Eye-popping and attention-grabbing, Trix Cereal Treats are the perfect recipe for spending time in the kitchen with children. These are fun and whimsical, yet easy, delicious, and oh so gooey!
I wish I had the creative genius to come up with this recipe all on my own. It’s quite simple, really; we are basically substituting the traditional Rice Krispies cereal with Trix! I saw this recipe online and I had to make it. A big shout out to Cravings of a Lunatic for the inspiration!
Trix cereal is not something that I’ve ever eaten before until now. That might have something to do with the fact that I’m in my forties! Or, it might be because Trix cereal is hard to find here in Canada.
If your local grocer doesn’t stock Trix cereal, there’s no need to fret, Dear Reader. I was able to order them from Amazon for less that four dollars! I wasn’t able to find the balls though. At the time, I could only find the fruity shapes, but it worked perfectly!
Now, if we are all being honest with ourselves here, we will all admit that we like to indulge in some of the same snacks that kids like to eat. I could eat an entire pan of Rice Krispy Squares! You would find me buckled over with stomach pain later, but who thinks of that when shoving food in our mouths?
No matter how old we are, we will always be attracted to colourful things. Think about it – Christmas lights, huge bouquets of flowers, a fresh fruit salad, Christmas lights, a big box of brand new crayons, candy sprinkles – did I say Christmas lights? (I love Christmas!)
We are never too old to enjoy simple things. And, personally, I think these Trix Cereal Treats are no exception! Frankly, I enjoyed quite a few of these!
The Secret to Gooey Cereal Treats:
When working with marshmallow treats, most recipes will state that once you get the mixture into the pan, you need to place the pan in the fridge. Nay, Dear Reader; nay!
The secret to keeping that melted marshmallow gooey, sticky, and stretchy, is to not refrigerate at all! It’s best to get the mixture to a pan and set the pan aside to cool. I have a side table in our dining room and that’s where all of my baked goods go to cool down.
Melted marshmallows are like hot lava. Be careful not to get it on your hands. But, once you allow the marshmallows to cool down, they will not return to solid form. This is because you had previously mixed melted butter into the marshmallows.
Changing the viscosity of the marshmallow will prevent them from hardening. This will ensure that each bite of your Trix Cereal Treats will have the perfect soft, sticky, and stretchy marshmallow goodness!
There’s no need to worry about the treats spoiling. Marshmallows keep in a bag for a very long time. Cereal can set on a shelf in a box for a year! And, I don’t know about you, but I keep butter at room temperature all the time. So, there’s no need to worry. Besides, these treats won’t last long anyway!
Proper Storage is Important!
If you plan to store the treats, it’s important to keep in mind that the marshmallow mixture will stick together. I piled these onto a cake stand just to show them off. They didn’t stick, because they were piled on top of each other for just a few minutes.
Once I packed them up to give them away, I was sure to place a sheet of parchment paper between each layer. You can use waxed paper or even plastic wrap.
In fact, you can keep these treats completely individual by wrapping each on in plastic wrap. That way, they’re perfectly safe to toss into a kid’s lunch bag. Or yours! #nojudging
Trix Cereal Treats
- 400 grams mini marshmallows
- 10 cups Trix cereal
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- non-stick cooking spray
- Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Add the butter and marshmallows to a large sauce pan. Over low heat, and stirring very often, melt the marshmallows until well incorporated into the melted butter.
- Remove from heat. Add the cereal and stir until well combined with a spatula.
- Turn the mixture out onto the prepared baking dish. Press the mixture flat, trying to get the surface as even as possible. (If you find your hands are sticking to the mixture, lightly spray one palm with the non-stick cooking spray and rub your palms together.)
- Set the pan aside to cool for at least 2 hours. Cut into 16 squares.