Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat
Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat

For many of us, Kellogg’s Rice Krispie® treats brings back fond memories of childhood.  Peanut butter Rice Krispie treats, or Rice Krispie treats topped with melted chocolate were especially decadent options.

Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat
Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat

Having hippie parents who didn’t hold much truck with junk food, for me they are mostly memories of Halloween or after-school snacks when visiting friends. I remember watching a friend’s mother press the pliable mixture of melted marshmallow, butter, and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies into a pan and thinking how lucky she was to have a mother that made rice crispy squares.  Of course, her mother probably didn’t make homemade granola with toasted coconut and delicious slightly-burnt raisins, or bring her the still-warm heel of a fresh loaf of bread slathered with honey while she sat in the bath, but in those days I longed for Wonder Bread® and white sugar.

Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat
Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat

I have noticed an unfortunate trend of late to stud Rice Krispie squares with mini-marshmallows, which I see as a symptom of the “More Stuff” trend that I mentioned in my earlier post Perfection. Personally, I think having the mini-marshmallows embedded in the Rice Krispie treat detracts from the delicious chewy crispiness by adding pockets of squishy sweetness that are neither chewy nor crispy.  It was, therefore, with much excitement that I spied the “Crispy Rice Square” at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf the other day.  Unlike similar treats at Starbucks and the other coffee shops in my neighborhood, it was mini-marshmallow free!

I decided that said “Crispy Rice Square” would be perfect afternoon snack (nutritional value not-withstanding), so I made my purchase and happily went on my way.  Happily that is until about 3 minutes later, when I had my first bite.   It was cloyingly, almost burningly sweet.  Also, unlike Kellogg’s Rice Krispie treats made with real marshmallows, it was the opposite of chewy. The “marshmallow cream” that was the first ingredient listed on the label, barely held the pieces of crisped rice together, and when I went to break off a second bite – hoping it would be more satisfying than the first – it practically crumbled in my hand.

Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat
Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat

So, to those of you who, like me, long for the chewy crispy goodness of a Kellogg’s Rice Krispie treat, and don’t want it to have the chemical-tinted flavor of the commercially-made foil-wrapped ones available at the grocery store or a plethora of mini-marshmallows throughout, I say let’s make them ourselves!  They are fast, easy, vegetarian and surprisingly low-fat.  In 30 minutes you can be a hero to your kids and anyone else within walking distance of your kitchen!

Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat
Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat

For more exotic Rice Krispie treat recipes, like Mocha & Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter, check out the offerings at eatfirst.wordpress.com.

For traditionalists, like myself, I have included the recipe for the classic, good old-fashioned Kellogg’s Rice Krispie® treats, straight from the official Rice Krispies website.

Bon Appetit!
Marsya

Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats:

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Butter

1 Package Marshmallows (10 oz) — If you live in a marshmallow-free zone, never fear! I have posted a link to Alton Brown’s easy homemade marshmallows recipe below.

6 Cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies®

 

Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat
Coffee Bean’s Rice Crispy Square is No Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat

(optional – a few drops of food coloring for those holiday treats – red for Valentine’s day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, orange for Halloween)

Directions:

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows (and food coloring if you are using it) and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray – or lined with waxed paper. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

Note
-For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
-Margarine can be substituted for butter, which would make this a vegan recipe.
-Kellogg’s Rice Krispies hold up better than the store brand and give you a crispier treat.
-Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
-Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.
-To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Alton Brown’s Easy Homemade Marshmallows Recipe – You don’t get much fresher than that! Only 35 min of cooking time.

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