Dulce de Leche Cheerios Recipes

Dulce de Leche: Not Just For Latinos Anymore

dulce de leche cheerios snack bars

Dulce de Leche Cheerios Snack Bars

Dulce de Leche Cheerios BoxDulce de leche, a staple deliciousness in the Latin American diet, is not a well-kept secret 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

Ingredients

Syrup

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 cheesecake with Cheerios

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche No-Bake Cheese Cake

Crust

Topping

Cheesecake

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.

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By Carrie on January 9, 2012 · Posted in food

9 Comments | Post Comment

Maria Amelia says:

Hey! How do you expect me to lose weight like this! Just kidding. I have seen these Cheerios out already and am seeing more and more “Dulce de Leche” products on the shelves of general market stores. And I think it is wonderful! I think I’ll make some of the snack bars for the 7th graders I teach on Wednesday nights. Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted on January 10th, 2012

Bren @ B So Chic!™ says:

I’ve been eating Haagen Daz’s dulce de leche ice cream for years… not quite the same as the authentic Latin homemade version, but still good. And then, when I saw the Cheerios, I was done!! LOL! We’v infiltrated the entire American market and I love it! Those bars are fantastic… and so is the cake.

Posted on January 10th, 2012

li says:

very creative! the dulce de leche cheeseake sounds to die for – but I think I will try my hand at making dulce de leche per your recipe because Che has been fiending for it!!!! Let’s hope I can get past opening the can… I can just keep spooning it. sigh… deliciousness!

Posted on January 10th, 2012

Lisa Renata says:

Well, as good as ot sounds, dulce de leche and all, I have to say it would be even better if it was cajeta. Hahaha! Now with all seriousness, I’ll have to find me a box and try it. I especially want to make that cheese cake. Yum!

Posted on January 10th, 2012

Lisa ~ AutismWonderland says:

I am on the hunt for a box of dulce de leche cheerios. Seriously – if I can’t find a box in any of The Bronx supermarkets by me, there is something wrong in this world. Because I need to make all of these recipes. :D

Posted on January 10th, 2012

jenny @simmerandsteam says:

this is soooo cool! thank you for sharing! those cereal bars look freaking delicious!!

Posted on January 10th, 2012

Mercedes @BeChicMag says:

My cousin’s son would love this!
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Posted on January 11th, 2012

Alexandra says:

What a fabulous use for these Cheerios.

And yes, I picked up two boxes as soon as they hit our town.

So delicious with my vanilla yogurt.

Posted on January 11th, 2012

Silke says:

I love everything made with dulce de leche, I just found out that there is Cherios dulce de leche! awsome! I’ll have to try it and I’m sure my kids will love it.
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Posted on January 14th, 2012