Since I started writing a lot, I haven't had a lot of time to cook, and so I've started defaulting to making all sorts of rice crispy treats because they only take 15-20 minutes to complete. This is my new favorite recipe for rice crispy treats.
Stacey's Minty Chocolate Rice Crispy Treat Ingredients:
1/3c peppermint candies, crushed (I used candy canes)
2 tbs butter, organic
2c marshmallows, plain
1-2c chocolate mint marshmallows (if you can't find these, just substitute regular marshmallows)
4c cereal (I use a mix of rice crispies and corn flakes from TJ's)
1/2c-1c chocolate chips (I used a mix of milk and semisweet, but you can use whatever you like)
5-6 drops peppermint oil
11 cup pyrex baking dish, or an 8x8" baking dish, oiled
I even took process pictures for you - I haven't taken these in a long time. So, I found these marshmallows and I felt like using them in something where they became melted and unrecognizable wouldn't do them justice, and they weren't good enough to just eat by themselves (although I think my second assertion would be contested by Afram, who ate the first bag that we got this way in its entirety).
I thought they should be featured in rice crispy treats. If you can't find these (I got them at Target), just use regular mini marshmallows.
First, crush your candies into the size that you want to eat them in your crispy treats. I used a mortar and pestle and I like them to be about 1/4"-1/2" long/wide/whatever.
Add these to a bowl with the chocolate chips in it so you're ready to dump them in at the last minute. Oil your baking dish so that the crispies don't stick. Melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the first 2 cups of marshmallows. This is also an aberration from the normal recipe. I like to save some marshmallows for later so you get big chunks of marshmallow. Stir over low heat until the marshmallows are melted and then put in the peppermint oil and stir. Here's mine at mid melt. Make sure you don't let them get too hot - they'll get stuck and crispy.
Next, throw in your cereal. Stir quickly until combined. Next, throw in the additional marshmallows (mint or regular) and stir until they are sticky and slightly melted (this shouldn't take long).
Last, put in your chocolate chips and peppermint candies and fold in gently. If you do it too slowly, all the chocolate will melt and it won't look so pretty. Use a silicone scraper to press the crispy treats into the oiled glass dish.
Food porn style:
Wait at least an hour for these to cool before you cut them otherwise it will be a sticky mess. Or don't wait and make a mess. It all tastes good. :)