Halloween Cocoa Puff Marshmallow Treats
I made Halloween Cocoa Puff Marshmallow Treats. You guys, these are not in my wheelhouse. But they're kind a medium-awesome. And sometimes that's exactly what you (or, say, your school bake sale) need. Right? ?
If your grocery delivery service sends you a box of shitty cereal, don't give it to the local food bank. That's not helpful. Just make some medium-awesome Halloween treats. KTHXBYE.
Cocoa Puffs are not in my wheelhouse.
So...Fresh Direct sent us a box of Cocoa Puffs like a month ago. I don't know why. Mistake? Promotion? Not clear. I thought about donating it to the local food pantry, but that didn't seem like a great way to nourish the community. So I shoved the box into the back of the cereal cabinet — deep enough that neither kid noticed it — and forgot about it until yesterday.
Even as a kid — especially as a kid — I never ate cereals like this. There were things we didn't keep in the house that I wished we kept in the house. Pringles, hello. Doritos, hi! Sugary cereals were not one of those things. I honestly think I had never tried Cocoa Puffs until like 27 hours ago. When I went to Target with the little one to grab some Halloween candy and a few kid bedroom adornments, I proudly pointed at a box of Count Chocula and said, "You may be surprised to know that we have THAT in our house!" We did not have that in our house. And even as I write this, I have to keep glancing at the cereal box to know whether to type "Puffs" or "Pops." Cocoa Puffs are not in my wheelhouse.
"What did you make here?"
None of which explains why I decided to make some ridiculous Cocoa Puff Marshmallow Treats with googly eyes and chocolate drizzle when we got home. I don't know WHAT explains that, to be honest. Halloween fever? Identity crisis? Again. Not clear.
Cope said, "What did you make here?" and "They look scary," and I don't think he meant in a spooky Halloween kind of way. The 12 year old said they were "Pretty good."
Here they are. Real food tomorrow, promise.
- 1 10-ounce bag marshmallows
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 6 cups Cocoa Puffs
- 20 candy eyes
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Place the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat on medium power until melted. Stir together thoroughly. Pour in the cereal and stir to coat completely.
- Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press until reasonably flat. This may be easier after a minute or two, but it’s a sticky procedure. You can spray a spatula or your hands with cooking spray if you like.
- While still sticky, press the candy eyeballs into the top of the bars wherever you like.
- Heat chocolate chips until just melted in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir in coconut oil. Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate mixture over bars. Let cool until solid. You can do this in the freezer for about 15 minutes if you like. Cut into squares and serve.