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Presenting The Snackdown: Is Cereal Soup?

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Mar 10, 2017

Sporkful listeners love a good debate, which is why we're very excited to tell you about Dan's new Cooking Channel animated web video series The Snackdown. It's the absurd arguments you love to hear on The Sporkful, in animated video form! (Dan's a spork, of course.)

In episode one of The Snackdown, and in this week's bonus podcast, Dan takes on a question we've been getting from many of you lately:

Is cereal soup?

We decided to tackle this once and for all with Chef Justin Warner, who's a regular on Food Network.


Justin and Dan agree on the definition of soup -- it's a liquid food. But Justin argues that soup has to be crafted -- that is, raw ingredients have to be transformed substantially. Therefore cereal is not soup.

"There would have to be some manipulation in terms of heat or very prolonged steepage or perhaps some sort of manipulation of shape," he argues.

Dan disagrees. He counters with a radical proposition: Could cereal steeped in milk and then refreshed with new cereal be both a soup and a cereal, at once?

Where do you stand on this important debate?

Watch The Snackdown on Cooking Channel's website, on Facebook, or on Twitter, and tell the world what you think. Also, if you like it please share it!

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

- "Mars Casino" by Jake Luck and Collin Gorman Weiland

Photos: Courtesy of Cooking Channel, courtesy of Justin Warner, FlickrCC/musicfanatic29

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