Kellogg's Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats
Kellogg's reacted to spectacular sales of its Rice Krispies Treats with two new varieties of the popular and addictive snack, and I got on the case. Just about everyone has tasted the original Rice Krispies Treats. The homemade version is the first assignment in Cooking 101, after learning how to boil water. And the Kellogg's store-bought packaged version has been available for several years now.
This variety, however, puts that whole Reese's "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate" thing to work. But don't be fooled by that dark "chocolatey" coating on top. It's not actually chocolate, but rather a melt-resistant custom blend of cocoa and, uh, stuff, that tastes like chocolate but adds longer shelf-life. In the hack lab, we don't use such ingredients. Instead, for my Kellogg's Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats recipe, we'll melt some real chocolate in the microwave to top our cinch of a crispy clone. Much better.
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Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.
- 1 tablespoon margarine
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 5 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1 12-ounce bag milk chocolate chips
- Non-stick cooking spray
1. Combine the margarine, peanut butter, and salt in a large saucepan over low heat.
2. When the peanut butter and margarine have melted, add the marshmallows and vanilla and stir until the marshmallows have melted. Remove from the heat.
3. Add Rice Krispies and stir until the cereal is well coated with the melted marshmallow mixture.
4. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with a light coating of non-stick cooking spray. Pour the Rice Krispies mixture into the dish and, using wax paper or lightly greased hands, press down until it's flat in the dish. Cool.
5. Prepare the topping by pouring the chocolate chips into a glass dish. Microwave for 2 minutes on 50 percent power. Stir gently. Microwave for an additional minute on 50 percent power. Stir gently once more until smooth. If the mixture hasn't completely melted, zap it again for another 30 seconds.
6. Use a spatula to spread a thin layer of chocolate over the top of the Rice Krispies mixture. Cool at room temperature (at least 72 degrees F), or chill until firm. Slice into 16 bars.
Makes 16 bars.
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