If you are anything like me, holidays catch you by surprise. Now we both know that they come the same time year after year, but even knowing this fact never seems to matter to me; I'm always operating a week or so behind. If you find yourself in a situation that is similar, and are in desperate need of a tasty treat for the trick-or-treaters who will be knocking on your door tomorrow night, I have a sweet solution: Payday Candy Corn Rice Krispies Treats. These come together in a flash, and don't tell me that you don't have candy corn stashed away. The mere making of this is comforting, and will take you back to your youth and memories of the Rice Krispy treats of your mother's kitchen. One taste of these, however, and you will find that these are not your momma's Rice Krispy treats, these are simply amazing. A darned close clone of a Payday bar, these are dense, chewy, and sweet, with the perfect hint of peanut butter. Try not to eat them all yourself.
Payday Candy Corn Rice Krispies Treats*
From Dessert Mash-Ups by Dorothy Kern
Sometimes you come across some food combinations that totally blow your mind. Candy corn, a seemingly boring and too-sweet Halloween treat, becomes a magical food when mixed with certain things. When you eat candy corn together with peanuts, the flavor becomes just like a Payday candy bar! By adding those flavors, along with some peanut butter, to Rice Krispies treats, you get a dessert that actually has the taste and texture of a Payday . . . it’s kind of amazing!
Yield 24 squares
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool Time 1 to 2 hours
5 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup peanuts
1 cup candy corn
1⁄4 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
6 cups mini marshmallows
1⁄2 cup creamy peanut butter
Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
Place the cereal, peanuts, and candy corn in a large bowl. Set aside.
In another large microwave-safe bowl, place the butter, marshmallows, and peanut butter.
Microwave on high power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until everything is melted together. Remove from the microwave and pour the cereal mixture into the marshmallow mixture. Stir gently. Pour into the prepared pan. Press to fit. Be careful, the mixture will be hot and sticky. It helps to spray your hands with cooking spray, so the treats won’t stick to you.
Let sit at room temperature until cool. Cut into squares and serve. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Tip! Try to use fresh candy corn. The older it is, the harder it is to cut.
*Recipe from Dessert Mash-Ups by Dorothy Kern, and courtesy of Ulysses Press. For a review of this delightful volume, click here.