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You know those superlatives you get to vote on for the yearbook in high school? Well, despite not being crazy popular (I had a small graduating class, so while I wasn’t in the exclusive group of ‘cool kids’, I was still friends with a few of them.) I actually won one of those things – Most Likely to Host Their Own Cooking Show. Granted, it’s not the most exciting or glamorous superlative, but I’ll take it.
The reason I won, for the most part, is because at least 3 times a week I would bring in some kind of treat to share with my friends – cupcakes, cookies, and, my specialty, Rice Krispie Treats. I made them in all types of flavors and combinations, adding fun mix-ins and veering from the original plain Rice Krispies and they were always gobbled up well before lunch period.
To this day, I still love a random Rice Krispie treat – they’re crazy simple and versatile, are a quick, sweet treat, and the original isn’t as much of a calorie bomb as some of my other favorite tasty treats. (though it’s still essentially butter and sugar, so they’re obviously not a health food.)
I love how flexible the original Rice Krispie treat recipe is – they’re the perfect base for so many different flavors. My own indecision is what prompted me to try and to and create a ‘Make Your Own Rice Krispie Treat Bar’, because wouldn’t that just be the most fun at a party? I loved the idea the second it popped into my head and after a little testing and trial and error,
The recipe is simple – 3/4 tablespoon of butter, 5 large marshmallows, 1 cup of cereal, and toppings. The toppings are endless, but I would definitely keep your ‘total’ toppings well under 1/2 a cup, probably closer to 1/3 cup to play it safe.
First, melt your butter and marshmallows together. Either microwave it in 30-second intervals or melt in a bowl over a pot of boiling water (double boiler). I found this to be the best way to melt them without burning since it’s a small amount. While it’s melting, throw your cereal into another bowl big enough to mix.
As for the cereal, definitely go for the original Rice Krispies. There is a reason that it’s the most popular choice, after all. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies are super versatile and perfect for making treats and recipes, especially during the busy holiday season! They even have limited edition red and green holiday colored Rice Krispies available right now.
But to be honest, the real reason to use Rice Krispies this time of year is that now through January 1st, Rice Krispies will donate a toy to toys for tots for every treat shared on social media. All you need to do is make a treat, share a photo of your treat using #Treats4Toys, and Rice Krispies will donate a toy to a child in need. This is SUCH a great and effortless way to give back this time of year – I mean, we’re all already sharing things on social media, why not make it count for something? You can grab you favorite box over at my favorite store on earth – Target – while you’re doing your holiday shopping!
If you’re looking for some more inspiration for fun Kellogg’s treats to make and share, check out THIS LINK or visit them on Pinterest! PS if you head here there is a coupon for a free bag of marshmallows!
While your marshmallows are melting, also pick out your toppings. The toppings/mix-ins are endless, but below are some of my favorite ideas:
Bacon<- in everything.
Peanut butter cups
Make sure that anything larger is chopped up for even disbursement in the final treat. Place each topping option into separate cups for that your guests have the options laid out in front of them.
Once melted, pour your marshmallow mix on top of your cereal and quickly stir to barely combine before adding your mix-ins. You can add them all at once if you have something that won’t melt.
You can also add in other flavorings to the marshmallow mix.
If you’re using an extract, add in just a tiny splash – probably 1/8 of a teaspoon or less – and stir it in off the heat once melted and about to pour on to retain the most flavor. Also be sure to keep allergies in mind if using peanut butter!
Once your Rice Krispie treat is all mixed together, transfer to your vessel of choice to cool. For the holiday, I love stuffing them into a greased cookie cutter, but a normal greased ramekin or cup would work just fine. Allow at least a few minutes to cool and set before enjoying.
You could also let kids decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, and/or a drizzle of melted chocolate!
The options are endless – here I did a cookie, chocolate chip, sprinkles, and cocoa and plain Rice Krispies as well as a Cocoa Krispie, candy cane, chocolate candy, peppermint extract one (my favorite). But I’m already dreaming about a Cocoa Krispie, peanut butter, and chopped PB cup one, or an original Rice Krispie, mini marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate chip one for a fun take on s’mores!
One of the best parts of this treat is that it could easily turn into a party favor. Instead of serving the Rice Krispie Treats once they cool, package them up and hand each guest ‘their’ treat on the way out!
Another simple option (perfect if you have a crowd or are dealing with a bunch of littles) is to make a whole tray of Rice Krispie Treats ahead of time. Right before you would like to enjoy, place the tray into a warm oven for a few minutes to soften. ‘Assign’ each kiddo a section of the tray (this method would also work great with ramekins!) and let them press in their toppings rather than mixing it in individually. Either cut out using a knife or fun cookie cutters.
A few notes:
Feel free to double it to make 2 (or more!) at once.
You can mix the cereal in the original marshmallow bowl, but then you’ll have to wash it before making the next one, which is a pain. That being said, if you’re adding in flavoring, you’ll want to wash out the bowl between uses, unless it’s something not too intrusive, like vanilla.
The above recipe filled 2 regular sized (Wilton brand from Target) cookie cutters or filled one ramekin. The peppermint one was one cookie cutter and half a ramekin which I thought was a great size, so you might be able to half it/let kiddos make 2 separate ones.
If when you’re scooping out your treat to put into its receptacle you notice it’s all totally stuck, place the bowl back on the double boiler for a few seconds to soften the marshmallows back up. Samesies (though, in an oven) if you, say, forget to grease your cookie cutter and that thang is stuck in there well and good.
Feel free to use fancy pants cellophane bags. I used what I had and I try to keep it pretty realistic around here, so I figured you might like to know that a plain of sandwich baggie works as well.
I’m just not realizing what a long post this is, so I hope that you all have found it interesting – or else you’re sitting there like, uh, how is this girl still chatting about Rice Krispie treats…? ha!
A Make Your Own Rice Krispie Treat bar or station would be such a fun addition at a holiday party, either for kiddos OR adults – who doesn’t want to go back to the good ol’ days?
If you try this out yourself, please, please, please post it to social media and use the tag #Treats4Toys! It would make some little kid’s holiday! (Also, feel free to tag me in it as well – I’d love to see what you come up with! My username is @morganmanages and I’m dying to see what you come up with.)
So tell me – did you win a superlative? Would you enjoy this at a party? What flavor combo are you dying to try? Let me know in the comments!
Looking for something a little more festive? Check out this video for Santa Coats Rice Krispie treats! Another great one to make and share for #Treats4Toys!