Rice Crispy Treats w/ Rolos, Chopped Pretzels and Chocolate Drizzle

I have a confession to make. I had never in my life made rice crispy treats. Until I made these Rice Crispy Treats w/ Rolos, Chopped Pretzels and Chocolate Drizzle. Go big or go home, right? My mother made them when I was growing up and I liked them, but they were never my favorite treat. I’ve always preferred ice cream to just about any other dessert. Cake never sent me to the moon. I like cookies and apple and strawberry and chocolate cream pie, but rice crispy treats never made the list of favorites. Then, one day I had this crazy idea to add chopped up pretzel pieces and Rolos to the rice cereal and I became a convert.

RolosPretzels

RiceCrispies

I pretty much followed the recipe on the side of the box, except I omitted a half cup of cereal since I was adding the extra ingredients. I didn’t want to run low on the marshmallow mixture. As usual when I’m in the kitchen, I winged it. You can’t wing it when you’re baking (which is why I’m better at cooking than baking.) But, I wing it a lot when I’m cooking. That’s half the fun!

I simmered the butter and marshmallows on low until everything was almost completely melted.

Marshmallows

Then I took the pan off the heat and added a teaspoon of vanilla.

Marshmallow Vanilla

Then working quickly I mixed the vanilla in and then added the marshmallow mixture to the cereal, pretzels and candy and spread out in a greased pan and let cool. Then I did something very wicked.

Chocolate Chips

I took some semi-sweet chocolate chips and melted them in a bowl in the microwave and then I drizzled the top of the treats with the chocolate.

Finished Rice Crispy Treats

And they looked something like this. This is not a light dish, but it’s a wonderful treat. The saltiness of the pretzels and the caramel from the candy and the semi-sweet chocolate make a rich, sinful combination. My husband doesn’t care for rice crispy treats and he absolutely loved these. I hope you will give them a try. If you do, please take a photo and tag #ketchumkitchen on Instagram.

P.S. The kids will still like them!

Rice Crispy Treats w/ Rolos, Chopped Pretzels and Chocolate Drizzle

Rice Crispy Treats w/ Rolos, Chopped Pretzels and Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 10 ounce bag of large marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 cups of rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup mini Rolos
  • 1/2 cup broken pretzel pieces
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips for drizzle

Instructions

  • In a saucepan on low heat, melt the butter and marshmallows (stirring occasionally.) Meanwhile, break up the pretzel sticks and combine the cereal, pretzels and Rolos in a large bowl. Once the marshmallows and butter have melted together, take the pan off the heat and add the vanilla. Stir until combined. Take the marshmallow mixture and pour it into the bowl with the cereal mixture and stir until everything is combined. (Hint: spray your spoon with nonstick cooking spray to make mixing easier.) Spread the mixture out over a 13" x 9" greased glass pan and let cook for at least one hour. Pour some semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl (or use a double-broiler if you have one) and heat until melted, stirring regularly. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the treats. Let the chocolate cool, then cut into squares. Use non-stick cooking spray on the cutting knife as well, to make cutting the treats easier and avoid pulling your hair out.
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