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Friday 4 January 2013

Rice Krispie Squares.. super simple, sticky marshmallowly childhood snack!

While putting groceries away, I rearranged the cupboards to cram everything new in, I spotted some marshmallows, a bottle of chocolate syrup and a box of Rice Krispies cereal. Since I had some time on my hands, I figured, I'd put together on of my boyfriend's fav snacks. Yup, super simple and time honored chocolate Rice Krispie squares. I didn't find any chocolate chips kicking around, so I figured, heck, I'll just add in more squirts of chocolate sauce and hope the squares don't turn out to runny.. so after rummaging some mores for my measuring cups a pot and some bowls.. off we go down memory lane!
I know, I could have used some decent quality dark chocolate or caramel or something to make these more for the adult palate, but there's something about artificial chocolate syrup that really brings back the childhood memories.   You can put whatever you like into your version... I"m making my childhood version (minus some chocolate chips). And go ahead, laugh, cuz I didn't have regular butter or margarine, just very very heart healthy Becel margarine.. which thankfully didn't make the cereal too damp and did its job keeping things a little less super dooper marshmallow-y sticky once things started to get warm and melty... but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Technically, a little bit heart healthier?
While some favor using the microwave to melt down the butter/margarine and marshmallows into a sugary sweet sticky lava, I've always preferred to use a pot (and stirring like a madwoman) cuz it feels like you're putting more soul (and muscle) into this recipe. I cheated and used a non-stick pot thinking it might be easier to clean up later... it didn't trick the sticky marshmallow goo. Boo.  Rather than the 3 cups of marshmallows, I upped it to 4 (I love the marshmallow-ness of Rice Krispie squares) and couldn't wait to liberally douse with chocolate syrup (close to 1/4 cup) and a splash of pure vanilla extract (my one concession to "adult" palate). Mmm!
Probably the first time ever I got to put as much chocolate syrup as I wanted Muwahahaha!
Then came stirring/mixing in the 6 cups of cereal... I think I cheated and used a little less, because as yummy as velvety smooth chocolate marshmallow goo went, it was wickedly viscous and I probably banged the pot against the counter a few times trying to leverage the mixture out far enough just to stir the darn thing!
Took a lot of willpower not to sneak a bite of that chocolate marshmallow goo!
After a few minutes of full upper body workout (ok, extra marshmallows made it a heck of a lot harder) -  wrestling the mixture, spoon and bowl until it was more of less well mixed, finally dumped it into a lined pan and squished it down into a semi-even layer. Mmmm.. now the bestest part... licking the warm vanilla-y, chocolaty marshmallowy rice krispy crunchy spoon!!
Heehee, Snap, Crackle and Pop look super excited for chocolate Rice Krispy Squares!

Newbies lesson #329: Never ever attempt to use plastic wrap to try to flatten anything with marshmallow in it, no matter how much you think it'll work. Adhesiveness to unwanted marshmallow surface, creative curses and hilarity will ensue.

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