Did you know "chai" just means "tea," so when you say "chai tea," you're being redundant? And you don't want that, DO YOU?

So anyway, I got bored one day and decided to make chai spice mix so I can maybe use up that bag of Assam tea in my cabinet that was way too heady on it's own, because evidently I'm a big baby.

Then, in true JaniceWaffle fashion, I made the spice mix and didn't feel like having tea.

I've been on a mission to use up some of the items in my cupboard that have been gathering dust. I'd bought a box of Life cereal and used the box as a gag gift at Christmas. I filled the box with lemons and wrapped it up, so when the giftee opened it, Life gave them lemons. My mom got the box of lemons and went about making limoncello, so apparently, when life gives you lemons, zest and ferment those fuckers, mix with vodka, then kick back and smile because you're a gloriously drunk mastermind, you beautiful bastard.

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But Life cereal is too crunchy on it's own to just be toasted with spices, and my jaw is a wussy since my wisdom tooth extraction (all FOUR of those mothereffers were impacted and had to be chipped out; my jaw has never been the same). So, what could soften the cereal? Butter and sugar... Corn syrup... Sweetened condensed milk! You can boil the can and make dulce de leche (kinda like caramel sauce, but with milk instead of butter). It takes about two hours, but I have lots of time, and dammit, I'm worth it.

So this is what I used:

  • 3 tsp (a.k.a. 1 Tbsp) of chai spice mix (this is the one I used)
  • 1 box of Life cereal, but you could use your fave instead
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, boiled in the can for 2 to 2 1/2 hours

Pour the still-molten dulce de leche over the cereal, and sprinkle generously with spice mix. Spread it out on a cookie sheet (I sprayed mine with coconut oil) to let it cool, then break into chunks for easier/speedier consumption. I keep mine in the fridge because the adhesive is milk-based, but you could live dangerously if you want.

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