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Have you ever wanted a snack that’s both crispy and gooey, something that’s a little bit of everything and a lot of awesome? Let me introduce you to my recipe for Marshmallow Treats!

marshmallow treats on a grey serving board

Today is your lucky day. These Marshmallow Treats are something special. With a variety of Chex cereal, nuts, and melty marshmallows, they’ll satisfy any hunger craving. 

Each bite is a little bit of heaven – gooey from the marshmallows, crunchy from the Chex, and a touch of salty sweetness from the nuts and pretzels. It’s just heavenly. 

My husband, Jeremy, grew up on Chex Mix. Seriously guys, he would buy stockpiles of the stuff when we were first married. He says this recipe reminds him of that.

Lucky for him, he married a food nut. Ha! I can’t help but make my own homemade version of things like this.

It’s a no bake snack that’s a lot like making rice crispy treats. I suppose you could call them cereal treats!

Make sure the kids get involved in making them. Melting the miniature marshmallows and cereal ingredients in a large pot is too much fun to pass up.

Make this one a classic recipe and save the recipe card for later. Let’s get into these Marshmallow Treats!

Some of our other favorite snack recipes we have on our site include: Homemade Spiced Roasted Nuts (for Holiday Gifts), Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Chex Mix Recipe, and Easy Pizza Sandwich Recipe (Grilled Cheese).

two stacked marshmallow treats

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Texture Galore: The combination of crunchy Chex and gooey marshmallows creates an irresistible texture with simple ingredients.
  2. Quick and Easy: You can whip up these treats in no time, perfect for a spontaneous snack or dessert. It’s a no bake treat that you’ll be sure to enjoy. 
  3. Perfect for Sharing: This fun treat is great for family gatherings, parties, or as a special treat to share with friends. The other day we took some over to the neighbor’s house!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Salted butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Vanilla extract
  • Mini pretzel twists
  • Honey roasted mixed nuts
  • Rice Chex
  • Corn Chex
  • Wheat Chex
ingredients needed to make marshmallow treats

HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOW TREATS:

  1. Line a 10×15 prepared baking pan or one of similar size with foil or parchment paper, spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place the butter in a dutch oven or large stockpot over medium heat and let it melt.
  3. Receive 4 cups of the marshmallows, add the remaining to the pot.
  4. Stir constantly, until the marshmallows are melted, about 5 minutes.
  5. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  6. Stir in the chopped pretzels and chopped nuts.
  7. Stir in the rice chex, corn chex, and wheat chex.
  8. Finally, stir in the reserved marshmallows.
  9. Add the mixture to the prepared baking dish and gently press it down to form to the pan. Don’t press too hard, you don’t want to condense the treats.
  10. If using, press in a pretzel on top of each portion of the treats.
  11. Allow to cool at room temperature for 2 hours. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set up properly.
  12. Slice and serve, best stored in the fridge.
collage of images showing how to make marshmallow treats

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

DO THESE KEEP THEIR SHAPE?

Absolutely! Once these marshmallow treats have cooled down and set, they maintain their shape wonderfully.

This means you can easily cut them into smaller pieces or fun shapes without worrying about them falling apart.

It’s one of the best parts of this recipe – the treats are sturdy enough to pack in lunchboxes, stack for a bake sale, or even wrap up as sweet treats for a birthday party.

And if you’re trying them for the first time, you’ll be delighted to see how well they hold up, making them perfect for sharing and serving next time you have a party or gathering.

DO I HAVE TO ADD NUTS?

Nuts in these treats are completely optional. While they add a delightful crunch and a hint of savory flavor that contrasts nicely with the sweet marshmallow mixture, they aren’t essential.

If you’re not a fan of nuts, or if you’re making these for someone with allergies, you can easily leave them out.

Alternatively, you can get creative and replace them with other ingredients like crunchy cereal mixtures, such as Fruity Pebbles or Lucky Charms, for a fun snack twist.

Remember, the best recipes are those that you can adapt to suit your tastes!

upclose image marshmallow treats

BEST WAY TO STORE?

The key to storing marshmallow treats so they retain their amazing texture is to keep them in an air-tight container, with each layer separated by wax or parchment paper.

This method prevents the treats from sticking to each other, maintaining their perfect texture. If you’re using leftover or store-bought marshmallows, this storage method helps to keep the treats as fresh as possible.

They can last a good couple of days at room temperature, so you can continue to enjoy their gooey, crispy goodness. I like to keep them in the fridge, though as I feel they keep their shape better.

For longer storage, you can even keep them in the freezer – just make sure they’re well-wrapped to avoid freezer burn.

ANY ADDITIONS?

That’s the best part of home cooking and easy recipes. You can add whatever you want!

  • Drizzle with melted chocolate
  • Mix in colorful sprinkles
  • Add a dollop of peanut butter
  • Stir in dried fruit like cranberries or raisins
  • Top with coconut flakes
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa powder
  • Add a layer of caramel
  • Mix in different types of cereal
  • Add mini chocolate chips
  • Top with a marshmallow fluff swirl

ANY SUBSTITUTIONS?

Feel free to swap things out in this sweet treat. Here are a few ideas.

  • Gluten-free Chex for a gluten-free version
  • Vegan marshmallows for a vegan-friendly treat
  • Coconut oil instead of butter
  • Agave nectar as a sweetener alternative
a hand holding up marshmallow treats with a bite taken out

HOW TO STORE:

Refrigerator: Store this classic treat an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge. I highly recommend storing these in the fridge as they will keep their shape better that way.

Freezer: Wrap them well and freeze for up to 3 months. Pull them out for special occasions or any time you just want a snack!

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Avoid Over-Pressing: When you press the mixture into the pan, do it gently to keep the treats light and fluffy.
  • Use Fresh Marshmallows: This ensures the treats are extra gooey and delicious.
  • Variety of Chex: Using different types of Chex adds a fun variety of flavors and textures.
  • Butter the Rubber Spatula: To prevent sticking when pressing the mixture into the pan.
  • Cool Completely: Let the treats cool completely before slicing for clean cuts.
  • Experiment with Toppings: Feel free to add your favorite toppings to personalize these treats.
stacked marshmallow treats with a bite taken out

Marshmallow Treats are a fantastic way to enjoy a sweet and crunchy snack. Whether you’re a fan of marshmallow treats or looking for something new to try, this recipe is sure to please.

With just the right blend of flavors and textures, it’s a delightful treat for any occasion. So grab your ingredients, and let’s make some marshmallow magic!

If you’ve tried these MARSHMALLOW TREATS, let me know how they turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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5 from 1 vote

Best Marshmallow Treats Recipe (with Chex Mix Ingredients)

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Rest Time 3 hours
Have you ever wanted a snack that’s both crispy and gooey, something that’s a little bit of everything and a lot of awesome? Let me introduce you to my recipe for Marshmallow Treats!
Servings 24 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Line a 10×15 prepared baking pan or one of similar size with foil or parchment paper, spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place the butter in a dutch oven or large stockpot over medium heat and let it melt.
    1 cup salted butter
  • Receive 4 cups of the marshmallows, add the remaining to the pot.
    3 10 ounce bags mini marshmallows
  • Stir constantly, until the marshmallows are melted, about 5 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
    1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Stir in the chopped pretzels and chopped nuts.
    1 & 1/2 cups mini pretzel twists, 1 cup honey roasted mixed nuts
  • Stir in the rice chex, corn chex, and wheat chex.
    3 cups rice chex, 1 & 1/2 cups corn chex, 1 & 1/2 cups wheat chex
  • Finally, stir in the reserved marshmallows.
  • Add the mixture to the prepared baking dish and gently press it down to form to the pan. Don’t press too hard, you don’t want to condense the treats.
  • If using, press in a pretzel on top of each portion of the treats.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature for 2 hours. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set up properly.
  • Slice and serve, best stored in the fridge.

Notes

  • Avoid Over-Pressing: When you press the mixture into the pan, do it gently to keep the treats light and fluffy.
  • Use Fresh Marshmallows: This ensures the treats are extra gooey and delicious.
  • Variety of Chex: Using different types of Chex adds a fun variety of flavors and textures.
  • Butter the Rubber Spatula: To prevent sticking when pressing the mixture into the pan.
  • Cool Completely: Let the treats cool completely before slicing for clean cuts.
  • Experiment with Toppings: Feel free to add your favorite toppings to personalize these treats.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 7mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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