Chocolate Cheerios Review & Giveaway

>> Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Have you spotted Chocolate Cheerios on the grocery store shelves yet? Given my obsession with love of chocolate, it's no surprise that I was excited about giving these a try. I must say I was not disappointed. They were crunchy and chocolatey without being too sugary tasting. I enjoyed them as a treat in the morning as well as an afternoon snack. My kids really loved them too.

As much as we loved eating them in a bowl with milk, I also think using them in this recipe would be a fun treat for Valentine's Day.

Chocolate Cheerios® Marshmallow Hearts

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Start to Finish: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Crust
1 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 cup Chocolate Cheerios® cereal, crushed
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups miniature marshmallows
Topping
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag (11.5 ounces) milk chocolate chips
4 cups Chocolate Cheerios® cereal
Candy sprinkles, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with foil. In large bowl, mix all crust ingredients except marshmallows with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Press firmly into bottom of pan.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle with marshmallows. Return to oven; bake an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows just begin to puff. Cool while preparing topping.

In large saucepan, place all topping ingredients except cereal and sprinkles. Heat over medium-low heat just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 4 cups cereal. Immediately spoon warm topping over marshmallows; spread to cover. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Cool completely, at least 1 hour.

Using foil to lift, remove mixture from pan; remove foil. With deep 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 18 hearts. Store loosely covered.

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Chocolate Cheerios is low in fat, heart healthy*, has 100 calories per serving, contains at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving (at least 48 grams recommended daily), and is a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Made with real cocoa, Chocolate Cheerios can help your family start the day off right with a delicious and nutritious breakfast that is sure to make you smile!

*Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. Chocolate Cheerios cereal is low in fat, saturated fat free and naturally cholesterol free.

Win it!

Cheerios and MyBlog Spark have generously offered a Chocolate Cheerios Gift Pack to one of my awesome blog readers so you can try them yourself.

The gift pack includes:
1 box Chocolate Cheerios
1 ceramic cereal bowl
1 chocolate scented spa kit


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Disclosure: Cheerios provided me with free product, information and a gift pack through MyBlogSpark for this review. No other compensation was given. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

56 comments:

Mami2jcn February 2, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

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I start the day with a smile by thanking God for another day! wrestlermom2 at yahoo dot com

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Greta February 3, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

When I go into my baby girl's room she is always standing up in her crib, waiting for me to come get her with a big smile on her face. That always makes me smile!

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My girls and I start the day off sharing a mirror while doing our hair! We do wacky hair do's before we start our day and do our original hair style for the day!
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Loretta February 3, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

I start the day by thanking God for my family. lorettab@hughes.net

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I start the day with a smile by tickling my 10 yr old awake in the mornings...giggles are better than grumps anyday!!

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We start out our day listening to music and dancing.

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We start the day out a quick breakfast and some funny jokes.
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My husband and my routine is to check our email accounts then eat breakfast together :)
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~Shelley~ February 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

We always start off our days with a smile! I have all three of my kids sit at the table and have breakfast together..and we are such a silly bunch that there are always smiles on our faces!

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I start out my day with a smile because the first thing I see is my little granddaughter waking up.
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Istart the day by kissing my 2 year old on the belly so she will wake up giggling.
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Kristin February 8, 2010 at 11:20 AM  

We do a lot of singing in the morning as we're getting dresses and brushing teeth.

coriwestphal February 8, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

I make sure and get as much ready the night before as possible. That way we aren't running around crazy and frustrated in the morning. things go much smoother!

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Jenn February 9, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

I start the day with a good hot shower (when Mom is happy, everyone is happy!)

Laura February 9, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

We always hug and kiss each other and call each other by silly names.

Rebeca @All Vegged Out February 9, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

We think of things we are thankful for- it helps set the tone for the day

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I start the day with 2 BIG hugs from my amazing children!!

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We cuddle in bed then go eat breakfast together.
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} February 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

We start and end each day with hugs & kisses -- good for lots of smiles and warm fuzzies all day :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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