Who doesn't love the darn things? S'mores that is, melty chocolate, sticky marshmallow, and cinnamon cereal? Hold up. HOLD up. Right?
Cinnamon Toast Crunch is without a doubt my favorite cold cereal. I don't treat myself often but when I do, don't plan on getting a single solitary crunchy, cinnamon-ee, square of goodness, because they are mine, ALL mine. We clear? I have been on this cinnamon and chocolate combo kick lately. You know, the same way some people think lemon makes everything amazing? Blech. Or the way some people think nutmeg in white sauce makes it amazing? Double blech. That is the way I like it. In your head you are likely thinking, "screw her, cinnamon and chocolate SUCKS". We are all entitled to our own opinions. As my dad used to say... Well I am sure you know how the saying goes!
One of my other favorite worldly things is rice crispy treats. Dear Lord in heaven, what I won't do to get one if I get the urge. I fear for my own safety. I definitely fear for the safety of anyone trying to slow my efforts.
So, I just thought, heck, lets combine it. Rice crispy treats made out of cinnamon toast crunch AND add chocolate. Forgetaboutit.
This is very likely not the last rice crispy type of treat you will see here. I am on a mission to make as many different kinds as possible. I literally just had another idea. Be right back need to get it written down. I almost died when I took a bite of these. Yes, I took a lot of bites ok, but we aren't TALKING about that.
Please stop looking at me like that.
These are easy and just a little change from the beautiful classic we know as rice crispy treats. Get ready folks, I am about to bring you Cinnamon S'more Krispies!
You will need an 9x9 or 8x8 square pan or the equivalent, of some sort. (statements like this is why I will never be a cookbook writer or real chef) It's ok, I like "Wannabe" status. It makes sure people don't expect duck confit, with a raspberry reduction, topped with lightly steamed leaves from the rainforest and garnished with monkey toenails and stuff.
1/2 cup butter
10 oz. bag of jumbo marshmallows
5-6 cups cinnamon toast crunch cereal or the generic version works perfect as well
1 tsp. vanilla extract
12 oz. package of milk chocolate chips
In a large pot get that butter melted, and toss in those marshmallows. Stir constantly because let's be real, the ish burns in like 2 seconds if you don't. And don't even try that whole "OMG I am going to stick my finger in and taste it". See what happens.
Anyway when it is all melted, add the vanilla, and then mix in the squares of cinnamon gold. I go light, closer to the 5 cup side, but I don't dig dry treats, if you want to add closer to 6 you will still be fine. Press down with a buttered rubber spatula or, butter hands. As you can see in my photo, I still never get them even side to side, always a thicker spot. Now, melt your chocolate, 15 seconds at a time in the microwave, until melted and spread on the top. You can also just sprinkle your chips on top, pop in the micro for 20-30 seconds and they will be melted enough to spread. Let sit at room temp until the chocolate is set. You can speed this up by putting them in the fridge for an hour and then take them out and let them sit at room temp or you will need to see a dentist. Fair warning.
Hope you love them, as much as I do! In fact comment below and tell me how you feel about cinnamon and chocolate together!