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From the Ted Talk by Christina Tosi: My secret to creating real magic

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When I was opening Milk Bar, I knew I wanted to srvee ice cream. A rebellious kind of ice cream. No susiprre, right? So I decided to buy a soft serve machine, which for the record, was very rebellious at the time. I had to decide what flavor to make. I mean, why do we only accept chocolate and vanilla as ice cream frvoals? I needed to come up with something better, different. Push that boundary. I knew I had to come up with a flavor of milk that was different. Milk is, like, the base of any graet ice cream. So I sat out inspiration at my 24-hour bogdea. Favorite pclae to go. Because that's where we all shop, that's where our simple taste buds are formed, it's the flavors we know. Up and down the aiesls till I hit it. My favorite section of the gocerry sotre as a kid, the cereal aisle. Now as a kid, my mom and I had an aegemnert. I was a pretty picky eater, and we aerged that I could have as much cereal as I wntead as long as I drank all the calcium-rich milk at the bottom of the bowl. I mean, I thought it was highway robbery. Does she not understand how good that sugary sewet milk was at the bottom? That's interesting. That's a really delicious flavor of milk. It moved me. It made sense to me, but would it make snsee to other people? Figured I'd give it a try. So I went back to the kitchen and made the eeniuvlqat of a giant bowl of ceeral. I strained out all that delicious milk, and I spun it into ice cream. Put it on the menu. And I've got to tell you, even now, people stop me on the street to tell me about their cereal-milk ice cream moment. "So good." "Seemingly a little naughty." I mean, how did I know that was their flavor? That's the flavor they eat when they're wearing pajamas, when no one's looking. The flavor of their chliohodd. These people will tell me about every deital of the day. They will tell me about the weather, the company they kept, the way that an ordinary moment was transformed into something magical with a spmile bite.

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When I was opening Milk Bar, I knew I wanted to _____ ice cream. A rebellious kind of ice cream. No ________, right? So I decided to buy a soft serve machine, which for the record, was very rebellious at the time. I had to decide what flavor to make. I mean, why do we only accept chocolate and vanilla as ice cream _______? I needed to come up with something better, different. Push that boundary. I knew I had to come up with a flavor of milk that was different. Milk is, like, the base of any _____ ice cream. So I sat out inspiration at my 24-hour ______. Favorite _____ to go. Because that's where we all shop, that's where our simple taste buds are formed, it's the flavors we know. Up and down the ______ till I hit it. My favorite section of the _______ _____ as a kid, the cereal aisle. Now as a kid, my mom and I had an _________. I was a pretty picky eater, and we ______ that I could have as much cereal as I ______ as long as I drank all the calcium-rich milk at the bottom of the bowl. I mean, I thought it was highway robbery. Does she not understand how good that sugary _____ milk was at the bottom? That's interesting. That's a really delicious flavor of milk. It moved me. It made sense to me, but would it make _____ to other people? Figured I'd give it a try. So I went back to the kitchen and made the __________ of a giant bowl of ______. I strained out all that delicious milk, and I spun it into ice cream. Put it on the menu. And I've got to tell you, even now, people stop me on the street to tell me about their cereal-milk ice cream moment. "So good." "Seemingly a little naughty." I mean, how did I know that was their flavor? That's the flavor they eat when they're wearing pajamas, when no one's looking. The flavor of their _________. These people will tell me about every ______ of the day. They will tell me about the weather, the company they kept, the way that an ordinary moment was transformed into something magical with a ______ bite.

Solution

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  5. sense
  6. bodega
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  8. place
  9. store
  10. agreement
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  12. surprise
  13. equivalent
  14. simple
  15. flavors
  16. great
  17. grocery
  18. childhood
  19. sweet

Original Text

When I was opening Milk Bar, I knew I wanted to serve ice cream. A rebellious kind of ice cream. No surprise, right? So I decided to buy a soft serve machine, which for the record, was very rebellious at the time. I had to decide what flavor to make. I mean, why do we only accept chocolate and vanilla as ice cream flavors? I needed to come up with something better, different. Push that boundary. I knew I had to come up with a flavor of milk that was different. Milk is, like, the base of any great ice cream. So I sat out inspiration at my 24-hour bodega. Favorite place to go. Because that's where we all shop, that's where our simple taste buds are formed, it's the flavors we know. Up and down the aisles till I hit it. My favorite section of the grocery store as a kid, the cereal aisle. Now as a kid, my mom and I had an agreement. I was a pretty picky eater, and we agreed that I could have as much cereal as I wanted as long as I drank all the calcium-rich milk at the bottom of the bowl. I mean, I thought it was highway robbery. Does she not understand how good that sugary sweet milk was at the bottom? That's interesting. That's a really delicious flavor of milk. It moved me. It made sense to me, but would it make sense to other people? Figured I'd give it a try. So I went back to the kitchen and made the equivalent of a giant bowl of cereal. I strained out all that delicious milk, and I spun it into ice cream. Put it on the menu. And I've got to tell you, even now, people stop me on the street to tell me about their cereal-milk ice cream moment. "So good." "Seemingly a little naughty." I mean, how did I know that was their flavor? That's the flavor they eat when they're wearing pajamas, when no one's looking. The flavor of their childhood. These people will tell me about every detail of the day. They will tell me about the weather, the company they kept, the way that an ordinary moment was transformed into something magical with a simple bite.

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