Impossibly Pink Rice Krispies Treats.

It all started with the marshmallows.

Kraft’s “Strawberry Mallows” are pinker than pigs, and I can never say no to a new type of marshmallow. (I understand that these might not be new, but I’d never seen them before this weekend.)

It’s a sick habit, really it is. I don’t even like marshmallows that much. I buy every kind, and then they just rot in our kitchen cabinet, patiently awaiting a purpose that never comes. There must be at least five expired bags of marshmallows in there, right now. I could prove this if challenged, but please don’t make me.

Only the kinds that I end up writing about avoid this fate. Strawberry Mallows, count yourselves lucky.

There was a recipe for “Strawberry Crispy Squares” on the back of the bag, and I knew what that meant.


I had to make them.

I’m glad I did, because Kraft’s shortened directions on how to prepare Rice Krispies Treats will prove as useful in the future as it did yesterday afternoon. Now I know that you can totally avoid using the stove.

Melt the butter in the microwave, pour it over the marshmallows, and then throw the whole bowl back in the microwave for 90 seconds. Voila, you’ve done it, and you did it without fire.

The resulting goo looked like the mood slime from Ghostbusters II, and I said as much when I first saw it. Of course, since nobody else was in the kitchen, I’m not sure why I bothered. The words just escaped me; a statement gone rogue.

I’ll spare you the play-by-play on steps 3-8, because past articles have beaten that horse into paste. For some reason, I imagine horse paste to be brown.

They looked nice and pink, but NOT PINK ENOUGH. If I was gonna go down this road, I wanted seven of the Guinness Book of World Records’ 300,000 words to be about ME. These had to be the pinkest Rice Krispies Treats EVER.

Fortunately, I saw this problem stirring in the womb, and took precautionary measures to conquer it.

Pink icing! Pink sprinkles! Oh yes, with these tools, my treats were about to become SO MUCH PINKER.

The sprinkles aren’t very interesting, but I’d been eyeing Pillsbury’s pink lemonade cake frosting for weeks. I was dying to know what it smelled like. Turns out, it smells like lemonade.

PINK lemonade.

Pure decadence. Pure, gloppy decadence. Interestingly enough, the extras only served to make the Rice Krispies taste more like Fruity Pebbles. The Pillsbury Doughboy is no friend to Snap, Crackle and Pop. Their world is one of jealous intrigue.

I don’t know if these are the pinkest Rice Krispies Treats ever, but they’re certainly the pinkest out of the ones covered in frosting and sprinkles. That’s a victory, however small.

And if one of our cats morphs into a five-year-old girl on its next birthday, I know just what to serve at her party.

55 Responses to Impossibly Pink Rice Krispies Treats.

  1. Pink icing has always been a weakness of mine… as have rice crispy treats… i’ll be making this ^_^

  2. “Fortunately, I saw this problem stirring in the womb, and took precautionary measures to conquer it.”Matt

    For a moment, I thought this was the part of the recipe that was going to take a turn for the weird and have you putting RU-486 on them like some sort of giant nonpareils.

  3. Damn it Matt, now I have to go to the store and get stuff to make Rice Krispie Treats… thanks a lot. I’m curious though, how did these taste? After all, they are Strawberry Pink Lemonade Rice Krispie Treats with pink sprinkles!

  4. @Junior Gorg: They really did taste like Fruity Pebbles. So imagine a Fruity Pebbles cake, but with cereal instead of cake.

  5. Luckily for me I don’t have to wait for a cat to morph into a girl ’cause I got one, and she looooooves pink. Her birthday isn’t until March but I may surprise her with these bad boys sometime this summer, though I really do hate making Rice Krispie Squares. Too much arm muscle work involved.

  6. Not sure how I feel about that new “retro” rice crispy box. Although with a little red, green and silver garland, it would make for a nice Christmas breakfast.

  7. So, side topic — I’ve been considering bringing back Disqus. For all its flaws, and there were a few, there’s no denying that it made things more active/lively here in a way I can’t currently do without an outside system. Thoughts? Not sure, and don’t want to keep switching between the two. :)

  8. Please no Disqus. The only redeeming quality was the profile picture IMO. There’s something wholesome and classic about this setup which compliments the website.

  9. The Pink Triceratops Nation approves.

    Of the treats, not Disqus.

  10. Those look so delicious, Matt you are an amazing Rice Krispy Treat Chef.

    I prefer this setup to disqus, but will certainly go with the flow

  11. Bring back Disqus. You know you want to. Let’s take this shit to the next level, brother.

    Also: I don’t believe you have multiple bags of expired marshmallows in your cabinet. I’m calling bullshit on that claim and unless you can provide proof, you shall wear the badge of a braggart forever in my eyes. For whatever that’s worth.

  12. I think Disqus is a good idea. I was very skeptical initially but it did make the whole place seem more dynamic.

  13. I’m still not for Disqus, I don’t like change.

    Also, it was a PITA to sign in, and I didn’t like the nested conversations. None of that means that I wont comment anymore, but personally I don’t see anything wrong with this way.

  14. As soon as I saw that pic of pink glop the first thing that came to mind was brrraaaiiinnnss.
    I think I’ve been watching too many zombie flicks…

  15. Congratulations, Matt. You did one of your make-it-yourself snack articles without the food looking too much different than it should. That’s not a knock. But, you know how these entries turn out sometimes when you set out to bake something and it turns out to be totally different than what you had planned it to be. The sprinkles and frosting help make it look especially delicious.

    I guess the only question is did you make some kind of Rice Krispies Treats monster this time?

  16. Matt, even though you had problems with them on XE, I would love to have some kind of forums on here, just to talk about random shit with everybody here.

  17. why on gods green earth(pink earth?)did you not try and construct a rice crispy treat sculpted Krang, and coat him with pink icing? It’s quite easy…just make meatball shapey treats with arms and cover with icing

  18. Oooohh, I wish I could find those Strawberry Mallows. I loved the flavored marshmallows they had out last year and miss the heck out of them. Don’t know if I’d make Rice Krispie Treats with them, since I’m not really much of a Rice Krispie fan.

    And I’m in the “no Disqus” crowd. The nestling conversations were hard to read and perhaps made things a bit too dynamic and aggressive.

  19. I’ve never been one for making or eating Rice Krispie Treats but those look much too gorgeous to eat. They really are a beautiful sight to behold once frosted.

    They remind me of those “eternally stale and 5 years old collecting dust in a back corner” little squares of pink popcorn pre-frosting. I kinda have a secret thing for that brand of awful. They are my closet “shameful junk food” must like Circus Peanuts (GROSS!!) are for many.×471.jpg

    If I wouldn’t have just made my mom’s crazy crack-tastic lemon cake recipe this past week I’d be craving it like a fiend right about now.

    That pink lemonade frosting is so intriguing to me I eye it every time I go shopping.

    @Juge: You just successfully made me do a double-take. I’m glad I wasn’t drinking any water when I read your post. I seriously would have destroyed my poor laptop. That is just so awful but dang if I’m not snickering like an idiot regardless.

  20. Pink strawberry Rice Krispies Treats look delish! Don’t know if I’d do the frosting and sprinkles thing, though. That might be a little too sticky-sweet.

    Matt, I liked a lot about Disqus, but the only real problem I had with it was that our names all linked to our respective Disqus profiles, and I’d much rather have my name link directly to my website. I imagine other readers with websites feel similar about that. Do you know if they have an option like that?

  21. Disqus,I will see you in hell!

    But seriously if you bring it back I will still be here although pink frosting somehow makes me think of that 80s horror movie “Slaughter High”.

    I will seek help as soon as possible.

  22. He man and the masters of the universe has been removed from Netflix. I didn’t know who else to tell. And I didn’t even get to say goodbye. =(

    Sorry for the unrelated comment. Those treats look so good.

  23. @Tetsu: Unfortunately, it isn’t. That’s my big reservation — it has very little in the way of customization. I’m still looking into ways to make the current (this) system a little more dynamic.

  24. @Matt:
    Well I can only speak for myself, but the things I liked were having an avatar image, and being able to directly reply to someone’s comment. I’m not sure if anyone else liked those features or not, though.

  25. I’ve always been a fan of those marshmallows covered in toasted coconut. Great on their own, great roasted to the point of ignition on a campfire, and great in s’mores. In RKT’s? Intriguing…

    Is there some kind of compromise commenting system out there? I’m not a fan of Disqus, but I feel your pain about wanting to make some kind of change. For me, the Disqus thing just became too cumbersome and started to take away from the actual DD content. As if DD had become two separate sites: the article and the intricate discussion following.

    For the 4th, my street will be closed to traffic (and parking) and the adjoining park will be THE place to see the fireworks. In addition to the entire population of this city, you know who else will be there in force? VENDORS. Let me know if anyone would like an inflatable alien or one of those glow thingees you put in your mouth…

  26. As for the article itself, I find all of your food posts horrific and yet riveting, like the intricately twisted shapes of cars after a high speed crash on the interstate. In other words, I just don’t find processed food appealing (or even edible, frankly) but I love your uninhibited enthusiasm for it.

    As for Disqus/no-Disqus:

    No-Disq – Most of the people commenting are the same old people, but it’s a quiet, peaceful and collegial conversation and the “lurkers” can scan through and enjoy them without feeling compelled to join in.

    Think of the chess club from high school meeting in the library to play some D&D.

    Disqus – Wam! Bam! Things are cooking and jiving and rocking and a rolling, which gives the cool, awesome kids a chance to shine and strut on center stage but the speed and intensity of it puts off the older folks or the people who like a slower, quieter pace. And you lose the feeling of “I used to know everybody ’round here”.

    Think of a mosh pit in front of a metal/punk band playing at some cool but ironically cool no-name famous place in New York City.

    As far as I can see, when it comes to the commenting systems you got to choose between Fast and the Furious or the Family Truckster but I really don’t think you can have both.

    That’s my 2 cents on the issue.

  27. My favorite features on Disqus were the ability to reply directly to comments and the ability to edit our own posts and fix mistakes. I’m not hung up on the avatars, but it did help to remember other posters by associating avatars with usernames.

    The only downsides were the voting system, which was unnecessary and the cluttered appearance when there was a lot of back and forth commenting. I enjoyed the back and forth commenting, but there needed to be a way for it to be easier to follow.

    Looking over the articles that were posted while Dino Drac was still on Disqus, every one of those articles is even more cluttered since the move back to Word Press. And unfortunately, all of the post edits were lost in the switch back.

    As someone who’s been coming here for what must’ve been over ten years (going back to X-E), I do think Disqus is probably the best comment system that’s been used here.

  28. Funny, I have thrown away stale marshmallows myself that I bought and then never used. This last few years they have put out a lot of limited edition flavors and I have thought oh that one looks good! And I take it home. Unfortunately they are pushed aside and never looked at again until they are thrown away.

    Also I see the pink lemonade frosting right next to the cookie mix every time I go to Walmart. Also the Key Lime Pie cookies/frosting.

    On the Disqus topic, I liked that system. Mind you, I am on Youtube a lot. I am used to people being able to directly reply to others, the up and down voting, icons and profiles linked to the name. Emails when you get a comment. That is great for when you post a comment on an older article, you still get notified because who would really constantly check back to every article to see if someone mentioned them?

    I very quickly put my links on my Disqus profile at the time you were using that system. I think saying the name does not directly link to your website is a nitpick.

  29. Thanks all for the input!

    Also, Sam, that’s actually… completely correct. There’s no having it both ways, unfortunately. I guess I owe it to myself to really look over what WordPress can do on its own with the right tweaking, but it’s hard not to feel like I’m stunting the site when everyone seems to be using Disqus now, and it’s so inviting for passersby. On the other hand, there are things I hate about it and there’s no way to change them. (Which still boggles my mind.)

    I will sleep on it. :)

    Also, @Space Tiger: Yeah, switching back was going to mess with the Disqus-era posts, there was no way around that one. (Though, oddly enough, WP does allow nesting, and when I tested it, the nests from those posts seemed intact. Not pretty, but intact.)

    And I do agree with Whalley to some degree about the feeling of a “split site.” It’s tricky to figure out if that’s a pro or a con.

  30. Horse Paste Brown should be Pilsbury’s next Rice Krispie Treat color.

    I think you know how I feel. I’m not a fan of Disqus AT ALL and I think things are working just fine the way they are, but I’ll be around either way. I actually think the nesting system it has makes it harder to follow conversations that I’m not a part of and I feel like I have to constantly go back and review the conversation over and over because I’m missing something that’s happening further down the page. Not to mention the cluttered feel of the whole thing. This seems so much more streamlined and easier to work with. Also, there is the nostalgia factor. Aside from the preview function at the bottom (which I love, btw), the current system has the same look and feel of X-E that so many of are used to.

    Like I said the last time this discussion came up, you’re the one that has to manage it, so do what you gotta do, but I’m strictly in the anti camp.

  31. One more vote for Disqus! Been lurking a long time….it was a nice change!

  32. Disqus is way better than it used to be, and it doesn’t bother me too much now.
    So you’re unfortunately stuck with me no matter what choice you make.

    While such a thing doesn’t exist, I’d even say that if there was a linear version of Disqus, I’d even greatly prefer it to the current system, as it’s got some really nice bells and whistles that I grew to appreciate (post editing, profiles, improved quoting, new messages without page refreshing, et c.). As obvious of a good idea as that is, though, apparently the folks at Disqus are dumber than a bag of hair and won’t let you have such a thing, so the two formats nearly break even for me, with the old-school way only marginally in the lead now.

    I will say though that while I’m noticing people use terms like “aggressive” and “intense” to describe the brief flirtation with Disqus here, I never got that sort of vibe from it at all. There was noticeably more activity, but I can’t say I ever felt overwhelmed by it or that things were ever zipping by me too fast to follow. YMMV, of course, but for all its flaws, I didn’t consider that to be one.

    “I don’t believe you have multiple bags of expired marshmallows in your cabinet. I’m calling bullshit on that claim and unless you can provide proof, you shall wear the badge of a braggart forever in my eyes.” Rev Batali Butt Mayo 13
    Do you know how you can tell this is the case? Just look at this:
    “… then they just rot in our kitchen cabinet …”.
    This man actually thinks that marshmallows ROT if they expire. He has never seen a bag of expired marshmallows in his life, the scoundrel!

  33. I forgot to mention something earlier I need to say to you people.

    Our next door neighbor her niece lives with her. Her niece is about 18 years old. The niece’s bf just recently got his driver’s license and started driving an ice cream van. He stopped by a couple of times last week that I saw parked in their driveway with the ice cream van.

    We live in a duplex, so it’s right there. A couple of feet away from our truck.

    I don’t believe in God, but I think that is definitely a sign that I need to try out what an ice cream truck provides. And I talked to this kid he is a good kid. I told him you need to not just sell ice cream and popsicles. You need to sell zots, gumballs, jaw breakers and atomic fireballs. He never heard of zotz before. I forgive him though because he sells sonic the hedgehog Popsicles. And huge drumsticks. And cotton candy flavored whateverthehellthatwas.

    Oh also, at the Dollar tree I was picking out wrapping paper. I saw a ton of Sesame street wrapping paper. My favorite one was Ernie in the bathtub. I am going to buy some of that.

    Ok I think I am done now. I need to list some stuff tonight on Ebay hopefully I have a great week this week because Harry’s birthday is on the 8th and the 4th and everything sigh. The end of the month is Jennifer’s birthday and I have committed myself to sending her a package even though she insists I really don’t need to. In my heart I feel I still need to make sure she is taken care of and everything.

    Ok I think I am done here, I am getting way too real lifey for this place.

  34. These look really good. Though I’m surprised you didn’t go for the EXTREME strawberry flavor and add strawberry frosting rather than Pink Lemonade to these.

  35. Harry South: Not only was He-man and The Masters of the Universe removed from netflix it was removed at exactly midnight 05/29/2013 while I was in the middle of watching The Diamond Ray of Disappearance. For some reason Secret of the Sword and She-Ra are both still available.

  36. I always get so hungry after visiting your site. Unfortunately, I live in Australia so we have absolutely no access to these ingredients, (other than Rice Krispies which we call Rice pops!)I don’t think I can find the will to live without tasting pink lemonade flavoured icing.

  37. Wow those pink sprinkles are electric! I totally thought mood slime from Ghostbusters II also when seeing the melted marshmallows before scrolling down and seeing you wrote that too. As for Disqus, I like that you get a notification that someone replied to your comment so you can reply back and not leave them hanging.

  38. You should take all the Disqus-related conversation above, and from other DD articles, and send it all to Disqus to illustrate what users like and really don’t like about their system.

    Your trouble with it reminds me of a blog I created years ago on Blogger. That platform drove me insane! So difficult to do the most logical things. And so many bugs in it.

    BTW: if you do go with Disqus, would you be able to put a little primer in the comments one time — telling Hobbits like me how to edit posts, receive emails, etc.? I always posted without logging in and didn’t really understand the other features — which I’m assuming I only have access to if I DO log in…? I mean, I don’t even know how to use italics or emoticons on THIS system…

  39. Totally off-topic, but because Halloween was recently mentioned here and because it’s been so freaking hot lately:

    How about DD doing some kind of trick-or-treat this year, similar to the Secret Santa of years past? I’d love to discover, and share, some bizarro candy with another DD reader…

  40. My hair was hot pink for two years, so an overkill pink post is always fine by me. I think the real question is how did they TASTE?

    I’m in the pro-Disqus crowd, honestly – I liked being able to directly reply to comments, and at the same time, being notified if someone replied to me.

    It was also easier to add emphasis to comments – I’m with Whalley on that, I still don’t know how to bold or italicize here and I’ve tried both HTML and BBcode.

  41. I recently found out that you use the word “strong” to do bold text. You use it the same way you use “B” in HTML. But, that’s all I know so far.

  42. Tags: Bold is (strong)word(/strong) and italics is (em)word(/em). Which is weird, I agree.

    If we stay on the current system, laundry list:

    1. Create a box for people to just click buttons for bold, italics, links, etc.

    2. Potentially add replies back, but organized so that they don’t continually push to the right. Which is ugly as sin.

    3. E-mail notifications are easy.

    4. Avatars are possible, too.

    So, we’ll see. I feel like I should really investigate how close I can come to building it myself before hopping back to Disq. Maybe it would be the happy medium everyone seems to be looking for.

  43. I liked Disqus a lot. Although I’m more flexible than Gail Kim so I can go old school too. But if we’re voting I’ll be over in the pro Disqus crowd by the shrimp cocktail and fruit punch.

    I thought of pink lemonade right at the start of this article and how it’d be the perfect completely unnecessary and over-the-top addition to wash this all down with only to see the icing was pink lemonade-flavored. Only you, Madd Matt!

  44. I’m not a big Rick Krispies Treat fan, but damn, if the addition of sprinkles and frosting doesn’t make these look like the best thing since Cheetos Mix-Ups. I’ll have to see if I can find this stuff the next time I go to the store.

    Also, I’m in the “pro Disqus” crowd, but I’ll be here either way.

  45. Christ, those are pink! Also I got diabetes from reading this article. Thanks a lot Matt.

    Anyways, I still say no to Disqus. I don’t like the vibe and the pushing-ever-to-the-right thing, and also the voting thing. Too much like Youtube and other shitty comment sections like that. Notifications are probably the best part of Disqus.

  46. I use disqus only because it was easier to install and keep track of for me. I like that this comment system is so clean, compact, and you can click people’s names to go right to their URL or contact of choice, if they provided it. On Disqus it only takes you to a Disqus profile.

    On the other hand, you can reply to people as a thread. It’s kind of a toss-up.

    Rice Krispies treats are oddly something I like a lot, but very rarely get around to eating. I think I’ve gone entire years without any and didn’t realize it. Probably good for my health if that remains a trend, I guess.

  47. I love it when you mess with food!

  48. @Matt:
    I think that list sounds good to me. I really hope you can pull it off. I’ll keep coming either way, of course. As long as you keep writing and allowing comments, I’ll keep reading and sometimes commenting (when I have something to say).

  49. Given how even the split seems between pro and anti Disqus, it’s definitely worth seeing what I can do to just make the current system take the best from Disqus and leave the junk out.

    The beauty of WP is that you can do pretty much anything if you try hard enough. What I have in mind won’t be easy and isn’t something I can do alone, but I believe it is doable.

    I think I’d like to try replies, but not in the Disqus style. I see them being way, way neater — just one minor indentation for all replies, rather than an increasing indent for each one. (Which is absurd and is another one of those things I can’t believe they don’t have tweaks available for.

    I hope it works because the cynic in me really hates to put my faith in a system that isn’t on my server. I can’t help but wonder what will be in the future. I have comments on X-E from 2002 that are just as safe now in 2013, and I like that. :)

    The hope is that it’ll all make everything seem more “hangout-ish,” but without crossing the line to where it just becomes a thing where only the loudest/most frequent can really have fun. (And that’s not a knock on frequency — I love frequency! — I jut want things to work well for more than one type of poster.

  50. I have an idea. It’s a sick, twisted idea, and it may just end up destroying the world.

    Could you make treats using Frankenberry cereal?

    Pink strawberry marshmallows, butter, Frankenberry.

    It might be horrible. It COULD be GLORIOUS.

    They also have chocolate marshmallows. And there is that OTHER cereal…

  51. Man these things look delicious! Well done, Matt! I would like to make them myself and with a no bake recipe this simple maybe I actually will.

    As for the comment system I agree with you 100% – the current system, updated with the features you said, would be the best of all worlds. I like this comment system a lot.

  52. These treats look great, considering Pink is my second favorite color Id love to try these.

    Disqus…Im still a noob with all these systems but I like it. Im not sure what the problem and flaws are but its much easier when Im logged in and I go to different sites and post a comment right away, edit and reply etc. Whatever you decide its still coolm Im lazy but not that lazy for the required info.

  53. I found some key lime flavored marshmallows, so I made some Rice Krispies treats with them. They have an incredibly strong flavor, and they are also incredibly green.

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