April 25, 2011 by Dana
During my trip with the girls to Vegas last summer, Jake decided to take advantage of having the apartment all to himself and have a bunch of his friends stay over for a “Guy’s Night” after a night out. At some point in the evening, they decided to look for a snack. They raided the fridge, freezer, and cabinets, and found… nothing.
They were shocked. How could we have no snack foods in the apartment? How could there possibly be nothing??
They tried to rationalize. Maybe we were actually FBI assassins. The apartment was a just cover. No one really lived there. Maybe it was all a façade.
In actuality, the reason we didn’t have anything in the apartment is much less exciting than FBI agents, cover stories, and secret assassins. The real reason there was no food in the apartment is because I can’t be trusted.
Whenever there is anything in the apartment that could possibly be a snack, I eat it. All. Immediately. I literally have no control over these things.
As a result, when I grocery shop, I buy only exactly what we need. I plan our meals for the week over the weekend, and Sunday afternoon I buy the ingredients for whatever I’m going to make. By Friday, everything is used up and there’s nothing left in the fridge. At all.
But this past weekend was a different story. I was going to a housewarming party on Saturday, and I wanted to bring those fun looking Cake Batter Crispy Treats that I had been
obsessing over thinking about since Jessica posted them on How Sweet It Is.
So after work on Friday, I headed to the grocery store and picked up the Rice Krispies, marshmallows, cake mix, and sprinkles. I planned to make the treats before we left on Saturday morning, so I shoved the stuff into a cabinet, and decided to do some studying.
Out of sight, out of mind, right?
As I was studying my accounting textbook, all I could think about were those marshmallows. The recipe called for a 10 oz bag, and I bought 10.5 oz. I figured I had .5 oz to spare. So I grabbed a handful and went back to studying.
And then, instead of concentrating on learning about debits and credits, I was concentrating on the thought of those Rice Krispies in the cabinet. So I poured myself a small bowl and promptly went back to studying.
And then… well, you get the picture. There was no way I was going to get any studying done while those snack foods were calling my name.
It was a desperate situation, and desperate times call for desperate measures. I needed to just make the treats and get it over with.
So I traded my textbook and notecards for my spatula and pot holders. I made the treats, cut them into squares, and wrapped them up with a bunch of saran wrap.
I only left one square out for Jake to try, so there was nothing else to tempt me. Of course, I ate most of it before he got home. I did save him a bite, though!
3 tablespoons butter
1 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1.75-ounce container of sprinkles
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix.
Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles.
Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. Spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them.
These fun treats are the perfect festive dessert for a summer BBQ or party! They are super easy to make, don’t have to be refrigerated, and are a definite crowd pleaser. Just don’t buy the ingredients until you are ready to make them. You never know when a snack attack will hit.