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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.