MMMMMM... mom, can we have some more? A deliciously chocolaty square that packs well in little one's lunches.. (big one's too!). Enjoy!

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place puffed wheat in a large bowl, and set aside. Grease one 9x9 inch pan.

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  • Grease the rim of a medium saucepan to prevent boil-over. Place the cocoa powder, corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter or margarine in the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often until mixture comes to a full boil. Allow to boil for 1 minute, and then remove from heat.

  • Pour chocolate mixture over puffed wheat, and stir until puffed wheat is evenly coated. Using a buttered spatula, press mixture into the prepared pan. Allow to cool, then cut as desired. Wrap squares individually, or store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

89 calories; 4.1 g total fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 29 mg sodium. 13.4 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2015
The basics are there but I too like most found this to be lacking in stickiness so I couldn't give it full marks. I also found that 9x9 isn't enough for us. I came up with my own after lots of experimenting that feeds us all and sticks together well. I pack it tightly in a 9x 13 greased pan. I use: 2/3 cup butter or margarine 1 cup corn syrup (I spray the cup with PAM so the syrup comes out easily) 2 cups brown sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 5 Tbsp. cocoa powder (add more if you like a more chocolate flavour) and 10 to 10 1/2 cups puffed wheat cereal Then I pretty much follow the directions that the submitter uses though I don't time the boiling of the mixture. Once it gets fairly bubbly then I remove it from the heat. I also use a medium pot because I'm too lazy to butter the sides. Brenda--It's been a while since I made any but you could try decreasing some of the brown sugar (I don't pack the brown sugar when I measure it). You could try reducing your boiling time if that doesn't work. That's tricky though because not enough and they won't stick; too much and they get hard. Time the boil for right about a minute or slightly less and you should be good. Or grab a candy thermometer and go for a soft ball stage. Honestly I can't remember ever having any leftovers to notice if it goes hard but I think over boiling is generally what makes the syrup/squares harden quickly. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2005
This is what I change to the recipe to make it even better: 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 cup butter and add 1 tsp of vanilla. I let it boil for 3 minutes and then pour it over the puffed wheat. These additions make it the yummiest p.w. squared you will ever eat. (And they stick together well) Read More
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  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 20
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2015
The basics are there but I too like most found this to be lacking in stickiness so I couldn't give it full marks. I also found that 9x9 isn't enough for us. I came up with my own after lots of experimenting that feeds us all and sticks together well. I pack it tightly in a 9x 13 greased pan. I use: 2/3 cup butter or margarine 1 cup corn syrup (I spray the cup with PAM so the syrup comes out easily) 2 cups brown sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 5 Tbsp. cocoa powder (add more if you like a more chocolate flavour) and 10 to 10 1/2 cups puffed wheat cereal Then I pretty much follow the directions that the submitter uses though I don't time the boiling of the mixture. Once it gets fairly bubbly then I remove it from the heat. I also use a medium pot because I'm too lazy to butter the sides. Brenda--It's been a while since I made any but you could try decreasing some of the brown sugar (I don't pack the brown sugar when I measure it). You could try reducing your boiling time if that doesn't work. That's tricky though because not enough and they won't stick; too much and they get hard. Time the boil for right about a minute or slightly less and you should be good. Or grab a candy thermometer and go for a soft ball stage. Honestly I can't remember ever having any leftovers to notice if it goes hard but I think over boiling is generally what makes the syrup/squares harden quickly. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2005
This is what I change to the recipe to make it even better: 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 cup butter and add 1 tsp of vanilla. I let it boil for 3 minutes and then pour it over the puffed wheat. These additions make it the yummiest p.w. squared you will ever eat. (And they stick together well) Read More
(307)
Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2015
The basics are there but I too like most found this to be lacking in stickiness so I couldn't give it full marks. I also found that 9x9 isn't enough for us. I came up with my own after lots of experimenting that feeds us all and sticks together well. I pack it tightly in a 9x 13 greased pan. I use: 2/3 cup butter or margarine 1 cup corn syrup (I spray the cup with PAM so the syrup comes out easily) 2 cups brown sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 5 Tbsp. cocoa powder (add more if you like a more chocolate flavour) and 10 to 10 1/2 cups puffed wheat cereal Then I pretty much follow the directions that the submitter uses though I don't time the boiling of the mixture. Once it gets fairly bubbly then I remove it from the heat. I also use a medium pot because I'm too lazy to butter the sides. Brenda--It's been a while since I made any but you could try decreasing some of the brown sugar (I don't pack the brown sugar when I measure it). You could try reducing your boiling time if that doesn't work. That's tricky though because not enough and they won't stick; too much and they get hard. Time the boil for right about a minute or slightly less and you should be good. Or grab a candy thermometer and go for a soft ball stage. Honestly I can't remember ever having any leftovers to notice if it goes hard but I think over boiling is generally what makes the syrup/squares harden quickly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
I have a similar version - 8c. puffed wheat 1/2c. butter 1/2c. corn syrup 2T cocoa 1tsp vanilla 1c. brown sugar I found that for chewy squares add all ingredients but the puffed wheat and butter bring the mixture to a boil and then add the butter and then boil for about a minute the longer it boils the crunchier the squares. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/04/2009
This is a stingy version of the original recipe most people are looking for. After a bit of a search I have found the most used recipe is: 1/2 c butter 1/2c corn syrup 1cup brown sugar 2 tsp cocoa 2 tsp. vanilla for 8 cups of puffed wheat. As well by rapid boiling the syrup for one minute I think most people without a candy thermometer run the risk of taking it to a hard candy stage (hence the comments about rock hard squares). Bring the syrup to boil and as soon as it hits rapid boil remove it from heat. Should work out better for most people. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2003
I tried this recipe (twice in fact) and followed the directions exactly. I could not get the squares to stick together. Am I missing something? I seem to have this problem with the corn syrup and sugar mixtures. They do not seem to bind well to the cereal mixture. Any suggestions out there? Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2004
This is a yummy recipie but you have to either triple the amount of sauce or only use 2 or so cup sof puffed wheat in order for them to even stick together! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/13/2011
Reviewer romyo has it right this is the stingy version! Altho she states 2 tsp of cocoa..you're kidding me ha! More like 5 tablespoons if you want a seriously choclatey square...and why wouldn't you?? Try this: 2/3 cup corn syrup 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar 5 Tablespoons cocoa..bring to a boil add 1/2 cup butter and then boil approx 45 seconds. Remove from heat and add 2 tsp vanilla. Add to 8 cups of puffed wheat or puffed kamut. Press into 9x13 pan (another reviewer suggests wetting palms of your hands then pressing this works great). A great treat on a hot summer day (which it is in Perth Australia right now) when you don't want to turn on the oven. Another great TIP I just discovered. I always save the paper or foil from butter and keep it in the freezer...use it to grease pans. Anyway after I lightly pressed the puffed wheat into the pan I laid a butter paper over and pressed with my hands works like a bomb! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2009
Followed the suggestions from Rachelle review from Mar. 25 2008. Taste great & they stick together - only problem just one day after (even stored in a air tight container) are rock hard. Like it to be sticky gooey. Any suggestions anyone please? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2005
they tasted great but i could not get them to stick together. I adjusted it to 1/4 cup butter 3/4 cup corn syrup 1 cup brown sugar 1tsp vanilla 3tbsp cocoa 8 cups puff wheat. and let it boil for three minutes. Read More
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