Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Confetti Squares (Krispy treats with serious attitude!)

Thank you Martha Stewart!  Hopefully you're not a hater.  I happen to love her and her ideas.  Sure, she's sometimes a bit dry and maybe a little impatient with the guests on her show but you can't tell me she doesn't have grand ideas. 

I used to think that while her ideas were great ones, they were all a tad bit more complicated than I could handle.  But just the other day, while in the midst of my search for treats for the girls to sell at their lemonade stand, we were flipping channels and came across one of her shows.  The name escapes me because, good grief, how many TV shows does one woman need?  Seriously! 

Anyway, she was making some Rice Krispy Treats with some serious attitude!  Who comes up with this stuff?  Not that it was all that difficult to come up with adding Cap'n Crunch and Froot Loops but I'm tellin' ya, for someone like me that's just barely beginning to dare to tweak any recipe whatsoever in even the slightest way, that was some serious thinking outside the box! 

As she assembled the treats, I couldn't believe the size of the finished product.  You'll be amazed too, I'm sure.  And YES, the quantities are correct.  You really will be using a total of 18 cups of cereal.  That's right, folks... 18 cups!!

At the end of the segment, she mentioned that "these would be perfect for a lemonade stand..."

Of course!  The girls and I all looked at each other and we knew what our next grocery run would include... LOTS of cereal.  Not the norm for us recently as we have converted to a mostly strictly clean diet.  They actually sold pretty well, too.

So, let's get to it!  The equipment/ingredients you'll need include the following:

  • butter

  • salt

  • marshmallows

  • Rice Krispies

  • Cap'n Crunch Cereal

  • Froot Loops Cereal

  • non-stick spray

  • wooden spoon

  • huge, gigantic, large pot

  • 9x9 square cake pan (tall)

First you'll melt your butter over low heat.

Then you'll add your marshmallows (and salt only if you're using unsalted butter... don't add salt if butter is already salted) and let them melt, stirring constantly.

You'll then add your whopping 18 cups of cereal to the melted marshmallow goodness.

Finally, you're going to use every bit of strength you've got to smash it all into an itty bitty 9x9 square cake pan, sprayed with non-stick spray, with your hands sprayed with non-stick spray also.

Then it's time to let them cool, remove from pan, and cut!

Krispy Treats with Some Serious Attitude (aka Confetti Squares)

from: Martha Stewart

9 T. butter

1 tsp. salt (if using unsalted butter)

12 cups mini marshmallows

6 cups Rice Kripies Cereal

6 cups Cap'n Crunch Cereal

6 cups Froot Loops Cereal

non-stick spray

***The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a pot that can handle this much cereal.  It needs to fit with room to spare, otherwise, it will make a big mess when you try to stir the marshmallows and cereal together.*** 

Melt the butter in the aforementioned large pot over medium heat.  Add salt and marshmallows.  Stir constantly until marshmallows are melted completely. Remove from heat and add cereal and stir trying not to crush cereal in the process.  The larger the pot, the better.  Stir until cereal is coated evenly with gooey marshmallow. 

Spray both your 9x9 pan and your hands with non-stick spray.  Pour the cereal mixture into pan and use all your might and strength to smash it all in there.  Keep smashing with your hands until it's firm and even. 

You will begin to think that there's absolutely no way it's all going to fit in there but it does, I promise.  I'm always left with only about 3/4 of a cup left in the pot after all that smashing and that's only because I want to taste it while it's warm.  Mmmmm!  No one will know, it's ok.  And no, I don't eat it all myself.  My kids are like bloodhounds on these things.  I'm lucky if I get a quarter sized piece. 

Let it cool for about 45 minutes and release it from the pan.  I always have to go around the edges with a butter knife first to get it to release.  Cut into 9 gigantic squares or cut those in half to get 18 good sized treats. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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