When I was a kid, I was a cereal fanatic. I would hound my mom to go to the grocery store with her, then I’d spend as long as I could walking up and down the aisle checking each box to decide what had the best possible prize inside. This may or may not be why I don’t tend to bring my own children with me when I’m grocery shopping. My mom apparently had the patience of a saint.
Now that I’m an adult (or at least pretend to be one most days), I don’t spend quite so long in the cereal aisle, but I still am looking for that fun gift inside the box. I may never outgrow that. And you know what’s in General Mills cereal boxes right now? Minions!
We have a minor minion obsession in our house. We have Minion clothes, games (yes, they make a Minion Monopoly, and it’s fast to play), movies, apps, and more. So when I was in Walmart last week – wandering in the cereal aisle, of course – I found boxes of cereal with Minions inside. In specially marked Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, and Golden Grahams XL/family size boxes, you can find a Minion toy and – if you’re really lucky – the 7th and final Minion. Of course I played the odds and picked up three boxes to bring home with me since these are only at Walmart and won’t last long!
When Little Miss saw the cereal I brought home, she immediately ran upstairs to prep for the opening of the cereal box. I kid you not.
And once she opened the box and found her Minion toy, she was thrilled. And then I got a lecture on which Minion is which and how I can tell them apart. This was huge for the wee ones, and I’m relieved that none of our Minion toys were duplicates, so there’s even more fun for them to play.
Of course, now we have three huge boxes of cereal in our house, so of course we’re getting creative with how we use them. There are only so many bowls of cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner I’ll allow the wee ones to eat, but they could happily indulge day and night. Instead, we’re getting creative, and everyone is having fun with it.
Six Fun Ways to Enjoy Cereal
In a bowl with milk. Of course, you can’t forget the classic. The wee ones are always happen to enjoy their cereal the traditional way in a bowl for breakfast. I’ve been woken up every morning the last several days with cries of, “I’m hungry for cereal again! Can I go make breakfast?” Besides, that’s the perfect time to pore over the back of the box and solve the riddles and play the games there.
In place of popcorn for a movie. We do Movie Night with Mommy on a regular basis in our house. As the wee ones are getting older, more and more of their friends have braces or other appliances that prevent them from eating popcorn. I’ve always felt guilty making popcorn and then having a child who can’t eat it. An easy switch? Pour a bowl of your favorite cereal and enjoy. No muss, no fuss, and everyone’s happy!
S’mores sandwiches. This is one of my favorite special treats. I love spreading some chocolate spread on a slice of fresh bread, adding some Golden Grahams and marshmallows, and then just digging in. It has such great flavor and is fun to eat. Whenever the wee one see me pulling this out, you know they’re crowding around me!
Cereal trail mix. Like most families, we’re always on the go. And with Little Miss declaring herself to be a very hungry caterpillar, I feel like I’m always trying to find something to tide her over to the next meal. When we’re running around, I’ll fill a little container with some Honey Nut Cheerios, flaked coconut, dried fruit, and a few chocolate chips. It’s a great mixture and so easy to do when we’re already running late.
Cereal crusted French toast. The wee ones love when I make French toast. It’s always full of flavor because of the ingredients I add to my custard mix. And when you crush up a little cereal and add it to the recipe, and you knock it out of the park. Honey Nut Cheerios crusted French toast takes it up just a notch and not only has a fabulous presentation but tastes amazing. It’s only a few extra minutes to include this extra dash, and wow does it make a difference.
S’mores cereal bars. I grew up eating various marshmallow cereal bars, as my mom enjoyed making them. And I don’t just make the traditional ones now that I’m in charge of the kitchen. Instead, I come up with all sorts of fun varieties like these s’mores cereal bars that feature Golden Grahams, chocolate chips, and – of course – mini marshmallows. I made these for a going away BBQ for my husband who is headed to China for the rest of the summer. They.were.devoured. And still a great no-bake summer recipe.
Whether you’re looking for breakfast, snack, dessert, or other ideas, you’ll love these six fun ways to enjoy cereal. Especially if you’re lucky enough to pick up some of the fun Minion toys from General Mills cereals – because it is all about the prize in the box, right?