Friday, January 3, 2014

Chocolate Drizzled Crispy Rice Mini-Bites


Ho, Ho, Hmmmm...The Christmas cookies, Christmas candy, and Christmas cakes are all gone. No sweets for the hubby to eat. Bill asked if I would make him some crispy rice treats. Bill loves crispy rice treats. Yep, he periodically craves that yummy combination of crackling rice cereal, marshmallows, and butter. Yes, I said butter, not margarine. Also, he remembered that I told him two weeks ago that I would make some treats for him.

As I looked in the pantry for rice cereal and marshmallows; the realization that the pantry still contains chocolate bark and assorted sprinkles caused my brain to kick into a higher gear. Hmmm...visions of "Christmas Crack" and a variety of other bark drizzled snack mixes whirled through my mind's eye. Suddenly, the whirling visions consolidated into a single thought - top the crispy rice treats with chocolate bark and sprinkles! A second thought quickly followed - cut them into bite-size pieces. Happily, I began constructing a pan of crispy rice mini-bites.


  Crispy Rice Mini-Bites 

This recipe is husband tested and approved.

Yield: about 60 pieces

Equipment

1 - 13 x 9 inch rectangular baking pan
1 large, microwaveable bowl
1 large spoon
1 dry measure measuring cup
1 sharp knife
1 quart-size freezer bag (a sandwich bag will not work for this)

Ingredients


3 Tbsps. butter      5 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows             6 cups krisp rice cereal

2-3 squares of chocolate bark       dessert sprinkles of choice    shortening to grease pan and hands

Directions for Cereal Mixture

  • Grease 13x9 inch pan lightly with shortening. Set aside.
  • Place butter in a large, microwaveable bowl and microwave for 30 second. 
  • Stir once or twice.
  • Microwave for an additional 15 seconds, or until the butter is melted.
  • Remove bowl from the microwave.
  • Add marshmallows to the bowl and stir until the marshmallows are coated with butter.
  • Place bowl with marshmallows in the microwave.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir mixture once or twice.
  • Repeat this step twice or until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is well blended.
  • Add the cereal to the hot marshmallow mixture.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Place mixture in the greased 13 x 9 inch pan. 
  • Lightly grease your hands 
  • Carefully press the hot mixture into an even layer in the pan.
  • Immediately sprinkle with your choice of dessert sprinkles
  • Set pan aside to cool


Directions for Chocolate Bark Topping


Step 1

  • Take quart size freezer bad and fold the top down. (see picture)
  • Place desired squares of chocolate bark in the freezer bag
  • Place bag into the microwave, make sure the top of the bag is open.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds
  • Remove from microwave. Squeeze the bag to see if squares of                                            bark are getting soft.

Step 2

  • Place bag back into the microwave, make sure the top of the bag is open
  • Microwave for 15 seconds
  • Remove from microwave and squeeze the bag again.
  • Repeat Step 2 until the bark is melted completely.

Step 3

  • Hold bag with melted bark so that one bottom corner is pointing downward. 
  • Gather bag top and twist to form a cone of melted bark.
  •  Snip the bottom corner and drizzle bark diagonally across the crispy rice treat from bottom left to top right; repeat from top left to bottom right. This will form a diamond or cross hatched design. 
  • Repeat until all the topping is gone. 
  • Immediately sprinkle with your choice of dessert sprinkles

Step 4

  • Cool until bark is firm. 
  • Slice crispy rice into 1 inch pieces. My pieces are more or less 1 inch pieces because I use the Guesstimate Method. 





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