I Snap, Crackle, and Post.

I feel like I haven’t seen these in a while. There they were at the checkout line, and there I was, back in the dorms again.

We had the requisite minifridge and microwave, but didn’t really use them for much more than Farmers Market apple juice storage and Peep fight arenas. Then, one day, someone had the genius idea to make Rice Krispie Treats. We had a microwavable (ish) bowl and a Rite Aid across the street; we had dessert. I don’t actually remember if we formed the sticky mess into any kind of pan or just grabbed a clump from the bowl. But I do remember those RKTs hit the spot.

Do they hold up, post-grad? Well, let’s just say yesterday I did make them in a pan, and today there’s only half a pan left.

adapted from the back of the Jet-Puffed Marshmallows bag, under the name “Marshmallow Crispy Squares.” Tricky.

-Half a stick of butter
(In this case, salted butter is better. Since we’re an unsalted household, I sprinkled salt on the top.)
-Half a 1 lb bag of Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
(We used a generic brand once and it was gross, proving that, with corn syrup, quality does matter.)
-Half a 12 oz box of Rice Krispies
(The bag says to use 13 ozs. Wrong. Trust me, our recipe was developed by honors students.)

In a very large microwave safe (enough) bowl, microwave the butter until melted, about forty seconds.

Add marshmallows and microwave one to one-and-a-half minutes, or until you’re sure they’re going to explode.

Find something in your room to serve as a spoon and stir. Add cereal a little at a time and stir until homogenous (in the meantime, make friends with a science major and learn what that means).

At this point, it’s better to stick it as far into the minifridge as space allows to let it cool long enough to finish a chapter or at least de-tag yourself from a dozen photos. Then eat it by scooping out however much you want and packing into a sphere or cube. But don’t spoil your dinner because tonight’s stir-fry is sure to be spectacular.

Welcome to the dorm life, hermano. If these don’t fill you up, you can always come over for dinner.


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