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your twist on Krispie Treats, please

toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 02:12 PM

What do you do to gussie up these old 1950's "cookies"?

Are they worth using high quality ingredients on?

(I love treats made with commercial breakfast cereals!)

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 03:35 PM

    I had some Krispie treats recently that were made with lots of butter -- after enjoying their rich, butteriness, I would say that yes, quality of ingredients makes a noticeable difference. I've made a similar cookie using golden graham cereal and chocolate to make "smores": http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1710,... I haven't made in it a while, but when I did, it was a huge hit.

    1. Amuse Bouches RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 03:38 PM

      I was just thinking they might be good made with brown butter ...

      1. chowser RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 04:40 PM

        My kids make it with Koala Crisps so it's chocolatey and it's better for them since it's brown rice. They taste good and are somewhat better for them.


        1. paulj RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 05:08 PM

          add a splash of cream sherry

          1. mochi mochi RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 05:15 PM

            Peanut butter or craisins and always use butter. AND, chocolate jimmies or sprinkles on top!

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              Meann RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 05:41 PM

              melt some caramels into the marshmallows ... much richer flavor

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                burlgurl RE: Meann Nov 24, 2007 06:49 PM

                i totally agree! melting caramels (Kraft caramels if in Canada!)! SOO good

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                violabratsche RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 06:47 PM

                The original calls for vanilla....I use other flavourings and ideas to go with them. Alone, I use a Polish "crema" flavouring from the deli...almond flavouring and some chopped taosted almonds.....like that


                1. janetofreno RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 07:11 PM

                  Someone made some for our office potluck recently that had dark chocolate chunks in them...mmmm, they were wonderful!!!!

                  (I love Krispie Treats just plain. But the dark chocolate made them even better!)

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                    alysonlaurel RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 07:57 PM

                    I make mine with plenty of butter, which makes them awesome. Also, I sometimes dip them in melted chocolate chips. I just dip each half in, and them lay them out on waxed paper. They are incredible.

                    As for high quality ingredients, I'm not sure about really high quality stuff, but I am really careful to use the brand name products in this particular recipe. I find that the generic Rice Krispies aren't as large, which interferes with the texture. They're pretty good, but not like I want them. Also, I use Kraft marshmallows, which I think are the best. And REAL butter, for sure.

                    Have you ever made Chex Muddy Buddies? Those are one to try if you never have. Sometimes people call it Puppy Chow, I think.

                    1. spinach RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 07:57 PM

                      Martha Stewart has a recipe for rice krispie, cocoa puff, trix, kix and several other cereal treats on her website. i saw her make them on her old living show...they look awesome

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                        Nancy Berry RE: toodie jane Nov 24, 2007 08:20 PM

                        If you go to this link, you'll find 84 Rice Krispie Treats recipes:

                        And if you go here, you'll find 196 recipes:

                        And, finally, if you go here, you'll find 246 "treats" made with all sorts of cereals:

                        1. Emme RE: toodie jane Nov 25, 2007 12:30 AM

                          Make them with flavored marshmallows, i.e. strawberry, mint, etc.

                          I also like to put in extra marshmallows and less rice krispies for increased goo factor.

                          I've also experimented with different butter additions... cashew, almond, sesame... salted cashew was interesting, as was pistachio... Nutella dollopped in as you spread the batter in the pan to set, so as not to mix it in, but rather to have random bites of it.

                          Crushed white chocolate pretzels also very very interesting.

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                            rabaja RE: Emme Nov 25, 2007 12:42 PM

                            Definitely double the marshmellow amount! And add some salt.
                            Gotta try the caramel adition...so sinful.

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                            willownt RE: toodie jane Nov 25, 2007 12:27 PM

                            I saw an episode of Martha where she made all sorts of treats with various cereals (fruit loops etc).

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                              kkak97 RE: toodie jane Nov 25, 2007 01:04 PM

                              I make a rice krispie cake with my nieces. I make the usual recipe, add peanuts, M&M''s and raisins or dried cranberries We mold it in an angelfood cake pan.

                              They think it's pretty cool.

                              Also good with plain popcorn.

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                                dolores RE: kkak97 Nov 25, 2007 01:10 PM

                                If this link doesn't work, put in 'Caramelized Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats' at the NY Times search engine:


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                                lamster RE: toodie jane Nov 26, 2007 01:00 PM

                                I use peanut butter in the marshmellow mixture. Maybe 1/4 of a cup or so? Adds great flavor.

                                1. Honey Bee RE: toodie jane Nov 26, 2007 03:28 PM

                                  IMO, the most amazing version ever is my mom's twist on krispie treats.
                                  Mix cereal with butter, warm peanut butter and melted butterscotch morsels. Spread half of mixture in pan.
                                  Melt chocolate chips. Mix in some powdered sugar and spread on top of krispies.
                                  Top with remaining butterscotch krispie mixture.

                                  I send these to the hospital with my husband for the overnight crew to nibble on and they are always popular.

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                                    jbsiegel RE: Honey Bee Jul 7, 2012 04:53 PM

                                    Yep!!! These are called Crunchy Fudge Sandwiches. Here's the link: http://www.ricekrispies.com/en_US/rec...

                                    This is what we always had when I was a kid. Still LOVE them!!!

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                                    piccola RE: toodie jane Nov 26, 2007 05:59 PM

                                    I wonder if you could make a version with dulce de leche...

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                                      Leslie RE: piccola Dec 3, 2007 01:24 PM

                                      There is a recipe for just that in the October issue of Food & Wine magazine,using Dulce de Leche instead of marshmallows, with the addition of toasted almonds. I haven't made them yet, but they are definitely on "the list."

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                                        toodie jane RE: Leslie Dec 3, 2007 06:26 PM

                                        found it with some sleuthing on their site--small, thin rounds instead of bars, "glued" with veg oil and dulce de leche, with chopped toasted slivered almonds. Will try these, though they sound very short-lived. "store overnight airtight"

                                    2. MeffaBabe RE: toodie jane Nov 27, 2007 04:47 AM

                                      Cut the usually squares of delightful treats in half, stick a popscicle stick in the end and dip into chocolate. Decorate the front to look like turkeys, santa, snowmen or other holiday icons and the kids love them. They sell them in Sebastians for a few dollars each!

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                                        dolores RE: MeffaBabe Nov 27, 2007 04:53 AM

                                        There was something I made ages ago with Chex. I remember it involved lots of Chex, melted butter, melted peanut butter, melted chocolate, and then rolling the chex in powdered sugar.

                                        I can't find it anywhere, but I remember it was delish.

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                                          Chris VR RE: dolores Nov 27, 2007 05:22 AM

                                          Chex Muddy Buddies- recipe here http://www.chowhound.com/topics/29033...

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                                            dolores RE: Chris VR Nov 27, 2007 08:28 AM

                                            That's it! Muddy Buddies, sheesh I could 'not' think of that name.

                                            Thanks Chris VR. Based on the good tips here, I'd add butterscotch chips too this time around.

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                                          toodie jane RE: MeffaBabe Nov 27, 2007 07:36 AM

                                          this might be fun--Mock Dove Bars! cut into shapes like an ice cream bar, add stick, dip into Dove Chocolate and chopped almonds. I like....thanks for the idea.

                                        3. C. Hamster RE: toodie jane Nov 27, 2007 11:35 AM

                                          Half Rice Crispies Half Cocoa Crispies

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                                            Shayna Madel RE: toodie jane Nov 27, 2007 11:41 AM

                                            I saw a recipe somewhere using peanut butter. Sometimes instead of just cutting squares or rectangles, I use cookie-cutters. If I do that, I press the mixture into a 10 x 15 pan instead of a 9 x 13 pan. And I save the "scraps" for me to snack on...

                                            1. mollyomormon RE: toodie jane Nov 27, 2007 12:08 PM

                                              I love the peanut butter ones. Mix a cup of Karo syrup and a cup of sugar in a sauce pan, bring to a rolling boil. Take off heat and stir in a cup of peanut butter. When that's melted, gradually work in about 5 cups of Rice Krispies. I can eat a whole pan of these.

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                                                buckeye.mary RE: toodie jane Nov 27, 2007 12:19 PM

                                                My office had a Krispie Treat contest last year...with some creative entries. But eating samples of 20 different recipes isn't the best idea. And I won't suggest that anyone try duplicating the Cajun Krispie Treat recipe...

                                                I think the winner used cocoa krispies, chopped up Andes mints, and Peppermint Schnapps.

                                                I personally love this combination:
                                                1 cup butterscotch chips
                                                1/2 cup honey
                                                1/2 cup peanut butter
                                                5 cups crispy rice cereal

                                                1. toodie jane RE: toodie jane Nov 28, 2007 07:10 AM

                                                  after all these suggestions, I'm going to try the Peppermint/Chocolate style, then maybe try a renegade recipe using a Caramel-Corn style syrup with roasted almonds, dip the end in chocolate. (The marshamallow stuff is just too sweet for me.) I'll make them both with the lollipop handles for fun. Drill a hole on the base of the stick and attatch a couple of jingle bells.

                                                  Thanks for all the feedback. I love chowhounders!

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                                                    divamon RE: toodie jane Nov 30, 2007 11:46 AM

                                                    make them with cocoa krispies and nutella - or peanut butter - so good!

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                                                      toodie jane RE: divamon Dec 2, 2007 10:44 AM

                                                      nut spreads in addition to or in place of the marg/butter?

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                                                      girlwonder88 RE: toodie jane Dec 2, 2007 09:43 PM

                                                      Nothing new here, but we love the Christmas wreath cookies, made with cornflakes like rice crispie treats (only the marshmallow mixture is colored bright green, and we use almond extraxt)-red hots for berries.

                                                      1. chef chicklet RE: toodie jane Dec 3, 2007 01:32 PM

                                                        gosh I love these! Make them with crackerjacks, and salty spanish peanuts... and if I am particularly festive, dark chocolate too. good grief.

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                                                          toodie jane RE: chef chicklet Dec 3, 2007 06:07 PM


                                                        2. Chew on That RE: toodie jane Dec 3, 2007 01:35 PM

                                                          Kicked Up Rice Krispie Bars


                                                          1/4 C. Oleo
                                                          8 oz. marshmallows
                                                          2 tsp. vanilla
                                                          4 C. Rice Krispies
                                                          3 C. Chocolate Krispies
                                                          1/3 C. chocolate chips
                                                          1/3 C. walnuts


                                                          Microwave oleo in microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds to melt. Add marshmallows and vanilla and microwave for 1 minute. Stir until blended and smooth. Add both krispies and stir until mixed well. Then add chocolate chips and nuts. Stir until distributed well. Place in sprayed cake pan and cool in refrigerator. Cut into squares to serve.

                                                          1. greygarious RE: toodie jane Jul 7, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                            Because it's too hot for the oven, and I had everything on hand, I made RKTs the other day, on a whim adding Trader Joe's freeze-dried banana slices. I'm hooked! The f/d texture is the same as the rice. It's a pleasant surprise to get a bite with intense banana flavor. Now I want to try it with their other f/d fruits. Had I thought of it sooner, for July 4, the raspberries and blueberries for patriotic colors. Pineapple and coconut should be good. Orange and choc chips for a Halloween theme. Added to the shopping list, since one never knows when TJ will discontinue their f/d fruits.

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                                                              hollyd RE: greygarious Jul 7, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                              great idea! I do crunched up pretzels.

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                                                                Emme RE: greygarious Jul 8, 2012 07:59 PM

                                                                i've done that with freeze-dried strawberries and with f/d pineapple. i'll have to add toasted coconut next time to the latter. i would like to try it with the f/d grapes for some reason... and maybe add some PB to the marshmallow/butter.

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                                                                jujuthomas RE: toodie jane Jul 9, 2012 07:31 AM

                                                                I added M&Ms to the batch I took camping this weekend. They were really good!

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                                                                  Sparklebright RE: toodie jane Jul 12, 2012 06:00 AM

                                                                  I haven't made RKT for years but I remember adding a couple of Mars bars to the marshmallow portion so that they melted along with the marshmallow.
                                                                  I think I added some extra Rice Krispies because the Mars bars add more sweetness.

                                                                  1. Crockett67 RE: toodie jane Jul 12, 2012 09:44 AM

                                                                    I make them with Monster Cereal when they come out around Halloween. I make them into balls like popcorn balls wrap in plastic with a plastic curlie bows and that's what I bring to parties.

                                                                    They are a Huge hit everytime! While I love Frankenberry, the Count Chocula is always the first to go.

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                                                                      pine time RE: toodie jane Jul 17, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                                      Sub Cheerios (even the chocolate ones) for the Krispies--at least it's a whole grain. Add some peanut butter, along with butterscotch chips and/or coconut. No such thing as overkill on these addictive treats!

                                                                      1. iL Divo RE: toodie jane Sep 15, 2012 03:51 PM

                                                                        it probably is a great special treat to add the better quality ingredients. I wouldn't myself do (for instance) KerryGold butter from Ireland cause its too hard a process unless I buy it from TJ's which isn't gonna happen. hub buys specialty butters for me some times at odd grocers or markets.
                                                                        the thing that is fun is to find different flavors of marshmallows: so far I've found-
                                                                        toasted coconut (don't get me started on what 'they' do melted on top of mashed yam casserole at
                                                                        Thanksiving omg)
                                                                        chocolate&vanilla swirls.

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                                                                          toodie jane RE: iL Divo Sep 18, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                                          gingerbread marshmallows--where do you find these?

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                                                                            iL Divo RE: toodie jane Sep 18, 2012 03:36 PM

                                                                            our local supermarket had them at Thanksging through just beyond the holidays. I bought 2 pkgs, froze one used the other until gone. will admit to eating them straight up out of the pkg-embarrassed red face here-their shape=gingerbread men. tasty little stinkers they are.

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                                                                              iL Divo RE: toodie jane Sep 19, 2012 12:24 AM


                                                                          2. ThePunkHippie RE: toodie jane Sep 18, 2012 02:47 PM

                                                                            When I was in high school, they sold a variation in the cafeteria - they had peanut butter in them, & a layer of chocolate on the top. They were AMAZING :D

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