Thursday, November 17, 2011

Salty Rice Crispy Treats

This time of the year there are always Rice Crispy Treat commercials.  They always show a happy family making their big batch of rice crispy treats.  While I busy thinking, 'All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.', my kids are busy begging to get the needed ingredients immediately.  Let's assume for now that my family and those TV families fall into the happy family category, at least when it comes to rice crispy treats. 

Off to the store we trek, with visions of rice crispy treats, giggling children and beautiful spacious kitchens with an island in our heads (right, if I make these treats, my kitchen will transform, right?).  We collect our ingredients and 24 other things we probably don't need because we are at Target anyway and we head home.  Bouncing off the walls my kids demand we start the rice crispy treat ritual as soon as stumble through the door.  In all  fairness, I am the one stumbling as I am the one carrying all the groceries, five bags up each arm, because heavens forbid I make two trips.  My kids, while not stumbling are jumping up and down like  pair of humming birds on crack.  I unpack, I put away, I get all things rice crispy treat sorted out, and the minute the stove turns on the kids disappear.  Because, well mommy has been very adamant in the past, that they stay away from the stove.  Of coure the melting stage does not take long and we are on the stirring phase, cue children to reappear.  We stir and we stir.  And voila! We have rice crispy treats.  The children quickly note, that when left alone I have done something different to the treats.  I messed with the ritual, but I have made them better!  Quite simply I added pink Himalayan salt.  There is was just sitting there next to the stove as I stirred the pot alone.  The pink salt did not abandon me.  The pink salt stay when things got a little hot. The pink salt DESERVED to be included in the treats. 

Here is where I note that I did not get a photos of ingredients for this meal. I am getting better with this step by step thing, I promise. 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 package large marshmallows
5 turns of a pink Himalayan salt mill
6 cups rice crispy cereal

Melt the butter in a large sauce pan, and add the marshmallows.  Stir as the marshmallows melt and continue stirring until the marshmallows are completely melted.  Remove the marshmallows from the stove and add the rice crispy cereal.  I would have taken photos of this step, but the bowl was hidden behind too happy, giggling, and rice crispy treat crazed boys.  Press the rice crispiess into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish and allow to sit for as long as you can stay out of them and then cut them into the shapes of you choice.  


  1. These sound lovely - made for big and small kids.

  2. Trust me when I say this 40 year old kid had issues leaving them alone.

    Thanks for commenting. I hope you try them and enjoy them.

  3. I love rice crispy treats. They are such a great kid and adult friendly treat. (And I know what you mean about buying things in Target and refusing to make more than 1 totally me!)

  4. @Dorothy: and Target must know we all do this. They should offer a mom discount or at least a shopping nanny. Heck, then I'd go everyday!


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