I was going through my box of photographs the other day and came across this one. It's my four youngest children cleaning out the residue left in the pot after I had made a batch of Rice Crispie Squares. My eldest son isn't there . . . he was about 15 at the time, and cleaning out Rice Crispie pots was not considered at all cool!
A lot of water has run under the bridge since then . . . see that little one with the cheeky grin that you can see front on? Well . . . he's 24 years old now, and in the Canadian Armed Forces! I'll wager it's been a long time since he cleaned out a rice crispie pot!
Seeing that photo did make me very nostalgic though . . . and so, I decided to make a treat today . . . to share with the little fella next door. Unfortunately, I didn't have any rice crispies . . . sigh . . . but I did have a fresh box of cheerios, which would have to do.
And then I had a brainstorm . . . everything tastes better with Nutella does it not? What if I mixed some nutella into the mix, along with the butter and marshmallows . . . that might make it ok, and actually quite acceptable that they were cheerios and not rice crispies . . . doncha think?
I think they turned out really ace! Not quite so tasty to look at . . . but . . . then again, chocolate doesn't look all that great most of the time. It's the taste that counts . . . really, and these were quite, quite scrummy!
And they are definitely child approved . . . both by the young lad next door . . . and by the big one I live with!
I do confess . . . I did enjoy cleaning out the pot! It was rather tasty, if I don't say so myself!
Makes 12 bars
A favourite snack for kids, both large and small alike! Creamy nutella, melted together with butter and marshmallows, and tasty oaty O-shaped cereal stirred in. (Ok, so it's cheerios!) Scrummy, yummy nummy!!
2 ounces butter, 1/4 cup
10 ounces of big white marshmallows (about 50)
4 ounces Nutella
10.5 ounces O-shaped cereal (like cheerios) (8 cups)
Lightly butter a 13 by 9 inch baking pan. Set aside.
Place the butter, marshmallows and nutella into a large pot. Cook and stir over very low heat until all are melted and smoothly amalgamated. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheerios, stirring together until well mixed. Press this mixture evenly into the buttered pan. Allow to cool until completely set, then cut into 3 by 3 1/4 inch bars. Store between sheets of parchment paper, in an airtight container.