Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Some foods just jolt you like a lightening bolt back to your childhood. Rice Krispie treats drop me back in time to being a kid. It is such a simple dessert yet so incredibly satisfying. Not sure if it is the crunch or the sweetness from the marshmallow – perhaps it is the combination. Indeed – the combination is the key!

Last week, I was strolling through the breakfast cereal aisle at Safeway – there it was – a large box of Rice Krispie cereal. Instantly the nostalgic thought of being a kid was dancing through my head – I had to make the classic treat. I wanted to put my own spin, so I added some homemade caramel that I had in the refrigerator. The addition of the rich caramel gave this treat an adult flair. In addition, I increased the marshmallows to add to the gooey greatness that resonates with this timeless treat.

I want to take a minute to thank each of you who have supported throughout the Project Food Blog contest thus far by casting your vote. Each of your comments, tweets and personal messages mean so much to me. I hope you enjoyed my last entry for Challenge #4. I have always enjoyed making homemade gnocchi and it was fun to share with all of you.

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Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

3 T. Butter
12 oz. (about 50) regular marshmallows
7 C. Rice Krispies Cereal
½ C. Caramel Sauce (recipe below)

In a large pot, heat the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallow and stir until completely melted. Then add the caramel sauce and blend together. Take off the heat. Add the Rice Krispie cereal and stir well until well coated.

Use a lightly buttered spatula or small plastic sandwich bag, evenly press mixture into a 13 x 9 x2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Let cool and cut into 2-inch squares. Best served the same day or keep in an air tight container for up to two days.

(Adapted from the original Rice Krispie Treat recipe)

Caramel Sauce

1 ½ cup sugar
¼ C. water
½ t. lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream

Stir sugar, water and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat; boil without stirring until the mixture turns deep amber brown. This should take about 9 minutes. Take off the stove and hold over the sink before pouring the cream mixture into the sugar mixture. It will boil and bubble. Once calmed down, add to back to the burner and reduce slightly over medium low heat for about 8 minutes. Chill until thickened. Put into another container and slightly heat when ready to use.


  1. delicious and seems so easy to make!

  2. I like your twist on these classic childhood treats. There's really nothing like homemade Rice Krispy treats...I need to make some, it's been too long since I've made 'em. :)

  3. You have my vote! My husband adores Rice Crispy Treats...this would be a fun adaptation of one of his childhood favorites. Thank you for sharing! I'm all about the caramel :-)

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  5. Oh my! I love rice crispy treats just one there own but add caramel? Holy moly, that sounds like heaven!

  6. How funny, I made RKT's the other night for my daughter and asked her if I could tweak the recipe! She said, no way! I think I'd like them better your way!

  7. I am a huge caramel fan and I love the idea of adding caramel to rice krispie treats, great idea, thanks for sharing!

  8. Gosh, these take me back, too. Who doesn't like rice crispy treats? I bet the caramel addition takes them up a notch. So cool that you made them. Wish I had one now--I'm stuffed from dinner but I'd make room for at least one square. :-)

  9. Wow these look good...Voted as soon as it was open :)

  10. this looks really good :) Never made them at home!! I usually buy the already made ones at the supermarket :)

    have a lovely weekend!
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

  11. Nothing hits the spot like a rice crispy treat! I love the caramel idea. I have been eyeing up a box of cereal everytime I'm at the market lately trying to think of an excuse to make some. Now I have a new recipe to try - boyfriend can't be mad. :)

  12. I have such fond memories of these treats from childhood. They absolutely must be made with butter instead of margarine! I like the idea of adding caramel - will certainly give these a try soon.



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