Holiday Cereal Bears

Crunchy treats with marshmallow and cereal are always a favorite, and these, with chocolate flavor and fun animal shapes, are sure to be hits.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 7

1/4
cup butter or margarine
1
(10-oz.) pkg. regular marshmallows
6
cups Nestlé® Nesquik™ Cereal
1
tablespoon chocolate chips
7
small candy hearts
7
miniature red candy-coated chocolate baking bits
14
miniature blue candy-coated chocolate baking bits
21
miniature green candy-coated chocolate baking bits
Red chewy fruit snack rolls (from 4.5-oz. pkg.)

  • 1 Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until marshmallows are melted, stirring frequently. Stir in cereal until well coated. Cool 5 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, line large cookie sheet with waxed paper; spray paper with nonstick cooking spray. Spray inside of 5 to 6-inch open bear cookie cutter. Place sprayed cookie cutter on sprayed waxed paper. Generously butter or spray hands and fingers.
  • 3 Press cereal mixture into cookie cutter, packing tightly. Remove cookie cutter; place in different spot on waxed paper. Continue forming bears until all mixture is used. If necessary, respray cookie cutter.
  • 4 Place chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds; stir until melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave an additional 20 seconds. Attach candy heart to each bear with small amount of melted chocolate.
  • 5 With melted chocolate, attach red baking bits for noses, blue baking bits for eyes and green baking bits for buttons. Cut strips of chewy fruit snack rolls and tie around neck of each bear. Let stand 30 minutes to set. Wrap each bear in plastic wrap; tie ribbon around neck.

Expert Tips

Can't find heart-shaped candies? Make gumdrop hearts: Flatten small red gumdrops with a rolling pin and use a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter or the tip of a knife to shape small hearts.

It's easy to shape the sticky cereal mixture when the cookie cutter and your hands are well-coated with nonstick cooking spray. Respray the cookie cutter as needed, usually after every second or third use. The popularity of cereal bars and the cute shaping of this recipe make these bears a hit for holiday bake sales.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bear
Calories
365
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
290mg
290%;
Total Carbohydrate
67g
67%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
41g
41%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
16%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
12%;
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.