Actual churros without milk
The actual churros, not in milk, fared better against their mini cereal brethren, though the two still have some marked differences. The regular churros have some outer crunch that was lost when they took a swim in the milk, but they’re obviously still softer since they’re not cereal. The churros also are sugar coated in comparison to the cereal, which is distinctly covered in cinnamon, with some sugar as well, but primarily cinnamon. This difference in appearance is evidenced in the taste too, with the typical churro having a subtle sugariness and not so much cinnamon, as opposed to the cereal which tastes like sweetened cereal dusted with cinnamon. There’s no doubt, though, that your average, simple churro served as cereal inspiration when it comes to the physical shape and texture. Both are rounded with the iconic ridges that are integral to any true churro.
Conclusion Basically, this is not an either/or situation. Both should have a place in your stomach and heart for different reasons. Churros cereal isn’t quite similar enough to actual churros to act as a replacement, but it’s a perfectly delicious breakfast or snack item that will still give you enough of the churro taste to suffice. Also, do not chop up a regular churro and stick it in milk like it’s cereal. It’s not, and you will live a life of regret afterwards. Though you’re probably already living that now because these are now discontinued and you’ll probably never get to try them... unless you find an old box at the grocery store. If you do, grab it immediately.
Rachel Freeman is a food/drink editorial assistant at Thrillist, and eating actual churros in milk will now haunt her dreams. Follow her to happier churro memories at @rachelifreeman.