This year we didn’t host a party on the Fourth of July. With too much stuff going on, Mike and I decided we’d just have to sit this year out. (Super sad face.) But a friend from college, who had moved back to California with his family, happened to be working in Louisville over the holiday week. So while we didn’t host a party, we still went to a friend’s house to spend time together. And we, of course, didn’t go emptied handed.
I whipped up some cake batter rice crispy treats, one of my favorite go-to, super-fast desserts that always get gobbled up. And they were gobbled up for sure – between 10 adults, we scarfed them down like we were still in college. But the point of this story was admit that I had some left over ingredients… and got a little hankering a few days later… and made some magic in my kitchen.
I made myself a rice crispy treat in a bowl. With full intention of eating it all myself. And I did . And it was fabulous. And then I shared my yummy (yet slightly embarrassing) dessert on Facebook. And I got good feedback. Enough good feedback that a friend texted me a picture of her rice crispy treat in a bowl a few days later. It instantly made me feel better about spooning gooey cereal into my pie hole.
But I thought I’d recreate it for you here (I know, I’m taking one for the team) in case you wanted to get some serious happiness on in your mouth.
There’s no exact measuring on anything, I just took what’s in a full batch of rice crispy treats and then slimmed it down for one serving (or two… or three… but who seriously eats just one rice crispy treat?) So all this includes is:
• a small pat of butter
• handful or so of mini-marshmallows
• rice crispy cereal – however much you want
And all you do is melt the butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave. Add the marshmallows and microwave for another 15 seconds. (Marshmallows expand, so watch the microwave.) Remove and stir the two together and pop in the microwave for another 10 seconds. Add the cereal and stir, stir, stir. And viola – you have a rice crispy treat in a bowl. In my personal opinion, more marshmallows the better – you can never have “too many” marshmallows because it just makes it all gooeyer. Nom.
After I posted this on Facebook, one friend recommended adding cinnamon. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon, but I did realize I could have added a bit of yellow cake mix to give it the “cake batter” taste. We both then began going back and forth on the different cereals that could be used: Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, Cheerios, Lucky Charms. She’s a great influence. :)
If you love fresh rice crispy treats and need some in your life every now and then, just keep the ingredients handy. It takes less than 1 minute to prepare and to eat it warm is the absolute best. Of course, if you let it cool a bit, you don’t need a utensil. But it’s already in a bowl, so why not?