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Puffed Wheat Squares: An Old Fashioned Favorite

Puffed wheat isn't exactly everyone's idea of an amazing cereal. This mild tasting puffed grain can be pretty bland BUT take it and turn it into old fashioned chocolate puffed wheat squares and it's a whole other story. You get chewy, gooey chocolate treats that won't weigh you down. What do we love about it? This cereal is generally under 3 dollars for over 10 cups so this dessert is great to make if you need to feed a large group on a budget.

Old Fashioned Puffed Wheat Squares

completed chocolate puffed wheat squares being pulled apart and on a blue serving tray

What You Need

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 9 cups puffed wheat
  • 9 x 13 inch pan


melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup. Mix until melted. Stir in the cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a boil for 1 minute while stirring constantly.

butter and corn syrup being poured into a white saucepan

Let the syrup boil for a minute and then remove from the heat.

cocoa powder and brown sugar being added to the white saucepan

Dump in the puffed wheat and stir quickly to coat all of the cereal.

puffed wheat being mixed into chocolate sauce in a white saucepan

Press the mix into the pan and pat down to create a firm square. We usually use a spatula or wooden spoon for this. To get a nice even surface you can even press it down with clean hands.

puffed wheat squares being pressed into a pan

Cool this at room temperate for at least an hour and cut it into 15 - 24 squares. You can also cover and chill in the fridge until the square sets.  

Tip: If you like a less chocolate-y flavor you can use 1/3 a cup of cocoa rather than 1/2 a cup.

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