Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Butterscotch Rice Krispies

Butterscotch Rice Krispies

What do you think of when you hear the word butterscotch?

Me, I think of a sweet looking, old grandpa handing his grandson a Weathers Original candy. (the marketing on this brand was genius. I don't know how they did it but they made a totally boring hard candy look like the most delicious thing possible)

Or else I think of an old man sitting in a cushy chair next to a fireplace, reading a book, and drinking a scotch. (Don't ask. I don't drink so in my mind Scotch must obviously taste like a warm cup of butterscotch. My husband had to break it to me a few years ago that Scotch is actually a pretty hard liquor. Dreams=Crushed)

I'm not sure where these mental pictures originated, but for some reason I've always associated butterscotch with old people. And thus it's been on the back shelf in my mind, not something I really use or am drawn to. Until recently.

Butterscotch Rice KrispiesI don't know if you've ever been to Souplantaion (aka Sweet Tomatoes) but it's this salad bar buffet place that is my absolute favorite ever. I could do a whole post about my love for it but I'll save that for another day. Lets just say my husband knows where he's taking me for my birthday dinner every year.

Anyhoo, so we actually went there recently. I was topping off my totally overstuffed stomach at the ice cream bar when I noticed they had a new sauce out: Butterscotch Caramel. I thought, what the heck, I'll try it. Best. Decision. Ever. I was tempted to go back and just fill up a bowl with it to drink. Or maybe a to-go cup? Is that tacky? My husband quickly ushered me out of the restaurant before I could embarrass myself but I tell you that sauce has been on my mind ever since.

So what else could I do but make a butterscotch rice krispy I ask you? Exactly. This beauty has a butterscotch flavored krispy base and is dotted with a sprinkling of butterscotch chips just for some added goodness. Yum!

Butterscotch Rice Krispies

Butterscotch Rice Krispies

4 Tbsp butter
6 cup marshmallows
3 Tbsp instant Butterscotch pudding mix
1 tsp vanilla
6 cup krispies
1/4 tsp salt
1/3-1/2 cup butterscotch chips (you can add more or less depending on your preference)

In a large mixing bowl combine the rice krispies, salt, and butterscotch chips. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, turn the heat down to the lowest setting and add the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are mostly all melted (this will take a few minutes--low and slow is key for perfect texture) then stir in the butterscotch pudding and vanilla.

Once fully melted, take them off heat and pour over the rice krispy mixture. Stir lightly to combine. Dump everything into a greased 9x9 pan. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then with greased hands go in and flatten the top. Allow them to cool at least an hour. Enjoy!

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