14 June 2010

Snap, Crackle, Pop!

When I think of childhood cereal memories, I think of these guys...

Snap! Crackle! Pop!

Not only did Rice Krispies cereal make fun noises in the 
milk, but it also made for delicious Rice Crispy Squares!

I really wanted to try making chocolate and 
candy rice crispy squares instead of the plain 
white with marshmallow ones.

I wanted these to have candy too! Reese's Pieces
Trail Mix, and M&M minis!!!

1/3 cup butter over medium heat

add in 1 whole bag of marshmallows until melted

When the mixture is melted, remove from heatthen 
add a whole box; 8 cups of Rice Krispies cereal

Stir really well

Now it's time to add the candy!!!

M&M minis

chocolate-peanut-almond-sunflower-raisin trail mix

Reese's Pieces

And if you can avoid eating the mixture as is, transfer it over to a baking dish
Press the crispies firmly down with a spatula, creating a nice flat top.

Let it cool for a couple hours before cutting or eating. Rice Crispy Squares always taste better the next day once it has time to settle and the marshmallows firm up.

And a little close up of everything packed in there...

Question 1: What was your favorite childhood cereal growing up? Any fun memories?

Question 2: Have you made rice crispy squares before? Or used cereal in your baking?


Amy B @ Second City Randomness said... [reply]

those rice krispie treats are LOADED! Love it!

I actually use rice krispies often to make "scotcheroos". Which is similar, but uses peanut butter instead of marshmallows. And has a layer of butterscotch and chocolate on top... they're like crack.

Mandiee said... [reply]

I loved fresh rice krispie treats when I was younger. There was something magical about the warm gooeyness that was ever so enticing. My grandmother always seemed to make the best; she said her secret ingredient was love and I definitely think that makes all the difference. But man, yours are loaded! I've only ventured into adding sprinkles, but you take it to a WHOLE new level.

Have a lovely day!

P.S. I'm so glad to see your posts are showing up again! I was wondering what happened...

Anonymous said... [reply]

You are a genius! How did you think of that?
This must be the most colourful and tasty bar, ever.

Amanda @ . seek . said... [reply]

Yowza! Those Rice Krispie treats are insaneeee. I used to make Rice Krispie squares all the time when I was younger, but mine were never as complicated [read: delicious] as yours. They were just the basic cereal, marshmellow, butter mixture.

As for favorite childhood cereals, Corn Pops, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cap'n Crunch topped my list :)

Astrid said... [reply]

Those look amazing! I actually have never been the biggest rice crispy treat fan. I do like them, but it's kind of like pie. I like it, but I like other treats so much more!
I loved cereal as a kid! Every kind of cereal. I especially loved Lucky Charms. I would eat all of the cereal and leave the marshmallows for last.

Ameena said... [reply]

I found this great Oatmeal Ball recipe on marthastewart.com and it calls for rice cereal...first dessert I've ever made with cereal and they are fabulous!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Whooaa! Those things look seriously delicious :P

My favorite cereal growing up was definitely Fruity Pebbles.

Dana <3

Jessica Lee said... [reply]

these are dangerous girl! in a good way of course. i havent had rice krispy treats in forever. i've made them a few times and loved doing so. i was going to make "smores rice krispy squares" one day for a bbq but i didnt have time. it's on the "to do list" though :)

i loved apple jacks as a kid. omg sooo good. i would eat them one by one to make them last forever.

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said... [reply]

ooooh yummo - how good do these look!!!! My favourite childhood treat would have to be rocky road - actually....it probably still is one of my favourite treats ;)

Megan D said... [reply]

Oh my goodness. Why did you do this to me?! I want some of those NOW!! Haha :)
I loved Golden Grahams and Life cereal as a kid... in fact, I'd still eat both of those now!

Pretty Zesty said... [reply]

That's some seriously deliciousness right there!

ChocolateCoatedRunner said... [reply]

Lucky charms was my favorite ;) And, I once made froot loop krispee treats before <3

Annie :D said... [reply]

wow...those look divine.

My favorite childhood cereal was definitely cinnamon toast crunch!!! I ate so freaking much of it as a kid.

And no, I have never made rice krispies before, but I do love them. Haven't used cereal in my baking either. Gotta get on that!

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said... [reply]

I used to like all the sugary ones...especially peanut butter Cap'n Crunch. I liked Grape-nuts too. But they made my mouth tired from chewing.

I like to make plain rice krispy treats and then dip them in chocolate and nuts. I also like to stir some melted nut butter in with the marshmallow!

Anonymous said... [reply]

That is one healthy rice krispies square! I've never thought of putting trail mix in.

I think my favorite childhood cereal was frosted flakes. Now that I think of it, that stuff is all sugar! No fiber, no protein. I used to hate milk so that was the only way you could get me to drink milk, cause the sugar gets the milk all sweet & tasty :-D

BusyB said... [reply]

I think you added just about all my favorite things into one bit! YUM! I loved oat bran...ya not sure what kind of kid i was but I lived off oat bran :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

When I wasn't vegan I use to loooove rice krispy squares! So good. None looked quite as delicious as yours though. :D

My favorite cereal as a child would have had to be Fruit Loops, Sugar Crisp, and Lucky Charms. Although.. the only reason I liked the Lucky Charms was because of the marshmallows. All the other stuff got left behind.

Nora@LiveLifeEatRight said... [reply]

I loved this post! I haven't had a rice krispie in sooooo loong. I know they are easy to make but I'm not sure I've ever tried. My friends mom would always have them on hand. Yours look better than any I've ever had! So much goodness :)

Samantha said... [reply]

I love rice crispies--yours look amazing. I sometimes make them with chocolate chips for my fiance--i'll have to try your recipe next time, I know he'd love them!

Kris | iheartwellness.com said... [reply]

Oh darlin...my heart used to belong to these 3 little men. For my birthdays my mom wouldn't make cake she would make LARGE candy filled rice crispy squares.

I wish I still ate these...dang there good!

I loved captin crunch and cinnamon toast crunch....mmmm


Karin said... [reply]

I grew up on very simple and boring Kellog's corn flakes because my mum (always being the dental hygienist) wasn't a fan of the sugary stuff.

I've never made rice crispies but I have to admit that I can't stand marshmallows.. Ugh.. that taste and texture! ;)

Averie @ Averie Cooks said... [reply]

as a kid i could eat a half a pan of r.k. treats in a sitting. seriously i love rice kr treats!!! THese look GREAT!

claire said... [reply]

I recently made a dessert similar to rice crispy treats with brown rice puffs that didn't work as well so I need to get the right ones next time because those look amazing lady! I added chocolate chips and used brown rice syrup so they still tasted good...

My favorite cereal was cheerios or oats actually because my parents didn't allow sugary cereal at all. I don't miss it cause I never had it!

Anonymous said... [reply]

this is so much fun :D

I used to like cocoa pops! And I loved this muesli type thing that had milk chocolate chips in, and I just ate those and left the actual cereal/dried fruit bits (:

I don't think I've ever had rice crispy squares! When I was little we used to just melt a big bar of chocolate, and then stir in cornflakes, or shredded wheat - it was amazing!


Unknown said... [reply]

OMG; this is the most amazing recipe I have ever seen!

Cassie said... [reply]

Oh my! These looks amazing! I haven't had a rice crispy treat since I was in high school... they used to be my favorite! I forgot how easy they are to make.. and I love your addition of mix-ins! YUM

Katie ♥ said... [reply]

I LOVE rice krispie treats and I love what you added in these!! My son would love the reeses added in!! Yummy!!!! Its best to eat them when they are still warm!!!!

My fave cereal growing up was Golden Grahams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cocoa Puffs!!

I loved cocoa puffs especially, it would turn the milk all chocolatey!!!!

Love ya!!! xoxo

Becca said... [reply]

so funny! my sister made rice crispie treats yesterday! hahah. i had one for lunch :] and yours look absolutely delicious!
i think rice crispies were definitely the cereal to permeate my childhood. i'd always listen to hear for the snap crackle pop, but they all sounded the same! haha :]

alex said... [reply]

oh gosh...I want to make those!!!

Erica said... [reply]

What a treat! Fun add ins! My favorite treat cereal growing up was Captain Crunch. My mom wouldn't buy it for us because of all the sugar! On the regular I would eat shredded wheat :)

Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) said... [reply]

LOVE your blog! the name is just too cute. :)
my favorite snack growing up was really disgusting actually. i loved bologna. i would squeeze a little bit of ketchup down the middle and then roll it up like a wrap. talk about nastay. ;)
i've never made rice krispy treats before but now i REALLLLY want to. with peanut butter.
om nom nom.

Simply Life said... [reply]

wow, I want to eat my computer screen. those look amazing!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said... [reply]

I loved Apple Jacks. I could eat the whole box and my mouth would just be raw. I haven't had rice crispy treats since I went vegetarian and have not tried to find a veggie friendly marshmallow. I LOVED rice crispy treats though.

Joanne said... [reply]

These are some SERIOUS rice krispies treats! I love your mix-ins. Now all they need is some peanut butter. And maybe some coconut. Oh I need to make these.

I wonder what other kinds of cereal you could use to make marshmallow-y treats....hmmm. You've opened up the floodgates!

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said... [reply]

These rice krispie treats are no joke! They look amazing!

I used to eat cereal every single day as a kid. My favorites were Honey Nut Cheerios, Captain Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Lucky Charms. Yep, I was a sugar addict - ha!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said... [reply]

I think golden grams were definately my favorite growing up. The milk always tasted so good after all the cereal was gone!

brandi said... [reply]

oh man, I haven't had those in forever! Great additions :)

Krista said... [reply]

I make rice crispy squares a lot for the kids. I should try some of your add ins! As a kids I loved when Mom treated us to a box of Alphabits because it was fun to play with!! LOL

erica said... [reply]

Those look absolutely divine!


Christina said... [reply]

mmmmmm i love these treats!! crispy treats were so fun to make growing up! such a yummy sticky mess!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said... [reply]

Oh Man! These really put plain rice crispy treats to shame!

Meg said... [reply]

Holy loaded rice krispies! I LOVE melty ooey gooey fresh out of the oven rice krispie treats! These look awesome - I love all the candy and variety :)

B said... [reply]

Mmm THOSE look SO good!!! I have to try making those. I have a couple BBQ's this weekend so maybe that will be my time to try em. Hope you're having a great week love!

B said... [reply]

PS Did you watch The Bachelorette last night?!

Lola said... [reply]

OMG can you say yum!!!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I have a long history with childhood cereals... I devoted an entire post to it so I will spare you that!

Thank you for your lovely comment, BTW. It was very thoughtful of you.

<3 <3

Anonymous said... [reply]

Rice Krispy squares are AMAZING! I think my favorite childhood snack is puppy chow. Cereal is just the way to go!

Crystal said... [reply]

Those look delicious! My favorite childhood treat was "puppy chow." It was soooo good! Chex, chooclate, and powdered sugar.

When we make rice crispies, we use the rice krispy cereal, peanut butter, sugar, and chocolate chips. We don't even use marshmallows; the pb holds it together and we melt the chocolate chips on top. SOO good!

Chelsea said... [reply]

Yum! What a great way to kick rice krispie squares up a notch. ;) I would love to try putting a crumbled caramilk bar in these!

Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin said... [reply]

Wow those rice krispie treats look SO GOOD!!! I love the idea of loading them up with stuff. Ia ctually had a rice krispie treat yesterday for the first time in ages, but it was not as good as those look!

Monet said... [reply]

What a wonderful blog! I loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch growing up, but I also adored Rice Crispy Treat Cereal. So sugary, but so so good!

lynn said... [reply]

i always loved listening to my rice krispies.
i loved ALL sugar cereals but my mom only bought me "non colorful" ones like honey comb and golden grahams so that's what i get nostalgic for.

Anonymous said... [reply]

I loved eating Cream of Wheat for breakfast, just with a few packets of (white!) sugar, and some milk. I ate it that way all the time, which sounds so bland and kind of gross now.

I don't think I've ever made Rice Krispies treats before, but I've certainly eaten them plenty.

Natalie @ cinnamonbums said... [reply]

i definitely made those rice crispy treats when i was younger! i have made them with fruity pebbles and frosted flakes as well! i loved putting chocolate chips in them and eating them straight out of the oven when the chocolate would be all gooey and melted! definitely haven't eaten them in awhile but they do bring back good memories!

Anonymous said... [reply]

umm i think im drooling..haha joking, but these look so yummy!

im actually working on my recipe page, and one that im adding is my rice crispy recipe that uses half rice crispy cereal and half honey nut cheerios..there so good, ive never added any candy to it but definatly plan on trying it out!
Love your blog girl, glad i stumbled across it!!

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