I’ve loved Rice Krispies treats for as long as I can remember. As a child, I dove into those sticky-licious bars and devoured them before Mom could say “stop.” As I’ve grown up and gotten older, I’ve started to add a few things to them such as chocolate chips, dried fruit and even skittles. For this recipe, I wanted to take it up another notch. Each year, our office holds potluck lunches around the holidays. We form into 5 teams and each team takes on a theme and cooks up something wonderful for the rest of the staff. This year, my team chose Hawaiian Haystacks and I volunteered to bring a dessert. What are Hawaiian Haystacks? It’s a combination of rice, topped with chicken simmered in onions and soup and then topped with assorted fruits, crunchy noodles and other items. They are easy to make and you can customize your own haystack. So what did I do to make a delicious dessert for our potluck? Why, white chocolate covered peppermint rice krispies treats of course!
Believe it or not, the peppermint idea was hubbys. He had been at Walmart and found peppermint marshmallows and ate nearly an entire bag that day. I had also made some rice krispie treats and he suggested combining the two. I wanted to add some additional flavors, so I incorporated the white chocolate chip topping and the crushed peppermint. The result was a delicious peppermint treat that had my co-workers begging for the recipe.
White Chocolate Covered Peppermint Rice Krispies Treats
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Total time||20 minutes|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Pre-preparable|
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 15oz peppemint marshmallows
- 5 cups Rice Krispies or similar cereal
- 2 bags white chocolate chips (12 oz each)
- crushed candy canes
Make these with dark chocolate or milk chocolate if preferred.
My recipe is close to the original by Rice Krispies, however I like mine gooey-er (is that even a word?) so I upped the amount of the marshmallows and reduced the amount of the cereal. Yes, it’s stickier, but I think it’s moister and makes the marshmallow flavor pop more. The peppermint marshmallows are not too strong in flavor so it didn’t drown out the chocolate. The sprinkle of the crushed candies on top gave it a nice crunch and more cool peppermint flavor.
Since this was for my work potluck, I made a double batch and used milk chocolate chips for the second tray. This gave my co-workers a choice and most had a little bit of each. I think I may try dark chocolate next time.
This is a fun Christmas treat to make with your kids since you won’t have to worry about turning on the oven and the kids would have a blast decorating the top with the crushed peppermints, or whatever other candy they like.