This week's treat was inspired by a grocery store find so wacky, I had to have it:
Big Red soda. How can I describe it? It's basically a red cream soda. I think there are some other flavors going on, but if asked what it tastes like, I would have to answer simply: 'Red.' And Wild Red is H-E-B's store brand version, but they've clearly stepped things up another notch by turning it into a cereal. I mean, someone at H-E-B is clearly my soulmate, because I thought I was the only person who would even think of something like this.
The other side of the box announces one of the cereal's many wonderful features: turns milk pink! Fabulous! It also has a recipe to make cereal treats. Basically, Rice Krispy Treats, but with this. And the same idea applies to pretty much any cereal you have. Lucky Charms is one I want to try, just because it would be a meta-marshmallow moment. But before I get too distracted by that sugar coma, let's focus on this one.
It's not a precise recipe. All you need is:
- a 10.5 oz bag of marshmallows
- 1/2 cup of butter (I substituted Brummel and Brown)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6 cups Wild Red cereal
the butter (or butter-like product) goes into a large glass bowl. The bowl needs to be large enough to eventually hold all of the ingredients. I microwave that to melt the butter, then mix in the marshmallows, and back into the microwave to very carefully melt together. This can also be done on the stove, but I prefer to just zap it for 15 seconds at a time and stir.
Once the mixture is completely melted and you don't have any individual marshmallows left, add the vanilla, and stir in the cereal. Make sure all of the cereal gets a coating of marshmallow, then scoop everything into the parchment-lined pan. Use a rubber spatula or your hands to press the treats evenly into the pan. Either way, use some non-stick spray so the treats stay in the pan and not on you. Set the pan in the fridge to chill, then cut into squares. This is always trickier than it sounds, because there's always a sticky factor.
Here's how mine ended up looking:
If I made them again, I'd probably want to smash up the cereal a little ahead of time, since the spherical shape isn't conducive to getting them to stick together. I'd also like to try turning them into the crust of a pie or bar.