There’s a retro kind of goodness to these squares – even with the addition of the kitchen sink. True. It isn’t any good for you – it’s loaded with
crap candy and anyone making and eating it should be required to eat bran muffins for a week after. But, heck. It’s Halloween.
Halloween’s supposed to be about over-the-top fun and these Krispie Everything Squares are perfectly goofy. They contain a ton of Halloween candy and other goodies. That might have something to do with the fact that I’m a sucker for Halloween candy, especially the miniature stuff.
I wait all year to find little bitty O’Henry bars and buy a few bags. I might eat three and then the rest just languish. They always look better than they taste. Harvest color M&M’s look like they need a makeover. And because Halloween store displays start in August these days you are more than likely to encounter a sad package of say, tiny Baby Ruth’s that are all melted together. That is disappointing. And best of luck finding a good bag of candy to give out to the tricksters if you dare to buy it near Halloween – say three weeks before. All the good stuff is gone.
If you have a Halloween party to attend and you must bring some goody – this is the one. If you have to feed small children and then send them home (always a good idea after feeding them sweets) these are the treats you want.
I am probably the only person on the planet who has made more Krispie wrecks than the law allows. I’m told that 5-year-olds and monkeys can make Krispie Squares with their eyes closed. That gives me comfort.
The first batch was a novel approach to trying to make the stuff a little bit healthy. Forget about it. Between the banana and almond butter some science experiment commenced and we ended up with a 13×9 square of wet goo. It was not pretty. However, it did have great flavor – if you could get past having to eat it with a spoon.
Next, I tried using homemade marshmallow because that seemed so, well, homey. Forget about that one, too. Apparently there is some ingredient in commercial marshmallows that cohabitates with Krispies to form a nice firm square. Homemade marshmallow only made them wet and gooey. Of course it might have been one of the eighty other ingredients I added, but I’m going with homemade marshmallow fail. And no. It did not even pass the taste test. It was disgusting. Monkeys were laughing.
The answer was simple. I could invite a 5-year-old over to teach me how to make this stuff or even a monkey. But neither were available. My favorite 5-year-old (or is she 6 now?) lives too far away. And the monkeys I’ve met like to throw things. I was on my own.
Here’s the trick. Don’t think about it. Just make the stuff while you are doing 40 other things, or watching television or playing a game on your iPad. No need to pay attention to it. It almost makes itself.
There is almost everything in these but you can add more to make it more than everything or less to make it less than everything. It’ll still work. I know. Because I made it every which way. Just to be sure.
I wanted a nutty flavor so I used Reeses Pieces. And M&Ms because they looked harvesty. And GF pretzels because it seemed like a good idea. I had candy corn and resisted but ended up putting those on top for a festive look. I wanted to add coconut, and you can. But toast it first. Oddly enough I added mini marshmallows because I wanted to. Anything colorful helps made the beige Krispies look a little more festive.
Use GF Rice Krispies. Any brand will do. I’ve used this one or this one. Use good marshmallows and if you can find the giant hulk-sized then get those. They have more hold-it together stuff in them. They say you can make it dairy free-ish (but the candy may have milk products in it) by using margarine, but please don’t tell me if you did. Butter is your friend in small amounts. Some people get fancy and brown the butter, but for this stuff, no need. That flavor will be supplanted by the kitchen sink of Halloween candy.
Go ahead. Laugh. But I bet you’re making a grocery list right this very second. And just in case – the corner pieces are the tastiest.
|Halloween Krispie Everything Squares||
- 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 10 oz. bag of good quality big marshmallows (GF)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6-7 cups GF Rice Krispie Cereal (any brand)
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup M&Ms
- 1 cup Reeses Pieces
- 1 cup broken GF pretzels
- 1 cup candy corn
- optional: 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
- optional: more candy (like other small colorful treats)
- Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil or parchment. Leave enough paper or foil as an overhang (handles). Spray generously with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a very large saucepan over low heat melt butter. Add marshmallow and melt slowly, stirring often. Using a double-boiler is even better if you have one.
- In a large mixing bowl toss together cereal with mini marshmallows, M&Ms, Reeses, pretzels, candy corn, and optional coconut. When marshmallow butter mixture is thoroughly melted and smooth (no lumps) add the vanilla and stir. Fold the mixed dry ingredients all at once into the melted marshmallow. It will be hard to fold but keep going until it is all mixed in. Try not to crush any of the goodies. Immediately scrape into the prepared pan. Using clean damp hands press firmly into place until the squares are flat in the pan. Let them set about 4 hours. Remove from pan using the foil or parchment as handles. Peel away parchment or foil and cut into squares using a serrated knife. And stop eating them and save some for the party.
- If they aren’t Krispie, please invite the nearest monkey or five-year-old to your house to help make them.