I am not a big Halloweener. This holiday does nothing for me. Where is Thanksgiving? That is my jam.
You know what makes me happy? On sale candy!? Cadbury Halloween Eggs I am coming for you along with Snickers, Kit Kats, and possibly Candy Corn. I will eat this candy and also use it for all these after Halloween recipes I have. Candy Corn & nuts are exquisite – the sweet & salty (yum to the E)!
Sugar makes me hap-hap-HAPPY! My sugar craving is my inner Fat Bastard saying, “get in me BELLY!” If I am truthful and since it’s the wee hours of the morn, and I am not quite awake… It’s also me eating my emotions. Sugar soothes the doubts that float through my head along with a 1000 other things. I am not saying it’s right but it is the truth.
That’s enough confessions from Jennifer today. (Yes, I just referred to myself in the third person.) Let’s chat about Rice Krispy Treats. You can’t just have one. I prefer making them from scratch than buying them store bought. I may like sugar but the store bought ones are like a sugar overload plus they are not crispy enough. Know what I mean, Vern? What I am saying is that there is something (good) about making them from scratch.
A blog entry always starts with a thought. My thought was what would caramel and apple taste like wrapped in a Rice Krispy Treat? Frakkin’ Awesome! The apple is just a hint. It lends some tart to the sweet. It’s a treat that is great once in awhile since the original Rice Krispy Treat is the best. It’s not scientific fact just this blogger’s opinion.
Until Next Time,
Caramel Cider Rice Krispie Treats
Adapted from Classic Rice Krispie Treats
3 Tablespoons of butter, salted
1 -10 oz. package of Jet-Puffed Swirl Mallows Caramel & Vanilla Marshmallows
2 1/2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Reduction*
7 cups of crispy rice cereal
Grease a 13×9 pan and set aside.
In large saucepan melt butter. Add marshmallows and melt until it is in a liquid state. Remove from heat. using a greased whisk add the apple cider reduction and whisk into the melted butter/marshmallow mix. Make sure it’s incorporated. Lastly add the crispy rice cereal. Incorporate the cereal with the marshmallow mixture fully using a greased cooking spoon.
Spoon the rice krispie mixture into the greased pan. Using a greased spatula press the rice krispie treats into the pan until it’s fully spread and level.
Let them cool for at least 20-30 minutes before serving. If you want to add some “drama” use a cookie cutter to cut out your treats. Make sure the cutter is greased, too. Grease is a great combatant to sticky.
*Apple Cider Reduction – pour two cups into a saucepan and reduce until it is a syrup. It can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes and will result in approximately a 1/4 cup of syrup once finished. You can make the apple cider reduction a few days ahead and simply refrigerate or you can just buy apple cider reduction through King Arthur Flour Company.