Looking for a sugar rush? Look no further!
Today we made some rice krispie treats as an end-of-the-week treat, only I made a sinister move and substituted sugar-loaded Fruity Pebbles for the traditional Rice Krispies.
Honestly, I was going for the effect brought out by the color of the Fruity Pebbles, but WOW!, it was a real sugar shock compared to the ordinary mild-mannered snap*crackle*pop variety. Seriously, your first reaction will be WOW!, followed by uncontrollable chills as the sugar is released into your system.
Here's the recipe (since it's not printed on every Rice Krispie cereal box like it used to be):
1/4 cup butter or margarine
5 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
5 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
(I usually use less cereal than is required because I like more gooey than crunchy treats.)
Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper and butter the surface. Pour the butter/margarine and marshmallows into a microwave proof bowl. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes in 40 second intervals. When the marshmallows have puffed up, they are ready. Add in the cereal one cup at a time.
Spread the mixture with a (buttered) spatula until the mixture lays flat. If you have the patience to let the mixture set up in the refirgerator, be sure to cover it with plastic wrap first so it doesn't dry out.
I like to cut my treats into circles with a 2-inch biscuit cutter, and then insert a popsicle stick to help kiddie hands stay (relatively) sticky-free. Another method to ward off stickiness, or for bake sale distribution at a backyard barbecue, is to wrap each treat in a small rectangle of wax paper that kids (or adults) can hold while they eat.
Because square treats are so streamlined, you must decide what to do with the scraps left if you cut circles. You can either scarf them down surreptitiously before the kids see you, or you can gather the scraps together using the wax paper or the buttered spatula to make a new flattened mass and recut. Today's batch yielded 15 treats (not all seen here, of course, because we had to try them).
If you do plan on making this version, just be sure to have a toothbrush nearby. And maybe a trampoline to burn off the sugar overload, too.