Dominique Ansel, inventor of the Cronut, has now created a cereal, and it costs $15. That's insane. Why would you buy that? It doesn't even have edible gold in it. Better to spend an extra 50 cents and buy the Peppermint Brittle. It comes with a hammer, so it's useful.

What's in a $15 breakfast cereal that you can't find in a $4 breakfast cereal or a $2 knock-off of that $4 cereal? Not much, by the looks of this "Christmas Morning" (yes, that's what it's called). In fact, I'm pretty sure I can make my own version for much less money. And so can you!

Dominique Ansel describes its cereal thusly:

Our own gourmet cereal has been described as 'legendary' (by Urbandaddy), and we like to think it's because of the balance of flavors. Between the Valrhona Caramelia (caramelized milk) chocolate Rice Krispies, caramelized hazelnuts, and smoked cinnamon Mini-Me's (miniature meringues), it is delicious with cold milk but can also top ice cream or just be eaten as is.

And here's how Niko Triantafillou, who actually ate some, describes it:

The base consists of crunchy clusters of puffed rice covered in Valrhona Caramelia chocolate. If you're not familiar with Caramelia, it's a caramelized milk chocolate with a distinct dulce de leche flavor. There's also a plentiful amount of smoked cinnamon flavored Mini-Me meringue kisses (Though now overshadowed by the Cronut, Mini-Me's were one of Dominique Ansel's first signature products). Spiced hazelnuts, in a sugar brittle, complete the mix.

It's clear that a fair amount of cereal-research went into this product. For one thing, the chocolate rice clusters stay crunchy in milk for quite some time. And the Mini-Mes are like marshmallows in Lucky Charms—their edges get slippery but they keep their crunch. Their smoked cinnamon flavor is noticeable when in milk but is much more pronounced when eaten plain. The hazelnuts have a subtle spiciness and also stay crunchy in milk.

Okay, basically, it's Cocoa Krispies (it looks like Dominique Ansel didn't even make its own puffed rice -- just bought Rice Krispies off the shelf!) with nuts and marshmallows and cinnamon.

So:

- Buy some Cocoa Krispies (if you really want some of that fancy caramelized milk chocolate, buy a bar and melt it over Rice Krispie clusters).

- Caramelize some hazelnuts (here's a recipe. All you need are hazelnuts and sugar and a little bit of salt).

- Buy some meringues. Small ones. I think Trader Joe's sells them. Alternately, pick all the marshmallows out of Lucky Charms.

-I haven't found any cinnamon-flavored meringues so just throw some cinnamon in there. Maybe a few Cinnamon Toast Crunches? That could work.

Mix all that together and there is your homemade $15 cereal. You're welcome.