Crispy Chocolate Cherry Treats
We set out to dress up this kids' favorite for Valentine's Day. While we were at it, we put the back-of-the-box recipe under the test kitchen microscope.
Why This Recipe Works
We tweaked the cereal-to-marshmallow ratio of our Crispy Chocolate Cherry Treats to produce creamier, richer treats, and added a bit of vanilla extract and salt (both missing from the original recipe) for flavor. For thicker, more substantial squares, we patted the mixture into an 8-inch square pan instead of the usual 13- by 9-inch pan. To incorporate the seasonal flavors of chocolate and cherries, we stirred in chopped dried cherries. Dark chocolate gave the cereal an unattractive muddy look, so we melted white chocolate chips with the butter and marshmallows and drizzled melted semisweet chocolate on top.
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