With Halloween (and Halloween parties!) coming up I've been thinking about treats that can please both parents and kids alike - not always an easy task! Rice Krispie Treats have always been the go-to treat I serve for family parties or any gathering where I am short on time and kids will be over. They are just so simple, 10 minutes and voilà - happy, sticky little fingers everywhere! Now I would never pretend that I don't sneak the occasional krispie bar for myself from time to time, I do! But overall, while they may be perfect for kids they often lack the depth (and chocolate) for us parents.
Now, insert melted chocolate and carmel topping, mixed with gooey caramel and crunchy cookie bits inside the bar - and here we have a treat kids might need to fight their parents for!
This recipe comes from Oprah.com, so if you need more convincing than that - It took me less than two hours to make, clean up after, and watch the last one of these get devoured, (no kids involved!) so if that's not motivation I don't know what it.
The first step is to pick your candy bars - I chose Twix, but the recipe also suggests using Milky Way, Snickers or Rolos (or basically anything you have laying around for your trick-or-treaters). I chopped up 4 fun sized Twix to mix into the bars, and 2 for sprinkling on top. If you desire an extra gooey and cookie filled mix, chop up more!
Set candy aside and spray your 9x13 pan with a cooking spray to prevent sticking. Next start melting your butter in a large sauce pan on med-high heat. Once the butter is melted add your marshmallows and reduce heat to medium.
Using a wooden spoon, stir the butter and marshmallows together, evenly mixing them, careful to not let the mixture burn. Once the marshmallows and butter have formed a thick liquid, remove from heat.
Quickly add your Rice Krispies into the pan, stiring from the bottom up, working to evenly coat the cereal. This will take a minute or two of constant stiring, making sure you are getting all the liquid from the bottom up and evenly spread.
Once evenly coated, add your chopped up candy to the mixture. It is important these steps are done in quick succession so that the mix is still warm. The warmth from the melted marshmallow mixture will soften the caramel and melt the chocolate, helping the gooey mixture to spread well. Mix in the candy bits until they are well dispersed, however it does not need to be perfectly even.
While mix is still warm, pour into pan and press mixture down to spread evenly throughout. Make sure the mixture is evenly touching each corner and has a flat surface on top.
MMMmm you can just see the ooey-gooey delicious caramel and crispy cookie mixed within! For the final toppings I sprinkled the remainder of my chopped up candy and pressed it down into the mix. This is easier to do if it is still warm!
I finished by warming up the chocolate (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, a chocolate bar works as well) and caramel in 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring in-between until melted. Then drizzled the chocolate and caramel over the top (I actually piped it out using THIS amazing icing piper, seriously you want it and it's on sale right now!!). Finish by sprinkling sea salt to taste
And Voilà! Who knew sophisticated and decadent Rice Krispie Treats existed? Apparently Oprah - of course!
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 1 (10-ounce) bag marshmallows
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- 6 cups. Rice Krispies
- 1 Tsp. sea salt
- 2 ounces dark chocolate
- 3/4 cup chopped candy bars, such as Snickers, Rolos, Milky Way and Twix (optional)
DirectionsNote: Because marshmallows are hard to work with as they cool, measure out all your ingredients before starting.
Prepare a large pan by spraying with nonstick spray and/or lining it with parchment paper.
In a large sauce pan melt the butter and marshmallows together. Stir until everything should be completely melted.
Mix in the Rice Krispies. Fold in the chopped candy bars.
Spread the Rice-Krispies mixture into the prepared pan and use a spatula sprayed with nonstick spray to create an even layer.
In the microwave, cook the chocolate in 30-second intervals until it is completely melted. Drizzle over the treats.
Drizzle the caramel sauce on top of the Rice Krispies Treats and finish with the sea salt. Let the bars set for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting and serving.
I'll be posting a few more Halloween favorites leading up to the big day! Stick around for some more delicious and spooky fun! Thanks for reading!