Rice Krispies were on sale at the grocery this weekend. So were marshmallows.
What might one do with an abundance of these two tasty ingredients?
Okay, here's the secret about Rice Krispy Treats: only use that recipe on the side of the box as a rough guide.
A couple years back, a friend and I were lamenting how Rice Krispy Treats tasted so much better when we were kids. At first we thought maybe our memories were tainted; this was twenty years and several concussions after the fact, y'know? But the more we talked about it, the more we just knew things had once been different.
So, armed with boxes of puffed rice cereal and many, many marshmallows, I got to trying out some different things. We distinctly remembered a richer, gooier treat than the current recipe turned out - so the obvious thing to do was to add more butter and marshmallows.
Well, it took several batches while I gradually scaled the amounts up, and at least one where things were just way too greasy, before the experimenting could stop. Looking back, I'm surprised we even wanted any more Rice Krispy Treats after all the failed - but still tasty - attempts we ate. But, at long last, I'd found a combination that made something pretty much identical to what we both remembered.
So it was good, and this weekend (with the sale and all) I decided to make these gooey squares of crunchy goodness once again. Believe it or not, Munchkin couldn't remember ever having them before. As much as she loves marshmallows, I figured we were good to go.
Real Rice Krispy Treats
makes 24 squares
6 cups of Rice Krispies, or other puffed rice cereal
1 stick of butter
16oz bag of miniature marshmallows
Start by buttering the bottom and sides of a 13"x9" pan.
Put the cereal in a really big bowl and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the stick of butter over low heat. Stir frequently and let it cook until it begins to turn a very light brown.
Immediately add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
Pour the marshmallow goo over the cereal and keep stirring until mixed well. Work quickly before the marshmallows set!
Pour into prepared pan.
Rub some more butter on your hands and pat the sticky crispy mass into a nice, flat rectangle, making sure to get into the corners of the pan.
Resist the temptation to eat them immediately. Let set for 30 minutes or so.
And there we were with a big ol' pan of Rice Krispy Treats - not just any Rice Krispy Treats, but good Rice Krispy Treats. After dinner, Munchkin and I got ready to have dessert.
She took a small bite and decided that she didn't like them.
Monday, February 19, 2007