We’ve discussed on this website many times that you won’t find Christmas trees or Santa Claus in most (there's always an exception) Amish homes. They just don’t festoon their homes with the traditional trappings of the holiday. Amish culture is just much more understated in celebrating Christmas.
In fact, because the Amish only go to church every other week, if Christmas does not happen to fall on a church Sunday, they won’t even have a church service on the occasion.
What you will find among the Amish is a marking of a holiday through special foods. This time of year you'll find Amish kitchens overflowing with homemade Christmas cut-out cookies, melt-in-your-mouth fudges, and hearty Christmas morning casseroles. Plenty of homemade candy permeates Amish kitchens this time of year, from confections made with mashed potatoes to cereal candies like today's Easy Cornflake Christmas Wreaths.
The other exception to the “no decorations “ rule in Amish homes is Christmas cards. Many many Amish make their own homemade Christmas cards with craft-store stamps and paper and send them off to friends and family. And if they receive Christmas cards, from Amish or non-Amish, they’ll put them on the mantle or tape them to a wall for a bit of a holiday flair. But that is usually about it.
A special treat like these easy cornflake candy wreaths is very typical of how the Amish celebrate Christmas. This recipe was given to me by the Amish woman in Michigan, and these are very easy, very festive, very colorful. You can make these for a gathering and they just look wonderful and taste wonderful.
This recipe is very basic. Most Amish do have access to boxes of corn flakes in bulk food stores and food coloring will add the wreath greenery.
I like using the colorful mini-marshmallows, but you can use white ones also. Doesn't really matter because green will be the main color when you are done! Add cook the marshmallows over low heat until melted and syrupy.
Then add the corn flakes and food coloring.
You can use red hots for the "holly" or, if you choose, you could just as easily use red M&Ms (we did) and they'll taste and look great, just depends on your preference as to whether you want hot or sweet. You can make larger or smaller wreaths, the recipe will give you about 20 small wreaths or about 10 larger ones.
🎄 Easy Amish Cornflake Christmas Wreaths
- ½ cup margarine
- 6 cups of mini-marshmallows
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of green food coloring
- 6 cups corn flake cereal red hots (optional)
- Melt margarine in a 3-quart saucepan.
- Add marshmallows and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted and mixture is syrupy.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla and food coloring.
- Add corn flakes.
- Stir until well-coated.
- Shape into rings.
- Dot with red hots for a touch of "holly" on the rings.
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🖨️ Full Recipe
Easy Cornflake Christmas Wreaths
- ½ cup margarine
- 6 cups mini marshmallows
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon green food coloring
- 6 cups corn flake cereal
- red hots or red m & ms (optiona)
- Melt margarine in 3 quart saucepan.
- Add marshmallows and cook over low heat, stirring constantlyuntil masrhamllows are melted and mixture is syrupy.
- Remove from heat. Stir invanilla and food coloring. Add corn flakes.
- Stir until well-coated. Shape intorings. Dot with red hots for a touch of "holly" on the rings.
Donna J B
My mother and I made these years ago. Tied shoestring licorice (red) bows.
Thanks for the memories.
Good idea about the licorice bows!
I've made these Kellogg's corn flake Christmas wreaths for years and love the taste of the corn flakes with melted marshmallows. It's a different twist on the Rice Krispie treats.
Also, I still use my George Foreman grill! I mostly grill hamburgers on it but agree with you about the grilled cheese sandwiches. They are DELICIOUS made on the GF grill.
LOVE your daily emails and of course the Amish recipes!
Thanks, Judy, I'm getting hungry for grilled cheese now!