Classic recipe for crispy rice treats

Classic recipe for crispy rice treats

Classic recipe for crispy rice treats
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nutritional information
Servings: 24
amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g5%
4 mg1 %
55 mg2%
dietary fiber 0g0%
total sugar 5g
Vitamin C 4 mg22%
Calcium 1 mg0%
Iron 2 mg12%
Potassium 9 mg0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.

(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Crispy Rice Treats are a classic snack that kids (and adults) love. Ooey, gooey and deliciously crunchy, the no-bake dessert is a classic for a reason — it's a perfect dish for potlucks and picnics. a surefire crowd pleaser at cake sales and birthday parties, a pick-me-up popular with young and old alike.

These three-ingredient crispy rice treats taste just like the real thing and take just 15 minutes to make. Once you master this basic recipe, there are many different ways to try the recipe for holidays and special occasions. The possibilities really are endless!

The origins of crispy rice treats

Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day in the Kellogg Company's housekeeping department as a fundraiser for Camp Fire Girls. Kellogg's began commercial production of plain chocolate-based treats and treats in the United States and Mexico in 1995 under the brand name “Rice Krispies Treats”. However, other manufacturers had previously offered similar products under variant names (e.g. “Crisped Rice Treats” or “Marshmallow Treats”).

Tips for making the best rice crispy treats ever

Getting the right ratio of rice flakes to marshmallows is key to a treat that's chewy and crunchy at the same time. If you use too little, you won't have enough to bring the treats together. If you use too much they will start to fall apart.

Be sure to cook the marshmallows and butter over low heat, as high heat creates rock-hard treats.

Here we use mini marshmallows, which have a larger surface area and therefore melt faster than regular sized marshmallows, even when cooked slowly and low. If you can't find mini marshmallows, a 10-ounce bag of regular marshmallows will do.

Don't get yourself into a difficult situation – clean up while you're out

Spraying the spatula and pan with cooking spray will prevent them from getting sticky. However, here's another tip for dealing with the inevitable sticky mess: Soak all utensils in soapy water immediately after use to break up any stubborn stickiness. Future washing up – you will appreciate it.

How to use up leftover marshmallows

This recipe doesn't use an entire bag of mini marshmallows (there's just over a cup left), but you can do a lot with the leftovers. Here are a few ideas:

“One bite into these perfectly crunchy chewy candies took me straight back to childhood. This recipe was super quick and easy – I was done cooking and prepping in under 15 minutes. My four year old loved them too and gave his two thumbs up seal of approval. I look forward to trying this recipe again with his help—plus a generous amount of rainbow sprinkles to add even more fun to the treats.” —Patty Lee

  • 6 cups crispy rice muesli (about 5.5 ounces)

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 4 cups Mini marshmallows (about 7.5 ounces)

  1. Gather the ingredients. Spray a heatproof spatula and 9″ x 13″ skillet or jellyroll with cooking spray.

    Ingredients for crispy rice treats.
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  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter and marshmallows over low heat, stirring frequently, until marshmallows are completely melted.

    Melt butter and marshmallows in saucepan.
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  3. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the crunchy rice cereal and stir with a spatula until well coated.

    Mix together the marshmallow and crispy rice mixture.
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  4. Immediately add the rice, crunchy, and treat mixture to the prepared pan and use the spatula to spread it into an even layer.

    Add the crispy rice mixture to the pan.
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  5. Allow the crispy rice treats to cool completely before slicing into squares with a sharp knife.

    Allow the crispy rice to cool and cut into squares.
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recipe variations

  • Rainbow sprinkles make for a colorful and fun addition.
  • Add vanilla extract and sea salt to tantalize adult palates.
  • Enhance the flavor with brown butter, which adds a nutty touch to the dish.
  • Stir in peanut butter to make crunchy PB rice treats.
  • To make this even more decadent you can top it with a layer of chocolate ganache.
  • It's easy to spread on a pan and then cut into squares. Alternatively, you can shape the mixture with your hands (just make sure it's not too hot!) to create your own creative shapes. If that's a lot of work for you, you can use cookie cutters to cut them out after they've cooled.

How to store it

Crispy Rice Treats taste best the day they are made, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. When stacking, be sure to put a piece of wax paper in between to keep them from sticking together.

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