLE: Rice Crispies
BOTTOM: Frosted Mini Wheats
TOP: Honey Nut Cheerios
MIDDLE: Raisin Bran (too splashy to be on top!)
BOTTOM: Grape Nuts
T+M+B: Quaker "Crunchy" Corn Bran (It's actually my favorite)
#3 Cap'n Crunch (because it shreds the inside of my mouth!)
#2 Life Cereal (i.e. sweetened wood shavings) followed by
#1 The the worst cereal experience is pouring out the last of a box of cheerios and getting a large mass of crushed+powdered cheerios on top of your happiness.
...but I digress.... since it seems I am not the only person who knows about mixing breakfast cereal. Instead I propose a challenge. The Splash is a function of height, surface tension of the milk, and cereal shape. There must be a use for such exhaustive research on cereal Splash! Somebody here had better come up with a good application. Discuss.