Monday, August 15, 2011

Rice Krispy Treats - A Marshmallow Mess

Some people might say that I had a deprived childhood because I never made Rice Krispy Treats as a kid. After making them this week, I would like to personally thank my family for never subjecting me to this horror during my adolescence.

Although "easy" to make, these things are a mess - a sticky struggle. The best part about making them was watching the marshmallows expand and come close to the point of explosion in the microwave.

I will say, that with a little bit of doctoring, these things have the potential to be delicious. On their own, they're pretty bland. Next time (if there is a next time) I would probably add chocolate chips, or add some almond extract in to the marshmallow mixture, and there definitely needs to be a drizzle...butterscotch, chocolate...or...nutella (yum.). In fact, I had to break in to my secret nutella stash (yes, I have one) to frost a few of these and give them some flavor.

Here's the recipe:

Rice Krispy Treats

3 tbsp. Margarine
1 bag regular sized marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter & marshmallows on high for 2 minutes. Stir. Microwave again for another minute. Stir until Smooth.

Add Rice Krispies to the marshmallow mix and stir until cereal is well coated. Pour into a greased 13 x 9" pan and press down evenly throughout the pan. Allow to cool. Cut into bars or shapes. Best if served the same day. Wrap in plastic wrap tightly to store.

Here's some discoveries I made along the way:

1. Make sure you use a bowl with high sides when microwaving your marshmallows. They are going to expand, expand, expand and if they don't have enough room to grow, they will fall out of the bowl.

2. The mixture will be hot, hot, hot! Make sure you have a strong spoon to mix with, and mix well before trying to transfer in to the bowl. You will need to use your hands to help pour and spread the mix into the pan because it is going to be a cement-like ball.

3. Have the Rice Krispies pre-measured & ready to pour in to your marshmallow mixture. The mixture goes from silky to the consistency of dry rubber cement in seconds, so you need to work quickly.

4. Nutella makes everything delicious. Even rice krispy treats.

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