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St Patty’s day treats!

St Patrick’s Day isn’t a hugely celebrated holiday here in South Africa, but my family is Irish on both sides, plus I have a VERY Irish name – Siobhan (pronounced Shivaun, for those of you that are not in the know).

I love to binge-watch YouTube videos, and recently I subscribed to Shay Mitchell (of Pretty Little Liars fame).  She does a lovely mix of videos, some food related, so Q & As, and some beauty related.  The one that I enjoyed most recently was her St Patty’s Inspired Rice Krispies Treats.

Now I love me some Rice Krispies Treats.  What’s not to love?? Gooey marshmallow – YUM!  Crunchy Rice Krispies – DELISH! Mix them together and you have little bars that are so blissful that you can’t help but want to stuff at least 5 in your mouth at once.  It doesn’t help that they’re also not super rich, so you can easily eat several without even realising how many calories you just consumed.  But hey, us folk in the Southern Hemisphere need to start packing on the winter insulation I guess?  (All jokes aside, this was the wrong recipe to try when I just began a bit of a detox following a food-filled trip to Cape Town).

The basic recipe for Rice Krispies Treats goes something like this: –

3 tablespoons of butter
4 cups of marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispies

But, of course, I’m a rebel and I kind of did it something like this: –

3 heaped tablespoons of soft butter (because BUTTER)
1 and a half big bags of marshmallows (because the bars can’t be dry!)
I totally tried for 6 cups of Rice Krispies, but sadly I ended up using an entire regular-sized box.  (Granted I was making for my office, AND for the girlies at my make-up class after work, so I figured it was ok if I made a heck of a lot!)
A few drops of green food colouring 
Some gold baubles to sprinkle over the top, as the fiesty little Leprechaun’s gold

You melt the butter, add the marshmallows and allow them to melt (watching to make sure they don’t burn).  Add the green food colouring, a little at a time.  I didn’t want to make the green too intense, as nobody wants a green mouth!  Once it’s all mixed and smooth, add the Rice Krispies, and mix until they’re completely and evenly coated. 

I so wish we could get these in SA!


Shay used Lucky Charms in her Treats, but we sadly don’t get them here in South Africa (and if we did we might have to auction off our first-borns to pay for them, what with the exchange rate, and shipping in imported cereal).  So I had to improvise with gold baubles.  I think the Lucky Charms would have made these SO much better, but these are still pretty darn delicious.

I laid plastic wrap over two baking trays, and poured the mixture in once it was done, sprinkled the gold baubles over the top, and pressed it all down with a silicon spatula.  I then popped them into the fridge to set.  The plastic makes it so much easier to slice them, as you can just pull the whole piece out of the baking tray, plastic and all.

And here’s how my Treats turned out: –

See, the green is more of a pistachio colour, than dark leaf green.  And they were so so tasty!

Let me know if any of you try out some St Patty’s day goodies, and send some photos of your final result!

xx