Running from the Law: Holiday Blog Hop :: Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Holiday Blog Hop :: Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats

Hi friends! The holiday season is officially here and all the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts are coming together to share the best of holiday treats, decor, crafts, drinks and more! Not only are we sharing our favorite holiday content, we'd love it if you joined us and linked-up your favorite holiday posts from your blog each week. This week, from November 22-28th, we’re featuring all of your best holiday sweet treats! If you have a post that fits the bill for this category, directions on how to link up with us are below! This is a great way to discover some new blogs, get new ideas and make your posts accessible and pinnable for others!  I hope you'll join us!

This week's hostesses:
The kids and I decided to make Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats for our holiday sweet treat. Peppermint bark is one of my absolute favorite holiday indulgences and I thought this might be a fun way to mix things up a bit and combine it with one of the kid's favorite items - Rice Krispie Treats! It might sound too good to be true, but trust me, it's a match made in heaven!
I love getting the kids involved in the cooking process.  Mac is convinced that he can read the directions off the box and tells me step by step how to make everything. He not only loves bossing me around, but he loves coming up with ingenious directions like, "everybody has to eat 6 marshmallows before we cook" and "it says that Mac gets to lick the chocolate spoon anytime he wants." He's a tricky one. 
I let Mac open the butter, pour in the marshmallows, stir the mixture, measure the cereal and stir it all up. He's quite a good little helper when I let him play a part in it. I've even found that when he helps me make dinner, he tends to eat quite a bit more of the food he helped make because he's so proud of it. This is how I've gotten him to eat meatloaf, broccoli casserole, lasagna and curry. 
Obviously, he doesn't need much assistance in getting motivated to eat rice krispie treats (which he calls, "Rice Christmas Treats"). For all his help and patience I let him "lick" the spoon! 

UPDATE!! For those that mentioned always having rock hard Rice Krispie Treats or wondered how I got big unmelted chunks of marshmallow in mine, check out the recipe below for a top secret baking tip! After I melt the marshmallows and butter and mix in the cereal, I mix in MORE marshmallows and then put it all in the pan to cool before they can melt completely. 
Since I was in the spirit of being an awesome mom and letting him help in any way he could...and since I did need the peppermints broken up into smaller pieces...I just may have let Mac go at the candy with a hammer. Looking back now I suppose this might not have been the best idea I've ever had - not because he didn't do a good job, but because he did too good of a job.  Instead of broken into little pieces, my peppermints ended up smashed to smithereens! A normal human being could break the candies up into pieces without pulverizing them into candy dust, but a three-year old with a real hammer just doesn't have that delicate touch needed. Oh well, they still tasted just as good!  
That look of surprise above is when I told him we were going to put chocolate and the crushed candy on top of the rice krispie treats. It blew his mind. 
We doubled our recipe and made a TON of treats to take to nursery school and to give to all the kids in the neighborhood. It was so much fun making this with the kids and seeing how proud they were of their creation. And it was REALLY good, if I do say so myself!  (I ate at least three large pieces.)
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 10 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 bag semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 bag peppermint candies (or candy canes), broken/crushed

1.  Spray pan lightly with cooking spray (or butter), set aside.
2.  In a large pot over low heat, melt the butter. Once butter in melted add in 8 cups mini marshmallows, stirring constantly.

3.  Once the marshmallows are melted, remove from heat and stir in your cereal and salt until coated in melted marshmallow. 
4.  Stir in the remaining 2 cups of mini marshmallows until mixed, but not melted.
5.  Pour mixture into prepared pan and press in evenly.
6.  Melt chocolate chips in a double broiler or in microwave until smooth.
7.  Drizzle chocolate on top of rice krispie treats and spread evenly with rubber spatula.
8.  Sprinkle broken peppermint candies on top of melted chocolate.
9.  Allow to cool completely before cutting. 
10.  Enjoy!!

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  1. My rice krispie treats always turn out like little bricks! I don't know why I can't get them to turn out soft and chewy. I always follow the directions exactly! These look so delicious. Maybe I will just stick to other people's final products lol

  2. Oh this looks good! We are huge Rice Krispies treats fans over here and who doesn't like peppermint bark!?! So how could combining the two not be amazing! And I love that he add those instructions... He's just too smart!

  3. BEST recipe ever, I'm totally making these! But I will not be letting Jude use the hammer just yet!

  4. Mac and Mim are WAY TOO DUBIOUS about this goodness!! Their little faces were

  5. Ok, first of all, this sounds delicious. But second of all, I LOVE that you have actual marshmallows in your rice krispie treats. How did you do that??? Mine are always all melted and I'm always so bummed!

  6. Delicious! And a big kudos to you for baking with both kiddos!!! No easy feat!

  7. These sound crazy good! My boys love both of these things and together I bet it's AMAZING!

  8. This looks VERY yummy! I may have to make this.

    Plus, I love Mac's facial expressions - he's so funny. :)

  9. I love rice krispie treats (although not a fan of chocolate) however...I am fairly certain that these I could gobble up!

  10. I am drooling all over my keyboard right now!

  11. Cutest sous chefs EVER. Is it a crime that Ive never made rice krispie treats from scratch? This recipe is my jam- peppermint and chocolate, yes please!

  12. I love rice krispie treats and peppermint bark! My treats always turn to brick, I think I will try your trick.

  13. You are so speaking my language with this recipe and I'm going to pin it as soon as I finish this comment! Love everything about this, especially Mac and Mim's faces as they eat their marshmallows and help make them. Sweet babes!

  14. Yum, I love this version of a classic. And you are brave/awesome for letting Mac 'help' so much in the kitchen.

  15. I need to make these STAT. Thanks for this creative and fun recipe :)

  16. Thanks for posting! I just made these with my boys this afternoon and they turned out delicious.

  17. “Everyone has to eat 6 marshmallows before we cook”!!!!! Love it! These look delicious and I love that you let the littles help you with them!!