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Happy National Cereal Day!

 

Photo Source: General Mills

Did you know that today, March 7, 2016, is National Cereal Day?

Cereal… oh cereal… you have always been a part of my life. For me, cereal is a “comfort food,” just like mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup and my mom’s beef stew.

I still remember when I was a child that I would anxiously await my mom to come home from food shopping to see what cereal she brought home. As a child it was all about the prizes tucked away inside the box. Of course I enjoyed the cereal too. What cartoon watching marathon on a Saturday morning didn’t include a bowl (or two) of your favorite cereal?

One of my favorites as a child that they stopped making decades ago (yeah… I’m that old) was called Freakies. Oddly enough, friends of mine that are around my age DON’T recall that cereal. That is weird because I lived off that stuff as a child. I even have a few of the toys that I kept over the years.

I might be considered a “grown up,” but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy my favorite cereals from my youth. Take for example Lucky Charms. I’m crazy about Lucky Charms! I don’t put milk in my cereal (I’ve always eaten it dry), so I like to eat the cereal bits from Lucky Charms and save all the marshmallow “charms” until the very end. My husband thinks I’m weird, but I don’t mind. That is how I enjoy my Lucky Charms.

Did you know Lucky Charms is also available in chocolate flavor? I have yet to find a box of Chocolate Lucky Charms, but I keep looking for them. I bet they taste amazing. Chocolate and marshmallows go perfectly together.

General Mills cereals are our “go to” favorites. My family (husband and kids) go through at least two boxes of Cheerios per week. Our personal favorite is Honey Nut Cheerios, but the other varieties are equally as delicious.

Did you know that whole grain is the first ingredient in all Big G cereals, 90 percent of which are free from artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources. As a mom, I feel good about letting my family enjoy their favorite Big G cereals which include Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Trix, Coco Puffs and Chex to name a few. Some Big G / General Mills cereals are Gluten-Free. The brand is also in the process of removing sugars from some of their cereals as well.

If you would like to learn more about the wonderful things being done to our favorite cereals, you can read more about it here.

Cereal is not only ideal for breakfast – you can also enjoy it for lunch, dinner and even a snack. I bring cereal to work with me on days that I don’t feel like a sandwich. And I love to snack on a bowl of cereal at night.

You can even use cereal as toppings for your ice cream, yogurt and more! You can even make delicious recipes out of your favorite Big G cereal. One of my personal favorites (and my kids too) is making Muddy Buddies.

You can find the recipe for Muddy Buddies on the Chex website. The above photo is of a batch I made a few years ago. If you haven’t tried Muddy Buddies yet, you should. They are SO GOOD! I believe you can buy them pre-made too, but it’s more fun to make them yourself.

Here are two more recipes you might enjoy using your favorite Big G cereals. I especially love the S’mores one.

(Courtesy of My Menu Pal)

Lucky Charms Cooler Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup Lucky Charms cereal, marshmallows removed and reserved
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup pineapple

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top cooler with reserved marshmallows.

(Courtesy of I Wash… You Dry)

S’mores Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp corn oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 1/2 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1 cup Mallow Bits (or miniature marshmallows)
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips*
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate flavored melting chocolates, melted according to package instructions

Instructions

  1. Cover two large baking sheets with wax paper, set aside.
  2. In a large heavy bottom pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the popcorn kernels and cover with a lid, leaving slightly ajar to let steam escape.
  3. Shake the pot back and forth gently while the popcorn kernels begin to pop. Once popping has stopped pour popcorn in a large bowl.
  4. To the bowl add the Golden Grahams, Mallow Bits, and mini chocolate chips. Toss to combine.
  5. Lay out popcorn mixture in a thin layer on the baking sheets. Drizzle the melting chocolates all over the popcorn mixture and let cool.
  6. Once hardened, gently break up the pieces and enjoy!

Delish!!! I can’t wait to try these.

For more information (and recipes!) visit GeneralMills.com. You can also find them on social media.

What is YOUR CURRENT favorite cereal? What is a favorite cereal from your youth?

Do you have any yummy recipes that you make using cereal? If so, feel free to share it in the comment section of this post.

Happy National Cereal Day! I hope you enjoy celebrating it. Upload your photos and posts using the hashtag #NationalCerealDay too!

I love this cool retro looking t-shirt. Too bad it doesn’t fit me, but my daughter can wear it.

Kimberly

*I received some cereal and goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.