Monday, July 4, 2011

Marshmallow Rice Treats (amped up a bit!)




My husbands family has a family reunion weekend every year, and every year there is a potluck dinner. I have tried different things from making something there, to prepping at home then putting things together there to making something completely at home and bringing it with us. (Backing up a bit...this is a camping trip.) Well this year is no different and I was trying to think of something I can not only make at home but also ahead of time. I thought of a cold noodle salad but really I had a desert in mind. I came up with Marshmallow Rice Treats, but I wanted to do something that would turn them into something more than just plain ol' rice treats.

Double Chocolate Marshmallow Rice Treats

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (divided)
2-bags mini marshmallows (divided)
10-12 cups crispy rice cereal (divided)
12 oz bag white chocolate morsels
12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate morsels

Melt together 1/4 cup of butter and one (1) bag of the marshmallows.

Using microwave: melt butter for 30 seconds, toss in the marshmallows and microwave for about 1 minute.
Using stove top: melt 1/4 cup of butter over a low heat, add the bag of marshmallows, stir constantly until melted.

Add about a quarter of the bag of white chocolate and half the bag of semi sweet chocolate to the hot marshmallows, stir until melted and mixed in. Start adding the rice cereal to the marshmallow mix, add a cup at a time until it is mixed well. Turn out the mixture in to a lined and greased 13 x 9 pan and press down evenly in the pan.

Sprinkle about a handful of the remaining chocolate on top, melt by placing under the boiler for just a minute. Spread evenly.

Repeat, using the rest of the chocolate. Press the mixture on top of chocolate layer.

Cool completely and cut into squares. Makes about 24.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Rice Treats

Using the same method as above but use peanut butter instead of the chocolate, about a 1/2 cup per batch. For the layer between use about a half cup of chopped peanuts (or chunky peanut butter).



Key Lime Marshmallow Rice Treats

Use the same method as above but only use white chocolate and add the zest of one lime. For the layer between melt the white chocolate with a little lime juice.