many of you might not know that i derive from a line of foodies. my father owned many a restaurant during my youth and my mother was a caterer, deli owner and food stylist for the movies. therefore my love of food and knack for it should be of no surprise. but what people may not know is that during the 80's, when big hair and shoulder pads reigned supreme, the kitchen in our home was turned into a rice crispie square factory. my mother decided to turn a branch of her catering business into the rice crispie square division and she sold her culinary treats to convenient stores in the suburbs of vancouver. now you see it all the time, but back then - revolutionary.
this might be why i tend not to make that treat of all treats so often - that in this house hardly last a day as the husband loves them so. i was wanting a taste of home last week, a little comfort, and as luck would have it all the ingredients and the time presented itself.
no better recipe than the one in the box.
rice crispie squares40 large marshmallows
1/4 cup of butter
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract - don't skimp on this!
pinch of salt
6 cups of rice crispies.
butter a 13x9 casserole dish. set aside.
melt the butter in a large pot over medium low heat. reduce the heat to low, add the marshmallows and melt them - be patient! remve pot from heat, stir in the vanilla and salt then add the rice crispies and stir until all mixed together.
using a buttered spatula scoop the mix out of the pot and smooth into the pan. important tip!! do not press the mix too hard into the pan - this will make the mix too dense and hard. use a light touch to spread the mix out. let set and enjoy!