Chewy Chocolate Puffed Wheat Squares

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When is the last time that you had a decadent, chewy puffed wheat square?

I just did, this afternoon, for the first time in years – oh yes, years – while making them for my son’s Junior High Valentine’s Dance while weeping tears over the fact that my son was old enough to start going to real dances. Now, true to the form of young boys, he went briefly to check it out and he and his friends peaced out early.

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I love cereal bars, as you can tell from my Fruity Pebbles treats, and my M&M cereal bars. I love to make them for school lunches and snacks.

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My words, not his. Peaced out is my generation. I still stay that I peace out. What do these young ‘uns these days say? Do I even want to know?

What I do know is that it’s bittersweet making my own children my favorite treat from my childhood. Puffed wheat square, for those of you that haven’t had them – and according to my Facebook page there ARE a few of you, though I can hardly believe it – are pretty much like the Sugar Crisp cereal in a bar, with more chocolate and in my version, some marshmallows.

I know. Sacrilege.

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When I went to make the squares today, Mike looked at me and said incredulously ” You seriously have never made puffed wheat squares the entire time your website has been up?”

It’s true. I haven’t made these in ages. This website has been up since 2009 and I can’t believe that this is the first time I am getting these to you.

I really do hate dried-out puffed wheat squares and while I am ok with using some corn syrup, most recipes call for a full cup. That my friends, is a super duper lot of corn syrup. I decided that my squares were going to be half and half, the best of all worlds. My puffed wheat squares would be a little more chewy like Rice Krispies and less crunchy than normal. If you really want, you can add 2 cups of marshmallows and make these babies extra awesomely chewy.

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If you want the traditional taste of chocolate puffed wheat squares, then use 1 cup of corn syrup and omit the marshmallows. I have to admit, they are always a bit too dry for me with all the corn syrup. I am picky. Maybe this is why I haven’t eaten them in years?

It’s most likely because, like some of you, I have simply forgotten and Chocolate Puffed Wheat Squares have fallen out of my rotation. They shouldn’t have. They take mere minutes, are nut free, and are so easy to make, and to be honest, with my addition of marshmallows I am loving these as much – or maybe a little more- than Rice Krispie squares.

These won’t be falling out of rotation anytime soon.

Happy baking everyone!

Love you more than chocolate,



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Chewy Chocolate Puffed Wheat Squares Recipe

How to make  Chewy Chocolate Puffed Wheat Squares, a Canadian prairie classic! 
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons . cocoa powder
  • 1-2 cups of miniature marshmallows more marshmallows = chewier
  • 1 teaspoon . vanilla
  • 10 cups of puffed wheat


  • Place the puffed wheat in a very large bowl (I used my huge tupperware bowl)
  • Combine butter, corn syrup, sugars and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring. Let boil for two minutes then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and marshmallows until the marshmallows are melted in completely.
  • Pour over puffed wheat and mix well.
  • Press firmly into a 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Let sit for at least 30 minutes then cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

The nutritional information is wrong on the third party calculator as it does not have puffed wheat listed

Nutrition Information

Calories: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 78g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 41mg, Potassium: 23mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2.9mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Margaret Giesen Miller says

    This must be a Canadian thing because my husband talks about puffed wheat bars all the time.

  2. Kelly Taylor says

    I made them using your recipe…and used the marshmallows…but they turned out rock hard! Any ideas on why? Could it be because I boiled the mixture too long?

    • Kelly Taylor says

      i figured so. Well I’ll be trying again tomorrow \U0001f600

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Yes, that’s how hard candy is made! Too long and you might reach hard crack stage.

    • Kelly Taylor says

      Well I’m going to try again tomorrow. And this time I’ll stay off the phone when making them! Lol!

    • Kelly Taylor says

      Wanted to let you know that I made them again and they were AMAZING! Brought back a lot of memories of my childhood, lol! Thanks for sharing recipes that “real”!

  3. Carol Turton says

    Dempster’s all time fav. maybe I will make them tomorrow for my sweet husband.

    • Peggy Grace says

      And you can eat them for breakfast…because its made with cereal…right?

    • Carol Turton says

      Nope, I can not eat them Peggy. Too bad for my diet. Did you get Mac a dress for grad yet!!!

    • Peggy Grace says

      Funny you mentioned it. I went today to Polo Park. The Gap had a cotton/linen very nicely made summer dress. On sale with taxes $35.25 from 79.95. I brought home 2 sizes 2 & 4 but they are too big. I got some cute lace up ballet flats….won’t mention price. Shoes are keeper…bacl to the drawing board with the dress.

  4. Megan Monkman says

    We made puffed wheat balls in my childhood house. Rock hard and super difficult to get out of your teeth. Brings back great memories!

  5. Mark Wicklund says

    been 45 years since i have seen one of those, let alone taste one. They are good though.

  6. Carol Marsh says

    I must get some puffed wheat and make these. They were always good.

  7. Sarah McNee says

    I think of these often! I’m tempted to have my mom ship me some puffed wheat.

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      That’s a great idea, let me know how they turn out!

  8. Carol Turton says

    My mom and baba made them. So yummy and inexpensive for a young growing family.

    • Carol Turton says

      I bet they were great, now I am craving them, seeing Karlyn’s postings. Karlyn is the Famous Kitchen Magpie.

    • Peggy Grace says

      I gave 3/4 of the cake away Carol, can’t eat it all myself.
      My baba made it too. Mom said baba would get huge bags of puffwheat.

  9. SabineVan says

    Oh my goodness!  I just made these and they are fantastic!!! Love that they are chewy and not brittle and crunchy! Thank you for another amazing recipe!

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      SabineVan Awesome!!! I am glad they worked out so well for you! 

  10. Booya Fitness says

    Yummy…. puffed wheat squares! Great thanks for sharing.

  11. Lynne O'Rourke says

    No one makes these as delicious as my mom could, I’m sure! They were oohy-gooey-good!!

  12. Lana Moffatt Wilmot says

    Thanks ! I will try your version , haven’t made them for a long time .

  13. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Rosaline Linhart you are so sweet! It always makes my day hearing from you on here!

  14. Rosaline Linhart says

    If you think that makes you feel old wait until your first two grandkids turn 3o and the great grandkid count hits 9 and more on the way..its wonderful, I used to make these squares all the time when my 4 were young

  15. Mary Jo Baird says

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I will have to pick up all the goodies to make them with my next trip out! Can’t wait to try them!!

  16. Sabine Dumdei Vanderkley says

    well perfect that is what i will do then! Thank you so much Karlynn!

  17. The Kitchen Magpie says

    You’d want two cups of marshmallows then! For sure make them chewy!!

  18. Sabine Dumdei Vanderkley says

    I am making these Monday for the weeks snack! I have never made puffed wheat squares but always disliked the crunchy version. Much prefer the chewy so this is perfect! Thank u!

  19. Margaret Kufuor-Boakye says

    Not your recipe but trust you to the moon with all of your great recipes.

  20. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Oh no, you jinxed me now Margaret Kufuor-Boakye!! \U0001f604 these are very good I hope you like then!!! Have you had them before?

  21. Margaret Kufuor-Boakye says

    Thanks. Will try your recipe. Not one recipe of yours has ever failed me.

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