When my husband first grabbed one of these rice krispies and took a bite his face was priceless. He looked at me oddly and stated ‘why do I ever think you will make something simple?’. I guess he was expecting plain rice krispie treats. Considering that I have never made them in almost 13 years of marriage I don’t know why he thought I would start now! I didn’t really have rice krispie treats growing up so I don’t have the nostalgia that most people have with them. I do like them but they would never be my first choice for dessert. I will tell you about the rice krispie treat that changed my mind forever. We had just moved to Savannah Ga, and I was nine months pregnant with our oldest. We were living in a hotel exploring our new city and eating out a lot. We came across a Savannah institution ~ the Savannah Candy Kitchen. I picked a caramel apple and my husband picked a rice krispie treat. I even tried to talk him out of it. Later that night as we were watching a movie we broke out our treats. He told me I had to try his, I laughed. There was no way it was better than mine. I was wrong.So.Wrong. His rice krispie treat was not just a rice krispie. It was coated in homemade caramel, pecans, and had a chocolate drizzle. O.M.G It was out of this world. I might have eaten half of his and gone back for another later that week. I still to this day will not make them…..because I will eat all of them. I really miss living close enough to go and get one for a midnight snack while the kids are sleeping.
These treats really remind me of key lime pie. A pie that I love and make at least twice a year. It is tart and sweet and makes me wish I were eating it on a beach. This is so much faster and I think that my kids enjoyed these little handheld treats maybe a little more than pie. Not that they would ever turn down pie. We made a little package for our lovely mail lady and learned that she loves rice krispie treats, it is one of her favorites! Everyone that has tasted these has loved the bright key lime flavor.
Key Lime Rice Krispie Treats
4 Tablespoons Butter
Zest of 1 Lime
2 Tablespoons Key Lime Juice
10.5 oz Marshmallows
1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste or vanilla extract
Pinch of Sea Salt
6 Cups Rice Krispies
6 Graham Crackers, divided
1. Spray or grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. In a food processor blend 3 graham crackers into a powder. Use half to coat the bottom of your baking dish. Reserve the remaining crumbs for topping. Crush the remaining 3 graham crackers into small pieces.
2. In a large pan set over medium heat melt butter, stir adding in lime juice and zest. Reduce heat to low add marshmallows and cover. Let sit 3-4 minutes stirring as needed. When the marshmallows have melted stir in vanilla bean paste and salt. Add the rice krispies and crushed graham crackers and stir until coated with marshmallow mixture.
3. Scrape the rice krispie mixture into your prepared pan. Spread as evenly as possible and top with the reserved graham crumbs. Use wax paper or a glass to press the mixture together. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before cutting. If you are impatient you can place them in the refrigerator to cool quicker.
Adapted from Treat
Disclaimer: this post contains an amazon affiliate link.