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Rice Krispie Treats Have Nothing on These. Chex Crispy Treats!

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Chex WHAT?  Chex Crispy Treats!

Chex Crispy Treats

Chex Crispy Treats

A few years ago, we were out of Rice Krispies cereal, and we NEEDED some Rice Krispie Treats.  To appease the masses (a.k.a. my hubby and boys), I substituted Corn Chex instead, and a new favorite recipe was born.  Sure, we could have used Rice Chex, but we love our Corn Chex.  And when added to these treats, they have a great flavor which is better than Rice Krispies Treats!  Don’t believe me?  Try it yourself, and let me know what you think.  Did I mention that this is super easy?  Well, it is!  Here’s the recipe:

Chex Crispy Treats

14 cups of Corn Chex (or one 14 oz box)

20 ounces of marshmallows (or two 10-oz bags of marshmallows)

1 stick of salted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Grease your cookie sheet with the stick of butter.  Put remaining butter in a large, non-stick pan and melt over medium heat.  When melted, add the marshmallows and stir to combine.  Allow the marshmallows to melt, stirring occasionally.  When the marshmallows are completely melted and incorporated with the butter, turn off the heat, and add the vanilla.  Stir to combine.  Add the corn chex and fold gently until all pieces are coated.  Next, transfer the chex crispy treat mixture to your cookie sheet and press into the pan.  Allow to cool before cutting.

And here’s a step-by-by step with pictures!

Here are the ingredients:  Corn Chex, Mini Marshmallows (you can use regular size), Vanilla, and Butter.

Here are the ingredients: Corn Chex, Mini Marshmallows (you can use regular size), Vanilla, and Butter.

Grease the pan with the stick of butter.

Grease the pan with the stick of butter.

Like this.

Like this.

Put the rest of the stick into a non-stick pan and turn the heat on medium.

Put the rest of the stick into a non-stick pan and turn the heat on medium.  You may notice that I’m using my pressure cooker.  Yes the very pressure cooker I used to make stew last week.  It is a super versatile pan and has a great non-stick coating (perfect for this sticky dish).

Melt the butter.

Melt the butter.

When it's melted, add the marshmallows.  Stir to coat the marshmallows with the melted butter.  Keep the heat on medium.

When it’s melted, add the marshmallows. Stir to coat the marshmallows with the melted butter. Keep the heat on medium.

They will melt quickly.  After a minute or so, they'll look like this.

They will melt quickly. After a minute or so, they’ll look like this.

Then like this...

Then like this…

And finally, they're ready.  Actually, it takes less than 5 minutes on my stove.  It's probably closer to 3 minutes.

And finally, they’re ready. It takes less than 5 minutes on my stove. Actually, it’s probably closer to 3 minutes.  Turn off the heat.

Add the vanilla.

Add the vanilla.

It will bubble up.  This is normal.  Stir it into the marshmallow/butter mixture.

It will bubble up. This is normal. Stir it into the marshmallow/butter mixture.

And it should look like this.  Now you're ready to add the Corn Chex.

The marshmallow mixture should look like this. Now you’re ready to add the Corn Chex.

Just dump the entire box right on top of the marshmallow mixture.  Fold it in.

Just dump the entire box right on top of the marshmallow mixture. Fold it in.

It's getting there, but it takes a couple of minutes to incorporate completely.

Keep folding.  It’s getting there, but it takes a couple of minutes to incorporate the Chex completely.

Now you're talkin'!  They're ready.

Now you’re talkin’! They’re ready.

Dump them on your cookie sheet.

Dump them on your cookie sheet.

You're going to want to spread them with a spoon, but this is a super, sticky concoction.  So, to make it easy, spray the back of your spoon with Pam or another non-stick cooking spray.  Trust me, you'll thank me for this tip.  It makes spreading these SO much easier!

You’re going to want to spread them with a spoon, but this is a super, sticky concoction. To make it easier, spray the back of your spoon with Pam or another non-stick cooking spray. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this tip. It makes spreading these SO much easier!

I've spread them around the pan, but there's not quite where I want them to be, so I'm going to show you another little trick.

I’ve spread them around the pan, but there’s not quite where I want them to be, so I’m going to show you another little trick.

Why am I showing you an empty cookie sheet?  This is actually another cookie sheet (same size as the first one) pressed on top of the Chex Crispy Treats.  I sprayed the back of the pan with Pam (non-stick cooking spray), and pressed.  It makes these nice and even and compressed enough that they have a great bite to them.

Why am I showing you an empty cookie sheet? This is actually another cookie sheet (same size as the first one) pressed on top of the Chex Crispy Treats. I sprayed the back of the pan with Pam (non-stick cooking spray), and pressed it directly on top of the pan containing the treats. It makes them nice and even and compressed enough that they have a great bite to them.

And they're done!  Wasn't that easy?  Now comes the hard part...  waiting for them to cool, so you don't burn your tongue eating them while they're hot.

And they’re done! Wasn’t that easy? Now comes the hard part… waiting for them to cool, so you don’t burn your tongue eating them while they’re hot.

So YUMMY!

So YUMMY!

Do you want one or two or more?

Do you want one or two or more?

Isn’t that simple? 

What’s your favorite easy treat?

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

29 thoughts on “Rice Krispie Treats Have Nothing on These. Chex Crispy Treats!

  1. That is a yummy treat. My mom used to make these with whatever left over cereal in the cupboard. So we had Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams or whatever needed to finished off! Don’t waste the little bits of cereal make them into a yummy treat!

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  2. A friend of mine always makes them with corn flakes. They are pretty good too.

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  3. Oh my. That does sound g-o-o-d. 😀

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  4. These look YUMMY!! Will need to try them. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

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  5. I love corn chex and krispy treats whether rice or corn are one of my favorite things. Love this!

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  6. What a great idea, Laurie! So creative!!

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  7. Hhm. Interesting twist on my daughter’s favorite treat. We both like Chex. Maybe we’ll try this instead of Rice Crispies.

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  8. WOW! You read my mind today!!! I was eating some Chex this morning and thought about how much the taste reminds me of rice krispies…Then I thought about how great of an idea it would to make a Chex version of rice krispy treats. You beat me to it 🙂 Definitely adding to my list now!

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  9. All corn in this country is genetically modified (GMO) unless it says Organic.

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  10. I’ll have to try that – cause I love Chex cereal!

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  11. Love this twist on a classic!

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  12. Pro-tip (if allergies permit) add 2 tablespoons (OR MORE!!!) of PEANUT BUTTER to the butter/marshmallow melting part!!!

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  13. Would never have tried this one. Thank you! Look forward to more recipes and thanks for following. Peace and Blessings

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  14. Good one for my next movie-evening with friends!!

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  15. I just happen to have chex cereal in the pantry that no one wants to eat (left from making Chex Mix). I’m going to make these!
    Another option for pressing marshmallow treats into a pan is to spray or oil a piece of waxed paper. It’s quick and easy!

    My husband makes a version of these with cornflakes and green food coloring at Christmas, but drops them in circles rather than pressing into a pan- add redhots and, voila! “Wreath Cookies”.

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  16. You are so Genius!! Try Nutella and Peanut-butter together!

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  17. These look so delicious, and I like that they seem easy I make!

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  19. Can’t wait to try these, corn flakes taste great as crispy treats as well.

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  20. Mmmmm I love marshmallows and I loooove chex! This is perf!

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