I've been making desserts as long as I can remember but never a lot of Rice Krispy treats. Until recently that is! Like a lot of older desserts, Rice Krispy treat recipes are receiving some updates. There's even a blog, devoted to nothing but Rice Krispy treats.
When Tim told me the coworker who's birthday they were celebrating with treat day liked Red Hots, I wasn't sure I was going to find a recipe including the little hot candies. I should have known better, you can find a recipe for almost anything with just a google search!
Rice Krispy treats are quick and easy to make and almost everyone likes them. It's fun trying different flavors for a this classic treat. The toughest thing about this recipe is smashing the red hots. I ended up using my meat mallet out on the front porch, in a baggie of course.
Red Hots Rice Krispy Treats
Recipe Courtesy of Mallow and Co
4 Tbsp butter
6 cups marshmallows
1/2-3/4 cup crushed red hot candies (really smash them down to a powder)
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 cups rice krispies
red food coloring (optional, I didn't use this)
4 oz (2 squares) Vanilla Almond Bark (I didn't do this step)
Pour the rice krispies in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Melt
the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Once it's melted add in the
marshmallows. Stir until they are mostly all melted (this will take a
few minutes--low and slow is key for perfect texture) then stir in the
vanilla, crushed red hots, and a few drops of red food coloring.
Once fully melted, take them off
heat and pour over the rice krispy mixture. Stir lightly to combine,
then dump into a greased 9x9 pan (I made mine in 9 x13 pan). Allow to cool 5 minutes, then press
into pan with greased hands. While they finish cooling,
melt the almond bark in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring
in between each one until fully melted. Drizzle the bark over the