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Lucky Charms Bars

Lucky Charms is probably one of those cereals you only spring for occasionally — like around St. Patrick’s Day when that devilish little leprechaun gets the best of your diet. But we must admit, the luck-themed sugary marshmallow shapes do add a fun flair to the holiday. This year, upgrade your classic Rice Krispie squares to these Lucky Charms bars. You basically just swap out the cereal in your favorite Rice Krispie recipe. Lucky Charms bars Makes 16 squares Ingredients 6 cups Lucky Charms 4 tbsp butter 1 (10-ounce) package of mini marshmallows Cooking spray Directions Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. (This will help you remove squares and cut them later.) On low heat, melt butter in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until everything is melted. Pour in cereal and fold until cereal is completely coated with melted marshmallow. Transfer cereal…

Holiday Ornament Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats might already be your go-to when you need a quick treat for a kid’s birthday party or snack for the class, but this holiday season, dress them up a bit for a brand new take on the old classic. They’ll look just as good in your kid’s lunchbox as they will on the buffet table at your holiday party. I made red and green Rice Krispie ornaments, but you could easily adapt to make them match the color scheme of your holiday decor — blues or purples. Leave some without food coloring for an all natural golden ornament look. I sprinkled in some golden sugar sprinkle for extra shine, but the photo doesn’t pick up on it well. Add sprinkles in the colors of your choice for extra customization.  I could even see them decorated with piped white chocolate for more fun and flavor. The Rolos were…

10 grocery story items you should always buy generic

Brand names can invoke nostalgia, but they can also come at a cost. Just because you’ve bought a brand name since you were younger, doesn’t mean it makes sense to continue to buy that product if there is a generic version that saves you some coin. Sometimes the national brand names offer something special, but more often anymore, they don’t. Here are 10 grocery store items you should always buy generic: 1. Cereal Think that tiger is totally original? Think again. The contents of brand named cereal boxes are nearly identical to the generic versions — and the latter can come at half the price. Invest in a airtight container so store the cereal once it’s opened, so it doesn’t get stale in that bag. 2. Water If you still buy bottled water, choose the store brand to stop yourself from washing dollars down the drain. Better yet, buy a…

New entries join junk foods masquerading as breakfast cereal

Are some cereal manufacturers even trying to hide the fact that they’re more akin to junk food than a healthy start to the day? Back in the 1970s and ’80s, the biggest culprit was Cookie Crisp — basically little chocolate chip cookies (that were fortified with eight vitamins and iron!) Now, there are some new entries joining the crowd, hitting store shelves in the past few weeks, as seen below: Post’s Peanut Butter and Cocoa Pebbles joins its cousins Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles and Cinnamon Pebbles. (Did we mention there’s also a Marshmallow Fruity Pebbles?) But wait – there’s more! In addition to Golden Oreo O’s, Post will also release a new Nilla Banana Pudding cereal, available at Walmart beginning in June! This is a spin on the classic dessert made with Nilla wafers – the cereal is banana flavored AND has mini marshmallows. After an initial taste test, I’ll…

Pick pizza over cereal for a healthier breakfast

Grabbing that cold, leftover slice of pizza in the morning might not be such a bad decision after all. It turns out, there are tons of pizzas out there that could be better for you than your favorite breakfast cereal. Registered dietician Chelsey Amer told The Daily Meal, “You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories. However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.” Sure, pizza isn’t exactly a health food. But when you compare it to the nutritional profiles of most common store-bought cereals, it is a more balanced way to start a day. Amer said, “A slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.”…

“The Rock” uses cereal to claim his 5th Guinness World Record

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is known for his bulging muscles as much as he is for his tough-guy roles in Blockbusters like San Andreas, the Fast and the Furious and Hercules. The towering 6ft. 4in. a-list actor and WWE star’s diet consists of more than 10 pounds of food each day, so you might be forgiven if you thought his recent Guinness World Record was for something like crushing a boulder or lifting a semi-truck. But you’d be wrong — He used cereal. Johnson’s production company, Seven Bucks Digital Studios, created a domino maze using 3,006 cereal boxes. The boxes were lined up in connected rows so they would fall in a continuous stream and create a form of culinary optical eye candy. The previous record was 2,686 cereal boxes. According to the Guinness World Records guidelines, the cereal boxes used need to be commercially available and cannot be tampered with or altered in any…

7 things Millennials are changing about the food industry

Millennials are being blamed for killing dozens of industries. From oil to real estate, young adults are leaving their mark on the economy by eschewing what used to be considered American institutions. There are many reasons for these societal shifts. Every generation naturally brings different preferences than the generation before. And every generation grows up during a different time in history: war, history, economy — it all plays a part. “I think we have got a very significant psychological scar from the great recession,” Morgan Stanley analyst Kimberly Greenberger told Business Insider. Maybe nowhere is this change in our daily lives more apparent than in the food industry. Casual dining restaurants were, for Boomers, a weekly must — a result of increasingly busy lives, high discretional incomes, and moves to the suburbs. For Millennials, they’re cliché, overpriced and void of personality. In a world full of options like delivery, fast-casual and make-at-home meal…

Non-cows milk linked to shorter kids, new study finds

“Got Milk?” isn’t such a simple question in today’s grocery store. Beyond the old skim or 2% battle, there are so many other options out there. Soy? Almond? Rice? What was once the simplest of transactions, with a one-size-fits-all home delivery from the milkman, has become pretty darn complicated. But a new study falls in favors of traditional cow’s milk. It turns out Mom was right in telling you you’ll get taller if you drink your milk — but only if that was cow’s milk. A study published this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that kids who drank non-cows milks had shorter statures than their cow milk drinking peers. Canadian researchers studied 5,034 healthy kids ages two to six over several years. They tracked what type and how much milk the children were consuming, and found that each cup of non-cow’s milk consumed was associated with 0.15 inches (0.4 centimeters) lower…