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I was named after my abuelita, my grandmother. Maybe that’s why we had this incredible connection. We spent a lot of time together – talking, walking, looking at flowers, hearing stories about a boy she once kissed behind the church. Scandalous stuff for the 1930s! When she passed away, I felt like a part of me had left. I’m not a church goer anymore, but every Día de los Muertos, every Nov. 1st, I go to mass and pray for my abuelita. Around this time, I usually try to make food that day that reminds me of her. This Día de los Muertos it’s this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Mexican Coffee.
I found Cinnamon Toast Crunch and other yummy cereals in the cereal aisle at Walmart, and it made me remember my childhood. Whenever I went back to Mexico, I was always asked to bring back American cereal. It was a big treat for them. Nowadays, it’s different. You can find just about any American products there. Back then, though, I would carry the cereal in my luggage, and they LOVED every last crumb.
My abuelita was a genius in the kitchen. She could make something out of anything. I think that’s where I get it from. Cooking is my creative outlet just like her. For Día de los Muertos, I started playing with my food, and what I came up with was this sweet Cinnamon Toast Crunch Mexican Coffee with just a hint of spice, and everything nice.
I didn’t have any cinnamon the other day. That’s like a BIG tragedy at my house! I like to sprinkle a little cinnamon in my coffee. Instead, I brewed a cup of coffee. In a separate pot, I simmered the cereal and milk together and added just a dash of cayenne. Have you seen chili coffees on menus? It’s like the new thang at coffee shops these day. So much better (and cheaper) to make at home.
Discard the cereal and add the milk mixture to the coffee. You can’t forget whipped cream… because Día de los Muertos is a day to remember the sweet memories of your departed loved ones. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Mexican Coffee
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
- ⅛ teaspoon of cayenne
- 8 cups hot brewed coffee
- Whipped cream optional
- Brew coffee.
- In the meantime, in a small pot, add milk, cereal, cayenne, sugar. Steep milk. DO NOT BOIL.
- Drain cereal.
- Discard cereal.
- Pour coffee into mug.
- Add milk mixture.
- Top with whipped cream and a dash of cayenne.