We go through a lot of cereal in our house. Alex and I both were not allowed to eat “junk” cereal (little to no nutritional value, lots of sugar, etc.) as children, so it’s now become Alex’s breakfast of choice. He’ll eat a cereal bowl of the stuff every morning with pleasure, stating, “I really just want cereal” any time I offer to make pancakes or waffles instead. He also gets a look of skepticism on his face whenever I bring home any cereal that remotely looks healthy (he absolutely hated the time I brought home juice sweetened kamut flakes).
My favorite brand of “junk” is Three Sisters, which, conveniently for me, is available exclusively at Whole Foods Market. (I promise I’m not receiving any sort of incentive for this, I just really like their Cinnamon Sweets). Three Sisters is known for making delicious versions of the cereals we grew up loving like Cinnamon Sweeties (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Sweet Wheat (Frosted Mini Wheats), Cocoa Krispies (chocolate Rice Krispie Treats) and many others. Their cereal is also made with whole grains and naturally sweetened, so I feel a little better about Alex’s daily sugary indulgence.
Despite aiming to be healthier, I caved the other day and made Alex some marshmallow treats using the knock-off Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It may have been Rice Krispies that made the marshmallow treat so incredibly popular, but it’s probably the most boring cereal ever made. Luckily these are some of the easiest desserts you can make, so using a more exciting, flavored cereal makes them absolutely amazing. If you’re looking for a chocolatey treat, try a chocolate rice cereal or use a cereal with tiny marshmallows for some color and added mashmallowyness. I used Cinnamon Sweeties. They really are my favorite.
marshmallow cereal treats
makes 12 – 16 servings
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
10 large marshmallows or 2 cups minis
3 cups of your favorite cereal
In a medium saucepan, heat the butter and marshmallows on medium-low heat until the butter has melted and the marshmallows have started to puff and melt. Stir them together until the marshmallows have completely melted. Add the cereal in and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan and push them into place with your fingertips or the back of a greased spoon (to prevent sticking). Let cool, about 30 minutes before cutting and devouring.