Caramel Corn Cereal Treats By Kelly Mikolich

Caramel Extract Desserts

Embark on a whimsical journey to create the ultimate caramel corn cereal treat, a delightful concoction that combines the crunchiness of Corn Chex and popcorn with the sweet allure of butterscotch chips and marshmallows, all brought together with a hint of luxurious caramel flavoring. This recipe is a testament to the joy of experimenting in the kitchen and creating something truly special and indulgent. Whether you're a seasoned baker or new to the culinary arts, this treat is designed to inspire and excite.

Caramel Corn Cereal Treats Extravaganza
Yield: 36 scrumptious squares
Preparation Time: A mere 2 minutes of cooking, plus cooling


  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, to bring richness and depth
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag of mini marshmallows, for that irresistible gooeyness
  • 1-2 teaspoons of caramel flavoring, I recommend Dolce Foglia for that perfect caramel kiss
  • 2/3 cup of butterscotch chips, to add a layer of sweet complexity
  • 2 cups of Corn Chex Cereal, for a satisfying crunch
  • 5 cups of popped popcorn (butter-flavored microwave popcorn works wonders here), for that classic caramel corn vibe
  • 1 cup of rice crispies cereal, adding another level of delightful crispiness

Magical Assembly Instructions:

  1. Begin your culinary adventure by lining a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil. A gentle mist of baking spray will ensure your treats release effortlessly. Consider this pan a canvas for your masterpiece.

  2. In a cauldron (or large pot) over a medium-high flame, unite the butter and marshmallows. Stir this mixture occasionally, watching as they meld together into a smooth, molten bliss. As you add the butterscotch chips, stir until they are just shy of fully melted, adding to the magic.

  3. Withdraw your cauldron from the heat, and with a flourish, stir in the caramel essence, infusing your mixture with its enchanting flavor. Now, introduce the Corn Chex, popped popcorn, and rice crispies cereal to the mixture, folding them in until each piece is lovingly coated and the concoction is well mixed.

  4. Carefully pour your creation into the prepared pan. With a gentle touch, press the mixture evenly into the pan. If you're feeling whimsical, a sprinkle of edible glitter or sprinkles can add a dash of prettiness to your treats.

  5. Allow your creation to cool completely, a pause that tests patience but ensures perfection. Once set, cut into squares, as large or as small as you desire.

Enchanting Notes:

  • These treats are best stored at room temperature, nestled in an airtight container. They will maintain their freshness and magic for 3-5 days.
  • If the elusive caramel flavoring is out of reach, fear not! Vanilla extract serves as a noble substitute, adding its own whisper of sweetness.

This recipe is more than just a treat; it's a celebration of flavors, textures, and the joy of creating something with your hands. Whether you're making these for a special occasion or a cozy night in, they promise to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Enjoy the process, indulge in the outcome, and may your kitchen be filled with laughter and delicious aromas.

Please check out the original recipe at Kelly Mikolich's blog.

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