The Secret to the Most Delicious Kix Cereal Bars After School Snack Recipe

We’ve found the secret to taking the traditional cereal treat recipe up a notch and turning it into the after school snack that kids are totally craving! What is it? Well, you’ll just have to check out our Kix Cereal bar recipe to find out, now won’t you?

Need an easy after school snack idea that your kids will devour? Check out our super simple Kix cereal bars recipe! Yum!

I have a crazy kind of love for marshmallow cereal treats. There’s just something about the crunch of the cereal mixed with the ooey, gooey marshmallow that brings my taste buds such immense joy. My son, picky as he is, takes after me in that regard. We always fight over the last treat. I let him win, of course, because we parents are nothing if not self-sacrificing when it comes to our kids. Besides, it’s easy enough to whip up a new batch!

Up until recently, I was sort of a cereal treat traditionalist, sticking with the rice cereal variety. Then I started to see treats from other brands on the shelves at the supermarket. I figured if they can make them, so can I! Time to think outside the Rice Krispy box! These Kix Cereal Bars are BIG on crunch and low on time-commitment. Really, you could whip them up as your kids are walking home from the bus stop and they’ll think you spent all day making treats just for them! Read on to see how to make them, plus print out the recipe card for later.

Kix Cereal Bars After School Snack Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 16oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 6 Cups of Kix Cereal
  • 1 1/2 C of dried cranberries
  • 1 9×11 glass pan
  • parchment paper fitted to glass pan
  • cooking spray

Directions

  • Place parchment paper into glass pan and and spray the parchment paper with the cooking spray
  • In a large pot, melt the 3 TBSP of butter
  • Once butter is melted, mix in the mini marshmallows until they start to melt a bit
  • Mix the Kix cereal and 1 C of dried cranberries
  • Pour into the dish and spray cooking spay onto a rubber spatula
  • Sprinkle the remaining dried cranberries onto the top of the bars
  • Let harden for 10 minutes before cutting and enjoying

Need an easy after school snack idea that your kids will devour? Check out our super simple Kix cereal bars recipe! Yum!

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Need an easy after school snack idea that your kids will devour? Check out our super simple Kix cereal bars recipe! Yum!
The Secret to the Most Delicious Kix Cereal Bars After School Snack Recipe
Ingredients
  • 3 TBSP unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 16 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 6 Cups of Kix Cereal
  • 1 1/2 C of dried cranberries
  • 1 9 x11 glass pan
  • parchment paper fitted to glass pan
  • cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Place parchment paper into glass pan and and spray the parchment paper with the cooking spray
  2. In a large pot, melt the 3 TBSP of butter
  3. Once butter is melted, mix in the mini marshmallows until they start to melt a bit
  4. Mix the Kix cereal and 1 C of dried cranberries
  5. Pour into the dish and spray cooking spay onto a rubber spatula
  6. Sprinkle the remaining dried cranberries onto the top of the bars
  7. Let harden for 10 minutes before cutting and enjoying

Oh yes, I promised you a secret, didn’t I? Here it is: making the perfect Kix cereal bars (or any cereal treats for that matter) comes down to the right marshmallows. I’ve been experimenting a lot with different marshmallows over the summer. I’ve bought every brand name and generic under the sun, and discovered that there are really only two that I could call THE BEST ever. Jet-Puffed are my top pick, but if you prefer to go with a generic, Baker’s Corner brand from Aldi’s is the one to pick. Now, I’ve also heard some ah-mazing things about organic marshmallows from my friend, but they’re like $8 a bag. Eeek, right?

The other slightly more obvious secret is the dried cranberries. They add a nice fruity flavor that balances perfect with the corn crunch of the Kix and the sweetness of the marshmallows. If you just aren’t a big fan, though, you can omit them without ruining the recipe, or try other types of dried fruits.

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What are your favorite after school snack ideas? What type of dried fruit would you put in your Kix cereal bars? Share below!

20 thoughts on “The Secret to the Most Delicious Kix Cereal Bars After School Snack Recipe”

  1. Our son loves marshmallows so I bet he’s going to love this. Thanks for the idea. I’m going to check all the other snack ideas too.

  2. I’m so not creative and I honestly never thought to replace rice krispies with another cereal we love! We always have Kix in the house… so I might need to give this a try!

  3. So cute! I have never tried KIX cereal bars, my kids always buy snack bars from the grocery stores, can’t wait to try this recipe!

  4. This is so cool. I love Kix cereal and have never seen a treat made out of it. Going to have to give these a try.

  5. I haven’t had rice crispy treats in forever. These look good. I like that you added a bit of fruit to the mix too. I will have to grab the ingredients from them store.

  6. Oh wow! I haven’t had Kix since I was a kid. Didn’t realize the cereal was still around. Nice way to turn a breakfast food into an after school snack! Kudos!

  7. These look really good. My girls love Kix too. I’ll have to make them these one day. I bet they’re going to love them.

  8. I love these ideas for after school snacks making my own bars is my favorite thing to do. The kids really love to eat them when they get home from school and they’re easy enough and already ready.

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