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I love cereal. Its my favorite food. Forget pizza, chocolate souffle, moms mashed potatoes and gourmet sushi. Yes, those dishes are all delicious, but cereal surpasses them all.No matter what your tastes, cereal can satisfy you. Theres an endless variety, from fruity to chocolaty to healthy to filling. Most cereals are fortified with lots of vitamins (part of this complete breakfast!), and most take no preparation. You dont need milk, a spoon or even a bowl. You can just eat it right out of the box.Cereal can be a part of any meal. I like to mix Cheerios in my yogurt. Fried chicken made with cornflakes is a popular recipe, and who can forget Rice Krispies treats? If youre really daring, you can try a Capn Crunch sandwich, like Ally Sheedys character in The Breakfast Club.High-class foodies are finally catching on to the cereal craze (Ive always been ahead of the trends). Cereality Cereal Bar and Cafe, a national restaurant chain, now serves only cereal. You choose your type of milk (skim, soy, etc.), and your add-ins, such as sliced bananas or M&Ms. You can even mix your cereals I think Id try a Fruity Pebbles/Frosted Flakes blend. Other gourmet restaurants on the east coast are incorporating cereal into their recipes. At Blue Fin, another New York eatery, they use cornflakes to make their pastries extra crisp. One restaurants signature dessert is a smore made from a Rice Krispie treat base, thinly sliced dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream.Discover for yourself what Jerry Seinfeld and I have always known: Cereal is a near-perfect food.Gabrielle Devenish is the food editor at the Post Independent. Her favorite cereal is Chocolate Lucky Charms. Contact her at gdevenish@postindependent.com.

Caramel Corn Flakes1⁄4 cup margarine or butter 1 tablespoon milk 8 ounces (about 28) caramel pieces 5 cups Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal cereal In 3-quart saucepan, combine margarine, milk and caramels. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add Kelloggs Corn Flakes cereal to caramel mixture. Stir until well-coated. With back of tablespoon, press mixture evenly and gently into 9 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Let cool at room temperature. Cut into bars when firm. Store in airtight container. Yield: 24 bars kelloggs.comCheerios breakfast bars1⁄2 cup peanut butter1⁄2 cup sugar1⁄2 cup honey3 cups Cheerios cerealsalted peanutsBring sugar and honey to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter until blended. Pour in cheerios and peanuts and mix until well coated.Spread in buttered 9 x 13 pan and let cool. Cut in squares. Makes 24. cereal.com


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