It’s that time of year again: time for sugar rushes, seeing little kids wear the most adorable costumes ever, and first years (college freshmen) finding an excuse to get plastered and wear as little clothing/costume as possible. Human behaviour is a peculiar thing. But that’s irrelevant. Let’s focus on power flavour combinations. Peanut butter and chocolate.
There’s something scandalous about chocolate, everyone has had their turn with this seductive flavour. Mint, orange, sea salt, even chili peppers. They’ve all had their tumble in bed with chocolate, but peanut butter, this is not some wanton one-night stand. When mint, orange, sea salt, or chili is with chocolate, chocolate clearly wears the pants. It’s the real star in the relationship. But chocolate and peanut butter, they’re both just as powerful in your mouth. You have the smooth, rich consistency of peanut butter, and it just melts together with the velvety silk we call chocolate. Two flavours that complement each other; they bring out the best of each other.
The perfect relationship.
Can you tell I love peanut butter and chocolate?
Let’s channel a little bit of my favourite flavour by making these excellent Rice Krispies squares. They remind me of Trick-or-Treating, and how it was everyone’s least favourite treat from their Halloween winnings. Luckily for these, they’re pushed to the top of my list by sprucing it up with some Reese’s peanut butter cups. Gooey marshmallow goodness, crispy rice cereal, and peanut butter chocolate flavour.
Before I get to the recipe, I’d like to ask you guys a favour.
Every year for Halloween, I volunteer with Trick or Eat, which is where volunteers go door to door collecting food donations for local food banks. Currently I only have one other team member (she hasn’t registered yet, which is why you don’t see her name there), but the important thing is that if you can, please sponsor our team to raise money for local food banks! Ever since the economy took a nosedive, food banks have been seeing an increase of clients, but the amount of food and donations they currently get isn’t enough. Please donate what you can, even a dollar helps. One dollar = one meal! Click here or on the logo above to go to my team page (Team Misfit, yeah I know, I couldn’t think of anything else).
Also if you’re in the downtown Toronto area, feel free to join me during Trick or Eat! I need more people on my team. Join by contacting me and I’ll forward you the registration email for my team.
Thank you! And here’s the recipe =)
15 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- Classic Rice Krispies Squares with a twist! Add some chopped up Reese's peanut butter cups for some extra flavour.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 10 oz marshmallows (I used half a 483 g bag)
- 8 cups rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
- about 12 peanut butter cups (3 king packs, 4 regular ones, or half of the Reese's cups you didn't eat when you bought a pack of the Halloween packs... haha)
- Line a 9x13 inch pan with wax paper (parchment paper should work too)
- In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter until it starts to bubble and foam.
- Add the marshmallows and mix until the butter has melted them completely.
- Fold in 8 cups of rice cereal. Use a rubber/silicone spatula to fold so you don't crush the rice.
- Chop up 12 peanut butter cups and mix half into the mixture. Reserve the other half for sprinkling on top after the bars cool.
- Refrigerate the bars for about an hour in the fridge, or if you're impatient and hungry like me, just do it all at once. Hence the melty Reese's on top in my picture. =P
- Cut into 2-inch squares, it yields about 16 squares. Or 8 squares if you eat half of them first like me. Hehe.