When I think of Tea Time, I think of sweet, dainty, delicate and colourful treats. These are definitely not the types of adjectives that I associate with my style of cooking. I’m more of the ogre type who likes to eat curried children on rice or who splashes habanero hot sauce all over kitten fajitas before stuffing them down my gargantuan oral orifice. That’s why, for this Throwdown, I reached deep into my childhood memory bank to bring back a classic with a twist. I give you my Colourful Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispies Towers.
6 cups Rice Krispies (or generic equivalent)
3 tablespoons of salted butter
1 package (10 oz) of regular marshmallows
1 chocolate bar (milk chocolate or dark chocolate)
- Have a square or rectangular glass dish buttered up before you start cooking.
- Melt butter in a bain-marie.
- Incorporate marshmallows and stir until melted.
- Add the food colouring. Keep in mind that the yellow of the butter will affect your final colour. I originally wanted to make my towers baby blue but only got it to be green (blue + yellow = green).
- Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispies. Stir until well coated.
- Pour the mixture into buttered glass dish. Use a spatula to spread and compact the mixture (quick tip: dip the spatula in warm water to avoid sticking).
- Let everything cool down for about 1 or 2 hours. When mixture does not give off any heat, place in fridge for 30 minutes.
- Take out the dish, carefully scoop out the hardened mixture, and cut into standing rectangles (base is about 1″ x 1″ and height is about 1 1/2″).
- In a bain-marie, melt chocolate of choice. Once fully melted, turn off heat but leave bowl in hot water.
- Place wax paper on a cookie tray. Take the Rice Krispie towers and dip them into the melted chocolate. Place the tower, chocolate down, onto the wax paper. Fill the tray with chocolate dipped Rice Krispies and place tray in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Remove tray from fridge and carefully pull towers off of wax paper.
- Place them on a tray or plate and drizzle with caramel for garnish.