The worst part about making rice cereal treats is that it sticks to everything. Today I’m sharing with you some chef tips for the best rice cereal treats!
Growing up Mom always made rice cereal treats. They were inexpensive, fed a huge crowd and didn’t take a lot of effort. Well okay they were a pain in the butt when you had to smush the mixture into the container. It stuck to everything. One time I had it in my hair, my cheek and on my chin. LOL Today I’m sharing with you some of my tricks I’ve learned throughout the years of making these (and cleaning it off of my hands and everything else).
- Use fresh marshmallows. Don’t reach for that rogue bag in the back of the cabinet that, when you press the marshmallow, it’s firm. You want squishy.
- Extra marshmallows? Yes please! Most recipes call for about 40 large marshmallows or 5 cups of mini ones. I tend to add about 60 or 7 cups. I like extra. OR if you wanted, while you’re stirring your cereal into the melted marshmallow mixture just add in a cup or so of mini marshmallows.
- Use a non-stick pan to melt your marshmallow mixture and to mix your treats in. This will make clean up a breeze.
- Make sure the pan is large enough to mix all of the items in. Trust me I made the mistake of using a smaller pan and I had rogue cereal on my floors for the longest time!
- Melt the butter first then add the marshmallows stirring them to coat with the butter. Take it slow on melting them. You don’t want them to brown.
- Grease your spoon or spatula BEFORE combining the cereal and marshmallow mixture. Use a sturdy spoon/spatula – trust me on this. I had a flimsy one and it was a waste of time and effort.
- After you dump your mixture into your prepared pan, spray your hands with cooking spray (side note – remove your rings on this; trust me on this one). Spraying your hands will make it so you can press the cereal mixture down into the pan without it sticking to the spoon or your hands. If you find it’s starting to stick, just re-spray. Conversely if you don’t want to use this you can lightly wet your hands and then press. Just watch how much water you use as you don’t want them to be soggy.
- Adding extras: If you want to add sprinkles, chocolate chips, toffee or candy to your cereal treats, after you mix it you need to allow the mixture to cool slightly before adding them. If you add it when it’s warm the items will melt. Just use your muscles to stir it all together and then add to your prepared pan.