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your twist on Krispie Treats, please

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

      1. 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.

        http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/nc...

        1. add a splash of cream sherry

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

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

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              1. re: Meann

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

              2. 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

                AnnieG

                1. 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!)

                  1. 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. 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

                      1. If you go to this link, you'll find 84 Rice Krispie Treats recipes:
                        http://www.ricekrispies.com/KIC_Resul...

                        And if you go here, you'll find 196 recipes:
                        http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0...

                        And, finally, if you go here, you'll find 246 "treats" made with all sorts of cereals:
                        http://www.cooks.com/rec/search?q=cer...

                        1. 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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                          1. re: Emme

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

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

                            1. 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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                              1. re: kkak97

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

                                http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/31/din...

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

                                1. 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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                                  1. re: Honey Bee

                                    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!!!

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

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                                    1. re: piccola

                                      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."

                                      1. re: Leslie

                                        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. 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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                                      1. re: MeffaBabe

                                        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.

                                          1. re: Chris VR

                                            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.

                                        1. re: MeffaBabe

                                          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.

                                        2. Half Rice Crispies Half Cocoa Crispies

                                          1. 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. 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.

                                              1. 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. 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!

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

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                                                    1. re: divamon

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

                                                    2. 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. 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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                                                        1. Kicked Up Rice Krispie Bars

                                                          Ingredients

                                                          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

                                                          Directions

                                                          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. 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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                                                            1. re: greygarious

                                                              great idea! I do crunched up pretzels.

                                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                                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.

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

                                                                1. 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. 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.

                                                                    1. 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. 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)
                                                                        gingerbread
                                                                        strawberry
                                                                        chocolate
                                                                        caramel
                                                                        chocolate&vanilla swirls.

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                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                          gingerbread marshmallows--where do you find these?

                                                                          1. re: toodie jane

                                                                            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.

                                                                          2. 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