CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Earth Day Rice Krispie Treats

Ask a roomful of kids what their favorite treat is and you might get dozens of answers. But if you mention Rice Krispie bars, the response would be pretty positive, I suspect.

Show me a kid who doesn’t like Rice Krispie bars and I’ll show you a kid who doesn’t like sweets.

I know that when growing up, the bars were one of my favorites. I remember the mother of one of my friends used to make them all the time. Needless to say, she was pretty popular with the neighborhood kids.

Today, on Earth Day, here is a recipe that will make your kids think a bit about the planet on which they live while at the same time appealing to the sweet tooth of all of them.

Earth Day Rice Treats
¼ cup margarine
40 regular-sized marshmallows
½ teaspoon vanilla
6 cups Rice Krispies
Green and blue food coloring
Melt margarine and marshmallows over medium heat in a large pot. Once the marshmallows and margarine begin to melt stir in vanilla and Rice Krispies cereal. Stir the ingredients until completely mixed. Using a spatula, divide the mixture evenly into two bowls. Add green food coloring to one bowl and blue food coloring to the second. Stir each color. (Not all the mixture has to change colors. You can leave some of it white.) Allow the children to take a scoop from the blue bowl and a scoop from the green bowl and mash them together in a ball (Earth). Set the balls aside until completely cool. Once the balls are cool, enjoy your Earth Day treat.

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