This shop has been compensated by ACME. All opinions are mine alone. #AStockUpSale #ACME #CollectiveBias
I'm sure we can all relate to the afternoon hunger pains. Whether you have a kid at home with you or they're at school all day, they seem to be suddenly starving in the afternoon! With all that playing, running around, and learning, they need a little something to hold them over until dinner.
Today I'm sharing an easy recipe with you to help fight off that hunger! These Sweet & Salty Cereal Clusters are perfect for an afternoon snack.
- 4 cups Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
- 1 cup caramel popcorn with peanuts
- ¾ cup m&m's
- 1 cup pretzel sticks, slightly broken
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
- ⅓ cup light corn syrup
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Using aluminum foil, line the bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan. Spray foil with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix cereal, popcorn, m&m's, chocolate chips, and pretzels. Set aside.
- Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, honey, and butter in a microwavable bowl.
- Microwave on High 2-3 minutes, pausing to stir about every 30 seconds. It should be boiling.
- Once it is boiling, microwave for another minute so it thickens up.
- Allow to cool a few minutes.
- Pour syrup mixture over cereal mixture in bowl.
- Stir until everything is well coated.
- Press mixture into pan firmly.
- Refrigerate for about an hour.
- Using a knife, run a few cuts down through to break it up.
Thanks to the Stock Up Sale at ACME, I'm able to stock up on some of our favorite things! I can never resist a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and we go through a ton of yogurt, so the Yoplait that's on sale is a big win for us!
My store had an endcap with all of the General Mills cereals that were $1.88 on it. Of course, you can also find them in the cereal aisle.
Most kids would be able to pour the syrup mixture into the bowl with the cereal, but mine was still a bit too hot for me to feel comfortable with him doing that.
Charlie was able to stir though! I love being able to have Charlie help me in the kitchen and since there is no stove or oven required for this snack, it's perfect for him!
Because what kid doesn't love stirring and occasionally grabbing from the bowl?
This would also make a great snack for those college kids living in dorm rooms!
When paired with a yogurt, this makes for a perfect afternoon snack for those starving kids (or grown-ups)!
The boys LOVED these! Don't mind Charlie's long fingernails with dirt (or possibly chocolate under them). I did cut them after I looked at these pictures!
What are some of your favorite after school snacks?