Frugal Foodie Mama: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats

Monday, December 24, 2012

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats

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Yeah, yeah... I have jumped full on to the chocolate peppermint train.  Make sure you check out my recipe for Peppermint Mocha Bundt Cake if you happened to have missed it. ;)

Recently I found myself with an almost full bag of peppermint marshmallows after hosting a No Fuss Hot Cocoa Bar Party.
What to do with them?  Hmmmmm....

How about Peppermint Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats? :)

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Krispies

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (12-16 squares)
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10.5 oz bag of peppermint flavored marshmallows
  • 9 tbsp of hot chocolate mix or 4 packets of instant hot cocoa mix (I used a very good quality organic hot chocolate mix. The better the quality of chocolate, the deeper the cocoa flavor of the treats.)
  • 1 1/2 cups regular mini marshmallows
  • Crushed candy canes (optional)
Spray a 8 x 11.5 glass pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the peppermint marshmallows. When the marshmallows are melted, add your hot chocolate mix. Heat for just a minute until combined.

Remove from heat and add in the Rice Krispies. Stir until all the cereal is coated with the chocolate marshmallow mixture.

Spread into your prepared pan. I find it is easiest to spread the krispie mixture into the pan using a piece of waxed paper on your hand. Sprinkle the regular mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes over top of the pan of hot cocoa treats. Gently press them with the back of a wooden spoon or your waxed paper hand. 
Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
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My family really enjoyed these.  They are perfect if you are looking for a last minute and festive dessert for a holiday get-together today or tomorrow! (Or I am sure the fat man in the red suit would appreciate these with his glass of milk tonight. ;) )

Merry Christmas Eve, Friends! :)

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