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A classic rice krispie treat topped with a layer of homemade salted caramel sauce and chocolate ganache!
Happy Friday everyone! If you’re like me, you’re completely spent. Week over. Done. I’m checked out. So let’s end on a high note shall we? I thought I would share with you this decadent chocolatey treat as a pick me up to get you into the weekend. This is something I would like to start once a week sharing with you- a pantry clean out recipe!
Every Sunday (sometimes Saturday if I’m feeling super ambitious) I map out my grocery store attack. I have been scanning the weekly flyers for deals, last week even cut a few coupons, and try to stay within my grocery budget. I also have been trying to cut down on my baking supply spending (it got a little hectic there in December, but that’s normal right?). So before I hit the grocery store up again I have decided to try and purge the ol’ pantry (I laugh when I type this because my “pantry” is a bookshelf in my super small kitchen- #citylife) Still, I have such odds and ends of stuff lying around I thought before I go and spend another $10 (this is my new strict baking allowance I’ve given myself) I am challenging myself to come up with a dessert once a week by cleaning out my pantry.
So I rummaged around this week and found- a box of opened rice krispies and had some homemade vanilla bean marshmallows still (insert happy dance) and some miniature marshmallows as well. So hello, rice krispie treats were totally calling my name. I wanted to take them a bit further though. I decided they needed a topping.
That’s when Milky Way Rice Krispie Treats was born.
I had a few caramel bits leftover from this tasty 3 ingredient dessert last week. However, that wasn’t going to cut it for what I had dreamed up. So I knew I was going to have make my own caramel sauce. I also had some heavy cream in the fridge from last week’s baking supply run that I was afraid was going to go bad soon. So it seemed perfect. And I happened to have some chocolate chips as well to make a ganache.And that’s how this tasty treat was born!
I’ve made rice krispie treats before here. And oh man, so much better than what’s suggested on the box. There is a tad more butter going on, and I like to stir in miniature marshmallows with the rice krsipies so you get big bites of marshmallow thorughout.
For the caramel sauce, you can make your own salted caramel sauce from scratch or you can make this super easy 6 minute caramel recipe that I have now made a few times. I went with the 6 minute caramel sauce, because why not! Only 6 minutes. It’s super easy and does not even require a candy thermometer!
Ok so let’s talk ganache. Ganache is simple. Two ingredients. Chocolate + Heavy Cream. That’s it.
All you need is to simply bring the heavy cream to a simmer and then pour over your chocolate and stir to combine. I used a combination of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips but you can definitely use what you have on hand.
These rice krispie treats are like a grown up version that the kid inside you is so going to love as well.
If you like this recipe let me know and leave me a comment and don’t forget to pin this recipe!
To make this recipe you will need:
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Milky Way Rice Krispie Treats
For the Rice Krispie Treats
- 6 cups rice krispie cereal
- 10 ounces marshmallows
- 5 Tablespoons butter
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
For the Salted Caramel Sauce
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- For the Chocolate Ganache
- 8 ounces chocolate chips I used a combination of milk and semi-sweet
- 8 ounces heavy cream
- 1. Lightly spray your pan (I used a 7x11 pan, definitely go smaller not larger if you do) or line with with aluminum foil. Melt butter in a very large (trust me on this) pot on low heat.
- 2. When butter is melted, add in 8 cups of marshmallows (or 10 ounches). Stir until melted.
- 3. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 2 cups marshmallows and rice krispie treats.
- 4. Spread in pan (use a piece of saran wrap lightly sprayed with cooking spray) and press into the pan.
- 5. For the caramel sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together butter, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and salt.Bring to a boil (should take about 1 minute), then reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Allow to cool slightly then pour over the rice krispie treats. Spread to cover evenly.
- 6. For the ganache: Heat the heavy cream on low until simmering. Measure your chocolate chips in a seperate bowl. Pour the heated heavy cream over the chocolate chips. Allow to sit for 10 minutes then stir until smooth. Pour over the caramel layer and spread evenly.
- 7. Allow the ganache to firm up then cut into squares.