Crunchy Candy Clusters Recipe
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Crunchy Candy Clusters Recipe

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They're so simple. I still make them for holidays because my family looks forward to the coated cereal and marshmallow clusters. —Faye O'Bryan, Owensboro, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:78 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 78 servings


  • 2 pounds white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • 4 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal
  • 4 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 112 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Place candy coating in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Add peanut butter. Stir in extract if desired.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cereals and marshmallows. Stir in the peanut butter mixture until well coated. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until set. Store at room temperature. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Crunchy Candy Clusters in Quick Cooking March/April 2003, p53

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dirvan57 User ID: 4256261 91298
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"I am asked to make this every year for my family reunion. I put it in a foil lined 13 x 9 pan and cut it into squares also."

pagunning User ID: 2507267 54393
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"Captain Crunch too sweet. This is similar to a recipe I use that calls for 24 oz. vanilla candy coating, 1 cup chunky peanut butter, 3 cups broken up Rice Chex cereal or 3 cups of Rice Krispies cereal, 2 cups of broken up pretzels, and 2 cups mini marshmallows. I just melt the candy coating according to the directions on the packet (in a double boiler)."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 138191
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"These are a great addition to the cookie tray- I have been making a variation of them for years but we call them "snowman poop""

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 125086
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Very good recipe if you do not have time to babysit the microwave or stovetop while melting the white candy coat / white chocolate. I also used vanilla extract instead of the almond. Very good flavor. In response to "what is Captain Crunch cereal", it is a small pillow shaped (puffed square) corn based cereal that is very sweet; ie lots of sugar coating. In the USA it comes in 3 flavors (that I'm aware of): regular, crunch berry (with little "berry" flavored puff balls) and peanutbutter."

Delia Lively User ID: 2145281 91297
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"what is wrong with melting candy coatining in the micerwave this recipe is a waste of time. You are making work for your self."

t-macka User ID: 1174815 49107
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"What is Cap'n Crunch cereal and is white candy coating the same as white chocolate? I live in Australia and we don't have that brand ceral and I've only seen white chocolate in the supermarket. I would like to try to make this somehow. I agree that one hour sounds like a long time to melt candy. Is there a reason it has to be in a slow cooker?"

annsway1 User ID: 1667005 127605
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"I don't think you would have to cook the white chocolate an hour just to melt it. Am I missing something?"

rosebudh74 User ID: 712440 54391
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"Very yummy! Would make again... in fact, I'm getting ready to make more of those. They are sooo tasty. Although I used choc. bark instead of white."

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