Spicy Cactus Cereal Treats
That gooey marshmallow mixed with the crunchy cereal just has a way of making me happy. Like, really happy. Eat a whole pan to myself kind of happy.
I’ve been a die hard to the original for a really long time, but I got daring one day and tried out a few new flavors.
Best decision ever. Mind blown.
This one is perfect for an upcoming holiday that’s right around the corner…Cinco de Mayo!
I paired colorful Trix cereal, spicy jalapeno, and milk chocolate for the perfect bite.
What better holiday is there where you can infuse this much bright color into a dessert? The inside of these spicy cactus cereal treats definitely reminds me of a pinata!
Want to whip up a batch of your own?
- 6 cups of Trix Cereal
- 1 package mini marshmallows (about 10 oz.)
- 3 Tablespoons of Butter
- Baking Chocolate (for melting)
- Fresh Diced Jalapenos
- Cactus Shaped Cookie Cutter (I got mine here)
- Wax or Parchment Paper
- Floral Sprinkles or Toppers (These are the ones I wish I had used)
First up, make those yummy cereal treats.
Spray a 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Add your cereal and stir until completely coated.
Using a buttered spatula, press the mixture evenly into your pan. I like to use the back of a spoon to smooth out the top, once the mixture is in the pan. Rub the back of your spoon with butter to prevent the sticky stuff from getting stuck all over your spoon!
Once cool, using your cactus cookie cutter, cut out cactus shapes and place on wire cooling racks. Place the wire cooling racks on top of a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. This will help with clean up later!
After all shapes are cut out, begin melting your baking chocolate, according to the directions on the packaging.
Pour the melted chocolate over the cactus treats, allowing the excess chocolate to puddle on the bottom of your cookie sheet. The sides can be a little hard to cover, so make sure you don’t miss those bright edges peeking through!
I find when using chocolate to coat desserts, you’ll end up going through more than you think you will, so make enough to cover all of your finished treats. If you don’t have enough, just melt another batch!
While the chocolate is still warm, place flowers onto the stems of your cactus. I used tweezers to help place mine, but I wish I would have had these sprinkles on hand to use instead. They would have added a bigger impact to the finished dessert! Oh well. Next time!
I might have gone to the store to pick up another box of cereal and another bag of marshmallows, just so that I could eat another pan. (I might have shared one or two of them).
These little cactus treats would be great using green colored candy melts too!
Serve em’ up at your next fiesta or package them individually to give away as favors. Yum!