Sunday, August 17, 2008

No Tricks, Just Treats

Combining my two recent obsessions, Rice Krispie Treats and Neapolitan anything, these precious cubes of stri-pedy goodness are sheer genius! Wish I could take credit for inventing these, because they're such a simple yet clever idea. Not to mention tasty. (Thank you, Kraft Foods, for inventing strawberry marshmallows!)

I don't know what it is about the combination of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry that plays such a beautiful symphony in my mouth and brings such a smile to my heart. Perhaps it's the lovely stripes of color, oh so sweet and pastel. Or maybe it's the liberating feeling of knowing that no longer do you have to choose among the three flavors. Why settle for one when you can have it all?

Neapolitan Treats (yield: 48 cubes)
You'll need:
a parchment-lined 11x15" pan
a largish pot
silicone spatula or other stirring device
rainbow sprinkles (optional)

Chocolate Layer:
3 Tbl. margarine
10 oz bag mini marshmallows
8 cups Cocoa Krispies (not the "Pebbles", because those are flat-ish)

Vanilla Layer:
3 Tbl. margarine
10 oz bag mini marshmallows
8 cups Rice Krispies

Strawberry Layer:
3 Tbl. margarine
10 oz bag Kraft Jet-Puffed Strawberry Marshmallows
8 cups Rice Krispies
4 drops red food coloring (optional)

I prepared them in that order because I did not want to wash my pot in between flavors. You can layer them in whatever order you prefer!

Line your 11x15" pan with parchment paper, then lightly spray the bottom with non-stick spray. For each layer, melt the margarine and marshmallows over low heat until melted, then stir in cereal until evenly coated. A silicone spatula works wonders for this! Spread mixture into pan, and spread evenly while pressing firmly. Repeat with remaining layers. Now's the time to add the sprinkles, if using. Cool completely, then cut into cubes. Enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2008

It's good to be back!

Well it's that time of year again, so head on out to the Cajundome for the Games of Acadiana Game Day on Saturday, August 16th beginning at 10 a.m. As always, it's free to register and play, but please consider making a donation to benefit Miles Perret Cancer Services. Check out "Mama T's Bake Sale" and peruse oodles of tables overflowing with baked goods lovingly made by the good folks of Acadiana. Every thing's $1, so buy plenty--it's for a good cause

Here's what I'll be throwing into the mix:

Neapolitan Cookies

Lemon-Lime Cupcakes

Marshmallow Krispy Squares (with sprinkles!)
If you're as big a fan of giant Rice Krispie Treats as I am, then you've gotta grab some of these at the bake sale. Measuring in at a whopping 3" x 3" x 1.75", these gooey, crispy yum-yums also sport the fun addition of "flair." Cute!