October 1, 2008

pop, crackle, and snap

Do you know the mascots for Rice Krispies by name? I didn't. Now I do.


Now you know too. Poor Pop--not only is he always named last, but he's also forced to look like some sort of silly train conductor.


I also didn't know they had their names on their hats. Doh.

Moving on. I found some stale-ish once-crispy rice cereal at work and swiped it before it got tossed into the trash--I knew I could put it to good use. Waste not, want not, right? I found a flexible recipe for some cereal bars and tweaked it to my heart's content. It called for pie filling, but all I had on hand was some delightful chunky applesauce that I thought would be a suitable replacement, and it was. Also, there were no spices in the recipe, and that's just a travesty. Guess which spice I added.


These bars were pretty soft, and I'm sure that has a lot to do with my decision to replace corn syrup with caramel sauce. Also, the applesauce wasn't as thick as a pie filling would've been, so that was probably a contributing factor as well. No matter, this dessert was still quite tasty. Apples and cinnamon and caramel tend to be like that.

Chewy Apple Streusel Bars
(inspired by these)

4 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1/2 cup caramel sauce
2 cups applesauce (I like mine chun-kay)
1 tablespoon cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, combine cereal, flour, sugar, margarine, and caramel sauce. Remove 1 cup mixture and set aside for topping. Press remaining cereal mixture evenly and firmly in bottom of 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and spread apples over hot crust. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon and remaining cereal mixture. Return to the oven and bake 20 minutes longer. Cool completely in pan on wire rack before cutting into bars.

71 comments:

Albany Jane said...

Yum!
I will also never think of Rice Krispies the same after that one family guy episode where they go after the Keebler Elves.

alexandra's kitchen said...

you are so clever! great rescue work. these look heavenly!

Lucy said...

What a great recovery!! They certainly look delish!

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Yay for apples! ...and I always love you for saving food from waste.

Marjie said...

These look a whole lot better than standard rice krispie bars which are way too sticky for my teeth! And of course you had to add cinnamon. What fun would dessert be without it?

RecipeGirl said...

Nummy nummy nummy.

kat said...

What an interesting take on rice crispy bars!

lisa said...

I never knew which was which among snap, crackle, and pop or that their names were on their hats! Pop is clearly underrated.

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh Grace you may have saved me! I've got my sister's and coworker's b-days and a serious urge to bake. Ben's diet has put a huge dent in my culinary creativity. I was waffling between Prudy's apple bars and oatmeal scotchies or krispie treats--and I think you found the perfect combo!

Any Little Reason said...

Rice Krispie Treats are one of my favorite snacks - I think it's because I'm instantly jetted back to elementary school. These look great!

Deborah said...

Now that's a different take on the Rice Krispie treat!! Yum!

Lisa said...

Your posts are always an education! :-)
Nice looking Streusel Bars. I admire your "waste not, want not" creativity!

OhioMom said...

Apples and cinnamon ... yum!

Erinn said...

Not a huge rice krispie bar fan, but these? Oh, yes please. Perfect with my morning coffee. Geez I seem to say that alot about your tasty baked goods!

Sandie said...

"Poor Pop--not only is he always named last, but he's also forced to look like some sort of silly train conductor."

I'm still laughing hysterically at this. Ever wonder why some things just strike you as so darn funny?

Melanie said...

Culinary genius - in my book. Who else could create such a masterpiece from stale rice krispies?

Mrs. L said...

Maybe I'm old but I used to have Snap, Crackle and Pop dolls when I was a kid!

Suzanne said...

Yum! Such a good twist on the traditional treat recipe! I'll have to try them!

Beth said...

Great idea. Im trying these asap

Leslie said...

mmmmm..look pretty darn good to me!!!

Dee Light said...

Apples and Caramel!! It has to be a winner.
Good ol' Snap, krackle, and Pop. I've made and eaten more rice crispie treats than I care to mention. This is much more sophisticated. I'll have to give it a try.

kimberleyblue said...

looks rich and delicious - my style of dessert!

Lori said...

Simple ingredients for a yummy looking bar! I have to try this.

Louise said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, a little soft AND a little crunchy. Looks delicious!

Bunny said...

Grace you did a darn good job with these,just look what you created with stale rice krispies!!

Bridgett said...

Now this is an apple dessert I would be more than happy to try. A great idea for those aging rice krispys. They don't have time to get old in my house with the kids!

noble pig said...

Yep, my kids tell me all the time! These look flippin' amazing!

Lorraine E said...

Mmm I love it! And no points for guessing which spice you added hehe ;) I always asked my dad to make Snap, Crackle and Pop alive on my cereal box every morning (that's what they did in our ads). He never did sadly...

LyB said...

Oooh, and I just made a great big batch of apple butter! It would be great in this, it's thick and creamy and yes, cinnamony! Thanks for the recipe Grace!

Rayrena said...

Grace, your ingenuity amazes me! Those look great but I'm shocked that a dessert recipe calls for no spices!

Jaime said...

mmmmm some of my favorite ingredients are apples...caramel...and cinnamon!

want to hear something funny? today at work we were trying to clean out the fridge and food in the snack room and someone found 2 cereal boxes. they asked whose they belonged to and we found it was from someone who doesn't work there anymore....well the girl goes to throw them away and i said, "wait! don't waste those" ha ha - great minds think alike, huh? only when she opened them to make sure they weren't stale, a bunch of gnats went flying out!! ewwwwwwww. and we had been saying today that we didn't know why there have been so many gnats around our workplace lately :P ewwwwww

Jacque said...

Speaking of stale rice krispies... I've got some of my own, lol. I might have to transform them into something delish like yours. Nice work!

Laura said...

I'm seriously impressed--both by your saving of the cereal and what you did with it. Looks wonderful. I feel like I could eat a different apple dessert each day right now which is very odd as I don't normally feel that way about apples....

Emiline said...

Yes!! You make the best bars in the world.
Caramel syrup is SO good.

Christie @ fig&cherry said...

Good on you Grace! Saving the environment by not wasting - you're an echo warrior (a clever cooking one! Hehe).

Ingrid said...

You're impressive! I never would have thought of making anything other than rice crispy treats. I'm try to get be more daring but I obviously have a long way to go.
Your bars look delish. I love when they are ooey and gooey!
~ingrid

Hey, it's okay to add ya to my blogroll? THX!

Prudy said...

Oh, I love those! I just made Vanilla Sugar's amped up krispy bars this weekend. Now I'm making your apple ones for sure.

Maria said...

Apple and caramel make the perfect fall treat! Great idea to jazz up the regular rice crispies!

Pam said...

Oh Grace, these look fantastic. I have a sweet tooth right now and I would give anything for one of these tasty bars. Delicious!

Sandy said...

I thought those looked a little different than the original - YUM!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

What a great use for stale cereal! And lol, of course the cinnamon! ;-) They look great

Peter M said...

This is the kinda' southern treat that make me wanna smack grandma!

It appears 41 others thus far feel the same.

Kevin said...

Those look so moist and soft and good! Good call with the caramel sauce.

Jude said...

Can't go wrong with apples, caramel, and cinnamon.
Looks delicious.

Vera said...

These are yummy! And I love your substitution!

Haley said...

you are so creative! these look yummy!

i ran across this recipe this morning and thought of you. it has 5 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in it!! http://keyingredient.com/recipes/90709/cinnamon-overload-apple-crisp/

Jeff said...

I like the addition of the caramel sauce and the other changes. Your dish definitely beats that standard marshmallow rice crispy treats.

I agree with albany Jane about the FG episode. "Those freaking elves man...they just came out of the trees"

ovenhaven said...

That's a great idea for not wasting almost stale-ish rice cereals!

Gloria said...

Grace this look absolutely georgeous and yummy!!!! mmmmGloria

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

LOL! That was so funny! :)
Sadly I actually did know that they had names...weird. Still in my brain after all these years.

Good for you for replacing the corn syrup with caramel! Yum!

Paula said...

Holy cow! You've done right by pop, crackle and snap! Picture me, reading your story, and then I get to the part where you casually drop the comment that you added caramel sauce. I'm pretty sure I made a yummy noise at that point! These sound great and your photos are terrific!

Dawn said...

OMG! I have to try this!!!

hot garlic said...

Waste not want not indeed! I'm glad to know I've got a friend who uses old food that anyone else would think was nasty or rotten or old and turns it into a treasure! I can't say no to any sort of spicey apple creation!

Krysta said...

these have to be the best-est most awesomest rice krispie treats ever! mmmm... need to make...

jacquie said...

sorry for a question not directly
related to this post - and those cookies look great - do you happen
to have the recipe for the sugar,
spice and oats cookies w/ the rasberry jam that you posted on 1/2/08? you had a link in the post and that blog is no longer available. i have some sour cherry jam that i think would be delicious in them. thanks.

Peabody said...

I am so loving the idea of these. I think I need a trip to the store.

jodycakes said...

I'm SO gonna make these!!! I just made an caramel apple bundt cake...and would've preferred something a little less hassled and not so heavy.
these look absolutely YUMMY

Foodycat said...

It's fruit - so it's healthy! Fantastic.

kellypea said...

Doncha just love it when something droolworthy comes from a rescue mission? apples, caramel, cinnamon -- Ohhhhh yesssssssss.

Helene said...

What a treat, that looks yummy.

Tiffany said...

First of all, these look delicious! I haven't had a rice crispy treat for years, but this looks like a much improved version.
Second, a story. When I was a freshman in college our dining hall had some sort of trivia night. They gave away prizes, and what should my roommates and I walk away with but three life size cut-out cardboard figures of the Crack, Snapple, and Pop. We proudly displayed them in our dorm room.

Kim said...

Somehow I was too busy eating rice krispies to notice they had names. You are so smart as your recovery was pretty good.......

Jude said...

I like mine chun-kay too. haha. Thanks for the recipe :)

Tabitha Blue said...

I didn't know, thanks! Can you believe we just made our first home-made rice krispy treats! I never knew it was so easy! LOL

Tabitha Blue said...

Oh and cute name and header

Bobby said...

hello grace,

These bars look great, anything with rice crispies I enjoy... not to mention applesauce, caramel, a cinnamon!

foodhoe said...

ok now you have me wondering about the other outfits on those kitchen elves, one's a chef, one's a... pirate? and then a conductor..? hmmm. anyways, those do look delicious, wish I had one to go with my cuppa coffee.

Ann said...

I think their names used to be in commercials WAY back when - now I'm dating myself, which is really good for my self esteem. Thanks, man. :)

Elle said...

Oh, those look great! When i was a kid, I had three mice, and i named them Snap, Crackle and pop, lol.

mysweetestday said...

there's a comedian, mitch hedberg, who had joke that your post reminded me of:

"I don't wanna have my face on the cover of a Wheaties box, I wanna have my face on the cover of a Rice Krispies box.

Snap, Crackle, Mitch and Pop.

'Hey, how the f*** did he do that??' Hey, in Hollywood, it's all about who you know and I know Crackle."

Jeanne said...

I did in fact know that they had names, but did YOU know that the names are translated in different countries? In South Africa, their Afrikaans counterparts are Klap Knetter & Kraak. And (apparently) in Finland it's Riks, Raks & Roks; in France it's Cric, Crac & Croc; in Germany it's Knisper, Knasper & Knusper; in Sweden it's Piff, Paff & Puff; and in Spain it's Pim, Pum & Pam.