January 9, 2017
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If you love making seasonal treats with your kids as much as I do, these Very Berry Cheerios Valentine’s Day Hearts are just the thing to make!
As you can see from this fun video, the kids can easily help make this recipe.
What I love about these heart shaped treats is that I have all the ingredients in my pantry, including the Cheerios New flavor, Very Berry Cheerios. My kids can’t get enough of them in their cereal bowl since they have tiny berry bits in every single O.
You know my family and I are huge berry fans and I incorporate them into many of my recipes, so when we discovered this new breakfast cereal at the grocery, we were super excited. Finding a cereal that every person in the house loves isn’t always easy and with these being gluten-free and contain no artificial flavors or colors, it’s something I can feel good about letting my kids eat.
This is the perfect recipe for us busy parents when you need to bring a treat to your kids’ school. Although my kids are homeschooled, they have 6-8 kids in their homeschool-tutoring center; and this year, they wanted to bring something to share with their friends.
Making this recipe together was like being back in kindergarten and playing with our food. The gooey marshmallow texture turns the Cheerios into a flexible dough until it cools, and then we can turn it into any shape we want. The simplicity of this recipe is one of the things I like most, and with all the tiny berry bits in each bite, there is no need for additional flavoring.
One thing is for sure, you’ll hear squeals of laughter in the kitchen since they love buttering up their clean hands to spread the mixture and stealing a few (or a lot) of the Cheerios as they are pressing down. “But mom, we have to try them to make sure they are good!”
The 30-seconds of working with the marshmallow dough turns into 10 minutes of finger-licking to make sure every bit of the stickiness is gone –hard work I tell you.
The hardest part is waiting for the mixture to cool enough so they can take the cookie cutter and cut the mixture into heart shapes. While dipping the treat into chocolate isn’t necessary, it’s the ultimate finishing touch to this recipe. Oh, yes, the sprinkles too of course!
Right now, you can find the new Very Berry Cheerios at many retailers near you; and people are sharing how much they love them using #berrieseverywhere on social media.
What are your favorite Valentine’s Treats to make with your kids?
Very Berry Valentine's Day Heart Treats
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 10- ounce package marshmallows
- 6 cups Very Berry Cheerios
- 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips, optional
- Red granular sprinkles, optional
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and marshmallows, stopping at 30 and 45 seconds to stir and combine.
- Add in Very Berry Cheerios and toss everything together with a wooden spoon.
- Transfer cereal mixture onto the lined baking sheet and press down throughout, distributing evenly around to about ½ inch thick.
- Set aside to cool for about an hour or refrigerate for 20 minutes until set.
- Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, begin to cut out the hearts. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips, stirring to make sure they don’t burn every 30 seconds.
- Begin to dip each corner of the Very Berry hearts and transfer to the clean, parchment lined baking sheet for chocolate to set. Sprinkle with sprinkles.
- Optional: After the hearts are fully cooled, push a cake-pop stick through the center of the heart and wrap with small cellophane bags to share with your friends.