7 NEW Spoon-Free Cereal Snacks
We have to admit something. Although our name implies everything baking, like you we like to indulge in a few no-bake recipes once in a while, especially during the dog days of summer. And with kids home from school for the summer, there’s no better time. They’ll have a blast helping personalize their treats with their favorite flavors. Looking for inspiration? Start with a classic crispy marshmallow cereal snack in this new, fruity-licious variation: Rainbow Cereal Pops. Then personalize it by trying our other fun flavor variations and creations, or whip up your own. Find inspiration from the “flavor of the day” list at the local ice cream shop. Or, lean on traditional faves, like our Little Bears S’mores. See what creations you can rock by simply substituting cereal flavors and mix-ins. Share your ideas in the comment section.
RAINBOW CEREAL POPS
YIELD: 24 pops
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Softened butter for greasing pan
3 tablespoons butter
1 bag (10 oz) large marshmallows (40 marshmallows)
6 cups fruity crisp rice cereal
24 lollipop or craft sticks
Pastel colored candy drops
Frosting, if desired
- Grease a BAKER’S SECRET® 24 CUP MINI MUFFIN PAN with softened butter.
- In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter over low heat. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat; quickly stir in cereal. Press mixture into muffin cups. (If you have any cereal mixture left over, press into another buttered pan.)
- While mixture is still slightly warm, invert muffin pan onto waxed paper to remove treats from pan. Insert lollipop stick into each treat. Press candy into top of treat (if candy doesn’t want to stick, use a little bit of frosting for “glue”). Poke sticks into block of plastic foam; let stand until cool.
TRY THESE FUN TWISTS AND MIX-INS
RAINBOW FLOWER GARDEN
Press the cereal mixture into a buttered BAKER’S SECRET® 9”x 13” CAKE PAN. While slightly warm, cut with a flower-shaped cookie cutter sprayed with cooking spray. Press a lollipop stick into each flower; wrap the stick with strips of chewy fruit snack for a stem. You can also cut leaves out of fruit snacks to attach to the stem. Fill new small plastic flowerpots or a cake pan with crushed chocolate cookies to resemble dirt; poke sticks into the “dirt.”
LITTLE BEAR S’MORES TREATS
Butter a BAKER’S SECRET® 9”x 13” CAKE PAN. Melt butter and large marshmallows as directed in recipe. Instead of the crisp rice cereal, substitute 2 cups honey graham cereal squares, 2 cups bear-shaped cinnamon graham crackers and 2 milk chocolate candy bars, coarsely chopped. Stir in 1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows. Press mixture into pan. When cool, cut into squares.
CINNAMON ROLL CEREAL POPS
Butter a BAKER’S SECRET® 12 CUP MUFFIN PAN. Melt butter and large marshmallows as directed in recipe, adding 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Substitute 6 cups cinnamon-toast flavored cereal for the rice cereal. Press mixture into muffin cups. While mixture is still slightly warm, invert muffin pan onto waxed paper to remove treats from pan. Insert lollipop stick into each treat. Pipe white icing from a tube onto treats in a spiral pattern.
MORE IDEAS FROM OUTSIDE THE CEREAL BOX
COOL ’N CRISPY
Ruthie from What’s Cooking With Ruthie uses a combination of cereals and coconut to make a cool ice cream sandwich. This mom of three really knows how to chill out with the family come summer!
RICE CREAM CONES
An ice cream cone that doesn’t melt? You bet. Learn the scoop behind this clever dessert and serve up a tray at your next party—just be careful not to drop them! (Shelly from Cookies & Cups wasn’t so lucky.)
DAD’S LITTLE HELPERS
By far the cutest Father’s Day food we’ve seen—mini chocolate sandwich cookies and little blue straws transform ordinary cereal treats into adorable lawn mowers. Thanks to Tiffany from Cute Food for Kids for sharing this playful idea. This summer, ditch the spoon when it comes to tasty (and super easy) cereal treats. And since secrets are for sharing, we’ve got another one. There’s no age limit on any of these…enjoy! YOUR TURN: What flavor or cereal combinations do you recommend for these spoon-free cereal treats?