You will never believe it, Burlesquers: I am sick with a slight cold! Who gets a cold in the beginning of a hot, humid summer?! Apparently I do, which explains my sluggishness (remember me attributing my tiredness to the weather in my last post??). It’s not a terrible sickness, but it’s definitely a sore throat and some congestion. Yuck. Glad I was lazy and skipped the gym the past two days. I think that would have made things worse!
Anyway, to remedy the dregs of a summer cold, I decided I wanted a cool, kid-like treat. How about Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats to chase my blues away?! Yay!
Now, don’t get me wrong: I like rice krispie treats, just like every other
kid adult around. But why not do a grown-up spin on a kids dessert, and add lots of cinnamon and chocolate chips? I wanted these to taste like faux churros! And what better way to do that than by adding cinnamon and sweetened condensed milk, which are two popular ingredients in Latin America? I made these treats using Target-brand Cinnamon Cereal, butter, marshmallows, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sweetened condensed milk. And the result is fantastic! I loved this! I hate being self-congratulatory, but these treats are much more fun and tasty than their rice-krispie treat counterpart. The cinnamon, vanilla extract, and sweetened condensed milk really give these depth and make them adult friendly! (Although, if you don’t have sweetened condensed milk, just add a few more marshmallows!). Goodbye, rice krispie treats, heeeello Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats!
FYI: I made only 10 treats out of this amount (at about 100 calories each), so double the proportions for a larger batch. I also used a generic Target brand for the cereal, and they turned out wonderfully! And because you will have extra sweetened condensed milk, I suggest putting it in your coffee in the morning, or putting it in a jar in the fridge for the next time you make treats or seven layer bars, mmmm! You can also turn your sweetened condensed milk into Dulce de Leche (“candy of milk”, or “milk jelly” in Spanish, which is similar to caramel) by heating it on the stove. If you don’t want to bother with the sweetened condensed milk, however, just throw in a few extra marshmallows and you will be set! Lastly, I store my treats in a plastic bag in the fridge. Grab one whenever you have a craving!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
2 1/3 cups marshmallows
3 tsp sweetened condensed milk
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
In a large saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over medium low heat and add the vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir. Once the butter mixture is melted and mixed, add the mini marshmallows. Stir the marshmallows until they’re melted.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the cereal. Stir to completely coat the cereal with the marshmallow mixture.
Put the cereal mixture into lightly greased cupcake tins. Evenly spread it out and pat it down with a spatula. Add chocolate chips into each treat. Put in the fridge to cool.
When cold, take out of tin and drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the tops. Now enjoy!