Hot chocolate isn’t just for the cold months. Here it is mixed into a crowd favorite – rice crispy treats!
I know, I know… why on earth am I making something with hot chocolate in the dead of summer? Because for the #BookClubCookbookCC this month, Sarah of Things I Make (For Dinner) invited us to read Joanne Harris’ Chocolat and to prepare the recipe featured along with the book, homemade hot cocoa (P.S. Giveaway at the end of this post for the cookbook!). But since I couldn’t bring myself to prepare a hot beverage while sweating, I mixed it into rice crispy treats instead. Evidently it was a very good decision because they absolutely disappeared at the cookout we hosted this past weekend. Lesson learned: when it doubt, make rice crispy treats.
In other news, we finally got the rain we so desperately needed but it came at a cost. We got so much in so little time do to that huge storm front that passed through on Wednesday that the river flooded streets and the bike path that I take to work every day. There were parts of the bike path reported to be as high as the bike seat! Today it has reduced a little but in still flooded in areas and in others super muddy which is also not ideal. Hopefully the heat of the weekend will dry it up so I can ride without dealing with cars again.
One year ago: Sourdough Banana Nut Bread
Two years ago: Funfetti Stuffed Chocolate M&M Cookie Cake
Three years ago: Everything Bagel Bites with Bacon-Scallion Cream Cheese Dip
Five years ago: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
HOT CHOCOLATE RICE CRISPY TREATS
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
4 cups (10.5 oz. bag) mini marshmallows
1/2 cup hot chocolate mix
6 cups puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup marshmallow bits
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Coat a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick spray, set aside.
- In large pot over low heat melt the butter. Add marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in hot chocolate. Add cereal and stir until well coated.
- Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Using buttered spatula, waxed paper, or greased hands, press mixture evenly and firmly. Immediately top with marshmallow bits and chocolate chips.
- Cool completely before slicing and serving.
Source: Adapted from Crazy for Crust.