These S'mores Rice Krispie Treats are so good that I woke up and had one with my coffee this morning and I ain't even feeling the slightest bit of shame about it. I am using every ounce of will-power to NOT devour every last piece because if I'm honest, these aren't the healthiest treat in the world… but they're certainly one of the tastiest.
I have been stuck in a weird in between with my blogging. One of my biggest challenges is finding the time to cover all of the topics I want to write about. When I first started, I did a lot of recipe writing and then all the other stuff sort of fell in here and there. Lately, I've been working on alternating between topics so that I don't have too much of one thing and not enough of others to balance it out. Bloggers love to preach that if you don't stick to a specific niche then you're going to have a really hard time retaining your audience, and that may be true. But, I don't believe in limiting myself to just one topic. I like a lot of things and I don't think there is anything wrong with that! My goal is to fully encompass the life SHE lives. And, to all of you SHES out there… I am willing to bet you do more than just eat food!
Anyway, my point is that amid this time that I have been overdue for a new recipe, I have had a strangely serious sweet tooth. I am not one to overindulge in sweets. Don't get me wrong, I love a treat here and there but I am more inclined to reach for something savory and salty than something packed with sugar. However, the last couple of weeks I have found myself in the candy aisle more times than I am willing to admit or have been craving some sort of dessert after dinner, which is unusual for me. So, that's why I decided to make a new dessert recipe; A) to create an excuse to satisfy my craving, and B) because it's been a while since my dessert category was graced with something new. It was one of those cravings that once I thought “rice krispie treats,” I got obsessed and had to make them.
This version of rice krispie treats is a twist on the classic snack we all grew up wanting to snag from the gas station. It was the kind of treat that I got to have on very rare occasion (mostly when my parents weren't around to tell me no), which made them all the more deliciously satisfying when I finally got my hands on one. Couple that nostalgia with the the goodness that is a campfire s'mores and you've got yourself a mash-up that you'd be silly to turn down!
We didn't go camping a lot as kids, but when we did we obviously made s'mores. I used to love gathering sticks from the woods for us to roast our marshmallows on, and despite hating the feeling of being sticky, thoroughly enjoyed the game that was trying to get the leftovers off my mouth and fingers. It's pretty much impossible to eat a s'mores and stay clean, by the way. BUT, these treats are actually quite neat if you eat them chilled.
There is something so yummy about the combination of graham cracker, chocolate and melted marshmallow. I haven't the clue what it is, but whoever came up with that concept is a person I would love to meet and thank. I love creating foods that introduce elements of other recipes, or are variations of classic dishes. Like my Chicken & Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups, for example. Not exactly what most know to be lasagna, due to it's shape and filling, but still reminiscent of the dish that we know and love. That's where I was headed when I decided to take a simple, classic treat and mash it up with another crowd favorite.
This recipe is tempting every step of the way and I'd be lying if I said I didn't sneak a taste or five before I even got through step four. However, patience is the greatest virtue when it comes to these bad boys because once they are cool enough to add the final ingredients and pack down into bar form, you're going to be thrilled you waited. It's quite easy to tweak your measurements to your taste due to its simplicity. If you like more chocolate, by all means, add more (just wait until it's cool enough so it doesn't melt too much). If you're good with the amount of melted marshmallow used on the graham cracker and rice krispies, don't bother adding the extra dry pieces at the end. The only thing I wouldn't change is the amount of melted butter and marshmallow used for the initial mix-up in step three because this is what holds everything together.
The other thing I love about this recipe is that it is so simple. It takes a matter of minutes to prepare – but good luck waiting for it to cool!
S'mores Rice Krispie Treats
7 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups graham crackers, broken into small pieces
1/2 cup/1 stick butter, melted
1 16 oz bag mini marshmallows
3 Hershey chocolate bars, broken into small pieces
- Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and set aside.
- Crush graham crackers into small pieces (I like a combination of bits and dust) and mix with Rice Krispies in a large bowl.
- Melt butter and 2/3 of the bag of marshmallows in a saucepan over low-medium heat, stirring periodically – about 7-8 minutes.
- Once melted, pour butter and melted marshmallow mixture over dry ingredients in small portions to ensure an even coating. I like to pour a bit, fold it into the mixture and repeat. Mix and let sit at least 15 minutes.
- Add the rest of the marshmallows and the broken bits of Hershey bar until evenly distributed.
- Spread mixture in your baking dish and pack down. Let cool before serving (I like to refrigerate!)*
*If you live in a warm temperate like me, these are best if kept refrigerated. Keeps them from getting too melty and sticky.