My Favorite Christmas Treat

Today I am super excited to share my most favorite Christmas treat. I remember making these with my mom when I was a little thing, and they still tasted every bit as delicious when I made them with my girls this weekend!

Christmas Corn Flake Wreath Treats

If I’m being brutally honest I think every variation on Rice Krispie treats is no good — I say stick with the original recipe or none at all. I make one exception, however, around Christmas time for these babies. In this recipe you substitute corn flakes and add some green food coloring and vanilla. Since the corn flakes are wider and a bit more difficult to coat with the marshmallow mixture than Rice Krispies, you also cut back on the amount of cereal used. The result is a much more gooey treat that is pure heaven:

Corn Flake Wreaths Recipe
:: 3 TBS Butter or Margarine
:: 1 10-oz package Marshmallows
:: 4 cups Corn Flakes
:: 1 tsp Vanilla
:: Green Food Coloring (about 1/2 tsp or 40 drops)
:: Red Hots (approximately 50 pieces)

Melt the butter in a large pan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the Vanilla and food coloring. Once well blended, gently fold in the Corn Flakes.


Grease a muffin tin as well as your fingers and a couple spoons. Transfer balls of the mixture to fill each cup about two-thirds of the way. Coat the end of a wooden spoon with butter and press down into the muffin cup using a circular motion to create the wreath’s center hole. Have your kiddos practice counting out three red hots and place them on each wreath.


Freeze the wreaths for 30 minutes then pop out of the pan. If you’re packaging for gifting, be sure to line between each layer with wax paper because these babies have a tendency to stick together. To help with the sticking-together thing, we actually store these in an airtight container in the freezer and just let sit out for about 20-30 minutes before eating.

So now that you know mine, do share — what is your favorite holiday treat?

Bettijo Bridges

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Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares creative ideas for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and holiday entertainment. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local TV. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. She enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Mom of 4 kids.


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6 thoughts on “My Favorite Christmas Treat”

  1. We make these with almond extract instead of vanilla, and we just make round “blobs” with red m&ms on top. It’s much quicker than forming them into wreaths and you can just put them directly onto wax paper. They’re always a favorite!

    • Same! It takes it up a notch!I also use almond extract it takes it up a notch! I also use mini m&M’s cause no one eats those hard red hots, I make mine in a donut pan so they look like wreaths

  2. I found this on Pinterest and am so happy! My late grandma used to make these during the holidays and I loved them. I have been looking for this recipe to make to share with my kids :) Thanks for posting this on your site.

  3. My grandmother also made these at Christmas. Until I made them for the first time in wreath form i did not appreciate just how much she loved us!! we’ve since given up on form and just use a cookie scoop to plop them out on wax paper. We have renamed them “holly who-blobs” and also swapped out the traditional red hots for red mini m&m’s. They are a favorite in the Christmas cookie platter we gift to neighbors each year.


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