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I've been making this recipe for years. Always a kid pleaser. Thanks for posting.
DH loves Puffed Wheat Cake, so this was an automatic hit in our house. Although a do agree that 1 tsp. is not enough cocoa. I added 2 heaping tbsp. This was a nice soft and chewy square and will be made often.
I wanted to use up some puffed millet, so I made a half a batch. 1 heaping teaspoon of cocoa to the half batch made a nice subtle flavor. I used sugar syrup leftover from another recipe in place of the corn syrup. They stuck together "loosely" but well enough to enjoy.
I bought puffed cereal on sale, and thought my little ones would like it (I always hated it, but...) anyhow, they screamed for their oatmeal, and spit it out, and threw it on the floor. Needless to say, nobody was happy. I hate to throw away food and found this recipe. Sprinkles make almost anything taste better to my kids (must be the lack of junk food), anyhow, this kinda reminds me of popcorn balls, and no worries about those 4 bags of cereal getting used up. Skipped the chocolate, and reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and added some stevia instead. Seems to be fine. thanks
Great squares, I used 2 tablespoons of cocoa and it was the perfect amount! They disappeared so fast!
I made a half batch today with puffed rice instead. i added one tablespoon of cocoa powder, so it has a slight chocolate taste. they came out very crispy, but were a little too sweet for me. i also used dark corn syrup, but next time i will try light for a slightly less caramel taste. i cut them as soon as i pressed them flat. in fact, i think i could probably have added more cereal and it still would have held together fine.
It was fabules!!
Loved it! I remember this from my youth and was surprised when I bought the puffed wheat cereal that there wasn't a recipe on the back for these (thought, for sure, there would be!). This recipe was even better than I ever remember them tasting! I added 2.5 tbsp of cocoa for an extra-chocolaty taste and a sprinkle of cinnamon to the syrup mixture. My 20 month old DD was crazy about the squares! I can't wait to try them with colorful sprinkles next time! Thank you for the post; it's a hit with our family.
I was excited to make this recipe since as a child we often ate this as a treat. I too added more cocoa for more of a chocolate taste. I was disappointed in the out come since I followed the recipe to a "T" although I did reduce the heat since it looked to be too much of a rapid boil. The batch I made broke into pieces as I tried to cut them. I will make them again however adjusting the heat.
Great snack squares with a sweet caramel flavor. I omitted the cocoa and used Sugar Smacks (sweetened puffed wheat cereal). Would suggest cutting these just after they cool, they were very difficult to cut after a few hours. I'd never heard of these yummy treats. Can't wait to try the chocolate version. Thnaks, Pamela!