Were you a Rice Krispies Treat fan when you were little? I know, I’m waving my hands, too! I remember making them with my mom and sis blogging partner. A lot. Maybe we should’ve bought stock in Kellogg. It’s been years since I made anything remotely like them, though and suddenly that just needed to be remedied when I saw this recipe in a Kraft foods magazine. Childhood, we dedicate this one to you!
Like your favorite treat of yore, here there be marshmallows! But unlike that of yore, there’s also oozy gooey caramel! Cue the confetti!
If I recall correctly, I believe this is melted marshmallows. Yeah, that’s it!
The great thing about making kiddo-friendly treats is how you get to play while “cooking”. So mush mush mush that marshmallow and crisp cereal mixture into your pan! Doooo eeeet!
Oh noes! Somebody off camera handed us this huge bowl of melted caramels! Whatever shall we do? Quick, a spatula to spread it with!
Since I am – ahem – the most considerate mother under the sun, we only put pecan pieces on half the dessert. BUT, it is our fervent belief that this tastes so. flippin’. awesome. with pecans. If your child likes them you are the luckiest parent ever. YUP.
Are you ready for this? Next, melt some white and regular chocolate and just sling it all over the top. Wooo! Let the party begin!
And if you’re as goofy as me, you too may have gotten unsweetened chocolate instead of the semi-sweet you meant to and put that on instead and were afraid you ruined the whole thing but it actually turned out OK and it was really GOOD.
We eventually had to put these insanely tasty, souped-up crispy treats in the fridge to let the chocolate set up. It was just too warm in the kitchen that day. Use a sharp knife to cut them into bars, squares, whatevs. Know what these things always do to me, though? The extra crisp crispiness eventually makes my gums a little raw where I bite into them. Does that happen to anyone else? Kind of like how Captain Crunch cereal makes the roof of my mouth a little raw but I can’t stop eating it. Huh!
These were good. Really good. I’m making them again ASAP! The end.
Chocolate-Caramel Crispy Treats
from the Kraft Food & Family Magazine, Summer 2013
Prep/Work Time: About 20 minutes Level: Easy Makes: lots – a 13×9 pan
- 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
- 6 cups crisp rice cereal
- 1 pkg. (14 oz.) KRAFT Caramels
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans, toasted
- 1 oz. BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
- 1 oz. BAKER’S White Chocolate
Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 sec. Add cereal; mix well. Press onto bottom of foil-lined 13×9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.
Microwave caramels and milk in medium microwaveable bowl 2 to 2-1/2 min. or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute; pour over cereal mixture. Spread to completely cover cereal mixture. Sprinkle with nuts; press lightly into caramel with back of spoon to secure.
Place chocolates in small microwaveable bowl. Microwave 1 min. or until chocolates are completely melted, stirring every 30 sec.; drizzle over nuts. Cool before cutting to serve.
When we need such a small amount of toasted nuts in a recipe, we always do them on the stove top in a skillet over medium heat for about ten minutes. Swirl the pan occasionally to redistribute them and promote even toasting. Their smell will intensify when they’re done.
If your hands stick to the cereal marshmallow mixture while patting it into the pan, try lightly spraying your hands with some cooking spray.
Once these things are ready to go, they will be pretty sticky (the caramel will sink into the cereal). And since we needed to put ours in the fridge, I stored mine there because of the heat and humidity from our already hot spring/summer/whatever season it is now. I had to keep them on a dinner plate with a smooth surface and the bars still stuck to that. I would have to remove them with a butter knife wedged under them. BUT…they were worth it!