How to Make the Holidays Happy

Hello everyone, and happy holidays! Whatever you celebrate, even if it is just the season in general, I hope you all are enjoying it, especially after this insane year.

This past Thanksgiving, I made the holiday happy by baking cookies. It was so much fun to effectuate and write about that I decided to show you all how I am making this winter holiday season truly happy–by making Rice Krispie Treat Frango Mint-Chocolate Sandwiches, of course.

To make this dessert, I combined two individually delicious recipes together in addition to the use of Frango mint chocolates: the traditional Rice Krispie Treat recipe, and a recipe for Crunchy Fudge Sandwiches. I had tested out this combination once before to mixed reactions (spoiler alert: I was the only one who liked them). I made some small changes this time around, in hopes that they would turn out well enough to serve at my family’s Christmas Eve party.

Well, let us wash our hands, put on our aprons, and get to work!

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First, I focused on the Rice Krispie Treat portion of my recipe. The creation of these treats is fairly simple, but I figured that I should include the process anyways.

“In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.”

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Melting the marshmallows in the already-melted butter

“Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.”

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We used “holiday” Rice Krispies (there are red and green colored ones)
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All stirred together

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obligatory picture of me in my apron

“Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.”

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“Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal to butterscotch mixture, stirring until well coated. Press half of cereal mixture into 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Chill in refrigerator while preparing filling. Set remaining cereal mixture aside.”

This is where I started to divert from the Rice Krispie Treat recipe and switched over to the Crunchy Fudge Sandwich recipe. We actually took half of the Rice Krispie mixture and put it in a large & flat pan to create the traditional Rice Krispie Treats, and used the other half for my crazy recipe. For my mint sandwich recipe, I used a small & deep pan, and put half of the leftover Rice Krispie mixture (sans the butterscotch from the latter recipe) into the bottom of the pan and flattened it with a piece of wax paper. Following the Crunchy Fudge Sandwich recipe, I put the pan into the fridge to chill.

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The bottom layer in the deep pan

Combine chocolate morsels, powdered sugar, butter and water. Stir over very low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is well blended. Spread over chilled cereal mixture. Spread remaining cereal mixture evenly over top. Press in gently. Chill. Remove from refrigerator for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares.”

Using these directions from the Crunchy Fudge Sandwich recipe, I combined my version of the ingredients. Instead of chocolate morsels, I used the Frango mint chocolates and estimated that seventeen of them would be an appropriate amount for the middle of the sandwiches; as for the other ingredients, I halved what the recipe called for, since I used half of the total Rice Krispy mixture for my sandwiches.

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Powdered sugar, butter, and water
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Not going to lie…I took this picture of the powdered sugar because I wanted to show off my painted nails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who do not know about Frango mints, here are some photographs to add some context.

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All of the pieces I used
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Beautiful Chicago box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In went the chocolates

 

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The melted mixture

 

I then used my spatula (thus, the odd marks) to spread the fudge-like mint chocolate mixture onto the Rice Krispies, which I had just taken out of the refrigerator.

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‘Twas then time to add the last layer, comprised of the rest of the Rice Krispie Treat mixture, and flatten it with a piece of wax paper. Since the combination had nearly cooled at this point, it was getting difficult to maneuver; for those who may try out my recipe, keep in mind that it is certainly important to work quickly while doing so.

 

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“Artsy” picture of the last layer on top of the previous ones
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“Normal” picture of the last layer on top of the previous ones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to let my Rice Krispie Treat Frango Mint-Chocolate Sandwiches (what a mouthful; my name for it needs to be workshopped) chill in the refrigerator overnight and into the next afternoon. Before our Christmas Eve party, I finally cut into them and tried one out.

The sandwich I had was quite delicious. I am a huge fan of the classic Rice Krispie Treat and of anything mint flavored, so the combination of these components was heavenly for me. I would definitely say that these dessert sandwiches were far superior to my previous incarnation; they were much less greasy and much more well-balanced this time around. Since I ate it almost immediately after taking the pan out of the fridge, the fudge center was a bit hard, but I am sure that the rest will be much easier to eat after sitting out for a few minutes.

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Cross-section of one of the sandwiches
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Arranged on the plate

 

Of course, every food creation that I take part in has to have a mistake in it. This time, instead of it being a potentially devastating error, the use of my time was compromised. As you may or may not have noticed, there are tiny white, red, and green sprinkles on top of the sandwiches. Well, I originally was not aware that I would be using “holiday” Rice Krispies; thus, I wanted to add sprinkles of these colors to make the final result more festive. I was so dedicated to my idea that I poured out my rainbow sprinkles, individually picked out the sprinkles I wanted, and set them aside. To my surprise a couple minutes later, my dessert would already have the festive colors throughout it. Although I was disappointed that my “hard work” was essentially a waste, I decided to add the sprinkles at the end anyways, to little effect. In other words, please appreciate my sparse and fairly unnoticeable use of sprinkles. Thank you.

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I hope you all enjoyed this somewhat experimental combination of recipes I have previously enjoyed and my own ideas. Please let me know if you choose to try my recipe out or if you have any suggestions for future incarnations of it. I will definitely take suggestions for less complicated names for my dessert sandwich recipe.

Once again, happy holidays!

-Stephanie

 

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