This is the classic puffed wheat square with a spicy twist. It pairs great with coffee and will have everyone coming back for 'one more piece'!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
1 9x13-inch pan
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Butter a 9x13-inch pan.

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  • Heat brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and cloves in a saucepan over medium-high heat until butter is melted, stirring constantly. Bring cocoa mixture to a rolling boil; boil for 1 minute.

  • Remove cocoa mixture from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Fold puffed wheat cereal into cocoa mixture. Pour cereal mixture into prepared pan; press evenly into the pan. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Using real butter rather than margarine for this recipe keeps squares softer after storage.

Nutrition Facts

113 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 18g; fat 4.8g; cholesterol 12.2mg; sodium 40.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2017
I ve made lots of puffed wheat squares and this was the best recipe yet. Easy peasy too. The only thing I didn t use was the cloves just because I didn t have any. One bit of advice for newbies I ve made good batches and bad batches that wouldn t hold together well. The author is right. Use butter and once the ingredients come to a full boil DO NOT boil for more than 1 minute. It won t hold the puffed wheat together and set well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2017
I made the recipe as is and the cloves and cinnamon are really overpowering. Quite disappointing. I might double the vanilla use half the cinnamon and no cloves next time. I didn't read the reviews and went by the almost 5 stars to assume it was a good recipe. After reading most reviewers didn't use the spice so it was a bit misleading with the high rating. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2017
I made the recipe as is and the cloves and cinnamon are really overpowering. Quite disappointing. I might double the vanilla use half the cinnamon and no cloves next time. I didn't read the reviews and went by the almost 5 stars to assume it was a good recipe. After reading most reviewers didn't use the spice so it was a bit misleading with the high rating. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2017
I ve made lots of puffed wheat squares and this was the best recipe yet. Easy peasy too. The only thing I didn t use was the cloves just because I didn t have any. One bit of advice for newbies I ve made good batches and bad batches that wouldn t hold together well. The author is right. Use butter and once the ingredients come to a full boil DO NOT boil for more than 1 minute. It won t hold the puffed wheat together and set well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2015
I made this last night. It was great just like the kind they sell at the coffee shop in my office. The only changes I made were no spices and extra vanilla. Very good. I'll definitely be making these again (today! Because we already finished the last batch) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2015
excellent recipe.. haven't made these in years.. hubby loved 'em.. thanks!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2015
I was looking for a nice gooey puffed wheat square recipe. I made 1 1/2 recipes of the goo for the 8 cups of puffed wheat and honestly I can't imagine what it would taste like with only one! Next time I will double the batch of goo as it still wasn't quite as gooey as I had hoped even with the 1 1/2 times the goo. I loved the cinnamon addition to it as well although only added 1/2 tsp as recommended by some other reviewers - I didn't have cloves to try in it. Great recipe but if you like your squares gooier just make a larger batch of the goo or add less puffed wheat for a smaller pan. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2015
great recipe. I will make it again but will use less spice Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2017
Made it without spices this time and without extra "goo". Recommend not boiling the mixture too long - I boiled it for 3 minutes and it ended up a little on the dry side - fairly crunchy and not too soft. It holds together well but I think if I don t boil it as long it will end up a little chewier. Great flavour will try cinnamon another time or perhaps a little powdered coffee. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2016
These are super yummy! I couldn't find puffed wheat so I used puffed rice from the health food store. Like a previous reviewer I doubled all of the "goo". It was just the right amount! I didn't quite double the brown sugar I used one and a half cups loosely packed. And I decided to not add the cinnamon and cloves. Yummy yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2016
I omitted the spices and doubled the syrupy sauce. I increased the puffed wheat to 10 cups from 8. It was perfectly delicious and a hit with my family. Read More
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