Here’s a fun fact: did you know that almond bark, despite its name, doesn’t always contain nuts? It’s actually a confectionery chocolate that’s perfect for creating sweet treats like our Almond Bark Cereal recipe. So, let’s dive in and whip up something deliciously creative with those cereal bits left at the bottom of the box.
Why You’ll Love This Almond Bark Cereal Recipe
Ever find yourself with almost empty cereal boxes lining your pantry shelves? Almond Bark Cereal is your tasty solution. It’s a delightful mix of crunch and sweetness; the best part is its versatility.
Whether you’re using up the last of the Reese Puffs or Rice Squares, this recipe transforms humble leftovers into a colorful treat that’s as fun to make as it is to eat. Plus, it’s a frugal way to create a snack or dessert. You don’t even need to head out for more groceries.
And you might want to try these This-N-That Bars to turn your cereal leftovers into handy snack bars too.
Want the printable recipe card? It’s down at the bottom of this post.
Almond Bark Cereal Recipe Ingredients List
- Cereal leftovers: Feel free to mix and match.
- Pretzel sticks: For that satisfying salty crunch.
- Almond bark: The sweet glue that brings it all together.
- Colorful candies: Smarties or M&M’s add color and fun.
- Fall sprinkles: To make it festive or customize it for any occasion.
How to Make It
Creating this cereal treat is as easy as 1-2-3, perfect for a quick snack or a fun activity with kids. Here’s how you get from pantry to party in no time.
- Take your pick of leftover cereals and pretzels, and mix them in a bowl.
- Melt the almond bark until smooth (watch out for scorching), then pour it over your cereal mixture.
- Spread it out on a sheet of parchment paper, throw on those sprinkles, and wait for it to set. Then, break it apart and see who can resist the urge to grab a piece!
Pro tip: Add colorful candies like Smarties or M&M’s to make it even more tempting! And if you love barks and brittle for holiday hostess gifts, check out our easy mixed salted nuts brittle recipe.
Almond Bark FAQs
Can you freeze almond bark?
Sure, almond bark can be frozen, which is great if you want to preserve your cereal creation a bit longer. Just make sure it’s in an airtight container, and you can enjoy it for a couple of months.
Is almond bark gluten-free?
Almond bark itself is often gluten-free, but it’s essential to check the packaging as some brands might process it in facilities with gluten-containing products. And don’t forget to ensure your cereals and pretzels are gluten-free too if that’s a concern for you.
Is almond bark vegan?
Almond bark typically contains dairy, so it’s not vegan. However, there are vegan substitutes available that use non-dairy alternatives.
Is there a substitute for almond bark?
If almond bark isn’t your thing or you don’t have any on hand, you can use melting white chocolate or a mix of chocolate chips with shortening as a substitute. The last time we made this I had a handful of white chocolate chips left over from baking white chocolate chip cranberry cookies. So we just tossed them in.
What are some other almond bark Christmas recipes?
Almond bark shines during the holidays! You can dip pretzels, create peppermint bark, or even make festive chocolate clusters with nuts and dried fruit when you melt it.
My daughter experimented with melting almond bark and adding it to warm almond milk for a luxurious, hot holiday drink. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top and add a cinnamon stick – so good!
How can I make almond bark thinner?
If you want to use your white chocolate almond bark as a dip, you may need to thin it out. It’s easiest to thin almond bark by adding a teaspoon of oil or shortening.
I find regular Crisco shortening works well, and so does organic coconut oil. Add a small amount at a time, or it will be too runny.
This Almond Bark Cereal recipe celebrates ingenuity and the joy of turning simple leftover cereal and inexpensive candy into a fun Christmas recipe. With just a few kitchen staples, you can create a snack that’s not only budget-friendly but also a blast to make and eat.
So next time you’re staring down those almost-empty cereal boxes, remember that with a little imagination, anything is possible—even a sprinkle-covered, candy-studded treat that might just become your new favorite way to upcycle leftovers. Enjoy your creation within a week, and who knows? This might just become a new tradition in your kitchen.
- 1 cup Reese Puffs cereal
- 1 cup Rice Squares cereal
- 1 cup Pretzel Sticks
- ½ block (6 squares) Almond Bark
- ¼ cup Fall Sprinkles OR holiday M & Ms
- Mix together the cereals and pretzels.
- Melt the almond bark in a microwave for about 2 minutes. (stir halfway through and be careful not to scorch the bark!)
- Pour the melted almond bark into the cereal pretzel mixture until well combined.
- Pour mixture out onto parchment paper and add sprinkles.
- Allow the bark to harden before you eat/ break apart. (about 30 mins)
- Notes: Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Use any leftover cereal in your cupboard to keep this recipe frugal.
Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 1mgSodium 116mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 2g