My son requested rice crispy treats for his 8th birthday party. I realize this recipe is on every rice cereal box and marshmallow bag known to man, and I'm not here to post a new twist on a old recipe. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
However, I have a problem with all the ways this recipe is written. I've never been able to remember the ratio of butter to marshmallow to rice cereal. I have multiple rice crispy treat recipes in my recipe binder. Their ratios are all different and for no reason that I can understand. It's as if this recipe is SO simple that recipe writers feel they need to make it complicated somehow.
Anyhoo. I purchased a generic brand of puffed rice cereal. Feeling too lazy to pull down my recipe binder, I decided to just read their "marshmallow crunchies" recipe written on the side of the box. The generic recipe called for all but 2 tablespoons of butter, all but 6 ounces of the marshmallows in my bag, and all but 3 ounces of the cereal in the box. WHY? What am I suppose to do with 3 ounces of bland rice cereal and a handful of marshmallows? Save them for the next batch of treats I make? We would have to make 5 batches of rice treats to have enough leftovers to make a whole batch.
That's when I lost it. I threw out ALL those silly rice treat recipes. "NO MORE!" I said. "I'm gonna make these treats in a way that I CAN REMEMBER, dag nabbit!"
HERE'S MY HONESTLY SIMPLE, NO LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS, REBELLIOUS RICE TREATS RECIPE
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 bag of marshmallows
- 1 average size box (+/-13 oz.) rice cereal
Spray a half sheet pan, large pot, and a rubber spatula with nonstick cooking spray. Melt a WHOLE STICK of butter in the LARGE pot over medium low to medium heat. Pour in an ENTIRE BAG of marshmallows; stir until most all the marshmallows are melted; remove from heat.
Pour the ENTIRE BOX of rice cereal into pot; use the rubber spatula to fold into melted marshmallows. Empty the rice cereal mixture onto the half sheet.
SUPER HANDY TIP
If you have them, put on a pair of powder free latex gloves. (Like the kind you find in a pharmacy.) Spray nonstick cooking spray on the gloves, and rub on like you do hand lotion. Now you're ready to shape the rice treats into the pan.
Gently press rice mixture into the pan, spreading it evenly. If you have any on hand, this is a great time to sprinkle on candy decorations. Allow to cool completely BEFORE cutting. I even spray my cutting utensil with nonstick spray before cutting. Cut into squares, use a biscuit cutter, or use your favorite cookie cutter shapes. Whatever suits your fancy!