K is for Krispy Rice and Special K ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet
I had great plans for K. It’s the first letter of my name. I love the letter K, it looks so lovely as a monogram on a mug or carry-bag. I had this terrific idea to make an easy Key Lime Pie (it’s frozen and so nice for dessert on a hot summer’s day. But all my planning was for naught. I forgot my recipe at the farm and am writing this post in the city 🙁
So much for good ideas. Something about the phone ringing at 5 am (hubby is on-call, he’s a locomotive engineer) and me having to drive into town with him has thrown my entire day off. So I had to come up with a plan B, sorry folks but these are yummy too.
My first recipe is my eldest daughter’s favorite. Toffee covered marshmallows rolled in Special K. Now I must explain, the Krispy rice cereal comes in for the train driving husband. He doesn’t like Special K so his are tossed into Rice Krispies instead. (Although he would be just as happy with a batch of Rice Krispie Treats.)
I first got this recipe from a dear neighbor who has since passed. Marie was a wonderful and warm woman who took her new neighbors under her wings and treated us like family. I’ll never forget that first spring when she had “too many” bedding out plants in her little greenhouse. Suddenly my flowerbeds ceased looking so sparse despite my best efforts. (Flower beds do NOT measure 80 feet long in the city, my garden center budget could not possibly stretch far enough to fill them up!)
Marie first taught me how to make her amazing toffee. This would be carefully poured into fancy cake pans, ready to be wrapped with cellophane for Christmas gifts. There were always Disney character pans for the kids. The leftover broken bits of toffee would go into a heavy pot with other ingredients to become the toffee coating for plain white marshmallows that were about to be transformed into something extra delicious.
If we didn’t happen to be making toffee or we got short of broken pieces, we would substitute three bars of Mackintosh’s Toffee. Now I’m not sure if this is or isn’t available in the U.S. because I heard they Nestle had stopped making it but we can find it here in Canada even at Dollar Tree.
I have heard you can use Werther’s Original Hard Candies as a substitute. I have also read about people using the soft Mackintosh’s or Werther’s caramels but I’m not sure if they would stay softer then. I’m used to using toffee rather than caramel but I’m sure the flavor would be equally delicious.
There are many variations of this recipe on the Internet. They are a popular entry in church and community cookbooks it seems.
(Special) K Toffee Marshmallows
5 or 6 Macintosh’s toffee bars (Because we often use bits of homemade toffee this amount is adjustable to taste and texture)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter (or margarine)
48 large marshmallows (small bag)
4 – 5 cups Special K cereal (or Rice Krispies)
In a large pan over low heat, melt the toffee and butter into the sweetened condensed milk. (That’s it, this is the only real cooking step, so easy!)
Use wooden skewers or a fork to dip the marshmallows into the toffee mixture, twirling them a bit as you pull them out of the pot.
Roll them into the Special K (I use a shallow pie pan for this) and set on wax paper.
I’ve heard these yummy creations will last a few days and freeze well but they have never lasted long enough in our house to test the theory 🙂
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