Rice Krispies Treat Fail

I was really excited to make Rice Krispies Treats for the first time in my life. It's totally the sort of thing that would have been prohibited in my household as a child. Marshmallows, butter and cereal with next-to-no nutritional value? Veto.

So first I had trouble finding the Rice Krispies. Is it because I live in Seattle and we're too hippie to support that sort of thing? I went to so many grocery stores and everyone had some organic variation and finally I gave up and gave in to the organics. I should have know right then and there that I was going to have some trouble.

The plan was - take the marshmallows, 3 tablespoons of butter, melt and add 3 drops of food coloring. Then they would be pink! And perfect for Valentines Day. The recipe was flawless. What I failed to understand was that they have to be MINI marshmallows. HAVE TO BE. And when the large ones started to toast, I opted to add more butter. 3 more tablespoons.

And then...instead of melting into white sugary goodness, I got caramel. Go figure. A whole bunch of caramel.

But I persevered! No I would not fail at this all-American treat! And so I dumped 6 cups of organic rice cereal that is supposed to look like it's Rice Krispies into the caramel and I struggled to get it to mesh.

And still I refused to give up. REFUSED. I opted to using my hands. I greased a pan and smushed the mixture into the pan and did my best to force it together.

I grabbed my super-cute heart-shaped cookie cutter that I bought just for the occasion and I made the mixture mold into a heart.

And...there you have it. Caramel Rice Krispies that are too difficult to gnaw on and a symbol of my failure, now sitting on my counter.


  1. I can't believe you couldn't find the real Rice Krispies?? Try Safeway or QFC if you are going to attempt again!!!

  2. You can't find Rice Krispies because Snap, Crackle, and Pop retired a few years ago. They must be 100 years old by now.

  3. ooh, what a classic favorite! i loved loved this as a treat when i was little. hope they turn out better next time!!

  4. I have heard about these and always wondered...




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