I feel like malt has made a comeback in the past year or so. I'm pretty sure it used to be popular for the older generation (like 1950-60s?... not that that's old, for my more mature readers out there). It seemed like something people used to drink back then is all. I honestly didn't really know what malt was until a couple of years ago. I'd always heard the term "malt" associated with milkshakes but never took the time to learn what it was. I just figured they were a thicker milkshake.
For those of you who are also less familiar with this beauty let me enlighten you. I turn to my very accurate friend Wikipedia:
"Malt is germinated cereal grains that have been dried in a process known as "malting". The grains are made to germinate by soaking in water, and are then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air.Malting grains develops the enzymes required to modify the grain's starches into sugars, including monosaccharides such as glucose or fructose, and disaccharides, such as sucrose or maltose. It also develops other enzymes, such as proteases, which break down the proteins in the grain into forms that can be used by yeast."
Anyhoo, like I was originally saying, I feel like malt is making a comeback. I'm finding it in cookies, cupcakes, ice creams, you name it! So I feel it is only appropriate that it makes an appearance as a rice krispy treat. I give you the Malted Krispy!
Malted Rice Krispies
4 Tbsp butter
6 cup marshmallows
6 Tbsp malt powder
1 tsp vanilla
6 cup krispies
1/4 tsp salt
1 5oz package of whoppers, crushed
extra whoppers for garnishing (optional)
In a large mixing bowl combine the rice krispies, salt, and whoppers. 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 malt powder 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. Cut into squares and serve each piece topped with a whopper. Enjoy!
PS: Malt-O-Meal cereals... it just occurred to me. Who knew?!