6/14/11

island rice krispie treats



What's better than rice krispie treats? Not much.



I take that back. You know there are a couple things like mortifying your eldest daughter. You should have heard the embarrassment when I threw a bag of these marshmallows in the grocery cart. It was like Freaky Friday, our roles reversed.

Katie taking the stern mom tone: 'Mom, you really aren't going to buy those? Are you? Those have no nutritional value. Mom, you can't buy those.'

'Wanna bet?'

'Mom, seriously those are really bad for you. I cannot believe you are buying those. How embarrassing.' And she walked away from the me and the cart.

'Looooove you!' I yelled after her and blew some kisses in her direction.

See Katie was flustered because she is one of those grocery cart snoopers. You know she is one of those people, she judges people on what's in their cart. If she could, Katie would make us all wear big red J's on our clothing. J meaning junk...Hester Prynne like. Katie can be a very Puritanical Gladys Kravitz. She equates buying junk food to buying tampons. Actually I take that back, she would rather buy condoms and tampons and then take it up to be checked out by a handsome single male cashier than go up with whole pile of junk food in her cart. Ok so maybe not Puritanical but she is The Honorable Supreme Court Justice Judgey Mc'Judgerson.

But see, she has a sweet tooth.



And she can go on and on about junk food and toasted coconut marshmallows but... I didn't hear her say 'No, Thank You" when I offered her one.

I am pretty sure that the court and The Honorable J. Mc'Jugderson ruled in my favor.



island rice krispie treats:

3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
10 ounce (1 package) toasted coconut marshmallows
6 cups of rice krispies
1 jar of Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce from Trader Joe's

ganache:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped ounces of semi sweet chocolate chips

topping:

toasted sweetened shredded coconut, recipe below

make rice krispie treats:

Coat a 13x9x2 inch pan with butter.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat until it starts to turn brown and smells nutty. Be careful not to burn it. Add toasted coconut marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Mix in cereal and stir until well coated with the marshmallow mix. Evenly spread the cereal and marshmallow mixture using a buttered spatula or wax paper into the baking pan. Evenly spread the caramel sauce on top on rice krispie treats.

make ganache: (a tip: I would make the ganache first and let it cool while you make the rice krispie treats. That means you are just a little bit closer, time wise, to junk food nirvana)

In a medium saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Off the heat, add the milk chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then pour ganache over the caramel and cereal mixture. Use a spatula to make sure it is also evenly spread. Sprinkle toasted over chocolate. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate sets.  Cut into squares.

* note: I didn't use all of the ganache, I wanted just a thin layer but feel free to use however much you feel is necessary or however large your sweet tooth is. I won't judge.

toasted coconut:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place however much shredded coconut you need onto a cookie sheet in an even layer. Place coconut into the oven and stir every so often until the coconut is lightly brown and crunchy.

Tasting Notes:

As with all rice krispie treats they are best the first day made.

Gooey, chewy, crispy... super rich. I advise cutting them in small squares.

This is a recipe I made on the fly. So take it as such. Experiment. You can make your own caramel sauce, if there isn't a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood.  You can use plain marshmallows if you cannot find the toasted coconut. Add some coconut with the marshmallows, or maybe some coconut extract. It's easily adaptable. Don't stress, have fun... after all they are only rice krispie squares and anyways you don't want to be a Puritanical Gladys Kravitz.. ;)  Life would be boring.



2 comments:

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I admit to snooping in other peoples' grocery carts. And comparing my own cart to theirs in a twisted and probably unhealthy spirit of competitiveness.

Luckily, I don't go to the grocery store much anymore. I don't think my husband would think to look in anyone else's cart, so concerned is he with finding the items on his list, so other shoppers are now safe from my silent judging.

Ali said...

I don't know that I've ever really paid attention to anyone else's cart. Unless there is a small child buried underneath the food, or it is a full cart of nothing but cat food. Otherwise I'm oblivious. :)

Your Island krispies treats look awesome :D