Wednesday, March 7, 2012

S'mores Bars


Nothing says childhood quite like homemade rice krispie treats.  And nothing says college quite like the memory of wasting hours sitting in the campus cafeteria chatting with friends.  Sure, we had homework to finish.  Sure, we had to study for exams.  Sure, we had to get up for a morning cross country workout at 6:30 the next day.  But that never stopped Tall and Small from making one last trip to the dessert table after dinner and sitting down for another fifteen minutes, half an hour, ok forty five minutes to gossip with our teammates before getting on with our busy evenings.

Overall, the food in our college cafeteria was far from good.  It was downright bad on some days, to be honest.  But the dessert table was a different story!  Fresh baked cookies, brownies, and cakes.  A well stocked ice cream freezer.  And throwbacks to the childhood favorite rice krispy treats, made not only with krispies, but with a number of other cereals as well.  Which leads us to today's recipe: S'mores Bars.

Small One was off in Seattle last weekend interviewing at the University of Washington as a PhD candidate.  Back in Philadelphia, Tall One was in the kitchen recreating the college cafeteria S'mores Bars.  She had a few friends over Saturday night, and the bars were gone by morning!  So Tally whipped up another batch to bring to work on Monday and they had disappeared by lunch!  Now that Smally is back in town, it looks like we're going to have to make a third batch, so she can give them a try.

Seriously, make these for your kids, your friends, or your co-workers.  They are the perfect 15 minute treat for children and adults alike!


-6 cups Golden Grahams cereal
-4 Tbs butter
-10 oz bag marshmallows
-2 chocolate bars (the 1.55 oz ones that you sometimes impulse buy in the grocery store checkout line)

Use butter to grease a rectangular 9x13 pan well.

Measure 6 cups of Golden Grahams into a large bowl.  Use your hands to break the pieces up a bit, just be careful not to grind them down too finely.  Roughly chop the chocolate bars and set them aside.

In a non-stick saucepan, over medium heat, melt 4 Tbs of butter.  Add marshmallows to butter and continue to cook over medium heat until marshmallows and butter have melted together.  Stir frequently to avoid sticking.  Remove marshmallow mixture from heat and immediately pour over golden grahams.  Gently toss with a wooden spoon to coat cereal.  Add chocolate pieces and continue to mix until chocolate and marshmallow is evenly distributed.

Dump entire mixture into the greased pan.  Use a piece of wax paper to press the cereal mixture into all corners of the pan.  Allow to cool for an hour or two before cutting into bars.

S'mores Bars: Because it turns out everyone likes a little taste of childhood!

Tall and Small

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