Thursday, 8 January 2015

Rice Krispies Treats


Few other snacks take me back to my childhood as much as Rice Krispies Treats do They were just everywhere. Whether I was at a birthday party, or some after school club, friend's house, field trip, boy scout meeting...wherever, someone was always opening up a tupperware and offering out these huge sticky slabs of marshmallowy goodness. In fact I'm pretty sure it was part of some American soccer mom's agreement, that you always had to have a fresh batch stowed away somewhere in your minivan, waiting and ready for distribution. And, if you forgot your treats, some other soccer mom would just swoop with hers, and then all of the other soccer moms would laugh at you, and call you names. I'm pretty sure that's what it was. Back then things were good.
Start with your mallows. About a bag and a half of the larger ones, which works out to be about 40, give or take the ones you shove in your fat gob. Hey do you remember the game chubby bunny? Where you keep sticking mallows in your mouth and until you can't say 'chubby bunny' any more? That was entertainment back in the 90s. Like, that was all that we needed. I reckon if I tried to get some kids nowadays to play that with me they would think I was straight up mental.
Rice Krispies. Or supermarket own-label version at least. Hey man, we're in a recession. I mixed it up and went half Coco Pops and half Rice Krispies because, you know, diversity and that.
6 cups ought to do you. Layering the different types in a pyrex jug is entirely unnecessary and for weak, contrived, artistic purposes only. But that's what I'm all about.
Weigh out and cut about 50g of butter into small pieces. I pretty much always use salted, in whatever I'm making. Unsalted butter is for losers. There I said it.
Using a bain marie slowly melt your butter and your marshmallows over a low to medium heat. This takes quite a while so have some patience. Keep stirring until the mallows are completely melted - it's still going to be quite viscous but make sure you can move a spatula through the mixture without any difficulty.
Remove the marshmallow mixture from the heat and, working as quickly as possible, pour in the Krispies. Stir as well as you can until everything's evenly coated. It's going to get extremely sticky (that's what she said?) so make sure you've cleared some space, got kitchen towels, etc.
At this point you can probably just grab a spoon and go to town. Go ahead. Nobody would judge you. You're in a safe place here.
If, however, you're committed to seeing the job through to the end, spread the mixture onto a baking tray that's been pre-lined with baking parchment. If you thought what you just did was sticky, this bit's even stickier (that's definitely what she said). Pop it in the fridge for 30 mins.
Splatter with melted chocolate, slice into totally inappropriately sized chunks, and enjoy.

Ingredients

40 large marshmallows
50g butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
white & dark chocolate