So, what would YOU do with 3,000 pounds of cereal?

Last week, H-E-B generously donated 252 cases of H-E-B Corn Flakes cereal to the Hays County Food Bank. Now, that’s a LOT of cereal. How much cereal is that, exactly? Well, that was my first question as I gawked at the floor-to-ceiling stacks and stacks and stacks of cases that filled the back of our warehouse.

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This is what a truckload of cereal looks like

According to Eddie Garcia from the H-E-B Food Bank Program, we recieved 2,016 18-ounce boxes, which weighed in at 3,024 pounds. That amount of cereal will fill 32,200 bowls, and retails at $4,032.00. Holy cow!

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My next question I kept asking myself, and kept hearing around the office was, “Why did we get so much?” I learned from Mr. Garcia that H-E-B’s Food Bank Program made a commitment to donate a truckload of cereal to local area food banks during the holiday season. How cool is that?

While this is certainly an amazing and generous gift, we have to wonder, what in the world will we do with over 2,000 boxes of cereal?

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Look at all that cereal in the warehouse!!

Of course, the Food Bank will be distributing the boxes at our normal distributions, but the cereal will also be donated to Southside Homeless Shelter here in San Marcos, and the Hays-Caldwell County Women’s’ Shelter, as well as to other agencies that work with us, such as the Salvation Army and the Senior Citizen’s Center. We are more than confident that those who receive these boxes of cereal will welcome them with open arms, and open mouths.

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So, what would YOU do with 3,000 pounds of cereal?

You could make some fried ice cream, faux fried chicken or if you’re feeling healthy, you could make some healthy granola bars!

These granola bars are easy to make, yummy to eat, healthy for your body and great for kids to take to school.

Here’s how to make them:

(Recipe Adapted from http://www.tarladalal.com)

Ingredients

3/4 cup crushed corn flakes
3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts
1 tbsp raisins
1 cup sugar
oil to grease

Directions

Lightly roast the oats, nuts and seeds and set aside to cool.

When cooled, mix together the cornflakes, rolled oats, nuts, and raisins.

In a heavy bottomed pan, add the sugar and melt it over gentle heat, stirring continuously until caramelized, or light brown in color.

Remove from the heat, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Pour this mixture onto a greased surface.

Using a large greased rolling pin, roll it out lightly to form a square of approx. 200 mm. x 200 mm. (8″ x 8″).

While it is still warm, cut out 16 rectangular bars of 25 mm. x 100 mm (1″ x 4″).

Cool and store in an airtight container.

Tips

Sugar burns very quickly, so give it your full attention.

Grease your hands, the working area and the rolling pin generously with oil.

This will prevent the bars from sticking and also prevent your hands from getting burned.

Remove the sugar from the heat just when it starts to caramelize because it continues to brown even after it is removed from heat.

Do you have any awesome recipes that use corn flakes cereal? Let us know!

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