I’ve told you I don’t like cereal. But I should be clear. I don’t like cereal as a breakfast–it is simply not meant to be a meal. In fact do you remember when we were growing up, cereal was always advertised as “part of a complete breakfast”–which included a slice of toast and a glass of OJ? The cereal companies have dropped that whole “part of a complete breakfast” part; that really bugs me.  Oh wow, I’m getting way ahead of myself. What I really wanted to say is that although I don’t like cereal as a meal, cereal bars are my biggest weakness. Yes, my mortal enemy is also my dearest friend. My love for cereal bars is so deep that Danny once made a cereal bar cake for my birthday. It was divine. Below is a favorite among favorites. Golden Graham Bars, or Indoor Smores as some people call them. Enjoy. And don’t feel guilty if you eat a few more than you intended.

Golden Graham Bars aka Indoor Smores
8 cups (10 oz) Golden Grahams cereal
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups (12 oz) milk or semi-sweet chocolate morsels
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups mini marshmallows
Extra cereal and marshmallows for sprinkling on top

Spray a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray or line with non-stick foil. I highly recommend lining it, because then you can lift the bars right out.

Pour cereal in a large mixing bowl so that it’s ready to go.

Heat corn syrup, 1 cup of marshmallows, and butter together in a saucepan set over medium. When mixture begins to boil, add chocolate chips, reduce heat to low or turn off completely, stir until melted. Stir in vanilla.

Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, coating it thoroughly, than fold in last two cups of marshmallows, 1 cup at a time. Press mixture evenly into a pan. Sprinkle extra cereal and marshmallows on top for added goodness (and it just looks good).

Score pan of bars into desired size. Makes about two dozen.

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