rice krispy smores bars

After making this dessert, I learned something terrifying. Rice krispy treats pretty much never "go bad". I'm unwilling to admit how long they lasted for but I will say you could safely make this dessert a week in advance. Which in my book makes this even more of a home run than it naturally is.

Rice krispy treats are a favorite dessert of mine for many reasons. One is that you don't feel like you are eating something terrible and heavy and sugary and sweet. Of course they are sweet, it's filled with marshmallows... but not sweet like frosting.

A few notes about this recipe:

  • Great for kids! Super easy to make and lots of steps that they can be involved in.
  • Easy modifications! There are a million ways you could switch this up. Maybe add a little peanut butter into the krispy mixture part? Use Andes mints with the chocolate? Seasonal sprinkle colors in the krispys? See!
  • Make ahead! Like I said earlier, you could seemingly make this real far in advance. I made the krispys the night before the party but next time would totally do it up to 3 days in advance.
Here's how it goes.

  1. Make the rice krispy treats via the directions on the side of the box. Essentially, melt marshmellows, stir in cereal. But some tips, spray down the pan with a cooking spray and use a sheet of wax paper to help press the sticky mixture into the pan. You can leave the wax paper on top until the whole thing cools.
  2. Smash up 4 or so graham crackers into small bits. It's okay if you have some slightly larger pieces but largely let's get this stuff into crumbs.
  3. Melt chocolate. I melted two cups of chocolate chips for 8x11 baking pan of krispy treats. It was pretty much about right. Google the best way you know to melt chocolate. I never have success in the microwave so I always need to use the double boiler method.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate over the treats (after you've removed the wax paper of course).
  5. After you've spread the chocolate evenly, sprinkle the graham crackers over and gently press into the chocolate. This way when the chocolate hardens, it'll keep the graham cracker from falling off (mostly).
  6. Let cure / harden / cool ... then cut and enjoy!

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