Wednesday, March 25, 2009

WDW - Extra-big & thick Rice Krispies treats

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You know you want one of these. Who doesn't love Rice Krispies Treats? They are always a hit whenever I serve them, especially when they are extra-big and thick, like these babies. But have you ever wondered, who invented Rice Krispies Treats, where and when? I'm sure you woke up wondering that just this morning. From a reliable source, I bring you the following enlightenment:

According to Iowa State University School of Agriculture it was "Mildred Day, who died in June [1996] at the age of 92, was a 1928 home economics graduate from Iowa State. Day is credited with the development of Rice Krispies Treats. She worked for Kellogg Co., the maker of Rice Krispies, and used the cereal to develop the snack as a fundraiser for a Camp Fire Girls group."

"[Mildred] Day was born in Durham, a village 8 1/2 miles east of Knoxville in Marion County [Iowa]. She was a home economics graduate of Iowa Sate University in Ames. Her family says Day, who worked at Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Mich., developed the recipe with Malitta Jensen as a fund-raiser for a Camp Fire Girls group. Anthony Hebron, Kellogg spokesman, says Rice Krispies cereal went on the market in 1928 and Rice Krispies Treats, a trademarked name, were introduced in the 1940s. The recipe first appeared on packaging in 1941. "Many of our employees created concoctions with Kellogg products," Hebron says.

I love that part at the end, where "Kellogg spokesman Anthony Hebron" seems to try and downplay Mrs. Day's contribution: "Many of our employees created concoctions with Kellogg products."

Yeah, like who? And what? What other Rice Krispies recipes can you think of?

Yeah, that's just what I thought. Who is this guy kidding? Mildred Day was stinking brilliant and we all know it.

We've all made the basic recipe at home, but have you ever seen these jumbo-sized Rice Krispies treats in coffee shops? They are so appealing. And yummy. And super easy to make!

With extensive experimentation, I finally developed a recipe that works just right for a 9 x 13 pan. OK, I confess - I just simply increased the recipe by proportion. It wasn't exactly rocket science.

The key to making these easy is PAM SPRAY. Tons of PAM SPRAY. Have I made that clear? Be sure you have a lot of PAM SPRAY if you want to make these.

Also, I have one more little trick - as you mix the Rice Krispies into the melted marshmallow mixture, keep the pot on the stove with the flame on low. This will keep the marshmallows liquidy and help with the stirring process. That's fun to say - liquidy.

So have some fun and make a batch of these soon. Then, share them - but watch out they'll go fast!

Extra-big and thick Rice Krispies Treats

6 Tbsp. butter
2 packages (10 oz each) marshmallows (about 80 large or 8 cups mini)
12 cups Rice Krispies cereal (or a little more if necessary)

Grease a 9 x 13 pan with PAM non-stick spray.

Spray large saucepot with PAM. Melt butter over lowest heat. Add marshmallows and stir until they are melted (the mini marshmallows melt a lot faster). Keep on the lowest heat, and add Rice Krispies, a few cups at a time, until it is well incorporated after each addition.

Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Spray a large square of waxed paper with PAM and use that to press the Rice Krispies treats evenly into the pan. Let cool before cutting.

And for just a bit more fun, enjoy this vintage Kellogg's Rice Krispies ad. I promise it will make you smile!


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1 comment:

The Mom said...

I've been craving these ever since you put up this post and tonight my husband is going to make them for my birthday dessert...I'm so excited! :)