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Hi guys! Today I have a delicious snack recipe to share with y'all, but first let me explain the inspiration for it. Do you have any silly little traditions in your family? Maybe tradition is the wrong word. I’m not talking about the biggies – like, anything involving Christmas or the major holidays. Just silly little things you have always done, and maybe you don’t even remember why? Like how I cut pizza with scissors because that’s just how my mom did it when I was growing up. I didn’t even know that it was weird until long after I got married. Or how my kids settle every argument by rolling dice, instead of Rock-Paper-Scissors style like normal people.

A big one in our family was the “Church Cheerios™”. For years we marched our three small children into church every week in their Sunday best with baggies of cereal in hand. An hour is a long time for little kiddos to sit quietly and it was a fairly mess-less, wholesome snack to keep their busy hands, mouths, and minds occupied during church services. This went on, Sunday after Sunday, for nearly a decade – from the time our oldest was a toddler until our youngest was well into Kindergarten. My older sister did the same thing with her kids. Maybe we learned it from our mom. And I’m sure my daughter will someday take her kids to church, cereal in hand, because “that’s just what you do”.

It’s amazing when you realize how much of what we do as adults is influenced by our mothers. The way they do things day-in and day-out becomes etched in our memories and becomes a part of who we are. I think of my mom countless times every day as I find myself doing things that I have watched her do my whole life. Whenever I make sloppy joes in my electric skillet. Whenever I make my kids do “big cleaning” on Friday afternoon. Whenever I sew something. Whenever I sit at the table long after I have finished eating so that my slowpoke eater will not have to sit there alone after everyone else has abandoned him. The way I make my grocery list and answer the phone. All influenced by my mom.

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I feel blessed beyond reason with the family I was born into. On days when I can barely keep it together raising my three teenagers, I remember my mom’s example. If she could somehow manage to make seven kids (whose ages span fifteen years) each feel uniquely special and loved, I can do the same for my three. And on days when I drop the ball a little, I take comfort in the fact that my kids have a pretty amazing grandma to turn to.

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While doing my grocery shopping at Walmart the other day I saw these exclusive, specially marked "Buy a Box, Give a Free Box" packages of Cheerios. All you have to do is buy a box of speciallymarked Cheerios™ at Walmart, visit the website to enter the code on the box, and fillout an E-card online for your special person to redeem at Walmart and receive afree box of cereal. Cool, right? I immediately thought of my baby sister who recently had her first baby. Who better to pass the "Church Cheerios™" tradition on to than our sweet baby Clara?! It's fun to see my sister become a mother and join the rest of us in passing some of our mother's goodness along to another generation.

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My children have long since outgrown taking snacks to church and, much to their chagrin, are now expected to sit quietly through Sunday services sans cereal. But we do have three giant glass jars of cereal sitting on the kitchen counter top at home for convenient after church -- or school, or late night -- snacking.

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I wanted to try something a little different for an after school snack this week, so I made my kiddos some Churro Cheerios™ Snacks, or Churrios as my son called them. It's a super simple recipe that is a riff on the old Hot Buttered Cheerios™ of the 80's. I'm bringin'em back, baby! I'm not even kidding when I say these only took about 5 minutes to cook up -- and barely longer than that for the fam to scarf them down. These are so stinkin' yummy!

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Churro Cheerios™ Snacks

4 C. Cheerioscereal
1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet.

When butter is completely melted, add cereal and stir to coat.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until cereal starts to turn golden brown. Watch it carefully because it will burn quickly if you leave it on the heat too long.

Dump the hot, buttery cereal into a large bowl and add sugar and cinnamon. Stir well to coat.

Serve immediately.

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Who will you give your gift box of Cheerios™ to? A special teacher? A neighbor or friend? Go ahead, brighten someone's day with a special gift!

Have a great day, friends!

Amy

Buy a Box, Give a Free Box PLUS a Delicious Churro-Inspired Snack Recipe (2024)

FAQs

Are churros a snack or dessert? ›

Perfect as a dessert or snack, they are quick and easy to prep and serve and highly profitable menu additions. Churros can be sprinkled with sugar, coated with candy or cereal, drizzled with caramel or chocolate, dunked in coffee, put in ice cream, and even served as a savory, crispy snack.

Why are churros so good? ›

Once cooked, churros are typically rolled in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, giving them a sweet and slightly spicy flavor. They can be enjoyed on their own or served with various dipping sauces or toppings, such as chocolate, caramel, dulce de leche, or even ice cream.

What is the description of a churro? ›

churro, a fritter of Spanish origin made of flour-based batter that is piped into extremely hot fat and fried, then rolled in cinnamon-laced sugar, resulting in a treat that is sweet and crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside.

Is it OK to eat churros? ›

While eating churros might not be the best way to lose weight, you can still enjoy delicious homemade churros without breaking your diet! Here are a couple of ways you can make churros healthier at home: Skip the oil! Bake your churros in the oven or use an air fryer.

Are churros actually Mexican? ›

Churros originate in Spain and Portugal, but made their way to Mexico and other former Spanish colonies and settlements as well. Spanish churros and Mexican churros are very similar. Spanish churros are coated in sugar and served with a thick dipping chocolate.

What country makes the best churros? ›

Many foo historians think that the churro may have originated in Spain – so it shouldn't be a surprise that Madrid offers arguably the best churro the world over. There are many great churro spots in Madrid – but for the “best” you have only one option.

Are churros better hot or cold? ›

Unlike a cinnamon sugar donut or beignet that seems to lose all its coating after the first bite, the ridges on a churro hold the cinnamon sugar in place. A popular concession stand food item, some will fry their churros offsite and use a heat lamp to keep them warm, but churros taste best when they're hot and fresh.

What country invented churros? ›

Most people believe that the churro originated in Spain, but this dessert has a messy past. There are two theories on where it came from. The first claim is that it was founded in China from a pastry called youtiao, which is fried in oil.

Are churros like Doughnuts? ›

Churros are special South and Central American doughnut sticks. This sweet treat was adopted from Spain and often called a "Mexican doughnut." Churros are tube-shaped, unyeasted sticks of dough, piped from a star-tipped pastry bag, fried in oil, and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

What is a churro in Mexican slang? ›

Originally, the term “Charro” was a derogatory name for the Mexican Rancheros, the inhabitants of the countryside. The term is synonymous with the English terms: “Yokel”, “hick”, “country bumpkin”, or “rube”.

Do churros taste like Doughnuts? ›

What does churros taste like? They taste like cinnamon doughnuts – but BETTER because you've got crispy ridges. The inside is fluffy like a doughnut and they are at their prime freshly made, but they reheat exceptionally well too making them a great make ahead for parties!

Is churros a snack? ›

What are churros? The irresistibly sweet and crispy snack, churro (pronounced: “CHEU-ro”) is a deep-fried pastry treat in the form of sticks, curls or spirals. Churros are a bit like doughnuts, though they are more crispy.

What type of food is churros? ›

You can find a type of fried dough in nearly every cuisine, and one of my favorites is the Spanish churro. Many countries have adopted the churro since its creation, but in Spain, you can dip them in coffee for breakfast or enjoy with a chocolate sauce as dessert.

Is dessert and snack the same? ›

Dessert can be something sweet like cake, pie or pudding. Dessert can also just be some fruit. A snack is something you eat between meals or perhaps a couple of hours after dinner. A snack could be something like cheese and crackers, cookies and milk, yogurt or fruit.

Is dessert a meal or a snack? ›

According to Merriam-Webster, dessert is "a usually sweet course or dish (as of pastry or ice cream) usually served at the end of a meal." A granola bar, meanwhile, is defined as "a bar made of a mixture of oats and other ingredients (such as brown sugar, raisins, coconut, or nuts) that is eaten as a snack."

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