Thursday, April 14, 2016

Three Chip Chocolate Cheerio Treats

Wow, what an honor it is for 37 Cooks to have such a huge sponsor, General Mills! They are so well known for their iconic cereals, such as Cheerios, Wheaties, Chex and Total, as well as many others. They have now updated several of their cereals to include no artificial flavors or colors from artificial sources. Nowadays, people have become much more health conscious than ever, so this is great news!

When this latest challenge was announced, I wished, hoped and prayed for Chocolate Cheerios. I knew exactly what recipe I would make (I had made these before and my family loved them). And one day, there they were...Chocolate Cheerios delivered to my doorstep in all their chocolatly goodness!

The chocolate lovers in your life will love these! My husband calls them "the perfect kiddo treat" but grown ups will enjoy them, too. Three different kinds of chocolate chips, chocolate hazelnut spread, marshmallows and, of course, Chocolate Cheerios! What could be better? 

Three Chip Chocolate Cheerio Treats

by Susan W.
Adapted from Quick'n Easy Recipes Peanut Butter Cheerios Treats

6 cups General Mills Chocolate Cheerios
2 Tablespoons butter, plus more for buttering parchment
1/3 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
10-ounce package mini marshmallows
1/3 cup each white, dark and semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cooking spray

Spray a 9" x 13" dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper and butter the parchment. Set aside.

Spray a non-stick pot with cooking spray (also spray your spatula or me on this). Over medium-high, heat melt the butter and chocolate hazelnut spread. When melted, add vanilla and then add the marshmallows. Keep cooking and stirring until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.

Turn the heat off and stir in Chocolate Cheerios, being careful not to crush them (make sure all of the cereal is coated…this will be really sticky and gooey).

Press cereal mixture into the prepared dish. While it’s still warm, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and press in lightly. It’s a good idea to spray all of your cooking tools and even your hands a little while doing this part (did I mention it's sticky and gooey?)

Let cool, remove from pan and cut into squares.

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