Monday, February 4, 2013

Cornflake Candy

I am certain I have eaten this before.  In fact, I KNOW that I have. I can remember these being tinted green and made into wreaths at Christmas. I recall being the first to dive into them when I would see them. I know, not surprising. However, once I tried one of these, I think I had it all wrong. I think what I was diving for was simply a rice crispy treat made with cornflakes and tinted green. How could I have been so misled all these years?  How could WE have been so misled?  Complete deception.

This is dubbed a "southern treat' just about everywhere you look.  I think anything involving peanut butter is a treat period.  Southern, northern, eastern......yes, even western! HA!  My recipe research turned up many variations.  I wanted a little crunch, a LOT of chew, and that sweet peanut butter taste.  I got it.  I am glad I did, and to be honest, it wasn't really difficult.

These are so good and so EASY.  I mean seriously, so few ingredients, and likely all things you already have on hand!  I did them individually, but you are more than welcome to butter up a pan and make them bar style as well.  It just seemed more traditional to me to do them as individually and spoon them out.  These are perfect for holidays, or just if you need a quick treat!

Now in case anywhere in the last 3 paragraphs you got the impression these were healthy, I will correct you now.  BEFORE you read the ingredients, just sit down and find your will be OK. 

Here is what you will need:
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 heaping cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
5-6 cups Cornflakes

In a large saucepan combine corn syrup and sugar. Heat on low until sugar has dissolved and mixture begins to boil.  Stir constantly for 1-2 minutes while boiling.  Remove from heat and add in peanut butter and vanilla.  Stir until completely combined.  Add in cornflakes, one cup at a time.  You can decide what consistency you like, or when you have enough.  Make sure to measure them out in advance as the mixture cools quickly!!

Drop by spoon full. on a parchment lined baking sheet or butter a 9x13 pan and spread them out.  Let cool in the fridge for at least 1 hour before cutting or serving!

See how easy they are?!  They will be a hit!
Your "peanut butter addict" Chefwannabe


  1. My daughter started making these for me while I was in the Hospital, kinda as incentive to eat. Anyway I love them :0). My daughter had trouble at first with them setting up to hard. So hard they couldn't be eaten. So she played around with it a little and dicovered that 1/2 stick of butter melted in with the rest before adding the cerial makes them very soft but firm enough to set.

    1. I never had any problem with them setting up to hard. Hmmm, I wonder what was causing that for her. Glad she got it sorted out! These are so chewy and soft, I just love them!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. we make these but we add rice krispies as well, and make them as bars, soo yummy some times we put a brown sugar icing on top