Warm and fragrant cinnamon spice blends perfectly with cool, velvety ice cream to create an irresistible treat with caramelized pieces of cereal in this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream.
What is Cereal Milk?
There is a certain nostalgia for me in playing with a recipe that uses cereal milk. What is cereal milk? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like–pretty much the best part of eating a bowl of sugary cereal.
There weren’t a lot of sweets in our house growing up. So, I have some very fond childhood memories of slurping up the sweetened milk that remained in the bowl after finishing my cereal.
It was extremely rare that my mom purchased a sweetened, name-brand cereal. She was far more likely to return from the store with a giant bag of puffed rice. But, we kids used the sugar bowl with reckless, gleeful abandon at breakfast.
I don’t eat cereal very often, these days. But, that nostalgia still hits hard. So, if you’ve never enjoyed this treat, PLEASE do yourself a favor and add it to your bucket list. You won’t regret it.
Cereal Milk Ice Cream
A normal vanilla base could be mixed or topped with cereal pieces and still be delicious. But, making cereal milk ice cream enhances the ice cream itself with all of the wonderful flavors you want.
Cinnamon and sugar are a classic flavor combination. I’ve loved to sprinkle cinnamon sugar on toast for as long as I can remember. But, to be honest, I’m that big of a fan of this cereal.
So, please hear me when I tell you that this one is FABULOUS. Caramelized pieces of cereal added the perfect texture to the ice cream, and all of the flavors simply work.
I came so close to hiding this one in the back of the freezer, but generously decided to share because my brother was visiting. Well, he and my kids devoured it all in a single sitting. So, share this at your own risk!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream Recipe
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:
- cinnamon toast crunch cereal
- milk and heavy cream
- ground cinnamon
- kosher salt
- vanilla extract
- butter and brown sugar
Combine 2 cups of cereal with the milk in a bowl. Let it soak for 30 minutes, then pour it through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the soggy cereal.
Add the cream, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla to the cereal milk. Whisk to combine. Then, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and process it according to your machine’s instructions.
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While the ice cream is churning, melt the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir, letting the mixture cook for a few minutes, until a thick caramel-like sauce has formed.
Add the rest of the cereal to the pan and stir to coat well. Transfer the coated cereal to a sheet of parchment paper. Working quickly with two forks, separate the pieces and spread them out across the parchment to cool.
When the ice cream has finished churning, scoop it into a freezer-safe container. Sprinkle the caramelized cinnamon toast pieces throughout the ice cream as you fill the container. Save any remaining pieces for serving.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
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If you love cinnamon and sugar on toast the way I do, then I highly recommend you try this cinnamon toast cake. It’s divine at any time of day.
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Caramelized Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Combine 2 cups of cereal with the milk in a bowl. Set aside to soak for 30 minutes.
Pour the cereal and milk through a fine mesh strainer and discard the soggy cereal. Add the cream, sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla to the cereal milk and whisk to combine.
Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to your machine’s instructions.
Caramelized Cinnamon Toast Crunch
While the ice cream is churning, combine the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir to melt the sugar and the butter together. Let it cook for a few minutes, until a thick caramel-like sauce has formed.
Add 1½ cups of cereal to the pan and stir to coat well. Transfer the coated cereal to a sheet of parchment. Working quickly with two forks, separate the pieces and spread them out across the parchment to cool.
When the ice cream is finished churning, scoop it into a freezer-safe container. Sprinkling cinnamon toast pieces throughout the ice cream as you fill the container. Save any remaining pieces for serving.
Place in the freezer until ready to serve.
Calories: 481kcal · Carbohydrates: 54g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 29g · Saturated Fat: 18g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 7g · Trans Fat: 0.1g · Cholesterol: 90mg · Sodium: 185mg · Potassium: 182mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 44g · Vitamin A: 1454IU · Vitamin C: 9mg · Calcium: 124mg · Iron: 3mg