In a less litigious world, these would be called what they are: Rice Krispie Treats® with toffee, coffee, and chocolate. However, since Kellogg’s® has a team of lawyers scouring the Internet for any sort of infringement on their registered trademark, they’re called “Crispy Cereal Treats.” Doesn’t have the same ring to it, but receiving a strongly worded letter doesn’t sound too pleasant either. So, let’s pretend that these were made using generic crispy rice cereal and not the one that was on sale this week—2 for $7!
The original recipe comes from Food52 on the recommendation of the Mill House Inn’s talented chef…with a few modifications, naturally. A little less coffee and toffee (the latter is only sold in 1 & 1/3 bags ’round these parts) and they’re dipped in chocolate rather than mixed with chocolate chips. Still the premise is the same…
Rice Krispie Treats® Crispy Cereal Treats that are a little more complex than what you’ll find at your typical bake sale.
- 8 cups “crispy rice cereal” (cough cough)
- 1 + 1/3 cups toffee bits
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons finely ground instant coffee or espresso powder
- 6 cups (about 16 oz) mini marshmallows
- 8 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- Butter a 10″ x 15″ jelly roll pan (you can use 9″ x 12″ pan for thicker treats)
- In large bowl, toss together cereal and toffee bits.
- In a large pot, melt together butter and coffee over low-medium heat.
- Add marshmallows and stir constantly until melted (burned marshmallow and butter is no one’s friend).
- Add cereal mixture and stir until evenly coated.
- Transfer mixture to prepared pan and, using a bit of wax paper, press down until the top is even.
- Allow to cool before cutting until squares.
- Fill your pot with soapy water and pretend like you’re soaking it when you’re really just too lazy to clean it immediately.
- Melt chocolate over low heat.
- Dip a side (or two) of each treat in the chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool and set.
- Pretend like you didn’t eat three before giving them to some friends.