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Puffed Wheat Balls

My Grandma Hunt is almost 90 years old. Whenever she comes over, she makes her famous Puffed Wheat Balls by the dozen. Her 82 grandchildren and 168 great-grandchildren all love them. —Lucile Proctor, Panguitch, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 12 cups unsweetened puffed wheat cereal
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • Place cereal in a large bowl; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, bring brown sugar, corn syrup and butter to a boil. In a small bowl, combine evaporated milk and sugar; add to boiling mixture. Cook until candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Pour over cereal and stir to coat.
  • Shape into 2-in. balls. Wrap individually in plastic wrap if desired. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 129 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • scienceteacher
    May 27, 2019

    Where can you find plain puffed wheat cereal anymore? Would love to try recipe but cannot find the cereal :(

  • lynnwright
    May 27, 2019

    I've loved puffed wheat squares since I was a little girl. My mom usually made them using cocoa powder in the recipe but once in awhile she'd make them without the cocoa and those were my favorite. These balls remind me of those chocolate free squares. For several years now I've cut back the amount of sugar in recipes but not the sweet by adding a bit of stevia powder along with the reduced sugar. I did that with these balls as well and the taste is just as great as I remember but had to butter hands well after each one to keep them from sticking to me more than itself. The second time I simple greased a pan and made them into squares. They were just as good but a fair bit easier to do. Unfortunately, the grandkids insist that the balls are better!