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Cap’n Crunch Marshmallow Treats

When I get hit by a sugar craving, it hits me hard.  This is what happened when I was flipping through the latest issue of InStyle Magazine.  They featured pastry chef/owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi, and all her delectable cereal creations.  Her specialty treats include a “compost cookie” which is a mix of salty potato chips, pretzels, and ground coffee, and “crack pie” which is a toasted oat crust with a gooey butter filling.  Next time I’m in NYC you better believe I’m heading to Milk Bar!  After reading her feature, I immediately had to make one of her treats!

She generously donated a few recipes to the magazine.  These include a Crunch Berry Snack Mix, Cocoa Pebbles Crunch Cake, Fruity Pebbles Crispies, & Captain Crunch Cookies.  She doesn’t just use cereal for the mix-ins, she creates crunch mixes with each cereal (think chex mix), and then bakes with them.  If you don’t already have this magazine, I encourage you to go buy and just for these recipes.  They are genius!!

Not having all the ingredients to make the crunch mixes, I made due with what I had.  My only request was that Mr. Weekly Bite purchase his favorite fruity cereal so I can make the treats.  I had no idea what he’d return with.  Much to my surprise, he arrived with Berry Cap’n Crunch, claiming Cap’n Crunch is his all time favorite cereal.

Here’s my version of Cap’n Crunch Marshmallow Treats.

First you want to take 6 cups of the cereal and put in a zip-loc bag.  Seal the bag and use a rolling pin to slightly smash the cereal.

Make sure to leave lots of cereal chunks.  You only want to smash the cereal a few times.

Melt 4.5 tablespoons of butter in a medium sauce pan.  To the butter add one tsp salt and one 10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows.  Once the marshmallow’s are melted, add in your cereal.

Mix until all the cereal is coated.

Spray a 13×9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Press the cereal mixture into the pan and let cool.


  • 6 cups Cap’n Crunch (which ever flavor you like)
  • 4.5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 10.5 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp salt

Spray a 13×9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.  Pour cereal in a large zip-loc bag.  Seal and smash cereal a few times with a rolling pin. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat.  Add salt to melted butter, stir until salt is dissolved.  Add marshmallows to butter.  Stir until all marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat.  Add in cereal and stir until cereal is completely coated.  Pour cereal mixture into baking pan.  Press down, and let cool completely.  Cut into desired size bars.

Try really hard not to get a cavity when you eat these 😉

21 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on January 28, 2011 at 8:31 am

    First off, they are so colorful and pretty! I think I need to make them today. Really. I love the twist on rice krispie treats! Hope you’re doing well girl!

  2. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on January 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Um, I think I might make these for my husband. lol it is his favorite cereal!

  3. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Oh my gosh, these are SO fun!!! Love them!

  4. TheHealthyapron said on January 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Nothing beats a good “bar dessert!” These look so fun!

  5. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on January 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

    The Cap’n was my favourite cereal as a kid!

  6. Blog is the New Black said on January 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I cut out that same article! Too funny!

  7. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on January 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Those look like they would send me right back to childhood. What a fun recipe. I miss kiddy cereals like that.

  8. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on January 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Obviously we both had the same idea today. I love sweet cereal bars. Mmm…these sound great.

  9. Heather @ Heather's Dish said on January 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I feel like this quelled my sugar craving just reading about it! Yum!

  10. kate said on January 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

    These are beautiful! And so kid friendly. Im sending these to my sister to make with her kids, theyll love em!

  11. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on January 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Yum! I love how bright and colorful they are. Almost makes me feel like they are healthy. 😉

  12. Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said on January 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

    These looks delicious!!!

  13. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on January 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

    MMMM I have a friend who’s Bday is coming up and who’s fav cereal is cap’t crunch… What a great little treat to bring to the party !

  14. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on January 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Wow what a blast from the past. I haven’t seen Capt’n Crunch since I was a kid.
    I love InStyle magazine. 🙂

  15. Jen said on January 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    oh my deliciousness. please tell me you are bring these to becky’s this afternoon!

  16. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on January 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I just read about the crack pie…I think it was in Food & Wine or Bon Appetit, sounds amazing!

  17. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Jen – Your wish is my command 🙂

  18. Melanie Flinn said on January 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Fun version- the kids would love these! I’m your newest follower. 😉 I’ve been following your blog but just added you to my reader. Have a great weekend!

  19. Anne Marie said on January 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I saw these too!! I can’t wait to try all the yummy, sugary cereal recipes 🙂

  20. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) said on January 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I love Captain Crunch! Can’t wait to make these! I may just have to pick up that issue of InStyle. I love cereal!