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I don't know about you, but I have fond memories of sitting at home as a child and mindlessly munching on handful after handful of Frosted Flakes. I was thrilled when we came up with this recipe for Frosted Flakes Cereal Bars so that we could bring back a small piece of my childhood. And if you're wondering, they definitely are grrrrrrrrreat!
How to Make Frosted Flakes Cereal Bars
Just about every event or party you go to that has food and dessert involved you will no doubt see a pan of Rice Krispie Treats or two sitting on the dessert table. And don't get us wrong, we love Rice Krispie Treats. But sometimes you want something that's a little bit different. That's where cereal bars come in.
Frosted Flakes Cereal Bars joined the ranks of many other great cereal bars like Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, Trix, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, and of course, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They are all deliciously different in their own unique ways.
Today we're going to focus on Frosted Flakes Cereal Bars. You won't need any extra ingredients for this recipe. So without further ado, let's start cooking.
Start out by melting your butter in a large stock pot. We usually set our stovetop to medium heat for this. While your butter is melting, get out your marshmallows.
Once your butter is melted, dump a full bag of Jet Puff Marshmallows into the melted butter. Stir everything together with a spatula until it is completely melted. You should have what looks like liquid marshmallow fluff with a slight golden sheen to it.
Now that everything is melted, reduce your heat to low and get your cereal ready.
Get your box of Frosted Flakes Cereal and measure 6 cups. Dump the six cups into the melted marshmallows and stir them together. You may want to add the cereal while stirring slowly so that you don't crush the Frosted Flakes during the mixing process.
Once your cereal and marshmallows are thoroughly mixed, set them to the side and pull out your baking pan. A 9 x 13 baking pan should work just fine.
We like to use canola oil spray, but you can use any flavorless baking spray to coat the inside of the pan. We do this to make sure the marshmallow does not stick to the pan later when you're cutting and it's cooled.
Dump your cereal marshmallow mix into the bottom of the pan. Flatten it out with your spatula until it is completely even and set it to the side to cool.
Take out a sharp knife once your cereal bars have cooled. Carefully cut them into 2 x 2 inch squares. Cutting them at the size should give you about 16 cereal bars.
Serve and enjoy!
Tips for awesome treats
- Use Fresh Marshmallows: marshmallows that are old or stale will get hard once melted and result in harder, crunchier treats that aren't the desired chewy texture.
- Use Jet Puff Marshmallows: while any brand is OK, we have found that for the chewiest, easiest to work with marshmallows Jet Puff brand tends to be the best.
- Limit the heating: if you heat too hot or too long, the marshmallows will get hard once they cool. So, don't overheat them.
- Don't crush or smash: If you smash your treats into the pan it will result in compact and hard bars. So, press them in gently to keep a good, chewy texture.
- Grease all the things: the melted marshmallows are super sticky, grease everything they will touch so you can more easily work with your treats.
How to store your treats
- Treats should be kept at room temperature unless you plan to freeze your treats.
- Treats should be kept in an airtight container.
- Treats can last around 3 - 5 days.
Frosted Flakes Cereal Bars
- 9x13 Pan
- large stock pot
- 6 Cups Frosted Flakes cereal
- 3 tablespoon Salted Butter
- 16 oz Marshmallows
- Melt butter and marshmallows together medium heat in a pan on the stove top.
- Once melted and mixed, take off heat and add in the Frosted Flakes cereal.
- Thoroughly mix marshmallows and cereal together.
- Grease spatula and pan and spread your mixture evenly into the pan.
- Let bars sit for 20 - 40 minutes to cool, then enjoy.