Tuesday 29 March 2011

I was going through my box of photographs the other day and came across this one. It's my four youngest children cleaning out the residue left in the pot after I had made a batch of Rice Crispie Squares. My eldest son isn't there . . . he was about 15 at the time, and cleaning out Rice Crispie pots was not considered at all cool!

A lot of water has run under the bridge since then . . . see that little one with the cheeky grin that you can see front on? Well . . . he's 24 years old now, and in the Canadian Armed Forces! I'll wager it's been a long time since he cleaned out a rice crispie pot!

Seeing that photo did make me very nostalgic though . . . and so, I decided to make a treat today . . . to share with the little fella next door. Unfortunately, I didn't have any rice crispies . . . sigh . . . but I did have a fresh box of cheerios, which would have to do.

And then I had a brainstorm . . . everything tastes better with Nutella does it not? What if I mixed some nutella into the mix, along with the butter and marshmallows . . . that might make it ok, and actually quite acceptable that they were cheerios and not rice crispies . . . doncha think?

I think they turned out really ace! Not quite so tasty to look at . . . but . . . then again, chocolate doesn't look all that great most of the time. It's the taste that counts . . . really, and these were quite, quite scrummy!

And they are definitely child approved . . . both by the young lad next door . . . and by the big one I live with!

I do confess . . . I did enjoy cleaning out the pot! It was rather tasty, if I don't say so myself!

Makes 12 bars
Printable Recipe

A favourite snack for kids, both large and small alike! Creamy nutella, melted together with butter and marshmallows, and tasty oaty O-shaped cereal stirred in. (Ok, so it's cheerios!) Scrummy, yummy nummy!!

2 ounces butter, 1/4 cup
10 ounces of big white marshmallows (about 50)
4 ounces Nutella
10.5 ounces O-shaped cereal (like cheerios) (8 cups)

Lightly butter a 13 by 9 inch baking pan. Set aside.

Place the butter, marshmallows and nutella into a large pot. Cook and stir over very low heat until all are melted and smoothly amalgamated. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheerios, stirring together until well mixed. Press this mixture evenly into the buttered pan. Allow to cool until completely set, then cut into 3 by 3 1/4 inch bars. Store between sheets of parchment paper, in an airtight container.


  1. I can always count on you to make the yummy yummier, Marie! I love Rice Krispy Squares...I LOVE these sound like utter perfection!

    Hope you're having a wonderful day, dear friend...things are definitely feeling sunnier and more beautiful here--I'm so enjoying walking outside and just smelling all the blossoms in the air...wonderful!

    Sending so much love your way today...


  2. I must be the only person on the planet who has not tried Nutella! It sounds so good I'm almost afraid to buy a bottle. I love maple syrup by the spoonful and imagine Nutella to be in the same league.

  3. Marie Alice Joan, Nutell-Os are what Kate and William are serving for W'day breakfast.

    Well, not quite.

    Pancakes. They will be having pancakes. They called them something else but really, it's just pancakes!

  4. I love the kid's photo Marie! What a happy bunch they were and you have one right up on the table! Love it.
    My kids love Nutella- I've got to try this. I would never, ever think of these combos, they're genius!

  5. How smart you are! I will make these for my Children's Church group this week. They already send their thanks. I hope I don't eat them all first.

  6. What a wonderful picture of your children! they look like they're having a ball cleaning out the pan. I think I'll try this and put it in the kids lunch boxes - I'll pass on their thanks to you!!
    All the best, Mary oxo

  7. Ahh great post!I love it..the photos..the feelings!

  8. What a lovely photo and trip down memory lane! The recipe sounds and looks fab. Sorry I've been MIA recently, having a few problems with my laptop at the mo. Hopefully normal service will resume shortly!
    (And this comment posts!!!)

  9. What a coincidence! I was searching your blog for your previous crispy recipes yesterday! I had saved your link in one of my favourite folder in my old laptop but because of a new lappie, I have much to sort out. Oh, this lappie of mine is giving me so much work! and it doesn't help with me switching between Google Chrome, Firefox & IE. Wishing you a lovely day Marie! God bless!

  10. They look great, my first rice crispies was when I lived in Vancouver, never made them since I came back to Europe, will try with Nutella, sounds nice.

  11. Made this with homemade Nutella - yum! I think I might eat the whole pan myself :)


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