I discovered this gem of a recipe from Musings from a Stay at Home Mom and made them for Ethan's "pink party" at school for Valentine's Day. They were a big a hit at school, and since I doubled the recipe, Mr. Juggling Act was able to bring some to his office, too. Let's face it, Rice Crispy Treats aren't the most spectacular dessert, but they sure are tasty, and the strawberry makes these a bit more special.
- 7 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1 bag (10.5 oz) mini marshmallows
- 1.5 oz package (or half of 1 large 3 oz box) powdered strawberry gelatin mix
- ½ cup margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 5-6 tablespoons of water
Grease a 9x12 pan and set aside. Melt the margarine in a large saucepan over low-medium heat - I find that a non-stick pan is the easiest to work with, and to clean afterwards! Add the marshmallows and let it sit for about 30 seconds. (This recipe isn't hard, but you will need a little patience, so try not to rush it!)
Add the vanilla extract and gently again the mixture. Now at the powdered strawberry gelatin mix and stir for another minute or so more.
Remove the pot from the heat and continue to stir - the marshmallows won't be completely melted, but that's ok, just keep stiring until you have a nice smooth mixture.
It's the most shocking pink ever - and sticky - so whatever you do, don't spill it!
Once the marshmallows are melted and smooth, add the Rice Krispies and gently fold them in until they're all covered with the strawberry marshmallow mix.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Use a piece of parchment paper to press it down into the pan, and avoid getting your hands all sticky - this is a trick I learned from my Mumma, and it works like a charm!
Let it cool and set up for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars and serving. If you want to make them a little special, mix the powdered sugar and water to make a quick glaze and drizzle over the bars before cutting.
Store leftovers in a plastic bag or airtight container for up to a week.
After rave review's from my husband's office and Ethan's teachers (not to mention my own tastebuds!), I decided that this lovely pink treat was the perfect addition to the menu for Olivia's Minnie Mouse inspired second birthday party (more on that soon!) I'll be making these again and again, and I'm thinking I may experiment with some other flavors as well. What flavor do you think I should try next?
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