It took but a jiffy, for Rice Krispie Treats to come along. In the late 1920's Mildred Day invented the delicious cereal treats as a way to help the local Camp Fire Girls fund raise. A bigger success than expected, Rice Krispie Treats are still a household favorite 84 years later!
There have come to be different variations of the treat throughout the years. (Check out this yummy recipe from my sister, Crystal, using caramel.) Mixing in caramel, M&M's, using fruity pebbles, chocolate crackles, nuts, etc. The possibilities are endless! Freedom to choose as you please. Now that is the American way!
Seriously - what is more American than a good ole' Traditional Rice Krispie Treat!?!?
I am not sure...Maybe a S'more?
You see, S'mores have been around for ages as well! Interestingly enough, up until the 1970's S'mores were actually recorded in recipe titles as "Some Mores". The name has now been shortened but they are still the same treat. These ooey, gooey, sandwiches which are the king of outdoor fun and deliciousness, were first recorded in the 1927 publication of the Girl Scout Handbook. The original recipe was accredited to Loretta Scott Crew. She was a Girl Scout herself, who created the treat to feed a group of Girl Scouts at her campsite one evening. Today, 85 years later, S'mores are still providing sticky fingers and chocolate covered faces at summertime campsites and backyard bonfires all over the USA.
So tell me, which wins 1st place in the "Most Traditional American Treat" category?
Rice Krispie Treats? S'mores? ...They both take you back to childhood...Am I right?
Besides Rice Krispies totally kicking butt in the TV Commercial department, I give them an overall tie. So rather than make both at our recent Memorial Day BBQ, I combined them. Boy am I glad I did!!! Wow!
Explosion of USA flavor. Right here baby! These are so darn good that I am not even embarrassed to say that I solely "trimmed" the whole 9x13 pan before our guests showed up....OK, maybe I should be a little embarrassed about that one. Haha. Whatever, I enjoyed every bite.
S'mores Rice Krispie Treats. The uniting of Camp Fire Girls and Girl Scouts. The flavors of the ages. This combo of two traditional American treats, is perfect for summer time. I love that the "S'more" part of the treat is not mixed together, rather it is layered like the original S'more. This provides the correct texture and "flavor order".
Alright - I hope you enjoyed your history lesson! If you would like to enjoy a few old-school Rice Krispies TV Commercials, I have placed a few at the end of this post. Otherwise, enjoy the S'more Rice Krispie recipe! S'mores Rice Krispie Treats are perfect for your 4th of July party tray!
S'mores Rice Krispie Treats
- Directions are long when written, but actually VERY easy.
- I highly recommend the saran wrap.
3 3/4 cup Rice Krispies
3 c mini marshmallows
3 TB butter
3 3/4 cup Rice Krispies
3 c mini marshmallows
3 TB butter
1 bag of mini Hershey candy bars. (10.78 oz)
1/2-2/3 of 16oz container of Marshmallow Fluff
6 or 7 Cinnamon Grahams (Graham Crackers)
- Line two 9x13 pans with Saran Wrap.
- If you only have one 9x13 that is fine two, just take turns using same pan.
- Spray saran wrapped pan with Pam nonstick spray. Set aside.
- On the stove top in a large pot, melt 3 TB butter over med heat.
- When the butter is melted, add 3 cups of mini marshmallows.
- Stir constantly until marshmallows have melted completely.
- Once the mallows have melted completely, remove from heat and immediately dump the 3 3/4 cups Rice Krispies into the pot and stir.
- A soon as all the Rice Krispies are evenly coated with marshmallow mixture, pour it into the prepared 9x13 pan.
- Using your clean hand, take the wrapper from the 3 TB of butter, and use it to press down the Rice Krispie mixture. Press it evenly and firmly into the pan. Because it is "greasy" using the butter wrapper to press down the mixture keeps the krispies from sticking to your hands.
- Press down the mixture pretty firmly, making it compact and low.
- Next unwrap and melt all of the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in the the microwave. Be careful not to burn. Mine were perfect after 1 minute and a stir. If you are using a thicker bar like the regular size or king size, stir after one minute, and then microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between.
- Once Hersheys are melted, pour over Rice Krispies and spread evenly across the bars, leaving chocolate about 1/2 inch away from the edges.
- Next take your Cinnamon Grahams and lay them across the chocolate. I broke mine up a bit to help with the cutting process later on. Press the crackers into the warm chocolate so that when the chocolate sets, it is holding on tightly to the crackers.
- Let the bars sit and the chocolate harden about an hour or so.
- In the mean time make your second set of Rice Krispie Treats using the last 3 3/4 cup Rice Krispies, 3 c mini marshmallows, and 3 TB of butter. If you have a 2nd 9x13, you can make them in it. If you only have one, like I do, simply wait for the Krispie treats/chocolate/cracker layer to hold form, then remove by lifting the saran wrap and then continue to use the 9x13 for the second set of Rice Krispie Treats.
- Remember to press the second set down firmly as well.
- Once the second set of treats are pressed in pan and cooled, glob on the Marshmallow Fluff. The measurement is approximately 10 oz.
-Spread the fluff evenly over the pan of treats, leaving a clean edge about 1/2 inch around the perimeter.
-Now that you have 2 prepared and cooled/set pans of treats, carefully choose the stiffest one to place on top of the other one. Sandwich them together so that the Krispie Treats are on the outside, and all the goodies are on the inside.
-Press down slightly so that they stick together well.
-If the marshmallow layer is on the bottom, flip everything over so that the marshmallow layer is on the top.
-Keep the saran wrap on both layers, place treats back in 9x13, cover, and refrigerate until ready to cut and serve.
-If you would like, you can trim sides and cut bars ahead of time like I did. Then be sure to store them in the fridge so the marshmallow fluff doesn't melt down and ooze out.
-Bars can be trimmed and cut anytime after the sheet of treats has been chilled in the fridge for 2 or more hours.
-Use a HUGE straight edged knife to cut through them.
Rice Krispies Through the Years!
Below is my favorite from childhood. I thought it was so hilarious and clever.