Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fried Cheerios (aka, Classic Hot Buttered Cheerios)

Today I am sharing an old school snack, one I grew up on in the 70s and 80s - Fried Cheerios, also know as Hot Buttered Cheerios. A fun, tasty throwback for Thursday! 

An old school classic snack - buttery, crunchy, salty goodness that's ready in about 5 minutes! Simple to make, so good. Skip the popcorn and give this recipe a try!



Yesterday afternoon, I grabbed a small bowl of dry Cheerios for a snack and had a flashback - I remembered my mom making hot buttered cheerios as a kid. I haven't thought about them in decades. 


Last night during dinner, I asked my husband if he grew up with them...he hadn't. Our daughter said one of her friends was just talking about them, that she and her family make them all the time - they love them. Of course, my husband couldn't wait to try them so I made a batch today. 



For today's batch, I fried the Cheerios in butter on the stove with a little sea salt. So good!  A crunchy, salty winner! 



These fried Cheerios are addictive!! Not the least bit healthy, but a great cure for a crunchy, salty craving. The next time we have movie night, I'm whipping up a batch of these instead of popcorn.   



I have to admit, these taste so much better as an adult than they did as a kid. I'm pretty sure my mom used margarine instead of butter. I don't remember a lot of real butter in the house growing up, unless it was the holidays. I also think she made them in the microwave so they were not super crispy, often a little wet and soggy. So if you want to give them a try, skip the margarine and microwave. 



Fried Cheerios (aka, Classic Hot Buttered Cheerios)


Ingredients
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 1/4 cup butter (salted butter)
  • salt to taste
Directions
In a large skillet, melt-butter over medium to medium-high heat. Add Cheerios, coating well in butter, stir for approximately 3 to 4 minutes, until cheerios are nicely toasted and crispy. Remove, sprinkle with salt...enjoy!  

Tips
Instead of salt, season with seasoning salt (like Lawry's Seasoning Salt). Add a little Worcestershire (1/2 teaspoon) to the butter for extra flavor.

Here are three new twists on this classic recipe (from Betty Crocker, click links below for the recipes):

Mini-Doughnut Hot Buttered Cheerios 
"A sweet sugar-cinnamon mix that tastes just like everyone’s favorite fair food!"

Apple Pie Hot Buttered Cheerios 
"A great snack for when an apple-pie craving hits - try it with Apple-Cinnamon Cheerios for even more apple flavor."

Garlic Toast Hot Buttered Cheerios 
"This savory spin is a perfect alternative to movie-night popcorn!"

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!

***This is not a sponsored post. I have no affiliation with 
General Mills/Cheerios or Betty Crocker.***

24 comments:

Marsha Baker said...

What a great idea! This post made me laugh. I've never heard of such a thing, but will have to give it a try soon as it sounds oh so delish! So glad you had that flashback. =)

Mary N said...

Thanks, Marsha - You should give them a try! I plan to make the mini-doughnut version this weekend. Hope you are well. Always fun hearing from you. Have a wonderful weekend!

Patricia Michelin said...

I never heard of these, but I tried it last night with the Honey Nut Cheerio's and sprinkled lightly with a little cinnamon sugar afterwards, and it was divine! Thank you for sharing your memory and your recipe. Wishing you the best day ever!

GINA said...

My family made these all the time when I was a kid I made them all the time for my kids as well. We always used Margarine they are better than popcorn in my book. In fact I made some last night for us. One of my favorite snacks. I'm going to go make some now YUMMY! Deliciousness

GINA said...

My family made these all the time when I was a kid I made them all the time for my kids as well. We always used Margarine they are better than popcorn in my book. In fact I made some last night for us. One of my favorite snacks. I'm going to go make some now YUMMY! Deliciousness

GINA said...

My family made these all the time when I was a kid I made them all the time for my kids as well. We always used Margarine they are better than popcorn in my book. In fact I made some last night for us. One of my favorite snacks. I'm going to go make some now YUMMY! Deliciousness

Anita said...

We did this all the time years ago but used Puffed Wheat . Was one of my favorites and this was way before microwaves were even a thought!!!

Sylvia Abbott said...

My mother used to make a similar snack using puffed wheat or rice. I made it for my children and they loved it. Crunchy and delicious. Use an iron frying pan for best results.

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of chef mix. Now I can just make the cheerios.

Anonymous said...

made fried cherrios but my mother made chex mix with cherrios in it and I used to pick them out. As an adult I have made 'cherrios chex mix using the seasoning mix and just used cherrios.

Anonymous said...

Can you use honeynut cherrios? Would it still work?

Anonymous said...

I just made this with honey nut cheerios and a little cinnamon. Yummy. A little salt and some nuts toasted with the cheerios might be great!

Rufina Herman said...

I think Parmesan cheese sprinkled on hot buttered cheerios would be yummy.


Anonymous said...

My first time, today!! I am in love!! They are perfect as is, or lots of of things! Thank you for awesome treat that my Granddaughter likes too!!

Anonymous said...

I can't eat popcorn anymore and I miss it! This might be just what I need to cure that craving? I can't wait to try them

Anonymous said...

These sound good. I have some Honey Nut Cheerios leftover from my daughter's visit, and now I have a way to use them. Wish I had known about this snack when my kids had braces and could not eat popcorn!

Anonymous said...

Have never heard of this snack but will try. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

I had these when I was a child. I am 84 years young now. I always made these for my family and now do for grand children and great grand children,

Llb3349 said...

I have been eating these for sixty some years and still love them. My 2 kids grew up on them also as a special breakfast. My 3 year grandson also loves them and often asks for them for breakfast. The only difference is that we called them cooked cheerios.

d Erickson said...

I make it in the microwave and use season salt.

gjahntx said...

We never had fried cheerios, but we always had the old fashion chex mix that had cheerios in it, along with rice, corn and wheat Chex. I now make this wonderful mixture (we call Texas Trash) for my grandkids and they love it!

Anonymous said...

Are you pregnant? Lol jk

Anonymous said...

Is this a Southern thing? Where are people from? I'm from IL. Never heard of them.

Unknown said...

I love this idea I think I'll make some tommrow thanks for the idea