Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Crispy Bars


To be honest, this seems almost too easy and standard for its own blog post, but I love this idea and it totally works as a quick, last minute festive treat. Anyone who grew up in the 80's & 90's probably has the Rice Krispies Treats recipe memorized because it was the most convenient sweet for our working moms to come up with. How many of us showed up at the school bake sale with Rice Krispies Treats only to find that every other kid and their mom brought the same thing? There's a reason for that - it's easy, doesn't cost much and takes less time to make than it does to put your make-up on.

In an effort to make my favorite speedy standby more festive, I decided to throw in a little something extra… There's nothing difficult about this. It's so easy, it's laughable, but if you're the mom who forgot ahem, was too busy with work to bake something for the kids' Halloween party at school, then this one is for you. You're welcome!

Ingredients
45g unsalted butter
300g marshmallows (I like to use the miniature ones!)
180g Rice Krispies
Assorted Halloween sprinkles in green, orange & black
Halloween sprinkles in shapes like bats & ghosts

Method

  1. Lightly grease a glass pie plate or casserole dish with butter and set aside. I prefer to use a Pyrex pie plate, but you can use whichever pan you like.
  2. In a large stock pot, melt the butter over low heat. As the butter starts to melt, add the marshmallows and stir continuously with a rubber spatula until they are fully melted with the butter.
  3. Take the pot off the burner and add the Rice Krispies and assorted Halloween sprinkles and stir until completely mixed. The sprinkles will start to melt and color the mixture, which is exactly what you want.
  4. Using the same rubber spatula, pour the mix into the greased pie plate. Press it down with the side of the spatula until it's packed in tight and flat on top. Do this quickly so the mixture stays warm for the next step.
  5. Once it's all packed in and flat on top, press the shaped Halloween sprinkles into the top of the crispy bars while they're still warm. Press them into the mix so they'll stick once cooled.
  6. When the bars are completely cooled, remove them from the pie plate by sliding the rubber spatula around the sides of the pie plate, gently wedging it underneath until it starts to break free and gently pull it out onto a cutting board.
  7. Cut into squares in the desired size and serve as they are. Keep leftovers in a sealed plastic ziplock bag or tupperware.
For a party or as a little treat for friends, put these into Halloween treat bags. There ya go… Festive, simple, quick, cheap and easy!

Note: This also works with colored marshmallows such as pink ones for Valentine's Day, other holiday sprinkles such as Christmas or with miniature candy pieces (M&M's would be great mixed in!)… Get creative, whip up a speedy treat and enjoy the praise from very grateful eaters!


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