FoCo Joe: DIY Rice Krispie Treats

By Joseph Kind, The Dartmouth Staff | 10/3/14 5:00am

So I have to start this column by admitting that for some reason, this week I had no idea what type of dessert I wanted to make. Last week’s apples and honey dessert was obvious, given the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This week, I sadly had no holiday to fall back on when my creative juices failed me. Like the state of California, my creative juices are facing a serious drought. For some reason, all of my usual go-to sources for clever dessert ideas just weren’t helping me. But luckily, my friends came to the rescue this week — I must give credit to Lydie McKenzie ’16, whose idea to make Rice Krispies treats in FoCo turned out so well. How could I have failed to come with something so simple and saliva-inducing on my own?

This recipe for do-it-yourself Rice Krispies treats does not yield true bars like the ones in Collis, and this might be my simplest FoCo dessert creation to date. Rice Krispies cereal and marshmallow spread are the only ingredients!

The ingredients listed here make enough for two or three people, but are not strict measurements by any means.

Step 1: Using the shovels in the cereal racks, dig out one cup of Rice Krispies cereal into a bowl. When I did this I poured out about 3-4 of a full-shovel size, then added smaller portions to my eye’s liking.

Step 2: Head over to find the marshmallow spread, and scoop out a good two spoonfuls worth. Spoons are the essential utensil for this dessert, both for mixing the two ingredients together (the truly crucial step) and for eating. If you are unsure about how much marshmallow spread to use, I would recommend a “less-is-more” approach — there should be enough of the cereal so that each spoonful of the treat is (you guessed it) crispy. Eating a dessert with too much marshmallow spread might be far too guilt-inducing, at least for me.

Step 3: Mix it all up! Use two spoons to mix the ingredients as if you were tossing a salad. Keep going until the Rice Krispies “treat” looks like one beautiful blob — cohesion is key, especially if you are sharing this with friends!


Joseph Kind, The Dartmouth Staff