Valentine's treats don't get any easier than this!
Oh, for the love of Valentine’s Day! Vanilla Chex is so good. I snacked on it so much, I almost didn’t have enough for these treats.
Thank goodness I restrained myself and made this batch of awesomeness. This cereal is ideal for making treats, because the Chex™ stays crispy, even when covered in melted marshmallow.
And these cereal treats are heart-shaped and decked out in pink just for the season, so you kind of can’t go wrong here. You can even add a little message if you like via that tell-all candy: conversation hearts.
To start, gather up your easy ingredients, place a bit of softened butter on a paper towel and grease a 3-quart baking dish very well. Set the dish aside.
Pour 6 cups of Vanilla Chex™ cereal in a large bowl. This is where I got in trouble. You know, one cup for the bowl, one cup for me, two cups for the bowl, two cups for me...
You’ll also need half a stick of butter, four cups of mini marshmallows and some red or pink gel paste food coloring. You can find some gel pastes in the craft store or online. I used one called "Electric Pink".
In a saucepan, melt the half a stick of butter. As soon as it’s melted, pour in the marshmallows and some drops of food coloring. To achieve the pink shown I used about 15 drops. Stir and stir like crazy over medium low heat until the marshmallows melt and you have a smooth, pink mixture. Or red. Or any other color you like, really.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and immediately pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl with the Chex™.
Now here's the tricky part. Take a spatula that you’ve greased with butter, scrape out the saucepan, and gently fold the marshmallow mixture into the cereal. For as bold as the taste is, Chex is pretty delicate, and you don’t want to crush all of the cereal pieces.
Once everything is stirred together as well as it can be, press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.
Let the treats set for 15 or 30 minutes, then press the heart cookie cutter into the treats. Wiggle it around a bit and lift the heart out. Set the heart-shaped treat on a baking tray lined with wax paper. Finish cutting out all the hearts as close together as possible to minimize scraps. (Not that there’s anything wrong with scraps – I certainly enjoyed them!)
Lightly press conversation hearts on top, if you like.
Let the treats set another hour or so, until firm.
Time to share with friends, family and the ones you adore – and enjoy!