Nostalgia In a Cereal Bowl: Give a Box Promotion.

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Cheerios cereal

I think we can all recall the first time that Cheerios™ became a part of our lives, or we can imagine.

From a first finger food to using our own bowl and spoon.

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There were countless childhood breakfasts with my four siblings, sitting around a long oval table and eating Cheerios™ with milk. For me it was a comfort food in high school when I could barely wake up to meet a dark morning and a school bus. Then my mom would have breakfast waiting for me – even when I was 17-years-old, and with one foot outside the door. In college, Cheerios™ were a comfort to me when my dorm room was empty, my notebooks were filled, and everything seemed too big to wrap my head around. I would go to the dining room and have a big bowl of my all-time favorite, while reading a comic book.

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When I was pregnant, one of my comfort cravings was to have a bowl of Cheerios™ and milk, with a dash of cream on top. Yum! Actually, it still delights me to do this. After having kids, the cereal cycle started again, with giving Cheerios™ to them as their first finger foods on their high chair trays, then in cups on road trips, and then in bowls with milk and spoons.

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I don’t think I’m alone in having a long history with Cheerios™, and my fondness will continue throughout life. I was excited to see that you can give the gift of Cheerios™ to a loved one by picking up a specially marked box in Walmart stores. I picked up Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ because I had a recipe in mind for seeing my parents this weekend. My mom is the person I chose to share a box of Cheerios™ with, because we have many memories together locked into wholesome breakfasts, and it’s awesome to do the same for my kids. I love continuing traditions, and making them happy.

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My kids haven’t been feeling well this week, and I’ll be seeing my parents this weekend, so I decided to make a snack for them all with my box of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™. I took Scarlet out on a school day this week because she had a sick day, and we went to a Walmart near Cassidy’s work.

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With the #GiveABox campaign, you can buy specially marked boxes of Cheerios™ exclusively at Walmart. Each box will have a unique code that you can then enter online to give an e-card/mail a coupon for a free box of Cheerios™ to the loved one of your choice. This offer will be available for a limited time. I can’t wait to send a box to my mom.

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Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ reminds me of celebrating fall with my mom, so I decided to make granola bars.

Ingredients needed: 2 cups of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, 1/2 cup of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, one cup (or however much you want) of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, colorful chocolate chips. (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9-inch square baking dish. Spread oats and coconut evenly across baking sheet.

2. Toast the oats and coconut mixture in the oven until they are browned. For me, it was about 12-15 minutes.

3. Transfer the browned oats into a large mixing bowl.

4. Heat the honey, vanilla extract and salt in a saucepan over low-medium heat and keep cooking and stirring until smooth. Then pour the honey mixture over the oats, and stir until completely coated. Add the cereal and chocolate chips.

5. Spread the mixture evenly into the baking dish and bake until the bars begin to dry. I baked them for about 10 minutes because I wanted my granola bars to be chewy and not crunchy. Then cool them completely and cut them before too long.

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As you may have heard, some select boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced over two weeks in July at the Lodi, California plant, have been recalled due to a wheat allergen. This recall only affects consumers with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity. To learn more about the recall, and if your product is affected please go to: http://blog.generalmills.com/.

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70 Comments

  1. Your granola bars look so yummy and I love that you chose to gift your mom the box. I am so with you that Cheerios is just so apart of many of my past memories here, as well and have a feeling my girls will probably say the same now as they are growing. I also hope Scarlet is feeling better and so not ready for the first round of illnesses here, as much as I know it will be coming sadly.

    1. Oh yes – it’s coming! Run and hide!
      She seems to be much better now, luckily. And has since missed school to go to the big fair and to travel to NJ with me. Oops!

  2. I loved cheerios even more when I was pregnant and they are a staple in our house. Jacks favorite meal for the longest time was Cheerios and yogurt. And even now, every time we serve yogurt he asks to put some Cheerios in it!

    Your granola bars look so good!!

    1. They were good, thanks! I thought about putting peanut butter in them but the whole apple cinnamon thing threw me off of peanut butter. Either way, I was a fan!

  3. Oh! I love this! Those granola bars look great, I might have to make them soon 🙂 And I’ll definitely be picking up some Cheerios and sharing some boxes with my loved ones <3 I hope your kiddos are feeling better and you have a great time with your parents 🙂

  4. That is seriously awesome! I love Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, and I need those bars, like right now! Maybe yesterday… Recipes like that are pretty much my favorite things ever. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I grew up on sugary cereals because they were ok back in the day. I get nostalgic when I walk by the Fruity Pebbles in the store 🙂

    1. That’s funny! My parents would let us have “junk cereal” on our birthdays or holidays, but since there were five of us kids, that happened several times a year. It was awesome!

  6. What a fun promotion! I’ve always loved Cheerios and the ability to give a box so easily would make it even better!

  7. I bought Cheerios for the first time in a month last week and the girls were literally jumping and screaming with joy. They would definitely love your granola bars.

  8. Your granola bar recipe sounds (and looks) yummy! We always have a box of Cheerios in the cupboard! I’ll have to look out for the specially marked boxes to gift a box to my brother. We grew up eating billions of boxes of Cheerios! lol

    1. Aw! That’s cute! My son too, but now he’s “graduated” to eating them from a bowl in the car. And of course, spills them. And then the dog eats them.

  9. I like that it’s bigger than regular size so it will definitely last longer. I’ve never had Apple Cinnamon Cheerios but it looks tasty … there are so many ways to enjoy cheerios

  10. Those snack bars look yummy! I going to have to buy an extra box just to whip up a batch. We are HUGE cheerio lovers in this house and it’s quite normal for us to have a couple of different kinds. I am personally a multi grain lover 🙂

  11. I want to make these bars for my daughter, she loves Cheerios. She eats them as a finger food, never with milk. When my son was a lot younger he also ate Cheerios, but now I can’t get him to try them.
    I’m happy that they recently made Cheerios gluten-free. So now I can even enjoy them again.

  12. I think there has always been a box of Cheerios in my pantry for about as long as I can remember. Even before I had kids, but most certainly, several flavours usually in there now that each kid must have their favourite. And that’s fine by me. Gotta try this yummy snack!!

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