These bars took me back to grade school. Many people complain about school or hospital cafeteria lunches. I don't think I ever did.
I loved the 'lunch ladies' growing up and I clearly remember a high school classmate who used to sing to the lunch ladies everyday when he went through the line, along with getting them gifts at holidays, he really loved them.
He's still a character to this day.
I remember their homemade cinnamon rolls, french bread, chili, cake, and some thing that I can't remember the foreign name to - homemade rolls stuffed with a meat mixture. Gosh, what were those called?
When I birthed our two kids at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, I loved their food. I'm not sure if it was a lack of food in a 24-hour period, being exhausted from giving birth, being waited on hand and foot or realizing that I'd eat anything at that point - but their food was good. Take that back - great.
With a baby in one arm and the hospital menu in the other - I looked forward to breakfast, lunch and dinner served to me in bed.
What I'm getting to, is I love food, especially when people cook it for me. These cheerio bars remind me of my childhood when the lunch ladies would serve them as dessert, along side whatever creation they had for the day.
Good for you? Not so much. But as always, I'm not eating the whole pan. Just enough to bring me back to those early days.
Sticky, Gooey Cheerio Bars
3/4 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. peanut butter
1/2 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
4 c. Cheerios
1 c. chocolate chips
Butter or spray an 8x8 pan. In large pan heat syrup, sugar and salt to boiling. Stir in peanut butter, remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over Cheerios and chocolate chips, stirring quickly to combine, press into pan. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Do you have a favorite school or hospital cafeteria food?