Cheerio Treats


Sometimes the simplest treats bring the greatest smiles. I'm so happy I had a box of one of my favorite cereals, and a bag of marshmallows tucked away in my cabinets. I melted the marshmallows until gooey, poured in a little vanilla, and then stirred in cups and cups of crunchy goodness. My Cheerio Treats were complete once I drizzled white chocolate on top. As my hubby and sons paraded into the kitchen and saw what was waiting for them, they were so happy and full of smiles.


Ingredients for Cheerio Treats:


10 ounces of marshmallows

5 -5 1/2 cups of Cheerios

3 tablespoons of butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 bag classic white chips

blue and red food coloring


You will also need a 9" x 13" pan.


Time-Saving Tips: Prepare the treats without the glaze earlier in the day.


Let's see what we need.

We're ready to cook.


Line a 9" x 13" inch pan with foil. I like to turn the pan upside down, place the foil on top, and form the foil to the pan. I then turn the pan over and insert the shaped foil right in. Coat the foil with cooking spray.


Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Transfer the container to the microwave and cook 45 seconds to a minute until melted. Add the marshmallows and microwave until melted 1-2 minutes. Stir the marshmallows and butter to combine well and add the vanilla. Since all microwaves are different, these times are just guidelines, and you might need to heat a little less or a little more.


Add the Cheerios and quickly stir and transfer to the prepared pan. I like to use a measuring cup to press the mixture into a smooth surface.


Divide the chips into three small bowls. I found that it's best to work with one dish at a time. Starting with one heat, the chips in the microwave until melted. I would start with 45 seconds and add more time as needed. The chips might glisten but still hold shape when soft, so stir the bowl to see if it is all melted. Repeat the process and add the desired amount of blue food coloring to one bowl and red to another. I found that the blue and red mixture stiffened a bit when I add the food coloring. It's easily remedied by adding a small amount of water, less than a teaspoon, and a good stir to regain the desired consistency.


Remove the treat from the pan and place it on top of a parchment paper-Lined surface. I started with the white color, and using a fork drizzled the top with the mixture. Once coated, I repeated the process with the blue and then the red. Now, wait an hour or so for the topping to set.


It's ready! Cheerio Treats are perfect snacks for everyone. I promise these will make you smile.

Enjoy!


Cheerio Treats:

  • 10 ounces of marshmallows

  • 5 -5 1/2 cups of Cheerios

  • 3 tablespoons of butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 bag classic white chips

  • blue and red food coloring

  • Line a 9" x 13" inch pan with foil. I like to turn the pan upside down, place the foil on top, and form the foil to the pan. I then turn the pan over an insert the shaped foil right in. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Transfer the container to the microwave and cook 45 seconds to a minute until melted. Add the marshmallows and microwave until melted 1-2 minutes. Stir the marshmallows and butter to combine well and add the vanilla. Since all microwaves are different, these times are just guidelines, and you might need to heat a little less or a little more.

  • Add the Cheerios and quickly stir and transfer to the prepared pan. I like to use a measuring cup to press the mixture into a smooth surface.

  • Divide the chips into three small bowls. I found that it's best to work with one dish at a time. Starting with one heat, the chips in the microwave until melted. I would start with 45 seconds and add more time as needed. The chips might glisten but still hold shape when soft, so stir the bowl to see if it is all melted. Repeat the process and add the desired amount of blue food coloring to one bowl and red to another. I found that the blue and red mixture stiffened a bit when I add the food coloring. It's easily remedied by adding a small amount of water, less than a teaspoon, and a good stir to regain the desired consistency.

  • Remove the treat from the pan and place it on top of a parchment paper-Lined surface. I started with the white color, and using a fork drizzled the top with the mixture. Once coated, I repeated the process with the blue and then the red. Now, wait an hour or so for the topping to set.

  • Time-Saving Tips: Prepare the treats without the glaze earlier in the day.

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