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Stick to the recipe or eat ’em with a fork, rice krispy caramel bars

You wouldn’t think there could be too much caramel in a slab of marshmallows and cereal but unless you want to eat rice krispy bars with a fork, resist the temptation to toss in extra chunks of caramel. See exhibit A below.

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Exhibit A – added too many caramels

The recipe card handed down to me reads “1 pkg caramels.” I assumed bags of caramels, like bangs, were bigger back in the 80s. So I added extra and I was oozingly wrong.

Rice Krispy Caramel Bars

11-ounce package caramels, unwrapped

14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

2 sticks butter or margarine

2 (10-ounces each) packages marshmallows

14 cups krispy rice cereal

Get in the kitchen:

Line 9×13 pan with parchment paper and butter generously. Or skip the paper and butter the pan itself.

In the microwave or on the stove top, melt together caramels, condensed milk, and 1 stick of butter over low heat. Stir, stir, stir. Keep your eyes on it or it will burn.

In a large bowl or saucepan, melt together marshmallows and 1 stick of butter. Stir in cereal.

Grab the buttered pan and drop big spoonfuls of the marshmallow cereal mixture into the bottom – only use half of the mix. Spray the back of a large spoon with cooking spray and use it to press the cereal into an even layer.

Pour the caramel over the layer. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining cereal on top of the caramel. Use the greased spoon again to press the cereal into an even layer.

Let set at least four hours before cutting into squares. Eat within a day or two.

0 Comments

  1. This is so something I would do! Am I wrong in thinking they look delicious anyway? The type of thing that runs down your arm as you shovel it in your mouth!

  2. I sure will. I think I can just sub chocolate chips for the caramels. I have a bar recipe that calls for the chocolate chip/condensed milk/butter combo for “fudge.” You have a great Easter as well!

  3. These are a favorite in my family (we call them double-decker Rice Krispies)! One of these days I want to experiment with a fudge filling. I think that would be delicious!

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