The First Person I Shared a Box of Cheerios™ With.

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I have a long history with Cheerios™. I think so many of us do, because it’s timeless, delicious, and the stuff of childhood memories, but it always makes me think fondly of the first person I shared a box with. And that’s my older sister, Lindsay.

(I’m not just one of her baby sisters; I’m also one of her photographers!)

I don’t always dwell on this, but Cheerios™ were a huge comfort to me as a toddler when my father had passed away, and I’m sure meals were hard for my mom to always make. My sister and I would always have Cheerios™ together, whether at home, at our grandparent’s house, or during our trips to Florida or New Hampshire to visit my other grandparents. Now that I have my own kids, I notice how much more I appreciate their convenience and taste. Personally I like to mix my own with a little cream in the milk, but I haven’t told my kids that secret yet. I do tell that to my sister. You know what else is special?

This is going to be her first Mother’s Day as a mama.

It hasn’t been an easy road. Her baby, Parker, was born two months early but he’s doing great right now. His due date was originally in May so many of us thought her first Mother’s Day would actually be next year in 2017! It is a celebration, though, because Parker is healthy and adorable. My sister is one of the strongest people I know, and she’s the only one with the same early childhood memories I have – both painful and hopeful. I raise my bowl of Cheerios™ to my sister, Lindsay, and I know she can raise her own bowl right back to me because of the “Buy a Box. Give a Free Box” campaign at Walmart right now.

You can purchase a box of specially marked boxes of Cheerios™ that are sold exclusively at Walmart. Then you can enter your code and fill out an E-card online for a friend/sister/loved one to receive a coupon for their own free box of Cheerios™.

They can take their coupon to their local Walmart.

Even though we don’t live as close as I’d like, we can each enjoy our own box of Cheerios™, and think of each other. My older sister is building her own life right now, and her own family, and I couldn’t be more proud and inspired of who she is.

I am also so happy to share motherhood with her. I have so many things to tell her, and I’m sure she’ll have things to tell me! I’ll tell her (and you) that Cheerios™ are amazing in salads. I know because I follow the lead of my kids, and use them as croutons. Seriously, it’s one of the better salads I’ve eaten or made. Whether with salad dressing, or without, it works well.

You simply make a kid-friendly snack using the fruits and vegetables they most like, and top with Cheerios™ for crunch and taste. I used butter lettuce, purple cabbage, baby carrots, blueberries, crunch apples, shredded cheese, and the cereal!

I can’t tell you exactly WHY this makes their kids eat their vegetables, but I even put them on my own salad now!

My kids (and I) tend to like Cheerios™ in more than one thing at a time, because they’re versatile like that. We make a sticky, sweet treat – Cheerios™ Marshmallow Fluff Treats. Then we shape them into hearts, and add sprinkles, because why not?

Cheerios™ Marshmallow Fluff Treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Cheerios™ Marshmallow Fluff Treats


  • 5 cups of Cheerios™
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • Rainbow sprinkles (optional)
  • 1 jar of marshmallow fluff (7.5 ounces). Melt the butter over low heat, add the marshmallow fluff, and stir for about five minutes on low heat. Remove the concoction from the stove and add the cereal. Mix it up well, put it in a pan, and let it cool for awhile. Slice and enjoy!


  1. Melt the butter over low heat.
  2. Add the marshmallow fluff.
  3. Heat for about five minutes over low heat, stirring regularly.
  4. Remove the concoction from the stove and add the cereal.
  5. Mix it up well and put it in a 13 x 9.5 inch pan.
  6. Let it cool and then enjoy!

Do you have someone in mind to share a box with? You can read here about how to redeem your own codes and give a box!

All you need is a box of Cheerios™ and a loved one’s email address. Enjoy!

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  1. Cheerios always reminds me of my little brother. We used to have a bowl and watch cartoons before racing off to school. I love that my three children love Cheerios now, and I get to grab a bowl with them. Great idea to add them to a salad! (client)

  2. I would have never thought to put it on a salad, but heck why not! Cheerios make everything better! Your marshmallow fluffs make me happy. Pretty much anything with sprinkles becomes a happy food!

    1. And to think, I almost didn’t use sprinkles! And I almost used marshmallows instead of marshmallow fluff. I’m sure it can all work well!
      The salad thing.. it’s ingenius. I credit my kids.

  3. Really? Cheerios in a salad? Who would have thought. Then again, why not. Something crunchy and possibly sweet(ish) makes sense. I haven’t been big on cereals, more like on and off and since a few years it is ‘off’. I just don’t eat breakfast, except on the weekend.

    1. There’s just something about the taste of regular Cheerios in there! Can’t explain it. The kids discovered it and I totally do it while I’m alone too!

    1. Smart snack! I bring them onto planes, and if I’m going somewhere early morning and didn’t eat breakfast. I can’t have that going for too long!

  4. I never thought about adding Cheerios to a salad. My daughter loves Cheerios and I eat them occasionally too now since they are gluten free. I have to go to Wal-Mart this week so I’m going to pick up a box of Cheerios and take advantage of this deal:)

  5. I have never thought to add Cheerios to salads, but if you think about it, it works! The marshmallow treat looks awesome too. And how sweet that you and your sister are so close. I’m glad to hear her baby boy is doing well!

    1. It’s like you said – it just works. I couldn’t get enough! I want to thank my kids for that genius suggestion.
      And yes, baby Parker is doing well! New home and everything. His “due date” is this week.

  6. Momma, it never even occurred to me that Cheerios could be in a salad. What an ingenious idea! I never real ate Cheerios. And they were never in my pantry until to boys were 6months. They’re still in my pantry and it’ll be sad day when they no longer are a staple.

    1. Aww.. I think they always will be a staple here because they’re great on mornings I don’t have time to eat a full breakfast. Like when I’m going to the airport. Fabulous dreams.
      And I’ll probably still be putting them in a salad, I kid you not..

  7. Hi Tamara, Cheerios weren’t around when I was young (I know you probably can’t imagine there was ever a world without Cheerios, but sadly there was), but my son really loved them and I would happily have a bowl of them too. I have no idea what marshmallow fluff is, but I bet it’s nice! Those Cheerios Marshmallow treats do look good too.

    Not in a million years would I think to add Cheerios to a salad, but next time we have a box in, guess what I’m using for croutons?


    1. Wow! I really can’t imagine. They were just always around, I thought!
      Marshmallow fluff is a New England thing. Ever hear of a Fluffernutter sandwich? It’s marshmallow fluff with peanut butter! It’s.. exactly how it sounds! It’s made of marshmallow ingredients but it’s stickier than that – better for recipes and sandwiches.
      Cheerios make great salad garnish!

    2. What!!! I’m 80 and ate them as a kid, we called them little wheels.They were created I think in 1941.

  8. I don’t think you can even be a kid these days without eating Cheerios, right? My kids lived on them. I like them mixed up with nuts and mini chocolate chips as trail mix. And tell Des he is looking entirely too grown up… your kids are like my little kids, so they need to slow down! (must be the haircut….)

    1. He did get a haircut! Sob!! He looks almost four! Ok.. well.. he is almost four. Sob again.
      Even at 34, or 94, I think Cheerios always have a great use.

    1. I appreciate that! Sometimes I just love them as is, but it’s fun to make snacks for the kids – healthy ones, fun ones, all of them!

  9. wow what a sweet little story about your sister. I am sure she thinks the world of you too. 😉

  10. Cheerios are loved by my entire family. The Cheerios Marshmallow Fluff Treat looks so fun and delicious.

  11. I love the title of your post and this story. Glad your sister gets to celebrate THIS Mother’s Day with a healthy baby. Also have never thought to put Cheerios on a salad. Gotta try that. I also am able to enjoy salad with little or no dressing. I just have a lot of different flavors going on. It makes me sick to look at someone drown their salad in dressing. YUCK – especially thick, chunky, barfy looking ones.

    1. Yeah, I’m not a dressing person! It’s almost counter-productive, because many contain high fructose corn syrup. Yuck! Just add some Cheerios and call it a day!

  12. I’ve been eating cheerios for as long as I can remember. Cheerios & marshmallow fluff? Count me in! Hope your sister has a wonderful first mother’s day!

  13. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like Cheerios. I always keep a box in my house!

  14. Those fluff treats look so tasty! We buy a lot of Cheerios around here…usually two different flavors that get mixed together. I never thought to use marshmallow fluff for cereal treats. Does it have a different texture/flavor/crunch?

    1. You know, probably not much? When it’s cooked with the butter, it’s just like using marshmallows. I guess it differs when you eat it from the container or on a sandwich!

  15. You’re killin’ it on the treats, friend!! I think every week you have me over here in awe of your recipes. 🙂
    The smell of Cheerios reminds me of when the babies were really babies. Time flies.

  16. I love this! Those cheerio marshmallow treats look wonderful…the sprinkles make it completely! I can honestly say that I have never thought of adding them to a salad, but I bet the fruit added makes it awesome. Sounds like you have a great idea of celebrating the day…I am just thrilled to have my kids with me! Wishing you an amazing, upcoming Mother’s day filled with cupcakes and rainbow sprinkles…and moose!

    1. AW, that’s wonderful that your kids will be there with you. It’s the best! One can only hope there really is a moose sighting for me on Mother’s Day!

  17. Do you know that every since I had to go GF, I eat cheerios ALL. THE. TIME. And now that they have their honey nut ones GF? I just hoarded six family boxes last week to stock up for me. I can go through bowls and bowls in one sitting. They are my FAVORITE!

    Such a fantastic campaign, Tamara. And I love that you shared so many other ways I can enjoy them. MUST try!

    1. When it cooks in the pan with the butter, it breaks down almost identically to marshmallows. It’s definitely sticky when you’re mixing it up, but then dries just like the krispie treats! So good!

  18. That marshmallow fluff is so cute! And it’s such a great idea to add cheerios to veggies. Very interesting!

  19. I love Cheerios. I just had a bowl when I got the munchies the other night. It was one of my favourite parts of raising babies… that moment when they get to try finger foods and of course Cheerios!! I love your marshmallow treat idea too. I make a similar treat, but I use peanut butter and caramels (yes, the kind you have to unwrap, but it’s worth it!) and then drizzle with melted chocolate. It’s like crack. Seriously though.

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