Holiday, Recipes, Snacks, Sweets / December 13, 2017

No-Bake Hot Cocoa Treats

No-Bake Hot Cocoa Treats are an easy holiday dessert and the perfect way to get your hot chocolate fix no matter the time of year! Kids and grown-ups alike love these chocolate cereal treats. Give them a try at your next family party or package them up to spread a little Christmas cheer! 

A few weeks ago as the world was experiencing the first signs of winter, it was still 80 degrees in Florida. I started thinking of all the wonderful cold weather traditions that we so often miss out on. I never get enough hot chocolate or backyard bonfires and it just doesn’t seem fair. But one thing I do get to enjoy every winter is baking up holiday treats and sharing them with my neighbors and work family. I love to put together little packages of assorted goodies to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. This year, I got a little creative with my offerings.

No-Bake Hot Cocoa Treats are an easy holiday dessert and the perfect way to get your cold weather fix no matter the time of year! Kids and grown-ups alike love these chocolate cereal treats. Give them a try at your next fall or winter gathering. 

It’s a Marshmallow World in the Winter

I’m pretty sure everyone reading this can think back to eight years old, piling mounds of marshmallows into a mug of hot cocoa or even skipping the cocoa all together. Who am I kidding, I still do that. Its a well-known fact that the only thing better than a marshmallow is a marshmallow cereal treat. That’s why I so eagerly came up with the idea for these No-Bake Hot Cocoa Treats. Well, that and I love to include a no-bake option when making multiple desserts. It saves me time and adds a little variety to the mix.

These NEXT LEVEL hot cocoa treats only require 6 ingredients! They are made with cocoa puff cereal, marshmallows, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, white chocolate morsels and the special ingredient, cinnamon. The cinnamon is what makes these taste like hot cocoa rather than just a chocolate treat. They are sticky, chewy and rich, a trifecta of goodness that will transport you back to childhood.

No-Bake Hot Cocoa Treats are an easy holiday dessert and the perfect way to get your cold weather fix no matter the time of year! Kids and grown-ups alike love these chocolate cereal treats. Give them a try at your next fall or winter gathering. 

Check out the recipe below and let me know if you have any questions. If you decide to make these No-Bake Hot Cocoa Treats, share a picture on instagram and tag me @bluecheesebungalow. I will feature some of my favorites on my insta-story.

Side note: earlier this week, I sent boxes of goodies home with some of my colleagues. One girlfriend sent me a text explaining that her four year old daughter asked,”Can Kelsey can make me another cocoa treat?” Obviously I’ll be sending home another batch before Christmas 😉

Happy No-Baking!

Kelsey Renee

No-Bake Hot Cocoa Treats

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Category: Dessert

Yield: 12

Ingredients

5 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups cocoa puff cereal
3 tablespoons butter
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chip
½ teaspoon cinnamon
5 miniature milk chocolate bars (roughly chopped) (optional)

Instructions

1. Start by generously greasing a 9x13-casserole dish with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In large pot over medium heat, melt butter.
3. Once butter has melted, add 4 ½ cups of miniature marshmallows (reserving one cup of marshmallows). Stir continuously until marshmallows are completely melted.
4. Stir in cinnamon and immediately turn off the heat or remove from burner.
5. Work quickly to fold in cocoa puffs cereal. Once the cereal is evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture, fold in remaining marshmallows and chocolate chips.
6. Pour cereal mixture into greased casserole dish. Grease silicone spoon with cooking spray. Use spoon to press cereal mixture evenly into dish.
7. Top with miniature chocolate bars or additional chocolate chips.
8. Put treats into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.
9. To serve, cut treats into squares with sharp knife. Store at room temperature in airtight container for up to one week.
10. Enjoy!
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No-Bake Hot Cocoa Treats are an easy holiday dessert and the perfect way to get your cold weather fix no matter the time of year! Kids and grown-ups alike love these chocolate cereal treats. Give them a try at your next fall or winter gathering. 

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