Food You Can Eat: Rice Krispies Treats

A stumble down memory lane

I feel like I'm in Mrs. Sheehan's 2nd Grade class again.

First things first:  Believe it or not, my mother never made these when I was a kid.  Whenever I had them, it was always because someone else’s mother made them.  So, I never actually learned how to make them.  Imagine my surprise when I saw this recipe in my grandmother’s box.  Ultimately, I made these in order to satisfy my curiosity about the process. Yes, I could have used the Internet. No, it would not have been the same.

A caveat before we get started:  I recommend using the mini marshmallows rather than the large ones.  Minis will melt faster, which means less possibility of the marshmallow scorching while heating.  Also, I would recommend using a pan smaller than what is listed here so that the treats will be thicker.

Here’s what you’ll need:

¼ Cup Butter

40 Lg. Marshmallows or 4 Cups Mini-Marshmallows (I used a 10 oz. bag)

5 Cups Rice Krispies

Melt butter and marshmallows in a saucepan over medium heat until smooth. 

This shit is like napalm. Be careful it doesn’t get on you.

Add cereal and stir until coated.

It made less than I thought it would.

Press into a well-buttered 9” x 13” pan. 

Use gloves when pressing into the pan so your hands don’t get sticky.

Allow to cool completely.  Cut into squares.

These are actually better than I remember them—probably because at some point Kellogg decided to start making them directly and doubtless added a bunch of other shit that took away from the flavor.  This recipe is simplicity itself.

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  1. Totally believable that your mom never made these!

    My mom never did either. And none of the slumber parties or whatever else I did as a kid ever involved making them. I understand it’s a babysitter activity, but once I hit around 7 my parents just left me home alone and told me to listen to the dog.

    I made them for the first time in my mid-thirties after using the googles. Some of us are super lazy and just use the microwave to melt the marshmallows and butter. 🙂

  2. I had never made rice krispie treats before, but Other-Husband said he wanted some, and I figured, how tough can it be? He even suggested making peanut butter ones, so I added a big scoop of peanut butter to the mix.

    Y’all, they turned into bricks. He literally broke a tooth biting into one. I wish I was kidding. You could have used them for paving blocks.

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