But at $3 a box, I'm not having that. My kids eat through them like no tomorrow. Even with coupons and scoring them for $2 a box - you're still talking .25 cents or .33 cents per snack. I'm cheap. That's too much.
So I have resorted to making my own cereal bars - and once you start doing it often, it's so easy to make these that you wonder why you ever bought the packaged crap in the first place:
A 13"X9" batch gives me 15 bars (I cut 5 x 3). Assuming you get the cereal on sale, the whole batch costs less than $3. You'd be paying over $9 for the same amount of bars if you went with the pre-packaged crap.
Here's the general recipe:
1 standard bag of marshmallows (mini or regular)
1/2 stick of butter
9 cups of cereal
Melt the butter and marshmallows in a big pot. Turn off heat and add cereal until all mixed. Put in greased 13"x9" pan and let cool. When working the cereal in the pan, I suggest lubing up your hands/fingers with Crisco. It makes it much easier.
After it cools for a while, cut them in equal squares or whatever you want.
If you're tempted by these creatures like I am - don't worry. Each bar only has about 180 calories and 4 grams of fat. Not too shabby at all.
If you're one of those "really healthy" moms - this works great with Cheerios too.