Why are cereal treats one of the best sweet snacks ever? Because they’re basically the easiest thing to make and you typically only need three ingredients. I mean, if Kim Kardashian can make Rice Krispie treats, then anyone can.
Sorry, Kim K.
Once you get the feel for traditional Rice Krispie treats, you can start playing around with mix-ins, or if you’re really feeling adventurous, you can try different cereals. That’s right; back away from the played-out Rice Krispies and embrace the unknown! Grab your favorite box of cereal, and you can experience a whole new world of cereal treat possibilities. Almost any cereal will be delicious when combined with molten marshmallow, except maybe Fiber One or Raisin Bran.
I’ve done a slew of experiments with cereal treats from Frosted Brown Butter Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats to a Peanut Butter Cocoa Puff Treat Cake. It seems that every time I get about halfway through a box of cereal, the Cereal Treat Demon possesses me, and I simply must morph it into treat-form.
Such was the case with the box of Corn Pops lurking in the pantry. It was a hug box; I’d never get through it on my own. TIME TO MAKE TREATS! *insert super hero theme music*
…I’ve gone from a Cereal Treat Demon to a Cereal Treat Super Hero in less than 5 seconds; talk about working your way up the corporate ladder.
My Confetti Corn Pop Treats work for two reasons. One, the Corn Pops act like jumbo-sized Rice Krispies in the treats. Two, it’s not such a drastic change from a traditional RKT that you’ll upset the diehard traditional RKT lovers, but it does give you a nice crunchy, corny upgrade. And of course, some fun multicolored sprinkles never hurt.
Crispy, chewy, and gooey…you can’t go wrong!
- The sprinkles are optional. You can also switch them out for non-pareills sprinkles.
- I made mine in an 8×8 for big, thick squares, but you can make them thinner in a 9×13.
- This is a pretty fool-proof recipe that’s great for beginners, and everybody will love them.
- I have made cereal treats with both the large and mini marshmallows, and for whatever reason, large marshmallows work better. They’re chewier, whereas the treats made with minis are dry.
Confetti Corn Pop Treats
By The Smart Cookie Cook
- 4 tbsp. butter (1/2 a stick)
- 1 bag large marshmallows
- 6 ½ cups Corn Pops cereal
- ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
- Measure out the Corn Pops in a large bowl and set aside.
- Spray an 8×8 pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and mix continuously until completely smooth and melted.
- Remove from heat and fold in the Corn Pops until evenly coated. Gently fold in the sprinkles just until evenly distributed. Pour into the prepared pan. Either spray your hands with nonstick spray or use waxed paper to press the treats down into an even layer. Let cool completely before cutting.