cereal http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5649/all en-US 23 Classic Breakfast Cereals We All Miss http://www.wisebread.com/23-classic-breakfast-cereals-we-all-miss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-classic-breakfast-cereals-we-all-miss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bowl_of_cereal_000023836029.jpg" alt="Remembering classic breakfast cereals we all miss" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to our childhood breakfast cereals, it's absence that makes the heart grow fonder. Let's take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about all the sugary Saturday morning staples that have passed on to that big milk bowl in the sky. A moment of silence, please, for this 'In Memoriam.'</p> <h2>1. Smurf-Berry Crunch</h2> <p>I have to start this list with my personal-favorite-but-long-dead cereal, <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=334">Smurf-Berry Crunch</a>. I'd eat it while watching my favorite cartoon, <em>The Smurfs</em> (and <em>The Chipmunks</em>). I'm pretty sure I died a little inside the day my mom couldn't find it on the supermarket shelf. I still get phantom scents of those sweet-sweet Smurf-Berries every now and then, and that makes me happy and sad at the same time.</p> <h2>2. C-3PO's</h2> <p>Crunchy honey-sweetened oats, wheat, and corn cereal, which is basically just Honeycomb by another name. <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=50">This cereal</a> could make a comeback, because <em>Star Wars</em> will never die.</p> <h2>3. Dunkin' Donuts Cereal</h2> <p>Available in <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=130">glazed style</a> and chocolate, these &quot;crunchy little donuts with a great big taste&quot; had to suffice when dad was too lazy to get a box of the real thing. Not the worst compromise ever.</p> <h2>4. Nintendo Cereal System</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=254">Nintendo Cereal System</a> appealed to a broad batch of 1980s gamers by including two types of cereal in one box, with one side representing Mario, and the other, Zelda. Didn't matter which one you ate, though, because they both tasted like the same fruity Trix knockoff &mdash; just more fun to scarf down while trying to beat Level 8.</p> <h2>5. Oreo O's</h2> <p>Isn't it strange that your parents would never let you know eat Oreo's straight out of the package for breakfast, but when Post put them in a cereal box it somehow wasn't as bad? If you'd like a box of <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=270">Oreo O's</a> today, you can still get them &mdash; you'll just have to go all the way to South Korea, the last place on Earth that sells them.</p> <h2>6. Nerds</h2> <p>Like the Nintendo Cereal System, <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=252">Nerds</a> featured two separate packages in one box that had different fruit flavored cereal on each side. You could eat them each separately or together for three distinct experiences. Obviously for the more discerning palates.</p> <h2>7. Kaboom!</h2> <p>This citrus-flavored, <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=211">circus-themed cereal</a> from General Mills featured smiling clown-shaped oat cereal bits and marshmallow bears, lions, elephants, and stars. It also had a big creepy clown on the box to help facilitate your irrational adult fear of big-footed funny guys.</p> <h2>8. Pop-Tarts Crunch</h2> <p>Essentially an early version of the contemporary chocolaty cereal Krave that featured filled centers in flavors like frosted strawberry and frosted brown sugar cinnamon, the two most popular regular <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=281">Pop-Tarts</a> flavors.</p> <h2>9. Strawberry Shortcake</h2> <p>I'm digging deep for <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=348">Strawberry Shortcake cereal</a>, which was sort of like Kix in strawberry. Or maybe a hybrid between a strawberry Kix and the crunch berries from Cap'n Crunch. Strawberry Shortcake's little friend Orange Blossom got in on the action, too, with the same type of cereal in... well, you get the picture.</p> <h2>10. Hidden Treasures</h2> <p>A friend of mine told me about <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=185">Hidden Treasures cereal</a> when I was researching this post, but I had never heard of it before. Wiki calls it a short-lived cereal that was introduced in 1993 alongside <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=343">Sprinkle Spangles</a>, which, coincidentally, I do remember &mdash; and it was gross.</p> <p>There's also quite a morbid story that goes with this discontinued cereal: &quot;Since Hidden Treasures was so short-lived, only two commercials were made for it. A temporary mascot was made for the first commercial, a robot named H.T. H.T. was said to have been programmed to try to figure out what was inside each of the cereal's pieces. He was dropped when the final commercial aired and shattered on impact.&quot; Uh huh, they straight-up murdered that dude right before our eyes. Totally harsh, bro.</p> <h2>11. Halfsies</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=184">Halfsies</a>, from Quaker, was introduced in 1979 as a result of the so-called &quot;sugar-backlash,&quot; which was apparently a thing for a hot second but obviously didn't last long considering all the awesome breakfast cereals dipped, spun, and dunked in pure sugar in the 1980s. It got its name because it was half the sugar of regular cereals and consisted of half-rice/half-corn cereal pieces. Halfsies was discontinued in 1984 when America collectively said, &quot;F it; pass me the Cookie Crisp.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Ice Cream Cones</h2> <p>For those times when your terrible, awful, no-good parents wouldn't let you have <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=207">ice cream for breakfast</a> because it was full of sugar. Good thing they didn't do a side-by-side comparison.</p> <h2>13. Bart Simpson Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch</h2> <p>My guess is that <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=22">this cereal</a> was Kellogg's trying to capitalize on the Simpson's successful 1990s Butterfinger campaign without actually mentioning the candy. Ay caramba!</p> <h2>14. Mr. T</h2> <p>I pity the fool who didn't have <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=244">this cereal</a> in their cabinet.</p> <h2>15. Gremlins</h2> <p>Movies have always been a great tie-in for cereals, especially when they offered prizes inside. But the 1980s and '90s saw a major push toward entire cereals based on movies, or their characters for at least a limited run. <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=178">Gremlins cereal</a> falls squarely in that category, having disappeared from shelves after the movie left theaters.</p> <h2>16. Batman</h2> <p>There have been<a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=25"> other Batman cereals over the years</a>, but the most important one &mdash; the one that you remember most &mdash; is the one that was released in conjunction with Michael Keaton's 1989 <em>Batman</em>. Like Gremlins cereal, <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=24">Batman</a> was similar to Cap'n Crunch; it also was made by Ralston, the brand that totally owned the movie-to-cereal market back in the day.</p> <h2>17. Rainbow Brite</h2> <p>Listen, I'm not saying that having an affinity for Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite as a kid made me gay (because, baby,<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV1FrqwZyKw"> I was born that way</a>), but I am saying that my parents shouldn't have been so surprised; the signs were in our kitchen cabinets the whole time. <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=301">Rainbow Brite cereal</a> was legit, y'all, and I'm proud to say I was a fan.</p> <h2>18. Ghostbusters</h2> <p>Who you gonna call to get this fruity and marshmallow-y cereal back in your bowl? Ralston is a good start, but maybe they'll read our mind and resurrect <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=165">this cereal</a> now that a new band of 'busters will be hitting theaters next year.</p> <h2>19. Pac-Man</h2> <p>I liked the Pac-Man cartoon when it was on in the 1980s, especially as part of the USA Cartoon Express (shout-out to all my homies out there who were down with that choo-choo), and <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=272">the cereal</a> wasn't half bad either &mdash; like Kix with marshmallows in the shape of Pac-Man, Mrs. Pac-Man, and the ghosts.</p> <h2>20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</h2> <p>In this incarnation, based on the 1987-96 TV series, the 'Heroes in a Half Shell' came as marshmallow pieces in a <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=370">Chex-like cereal</a>. That was back when animation was old-school, and not the abomination that is computer-animated cartoons or whatever the heck Michael Bay is doing these days.</p> <h2>21. Teddy Grahams Breakfast Bears</h2> <p>Post got pretty close to serving kids cookies for breakfast with Oreo O's, but Nabisco did them one better. <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=844">Teddy Grahams Breakfast Bears</a> is just a smaller version of the larger cookie &mdash; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">for breakfast</a>, and with absolutely no apologies.</p> <h2>22. Cabbage Patch Kids Cereal</h2> <p>Oh, snap! Almost forgot about this cereal. I imagine my little girlfriends playing with their Cabbage Patch dolls while eating <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=51">Cabbage Patch Kids cereal</a> and having a grand ol' time. Meanwhile, my Cabbage Patch Doll wasn't allowed out of the box, and I'm still in therapy for it.</p> <h2>23. G.I. Joe Action Stars</h2> <p>Not letting this <a href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/cereal_detail.asp?id=164">star-shaped cereal</a> get soggy in milk was half the battle.</p> <p><em>What were some of your favorite cereals as a kid? What cereals do you miss the most? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-classic-breakfast-cereals-we-all-miss">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feelin-flakey-7-delicious-corn-flake-ideas">Feelin’ Flakey: 7 Delicious Corn Flake Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-uses-for-empty-cereal-boxes">19 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-uses-for-stale-cereal">5 Creative Uses for Stale Cereal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfast food cereal nostalgia old school cereal Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:16:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1606588 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Free Stuff by Eating Cereal, Drinking Soda, and Watching TV http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-stuff-by-eating-cereal-drinking-soda-and-watching-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-free-stuff-by-eating-cereal-drinking-soda-and-watching-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_soda_picnic_000029438108.jpg" alt="Couple getting free stuff by drinking soda" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How would you like to get free stuff for eating cereal, drinking soda, and watching TV? Sounds like fun (and also a bit couch potato-y), right? Well, the four companies listed below will help you do just that. If you're looking for low energy ways to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-loyalty-rewards-programs-you-didnt-know-existed">earn free rewards</a> through programs that give you stuff for doing what you already do, put down the cereal bowl for a minute and check out these four programs.</p> <h2>Kellogg's Family Rewards Program</h2> <p>While Kellogg's sells more than cereal, most of us associate it with Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger &mdash; &quot;They're Grrrrrreat!&quot; Even better, Kellogg's also rewards loyal customers with free stuff.</p> <p>By joining the&nbsp;<a href="http://track.mysavingsmedia.net/click.track?CID=308703&amp;AFID=361810">Kellogg's Family Rewards</a> program, members collect points that can be redeemed for rewards, including high value coupons, magazines, toys, and gift cards for retailers like Best Buy, Old Navy, Applebee's, Starbucks, and more. Just buy what you usually do and let the points add up.</p> <p>When selecting a product, simply look for the Kellogg's Family Rewards logo on the package. That logo indicates there is a code (or codes) inside. Take that code and enter it online to get your points. The number of points earned per product varies.</p> <p>Kellogg's also offers bonus code opportunities where members don't have to purchase anything.These codes are sent out via e-mail or social media, or can be found online by doing a search for &quot;Kellogg's Rewards codes.&quot; Members can also earn bonus points by purchasing specific products promoted by Kellogg's.</p> <p>Is it worth it?</p> <p>Well, if I were going to purchase the product anyway, and it was on sale (and I had a coupon), I would totally take a few seconds to enter my point codes to earn a few free gift cards. Free is free, my friends.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Drink Soda. Get Free Stuff. Cool.</h2> <p>Even if you don't drink soda, you're sure to have indulged in a Coke or Pepsi product at least a few times in your life. If so, have you thought about joining one or both of their rewards programs?</p> <h3>My Coke Rewards</h3> <p>The My Coke Rewards program premiered in 2006, and was revamped in January of 2015. Similar to many programs, people who join <a href="http://www.mycokerewards.com/content/home.html">My Coke Rewards</a> earn freebies by collecting points and redeeming them. Points are earned by looking for codes which are located on Coke products (i.e. underneath bottle caps) and entering them in the online rewards portal. Coke has also introduced a tiered program where members can achieve Bronze, Silver, or Gold level by completing &quot;status&quot; activities such as tweeting and other social media related tasks. Each tier offers perks like bonus points and unlocks different rewards, such as gift cards to retailers like Target and Walmart, and products like Keurig coffee machines.</p> <p>Personally, I rarely drink soda, but I still drink a lot of bottled water. I won't be a fast points earner, but looking under the caps and entering codes in exchange for free gift cards a few times a year is low-effort enough for me to participate.</p> <h3>Pepsi Experience Points</h3> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://points.pepsi.com/">Pepsi Experience Points</a> program is different than My Coke Rewards in that members don't have to purchase anything to earn rewards. There are no codes on caps or packages to look for to get points. Instead, the Pepsi program revolves around members participating in activities Pepsi sponsors or wants to promote. Activities include reading targeted articles, checking out specific websites, watching videos, tweeting, liking Facebook pages, and so on.</p> <p>The reward options are different as well, focusing more on logo-stamped merchandise such as camping chairs, baseball caps, and sweepstakes entries. Their gift card options are limited, too (as of this writing there were only two gift cards available). Still, points are easy to accrue since everything is done online. It can feel like Pepsi is paying you in points in exchange for free promotion&hellip; which is basically what it is. However, if you don't mind, free stuff could be in your future.</p> <h2>Watching TV Just (Sorta) Got Profitable With Verizon FIOS</h2> <p>Verizon FIOS has a rewards program where customers can earn free stuff like Starbucks and Visa gift cards. While this is not a reason to go out and sign up with Verizon or switch companies, it's definitely a reason to log into your account once a month and spend a minute looking around after paying your bill.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.verizon.com/home/MLP/myrewards.html">Verizon My Rewards+</a> program is similar to the above programs in that it is a points for rewards venture. Sample activities include checking out a Verizon product demo, completing your profile, liking them on social media, enrolling in auto pay, and so on. Of course, the big point earning opportunities come if you do things like add or upgrade services (never gonna happen!).</p> <p>Each month when your bill arrives, there's a reminder to check out the rewards program. Take a moment and log on. It's an easy way to earn a free gift card or two this year. To be fair, I'm not sure a couple of free gift cards a year is a fair trade given the cost of cable (from any provider!). But hey, at least with Verizon FIOS, I get to enjoy a free Starbucks latte while watching my favorite shows.</p> <p>So, there you have it. Four programs where you can earn free stuff just for doing what you already do. If you're already a consumer of these products, earning free gift cards and other rewards is easy to do.</p> <p><em>Do you participate in any of these or similar programs? Let me know in the comments below. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-stuff-by-eating-cereal-drinking-soda-and-watching-tv">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-make-these-6-credit-card-sign-up-bonus-mistakes">Don&#039;t Make These 6 Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Mistakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-meet-a-rewards-card-minimum-spending-requirement">5 Smart Ways to Meet a Rewards Card Minimum Spending Requirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping">8 Ways to Earn Extra Income While Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income cereal freebies points rewards soda tv Tue, 05 May 2015 21:00:21 +0000 Kim Owens 1410140 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Creative Uses for Stale Cereal http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-uses-for-stale-cereal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-creative-uses-for-stale-cereal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3423196385_c5a3749023_z.jpg" alt="cereal" title="cereal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="155" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With five kids in my house, boxed cereal is a staple for breakfast &mdash; and, once in a while, even snacks. I&rsquo;d like to say that we use up every toasted flake of cereal in the most efficient manner, but this is not the case. Depending on the flavor of cereal, some of it goes stale before it can all be eaten. This usually happens with the &ldquo;healthier&rdquo; cereal varieties, but I&rsquo;ve found a few solutions to make sure every bit is used up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feelin-flakey-7-delicious-corn-flake-ideas">Feeling Flakey: 7 Delicious Corn&nbsp;Flake Ideas</a>)</p> <h3>1. Bread Crumb Substitute</h3> <p>Ranging in price from a dollar to a little over three dollars for six cups, breadcrumbs are something I try to never have to purchase. When I can&rsquo;t find any clearance bakery items to grind up, I switch to the less-sweet cereal varieties, which work just as well. Just grind them up in your food processor or crunch them up with a rolling pin, and you have the perfect ingredient for mixing into meatloaves or creating a perfect onion ring crust. (<a href="http://www.lillepunkin.com/2012/09/easy-ham-balls-recipe.html" target="_blank">Ham balls</a> are actually tastier with sweetened cereal like Frosted Flakes!)</p> <h3>2. Bird Food</h3> <p>Since we have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens">free-range chickens</a>, they are already enjoying some of our healthier scraps. Our flock also really enjoys generic Cheerios, cornflakes, and shredded wheat. You can help kids cover a pinecone with peanut butter, then roll it in a mixture of crushed, unsweetened cereal to create a yummy treat for backyard birds this winter!</p> <h3>3. Craft Supplies</h3> <p>Kids love stringing things, and small hands work well with larger pieces of thread and beads with bigger holes. If you are concerned about kids working with materials that may be a choking hazard, I recommend a generic Cheerio or Fruit Loop type cereal to thread the string through. While they are still not something I would advise a child under three to work with, if one or two fall on the floor and get into the hands of the younger sibling, they aren&rsquo;t as dangerous as a plastic or glass bead. Cereal can also be glued to cardboard and painted for free-form play.</p> <h3>4. Indoor Terrain</h3> <p>If you have a little boy in your home, you know how appealing dirt can be. Kids seem to want to run their fingers through dirt, push their toys into it, and pour it from cups into bowls. Stale cereal can be used in much the same way as dirt or sand, especially indoors, where you may want to use something with less of an &ldquo;ick&rdquo; factor.</p> <h3>5. Baking</h3> <p>There are a handful of recipes I&rsquo;m familiar with that get some of their deliciousness from the characteristics of dry cereal. Stale cereal has been used in everything from cookies to cakes with much success. Cereal that&rsquo;s high in fiber can be crushed finely to create a &ldquo;flour&rdquo; and substituted for a quarter of the regular white flour in most recipes. You may also want to try this <a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/kitchen-basics/99560-garbage-cookie-recipe-aka-stale-cereal-cookies.html" target="_blank">garbage cookie recipe</a> I found at Frugal Village!</p> <h3>If You Don&rsquo;t Like Recycling Food, You Can Always Try to Revive It</h3> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5943793/futureproof-your-pantry-with-easily-reviveable-and-repurposable-foods" target="_blank">Lifehacker tells us</a> that it&rsquo;s possible to give new life to chewy cereal by putting it in the oven for 3-5 minutes at 300 degrees. I&rsquo;m guessing putting it on a baking sheet in a single layer will do the trick, and while you&rsquo;re at it, you may want to consider using the cereal as a component in homemade<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-quick-homemade-breakfasts"> oven-baked granola</a>!</p> <p><em>Have you found a tasty way to bring old cereal back from the dead?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-uses-for-stale-cereal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">The Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash">10 Refillable Things That Will Save You Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Green Living bread cereal reusable stale Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:36:32 +0000 Linsey Knerl 959604 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes http://www.wisebread.com/19-uses-for-empty-cereal-boxes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-uses-for-empty-cereal-boxes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4153157634_0874116d90_z_0.jpg" alt="cereal box hats" title="cereal box hats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was a kid, I loved going to the supermarket with my mom. My favorite aisle? Cereal!</p> <p>All those colors and flavors and prizes inside &mdash; it was hard to pick just one box. Of course, while I was eating the cereal, I didn&rsquo;t care about the box at all (except to play the games on the back).</p> <p>My, how times have changed. I still eat cereal from time to time (my favorite is Fruity Pebbles), but instead of disregarding and discarding the box, I repurpose it.</p> <p>Think you can&rsquo;t do anything with an empty cereal box? Think again. Here are 19 ways you can satisfy your craving for the sweet stuff while also saving money and the environment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-ways-to-reuse-paper">22 Ways to Reuse Paper</a>)</p> <h2>1. Notepads</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll need a few more supplies to make a notepad out of a cereal box &mdash; like Modge Podge, binder clips, and an X-ACTO knife &mdash; but when you&rsquo;re finished you&rsquo;ll have one-of-a-kind pads that your school- or office-mates will envy. Check out instructions to make cereal box notepads at <a href="http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2011/04/cereal-box-crafts-notepads.html">Infarrantly Creative</a>. Very cool, indeed. If you want <a href="http://makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com/2010/09/spiral-notebook-make-over.html">cereal-box notebooks to match</a>, you can learn how to make those in a few easy steps too.</p> <h2>2. Gift Boxes</h2> <p>No, you&rsquo;re not just stuffing a gift into a cereal box and handing it over as is &mdash; don&rsquo;t be lazy. Rather, turn the cereal box inside out and decorate the unprinted side however you want &mdash; with paper, ribbons, bows, buttons, or whatever you can think of, really. The recipient will appreciate the thought that went into your handmade masterpiece. Plus, they can re-gift using it.</p> <h2>3. Gift Tags</h2> <p>Cut out whatever shape you want from a cereal box (you can trace a cookie cutter for fun shapes), punch a hole at the top, and address the tag to the recipient. Tie it to the gift with ribbon or string. Easy as that.</p> <h2>4. Bookmarks</h2> <p>Use an X-ACTO knife to cut two rectangular shapes from the same cereal box. Glue them together on the unprinted side. Done in under two minutes.</p> <h2>5. Magazine Holder</h2> <p>Cereal boxes are the perfect size to store your magazines &mdash; and you don&rsquo;t have to do much to the box beside cut it diagonally. Follow these easy instructions on <a href="http://www.allfreecrafts.com/recycling-crafts/magazine-holder.shtml">how to make a cereal box magazine holder.</a> You can leave the holder as is for a quirky bit of nostalgia, or you can spray paint it and redecorate to match your current décor.</p> <h2>6. Placemats</h2> <p>Use the entire front or back of a large cereal box and spray paint it white. Once it&rsquo;s dry, let your kids decorate it themselves using markers. When they&rsquo;re finished, have their personalized placemats laminated at your local Staples or FedEx store. They&rsquo;ll love eating their meals off of something they made.</p> <h2>7. Masks</h2> <p>Cereal boxes are great for <a href="https://www.tinkatolli.me/blog/2010/04/attention-kids-this-is-the-way-to-create-an-awesome-mask/">making masks for kids</a> to decorate, because the cardboard is rather thin and pliable. Parents should cut out the shape since it could be difficult for small hands, but when they&rsquo;re ready, kids can decorate them with crayons, markers, tissue paper, ribbons, and lots of other small items you keep in the craft box.</p> <h2>8. Shipping Boxes</h2> <p>Cereal boxes as shipping containers are especially useful if you sell stuff on eBay or Amazon. Turn the box inside out and glue the seams back together. Put your item inside (along with stuffing if there&rsquo;s room for the item move around), and address and stamp it.</p> <h2>9. Shipping Envelopes</h2> <p>These require a little more work than cereal-box shipping containers, but they're easily accomplished by laying the entire cereal box flat and cutting a large enough piece to cover the enter document along with flaps. Check out this <a href="http://www.newgreenmama.com/2009/10/tutorial-cereal-box-shipping-envelope.html">tutorial for cereal-box shipping envelopes</a> at New Green Mama.</p> <h2>10. Business Cards</h2> <p>OK, so these aren&rsquo;t for everybody, but if you have a creative profession, like art, cereal box business cards are a cool way to let people know how you operate. You could also use these cards to write down important numbers and information and have them laminated to keep in your wallet.</p> <h2>11. Luggage Tags</h2> <p>This is the same concept as the gift tags, expect you&rsquo;ll put your personal information on the unprinted side (paint it white beforehand to make it more visible if you want). To make sure they last, have them laminated. I promise, everyone will ask where you bought them.</p> <h2>12. Postcards</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-importance-of-friendly-letters">Say hello to a friend</a> by cutting out a 4&quot; x 6&quot; piece of cereal box then writing, addressing, and stamping the unprinted side. Pop it in the mail to send a nice surprise.</p> <h2>13. Painter's Palette</h2> <p>If you or your kids like to paint, use a cereal box to put out the colors.</p> <h2>14. Craft Tray</h2> <p>Cut a cereal box down the middle from top to bottom, and reinforce the flaps with glue. You&rsquo;ve got an instant tray to hold craft projects that you&rsquo;re working on.</p> <h2>15. Flash Cards</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t buy expensive flash cards from the store. Cut out cards from cereal boxes.</p> <h2>16. Binder Separators</h2> <p>Want to separate sections in a binder? Just cut out a portion of a cereal box that&rsquo;s half an inch wider than your loose-leaf paper and punch holes on the left side using a three-hole punch. Stick them in your binder to easily identify which section is which.</p> <h2>17. In/Out Paper Organizers</h2> <p>Employ the same method as the craft tray above, but this time use both sides of the cut box. Put finished papers in one half and to-do items in the other.</p> <h2>18. Scratch Paper</h2> <p>Stop wasting perfectly good (and expensive) printer paper. Open up your empty cereal boxes to use as scratch paper for notes and doodles.</p> <h2>19. Disposable Cutting Board</h2> <p>Ah, never thought of this one, did you? The cardboard is food safe &mdash; there was cereal in the box, after all &mdash; so you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">use it as a cutting board</a> if your others are in use or you just don&rsquo;t feel like washing them when you&rsquo;re done cooking.</p> <p><em>Have even more uses for empty cereal boxes? Also, what&rsquo;s your favorite kind of cereal? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-uses-for-empty-cereal-boxes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-ways-to-reuse-old-towels">19 Ways to Reuse Old Towels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-brilliant-ways-to-reuse-an-empty-milk-jug">37 Brilliant Ways to Reuse an Empty Milk Jug</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-berlin-style">DIY Berlin Style</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-surprisingly-valuable-uses-for-a-penny">15 Surprisingly Valuable Uses for a Penny</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink arts and crafts cereal gift wrap reuse Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:24:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 925454 at http://www.wisebread.com Feelin’ Flakey: 7 Delicious Corn Flake Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/feelin-flakey-7-delicious-corn-flake-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/feelin-flakey-7-delicious-corn-flake-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/corn_flake_kid.jpg" alt="Kid eating corn flakes" title="Kid eating corn flakes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="154" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>They say that everything comes back into fashion, and corn flakes are no exception. The Kellogg's iconic rooster-print box had a permanent spot in my childhood kitchen. Having recently re-discovered corn flake versatility, a box now sits on top of our refrigerator.</p> <p>Of course, Kellogg's is not the only corn flake manufacturer &mdash; there are now several knock-off brands. When I went shopping a few weeks ago to buy corn flakes in preparation for writing this post, I had planned to buy an off-brand. However, Kellogg's corn flakes were on sale, making them the cheapest option. Whatever brand you choose, here are some great, unexpected ways to use corn flakes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a>)</p> <h2>1. Corn Flake Cookies</h2> <p>As I sit here writing, corn flake cookie crumbs are falling on my keyboard. Although that&rsquo;s probably not very good for my laptop, I cannot stop eating them. I had been looking for a good <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1910,147177-241204,00.html">corn flake cookie recipe</a> for a while, and the one I found is great. A couple of notes, though &mdash; add the shortening in with the sugar, and parchment paper makes clean up easier. I also threw in a half cup of chocolate chips, because everything is better with chocolate. If you like chewy, yet crispy cookies, we&rsquo;re talking perfection.</p> <h2>2. Yogurt Mix-In</h2> <p>Occasionally I give myself a lecture about eating healthier breakfasts. I do enjoy yogurt, especially <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yogurt-should-you-try-making-your-own">my own yogurt</a>. However, plain yogurt does need some accessorizing. Try this out: corn flakes, dried cherries, shredded coconut, a drizzle of honey, and toasted pecans.</p> <h2>3. Casserole Crunch</h2> <p>Here is a retro idea &mdash; my mother used to combine a quarter-cup of melted butter with a cup of corn flakes and toss the mixture over a casserole. Back in the oven it went for five minutes, and magic happened. There is something about the hot creaminess of a casserole combined with a buttery, crunchy topping &mdash; it&rsquo;s great comfort food. I will even eat a tuna casserole if it has this topping on it.</p> <h2>4. Meat Stretcher</h2> <p>On a website with a frugality focus, you naturally want to know how corn flakes can save you money. Does anyone remember the phrase &ldquo;meatloaf stretcher&rdquo;? The idea is to &ldquo;stretch&rdquo; the meat to feed more people. (If you don&rsquo;t believe me, ask your grandmother.) Don&rsquo;t knock this, &mdash; it&rsquo;s delicious, and <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/cornflake-meat-loaf-450447">meatloaf</a> makes great sandwiches the next day.<span> </span>My husband does insist that the sandwiches need a dill pickle and mustard, and I agree.</p> <h2>5. Chicken Coating</h2> <p>As you would expect, the Kellogg's folks have several ideas about how to use their corn flakes. The best one, in my humble opinion, is the classic <a href="http://www2.kelloggs.com/RecipeDetail.aspx?id=1058&amp;filter=">double-coated chicken</a>. Whose mother didn&rsquo;t make that? Go all the way, and serve it with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">mashed potatoes</a>, gravy, and succotash. Your spouse will want to marry you all over again. I promise.</p> <h2>6. Corn Flake Candy</h2> <p>In the second grade, I thought Ned was the cutest boy, and his mom was the best room mother ever because of her corn flake candy. Ned's probably not that cute anymore, but her candy recipe stood the test of time:</p> <ul> <li>1/2 cup sugar</li> <li>1/2 cup corn syrup</li> <li>1/2 cup peanut butter</li> <li>1-1/2 cups of corn flakes</li> </ul> <p>Cook sugar and syrup together for three minutes. Add the peanut butter and corn flakes and stir. Drop tablespoons onto wax paper and chill.</p> <h2>7. Edible Decorations</h2> <p>Corn flakes as décor? Not in my house, because I&rsquo;m not that fond of ants. But I am a fan of good projects to do with kids, like these <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,181,148180-248205,00.html">edible corn flake wreaths</a>.</p> <p>Oh, and I almost forgot &mdash; corn flakes are really good in a bowl, with milk.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feelin-flakey-7-delicious-corn-flake-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans">Tasty, Healthy Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-easy-breakfasts-for-people-on-the-go">10 Healthy, Easy Breakfasts for People on the Go</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfast cereal cheap recipes Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:36:15 +0000 Marla Walters 702285 at http://www.wisebread.com FREE food for diabetics http://www.wisebread.com/free-food-for-diabetics <p><img width="391" height="175" title="Glu1" alt="Glu1" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/pg_nwp_glucerna_520X233.jpg" /></p> <p>Get them quick folks, because I can't find an expiration date on either of these special offer pages. The good folks at Glucerna are giving away cereal and milkshakes completely free. That's great news for you frugal readers who have to live with diabetes, or know someone who does.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p><img width="267" height="150" title="Glu2" alt="Glu2" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/header_shake_0.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>FREEBIE 1 - SHAKES (up to $11 value)</strong><br /> <a href="http://glucerna.com/offer/landing.aspx?s=shakes">Click here</a> and enter the promo code COOKING2.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img width="317" height="156" title="Glu3" alt="Glu3" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/header_cereal.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>FREEBIE 2 - CEREAL (up to $5 value)</strong><br /> <a href="http://glucerna.com/offer/landing.aspx?s=cereal">Click here</a> and enter the promo code JOURNAL</p> <p> <strong>Other GREAT offers</strong></p> <p>Register at <a href="http://www.diabetescontrolforlife.com" title="www.diabetescontrolforlife.com">www.diabetescontrolforlife.com</a> <a href="http://diabetescontrolforlife.com/">here</a> and use promo code <strong>CATALINA </strong>to receive an email with a printable $10 off coupon for a multipack of shakes or 2 boxes of Glucerna bars. You can print the coupon twice!</p> <p>You can also get a $1.25 printable coupon for Glucerna <a href="http://glucerna.com/offer/">here</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-food-for-diabetics">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter">Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bogo-on-the-dark-knight-or-any-other-film-youd-prefer-to-seeif-there-is-one">BOGO on The Dark Knight (or any other film you&#039;d prefer to see...if there is one)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-a-dog-six-bones-free">Give a dog SIX bones...FREE!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lots-of-free-eats-for-leap-year-babies">Lots of FREE Eats for Leap Year Babies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies cereal diabetes diabetic diet drink Food free free food Glucerna shake suger-free Tue, 22 May 2007 22:58:21 +0000 Paul Michael 672 at http://www.wisebread.com