Spicy Cactus Cereal Treats

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsDo you guys love cereal treats as much as I do?

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?

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsHere’s what you’ll need:

  • 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.

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsIn a large saucepan, melt your butter over low heat. Add your marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add your cereal and stir until completely coated.

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsUsing 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!

Spicy Cereal Cactus Treats-5Let the mixture cool.

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsSpicy Cereal Cactus Treats-7Once 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.

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsOnce melted, add your diced jalapenos to the chocolate. Add more than you think you’ll need for that spicy kick. The chocolate will hide a lot of the heat!

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsPour 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!

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsLightly knock the cookie sheet onto the top of your counter or table to help remove the air bubbles before your chocolate sets.

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!

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsWhile 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!

Spicy Cactus Cereal TreatsAll that’s left to do now, is EAT! These spicy cactus cereal treats are oh, so yummy and honestly…shhhh…don’t tell anyone…but, they are actually even better than their Rice Krispy cousin!

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!

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