Strawberry Rice Crispy Treats with White Chocolate Drizzle


I had several more elaborate more “fancy shmancy” desserts in the works for Valentine’s Day this year. So how did I end up making rice crispy treats? Simple really: request. Troy kindly reminded me the other day that I have “never” made him rice crispy treats. This is a lie, well more of an exaggeration. I have, in fact, made him rice crispy treats. It was, however, like 5 years ago. They are a simple enough thing to put together but desserts (and more of the cooking for that matter) has been put in my corner. Mostly willingly, but I guess my point is that if he was really that desperate for them, he could have made some himself.

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But that’s not in the spirit of Valentine’s Day at all. So I decided to make him a batch and form them into cute little hearts using a cake tin with heart-shaped forms. Its really kindof like a muffin pan, but with hearts. Cool, huh? So yea, heart shaped rice crispy treats. But I needed to take it up a notch. I thought all kinds of thoughts. I debated adding fresh, chopped strawberries but I figured it would cause some sogginess and wouldn’t keep that well. I thought about adding a layer of cheesecake on-top of the rice crispy treats but then I thought that really might be defeating the purpose of making them: because he wanted good old rice crispy treats NOT a cheesecake, lol. I finally decided to add a packet of strawberry gelatin mix to add a nice pink color and of course, some strawberry flavor. I don’t think this is deviating TOO far from the old standard. And then for good measure, why not melt down some white chocolate and drizzle it over the cooled rice crispy treats after un-molding them. Still, pretty simple but cutesy enough for Valentine’s Day. And they’re pretty frickin’ delicious too, if I do say so myself.

The beauty of this is that it taught me you can add any gelatin mix you want to rice crispy treats to customize them for color and flavor! Awesome! I wondered how the gelatin would affect the texture of the finished product but it really didn’t very much. These treats remain soft and gooey but firm enough to hold their shape and give a nice bite. I can’t take credit for the discovery of this method so I will give thanks to Musings of a Stay at Home Mom who inspired me to make these treats.

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***PRINTABLE RECIPE (STRAWBERRY RICE CRISPY TREATS PDF)***

Strawberry Rice Crispy Treats

(Adapted from “Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats for Valentine’s Day” on musingssahm.com)

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups of rice crispy treat cereal
  • 1 10.5 oz. bag of miniature marshmallows
  • 1.5 oz. packet of strawberry gelatin (or use half of a 3 oz. pack)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter plus additional for greasing pan
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 4 oz. white chocolate, roughly chopped

Directions:

  • Grease a 9 X 13 inch pan (or heart-shaped molds cake pan) with butter, spreading with your fingers or a paper towel to entirely cover the interior surface
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan or stock-pot (it will need to be large enough to mix in the cereal later on) over medium-low heat
  • Add the marshmallows and let it sit for about 30 seconds and gently stir
  • Add the vanilla extract and a pinch of fine sea salt and gently stir again
  • Add the gelatin and stir
  • Let the marshmallows partially melt but remove from heat before they are fully melted (this is the key to ensuring soft treats in the end)
  • Stir (off the burner) until marshmallows are completely melted

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  • Add the rice crispies and gently mix with a large spoon or spatula
  • Dump into a 9×13″ greased pan and pat down gently with your hands (butter hands or spray with non-stick spray first to prevent sticking.)

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  • Let cool/dry for at least 2 hours before cutting or  unmolding
  • Cut and remove from pan if desired, or unmold if using a pan with individual molds

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  • Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe container over 50% heat for 3-5 minutes or until fully melted, stopping the microwave to stir the chocolate every minute
  • Drizzle or pipe the melted chocolate over the cut or unmolded rice crispy treats or over an intact sheet of rice crispy treats

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  • Allow chocolate to fully harden before storing in an air-tight container
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