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Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Speaking of mornings...

I didn't take pictures, so I don't have anything to show you but I was up this morning at 4 AM making chocolate rice krispies treats. I found Jet Puff Chocolate Marshmallows at the grocery a few weeks back. I thought they would make a nice chocolate rice krispies treat for a co-worker. She's great fun. Her husband is the one who brokers Oregon blueberries. I told her I wanted to make her something fun for the free blueberries she gave me (not that she expected that or asked for it)

She's a huge fan of rice krispies treats. She even had her wedding cake made out of rice krispies treats. I know she likes chocolate too so I thought these would fit the bill. All the recipes I look at say they are best the day made. I thought I could manage something that fast this morning so I went for it.

The recipe is very easy. One bag of chocolate marshmallows, 3 T. butter. I did mine on the stove but the bag's recipe gives microwave instructions which would make them even faster. After you melt that, you stir it into 6 c. of rice krispies. After the treat is mixed well, you transfer it to a greased 9x13 pan and pat it in firmly and allow it to cool. I decided to up the ante of chocolate by adding some mini chocolate chips to the top and pressing them into the treats. I thought the heat would melt them if I stirred them in to the whole mix.

The mini chips really didn't melt at all on top. The heat dissipated so fast they just stayed as they were. I worried that would make the top too hard but apparently it worked great. Jaime assured me I shouldn't rethink that next time. She loved them and had fun munching on them all day. She did save one for her husband, Jeff, but my container was empty by early afternoon.

If you need a quick chocolate treat--give these a try! I've also heard they work well with cocoa krispies instead of rice krispies. Jaime was excited to hear they have chocolate marshmallows. She's going to try a new s'more next cookout. Chocolate, chocolate marshmallows and chocolate grahams. I'll let you know if I hear of the results!

Tags:  baking, bars, friends, work
I forgot to mention Merrick got one to try. She said any breakfast that contains cereal, gooey chocolate and chocolate chips can't be all bad!
LGrant   Thursday, July 31, 2008
I can't imagine getting up at 4 a.m. for anything so my hat is off too you. Do you go to bed early? The recipe sounds good. I have never been a fan of rice krisies treats, but I think I'd like them with the chocolate chips.
Leslie   Thursday, July 31, 2008
I go to bed around 9-9:30 and read for a bit. Sleeping late to me is 6 or later. I am up on the weekends by 5-6 at the most. It isn't unusual for me to be up at 4 on weekends. I like mornings and enjoy getting up and getting started. But, I'm not a night owl so I'm more than ready for bed by 9 - 10. I'll bet you would like these with the chocolate marshmallows. I've never been a big fan myself but the little piece I nibbled to see how they worked was nice. Deeper in flavor. I used unsalted butter so I sprinkled a tiny bit of kosher salt on top of the treat once it was packed in the pan and the chips were down. Chocolate needs a little salt to bring out the deeper flavor.
LGrant   Thursday, July 31, 2008
That's what I call being a morning glory but they usually wait until daybreak. I am more of a morning person except when I have insomnia like tonight. I think I will try those rice krispie treats for the grands. Do you think they would freeze ok? How is your job search going?
dannie   Thursday, July 31, 2008
I would think they would freeze ok. The chocolate chips might get white and hard if you use those. Marshmallow type food doesn't always freeze well--it gets chewy. Maybe try one to see if it works. :)

Still on-going. I'm hoping to hear from a strong possibility but I'm having to learn European patience. :) Thanks for asking!

I don't have insomnia, gratefully, but I am a restless sleeper. I wake up several times each night but have an audio book that usually puts me back to sleep in minutes. I've found that to be the best sleep aid--I concentrate on that rather than my mind starting to whirl and I go to sleep. Sometimes it takes forever to listen to that one book since I fall asleep so fast! Lately I've gotten into some kind of 3 o'clock wake-up that is too early to get up but too close to get up time to fall back to sleep too hard. The book will either put me back into a light sleep or I end up listening until time to get up. LOL

Good luck with the insomnia--it's probably your creative mind on overdrive. And enjoy the treats--they only take about 30 mins. from start to finish without the microwave. Probably 15 or less with it and you can cut them. :)
LGrant   Friday, August 1, 2008
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