It has been a long time since I’ve had a Rice Krispies Treat. Some people might not be aware that those aren’t vegetarian friendly. Sadly they contain marshmallows, which contain gelatin which isn’t vegetarian. This makes me sad. It was a childhood favorite I can no longer enjoy due to its ingredients list. I have clearly been recently pining over the thought of a soft, sweet, chewy Rice Krispies Treat. It dawned on me that perhaps I could make my own Rice Krispies Treats by using marshmallow’s delicious cousin marshmallow crème.
And make them I did. I have to tell you, these are incredible. Granted I haven’t had a real Rice Krispies Treat in years, but I still want to say these are better. They are soft, chewy, and full of flavor. I didn’t find them too sweet at all, and sometimes pre-packaged goodies are a little sweet. Also, these only took a few minutes to make. I was a little concerned if the marshmallow crème would hold the rice cereal together. It definitely did. Leaving these at the counter, I saw they were still a little gooey. If you love gooey, I definitely recommend leaving them on the counter. However, I wanted to mimic more of the traditional treat, so I placed mine in the refrigerator. This kept them firmer and way less gooey. Either way, they are delicious. My friend, who often samples my creations, actually asked me if these were indeed healthy after eating one because they taste so dang delicious. Hard to believe 3 ingredients yields such delicious treats that rival the original.
The first step is to melt the margarine in a large pot or 3 quart saucepan. I used lite margarine and it worked wonderfully. Feel free to use butter or regular margarine instead. Once the margarine has melted add in the marshmallow crème. Cook over low heat and stir frequently until the marshmallow crème and margarine are well combined and completely smooth. The key is to keep the heat on low so the marshmallow doesn’t scorch.
Remove the marshmallow from the heat and stir in cereal. Stir well until all the cereal is coated with marshmallow mixture.
Press warm treat mixture into the prepared pan. The firmer you press it the nicer they will stick together. You can use a piece of wax paper to press the warm treat mixture down with. I used my spoon and fingers and it was a little sticky. When it has cooled, cut it into squares and keep covered or in airtight containers. I keep mine covered in the refrigerator to keep them firm and solid. I definitely recommend keeping them in the refrigerator.
If you are anything like me, you will be down to half a pan of these treats within a day or so. I can’t believe how long I have gone without a delicious, homemade krispies treat. Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, this recipe is so simple and quick to make that you really can’t beat it. These are definitely what I have been wanting as far as Rice Krispies Treats go. You can always add in some chocolate chips or caramel if you want to flavor them like the pre-packaged ones. However, I prefer the original Rice Krispies Treat. Well, honestly I prefer these over the pre-packaged ones!
Marshmallow Crème Rice Krispies Treats
Total calories: 1,400
Servings: 13×9 pan (cut into however many pieces you want!)
- 5 cups Rice Krispies (I used generic crisped rice cereal)
- ¼ cup lite margarine (margarine or butter will work)
- 1- 7oz container marshmallow crème (also called marshmallow fluff)
- Spray a 13×9 pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease with butter.
- Melt the margarine in a large pot or 3 quart saucepan. Add in marshmallow crème. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently until the margarine and crème are well blended and smooth.
- Remove from heat and stir in cereal. Stir well until all the cereal is coated with marshmallow mixture.
- Press warm treat mixture into the prepared pan. The firmer you press it the nicer they will stick together. You can use a piece of wax paper to press the warm treat mixture down with. When it has cooled, cut it into squares and keep covered or in airtight containers.
These are a sticky, soft rice krispie treat. I kept mine covered in the refrigerator to keep them set and firmer. You can also add 1/2 cup to 1 cup more of cereal to make them a firmer treat.