|I'm Just Cookin'|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
The snap, krackle, pop of Rice Krispies first began talking to cereal eaters at the breakfast table in 1927, and today Rice Krispies are treating Americans to creations in all shapes, sizes, flavors and colors.
To the delight of elementary school kids (and adults), the recipe for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Marshmallow Treats were first advertised in 1940 and have continued a yummy tradition ever since. The sticky, sweet, crunchy treats were actually first popular for mailing to service people overseas in WWII.
I’ll admit I ate my fair share of pre-packaged Rice Krispies Treats in my school lunches, and Rice Krispies Treats cereal was probably the best idea to ever hit the 1990s breakfast tables. Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please!
Earlier this month, I was feeling quite patriotic with Independence Day and all, so I whipped up some red, white and blue Rice Krispies Treats for a picnic barbecue. I may have gone a bit overboard, walking out of the grocery store with my arms overflowing with Rice Krispies boxes and bags of marshmallows. “Making Rice Krispies Treats today?” asked the store clerk. “You know it!!”
I made three batches of treats for my three layers, but I’m sure one or two would have been sufficient. Just split your recipe into thirds and use food coloring mixed with the melted marshmallows and butter for the red and blue layers. If you’re feeling extra patriotic, you can even add red, white and blue sprinkles on top. Bonus points if they’re in the shape of stars.
If you are a recipe follower, I found the actual recipe for you at http://lilluna.com/fouth-of-july-rice-krispies-treats/.
Yes, I know the Fourth of July has passed, but you can still be patriotic any time of the year! Or, you can check out the adorable Watermelon Rice Krispie Pie from http://www.kitchenbelleicious.com/2013/06/26/watermel on-rice-krispie-pie/.
Nothing says America and summer like watermelon! These are super easy to make and definitely make a statement. And who ever thought of adding Jello to your marshmallow treats?
If you’re serious about getting a bright color, especially with red, I’d suggest buying some higher quality food coloring. (It’ll always come in handy, I promise!) Otherwise, you’ll find yourself adding drop after drop after drop and all you get is pink! Also, when you add the coloring to the marshmallows, make it a bit darker than you actually want it, because when you add it to the white cereal, the color lightens up.
Fourth of July Rice Krispies
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Watermelon Rice Krispie Pie
Holyoke Enterprise July 18, 2013