RECIPE #325, DAY #516
ORIGINAL RECIPE: From “Big Hero Six Family Movie Night” from online Sweet Lil You*
TIMING: 20 minutes, plus some time to cool
DIFFICULTY: I don’t find it especially easy to work with rice crisp treats
TOOLS: A 9×12 glass baking pan, a bread knife (ideally), a heavy-bottomed sauce pan…
COOK TYPE: Stovetop
HEALTH: Nope nope nope. I did use some sort of organic, brown rice and a natural marshmallow (as well as a conscientious butter), but all that didn’t really do much for making this a “healthy” snack. Sugar, sugar, and more sugar.
EXPERIENCE: This was one of the snacks I put out at my daughter’s Disney birthday party. I found the recipe on Pinterest, of course. The idea was to tie in Big Hero Six (because of the San Tokyo thing).
These went over really well. They were fun to look at as well as tasty (if you love candy, which more people do). I went with the rainbow ones (from Pinterest, of course) instead of a green fruit roll-up, just because they look cooler and make you think more of a modern, cartoon-obsessed Japan.
NOTES: You could use a cut green fruit roll-up in place of the rainbow candy. It would look more like nori.
I bought 1 large pack of Swedish Fish and 2 packs of Airhead Xtreme strips. I could have bought a little more.
- Butter well a 9×12 glass baking pan (like Pyrex or Anchor). Also butter a large mixing bowl. Add 9 cups rice crisp cereal to the bowl. Set aside.
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter with 4 cups mini marshmallows, stirring carefully over low heat. Immediately pour the marshmallow mush into the cereal and stir with a buttered spatula just until combined. Immediately turn the mix out into your pan and press flat with the spatula or your buttered hands. Let sit to cool and firm up.
- When treats are cool, turn them out onto wax paper.Using a Swedish Fish as a template, cut your treats to a size that is slightly wider than the fish and a little shorter. Cut the whole pan into that size. Cut Airhead Xtreme strips to a size that just wraps around the treat and fish and touches on the bottom.
- Place a Swedish Fish on top of each treat, then wrap your Xtreme strip around, securing on the bottom simply by pressing the end into the treat. Place immediately on a platter and serve within 24 hours.
Serve for a screening of Big Hero Six, or as a fun (and inauthentic) end to a Japanese dinner.
*Recipe changed from the original.