This week we celebrated the last of our immediate family birthdays. As I've mentioned before, on birthday days each kid chooses his/her special cake. Sometimes there are two celebrations as the birthday occurs close to another function, so there may be two choices. This was the situation today. The birthday fell on the same day as a baseball get-together. We'll be making the Chocolate on Chocolate cake for the party, but something special, that would feed a crowd was in order for the baseball gathering.
We decided on the crispy treat tower. Birthday boy got to choose four cereals for the treats. He chose Rice Krispies, Cocoa Krispies, Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs, and Froot Loops. We don't normally buy these sugar cereals so this choosing creates quite the excitement.
When making the treats, I've found melting the butter and marshmallows is much better in the microwave than on the stove. The mess is minimal and the process seems to go much quicker.
To make, melt 1/4 cup butter and one package of Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows in a large microwave safe bowl. I recommend spending the couple extra cents and buying the Kraft Marshmallows. They just seem to melt better. Microwave butter and marshmallows for about one minute. Remove. Stir until smooth. In a separate large bowl place the box of cereal. I think the 12 oz. box is suitable for this amount of marshmallows. Pour marshmallow mixture over cereal and stir to coat.
Line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper. Pour cereal mixture in 9 X 13 pan and pat down evenly. We find it is best to also butter your hands when patting down. The cereal/marshmallow mixture will not stick. When cooled it's so easy to lift the parchment paper and treats right out of the pan, no mess. Cut treats into squares.
|Finished and cooling|
|Rice Krispie and Froot Loops|
|Cocoa Krispie and Reese's|
|Easily lifted out of the pan|
|A candle, just because it's a birthday|
|Kids love these|