Rice Krispies treats are an iconic 20th Century American dessert that combined products available through a combination of new technology and mass production to create a classic. The original recipe was developed in 1939 by Mildred Day and the staff at the Kellogg Company home economics department as a fund raiser for Camp Fire Girls. The recipe has since gone through several incarnations but the basic recipe remains the same, marshmallows melted in butter, with Rice Krispies swirled into the puffy clouds of sweetness.
Today would have been the King’s 78th birthday. Elvis loved peanut butter and banana sandwiches. In honor of Elvis Presley, Team Hot From The Kettle presents Peanut Butter and Banana Rice Krispies Treats.
Peanut Butter/Banana Rice Krispies Treats
4 Tablespoons butter
1 10 oz Package of marshmallows or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
6 Cups of Rice Krispies cereal
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup banana chips broken up into small pieces
Gold and silver shimmer sugar (available with the cake decorating supplies in the supermarket)
In a large skillet or medium saucepan melt the butter over low heat, add the marshmallows. Keep stirring, sugar easily burns and the melted marshmallows at the bottom can start to burn before those on top start to melt.
Once the marshmallows are almost fully melted add the Peanut Butter and Banana chips. Stir. It's okay if its a not fully mixed, there's more mixing later.
Add the Rice Krispies and stir, remove from heat and stir, stir, and stir some more until every Rice Krispie is coated.
Scoop the mixture into a wax paper lined 13x9 dish. Sprinkle with shimmer sugar, press the top to even out the treats and affix the sugar. Cool, cut into serving pieces
Keep in mind that the proper name is “Rice Krispies Treats” – always plural – referring to these as “Rice Krispie Treats” is wrong and will go on your permanent record. Along with chewing gum in class.
Natural, not sugar added, peanut butter is my favorite, with all that marshmallow going on sweet peanut butter would be too much. Besides, Skippy and Jif just taste like flavored corn syrup.