Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

December 6, 2011 | 5 comments

It’s like a flashback to my childhood when I sink my teeth into these chewy wreaths.

Christmas wreaths were a staple holiday treat at our house growing up. If you’ve never had the privilege of eating one . . . imagine a cornflake version of a Rice Krispie treat.

Now I love how simple they are to make and how much my boys can help.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of butter (1/2 stick)
  • 10 oz of mini-marshmallows
  • green food coloring
  • 5 cups of cornflakes
  • cinnamon red hots
  •  (wax paper & a little more butter when forming the wreaths)

I like to start by laying out a couple of sheets of wax paper and keep a Tbsp of butter available, next to the wax paper…so that once I’ve made the mixture I’m ready to make the wreaths.

Melt the 1/2 stick of butter & 10 oz of marshmallows in a large pot on the stove, stirring constantly to keep marshmallows from burning. 

Once melted turn off the heat and add food coloring to desired “greenness”.

Then stir in the 5 cups of cornflakes. 

The key is to form the wreaths while the marshmallow/cornflake mixture is still warm and before it gets stringy. Also it’s important to coat your hands in a little butter to keep the mixture from sticking to you (I take off my wedding rings so they don’t get yucky!).

Place wreaths on the wax paper and have your children place red hots on the wreath (you can put the red hots in groups of 3 if you want to look like holly or just let them do it more haphazardly). 

Let them cool and then enjoy!!

Merry Christmas!!!


  1. Lauren ROe

    yum! can’t wait to make these with my girls!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      they won’t disappoint! taste so much more delicious than they look!

  2. Sharon

    My mom made these when I was little, never saw anyone else make them! I have trouble finding red hots these days.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      kindred spirits in many ways…even food! I’ll have to mail you some from out here. May be just be a problem in CA!

  3. createdtobebeautiful

    I used to make these every Christmas while growing up… thanks for this nostalgic reminder!!

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