G discovered Rice Krispies, or to be more specific, the Crisp Rice cereal from Trader Joe’s, a couple months ago. Ever since then, he has been a huge fan of Crisp Rice cereal, mixing it (G is a mixer…give him any opportunity and he will combine flavors on his plate; a sous chef in training perhaps?) with his other favorite, a cereal he affectionately calls “brown flakes.”
So when SPH and I were invited to our friends’ home to watch the Ohio State Football game Saturday night and asked to bring a tailgate-type dessert, Rice Krispies were top of mind. After a quick brainstorming session, SPH and I settled on bringing a mix of desserts, and making a batch of Jazzed Up Rice Krispie Treats.
What are Jazzed Up Rice Krispie Treats you might ask? Basically, regular Rice Krispie Treats, mixed with some good stuff added into the mix. For our treats, we raided the boys’ colossal candy supply, with the two-fold goal of both using up their candy and making our Treats all the more of a treat. I settled on using some chocolate candy, deciding to cut Twix and Kit Kat bars for our special concoction.
These were a hit both with our friends as we cheered the Bucks on to victory and with the boys as a treat the next day…to repay them for their candy sacrifice.
Jazzed Up Rice Krispie Treats
4-6 mini chocolate bars, cut up into small pieces and frozen*
4 tablespoons butter
1 -10 ounce bag mini-marshmallows
6 cups Crisp Rice cereal
Place the cut up chocolate bars on a plate and place it in the freezer.
Meanwhile, over medium low heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and stir well until they are fully mixed with the butter and completely “creamy,” ie, with no lumps.
Add the cereal and remove from the heat.
Mix the cereal fully into the marshmallow mixture and then add the frozen chocolate bars, stirring to incorporate.
Press into a 9x13 baking dish to let cool. Wetting your hands slightly will allow you to press the mixture into the pan without it sticking to your fingers.
Makes 24 servings.
*Freezing the chocolate allows it to be mixed into the cereal/marshmallow mixture without melting fully. If you do not freeze it, the candy will melt and just sort make the whole mixture brownish.