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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Nothing beats the original


It’s great to expand on an original recipe, but there is just one that no matter how I make it, the original still stands out.

For me, this recipe is Rice Krispie treats. Nothing beats the crispy rice cereal and melted marshmallows combined with butter and shaped into bars.

I ate them growing up as a kid; and I am sure a lot of other people I know did too.

Recently, I signed up to bring a dessert to a church potluck. I am known for my desserts, but this time I didn’t feel like baking a pie or cupcakes, brownies or even a cake. I wanted to make something simple and yummy that everyone would enjoy. 

I thought about it and then headed to the pantry. Sometimes looking to see what you have on hand is the best way to decide what you’re going to make.

As I was standing in my pantry, taking a quick look at the inventory, I had an idea. I had just bought Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal and marshmallows yesterday. It was almost as if the planets had aligned.

I smiled while I grabbed the cereal and white, sugary, mini hay bales of goodness.

I knew I had found the perfect dessert. Who doesn’t like Rice Krispie treats? I have never met anyone who hasn’t.

So I set to work making them. It only took about 10 minutes. Another reason I like them so much. 

Now, this is a recipe has been around for decades. In fact, this dessert was invented in 1939 by two Kellogg’s employees Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day. They called them their creative marshmallow squares. It wasn’t long before, the company started putting advertisements in newspapers across the United States and Canada with the recipe. In the 1940’s, the company also included the recipe on the side of  its rice cereal boxes.

Although other rice crispy dessert recipes were made during that time, Jensen and Day’s recipe was the only one with marshmallows. It was also the simplest.

Since then, the recipe has morphed. People add just about anything to the treats. Sometimes in the treat itself and sometimes on top. From chocolate and butterscotch, to sprinkles and frosting.

I myself have done this. I have used Fruity Pepples and Coco Pebbles instead of rice cereal. These are yummy too. I have also added peanut butter to the marshmallows and then coated these peanut butter crispy bars with melted chocolate.

Yes. These were all good, but I still favor the original and so did those at the potluck. After my family and I were done eating, I went to grab what was left of my rice crispy treats. The only problem was they were all gone. Good thing I had made another batch just for my family. If you would like to rekindle a love for the original, just follow the recipe below to tasty goodness in 20 minutes or less.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treat


3 tablespoons butter

1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows


4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows

6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal


1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

Note: This recipe is from the website I wanted to make sure I had the original recipe from those who started it.


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