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Carnation Cup Trials – Part One

Two days ago, I went to IKEA looking for a replacement cup for my Carnation. I was looking for plastic at first. There aren’t too many plastic dishes or cups at IKEA. I considered glass, but was worried about breakage. I decided I would try ceramic. There were several kinds of coffee mugs available, but they just didn’t look right. Then I saw a coffee mug without a handle. I didn’t like that it was black, but I did like that it held 10 ounces of liquid. I also saw a white handle-less mug. I liked that it was white, but I didn’t like that it only held 6 ounces.

I got them both. Yesterday I tried both.

Pros: Straight sides make it easy to stir. Ten ounce size is optimal for holding milk and powder at the same time. Feels comfortable in my hand.
Cons: Black color stands out in my kitchen. Black color makes it harder to clean quickly because dark Carnation mix blends in. Ridges on cup feel strange after always using a smooth container.


Pros: Ledge inside can be used as a guide for liquid levels. Smooth finish feels good in my hand. Blends nicely with the kitchen.
Cons: Six ounce size is a bit too small. Ledge inside becomes a trap for undissolved powder. Slanty sides make stirring more difficult.


I didn’t take the pictures the same way, so the white one looks bigger. It is smaller.

I’m not entirely satisfied with either cup. I think I will keep looking. I think this may become a Quest! How exciting!


  1. Lauren

    A quest! How exciting!

    Did you stir the mixture in your old Slim-Fast cup or shake with a lid? I can’t remember and I’m too lazy to go back and look.

  2. Beth

    Are you sure the white one isn’t a plant pot?

    • Peggy


    • Deanne

      That is exactly what I was going to write! So if he doesn’t end up using it for coffee, he can make holes in the bottom and use it as a flower pot. Say, can you drill holes in ceramic?

    • Karla

      And I thought the same thing as well! 🙂

  3. Carol

    (OK, gang – which one of us wants to tell him ceramic can break just like glass can? Anybody? Anybody?! – slight homage to Ben Stein in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”)

    If you are open to compromise, perhaps one could mix the concoction in the larger cup-mug but only drinkit after pouring some into the larger black one…? [I know – just doubles the dishes to wash afterward…never mind…]

    • Karla

      Hey Brad, did you know ceramic cna break just like glass? You’re not gaining anything… Sorry.

      • Brad

        Of course I know ceramic breaks, sillies. It’s just that the ceramic would have a better chance of not breaking. The glass at IKEA is really thin and would break really easily.

        • Lauren

          Glass makes a better weapon when it breaks, though. More shard-y.

  4. Peggy

    I had 4 mugs, all the same, that I mix my IB in. One has broke…but I still have 3 so I should be good for a long time. I DREAD the day I ever have to find a new mug! Good Luck! Don’t give up!


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