Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Peppermint Rice Krispie Treat Snowballs

When I ran across this idea, I had to try it.  Rice Krispie Treats are everyone’s favorite, but with a touch of peppermint candy?  Then rolled into balls and dipped in white chocolate?  What’s not to love about that?  Add a candy cane “hook” and you can hang it on your cup of hot cocoa on a cold night.

Just about anything can be shaped from Rice Krispie Treats - it’s hard not to find a recipe book without a variation of one kind or another.  I was skeptical of whether I would like them laced with crushed peppermint candy.  I can (enthusiastically) say that they are wonderful - you’ll be full of Christmas spirit at first bite.

Making these made me wonder who gets the credit for inventing Rice Krispie Treats, anyway?  (And - by the way - they are spelled “Krispies”, not “Krispys” - that spelling and name are trademarked by Kellogg Company)  Two Kellogg’s employees, Matilda Jensen and Mildred Day, are credited with their invention in 1939.  Similar recipes already existed at the time for Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat - but they were very sticky, as neither used marshmallows - using instead other ingredients such as molasses (can you IMAGINE?)

Supposedly it took them two weeks to perfect the recipe.  These two women were home economists whose job it was to promote the cereals manufactured at Kelloggs.  Mildred’s daughter Sandra asked her why she never made the snack for her - and she said “If you’d made them for two weeks from 6:30 AM until 10:30 at night - you wouldn’t want to make them again, either.”  Touche’ Mildred!  The recipe first appeared on the cereal’s packaging in 1941, and they were sold as a ready-made product beginning in 1995.  

This recipe is just one (of many) variations of the original recipe - which, by the way, has NEVER changed.  

There are only a few hints to make this easier.  

One - don’t push the candy canes into the balls until they have cooled, but are not yet hard.  Two - dip the candy cane into the white candy coating after making the indentation in each ball (this helps it stay put so you can dip it)  Three - (this is important) don’t taste them until they are all packaged to give away, or you’ll have to make a second batch.

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