Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fruity Cereal Treats

Summer is all about the fruit.  So, let's bring a little bit of the brightness into our cereal treats!  Fruity Pebbles are the perfect ingredient (well, fruit's in the name at least - just go with it).  These gooey delicious bars are great at BBQs, picnics, and kids birthday parties (or just standing in the kitchen).
These are essentially Rice Krispie Treats, of course - just made with a different cereal.  They're more sugary - you could use half Fruity Pebbles and half Rice Krispies if you prefer (or if you like fruit and chocolate together, you can add mini chocolate chips to cut the sweetness a bit).  They couldn't be more simple and quick to make.  Three ingredients and no baking.  You can't beat that!
So, next time you want a colorful, summery treat, give these a try!

Fruity Treats
Adapted from the Rice Krispie Treats recipe

4 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
10.5 oz bag of mini marshmallows
6 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal

1.  Line a 9" X 13" baking dish with parchment paper.  Lightly spray the dish with oil.  Set aside.

2.  In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat.  Once melted, reduce the heat to low.

3.  Add the marshmallows to the pot.  Stir constantly until the marshmallows are melted and smooth.

4.  Turn off the burner.  Add the cereal to the pot.  Gently stir until the cereal is completely coated.

5.  Pour the cereal mixture into the prepared dish.  Press firmly into an even layer (this is easier if you use an oiled piece of parchment or waxed paper).  Allow the treats to come to room temperature.

6.  Cut the treats into pieces using an oiled knife or cutter.  Serve!  To store: cover and keep at room temperature.  These are best served within 24 hours.

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