The first orange-flavored cereal to be made was Orange Blossom Cereal back in 1981.
The second was OJ's Cereal. It came out in 1985 and stayed on the shelves for just 1 year. It wasn't very popular apparently. I didn't try either of these two because I wasn't born yet when they were made.
The third is Cap'n Crunch Orange Dreamsicle back in 2015, which I was around for but I never saw it in supermarkets, only on my Instagram feed. It was a limited edition product. Though to be fair, this was a cereal that was orange AND vanilla flavored.
I happened to have some Tang orange drink powder in my shelves from a previous video and one of those bottles makes 6 quarts of the drink. I plan on throwing it out but before I do, I just want to use it in some recipe, like cereal. I mean, if Kellogg's can sell Unicorn Cereal, then it's not out of the realm of possibility a cereal with an orange flavor can be made.
But making cereal from scratch is hard and tedious. Even using a 1/4-tsp. measuring spoon, the pieces ended up looking like mini cookies, which isn't a bad thing either, considering there's Cookie Crisp cereal.
I think this is the best tasting cereal I've ever made. It's sweet just like cereal normally is and definitely has an orange flavor to it. Not just artificially either, there's orange marmalade in the dough too!
My dad said the cereal tasted like little anisette cookies, which sometimes do have an orange flavor in it. He then told me off-camera that all mass-produced cereals have air in it. This is something he learned from his dad, who used to own a pie/muffin/bakery business in NYC back in the '50s. Did you know blueberry muffins have air in them because otherwise the blueberries would fall to the bottom of the muffin instead of on top? Yea, his dad taught him that.
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
1/4-tsp. measuring spoon
2 baking trays
Nonstick cooking spray
For the cereal:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup orange drink powder like Tang
2 tbsp. milk
3 1/2 tbsp. orange marmalade
1/4 cup honey
Pinch of salt
1. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix them up until you get a crumbly dough that isn't sticky. You may have to add more flour to the dough to get to that consistency.
2. Put parchment paper on two baking trays and spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Form little dots from the cereal dough using a 1/4-tsp. measuring spoon onto the parchment paper.
4. Bake the cereal pieces in a 350 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for 10 minutes.
5. Take the cereal out of the oven. After letting it cool, turn each cereal piece over to ensure that all sides of the cereal pieces get cooked and one side doesn't get burned.
6. Put back into the oven at the same temperature(350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 11-15 minutes.