Hi everyone! Finally the leaves are turning, the weather is getting cozy, and autumn is here at last. I can’t get enough of this beautiful time of year: leaf piles, rich colors, and beverages, especially hot tea. I know kids and adults are looking forward to the holidays fast approaching us. There are some great autumn parties on the horizon. So I wanted to come up with a truly fall treat for the entire family. Hoping to be essentially fall-ish, I made spiced pumpkin cereal treats filled with candy. They are not only shaped like adorable little pumpkins but are flavored with pumpkin spice. Let’s face it, pumpkin spice is unavoidable this time of year.
These tasty treats are easy to make packed with flavor…and candy. Combining pumpkin spice, cereal, and candy into adorable pumpkins is fantastic for harvest and Halloween parties alike. This autumn twist on the classic treat that your entire family will love.
The ingredients you need for these fun pumpkin cereal treats:
- 6 cups of crispy rice cereal
- 1 bag of mini marshmallows
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice or pumpkin pie spice
- Orange food coloring
- Chocolate wafer cookies
I prefer using mini marshmallows because they melt faster and more easily. As for the candy you will stuff these adorable pumpkins with, I recommend chocolate candies. Fruit flavored candy and pumpkin spice just do not go together. The chocolate wafer cookies make very nice stems, but you can use any chocolate covered mini candy bars.
To make these pumpkin cereal treats, start by melting the butter.
Some just melt the butter and marshmallows at the same time. But I found that melting the butter first, mixing it into the marshmallows, and then melting the marshmallow works great. Doing it this way will also coat the bowl with butter so your cereal mixture won’t stick to the bowl as much.
Stick the butter coated marshmallows into the microwave for 1½ – 2 minutes. Remember to stir the marshmallows about half way through so that they melt evenly. Next stir in the pumpkin spice and orange food coloring. You might need a bit more food coloring than you think you do. It always ends up being a lighter color when mixed with the cereal. (I wish I had added a bit more coloring to mine. It was orange but not obviously so.)
Once you have a nice spiced orange color, stir in the crispy rice cereal. Keep stirring until all the cereal is combined. Then it’s time to form your pumpkins.
Scoop out about ½ – ¾ cup of the cereal mixture and form into a little bowl. Place candy into the center of your cereal bowl. Start shaping the cereal around the candy into a ball like shape. Add a little more of the cereal mixture on top if needed. Make a little hole in the top of your pumpkin. Break your wafer bar in half and stick a half into the hole on top of the pumpkin. Finish shaping and pressing it together until you have an adorable little pumpkin cereal treat.
Repeat the steps to create about a dozen pumpkins from one batch of cereal mixture. These are really yummy, but not everyone likes pumpkin spice. I’ve found it seems to be a love or hate kind of thing. If you have friends or family that are anti-pumpkin spice, cinnamon also makes delicious pumpkin cereal treats.
For the cinnamon pumpkins, I substituted one teaspoon of cinnamon for one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Also I omitted the food coloring because there are white pumpkins too. It’s also a great way to differentiate between flavors for your pumpkin cereal treats.
Follow the same steps for the pumpkin spice treats. Then you will have mini pumpkins for everyone whether they love or hate pumpkin spice. They also look great together on your fall party table.
Both flavors were fully tested by my family. We agree that these are a fantastic fall treat. Personally I love the cinnamon pumpkins, but the pumpkin spice one are yummy too. These are perfect little treats for a chilly fall day. Whether you make them for a fall party or as a special treat for your family, these spiced pumpkin cereal treats will be enjoyed by all.
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I hope you enjoy make fall treats and the crisp outdoors with your family and friends. Fall is so short so make the most of it! Next time I’ll be continuing the fall festivities with a DIY. Until then remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.