I’m gonna make this short and sweet, because I’m still sick, and mighty irritated about it. My apologies in advance.
The long and short of it is: s’mores + rice krispie treats = awesomeness. Why I have never made these before, I have no idea… but I will be making them again and again and again, and I will also be adding 50 cents to a special jar every time I eat one, to save up for some bigger pants.
makes one 8×8 pan of treats
5 T salted butter
1 ten ounce bag of large marshmallows*
5 cups Golden Grahams cereal
1/2 cup marshmallow bits**
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
*you can certainly use a 10oz bag of mini marshmallows here, if that’s what you have on hand. But, regardless of size, the marshmallows are coated in a bunch of junk to keep them from sticking together – and the more of that coating you have, the harder it is to get the marshmallows to melt into a nice “sauce”. So, fewer, bigger marshmallows means less junk getting in the way of them melting nicely. It’s science, man.
**so, I randomly came across marshmallow bits in Target a few weeks back. Essentially, it’s just a round, parmesan-cheese-like container, and it’s filled with tiny, crunchy marshmallows! They are exactly the same ones that used to come in hot chocolate packages – and maybe they still do, but my experience with those packets ends somewhere around the mid-90s, so in my mind, those mini crunchy marshmallows exist only in my childhood. Anyways – they are delightful, and they make for an adorable topping for these treats. If you can’t find them, or think they’re kind of gross (in which case I am sad for you), you can just sprinkle some regular mini marshmallows on top of the treat. They’ll look kind of gigantic, but still taste delicious. (I found them in the baking aisle, near the regular marshmallows.)
1.) In a large pot set over medium low heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the marshmallows, stirring to coat with the butter, and stir until all the marshmallows have melted completely.
2.) Remove the pot from the heat, and add in the cereal. Use a rubber spatula to mix everything together, until all the cereal is evenly coated in the marshmallow butter mixture.
3.) Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray, and scoop the cereal/marshmallow mixture into the pan. Use a rubber spatula to spread the mixture around as evenly as you can, pressing it gently to even it out. Pick any abandoned, marshmallow-coated golden grahams off the side of the pot, the back of the spatula, or the countertop, and eat them immediately.
4.) Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips and marshmallow bits over the top of the treats, and then let the treats cool COMPLETELY. The chocolate chips will get a little melty when they hit the warm treats, so you want to leave them undisturbed until they cool, so they hold their shape and look nice. (This is why I couldn’t mix the chocolate chips into the treats – they would have just melted and made the whole thing a dark brown blob of a mess.)
5.) Once they’ve cooled, cut them into squares, and serve. Enjoy!
These are incredibly delicious. Dare I say, they are more delicious than rice krispie treats AND regular s’mores! Thank goodness, there is finally a decent use for that weird Golden Grahams cereal that’s managed to hang on for all these years.
I am accepting donations of kleenex and NyQuil,