Once in a while, I get the strongest urge to bite into a Rice Krispie treat. I blame my mother for this. When I was younger, she would pull me into the kitchen and we would make the treats together. They’re so easy to make and so addictingly good. I wanted to recreate my childhood favorite and make it a little fancier by using homemade marshmallows and adding warm spices. These chai-spiced Rice Krispie treats are still easy to make but dare I say, even tastier than the original recipe.
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I love all things chai flavored. Last year I was all about my chai spiced pear muffins with oatmeal streusel and this year it’s all about chai-spiced Rice Krispie treats. The warm spices just scream fall and make you want to sit in front of a fire with a cup of hot chocolate.
This dessert may seem daunting because of the homemade marshmallows but it’s actually easy to make. And there really is no comparison between homemade marshmallows and the prepackaged ones. Really.
To make the chai marshmallows, bloom gelatin in cold water in a bowl of a stand mixer. You’re going to need a mixer for this part otherwise, you will be whipping the mixture by hand for at least 30 minutes!
Simmer the remaining water with sugar, honey, and a pinch of salt until it reaches 240 degrees F. A candy thermometer or digital thermometer works best here, just make sure the digital thermometer goes up to 240 degrees F.
Now slowly add the sugar mixture to the gelatin with the mixer at low speed. Once all of the sugar is added, increase the speed to high and let the machine do its thing for 10-12 minutes. The mixture will slowly become thick and turn into marshmallow fluff. Add the chai spices and vanilla and there you have homemade marshmallows!
Now if you want to turn them into marshmallows, spray an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray and dust it with powdered sugar. Transfer the marshmallow fluff to the pan and let it sit for 1 hour. Since we’re making Rice Krispie treats, you can skip this step and use the fluff as is.
We’re almost at the home stretch now. Melt some butter, add the chai marshmallow fluff with vanilla and salt, and pour the melted goodness over some Rice Krispie cereal. Mix until everything is nice and coated and press gently into an 8×8 baking pan. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then dig in.
I love how you can see the specks of the spices in the chai-spiced Rice Krispie treats. Every bite is so flavorful and just the right amount of sweet. Just perfection!
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