By Vanessa Greaves

If you're so ready to put 2016 behind you, I've got good news: 2017 is on track to be awesome when Girl Scout cereal hits the shelves in January. Yes. Girl Scout cookie-flavored cereal. I'm talking #breakfastgoals.

These limited edition offerings from General Mills are inspired by two of the Girl Scouts' most popular cookie flavors: chocolaty Thin Mints and chocolate/caramel/toasted coconut Samoas (called Caramel Crunch when they're in cereal form). According to the packaging—which mirrors the boxes the cookies come in—there'll be no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, or artificial flavors in the mix. Scout's honor.

Credit goes to Instagram's Candy Hunting (a must-follow for junk food junkies) for alerting the world to this breakfast breakthrough; but naturally, I'm wondering what else you can do with Girl Scout cereal besides the usual milk-in-a-bowl option. Here are some ideas I think could be worth a merit badge:

Cereal Bars

Take Smore's Bars down a whole new flavor trail by substituting Thin Mints or Caramel Crunch for the usual honey graham cereal. You could also upgrade marshmallow treat territory by swapping out crispy rice cereal and using either of these instead. Get more recipes for cereal bars to play with.

Peanut Smores Cereal Bars Photo by Meredith

Snack Mix

Throw cereal, nuts, pretzels, and popcorn—basically everything you've ever wanted to snack on—into a big bowl, glaze it with caramel and hit up Netflix. Take inspiration from this recipe for Caramel Corn Snack Mix, or dive into all these other sweet and savory party mix recipes.

Snack Mix Photo by Meredith

Parfait

While cookies for breakfast sounds like a dream come true, you could sneak a little nutrition in there by layering cereal, fruit and yogurt into tempting parfaits. Okay, so it's not granola. But you get the idea. Check out more parfait ideas.

Photo by Meredith

Pie or Cheesecake Crust

Once again, cereal crumbs take the place of graham crackers in this ingredient swap. Combine 1½ cups of finely crushed cereal with 6 tablespoons soften butter to make a crumb crust for cheesecake. Press the mixture into a 9-inch pie plate or springform pan and chill until firm.

Graham Cracker Crust Photo by Cynthia Ross

Bring it, girls. I'm so ready for this. The world is ready for this.


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