Remember that cherpumple the kids and I made about a year ago? That was the brainchild of Charles Phoenix, self-proclaimed “showman, author, humorist, and ambassador of Americana.” Well, Charles Phoenix is back with more kitchen shenanigans …
This recipe requires six cups of what we in the SITFOB household refer to as “vacation cereal,” those brightly-colored sugary bits, often found in boxes festooned with cartoon characters. The kids enjoy mixing their own combinations from those big dispensers at hotels, and we sometimes pick out a box or two for the weeks we’re in the Cape.
Doesn’t this “recipe” just call out for a variety-pack of those single-serving cereal boxes? Alas, our grocery store doesn’t carry them, so I let the kids pick out SIX boxes of vacation cereal (approximately $4.50 a box; you do the math, I’m too embarrassed!). They chose:
- Rice Krispies
- Reese’s Puffs
- Apple Jacks
And the instructions:
- Melt half a stick of salted butter in a large skillet
- Measure one cup of each cereal into a colander, and shake out the “cereal dust”
- Pour cereal into the sizzling butter
- Stir until coated, then continue to stir occasionally until all butter is absorbed and cereal begins to toast
- Allow to cool slightly, and serve
I think the kids were on a sugar high just from having all that “vacation cereal” in the house — they couldn’t believe that I said YES! How did it taste? It tasted fine – it wasn’t as cloyingly sweet as I expected; very reminiscent of the taste of Rice Krispies Treats (without the chewy marshmallow).
Oh, if you want to know what we did with the “cereal dust, you’ll have to watch the video below, from the guy who puts the “kitsch” in kitchen, Charles Phoenix: