COUNTRY COUNTDOWN #6
Wow! Craig Morgan’s song “Bonfire” screams Friday night to me. Everyone getting out of work, driving their SUVs and trucks out into the woods and lighting up a big Bonfire. I still get the itch to go out on the town Friday night like when I was younger, but we have hunkered down and now enjoy nice quiet evenings in front of the fireplace, with the kids, watching a movie. It’s nice. The craziest Bonfire Himself and I had ever been to was with my cousin on Revere Beach, a little north of Boston. It was the 4th of July and most of the folks saved up their old furniture to light these babies up. They were huge! We were toasty warm as we watched the fireworks off in the distance over Boston.
I got an idea to not roast marshmallows, but their crispy little cousin the Rice Crispy Treat. Me oh my, these are like little crème brûlée Crispy Treats.
Press your Crispy Treat onto the end of a long stick. The boys carved some points into some sticks they found in the yard that were great for this. If you do not firmly press your Crispy Treats, they will melt and fall apart into the fire. Tears. I shaped ours into the shape of large marshmallows.
Then roast your Crispy Treats as you would a marshmallow, turning slowly over the fire. Try not to catch them on fire, they burn easily. When you get it to your liking, let it set up on the stick for about 30 seconds before pulling it off- careful she’ll be hot, this allows the outer crust to solidify into a fantastically crispy, caramelized outer coating while the center is all ooey gooey warm.
THESE ARE SO GOOD. Sorry to shout, but you have to trust me on this one.
Roasted Marshmallow Crispy Treats
12 ounce box crispy rice cereal
1 stick butter
2- 10 ounce bags large marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Once the butter is melted, stir in marshmallows and continue to stir until they are melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. In a huge bowl, pour cereal and pour marshmallow mixture over top. Stir until all the cereal is covered. Press Crispy Treats into a greased 9×13. Let cool and cut into 20 pieces. Roast over a fire by very firmly pressing a Crispy Treat into the end of a stick and slowly rotating over the fire. You really want to compress that Crispy Treat down firmly together on the stick. No loosey goosey, OK?Let set about 30 seconds before removing from the stick. Careful, they are hot! Enjoy. Makes 20 treats. Serves 2. Wink.
Notes- If you do make these over a big fire, stand back, even when tightly packed, these will melt off the stick. Think slow and low, so scoot back from the flames a bit. We did catch a few on fire and the kids did like them a bit burnt too. Go with what you like. Please watch your kids, these are VERY HOT, they will want to dig in right away, make them wait a bit.
S’mores- Place Roasted Marshmallow Treats between two Graham crackers with a piece of chocolate, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, or Nutella. A very Crispy Delight!
Peanut Butter- Make your Crispy Treats up with a dollop of peanut butter in there. So good!
Fondue- Up the ante on your fondue party with a little fire. Roast these up and serve with all your favorite fondue fixin’s. Heck we’ve even roasted these over our gas burners on our stove top. Fantastic dipped in chocolate and white chocolate too!
Any Flavor Delight- Everyone has their own special Crispy Variation. Take it up a notch and give them some fire. Like my friend Rob says- Fire makes everything better!
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What is your favorite Bonfire Memory?