Saturday, May 30, 2020

Homemade Rice Krispies Treats Cereal


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Some experiences in life are so special they become engrained in our minds forever. For me, one of those events is the first time I tried Rice Krispies Treats Cereal. Let me be clear, I'm not talking about regular Rice Krispies. Oh no. Rice Krispies Treats Cereal is essentially clusters of actual Rice Krispies treats that Kellogg's somehow managed to pass off as a breakfast food.

Before I was old enough for school, I was watched by a babysitter every day while my parents were at work. For me, the best part about going to the babysitter's house was getting to try all the processed foods my health-conscious mother deprived me of.

My parents always fed me breakfast before they dropped me off, but that didn't stop me from consuming the sugary cereals the other children were treated to. Fortunately, Rice Krispies Treats Cereal was among their favorites. This may appall some of you, but I remember finishing other children's bowls of cereal just for a taste.

But sadly, I grew up, and no longer needed to be watched by the babysitter. And I never got my hands on another box of Rice Krispies Treats Cereal. I think that's the reason I've been so fixated on it.

I know Kellogg's came out with a new version of the cereal, but it is not even remotely the same. So I finally decided to create my own version of the original recipe!

Typically, I like gooey, marshmallowy Rice Krispies treats, but I knew the structure if the cereal needed to be different so it wouldn't fall apart when soaked in milk. Also, one ingredient you typically don't see in Rice Krispies treats is powdered sugar. But I added it at the end so the clusters don't all stick together. You don't want to add a lot of it, just a few tablespoons.


Rice Krispies Treats Cereal
Ingredients
  • 6 Tablespoons Challenge butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 cups (about two 10 oz. bags) mini marshmallows
  • 12 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Directions
  1. Melt butter in very large pan or pot on medium high heat. 
  2. Add vanilla and mini marshamllows to pan and stir until completely melted.
  3. Slowly add the cereal and continue stirring until mixed.
  4. Lay out a large sheet of either wax paper, and spread cereal mixture on it. Add another layer of wax paper on top and use a rolling pin to press it down into a thinner layer.
  5. Let it set up for about an hour. Then break off 1/2-inch clusters and put into large bowl or gallon-sized Ziploc bag.
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of clusters and mix so they're coated and won't stick together.
  7. Pour into bowl and serve with milk.

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