Dulce de Leche: Not Just For Latinos Anymore
For goodness sakes, it is as main stream as salsa. It’s everywhere.
The latest evidence: Cheerios, a cereal as American as apple pie, has introduced a bright box of dulce de leche flavored toasted oaties.
This news is kind of bigger than when Starbucks introduced the dulce de leche latte; bigger than Haagen Daz and its yummy dulce de leche caramel ice cream; and way bigger than dulce de leche Pop Tarts. But, maybe not bigger than the iconic Girl Scouts adding dulce de leche cookies.
The CEO of General Mills, which makes Cheerios, said in a conference call last month: “This caramel-flavored cereal features a taste profile that’s popular with Hispanic consumers, but we think it will have broad appeal.”
So you see, dulce de leche: It’s not just for Latinos anymore.
So, what to do with a whole box of dulce de leche Cheerios — which we know you’re going to buy just to try and see if they’re as good as you hope? Well, make desserts and treats, claro.
Reprinted here, with permission from Betty Crocker’s people, are two recipes that use dulce de leche Cheerios as a main ingredient.
And if you have to ask: What is dulce de leche? Well, dear, it is something way better than any caramel you’ve ever had. Ever.
Dulce de Leche No Bake Snack Bars
- 4 cups Dulce de Leche Cheerios cereal
- ½ cup dried banana chips
- ½ cup roasted whole almonds
- ½ cup roasted salted hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Spray 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereal, banana chips, almonds, pepitas and cranberries; set aside.
In 1-quart saucepan, heat all syrup ingredients over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Pour over cereal mixture; gently toss to coat. Press in pan; cool 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 5 rows by 3 rows. Store tightly covered.
Makes 15 bars
Each bar has 160 calories; 45 of which are from fat. Total fat is 5g; 1.5 g from saturated fat and no trans fats.
Dulce de Leche No-Bake Cheese Cake
- 2 cups Dulce de Leche Cheerios cereal
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- 1 pint (2 cups) whole fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup sugar, optional
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping (thawed)
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
In 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, place cereal and finely crush with a rolling pin. In small bowl, stir crushed cereal and melted butter until well mixed. Press crust firmly and evenly in bottom and 1 inch up side of pie plate. Bake 9 minutes; cool 20 minutes.
In medium bowl, stir topping ingredients until well mixed; let stand while making the cheesecake so strawberries will become juicy. In separate medium bowl, beat all cheesecake ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth; spoon over crust. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
To serve, spoon topping over cheesecake slices. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
Makes 8 servings
1 serving contains 320 calories; 230 of which are from fat. Total fat is 26g; 16g of which are saturated fats and ½ g trans fat.
Recipes and photos from Betty Crocker. Used by permission.
How to Make Dulce de Leche
And, because we’re big into dulce de leche over here at the Tiki Tiki, be sure to check out our recipe for making your own dulce de leche using sweetened condensed milk.