I’ve been toying with an idea for a treat for a bit now and decided to give it a shot in honor of Jessi from To Kiss The Cook’s birthday party this weekend.
For such an occasion, it seemed that a decadent dessert with a bit of crunch but an ultimately sweet and pillow-soft center was in order. For a time now I’ve had the idea of using my homemade marshmallow recipe to create an inside-out-rice krispies treat of sorts. So that exactly what I did.
I started by whipping up a batch of homemade marshmallows, following the original recipe exactly as written. Except, before I poured the marshmallow cream into the greased pan I sprinkled a thin, even layer of Rice Krispies along the bottom of the pan. After the cream was evenly spread, I sprinkled a second layer of krispies over the top. The the marshmallows are left to set overnight.
The next day, the marshmallows are cut into squares. But instead of rolling them in powdered sugar, I rolled them in a big bowl of krispies. The sides and bottom of the marshmallows are pretty sticky when first cut, so the rice krispies adhere pretty well, but don’t be afraid to get a little rough with the marshmallows to get them evenly coated.
After their dusting in krispies, these Reversed Rice Krispie treats can be served as-is. And they’re quite delicious this way. Very reminiscent of a everyone’s favorite childhood treat, but just as you bite through the outer, crunchy layer, expecting a dense crunchy center you instead hit the pillow-soft, delightfully sweet marshmallow middle. Its unexpectedly soft and airy….and wonderful.
Of course, if you’re the type of person that doesn’t consider something a dessert unless it involves chocolate, a light drizzle of melted milk-chocolate can transform a playful-yet-light treat into something truly decadent.
The great part about these treats is that they don’t require baking. Sure, they need some time to set up (overnight), but otherwise your assembly time is pretty short and you don’t have to heat up your whole kitchen by turning on the oven…..a huge advantage during the summer.
And what a perfect summertime treat! A bite-size childhood favorite with a sweet, soft center.