Rice Krispies Treats With Froot Loops

Rice Krispies Treats
Rice Krispies Treats With Froot Loops

There are a few treats that remind me of my childhood, and Rice Krispies Treats is one of them. When I was a kid, I went to school on a trimester system. That means we went to school for 12 weeks at a time, then had a 5 week ‘intersession’ period.

During one intersession, I took a baking class. I was 9 or 10 years old. That class is what started me on my lifelong baking adventure. My mom’s an amazing baker (and cook and entertainer…) and I used to watch her bake all the time. But, at the intersession class, I was the one baking and creating – on my own!

The first item we made was Rice Krispies Treats. They’re simple and fun. With all the sweet and bran-type cereals that followed Rice Krispies, I must admit that I don’t often choose Rice Krispies as my breakfast cereal. This means I usually buy a box of Rice Krispies, just to make the Treats. They’re so easy and quick to make, and everyone loves them. They’re the perfect snack for school or travel, too.

Rice Krispies TreatsOne day, I was talking to a friend on the phone, and I must’ve been making Rice Krispies Treats. She asked if I had ever made them with Froot Loops. No, I hadn’t, but I love my treats super sweet, so I had to try her recipe.  All I had to do was substitute in some Froot Loops for some of the Rice Krispies! That’s all.

Have you ever tried that? Ever since my friend told me about these substitutions, I’ve never made plain Rice Krispies Treats. I think I’ve even made them with Cap’n Crunch cereal. The variations are endless…

Rice Krispies TreatsHere’s the link to the original Rice Krispies Treats recipe.

And, here’s the recipe, adjusted for Froot Loops:

Rice Krispies Treats With Froot Loops

1/4 c butter or margarine
5 cups mini marshmallows (or 40 regular ones)
4 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups Froot Loops

  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat
  • Add the marshmallows and stir until melted
  • Remove from heat and add in the cereal, stirring until coated
  • Press into a 9 by 13 inch buttered pan
  • Cool and cut into bars

BTW, in Canada, these Treats seem to be called ‘Squares’! I didn’t really know that until I did some research for this post.

Tip: When you’re making these, spread the mixture in the pan as best you can with a spatula or spoon. Wait a few minutes, then use a clean spatual to spread and smooth them out. The mixture is less sticky if you wait 3-4 minutes.

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Marshmallow Popcorn Treats

Marshmallow Popcorn Squares
Marshmallow Popcorn Squares

Do you have a favorite treat from when you were a kid?  I have lots because I have a very sweet tooth!  One that I remember making a lot is Marshmallow Treats. ‘Rice Krispies Squares’ or ‘Marshmallow Squares’ are other names for these delicious snacks.  Whatever the name, these treats remind me of my childhood and simpler times.

Invented by Mildred Day, an employee at Kellogg’s, and her co-worker Malitta Jensen in 1939, Marshmallow Treats’ popularity grew when they were suggested in response to a fundraising request to Kellogg’s.  By 1940, the recipe was advertised by Kellogg’s and has been a big hit ever since.  And, by the 1990’s, these bars were a packaged good widely available on grocery store shelves.

Marshmallow Popcorn Squares
Marshmallow Popcorn Squares

When I was in grade school, I took a cooking activity where we made these easy and yummy Marshmallow Treats.  I remember asking my parents to buy marshmallow creme and marshmallows all the time so I could make these whenever I wanted.

Recently, I went to an adult luncheon, and someone had made Marshmallow Treats, but with popcorn.  They were delicious and it was the first time that I had seen them.  I don’t usually have dessert at lunch (it’s more of an after dinner thing for me), but I couldn’t stop eating them.  I came home and googled the recipe and made them that evening.  When my daughter took them to school, she said her friends kept asking her what they were.

The recipes I found basically followed Kellogg’s Rice Krispies’ “The Original Treats” recipe, with the variation of adding the popcorn and chocolate drizzle.

Here’s what I ended up doing.

Marshmallow Popcorn Treats

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 40 regular sized marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 cups Skinny Pop popcorn
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted

Method:

  • Melt butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan over low heat.  When completely melted, remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  • Add the popcorn and stir until well coated
  • Spread the mixture into a 13 by 9 by 2 inch pan, sprayed, lined with parchment paper, and sprayed again
  • Wait 5 minutes and then flatten the mixture with a clean spoon or spatula.  If you wait, it is not as sticky to spread!
  • Refrigerate half an hour
  • Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle them over the mixture
  • Refrigerate again
  • Cut up and store in a covered container in the fridge
Marshmallow Popcorn Squares
Marshmallow Popcorn Squares

Enjoy!  I’d love to know if you have ever made or had these Marshmallow Popcorn Treats.

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