Not everything needs to be whole grain…


My favorite cereal of all time is Count Chocula. Growing up I always knew that my favorite season was around the corner, fall, when the Count Chocula, BooBerry, and FrankenBerry cereals hit the shelf. The rest of the year I mostly stuck to Lucky Charms which is pretty much the same concept but not chocolate. Frosted covered shapes with the world’s crunchiest marshmallows also in shapes. I was crushed when stores stopped carrying it. I mean crushed.

Then came the exciting world or realizing that you could order it on line for a hefty price, which sadly I paid. Yes, that’s right; I had Count Chocula shipped to me for years. Luckily a few years back, slowly but surely Count Chocula was making its way back. Except as whole grain. Whole grain I thought? Who the F*@K makes a chocolate cereal with chocolate marshmallows whole grain? Evil people that’s who. Seriously, you changed the flavor of it by trying to make it healthier. Chocolate cereal healthier? I was more than happy with my unhealthy (not that It’s healthy now) cereal. Bring it back. Bring back the real Count Chocula!!!

In the meantime I don’t get the real Count Chocula but I will settle for what I have. I mostly just still love it for nostalgia reasons. Though unlike Spaghetti-O’s I actually still like it. I figured I make everything else into a marshmallow treat, why not this. That way I can make them back to be unhealthy the way they deserve to be!!!

 

Count Chocula Marshmallow Treats

6 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
16 ounces marshmallows
1 ½ boxes (or about 16 ounces) Count Chocula cereal
25 Oreo Chocolate Crème Cookies, crushed up, but leave pieces somewhat big
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Butter a 9-x-13-inch baking pan. Or be lazy like me and spray it with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
Over low heat melt butter in a large pot (I like to use my stock pot because I am a messy person).

Once butter has melted, add marshmallows and continue to cook over low heat while they melt.

It may take a little time. Don’t turn up the heat to try and make it go quicker, you could end up with burned marshmallows or your treats could end up too hard once they firm up.

When most of the marshmallows have melted and they resemble marshmallow crème with a few lumps, remove from heat and add the cereal and cookies.

Using a wooden spoon, stir, stir, stir some more, until all the cereal is fully coated and other parts of the pot are not hogging all the marshmallows (so evenly coated). Add the chocolate chips and stir to evenly distribute.

Pour into prepared baking pan. Take a rubber spatula and either spray it with non-stick spray or simply get some water on it (I just put mine under the faucet real quick). Using the spatula, press the cereal/marshmallow mixture down into the pan, attempting to create a flat, even surface.

Cover with foil and let sit for a few hours to firm up.

Take foil off. Place wax paper down that is a little bit longer than the baking pan. Flip the pan over onto the wax paper. Cut into squares. Some would say 2-inch.

Comments

  1. I’ve never liked the Lucky Charms cereals or the cereals with those marshmallow bits. They taste weird to me. However, I totally agree with you when companies change what was good. I mean come ON, it’s a sugar coated chocolate cereal with sugary marshmallow treats, by chaning the white flour to whole wheat will not make any difference in it’s nutritional value. So I’m with you on that stance, companies shouldn’t change their recipes if they’ve got something good that people love and are willing to pay internet price for ;)

  2. it’s my husband’s favorite too–i ordered him a case of hit for his birthday last year! we have some in the pantry & he rations it out. he, of course, does not want anything healthy in pretty much any form!

  3. Oh, Count Chocula was my favorite cereal as a child. We wouldn’t get it a lot, but I loved it when Mom would get it for us. My husband was horrified when he heard about that and how many Pop-Tarts I used to eat. These sound really yummy!

  4. Those looks amazing! Unfortunately, we don’t get those cereals here…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. LOL!!

    I can feel you. LOL.

  6. Target sells the Count Chocula, BooBerry and Frankenberry cereals every Halloween. Tons of boxes at the check out counter!

  7. I hate when they make food healthier…they ruined my favorite junk food…Jack in The Box Tacos…when they made them healthier earlier in the year. Don’t eat them anymore :(

  8. My mother was very strict about cereals; only Shreddies were allowed, or All-Bran (every six-year-old’s favourite..). Needless to say, Count Chocula still seems utterly decadent and wrong. Guess that early training worked….

  9. “Not everything needs to be whole grain…” Amen!!

    But hey, if you can only get it in whole grain, then the next best thing is to cover it in Oreos, marshmallows, and more chocolate, right? hehe

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