Rice Cereal Treats

23 12 2016

img_0850The holidays coincide with birthdays in my home, so while everyone else plans holiday parties and menus, I focus on keeping my children’s birthdays separate and special. Rice cereal treats with a twist landed on one of our birthday menus, and fruity rainbow bars won over the many options of flavors and colors. This simple and economical treat can be changed to accommodate a variety of occasions and preferences. Here is the base recipe:

 

Ingredients

  • 3 T butter
  • 1 Pkg (10 oz) regular marshmallows or 4 C miniature marshmallows
  • 6 C puffed rice cereal

 

Directions

Melt butter on low heat in a large saucepan. Stir in marshmallows until melted completely. Remove pan from heat. Stir in rice cereal until all is mixed in and coated. Press into greased 9×13-inch pan with a greased spatula. Cut into desired shapes after cooled. These treats are best when served soft the same day but stay fresh for a couple days in a covered container.

 

Here are other versions of rice cereal treats:

 

Fruity rainbow:

Mix 3 C regular puffed rice cereal with 3 C fruity rainbow-colored puffed rice cereal

 

Chocolate:

6 C chocolate puffed rice cereal or mix 3 C chocolate puffed rice cereal with 3 C regular puffed rice cereal

 

Chocolate peanut butter:

Mix 3 C regular puffed rice cereal with 3 C peanut butter-flavored cereal

 

Cookies and cream:

Mix 5 C regular puffed rice cereal with 25 chocolate and cream sandwich cookies, chopped

 

S’mores:

Mix 3 C regular puffed rice cereal with 2 C graham-flavored cereal and 1 C chocolate chips, frozen

 

Holiday:

Mix 5 C regular puffed rice cereal, 1 C dried cranberries and 1 C white chocolate chips, frozen

 

Dipped:

Make the base recipe, cut into shapes, dip one part of each into melted chocolate or white chocolate, embellish with sprinkles or crushed candy or nuts

 

Frosted:

Make the base recipe, cut into any shape, top with frosting and decorate

 

You have infinite possibilities of variety by tweaking the base recipe and adding your own creativity. Have fun and enjoy!

 

 

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