Blend alphabet-shaped cereal with melted butter and marshmallows to create fun cereal treats for an after-school snack.
Making Alpha-Bits Marshmallow Cereal Bars is so easy using just 3 ingredients. Kids of all ages will love making and eating these treats.
Making marshmallow cereal treats using a variety of kid’s cereals has been so much fun.
I always start by using our Best Rice Krispie Treat recipe as a guide, but when using cereal with larger pieces, I always need to adjust the ratio of cereal to melted marshmallows.
Starting with the best-tasting European-style salted butter and fresh marshmallows is the key to making these Alpha-Bits cereal treats taste great!
Our original recipe calls for a ratio of 4 2/3 cups of cereal to 10 ounces of marshmallows.
We had to add 8 cups of the Alpha-Bits Cereal because the pieces are much larger than the tiny puffs of Rice Krispies Cereal.
The treats are still nice and chewy but they aren’t overly sticky.
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how to make Alpha-Bits Crispy Treats
you will need:
- Alphabet-shaped, frosted multi-grain cereal made from whole-grain oat and corn flour.
- You’ll need 10 ounces of marshmallows.
- Always use the freshest marshmallows you have on hand. Fresh marshmallows make more delicately chewy treats.
- While different brands of marshmallows weigh slightly differently, you can usually use 40 regular-size OR 6 cups of mini marshmallows.
- Use a scale or the measurement on the bag as a guide.
- We have found that European-style salted butter provides the best flavor in our cereal treats recipes. You’ll be amazed at the difference good butter will make in this recipe.
- We recommend using KeriGold or President Butter. Kroger Private Selection French-style Butter is great too.
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED:
- 9×13-inch baking pan
- large mixing bowl
- silicone spatula or large mixing spoon
- butter or cooking spray to grease your pan, bowl, and spatula (I prefer the flavor of butter, but the non-stick spray works too.)
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Let’s make some Alpha-Bits Cereal Bars…
step one: prep your equipment
- Grease a large mixing bowl, a 9×13-inch pan, and a silicone spatula with softened butter or spray with baking spray.
- Pour 8 cups of Alpha-Bits Cereal into the bowl.
step two: melt the butter and marshmallows
- Cut 4 tablespoons of European-style salted butter into 4 pieces.
- Place in a medium saucepan and set over low heat.
- Using low heat is important. It will allow your marshmallows to melt slowly and not overheat.
- If you overheat your marshmallows, the sugars in the marshmallows will begin to caramelize so when you blend them with the cereal they will produce hard treats instead of chewy treats.
- Allow the butter to begin melting, then stir in 10 ounces of marshmallows.
- I prefer using mini marshmallows as they melt quickly but you can use traditional large marshmallows as well.
- Just be sure to stir them often, so they don’t overheat.
- Continue to heat over low heat, stirring often, until about 75% of the marshmallows have melted.
- Then remove the pan from the heat and stir the marshmallows vigorously, smashing them as needed, until melted.
- By taking the pan off the stove at this point, you will ensure your marshmallows don’t overheat and stay nice and soft.
- It may take a minute of stirring before all the marshmallows melt. Just keep stirring and smashing. You’ll thank me when you have delicately chewy treats that are easy to eat.
alternate microwave method:
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl, place 4 tablespoons of salted butter and 10 ounces of marshmallows.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute then remove and stir vigorously, using the residual heat to fully melt the marshmallows.
- Once again, you don’t want to overheat the marshmallows as this causes your cereal treats to be too hard.
- You need to use a large mixing bowl when melting the marshmallows in the microwave as the marshmallows will puff up a lot.
- If needed, you may microwave for additional 15-second intervals, stirring vigorously until melted.
step three: mix everything together
- Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the Alpha-Bits Cereal in the bowl.
- Stir gently until all of the cereal is coated evenly.
step four: spread into pan
- Spread the cereal treat mixture into the greased pan and gently press it into an even layer.
- Let the pan of treats cool at room temperature for about 1 hour.
- Remove from the pan and cut into squares.
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Alpha-Bits Marshmallow Cereal Bars
- 9 x 13 inch baking pan
- medium-large saucepan
- large mixing bowl
- 4 tablespoons European-style salted butter
- 10 ounces marshmallows
- 1 12-ounce box Alpha-Bits Cereal (8 cups)
- Grease a large mixing bowl, an 9 by 13-inch rectangle pan, and a large silicone spatula with butter or baking spray.
- Pour the Alpha-Bits Cereal into the mixing bowl.
- Set aside.
- Begin melting the butter in a medium-large saucepan set over low heat.
- Toss in the marshmallows and stir occasionally until about 75% of the marshmallows have melted.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir vigorously, smashing the marshmallows, allowing them to melt until smooth.
- Pour the melted marshmallows over top of the Alpha-Bits cereal.
- Toss to coat evenly.
- Gently press the cereal mixture into the prepared pan.
- Let cool for about an hour before cutting into 24 squares.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
- Microwave Directions:
- Heat the butter and marshmallows on high power, in a large mixing bowl, for 1 minute.
- Remove and stir vigorously until melted, smashing the marshmallows to help them melt.
- If needed, heat for additional 15-second increments, stirring vigorously after each, until melted and smooth.
- Pour over cereal then follow the instructions above.
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