“What keeps me motivated is not the food itself but all the bonds and memories the food represents.-Michael Chiarello
“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot, and a mom.” -Barbara Costikyan
The recipe I am going to share with you isn’t grand or magnificent and it probably won’t be served at some 5-star restaurant. To be honest, you can find it on any Kelloggs Rice Krispie cereal box, but to me, it is the best treat in the world. <3
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows OR 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
- 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
- Using a buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
My MaMaw Nina and I loved these Rice Krispie treats. They were definitely one of our favorite things to make and eat. We even made a few different variations.
- Add Reece’s Pieces
- Add M&M’s
- Add peanut butter
- Add red or green food coloring for Christmas
But what makes these treats even more special is one particular story behind them that my MaMaw Nina told me. It still makes me smile and laugh to this very day.
Once I moved out of my parents’ house, I started making treats for my family members and boss for Christmas every year. I would always try to make their favorites. For example, Peanut Butter cookies for my Dad, Sugar Cookies with icing for my brother, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies for my Mom. I would make everything from scratch, but instead of picking some grand homemade cookie or cake recipe my MaMaw Nina would always ask for Rice Krispie Treats. I always made her at least 2 pans.
A few years before my MaMaw passed away her sister, Lanette, moved in with her. I did what I did every year and made her 2 pans of Rice Krispie Treats. A day or two later, I was at her house and I was going to help her dust. I went to her kitchen and under the sink (where she always kept her cleaning supplies) I find a pan of Rice Krispie Treats. What? I had to know why. This is what she told me.
“I’m hiding them from Lanette. She was going to eat them all. And they are mine,” she said with a grin that made me think, I bet this is what she looked like when she was a child and was hiding something from her siblings. <3
I remember laughing so hard. I love how no matter how old you get, your siblings are still your siblings and sometimes you can’t help but revert back to your child-like self. Here is my grandmother, fifty-something years old at the time, and she is hiding her Rice Krispie treats from her “baby sister.”
I made them 2 more pans the very next week. <3
I miss her so much. Do you have any specific recipes or food that brings back special memories for you? I would love to hear about them. <3
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31