Apparently I missed National S’mores Day a couple weekends ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
♥More s’mores goodies…