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Crunchy Candy Clusters

These cereal and marshmallow clusters are so simple that I make them for the holidays each year, as my family looks forward to them. —Faye O'Bryan, Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour + standing
  • Makes
    about 6-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cereals and marshmallows. Add the peanut butter mixture and stir until the cereal mixture is well-coated. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until set. Store at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 112 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • sugarcrystal
    Jun 27, 2017

    So good! I've never thought of adding Capt'n Crunch to a cluster-most recipes I've seen use those Chinese crunchy noodles. This recipe was way better! I didn't have any almond extract on hand unfortunately, but vanilla worked great instead.

  • dirvan57
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.