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S’mores Crispy Treats

Apparently I missed National S’mores Day a couple weekends ago.

S'mores Crispy Treats ~ rice cereal and marshmallow bars are given a s'mores treatment with the addition of graham cereal, whole mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips  |  {Five Heart Home}So I decided I’d better remedy that. Stat.

I recently mentioned that this week not only marks my oldest son’s first week of school, but also his birthday. So yesterday, our little family was scheduled to made the trek to first grade to share birthday treats with his class. As crazy as this week was shaping up to be, I knew that I would need to make something that was quick and easy, while also being nut-free for school and guaranteed to be eagerly gobbled down by a gaggle of 6-year-olds.

So here’s what I came up with. I mean, who doesn’t like marshmallow cereal treats? But as good as they are, they’re not very exciting, so I decided to pay homage to the end of summer by turning them into s’mores inspired bars.

S'mores Crispy Treats ~ rice cereal and marshmallow bars are given a s'mores treatment with the addition of graham cereal, whole mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}Of course, marshmallows are already included in your standard crispy treats, but I decided to toss in additional mini marshmallows for a more s’more-like experience.

Graham crackers and chocolate were also required. I thought about stirring in broken graham crackers, but I was afraid they may get stale or soggy. So instead, I subbed Golden Grahams cereal for two cups of the crispy rice cereal.

For the chocolate, I used half milk chocolate and half semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can certainly pick your favorite type of chocolate here. Some of the chips melted into the warm marshmallow/cereal mixture and some of them stayed whole. I stuck my chocolate chips in the freezer ahead of time in hopes that they wouldn’t all melt completely, and it seemed to work.

S'mores Crispy Treats ~ rice cereal and marshmallow bars are given a s'mores treatment with the addition of graham cereal, whole mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}Care to know my other secret trick to making any variety of marshmallow cereal treats? Wet your hands before pressing them into the pan. That’s right…no butter or wax paper needed, no getting frustrated with sticky, stringy marshmallow goo. With wet fingers, you can effortlessly press down your cereal mixture with minimal mess. Just don’t press down too hard and get everything all compact. You want your cereal bars to turn out solid but not overly compressed.

S'mores Crispy Treats ~ rice cereal and marshmallow bars are given a s'mores treatment with the addition of graham cereal, whole mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}And now for the ultimate test…how did S’mores Crispy Treats go over with a classroom of first graders? Well, to say that they were a hit would be an understatement. Here are some of the quotes I overheard from the mouths of babes as they were chowing down:

“Can you text my mom this recipe?”

“I could eat, like, 100 of these.”

“Oh my gosh, these treats are TO DIE FOR!”

That last one was from a 6-year-old boy, no less. To die for. It made me remember why I loved teaching first graders. Their enthusiasm for the simple things in life, like s’mores and cereal bars, always made me smile.

S'mores Crispy Treats ~ rice cereal and marshmallow bars are given a s'mores treatment with the addition of graham cereal, whole mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}I think that these treats will make you smile, too. Just one last word of warning…you can make them in a snap, but they’ll likely be gone in a flash. ;)

S’mores Crispy Treats

S’mores Crispy Treats

Classic rice cereal/marshmallow treats are given a s'mores twist with the addition of graham cereal, chocolate chips, and whole mini marshmallows.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, PLUS 1 tablespoon softened butter for greasing pan
  • 10 ounces marshmallows PLUS 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups graham cereal (such as Golden Grahams)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or a mixture)

Directions

  1. Use 1 tablespoon of softened butter to generously grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large pot, stir together 4 tablespoons butter and 10 ounces marshmallows over low heat until melted. Remove pot from heat.
  3. Mix rice and graham cereals into melted butter/marshmallow mixture until blended. Quickly fold in additional 2 cups of mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Stir until just incorporated. Before all of the chocolate chips have a chance to melt, dump mixture into greased baking dish. Press down in an even layer, pressing firmly enough that bars will be solid but not overly compact.
  4. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

I prefer using salted butter in these, because a small amount of salt enhances/adds complexity to sweet flavors, but unsalted butter will work just fine as well.

Be sure to melt butter and marshmallows over LOW heat. If they melt at too high of a heat, your treats may end up tough.

Freeze your chocolate chips ahead of time so that they don't all melt when you stir them in.

Pre-measure all ingredients ahead of time so that they can be added quickly at the right time, which will make stirring everything in easier.

Wet your hands before pressing the mixture into the pan to keep it from sticking to your hands.

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This post is linked to Kitchen Fun & Crafty Link Party at Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons, Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop #24 at House of Rose, Weekend Potluck #81 at 4 Little Fergusons, Link Party Palooza #3 at Lil’ Luna, Best of the Weekend #18 at Little Miss Celebration, Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party Week #111 at Six Sisters’ Stuff, Show Stopper Saturday #2 at Joyful Healthy Eats, Sunday Linky #22 at Suburbs Mama, Inspiration {Fourth} Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Monday Funday Link Party {32} at Uncommon Designs, Pin It Monday Hop #23 at Pursuit of Functional Home, Give Me the Goods Link Party #23 at Rain on a Tin Roof, Two Cup Tuesday No. 34 at Pint Sized Baker, Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy’s Recipe BoxTime to Sparkle Link Party #24 at Love Grows Wild, Wake Up Wednesdays at Kitchen Meets Girl, and Hookin Up With HoH #163 at House of Hepworths.

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Comments

  1. Mmm… Another great recipe! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very welcome, Madeline. I hope you enjoy them if you try them! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

  2. These sound really tasty! I haven’t had rice krispie treats in a long time. I also work with kids and I love it! They really make you appreciate the little things in life.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so right, Melanie! It helps to step back every once in awhile and remember what the world looks like through the eyes of a child. And I hadn’t made Rice Krispie Treats in quite awhile either, but I’m not sure why…they’re so easy and always a hit! Although I’m not sure if I’ll ever be allowed to make plain ones again after these… ;)

  3. Delish!

  4. No wonder I have been seeing all these delicious s’mores recipes! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe Samantha, it looks REALLY good!

    I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I agree, Ruth…there have been some amazing s’mores-inspired recipes out there lately, don’t you think? And I appreciate the invite to your link party…I’ll definitely check it out!

  5. Oh my, Samantha – another awesome treat!!! These look fantastic and I’d like to have one right now! :) Pinning and will be sharing on FB and Twitter over the weekend. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Hope your weekend is wonderful!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Cindy! Your comments are always so positive and uplifting. I appreciate everything…have a fabulous weekend!

  6. Wow! This looks deee-licious! We would love for you to share your recipe at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  7. OH MY GOODNESS!!! These treats look amazing! I’m a sucker for anything s’more and I love Golden Grahams. I’m pinning this recipe NOW! Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to try these babies!

    Katie @ thecasualcraftete.com

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Katie…I love your enthusiasm! I hope these live up to your s’mores-loving expectations… ;) I appreciate the comment and the pin!

  8. I would probably be able to eat 100 of these as well. YUM!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m not gonna lie, Erin…they’re pretty dangerous! I ate more than I care to admit… ;)

  9. MMM! My handsome man and I LOVE s’mores! I can’t wait to try these they look awesome!

    I’m a new follower! :) Come see me! :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Brianna…I hope y’all love them! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the invite to check out your cute site. :)

  10. I love love LOVE s’mores so these sound like my perfect summer treat! I’d be thrilled if you’d come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Nicky! I hope you enjoy the recipe and I’ll definitely check out your link party this week. :)

  11. WOWZERS! These look awesome, and your photos are just divine! What an excellent post! You covered all your bases, including some helpful tips too. SO glad you shared at Weekend Potluck. Please come back again soon. Thanks for the link back too. =)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      What a thoughtful comment…thank you so much! I really appreciate you stopping by, and you can count on me at Weekend Potluck every week. :)

  12. These DO look to die for!! I absolutely love the things that come out of the mouths of six year olds!! Happy birthday to your kiddo! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome treat with us over at Wake Up Wednesdays! Pinning!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Lisa, and thanks so much for stopping by! Kids that age really are so funny. I’m excited about y’all’s fun new party…congratulations on being a part of it!

  13. wow,more amazing photos and recipes…these are amazing! hope to see you again at Wake Up Wednesdays

  14. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party,
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    We hope to see you there!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Parrish…I actually link up with y’all most weeks! :) I linked up three of my posts this morning, but I don’t think this recipe was one of them. I can always add it next week! Thanks for stopping by… :)

  15. Ok, I’m not in first grade. But can you bring some over to my house?! :) These look awesome girl, just wanted to let you know that I featured you at Show Stopper Saturday. :) Have a great weekend!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Awww…thanks so much, Krista! I’m honored. :) I’ll be stopping by in the morning to link up again. Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!

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