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Change up a classic lunch box dessert, Rice Krispie Treats, with this fun and delicious new recipe for Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats!
I’m going to start today’s blog post with somewhat of a controversial topic that has nothing, well almost nothing, to do with food. First, I am going to admit, here for all to see, that I watched the new BH 90210 AND that I think I may be the only one on the face of the planet who actually liked it.
Yup, there I said it.
I think that part of the reason I liked it was, not because I was a super fan, in fact I didn’t watch 90210 religiously growing up, but because I knew what the premise was going into it. Spoiler alert!!! The show is a “mockumentary” and follows the original Beverly Hills 90210 stars as if they were coming together to do a reunion show for TV. The stars, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, etc., are playing over the top versions of their real life selves, and not playing their characters, in a 90210 cast reunion. Make sense?
Knowing this, I wasn’t taken off-guard when, out of curiosity, I watched the show. I knew what to expect and thought it was actually pretty funny. The next episode aired last night and I may or may not watch it to see how this all plays out.
This all leads me to today’s recipe. You see, after watching the first BH 90210 episode it had me daydreaming about life back in the 90’s. Which left me longing for Trapper Keepers, Caboodles, Lisa Frank and bright neon colors.
Oh, and Rice Krispie Treats and Dunkaroos.
So, in preparation to watch the next episode, I whipped up a batch of these Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats. I’ve actually been pretty obsessed with this version of Rice Krispie Treats all summer long. A.) because they are no bake and it’s been like a million degrees here the past month. And 2.) because they are so dang delicious!
This Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats recipe is gooey (even after a few days in a Tupperware) and the strawberry flavor, not from Strawberry Rice Krispies, but from actual dehydrated strawberries (available at most grocery stores on the aisle with dried fruit or you can purchase dried strawberries online), is spot on but not over the top.
I actually have several Rice Krispie Treat recipes here on Kitchen Concoctions, including my Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats and my Key Lime Pie Rice Krispie Treats, and over the years after making lots and LOTS of Rice Krispie Treats, have perfected the base recipe, with the right amount and perfect ratio of butter, marshmallow and crispy rice cereal to achieve the ultimate gooey Rice Krispie Treats. This means lucky for you and lucky for me, I will more than likely continue to share many more twists on that classic Rice Krispie Treats recipe!
I want to hear from you! Are you a fan of the new BH 90210? What is your favorite memory from the 90’s? Please share in the comments below!!
Helpful Rice Krispie Treats Cooking Tips and Information:
Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients:
- unsalted butter
- fresh mini marshmallows
- vanilla extract
- Kosher salt
- crispy rice cereal
- dried strawberries
- white chocolate chips
- corn oil
- Cooking spray
How to make gooey Rice Krispie Treats:
- There are several important tips to making perfectly gooey, pull apart Rice Krispie Treats! First, start with FRESH ingredients. Stale or old marshmallows or cereal will create hard and dry Rice Krispie Treats.
- Second, I increase the amount of butter and marshmallows called for in the original Rice Krispie Treat recipe. I also reserve some of the marshmallows and stir them in with the cereal so that there are little “pockets” of semi-melted marshmallows scattered throughout.
- Next, I don’t make my Rice Krispie Treats too thick, as I’ve found this makes them harder and crunchier, not soft and gooey.
Watch my Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats how to video below!
- Cooking spray, as needed
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 cups fresh mini marshmallows, divided*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3 cups crispy rice cereal
- 3/4 cup diced freeze dried strawberries, divided
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon corn oil
1. Generously spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Spray a rubber spatula with cooking spray and once butter has melted, stir in 5 cups of marshmallows. Continue cooking over low heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows and butter are fully melted together.
3. Once marshmallows are melted, stir in vanilla extract and salt and continue cooking for an additional 30-60 seconds.
4. Remove from heat and stir cereal, remaining 1 cup marshmallows, ½ cup diced strawberries and ¼ cup white chocolate chips into melted marshmallow mixture, stirring until well combined. Note: It is ok if the additional marshmallows only partially melt.
5. Using a rubber spatula, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, spread marshmallow covered cereal evenly into prepared 8x8-inch baking dish. Set aside.
6. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine remaining white chocolate and corn oil. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove melted chocolate from microwave and stir. Return to microwave and microwave for an additional 30 seconds to continue melting, if needed. Drizzle melted chocolate evenly over the top of the prepared cereal treats and sprinkle the remaining chopped dried strawberries over chocolate.
7. Allow treats to sit for at least 30 minutes before slicing into bars. Store cereal treats in an air tight container for 4-5 days.
*I normally purchase 1 (16-ounce) bag of mini marshmallows for this recipe (you will have some leftover); however, large marshmallows can be used, just cut or tear the marshmallows in half to help them melt faster.
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