Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

It’s looking like I might be that blogger who makes treat bars with every new flavor of Cheerios. I’m cool with that! My latest: Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars.

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

A couple years ago I shared the recipe for my friend Emily’s Cheerio Treat Bars. This past fall I adapted that recipe using the new Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. So of course, when I spotted these new Strawberry Cheerios at the store last week, my mind immediately turned to treat bars.

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

However, I was on a shopping mission and didn’t give the cereal any more thought until later in the day when I got a message from my friend @SweetShadeLane on Twitter. She tweeted me an image of a box of the new Cheerios which led to a discussion of how these new treat bars should be created. While I knew that white chocolate was a must, she suggested using freeze-dried strawberries. I was immediately sold. So a big thank you to her for helping me decide on the ingredients for these Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars.

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

If you’ve never made a bar like this, you need to know that they are so simple! It’s one of the reasons I love them. The process is the same as for making crispy rice treats, but a few extra ingredients are used.

White chocolate chips, corn syrup, butter, and mini marshmallows (Hey, I didn’t say these bars are healthy!) get melted in the microwave until smooth. Then the cereal goes in. I also mixed in a cup of roughly chopped freeze-dried strawberries.

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars | Inspired by Charm

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

Mix everything together as quickly possible because the mixture will start to stiffen up pretty fast. Pour the cheerio mixture into a greased pan and press the mixture down with your hands. Then drizzle melted white chocolate on top and sprinkle with a few more chopped freeze-dried strawberries. That’s it, folks. I told you these treats were easy.

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

And they’re yummy, too! They are a bright and fruity take on the classic, making them perfect for spring and summer. Plus, who doesn’t love a delicious, fantastic-looking snack that you can whip up in 15 minutes. Right?.

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

Strawberry Cheerio Treats Bars

Makes 24 bars

Here's what you will need:
11 oz. bag (about 1 ½ cups) white chocolate chips
3/4 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Pinch of salt
1 cup freeze-dried strawberries, roughly chopped
6 cups Strawberry Cheerios
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries, finely chopped

Lightly spray a 9x13" cake pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave white chocolate chips, light corn syrup, butter, mini marshmallows, and a pinch of salt on high for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Stir after each minute.

Add the Cheerios and 1 cup strawberries and quickly mix them in until they are evenly coated.

Press the Cheerio mixture into your prepared pan. Press with a spoon (or your hand) that's been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Heat at 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Heat until smooth.

Add the melted white chocolate to a piping bag (or plastic baggie) and then snip off the tip to drizzle the chocolate over the bars. Sprinkle with finely chopped freeze-dried strawberries before the chocolate sets.

Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm. Slice and serve. Store in an airtight container.

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Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

Pretty, right? Those bright red strawberries made all the difference.

Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars - spring summer dessert recipe strawberry bar treat | Inspired by Charm

If you liked these bars, be sure to check out the original Cheerio Treat Bars here and my Pumpkin Spice Cheerio Treats bars here.


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Now if I can come up with something for winter, we’ll have Cheerio treat bars for every season.

Enjoy!

Comments

  • Debra at

    Michael — these look fantastic! Are the freeze-dried strawberries easy to find? Thanks for the spring treat!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yeah, I think they are lately as they become more popular. I found mine at Walmart. Amazon sells them too if you need an online option.

      xo Michael

  • Sabrina at

    nice change from rice crispy treats, have made those countless times, but never anything different of the same genre, so was happy to see thus recipe, thank you!

  • Terry Howell at

    I just love your recipes! Very creative and great presentation! Truely Thank you!

  • Karen T at

    I found out about freeze dried strawberries from Sally at Sallysbakingaddiction.com and ever since, I have been hooked. I too was thrilled to find them at Walmart! Who knew? These strawberry cheerio bars look amazing and I don’t really like cereal bars, but think I am about to change my mind about these! I love your blog and your recipes! Thank you!

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