One of my all time favorite desserts is Rice Krispies Treats. I love the taste, and I love how easy they are to make. You can have dessert homemade in less than five minutes. They are great for the pool, picnics, school lunches, and even afternoon snacks. I was kinda jonesing for one the other night, and I had a huge bag of marshmallows left from National S’Mores Day a few weeks ago, but when I went to the pantry I had no rice krispies. My cereal options were fruit loops and Captain Crunch Berries, so that wasn’t going to work. (Although, that crunch berry idea – well, that’s for another day.)
I did the next best thing, popped some popcorn and crushed some pretzels.
The wheels were a turning. Just like traditional RKT, I melted some butter.
Added the uber large mallows.
And I stirred until the mallows were melted and smooth, and added a pinch of salt. Then I added the popcorn and pretzels.
I pressed this into a 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper. I could have left it at this, but why when you can add chocolate and peanut butter?
I melted them down and using a fork drizzled it all over.
This was amazing. I wasn’t sure it would work, but holy cow. I am already thinking of other toppings and things I could mix in. Peanuts, and toasted coconut, and chopped up snickers bars. I mean the sky is the limit.
Popcorn Pretzel Treats
1 c (2 oz) chopped pretzels
8 c popcorn, popped
3 T butter
12 oz marshmallows
pinch of salt
2 oz chocolate chips, melted
2 oz peanut butter chips, melted
Prep – measure out the pretzels and popcorn and mix together. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper.
On the stove top in a large pot (large enough to hold the popcorn mix), on medium high heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add the mallows. Using a wooden spoon continue to stir until melted and creamy. Add a pinch of salt. Add the popcorn and pretzels and stir until coated with the mallows.
Press into the 9 x 13 pan. Let cool. Once cooled, melt down the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips – for my own sanity, I used the microwave for this because it is such a small amount. Once melted, drizzle all over.
Enjoy! For lunches and snacks and storage, cut and wrap in wax paper.