May 16th, 2014
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You know that I’m all about healthy eating, whole foods, and scratch cooking. But there are a few foods that fall outside of these parameters that get me and, well, everything in moderation, right? One of those foods is Rice Krispies Treats. I’ve come clean before—remember these Toasted Coconut Rice Krispies Treats?—and it’s time to come clean again. Because Oliver and I were having a funky day one weekend recently and we turned everything around with Rice Krispies Treats. These Carnival Rice Krispies Treats, to be exact.
It’s no secret that Oliver and I like to cook together. We like to bake his favorite Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins. We’ve started making Peach Frozen Yogurt now that it’s warm again. And, when we were having a hard time getting along one weekend recently, we decided to call a truce and make Rice Krispies Treats. I wanted something easy and he wanted something “chewy”—they were they were the perfect compromise that didn’t feel (or taste!) even remotely like a compromise.
Once we decided to make Rice Krispies Treats, I went to the ‘Classic Recipes’ board on the Rice Krispies Pinterest page for inspiration. I wanted something classic, but with a simple twist. Oliver had a different plan. He closed my computer and told me that he had a great idea: add white chocolate chips and “snacks.” He opened our snack cabinet and pulled out, well, everything.
“This would be good.”
“This goes, too!”
There’s something to be said for kitchen sink sweets, but I managed to convince him that some editing was in order. Just some.
At the end of the day, we packed these Rice Krispies Treats with kettle corn, pretzels, and peanuts. And, oh yea, we melted white chocolate in with the marshmallows, too.
We had a blast making these. How could you not smile throwing Rice Krispies and your favorite snacks into a bowl with melted white chocolate and marshmallow?! It’s fun, messy, delicious, and totally decadent. Easy, too, which I especially like!
Even though pressing the treats into the pan wasn’t his favorite part, Oliver says that making these rates “10 googolplex” on the fun scale, which pretty much makes this his new favorite thing to do.
He was a little more critical of the Rice Krispies themselves, though: he thought they needed more white chocolate.
I happen to love these as they are. Surprisingly, they aren’t too sweet and have a nice, subtle salty kick from the snack add-ins. I’m was (still am) on the fence about Oliver’s suggestion that we add more chocolate, but I’d followed his lead through the whole process, I figured why not continue. I dipped some of the treats in white chocolate to give his idea a go.
It was a bit much for me, but Oliver and his brother loved the dipped treats and, I have to admit, they make for a pretty presentation.
Even though there’s a voice in the back of my head that says I should have stuck to my plan to make a healthier Rice Krispies Treat (whatever that could be!), I’m glad that I took Oliver’s lead. Though kids his age are great at certain, specific kitchen jobs, we rarely have the opportunity to turn the whole recipe over to them. Rice Krispies Treats are so easy, though, that I could. Oliver truly came up with these and I’m so glad that he did. And not just because they came out delicious!
The next time you need a pick me up or feel like pulling your little one into the kitchen, why not come up with your own Rice Krispies Treat recipe?! Head to RiceKrispies.com or the Rice Krispies Pinterest page for inspiration. Then share your—or your little one’s!—creation on the Rice Krispies Facebook page, with Rice Krispies on Twitter, or on Instagram using the #easytomake hashtag.
Carnival Rice Krispies Treats
(Can be shared with kids 24+ mos)*
Makes one 9×13 pan
4 cups Rice Krispies cereal, original or gluten free
1 cup broken pretzel sticks
1 cup kettle corn
1 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
4 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, plus more for dipping** (dipping part is optional)
1 10-ounce package of Jet Puffed marshmallows (you can substitute 4 cups Jet Puffed Miniature Marshmallows)
1. Grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray or butter; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine Rice Krispies, pretzels, kettle corn, and peanuts; set aside.
2. Add butter and white chocolate chips to the top pot of a double boiler set over medium heat. Slowly melt the two, whisking periodically to combine well. (Alternatively, you can use a pot set over medium-low heat and whisk constantly.) Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted and combined.
3. Add the marshmallow mixture to the large bowl and stir until the cereal is well coated. Turn the mixture into the prepped pan and use wax or parchment paper to press the cereal mixture into it evenly. Cool and serve. These are best enjoyed the same day, but can be stored on the counter in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
*Note: While there is nothing in these that is unsafe for younger eaters, I recommend sharing them with kids 24+ months due to the high sugar content. No matter how old your eaters, be sure to share an age appropriate serving size. A little treat goes a long way with little ones!
**Note: If you want to dip these in white chocolate, melt more white chocolate chips—start with a cup to dip one end of each treat or two cups to cover the top of the entire pan of treats—and dip or spread as you wish.