Sunday, May 1, 2011

Taking the rice krispie treat to the next level

Blizzard Bars
12 ounces chocolate chips, semisweet, bittersweet or milk chocolate (may use white chocolate chips for the white version of these bars)
1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
3 cups crisp rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup chocolate chips or M&M’s
Garnish: mini marshmallows and additional M&M’s
Lightly grease an 8X8- or 9X9-inch baking pan and set aside.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for one minute. Stir. Then continue to microwave in 30 second increments until the chips are completely melted. Stir in the peanut butter until combined. Let the mixture cool slightly, about five minutes. Add the rice cereal, marshmallows and chocolate chips and/or M&M’s. Fold together with a rubber spatula until well combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Press additional marshmallows and M&M’s into the top of the bars, if desired. Let the bars cool and set for 5-6 hours until they are firm and no longer gooey and melty. 
Wow- these are so fun to make and taaaaaaasty!  Very kid-friendly too- they can make these, and they will also love eating them.  I didn't let them set up long enough and so they were a little crumbly, but I love eating good crumbs.  Next time I'll want to try the white chocolate version.  

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