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. Continue reading →
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.
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.