Rice Crispy Treats are one of my childhood favorites. For some reason though, I had never made them myself until a few weeks ago. The great thing is that they are fast, easy, and inexpensive (if you use generic ingredients). And you can change them up for added flavor and variety.
I have found two basic ways to make crisped rice treats: you can make them with marshmallows or corn syrup. The marshmallow ones are softer and the corn syrup variety are chewier. But both are good. I have included the basic recipe for both varieties and some ideas for variations.
Rice Crispy Treats w/ Marshmallows
1 or 2 bags miniature marshmallows (more marshmallows make them softer)
3 Tablespoon butter
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Crispy Cereal
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add marshmallows.Stir until mixture becomes difficult to stir any more. Mix in the Rice Crispy Cereal and stir until hot.Butter a pan (a square pan like a brownie pan) and spread mixture evenly in the pan. Allow to cool and cut into squares.
Rice Crispy Treats w/ Corn Syrup*
1 c. light or dark corn syrup
1 c. sugar
3 Tbsp butter
1 c. peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
6 c. Rice Krispies cereal
Grease 13x9x2 baking pan. In large saucepan over low heat stir together the corn syrup, sugar, and butter. Stirring constantly bring to a boil and boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over cereal, stir to coat well. Press into pan. Cool and cut into squares.
*All the corn syrup based recipes that I have found call for the addition of peanut butter.
Rice Crispy Treat Variations
Add 1 to 1 ½ cups peanut butter.
Add peanut butter and 1 cup peanuts (you should reduce the amount of cereal to 5 cups).
Top with chocolate—while treats are still warm sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Place pan in a slightly warm oven just until chips begin to melt (just a couple of minutes). Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread chocolate.
Use chocolate Rice Crispies and add 1 ½ cups peanut butter.
Mix in ½ cup raisins.
Use chocolate rice crispies. Add 1tsp. cinnamon and ½ cup chopped pecans.
Add 1 ½ cups plain M&Ms to cereal (only do this with the marshmallow ones—I think that the corn syrup ones would be too hot and would melt the M&Ms).