Valentine’s Crunch Bars

My kiddos love these Valentine’s Day treats and I love how easy they are to make. So gooey and full of red and pink candies! 

These cereal bars make the perfect little marshmallow treats!

So, I have a mom confession to make.

I’m not much for Valentine’s Day. I don’t go all out and decorate the entire house in pink hearts. I usually set out a bowl of conversation hearts, buy all the pink and red m&m’s, and eat an entire package of Reese’s hearts while hiding in the pantry from my children.

As you can see, my entire Valentine’s Day experience revolves around candy. As God intended. 😉

These cereal bars are full of Valentine's day candy! Such a fun treat for Valentine's Day!

When my kids were younger, we’d make Valentine’s Day boxes and I’d spend hours coercing them into signing their name on tiny little cards to pass out to their friends before sending them to bed and just faking their name myself. Big, scribbly handwriting – it’s not hard, you guys.

Now that they’re older, they both tend to ignore the holiday for the most part. Aside from the Reese’s hearts. They always think they’re going to find my hiding spot and steal them, but I DON’T MESS AROUND WITH REESE’S HEARTS. They will never find them.

These marshmallow treats are ready in about 20 minutes.

My kiddos love these Valentine's Day treats and I love how easy they are to make.

This year, I wanted to up my game a bit, so I made these cereal bars. So easy, so festive, so fun.

These Valentine’s Day treats start like Rice Krispies treats, but they are extra fun with Chex cereal. I use rice or corn in these bars. Both work great.

To make marshmallow treats that are nice and soft and chewy, be sure that you don’t over cook your marshmallows. Stir them into melted butter over low heat just until they’re melted.

These Valentine treats are made with Chex, marshmallows, and lots of Valentine's Day candies.

I do online grocery orders and I placed an order for some Valentine’s Day sprinkles to add to these treats. I got a pack of weird ones, but I went ahead and tossed them in anyway. They’re big chunky xoxoxo’s. So cute, but kinda weird for these treats. If you can find red and pink nonparaeils, those would be perfect. Here’s some on Amazon.

I love that these cereal bars only take about 10 minutes of hands on time. Let them cool, cut into squares, and devour!

Your kids are going to love these Valentine’s Day treats!

For more Valentine’s Day treats, try my cookie dough fudge, chocolate covered Peeps, cookies and cream fudge, and red velvet cookies.

I’ve been thinking about sprinkling some of these red and pink m&m’s on my chocolate banana bread recipe, too. Weird?

Valentine's Crunch Bars

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 8 minutes Total Time 13 mins
Serves 12 bars     adjust servings

These cereal bars are ooey gooey good! The kids love the m&m candies hiding inside the bars and I love how quick these are to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 10 ounces marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice or Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 tablespoons sprinkles
  • 1 cup m&m candies

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the butter and melt.
  2. When the butter has melted, stir in the marshmallows. Continue stirring, until marshmallows have just melted. Remove from the heat. 
  3. Stir in the cereal until mostly coated in marshmallows.
  4. Add the sprinkles and most of the m&m candies. Reserve a handful of m&m's for sprinkling over the tops of the bars. Stir the mixture together.
  5. Press the mixture into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Press the remaining m&m's onto the top of the bars.
  6. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Recipe Notes

You can create these bars for any holiday by switching out the sprinkles and m&m candies with various colors!

Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 252kcal Calories from fat 71
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Carbohydrate 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 26g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g