Let’s revisit the confetti bar post, in which I had said that /u/Ocarina_21 on Reddit said:
That sort of square thing with variously coloured marshmallows and I think peanut butter. It’s at all sorts of Saskatchewan events, but I don’t think I’ve ever been told what it’s called. And then if you’re a masochist, there’s that vile “puffed wheat cake”
As you know, the confetti bars were absolutely amazing. I was curious about this puffed wheat cake—I researched a bit and found that people seemed to have very mixed feelings with regards to it. Some love it and some hate it, but some people who like it still can’t really forgive their mom for trying to pass off grains as dessert.
I’d never heard of puffed wheat cakes before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t even clear on which version of the puffed wheat cake is the standard. Cocoa ones seemed common so I went with that—found this recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook.
The recipe warns against using the cereal kind of puffed wheat and to use the puffed wheat in the baking section instead. In the grocery stores in the northeastern US, such a thing doesn’t exist. Yet I’d grown up loving puffed wheat cereal, and wondered how big a difference using the cereal could make (even though she warned against it). I’ll never know what the original recipe intended, I suppose, but the only downfall I can imagine is the cereal kind might make the overall dessert too sweet if it’s already sweetened.
The wheat cakes came out quite good: puffy, chocolatey wheat with sticky caramel-like filling to hold it together. I did struggle with the same issue as many others, though: It’s too sweet and sugary to be considered healthy, but it’s not quite a dessert either. I wasn’t sure when I should eat them. Actually, because I love puffed wheat cereal so much, I ended up crumbling up about half of the bars and using them as cereal in almond milk (which was amazing). It’s like homemade sugary cereal!
Have you made wheat cakes? What’s your take on them? Do you eat them for dessert or as a snack? Let me know in the comments below.