Caramel Apple Jack Treats are a perfect sweet treat for fall. With the apple cinnamon flavor of the Apple Jacks cereal, the marshmallow and the added caramel, these treats are delicious!
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Cook’s Note: Sometimes I can find these Werther’s Original Soft Caramels at Dollar Tree. You will need three of these bags because they are small.
Ingredients Needed for Caramel Apple Jack Treats:
Werther’s Original Soft Caramels
Milk (or heavy whipping cream, if you prefer)
Apple Jacks cereal
Instructions for Caramel Apple Jack Treats:
Place cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Grease or place parchment paper into a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside.
Place unwrapped Werther’s Original Soft Caramels and water into a double boiler and place on top of the pan that is filled with water (just use your double boiler as directed to melt caramel). Then, bring the water to a boil to melt the caramel. Stir frequently. (For mine-I put water in the bottom pan and place the pan on the stove over medium heat. Then, I place the unwrapped caramel (or chocolate-whatever I am melting) in the top pan and place it on the bottom pan. As the water boils, it melts the caramel-stir frequently to melt all of the caramel.
While the caramel is melting, place butter in a large pot and begin melting over medium heat on the stove.
Add miniature marshmallows and stir to melt. Lower heat as needed so it will not burn. Stir continually.
When marshmallow is melted, add salt and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Pour marshmallow mixture over the cereal and mix quickly.
Place half of the cereal mixture into the bottom of the 9 x 13 baking dish and press lightly with buttered hands (or spray hands with cooking spray) to fit into the bottom.
Drizzle melted caramel over the first layer of the Apple Jack and marshmallow layer. Spread out as needed to get caramel all over this layer.
Top caramel drizzle with the remaining cereal mixture and press to form the top layer.
Allow time to completely cool.
Cut into squares and enjoy!
Cook’s Note For No Double Boiler:
Use a microwave safe bowl in the microwave-at 10 second intervals until nearly melted. Then, continue stirring to finish melting. If using the microwave, do not start melting the caramel until the marshmallow mixture is nearly ready.
I have also added the caramel to the melting marshmallows and butter and melted the caramel into the marshmallow mixture. Then, skipped the drizzle step. This allows you to not use a double boiler. Both taste great.
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Caramel Apple Jack Treats
A cereal and marshmallow treat with the flavors of apple and caramel.
- 20 ounces miniature marshmallows
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 24 pieces Werther's Original Soft Caramels
- 1 tbsp milk
- 12 cups Kellogg's Apple Jacks
Grease a 9x 13 baking dish or cover the bottom and sides in parchment paper. Set aside.
Fill a large mixing bowl with the 12 cups of Apple Jacks cereal and set aside.
Unwrap and melt Werther's caramels with the milk in a double boiler. OR use microwave at 10 second intervals until nearly melted. Continue stirring to finish melting. (if using the microwave, don't start melting the caramel until marshmallow mixture is nearly ready)
While the caramel is melting, place butter in a large pot and begin to melt the butter.
Add the miniature marshmallows and stir to coat with butter and melt. Stir continually so it will not burn. (Also, make sure you stir the caramel in the double boiler while you are making the marshmallow and butter mixture)
When marshmallows have melted, add the vanilla and the salt. Stir to combine.
Quickly pour marshmallow mixture over the cereal in the mixing bowl. Stir to coat all of the cereal.
With buttered fingers, very lightly press half of the cereal mixture into the bottom of the 9 x 13 baking dish.
Drizzle all of the melted caramel over the first layer of the cereal and marshmallow mixture.
Lightly press the remaining cereal and marshmallow mixture on top of the caramel and allow to completely cool.
Cut into squares and store what you don't eat in an airtight container.
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