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.
- 4 cups Lucky Charms (most recipes call for 6 but we like extra gooey)
- 10 ounce bag Marshmallows
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Put cereal in zip lock bag.
- Give your son a rolling pin. You may substitute daughter if no son available.
- Tell him not to hit his sibling with it. Repeat.
- Repeat again.
- Give son permission to be a cereal killer.
- Beat cereal with a rolling pin until you crush its soul. Or until it is crushed.
- Put one marshmallow on a microwave safe plate and cook until it explodes.
- Clean microwave (optional).
- Put remaining marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of butter (not all 4) in a microwave safe bowl and cook until melted.
- Dump crushed cereal into marshmallow mush.
- 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.
- Pretend the marshmallow/cereal mixture is play-do and squish it with your hands until it is well mixed.
- Get out a pretty serving dish.
- Put the pretty serving dish back in the cabinet.
- 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. .
You may notice the Lucky Charms aren’t smashed. I thought the photo 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??