Fruity, Fun Kix Balls
There are boxes of cereal all over the Test Kitchen. Having not strolled down that aisle for a while let’s just say I was inspired. Kix caught my eye because they are colorful and fruity and their tiny spherical shape made me think of making these into balls as opposed to squares – although from the images you can see that I did both.
Think fruity, colorful popcorn balls but made with cereal and melted marshmallow. The only trick with these is that you have to allow the mixture to cool a little bit before forming the balls. Not only so that the mixture isn’t too hot to handle but also so that the mixture has cooled enough to be sticky enough to create the balls. If you form the balls while too hot, the balls shape won’t hold.
- 5 cups Kix cereal
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 cups miniature marshmallows
- Coat a heatproof bowl with nonstick spray; place cereal in bowl. Coat a large silicone spatula with nonstick spray as well. Line a baking sheet pan with aluminum foil and lightly coat foil with nonstick spray and set all of these aside.
- Melt butter in medium pot over medium heat. Add marshmallows and melt over medium heat, stirring frequently. Immediately scrape mixture on top of cereal and use coated spatula to fold and combine. Allow mixture to cool briefly. Coat hands with nonstick spray and form cereal mixture into balls about the size of a large orange. Compress the ball so that it holds a spherical shape. Place on pan to cool. If ball shape comes apart, the mixture was too warm. Simple allow to cool and re-press into a ball shape. Repeat with remaining mixture. Best served the same day but may be stored in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.