Puffed Wheat Squares Recipe

By Wednesday, November 11, 2020 , ,

If you grew up in western Canada you may have grown up snacking on Puffed Wheat Squares. I may have grown up in Ontario but my family is from Saskatchewan.  I always loved it when my grandmother would make them when I would head out west to visit. Since she passed this past year I've been super nostalgic and asked my cousin for a recipe. I've made it a lot this summer and my mother even approves. So without further ado, I present my Puffed Wheat Square recipe. 
  • 10 cups puffed wheat (use plain puffed wheat, not sugar-coated)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup of corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine  (1 stick)
  • 6 heaping tbs of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
In a medium saucepan combine sugars, corn syrup, butter/margarine and cocoa powder.
Under medium heat bring to a boil. Still constantly on medium-low heat for 2 minutes (very important). 
Turn off heat and add vanilla extract. Pour over puffed wheat and thoroughly coat. Using a greased spatula press mixture into a greased brownie pan. Let cool and cut. 
Some tips and variations:
  • Some people find this recipe too sweet. To this, I say use just shy of a cup of sugar and just shy of a cup of corn syrup. 
  • If you cook the mixture too long you'll get a hard square. I do 2 - 3 minutes. You want everything to dissolve and become syrup-like.
  • You can add peanut butter powder to make chocolate peanut butter bars. Or just use peanut butter powder (I like to use the sugar-free version). Or split the recipe and make a half peanut butter batch and the make the chocolate and layer it on top for a PB and chocolate layered bar.
If you want to learn about the history of this sweet treat this CBC article is a great read.
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