11.01.2010

Scarily Tasty Treats

Question: What's has dots of blackish blue with orange and is tasty?
Answer: Blueberry and Apricot Rice Mallow Treats!

I first learned to make Rice Krispie Treats in my 6th grade Home Economics class. Loved the overly sugary treats back in the days, but my versions of these crispy snacks have come a long way since then.

I've experimented with Khalua, freeze-dried strawberries, almonds, granola, green tea powder, and flax seeds just to name a few. The latest endeavor is with freeze-dried blueberries and dried apricots- totally matches the color scheme for Halloween but tasty enough for whenever!

Blueberry and Apricot Rice Mallow Treats
  1 package of freeze-dried blueberries from Trader Joe's
  1/2 cup dried apricots, finely diced
  4 cups crispy rice cereal
  1/2 bag of marshmallows
  1 tablespoon butter 

    Melt butter over low flame.
    Add marshmallows, stir constantly to prevent burning/carmalizing.
    Remove mixture from flame when marshmallows have completely melted.
    Add crispy rice cereal, blueberries, and apricots in batches. Make sure all ingredients are well-coated.
    Empty mixture into a casserole dish or any flat pan that has been buttered or oiled to prevent sticking.
    Pack mixture down with the flat side of a measuring cup.
    Let cool. Then cut into 2 inch squares. Store in airtight container (if there is any left!)



My contemplation about giving out apples instead of candy this year became reality with the help of Mom who supplied the delicious fruits. I like how the apples feel much more substantial in the hand or in the bags than fun-sized candies.

One trick-or-treater said "Ooh! Healthy!" as he was getting an apple from the basket. Not sure if he was being genuine or sarcastic, but at least I know he now has the options of candies and an apple to choose from as he packs his snacks for school tomorrow. And who knows. I might become the new Peanut Lady as the kids swap Halloween stories tomorrow!

4 comments:

the actor's diet said...

i've been wanting to make rice krispie treats for a while but i love the addition of dried fruit!

delwin said...

that was perfect for halloween =D

Terry B. said...

Those look tasty...about your mention again of the "peanut lady", I wonder, with all the talk of peanut allergies, what if the wrong kid with an allergy takes the peanuts anyway. Could the treat giver be subject to being sued by parents claiming endangering the health of their kid? The way they are going after McDonald's...that can't be too far away. Now THAT'S scary!

Elizabeth said...

@ Terry: That crossed my mind, too. I think most people have the knowledge to not give out peanuts to trick-or-treaters now. My incident with Peanut Lady happened years ago in Hong Kong, when peanut allergy isn't nearly as common and in a place where most kids don't suffer from as many allergies as those here in America.

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