8.06.2013

Marshmallow Treats Recipe

1963 recipe for Kellogg's Rice Krispie Marshmallow Treats
I was surprised to find out marshmallow treats were invented in 1939 by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day of the Kellogg Company as a fundraiser for the Camp Fire Girls.

We didn't have Camp Fire Girls in my neck of the woods when I was growing up, or if we did, my mother was careful to hide that fact. She was wary of anything that required her to drive us to an activity. I doubt she would have survived raising children in the internet age.

According to Wikipedia, whose authority is what it is, Madonna, Gladys Knight, and Janis Joplin were all Camp Fire Girls. Mom certainly dodged a bullet there.

I found this old recipe for Rice Krispie Marshmallow Treats. It is not significantly different from today's version, with the exception being that today's version has a higher ratio of marshmallows to Rice Krispies than the recipe of the past. But if you would prefer the leaner 1963 version, here it is.

Marshmallow Treats
1/4 cup butter or margarine
7-10 ounces regular marshmallows (about 32) or 3 cups miniature marshmallows
5-6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies

1. Melt butter in 3 qt saucepan. Add marshmallows and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat.

2. Add Rice Krispies and stir until well coated.

3. Press warm mixture into buttered 13x9 inch pan. Cut into squares when cool.
Yield: 24 - 2 inch squares.

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