Pumpkin Patch Puffs

Growing up as the youngest of ten kids we rarely ever were lucky enough to have one of these cereals for breakfast. Usually we had oatmeal or cracked wheat from our food storage. So when one of these boxes magically appeared in our pantry, it caused major chaos in our home. We would sit in a circle and divide the cereal equally, one piece of cereal at a time, until it was all distributed. Of course if it was Lucky Charms the marshmallows were divided first.
And if one of my brothers or sisters happened to be sleeping…too bad. You snooze, you lose.
So when the nice people over at General Mills and Betty Crocker asked a couple of us bloggers to come up with a Halloween themed treat using one of their Big G cereals I was in heaven. I was able to try all 6 Big G cereals and had them ALL to myself! I gravitated towards the Reese’s Puffs because you know me and peanut butter have a thing.

Today is the first official day of fall.  Woo-hoo! Which in Florida means instead of it being 100 degrees it’s 89 degrees. So what more perfect then some yummy peanut butter and white chocolate pumpkin puffs.

Pumpkin Patch Puffs

Ingredients:
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
3 1/2 cups Reese’s Puffs cereal

orange food coloring (or equal parts red and yellow food coloring)
pretzel sticks
green gumdrops

Instructions:
In a large pan melt corn syrup and sugar on medium high heat until sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and stir in peanut butter, white chocolate chips, and orange food coloring. Add the orange food coloring to desired color. I like the Wilton brand colors because they are very bright. You want to mix it quickly so that it doesn’t cool down too fast. If it does cool down too fast turn the heat back on for a second. Stir in the Reese’s Puffs and coat as well as you can. Don’t worry, when you form your pumpkins it will get more incorporated.

Let the mixture cool slightly.

When it is cool enough to handle start making golf sized pumpkin balls, forming well with your hands.

Form them around the pretzel sticks for pumpkin stems. Place on waxed paper to set.

Quarter the green gumdrops and use two slices for the pumpkin leaves.

Makes 15 pumpkins.

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  1. Very cute! it almost reminds me of puppy chow except better.

  2. These are so cute! I am totally going to make these with the girls. They will love it. And they will love that it was made up by Christy!

  3. These are adorable.

  4. That is so cool!

  5. what an honor to be asked by General Mills and Betty Crocker to come up with an idea, and how fun to have all those yummy cereals in your house at once! The pumpkin puffs look as cute as they do tasty! My kids will love helping me make these!

  6. So cute! Love this idea, sending to my sister (who also has 3 boys)

  7. These are adorable and I can’t wait to try them out! My daughter will think she has died and gone to heaven! Love this idea! Thanks!

  8. What a great idea…these are soo cute! I would’ve gone for the Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs too!!

  9. okay i’m dying. why have i not realized how incredible your food blog is a little sooner??!! Already printed off 3 recipes and i’m goin back for me. headed to the store in an hour to get stuff for chicken broccoli alfredo!! YUMMMMMM!!!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!

  10. Susy @ The Feathered Nest says:

    I’m lovin’ your blog ~ great recipes with stories mixed in. The li’l pumpkins are too cute to eat!

  11. Love this! :)

  12. Christy, my friend beth told me today at the mall, you have to read this blog, its my friend and she lives in florida and her husband plays football… and I’m like, wait I think I know her…

    Anyway, congrats on the marathon! you are gonna do awesome.

    Can’t wait to try all your delicious looking recipes!

  13. Adorable!!! And so very creative. I will certainly make these for some of my little friends!
    Great and yummy blog!
    Yvonne

  14. Those are adorable! You ARE SOO creative ;)

  15. I love these!! What a great idea!!

  16. So cute!!

  17. Pumpkins are my absolute favorite part of Fall and these are so stinkin’ cute!

  18. I actually thought of doing something similar, but doing more of a marshmallow trix treat. But then I saw yours and they are way cute! And I love the peanut butter!

  19. These are really cute, so clever!

  20. What a fun recipe! They are so cute. I saw them on Betty Crocker’s website. I have a recipe on their too :)
    Happy Halloween!

  21. sheryl butler says:

    I love reading you blog , it makes me smile :)