Cereal Candy

I must warn you, today’s recipe has it’s own disclaimer: Make At Your Own Risk. This recipe is a family favorite and is highly addictive. I only make this during the holiday season, but I do make it a couple of times.

This batch here was finished off in two days by my family, and that was with me being the cereal candy police. I rationed it out over those two days. This is a recipe my husband grew up with. His mother made it for his family. I have altered the recipe a little bit. The original recipe called for Kix cereal in it, but nobody really cared for the Kix cereal.

The other thing about this is you have to use a candy thermometer to make it. Now the temperature you cook it to will all depend on where you are located. For me, here in the Salt Lake Valley and with my candy thermometer, soft ball stage for me is 230 degrees. So you need to know what temperature soft ball is for where you live. If you under cook the candy coating the cereal will get soggy and if you over cook it it will be hard as a rock. So you gotta get it to the exact temperature for soft ball. Just be careful, because once you make this there’s no going back. You’ll want to make this all the time.

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Cereal Candy
  • 5 cups Cheerios
  • 5 cups Rice Chex
  • 6 cups Special K
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup white corn syrup
  • ½ cup butter (It's gotta be the real stuff)
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Add the cereals into a large bowl. I have a big Tupperware bowl that I use. Toss together and set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan, add sugar, corn syrup, butter,and salt. Stir constantly and bring to a boil. Oce boiling, mix in the whipping cream. Now use your candy thermometer and cook to soft ball stage, stirring constantly.
  3. Once at soft ball stage, remove immediately from the heat and add in the vanilla.
  4. Stir in vanilla and pour over your cereal. The gently toss and coat the cereal. Once all coated, pour out on the large cookie sheet to cool. Then enjoy!



This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in December 2017.

12 comments on “Cereal Candy

  • This sounds delicious. I have a lot of sweetened condensed milk that was given to me. I was wondering if that could be used instead of the sugar and corn syrup. And if so how could I adjust it? Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

  • I am officially addicted to this stuff!

  • Alisha, thanks for visiting real mom kitchen. The original recipe for cereal candy includes 4 cups of each of the kix, special k, cheerios, and rice chex. Just as long as you have 16 cups you can do any combination.

  • I can’t wait to try this. I do hav a question, though. Which cereals are in the original recipe? I have a ton of Kix on hand and would like to try the reicpe with that instead? Thanks. I love trying your recipes. They always turn out great!

  • Oh wow! I know that I could probably down the whole entire batch by myself!

  • Ooolala that looks gooood! Betcha my hubs would love this for his sweet tooth too!

  • Looks delicious! And you can claim that it’s “healthy” because it’s got cereal in it!

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