Regular Rice Krispies treats are good, but add peanut butter, butterscotch chips, and a chocolate topping and you'll have something even better.
The people who market breakfast cereal are smart people. They must have realized that confining your product to one meal a day wouldn't do the trick, so they got us hooked on Rice Krispie treats and Chex Mix. They are probably responsible, in some nefarious way, for cereal milk ice cream. Amanda Sims is even putting Rice Krispies on her chickpeas! I think there's a boardroom room of people somewhere masterminding it all: the Ministry of Cereal.
Instead of fighting it, I'm just giving in. And with these rich and—dare I say—wanton, extravagant bars, surrender never tasted so good.
Scotcheroos are another invention of the Ministry of Cereal (or, in this case, just the Kellogg's recipe testers). The base is a pseudo-Rice Krispie treat. Instead of marshmallows, you heat corn syrup, sugar, and creamy peanut butter into a smooth sauce. Once the cereal is coated in this mixture, it gets topped with a melted mix of semisweet chocolate and butterscotch chips.
Sophisticated it is not, but this dessert is a serious crowdpleaser. It's just the thing to bring out at your Labor Day party. Put it on a plate next to the pool to feed a horde of hungry kids. Eat it with your fingers, a beer in the other hand, as you sit around a fire pit with your friends.
Adapted from Kellogg's
Makes one 9- by 13-inch pan
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Do you have a favorite back of the box recipe, or have you heard about a great one? Leave any suggestions in the comments, and I'll try them out and share them here!
Photos by Posie Harwood