Can y’all believe it’s almost the middle of February? That means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I didn’t want it to pass by without some kind of Valentine-y post, like strawberry-chocolate krispie treats. Now that our son’s wedding is a week behind us, all I’ve been able to think about is getting back to my blog.
The other thing I’ve been thinking about is chocolate and strawberries. It’s kind of a tradition, around our house, to have chocolate-covered strawberries on or around Valentine’s Day. There is nothing I love more than strawberry ice cream topped with chocolate, unless, of coarse, it’s chocolate ice cream topped with strawberries. (Side-note – strawberry jam makes a great topping.) Okay, getting back on track now. That’s what got me to thinking about what else I could make using these two ingredients. And… strawberry-chocolate krispie treats are it.
Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of rice krispie treats, however, my family is. And, well, since I am a BIG fan of my family, I decided to make these. I started with the recipe at www.ricekrispies.com.
I started out with these cute little heart-shaped, strawberry flavored, marshmallows. If you can’t find these in your area, you can improvise with regular marshmallows, red food coloring, and strawberry extract. I know this isn’t your first rodeo making these, so you know to slowly melt the marshmallows with 3 tablespoons of butter. I did this on a medium-low setting, in a sauce pan, on the stove-top. You can also do this in the microwave. After it’s all done you’ll want to add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. Yes. Almond. Extract. Okay, for those wondering why the almond extract? My grandma told me about adding almond extract or almond flavoring to anything fruity. Her lemon pound cake, fruit cakes, etc., always had a little almond extract in them (in addition to the other extracts or flavorings the recipe calls for).
I went to our local bulk-food store and picked up some dried, candied strawberries and dipping chocolates. (You locals know the one I’m talking about.) Give the strawberries a coarse chopping until you have enough for a heaping half-cup. A little later, you’ll melt the chocolate in the microwave. Megan surprised me with the little heart-shaped measuring cups. Too cute!
You will also need some of that famous rice krispie cereal. You’ll add the chopped strawberries, and the cereal to the melted marshmallows. Then you’ll mix ’em all up and press ’em down in your pan. Remember to use a slightly larger pan if you’re planning to cut these out with cookie cutters. Otherwise, they could be to deep to cut all the way through.
After they have cooled and set, grab your favorite cookie cutters. Naturally, I used heart shapes for Valentine’s, but most any shape would do. Melt your chocolate in the microwave until nice and smooth and dip and/or drizzle away. And, don’t forget the cute little sprinkles.
I did my strawberry-chocolate krispie treats using a medium-sized heart cutter, and a smaller-sized, scalloped, heart cutter. I did two separate batches of these and ended up with two different shades of pink. That had to be from the variations of color between the two different bags of marshmallows I used for each batch. Go figure.
These strawberry-chocolate krispie treats are SO easy to make and a great recipe to have little-helpers lend a hand with.
Oh yea, for what it’s worth…after eating these, I think I’ve joined the band wagon of fans. Yep, I’m a convert!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 1 8-ounce bag of Strawberry flavored marshmallows
- 3 tablespoons of butter, cut in small cubes
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 dash of salt
- 3¼ cups Rice Krispie cereal
- ½ heaping cup of dried, candied strawberries
- Dipping chocolates, enough for dipping
- Spray an 8x8 (or slightly larger, if cutting out) pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium-sized saucepan melt butter and marshmallows on a medium-low setting, stirring often until melted and smooth.
- Stir in almond extract, salt, and quickly add cereal and dried fruit Press mixture into prepared pan. Allow mixture to cool. When cool, cut-out desired shapes with cookie cutters.
- Using a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in microwave until smooth. Dip and/or drizzle chocolate over hearts. Add sprinkles if desired.