A few months ago, an innocent remark by me about my favorite Rice Krispies treats, namely the Scotcheroos, was met by some serious resistance by my cousin, who lives several states away. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Scotcheroos are the best. They’re like eating heaven.
Maren: Blech. You’re wrong. Butterscotch is the worst.
Me: What’s wrong with you? Butterscotch is pretty good, but I’m really talking about peanut butter RK treats, and there is NOTHING wrong with PB.
Maren: PB is great, but butterscotch is not. I can out rice krispies treat you any day of the week.
Me: Oh yeah?
Maren: Yeah. Let’s do this thing. You. Me. Family reunion.
Me: You’re on. Winner gets bragging rights.
Maren: Winner gets ETERNAL FAME AND GLORY.
Last weekend, the much anticipated contest finally took place.
The cousins all got in on the action, and there were several entries. Each participant was allowed to enter no more than two different recipes. Judges were the uncles, namely my dad, his three brothers and one brother-in-law. Except that judge number five was like the French judge during the ice skating… he basically pressured everyone to vote for him.
Oh, and he named his krispie treats after himself. (“The Rope” because our family name is Roper.)
First place: Allison, with Cinnamon Roll Krispies (basic RKT’s with cinnamon frosting)
Second place: Grandma, with Jammie Krispies (RKT’s sandwiched with jam and cream cheese)
Third place: Bryce, with “The Rope” (made with Fruity Pebbles, chocolate mint marshmallows, and peanut butter. Yeah, you heard me right)
Honorable Mention: Me, with Scotcheroos
So I didn’t win. But neither did Maren. I guess Allison gets all the fame and glory. THIS TIME.
There is another possible way to judge this thing, which is to note which pan empties first. If we judge this way, the winner is:
The Rope. I just don’t get it. I mean, it would seriously never occur to me to mix Fruity Pebbles with chocolate mint marshmallows, or with peanut butter, let alone both of them. It really was a bizarre combination, but honestly? They were kind of good. Just don’t tell Bryce I said that.
The pan with the Scotcheroos was the second to disappear, so I guess I had a decent showing there. Maren’s mistake was combining bacon with dessert. Her Baconstein Krispies are, I suspect, an acquired taste. Or maybe I just say that because I’m sort of racist against bacon-flavored desserts. Everyone agreed that her S’mores Krispies were pretty darn delicious though. Well, everyone but her 3 year old, who ate the marshmallow tops off of several pieces, and left the actual krispie treats sitting on the ground in a cute little row.
My Thin Mint Krispies had a decent showing, but not good enough to win any prizes.
So here’s the thing. Next time you inevitably find yourself in a Rice Krispies Treat Death Match, competing for Eternal Fame And Glory, you’re going to want to enter the Scotcheroos. And pray the judges aren’t biased.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 7 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 6 oz. chocolate chips
- 6 oz. butterscotch chips
- Combine peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is well combined and loose.
- Place cereal in a large mixing bowl. Pour hot peanut butter mixture over cereal, and stir to coat.
- Press into a 9x13 pan.
- Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl, and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted.
- Pour melted chips over cereal mixture, spreading to frost evenly.
- Cool completely before serving. (I like to let them chill in the refrigerator.)
If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:
Peanut Butter Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Reese’s Puffs Crispy Treats from Your Cup of Cake
Chubby Hubby Bars from Cookies and Cups