Rice Krispie Squares

When you look at the dimensions of these Rice Krispie Squares, the first thing you might notice is that they are not square, they are rectangular in shape.

But I already know they’re not square so you don’t have to tell me they’re not square. It just doesn’t sound right to call them “Rice Krispie Rectangles”. 

These are a favourite at our house at Hallowe’en. Actually they are a favourite year round, but My Shirley seldom makes them any other time of year. And they are certainly a favourite of the many trick or treaters we get knocking on our door on October 31. 

We make the larger size ones for Hallowe’en. The smaller sized ones aren’t really a “treat” so much as they are a “taste”.

It’s really too bad that most people do not give out homemade goodies on Hallowe’en so much any more. It was a big part of the fun tradition that we children, growing up in the 50s and 60s, looked forward to each year. 

These days, children are usually instructed to just toss homemade treats, in the interest of safety. There is too much risk that the homemade goodies have been laced with drugs or poison, non disclosed ingredients that might cause allergic reactions, or been made using unsanitary conditions.

We live in a small community where everyone knows everyone but, many parents are still understandably reluctant to allow their children to consume any candies or treats of an uncertain origin.

To help ease the parents’ minds, we attach a label, similar to the one shown below and offer an alternate solution to just disposing of the treat if the parent is still uneasy about letting their children have them.

(The blurred out number at the bottom left of the label is a random number we print on the labels. If a concerned parent wishes to confirm the origin of our treats, they can contact us and we can verify the treats came from our home by identifying that number. An imposter trying to duplicate our labels on treats in subsequent years would not have access to the number we were printing on our labels that year.)

Time Required: 20 min.

Yield: 8 large (4½” x 3”) or
16 small (2¼” x 3”)

Stuff Required:

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 50 Marshmallows (310 gm)

(there are approximately 64 marshmallows per 400 gm bag.)

  • 1¼ tsp vanilla

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies (¾ of a large box)

Do This:

  1. Melt butter in a large pot on medium heat.

  2. Stir in marshmallows until melted.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

  4. Add Rice Krispies and stir to mix.

  5. Pat into a buttered 9” x 12” oven proof pan or casserole dish.

  6. Cool before cutting into squares.

Hint: Use a buttered spatula or fingers to smooth and press into place.  


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