Friday, May 3, 2013

A Treat by Any Other Name...

by Xani

Crisp Rice Treats.  You know what I'm talking about?  The treat that's been around for generations, requires 3 ingredients, and no baking?  Yeah, you know what I'm getting at.  Now, I don't really think the Kellogg legal team is going to come my way to shut down BCD just because I co-opt their product name incorrectly (and without permission).  But in this case I admit to using knock-off, Harris Teeter brand crisp rice cereal, and I'm proud of it!  The end result was a special, unique version of the crispy marshmallow bars, made for a very special cause!

I was enlisted to provide some treats for a PTA bake sale.  G is graduating from 5th grade (time flies) and the Spring carnival bake sale at her elementary school will help raise money for the 5th grade graduation celebrations.  The options were limited- I could sign up to bring cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or crisp rice treats!

Well, ever since EP and I delved into gourmet CR treats last year (we created salted caramel and toasted coconut chai flavored bars to give the audience when we participated in SHOW Baltimore) I'm always thinking of how we can kick the standard treats up a notch.

This time I wanted to keep the flavor light and spring-y, and kid friendly.  After I had such success using Fiore di Sicila extract to create Creamsicle cream puffs at our Citrus Celebration brunch, I thought it would make a perfect addition to the treats!

After adding about a 1/2 teaspoon of the extract to the double-batch of treats (this stuff is POTENT! use sparingly), I pressed them into the pan and, for a little extra somethin'-somethin', topped with some colored sugar pearls.

Has a treat ever been easier?  Or TASTIER??  These Creamsicle Crispy Treats are delicious, and Dave and I were literally covered in sticky marshmallow goop from licking the bowl and spoon.  Just a few drops of Fiore di Sicilia turns these treats from classic to smashing!

Sometimes, a treat by any other name tastes just as sweet... let's hope they sell out and raise a few bucks for G's school!

Happy Spring!

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