Thursday, May 6, 2010

recipe for a small batch of marshmallow cereal treats

I like marshmallow cereal treats (a.k.a. Rice Krispie treats), but my husband doesn’t. There’s no way I can eat a whole batch of them before they go bad. Lately I’ve been buying the pre-made treats; they’re good, but not as good as the homemade kind. So, last night I decided to experiment with a small batch, using Fruity Pebbles cereal, and it worked! The recipe is below if you want to try it too.
They’re so yummy – if you like Fruity Pebbles. Here’s a picture:

Fruity Pebbles Marshmallow Treats
Fruity Pebbles Marshmallow Treats

It’s a little blurry because I took the picture with my cell phone, but I promise you that they are scrumptious. Here’s the recipe for a small batch of marshmallow cereal treats:

Marshmallow Cereal Treats (small batch)

- 10 marshmallows
- 1 Tbsp margarine*
- 2+ cups of cereal
- mix-ins**

- Melt the margarine in a sauce pan or in a large bowl in the microwave.

- When it’s melted, add the marshmallows and stir to coat.

- Put the mix back on the stove or in the microwave to melt the marshmallows (it takes about 75 seconds to melt, depending on your microwave).

- Stir the mixture 1/2 way through (at about 40 seconds for the microwave).

- Add the cereal*** and mix until it’s all coated (add enough cereal so that there’s no extra marshmallow, which will be different depending on what cereal you use and whether or not you need extra marshmallow to cover the mix-ins).

- Add mix-ins while you can still stir!

- Grease a small bowl or glass serving dish (use margarine) and push the cereal down into it. You can line the dish with wax paper or foil before greasing it if you want an easier clean up. Or, just use the bowl that you made it in and then transfer to wax paper when it’s almost completely cooled. That way you only have one dish to clean and it’s an easy clean up (if you soak the bowl).

- Cut squares and enjoy. Yum!

- Makes 4-6 treats, depending on how big you cute the squares.

* You can substitute peanut butter for margarine. I want to try this with chocolate cereal.

**Mix-ins can be anything you want, that would taste good with the cereal you are using. Some ideas: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, dried fruit, marshmallows from Lucky Charms, M&Ms, gummy candy, cookie bits, or whatever your imagination comes up with!

*** The traditional recipe calls for Rice Krispies, but the Fruity Pebbles are good. Almost any cereal would work here if you like it and want to try it.