This is the best snack when you are looking for something quick and easy to make. It only takes three ingredients that you can easily keep at home. It's great when you want to provide a treat for a group. Also, it's a no-bake treat which is fantastic in the summer!
No need to heat up your home making these! These bars are also an inexpensive way to feed a snack to a group. It seems like the grocery store is the only place I get to. Some other fun cereal treats I share include these Apple Jacks cereal apples and these delectable Special K Bars!
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Why this is a great treat/snack.
- It uses ingredients you probably have at home.
- This takes about 15 minutes to assemble.
- A no-bake dessert is awesome in the summer!
- Doesn't everyone love Cheerios?
- This is an inexpensive treat that feeds a group.
Super simple ingredients!
The small box of Cheerios will be enough.
Buy the mini marshmallows.
I use salted butter. You only need 3 tablespoons.
I've used other Cheerios and they add nice flavor variations. For example, Honey Nut Cheerios are a delicious substitution.
If you have unsalted butter, that works perfectly well!
Line a 11 x 13 pan with parchment paper (optional).
In a large heavy pot, melt three tablespoons of butter. You want to just melt the butter, be careful not to scorch it.
Add Cheerios. I normally take the pot off the heat and stir in the Cheerios. You want to do this quickly while the marshmallows are liquid.
Dump cereal and marshmallow mixture into a lined pan. Flatten the mixture by pressing firmly to create a smooth surface.
Marshmallows make this mixture STICKY! Spray the back of a large spoon or spatula with nonstick spray. It will make flattening the cereal mixture much easier.
Step 4 (optional)
If you want to add drizzled chocolate, melt ½ cup of your favorite chocolate chips in the microwave. Scrape melted chocolate into a small freezer bag. Cut the corner off the bag and squeeze the chocolate over the cereal.
Lift up the cereal mixture out of the pan so you can cut it with a large knife. Cut while still warm but not hot. I normally cut 18 pieces if cutting larger treats (3 x 6) or 24 if you are making small treats (4 x 6)
I leave these sitting out at room temperature for a maximum of 3 days. The ingredients don't go bad, but the bars will get hard. If you refrigerate bars, allow them to warm to room temperature or they will be hard.
You want to just melt the marshmallows on low heat. If you 'cook' them, rather than just melt them, they will be hard rather than chewy.
Yes, use what you have.
Not really. These will be high carb and will be sweetened by the marshmallows. Do not reduce any of the ingredient amounts or the treats won't come together.
Other cereal-based treats
Cheerio marshmallow treats
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 10 oz marshmallows use fresh ones!
- 6 cups Cheerio cereal
- Melt butter in a big pot on low heat. Do not let it scorch.
- Add a 10 oz bag of marshmallows. Hint - small ones melt faster!
- Stir and stir again. Watch the heat and make sure you don't brown the butter or marshmallows.
- Add 6 cups of Cheerios. Remove from heat.
- Stir to thoroughly coat the Cheerios with the marshmallows.
- Dump into a 11 x 13 dish which has been treated with a non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper.
- Melt about ½ cup of chocolate in a microwave safe bowl (20 seconds at a time then stir - repeat until chocolate is smooth)
- Pour chocolate into a small plastic baggie and make a tiny cut at the corner. Drizzle over your Cheerio marshmallow treats.
- Cut while still warm but not hot.