Help! I have way too much cereal!

@lilybug (21148)
United States
July 10, 2008 5:30pm CST
My daughter gets cereal on WIC. Well they give her 36 ounces of cereal a month. That is more than all of us combined can eat. I have several boxes of Cheerios, Corn Chex, and Bran Flakes. Any ideas on what I can do with them? Any recipes using cereal as an ingredient?
11 responses
10 Jul 08
hi there firstly i do not have a clue what WIC is, could you please enlighten me as i always like to learn new facts :) there are many things you could do with the cereal, you could crush it and use it as a coating for meat or chicken, just add some herbs and spices and it would be really nice, you could make cornflake tart (my fave lol) or if you have some children get them to make cereal buns by mixing it with melted chocolate and putting it into little cake cases.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
10 Jul 08
WIC is short for Women Infants and Children. They give pregnant women, infants and children milk, cereal, cheese, juice and eggs every month. Infants get baby formula, baby juice, and baby cereal. It is kids up to age 5. My daughter gets 5 gallons of milk, 2 dozen eggs, 4 containers of frozen juice, a jar of peanut butter, and 36 ounces of cereal a month from them.
10 Jul 08
oh wow that is really good, is that in the US? we have something similar here in the uk its called healthy start vouchers where you can exchange them for milk or fresh fruit or vegetables
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Lucky you guys to get fresh fruit and Veggies too.
@xJonox (222)
10 Jul 08
Ohhhhh yes I have lots of ideas... Unfortuneatly none of them really involving cooking or making anything all too tastey i'm afraid =P I've done it before, try making the worlds biggest tower out of cheerios, if you keep getting more too, even better! keep adding on those Cheerios!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I guess I could have the kids do Cherrios art like the little girl in the commercial who made a picture for her grandpa.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Yes, that's a great idea. You could make necklaces to work on hand eye coordination. Then use them later for counting. Fun.
@xJonox (222)
11 Jul 08
I agree =) Make some cheap and easy fun out of them... the more you do it the more fun games you could come up with =) I remember when I was with my neice and we was playing with suger puffs with her... then we BOTH got shouted at haha
• United States
10 Jul 08
well you can always use the cheerios in a diffrent version of rice krispy treat. the chex can be put in with a party mix.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
11 Jul 08
My son likes Chex party mix, but he can only eat so much of it. He actually likes it when I make it with JUST cereal.
• United States
12 Jul 08
Ya well you can always makes some up and give it to your friends and family too.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Banana Bran Muffins 2 cups bran flakes cereal 1 1/4 cup flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 egg 3/4 cup unsweetened orange juice 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 mashed banana Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl combine dry (first four) ingredients. In a medium bowl beat liquid (last four) ingredients. Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix to moisten batter. Spoon batter into greased muffin cups. Bake muffins for 20 to 25 minutes. Honey Bran Bars 4 cups bran flakes 1/2 c. nuts, chopped 1/2 c. raisins 1/3 c. butter or non-hydrogenated margarine 1/3 c. honey 1/3 c. brown sugar, packed Lightly grease 9 x 9 inch baking pan. In large bowl, toss together cereal, nuts and raisins; set aside. In 2-quart saucepan, combine butter, honey and brown sugar. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and boil 5 minutes. Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat well. Press evenly into prepared pan. Let stand 1 hour. Cut into 2 x 1 1/2 inch bars. Store in tightly covered container. Makes 24 bars.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Those both sound great. I bet both my kids would love the Honey Bran Bars. THey love honey. Thanks for posting them.
• United States
24 Jul 08
You can use the cheerios and the chex both to make snack mixes like you can buy at the grocery store. There's some really easy recipes online (I'd copy and paste a few here, but alas, I can't C&P yet). Makes a great snack for on the go or just a healthy treat for in between meals!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
24 Jul 08
My son loves chex mix, but he won't eat it with the Cheerios. I made it that way once.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I'll take a box of Chex. I love that cereal!lol Or you could make some MUDDY BUDDIES Ingredients: 9 cups Chex® cereal (any variety) 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar Preparation Directions: -1. Stove-Top Directions: Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. 1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside. 2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, stir together chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. 3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Stove-Top Directions: Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
11 Jul 08
See now, where I grew up we called that Puppy Chow. Seriously. My aunt used to make it all the time for our family reunion and she called it Puppy Chow. I have seen it called that in a few cookbooks too. I love that stuff.
@WATARIKENJI (1534)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Im also interested for some cereal recipes.
• United States
13 Jul 08
That's very generous! As for the flakes you could try to crush them in a plastic baggie and then mix into your meatloaf. That works for me sometimes. Or, you could crush them and use them as a sugar substitute in cookies and cakes cause mostly the flakes are loaded with sugars. Happy cooking! Enjoy the cereal!
• United States
11 Jul 08
Sounds like a dilemma. You could make breakfast bars out of them. I think they would taste awesome. I don't know any recipes by heart, but I can give you a few tips. First of all, try combining all of the cereal together. That will make the texture of the bars amazing. And try adding honey when you are creating the mix. And maybe add some fruit too.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
10 Jul 08
There is a great recipe on Chex boxes for party mix. There is a salty recipe and a sweet recipe. Both of them are delicious. Come to think of it, I don't know if the recipes are always there. I buy them around the Christmas holidays and there is always a recipe on them that I use.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I haven't tried this, but I don't know why you couldn't put it in a plastic bag and freeze it. You could use Bran flakes or Corn flakes along with flour to make a breading for meat and then fry it. You could also top ice cream with corn chex, add a little chocolate syrup and you have a sunday! Maybe instead you could donate some to a local daycare or the Food Bank. I'm sure they would appreciate it.