Homemade Puffed Wheat Squares are one of those treats that are so quick and easy to make. Do remember having Puffed Wheat Squares as a kid?
When I was a child my Mom made Puffed Wheat Squares often for our family. They were quick and easy to make and didn't cost a lot. Puffed wheat was the only store bought cereal we ever got as kids. Five kids could eat a lot of cereal and puffed wheat came in enormous bags and was affordable for our large family. I love easy to make no bake treats like this recipe and my other favorite Butterscotch Confetti Squares.
Tips for making perfect Puffed Wheat Squares
- Only boil syrup mixture for 1-2 minutes. If it boils too long the squares will be too crunchy and hard. If you don't boil the squares won't hold together.
- Make sure to grease the pan or you will have a heck of a time trying to remove squares. I always use butter to grease the pan.
- Use an extra large bowl so that when you stir the syrup mixture into the puffed wheat you won't have puffed wheat falling out of the bowl.
- Be sure to press the mixture firmly down after pouring into cake pan.
- Once cooled and firmed up store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Puffed Wheat Squares
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 8 cups puffed wheat
- Lightly grease 9x13 cake pan.
- Place puffed wheat into extra large bowl.
- In medium saucepan, melt butter.
- Stir in corn syrup, vanilla, brown sugar and cocoa powder.
- Bring to a slow boil and cook for about 1-2 minutes.
- Pour syrup mixture over puffed wheat and combine well.
- Transfer to cake pan, spread evenly and press down.
- Let cool to set before cutting into squares.
Enjoy more tasty no bake squares like my Butterscotch Rice Krispie Squares and Caramel Rice Krispie Squares.
We had Special K bars and Rice Krispie Treats, but we missed out on these Puffed Wheat squares! They look fabulous!
thanks Liz, weren't those childhood treats so special to come home to after school.
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I sooo remember these as a kid (and I'm a Gramma now LOL). I also remember making these for my kids. Sometimes the old standby recipes always keep us coming back for more.
Love your site....I'm a fellow Canadian in Ontario!!
Hello my fellow Canadian, yes old recipes bring back great memories!
This was the cereal we only had also and my maman did them also. We were six in the family. I still eat puff wheat as a snack and breakfast.
Puff wheat went a long way with a large family.
can you use coconut oil instead of butter ?
Hi Mabel, sounds interesting but I have no idea as I have never tried that. Let me know if you do
I used organic virgin coconut oil cold pressed and unrefined it has a little bit of coconut flavor turned out very good will be making this again !!
I made these but the recipe says to boil the mixture for five minutes. It turned out very hard and not the chewy yummy bars I was looking for. The flavour was good but I’m afraid I’ll lose a tooth on them.
Hi Donna, I am very sorry for the mistake in my recipe, but after bringing mixture to a SLOW boil (just bubbling) cook only for an additional 1 minute.
Hello from Saskatoon,
My Husband and I just finished having a piece of your square. It's very good. We both remember our childhood version that did not have cocoa. So many of the recipes I found have more cocoa than what we would want. Your version is wonderful. I may reduce the vanilla next time by 1/2 tsp but that would be the only change I would make. Another thing that is different from our childhood version is the puff wheat. The type we grew up with wasn't toasted. Now the kernels are toasted so they are smaller and tougher that before.
Thanks for posting your version!
Hi Lauren, I have two sisters that live in Saskatoon, love that city. Yes the puff wheat we had as kids came in this gigantic bag and was fluffy and made the best squares ever. Wish they would make that kind again.
Do they not make it like that any more? 🙁
Was wondering could you use margarine instead of butter.
yes you can use hard margarine, not the tub stuff, instead of butter, but butter really does taste better.