Saturday, October 13, 2012
Rice Krispy Treats
Today is my husband's birthday. We've been married for eleven years and I love him so much. I'm not telling this story to poke fun at all, I just love how it's a typical interaction in our family and it conjured an image of my very early cooking experiences living at home.
It is a Monday evening after dinner. I walk into the kitchen to find my husband standing in front of the cupboard wishing there was some "good" junk food but instead, settling for eating a stale marshmallow from a bag.
Him: You should make Rice Krispy Treats or something out of these
Me: I know - I've been meaning to make something or throw them out.
Tuesday evening after dinner. He's standing in the same spot, this time not only eating the marshmallows but also feeding them to Little because she finished her dinner.
Him: You should make Rice Krispy Treats or something out of these.
Me: I know but I haven't been to the grocery store since you told me that yesterday.
Him: I didn't tell you yesterday; I told you on Monday.
Me: Today is Tuesday.
Wednesday afternoon after gymnastics
Me: Hey [Big]! Let's make some Rice Krispy Treats.
Big: What's that?
Me: You know, those marshmallow crispy bars.
Big: We can make those at home?
We make a big pan. It's gone in about 3 days and I'm not sure if my husband actually ate any of it.
When I was young, my cooking repertoire consisted of Rice Krispy Treats and Kraft Mac & Cheese. After not making Rice Krispy Treats for a decade, here are my reflections: Why aren't there more desserts like this that you don't have to bake? Can you imagine how many chocolate chip cookies we'd eat if they were that fast? I mean, I know you can burn the roof of your mouth really badly if you don't wait for Rice Krispy Treats to cool, but this is the easiest cooking method ever. Did the marshmallows always stick so badly to the pot and is there a trick to cleaning them up? Isn't it amazing that a 9x13 pan can hold so much goodness that has absolutely zero nutritional value? How many marshmallows did my kids actually eat before I took their picture and took them away?
If you need a recipe for making these, it's on the back of even the generic rice crispy cereals at the grocery store. Or here.