Caramel Apple Rice Crispy Treats

Caramel Apple Rice Crispy Treat by Jim Bailey

Caramel Apple Rice Crispy Treats

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

23 minutes

Serves

9 people

What is nice about this recipe, other than the fact that I have reduced the butter content in half without affecting the consistency one bit, is that you can prepare simple, classic Crispy Rice Treats by omitting the caramels and jelly completely, but you will have to double the amount of butter.

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Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup apple jelly
  • 28 individual caramels, unwrapped and divided
  • 2 (.74-ounce) packets hot apple cider instant drink mix*
  • 5 cups regular-sized marshmallows (1 cup=8 marshmallows)
  • 5 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup dried apple slices, crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Preparation

  • 1 Grease a 9­-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside
  • 2 In a large saucepan, add the butter and jelly over medium heat. Stirring frequently until butter and jelly are melted
  • 3 Add 20 caramels. Stir once or twice until they are halfway melted, then constantly stir until completely melted, about 6­7 minutes
  • 4 Stir in the dry cider mix and reduce heat just a tad below medium
  • 5 Add marshmallows and constantly stir until they are completely melted, an additional 5­6 minutes
  • 6 Remove pan from heat and stir in cereal and crumbled apples with a rubber spatula
  • 7 When thoroughly blended, immediately transfer to prepared pan
  • 8 Dip a spoon in water and scrape off any remaining mixture from spatula and pan. Even the top with the spoon and set aside until cooled and firm
  • 9 Meanwhile, melt remaining caramels with milk in the microwave for 20-­30 seconds, or until melted and the mixture is starting to foam
  • 10 Very carefully remove and stir until smooth. Drizzle over rice treats and cut into desired sizes. Cool 15 minutes before serving
  • 11 *I used the Alpine brand, which I believe to be the best-flavored cider mix on the market. But during the winter months, you can find any brand in most supermarkets

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