Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The PERFECT Crispy-Rice Squares!

Can you mess up a simple crispy rice cereal treat (also known as the Rice Krispies Treat)? Yes! Yes you can. There is a science to the popular and widely known goodie. Too much butter makes then goopy and oily. Too much cereal and they won't hold together because there's not enough marshmallow to go around. Too little butter makes them hard and crunchy. Too few ingredients or pressing into an over-sized pan yields ultra thin treats. Not good.

Well I've finally done it! After years of using other people's recipes and not being satisfied with the outcomes, I've altered and experimented on my own, and finally created a MASTERPIECE! Now of course, perfection is subjective, and I realize that there are some people who prefer hard and crunchy treats, or treats that fall apart in your hand, but in my opinion, the perfect crispy rice cereal treat is THICK and FIRM, but still SOFT and CHEWY. But be forewarned, this is not for dieters, so if you're trying to eat healthy, just walk away right now.

So here it is, my recipe for the perfect crispy rice treat. So simple :-)

Elsie Park's THICK, SOFT and CHEWY Crispy Rice Squares

1 stick (4 ounces) of butter
21 ounces mini marshmallows
10 cups (80 ounces) crispy rice cereal (name brand or generic)
        Pre-measure the 10 cups of cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Melt butter in LARGE pot over medium heat and then add marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat and immediately pour rice cereal into the pot, mixing well until cereal is completely coated and there's no more marshmallow on the bottom of the pot. Scoop into 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular pan and with buttered fingers (or spoon if too hot to touch), firmly press cereal evenly into the pan. Do not eat right away as the squares will fall apart if still warm, but they ARE easier to cut into squares while warm. Wait until they cool to eat. These treats stay soft and chewy for days after. ENJOY!

A reader posted a suggestion below and I think it's positively wonderful! Melt chocolate chips and pour all over the top of the squares. And, while the chocolate topping is still melty, decorate the top with Reeses Pieces. 
Mmm-mm! :) Thanks!


  1. That's funny Elsie I just made some rice krispie treats for Esther's birthday to send to school and they were a bit of a embarrassment! I told her to just hope that not everybody comes today! I wish I would haves seen this last night!...actually it might not have helped because after I got the first pan done I could see they were not thick enough and realized that they would not feed 22 kids. So I started another batch only to realize that we were out of mallows! When you live 45 min away from any store...you just make do. So I put about 2 cups of mallows in and they turned out crispy....too crispy. Oh well! I guess I better keep marshmallows in stock! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. You're too cute, Jenny! I'm sure the kids still enjoyed them. And I know about living a ways from a grocery store. :)

  2. Dang it! I should have walked away.

  3. And then melt chocolate chips and pour all over the top. And, while the chocolate topping is still melty, decorate the top with Reeses Pieces....

    1. Ooo, that sound SOOO GOOOD (and positively sinful - LOL)! Great suggestion! Thanks!