Friday, October 27, 2017

Trick or Treat!

The trick is keeping your fingers clean, while enjoying this gooey treat!

Yep, today I'm talking about yummy, gooey, old-fashioned Rice Krispie Treats! We've all grown up with them, you can even buy them pre-made and packaged up at the store, at bake sales, often checking out at the gas station, and more. They're sweet, they're chewy, and they're oh so gooey. That last part might be why I don't remember making them more than once or twice when I was a kid! I remember them being a tricky gooey mess, but so tasty! (Sorry if I'm completely remembering this wrong, Mom! I do remember plenty of other delicious baked goods growing up!)

So, when cousin Kaley was in town this week, we were watching the contestants on  Halloween Wars, a baking contest on Food Network, use Rice Krispie Treats to sculpt all types of scary creatures. Kaley and I thought... mmmm that sounds DELICIOUS! We promptly jumped in the van and headed to Wilke's Grocery Store for the essentials. (For those of you not familiar with small-towns or rural Iowa, we are SO lucky to have such an awesome family-owned grocery store in our neck of the woods! Wilke's is a staple and has been part of the community for 5 generations! For a small-town grocery they have a really fantastic selection and even an entire section of organic and specialty items! ----this review was not sponsored or compensated, just my simple opinion and a big thumbs up!)  

Since I didn't have much experience in the R.K.T. department, I let Kaley take the lead on this activity, so I'll let her take it from here! 



You know we had to do some kind of treat making while I was in Iowa! Can you believe Jillian barely remembers making homemade Rice Krispie Treats??? I know she'll be adding this to her repertoire now. They are too easy and too delicious! 

Here's what we did!

What you'll need: 
7 cups rice cereal  (We used Kellogg's Rice Krispies)
2-10 ounce bags of mini marshmallows 
12 tablespoons salted, sweet cream butter (real butter, none of that margarine junk) 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
Large pot
9x13 pan 
Parchment paper (optional) 

Melt 12 tablespoon(a stick and a half) of real, salted, sweet cream butter in a pot on medium heat. Now, melt it gently. We don't want browned butter here. Don't let it burn. 

Add 2- 10 oz bags of mini marshmallows to your big pot of melted butter. You can turn your heat up a bit. Now, melt these gently. We don't want burnt marshmallows. Keep stirring until you have a smooth buttery marshmallow cream. 

Stir in about a teaspoon of vanilla extract. 

Add your 7 cups of Rice Krispy cereal to your marshmallow mixture immediately. You wanna do this while it's nice and hot so you can get it mixed up evenly. Stir until all Rice Krispies are incorporated into marshmallow mixture. 

Pour your mixture into a 9x13 pan lined with parchment paper. Spread it out evenly. You can grease a pan with butter if you don't have any parchment. 

Now dampen some freshly washed fingers (or a non-stick spatula) with a little water and gently pat down on top to smooth them out. 

Let them set for 30 mins and enjoy! (We like to just cut a little piece every time we walk by! These won't last long.)

 Clean up was a breeze, too. :)

We had so much fun making these easy, no bake treats! I had forgotten how much I loved these, too! You can make them your own by adding chocolate candies or by adding food coloring and shaping them into fun shapes! -K

Kaley, thanks for sharing this blog with me and for indulging my sweet-tooth! 

My favorite thing about homemade Rice Krispie Treats is how extra fresh and gooey they are! Just look at the bottom of that gooey square treat!  We never have many trick-or-treaters at the farm. I may just make-up a pan of these sweet treats to have on hand in case someone decides to knock on our door this Halloween!

What's your favorite treat? 

The community we live in still participates in trick-or-treating. Do your kids hit up a big neighborhood or do you guys do trunk-or-treat with your church or other business? 



  1. This may be a re-peat post. I have about 20-40 trick-or-treaters in my Anchorage Alaska neighborhood. They generally have costumes on which is weather dependent as is the number. When my children were little it was generally colder so snowsuits and boots covered the costumes. Saturday was the downtown trick-or treat day. Shop owners passed out candy and there were kiddo activities in the city center. I had lunch by a window and it was fun to see all the costumes walk by. The weather was very mild and dry--in the 40's. Trick or Treat! Smell my feet. Haha Lorayne

    1. Haha!! Love this comment and hearing about your Alaskan Trick-or-Treaters! I hadn't even imagined costumes in an even colder climate than Iowa. I imagine it will vary here over the years, too! Emmajean is dressing up in a hand-me-down costume of an owl this year, I can't wait!