My Son Is a Cereal Killer: Family Movie Night with Big G

This post is sponsored by General Mills but my love of their cereal and family fun is all my own!

Family movie night at our house is always interesting because we have comfy, reclining couches to seat 5…but a family of 6.  When the movie is about to start, it’s like musical chairs meets WWE to see who gets the sofa spots.

This week, however, Jimmy is out of town vacationing with a friend so there was no pushin’ for the cushions.  (By the way, that made me incredibly sad.  Yes, sad.  Because I realize after he leaves for college in a few weeks, activities with all six of us will be few and far between!!!  I think I may need to get a life size cardboard cut-out to set up in the house when he leaves so I won’t be bawling all the time.  But I digress…)

Specially marked boxes of Big G cereal have a code for a free movie download (2 codes needed for every free download).  I like free!  I got Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios and Golden Grahams.  So I can’t make decisions.  Or count to 2.  One of those.

As a special movie time treat, we made 3 kinds of cereal bars.  Because one two is never enough . The Lucky Charms recipe is below.  You can find this recipe all over the internet, but mine is a bit, ummm, different. Following the instructions verrrry precisely is crucial.

Lucky  charms bars

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"My Son Is a Cereal Killer" Marshmallow Treats
Recipe type: Dessert, snack or even breakfast!
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Serves: Single serving, no??
Lucky Charms are magically delicious but I'm revealing the magician's tricks for the cereal bars
  • 4 cups Lucky Charms (most recipes call for 6 but we like extra gooey)
  • 10 ounce bag Marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  1. Put cereal in zip lock bag.
  2. Give your son a rolling pin. You may substitute daughter if no son available.
  3. Tell him not to hit his sibling with it. Repeat.
  4. Repeat again.
  5. Give son permission to be a cereal killer.
  6. Beat cereal with a rolling pin until you crush its soul. Or until it is crushed.
  7. Put one marshmallow on a microwave safe plate and cook until it explodes.
  8. Laugh.
  9. Clean microwave (optional).
  10. Put remaining marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of butter (not all 4) in a microwave safe bowl and cook until melted.
  11. Dump crushed cereal into marshmallow mush.
  12. Take remaining tablespoon of butter and rub it all over your hands. Trust me, you'll thank me when you don't have marshmallows stuck all over you, plus your hands will be smooth like butte...oh, never mind.
  13. Pretend the marshmallow/cereal mixture is play-do and squish it with your hands until it is well mixed.
  14. Get out a pretty serving dish.
  15. Laugh.
  16. Put the pretty serving dish back in the cabinet.
  17. Eat directly from mixing bowl with your greasy hands.

(Just substitute the same amount of Cheerios or Golden Grahams for the other varieties.  Oh, and add some chocolate chips for the Golden Grahams.  General Mills calls them Indoor S’mores.  I call them Give Me S’more O Dat.)

If you’ve had a bad day you can modify the recipe to do the cereal beat-down yourself, because smashing things is very therapeutic.  I let my own Big G (Greg) be the cereal killer for this batch though.  .

Cereal Killer


You may notice the Lucky Charms aren’t smashed.  I thought the Big G cereal boxesphoto would look better, but I think they taste much better crushed because the marshmallow can envelope every little morsel of cereal!  I also think it tastes better the day after it is made (it gets less crunchy, more chewy) but a batch very rarely makes it to the next day.

What other varieties of cereal would make yummy marshmallow treats??

10 thoughts on “My Son Is a Cereal Killer: Family Movie Night with Big G”

  1. Lucky Charms, butter, marshmallows and butter! Be still my heart – which I suppose it would be if I ate like that every night – but, yum!
    I also love the idea of the cardboard cutout – my oldest is leaving for college too. I will probably still cry when he is gone but it would make a great conversation piece for my family room.

  2. This will be on my to do list later this week. You know how sometimes you go grocery shopping and pick up stuff that you don’t need? Well let’s just say we’ve got too many boxes of Lucky Charms right now so that’ll be a great project. Um and sah-mores.

  3. SHUTUP. I cannot believe you made marshmallow treats EVEN BETTER. These look SO darn delicious! I’ll be thankin’ my Lucky Charms I follow your blog so I saw this!
    Also “Give Me S’more O Dat” is a hilarious name for what looks like our new FAVORITE thing. You took the perfect American snack and took out the worst part for us: THE FIRE. Now there is nothing stopping us from eating s’mores every day. Let’s hope I’m still thanking you for this after eating them every day for a month or so 😉 Totally pinning and sharing this!

  4. My 9 year old is huge fan of Lucky Charms and he would love this treat!!! You had me a little misty eyed when you said that doing things as a family of 6 is not as common as it once was. Even thought Tom is 15, we are starting to feel the same way. It goes too fast! That is why I love family movie nights too! My daughter loves Anatasia and my boys are hugs Wimpy Kid fans!! What a fun campaign!!

  5. Due to dietary restrictions, I can’t eat that treat. 🙁 But it’s one of the best recipes I’ve read anyway! Hilarious. And I feel for you about the couch! Great idea about the cardboard cutout. Do you think he’d object if you sent cardboard cutouts of the whole family with him to college? 🙂

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