Rice Krispies have been the base for a plethora of recipes throughout the years, and I’ve made many of them. It’s simple to make and the original classic recipe can be mixed with so many different ingredients to come up with a diverse selection of yummy tastes, or served as is.
Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! In the 19th century, however, green became used as a symbol for Ireland. In Ireland, there is plentiful rain and mist, so the ‘Emerald Isle‘ really is verdant all year-round.
Sticking with tradition, we created a delicious green snack just for St. Patrick’s Day. I took the classic recipe and added some green color from spinach to give it that glorious Irish glow.
Rice Krispies Classic Recipe
- 50 ml or 1/4 cup margarine or butter
- 1.25 L or 5 cups miniature or 40 regular (250 g pkg) marshmallows
- 2 ml or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1.5 L or 6 Cups Rice Krispies* cereal
- Green color – 8 drops of green color OR spinach mixture (see below)
- Spinach Mixture – using 1/2 cup of spinach and 1 tbsp of water, blend in a blender or Bullet, until you get a gorgeous green color and add to batter. Spinach offers a natural food color and it’s incredibly healthy for you. Natural options are always my first choice. Younger spinach will give you a more vibrant green, whereas the larger leaf spinach will produce a darker green color.
Stove Top Directions:
1. In large saucepan over low heat, melt margarine. Add marshmallows; stir until melted and well blended. Remove from heat.
2. Stir in vanilla. Add cereal, stirring until coated.
3. Using lightly buttered spatula, press into buttered 3.5L (13 x 9″) pan. Cool. Cut into bars.
I found a silicone shamrock mold at a craft store and loved the adorable clover shapes. I packed each shamrock with plenty of mixture and let it set for a few hours. They popped out of the mold maintaining their perfect shamrock shape. I really like the silicone molds; they’re super easy to use and clean.
I always double or triple my Rice Kripsie recipe so I can make several shapes. The quickest way is to add the mixture to a pan and let it set. Kids love this treat no matter what color or shape.
Rice Krispie treats can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge. These treats never last long in my home, so I never worry about freshness. My family devours them quickly because they’re magically delicious!