Now that I'm not in school anymore, I'm finally able to sit down and eat breakfast. My parents have interpreted this as a green light to buy an abnormal amount of cereal. I should really say my dad and not my parents, because he's mostly responsible for all the grocery shopping. What can I say, he LOVES shopping wholesale. BJ's, Costco, you name it. Even when he's not actually at a wholesale store, he's buying a whole lot of stuff that is on sale.
I guess some time ago, there was a cereal sale and we ended up with 16 boxes of cereal in the house. I'm not even exaggerating. It was cool at the time, because he bought all the cereals that I liked. But after going through four boxes of Wheaties and two boxes of Kix all by myself, cereal started to look very unappealing. I still ate it, though not as often, but I stopped eating the same kind of cereal for weeks straight. That was the main problem; my lack of variation.
But the one cereal that I just couldn't continue eating was Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It was just too sweet for me to handle. Not to mention, before I ever really got a chance to enjoy it's crunchy cinnamon-sugar coated squares, their coating would dissolve, leaving me with soggy squares and outrageously sweet milk. It just wasn't working out. So after months of the half full (or half empty?) bag of CTC sitting on top of the fridge in it's double box, taking up way too much space, I finally decided to do something with it. Enter Cinnamon Toast Crunch marshmallow treats.
I saw the idea for them on Pinterest. Yes, I've joined the Pinterest bandwagon, and I'm proud of it. Where else could I have found a nifty idea like this? You basically mix your Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal with melted butter and marshmallows, spread it into a pan, cool, cut, and serve. It's the same concept behind Rice Krispie treats, except the results are way yummier. Oh, and not only did I use up the leftover bag of cereal, but I also used up the leftover marshmallow creme I had from making these cookies. Win win situation, if you ask me.
I must warn you though, these treats are just as sweet as the actual cereal, if not, a little bit more. But I would rather bite into crunchy, sticky, sweetness, than soggy, milky, sweetness any morning of the week. And I'm sure you'll agree.
One 7oz. jar of marshmallow creme2.5 cups of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal2.5 tablespoons unsalted butter
Directions:Lightly spray a 7 x 7 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add marshmallow creme and stir until it is mixed in. Remove saucepan from heat and add in the cereal. Stir together until cereal is completely coated.
Spread cereal mixture into the prepared pan; use a sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil to pat down the mixture evenly. Let cool, then cut into squares.