Craving a Canadian Treat

No, I’m not talking about ketchup chips or Smarties… I’m talking about puffed wheat squares. Recently I found myself craving this treat I grew up with. I’ve been told that this is a Canadian recipe. Many of my American friends are not familiar with these squares. They’re very similar to Rice Krispies squares except they use a different cereal – puffed wheat instead of Rice Krispies – and instead of marshmallows to stick them together, they use corn syrup. This is an easy and quick recipe and is enjoyed by people of all ages, especially kids.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 heaping tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 10 cups of puffed wheat

Combine butter, corn syrup, sugars and cocoa powder in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over puffed wheat. Mix well and press into a greased 9 x 13 pan. (Grease or wet fingers to press into pan). Cut into squares. If the squares harden too much, warm them up a bit in the microwave just prior to eating. Enjoy!

Puffed wheat ingredients.
Puffed wheat ingredients.
Margarine and sugars.
Margarine and sugars.
Cocoa and corn syrup added.
Cocoa and corn syrup added.
Bringing it all to a boil.
Bringing it all to a boil.
Mixing it all up.
Mixing it all up.
Press it into a pan.
Press it into a pan.
Yum! Puffed wheat squares!
Yum! Puffed wheat squares!
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