|Yep, I had to prove Catching Fire wasn't just an idle claim or only a book/movie title.|
With my new marshmallows, I can make s'mores again, if I can find wheat free graham crackers or something I like as well. The thing I loved best about Girl Scouts after the camping trips. In fact, I quit Girl Scouts when the troop I was in decided NOT to do as many camping trips. What was the point?
|This is my Girl Scout sash. It was pretty cool to be in the Nations Capital region.|
The first printed S’mores recipe appeared in 1927 in the Girl Scout handbook called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Rumor has it the chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow “S’mores” name came from campers asking for “some more.” Sigh, I am still searching for graham cracker substitutes. I know I can use GF cookies but it isn't quite the same. Better refer back to my new traditions post for encouragement.
|Crackerless s'more. So sad.|
But there was one treat from my childhood I could make! Rice Krispie Treats. Except I can't call them that because the name is trademarked and I use other gluten free cereal as an ingredient. The original recipe was developed by two women, Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day, Kelloggs home economists, in 1939 using Campfire marshmallows to create a fundraiser for another girls' organization, Camp Fire Girls.
The original name was Marshmallow Squares. Soon the bars were more than a fundraiser, they were a wartime morale booster, sent in WWII care packages across the globe due to their stability and cereal ingredients. The gooey treat (I like the word gooey a little too much) have been a childhood treat ever since. You can find the original recipe here.
For years, I'd watched folks eat marshmallow treats or pops on a stick. The memories of making them with my mom was so strong. But I needed corn free marshmallows. Years passed and then? Tah dah! When I found Dandies, oh, the joy! But I only make a small batch so I don't binge!
|I used an 8X8 pan. Oh, that missing corner? Well, I had to make sure they tasted all right!|
Recipe (for an 8X8 pan):
Melt three tablespoons butter on low. Note: I used three tablespoons instead of half that because I discovered my marshmallows seemed to melt better with more butter. Start with three tablespoons if you are doubling the recipe and add more as needed.
Add 1/2 bag Dandies marshmallows and stir until melted. Stir constantly so the marshmallow doesn't burn and the butter doesn't brown.
Add approximately 3 cups rice cereal gradually. It can turn into a ball in no time so work quickly.
Butter an 8X8 pan (9X13 for double) and press cereal mixture into pan using parchment or wax paper, spreading evenly. Let cool if you can wait that long.
I love them but, boy, are they a lot sweeter than I remember! Small squares are best!
PS. Every Thanksgiving, we are marshmallow on sweet potatoes/sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows people. Now I can too.
PPS. Don't go to Pinterest. Too many cute marshmallow craft ideas! Treat this recipe like you would the regular recipe. Add holiday sprinkles, ice with chocolate etc.
Are you a marshmallow fan or foe? Do you have a favorite recipe using marshmallows?